My Epic Era 2016 - History competition


60 second histories

My EPIC Era 2016 is a new History competition for schools and pupils throughout the UK, brought to you by 60 second histories.

For 20 years, Kevin Hicks has worked with teachers in schools across the UK to deliver history in a fun, fascinating and relevant way. Two years ago he launched 60 second histories, an online history resource for schools, providing National Curriculum History support at Key Stages 1-3. Here, teachers can deliver chunks of History with film – ideal for lesson openers and for introducing, supporting and recapping topics in the classroom.

60 second histories know, from working with and listening to teachers, that some of the best learning happens when they use lesson-flipping techniques. My EPIC Era is a competition that puts the pupils in the driving seat, allowing them to share their passion and knowledge of their favourite historical era.

Launching in January My EPIC Era 2016 will be open for entries until the 31 March 2016.

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Entires will be judged by Educationalists:

Alison Peacock @AlisonMPeacock - Executive Head of the Wroxham Teaching School & Educational Research Centre and co-author of Learning without Limits

Russel Tarr @russeltarr - Head of History at the International School of Toulouse and brilliant author of Active History

Matthew Howorth @HowarthM - Author of Teaching Primary History and Head of History at Twickenham Prep Matthew still finds time to edit the SATIPS broadsheet.

“This is a great opportunity to inspire young historians! I’m pleased to support this initiative.”

Alison Peacock, The Wroxham Teaching School

The winning entry

The winning entry will have their EPIC era made into a series of 60 second histories films. The winners will write, direct and even star in the films which will be shared on the 60 second histories’ website for all schools to use.

How to enter

Entry is online at My Epic The entrants are asked to name their favourite era in history and tell us all about it – they can write about it, draw it, make it – they can even sing or film it.

First Prize

The winners will have their EPIC era made into a series of 60 second histories films. Together with Kevin Hicks and the 60 second histories film crew, the winners will help script write, direct, act and produce the films. The films will be uploaded into the ‘FREE’ section of the website for the whole teaching world to see and use in their classrooms.

Runner-up prizes

The History Squad will run one, half-day workshop on location at the winning school (worth £300) An EPIC ‘History Goody Bag’ for the class of the winning entry.

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What people say:

“Although I am a storywriter, Kevin is one of the finest storytellers I have ever heard.” Bernard Cornwell, Author: “I love the Virtual Classroom & being able to load videos for students to watch - Flipped Learning at its best!” Rachel Crouch, Severn Vale School

“My EPIC era gives pupils a chance to show off their love of history, be creative and give them a chance to win a fabulous prize.” Robert Lloyd Williams, Monkton Combe

“60 second Histories has been great at hooking pupils into lessons and developing their understanding of the lives of normal people in different historical periods. It is a fantastic idea to develop independence and allow pupils to take responsibility for their learning.” Kate Rolfe, St Bernadette

Contact details: 07811 673377 – Julie Hicks, email: website:, Ivy Cottage, High Street, Bishops Itchington, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 2QA

History’s EPIC. Let’s deliver it in an EPIC way

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