Explore the various providers that will help your students develop an understanding of the connections between the past and the present in very interactive and engaging ways.
Heritage Education Programs
Step back in time with your class at Backus Heritage Village. History comes to life as students spend time in authentic log homes, barns and an octagonal school house. Programs are available in half-day and full-day formats.
•Learn about the fur trade
•Experience a day in the one room schoolhouse
•Explore the changing roles of women in society
•Set up an 1812 encampment
•Use simple machines to solve a problem
•Participate in pioneer life activities
•Visit a National Historic Site
Blackthorn Productions Inc. is a company specializing in medieval education and entertainment with over 10 years of experience bringing our unique presentations to your schools. Save the time, energy and cost of hiring a bus to take your students to an offsite venue.
We bring the medieval era to your classrooms and offer your students a chance for a kinesthetic, interactive experience.
Grade 3 Early Settlement Program
Students will take part in various interactive, hands-on demonstrations and activities that depict the chores, jobs, and pastimes of nineteenth-century settlers. Some of the demonstrations and activities to choose from include farm chores, laundry, cooking, candle making and militia drills.
Rise to Rebellion (R2R)
Education Days for Grade 7 students
Demonstrations – Entertainment – Battle. It’s history that happened here! Thursday, May 7th & Friday, May 8th, $6/student. R2R is an interactive re-enactment of the 1837 Rebellion of Upper Canada, a pivotal moment in Canadian history.
WHAT ARE THE PROGRAMS? Social Studies (or History) ‘In-Class’ Field Trips for grades 3 to 8. Dynamic workshops and presentations transport the learner into new places and eras–a fascinating journey to different cultures, ideas, concepts and customs!
Grade 3 – First Contact, Pioneers
Grade 4/5 – A Medieval Journey, Ancient Civilization
Grade 6 – Vision Quest: A View of Native Canadian Life
Grade 8 – Canada’s Growing Pains – 1885-1914
“where the curriculum comes alive!”
New for 2015/16
Programmes covering the Grade 5 Heritage & Identity – First Nations curriculum.
Programmes covering the Grade 6 Heritage & Identity – Communities in Canada curriculum.
A new full-day Festival that incorporates grade 4, grade 5 and grade 6 (and any combination thereof).
A completely upgraded Compare & Contrast presentation model with more interaction, more tactile elements and more physical activities.
A First Nations workshop for the Grade 4: Compare & Contrast workshop.
Fencing 101 & Drumming Around the World workshops added to the Festival listings.
Judea has now been added to the Grade 4 curriculum programmes.
And many of the Festival workshops have been updated.
EDUCATION TOUR 2016
Times: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lunch: Bring your own healthy feast
Format: Morning Session: Authentic live Interactive Enactments Afternoon Session: Education Pods
Experience Gladiator games Chariot run Sword fights Medieval tournament-style mounted games Light & heavy armour jousting Birds of Prey in action Turkey Vulture – Owl – Falcon – Hawk – Eagle Education Pods – Hands-on exhibit – Demonstrations – Questions and Answers
Take your class to a location closest to you.
Jay Bailey is Le voyageur errant, having lived the life of a voyageur and survived to share it with you, in as much French or English as you like, for up to 120 students at a time. He can come to you directly, authentically dressed and equipped.
Presentations includes a slideshow of a day in the life of a voyageur, from the New France era, a voyageur song, dance, games of strength and agility, visual demonstrations of the different lengths of canoes used in the fur trade and the size of both voyageurs and their loads, furs, trade goods, how to make fire and how to play the spoons.
A full presentation lasts 150 minutes (half a school day) and costs $400, plus mileage from Simcoe, ON, minus subsidies available from the Ministry of Education through French language and Indigenous culture consultants at individual school boards.