History Storytime - For Kids
WW2: The Miracle of Dunkirk and Winston Churchill in 1940

WW2: The Miracle of Dunkirk and Winston Churchill in 1940

June 1, 2020

This week is the anniversary of the 1940 evacuation at Dunkirk in World War Two. Sophie (aged 7) and Ellie (aged 5) tell the story of how against all the odds the British army was saved from the Dunkirk beaches.  

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The Fall of the Roman Empire and the End of Roman Britain

The Fall of the Roman Empire and the End of Roman Britain

May 25, 2020

We learn about the Fall of the Roman Empire and the End of Roman Britain. Sophie and Ellie help tell the story of how the continuous barbarian attacks, corruption, overmighty generals and a manpower shortage led to the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. We dive into the story of Britain to show what this meant for one part of the Empire. Then we go to Rome itself for the Sacking of Rome in 410AD. Sophie sings a song which brings to life the abandonment of Britain by Rome.

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George Washington and the Battle of Yorktown

George Washington and the Battle of Yorktown

May 17, 2020

Sophie and Ellie tell the story of how America got its independence from Britain thanks to the Battle of Yorktown in 1781.

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Jamestown, Pocahontas and the colonisation of America

Jamestown, Pocahontas and the colonisation of America

May 10, 2020

We tell the story of the founding of Jamestown settlement in 1607 and how Pocahontas helped it survive so it eventually grew into the United States of America.  And we tell where the Disney film Pocahontas got it wrong and got it right.  

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WW2: VE Day 1945 - the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe

WW2: VE Day 1945 - the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe

May 3, 2020

Sophie and Ellie tell the story of VE Day (V-E Day) celebrations 75 years ago.

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WW2: The Battle of Britain and Winston Churchill in 1940

WW2: The Battle of Britain and Winston Churchill in 1940

April 26, 2020

We tell the story of the Battle of Britain through the speeches of Winston Churchill. We discover the strategy of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany to conquer Britain. We hear stirring speeches from Winston Churchill as he rallies the British people before the Battle of Britain starts. The podcast is set alive with the noise of dogfights and Spitfires and Hurricanes fight Messerschmitts in the skies above England.

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1700s: The Cow and the Smallpox vaccine (and the Coronavirus)

1700s: The Cow and the Smallpox vaccine (and the Coronavirus)

April 19, 2020

Sophie (aged 7) and Ellie (aged 4) tell the story of the Smallpox vaccine. They are bored at home with the Coronavirus. They cast their mind to the Smallpox virus which devastated civilisations and killed millions of people all over the world. We learn how we defeated smallpox through the bravery of people like George Washington and the genius of Edward Jenner with some help from Blossom the Cow. This positive and uplifting story gives hope and trust that we have beaten viruses like smallpox and can do it again.

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Medieval: The Wars of the Roses and Richard III

Medieval: The Wars of the Roses and Richard III

April 12, 2020

Sophie (aged 7) and Ellie (aged 4) tell the story of climax of the Wars of the Roses. England is riven with civil war. The Houses of Lancaster and the House of York battle for the throne of England. It seems as if the House of York is triumphant. The Lancastrian king is killed. Edward IV is King of England and the land is at peace. The Wars of the Roses are over. Or are they?

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The Great Fire of London of 1666

The Great Fire of London of 1666

April 5, 2020

Sophie tells her younger sister, Ellie, all about the Great Fire of London of 1666. We learn about the Plague, the Baker's oven on Pudding Lane, how fire ravaged the city and destroyed the remnants of the Plague, and finally how Sir Christopher Wren rebuilt the city. With songs galore which children can sing-a-long too. 

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Romans: Hannibal and his Elephants cross the Alps in 218BC

Romans: Hannibal and his Elephants cross the Alps in 218BC

March 25, 2020

Sophie (aged 7) is joined by her sister Ellie (aged 4) and between them they help tell the story of how Hannibal crossed the Alps with his elephants to take on the might of the Rome.

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