Making History Matter In Schools
Thousands of local school children have seen 100 years of black and white history brought to life thanks to ‘Toon Times’ and First Class Supply.
The heritage education programme was delivered to 4758 school children in 63 schools across the region during the last season. ‘Toon Times’ uses the power of football to improve the literacy and learning techniques of children by using historic artefacts and props and re-enacting famous Magpies moments.
Youngsters have been learning about the history of the club from 1892 to the present day school in school. Thousands have also been behind the scenes at St James’ Park and taken part in learning activities at Discovery Museum where the the ‘Toon Times’ exhibition opened in February 2014, boasting over 200,000 visitors to date.
Project Coordinator, Gavin Ferry said:
“Feedback from teachers about Toon Times has been exceptional. So many children have told us how fun and interesting they found the history lessons.”
Alongside the school programme, 157 children and their parents or carers were invited to be part of the ‘My First Match’ initiative. The scheme gives families, who might not otherwise have the chance to go to a football match, their first match day experience. This included a group from Mountfield Primary, Newcastle, who won a competition thanks to leading North East supply-teaching agency First Class Supply.
Lesley Robinson, Founder and Director, First Class Supply said:
“Supporting the Toon Times Project enables First Class to offer tremendous opportunities to our partner schools. We get amazing feedback from students from across the region who are delighted by their visits from Newcastle United Foundation.”
“The families from Mountfield Primary were thrilled by their first match experience and are still talking about it! We are very proud and happy to be involved with this fantastic charitable initiative.”
Newcastle United Foundation’s Toon Times project is funded by leading North East teaching agency First Class Supply, The Premier League PFA Community Fund and Heritage Lottery and delivered in partnership with Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums.