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What is the Teaching Collection?

  • Resources, schemes and ideas for students, teachers and practitioners working across a range of educational settings.
  • Textbooks, big books, artefacts, storysacks, photopacks, flashcards and more.
  • You’ll find the Teaching Collection on Level 1 of The Hive, at the far end of the Children’s Library, near The Studio and The Oasis. 
  • Help us to develop the collection - complete our suggestion form!
  • Come and browse the collection to see what is on offer, or use the search box above to find resources by keyword.

 

Can I borrow resources from the Teaching Collection?

Yes. There are some reference only materials, such as reading schemes, and some resources held in crates or bags will need to be taken to a member of staff if you want to borrow them, as they won't fit into the issue machines or returns unit. Please see the Borrowing and Access page for details of what you can borrow as a student, alumni or member of the public.

 

Something's missing or broken, what do I do?

We recommend that before you borrow or return any resource, please check that all the parts are included using the contents sheet provided in each bag or crate. Items normally have a barcode number on them to help you match the parts to the correct resource.

If anything is missing or broken, please tell any member of staff. You can also email askalibrarian@worc.ac.uk. We need to know so that we can replace the missing parts, or the whole resource. Please help us to manage our collections and keep us informed.

 

Suggest new resources for the Teaching Collection

If you are a member of academic staff, a student, alumni, or a public library member working in educational settings or with children, we want to hear your suggestions. If you have a particular resource in mind, or want to suggest a topic or area of the curriculum which could be better resourced, please use the suggestion form to tell us. For inspiration, please see our collection of links for suppliers and providers of educational resources.

 

Inspired by the Teaching Collection...

Inspiration for Early Childhood

We have many resources for early years students and practitioners, including storysacks, titles from the 'Little Books', '50 fantastic...' and '100 ideas' series, and lots of inspiration for crafts and activities.

The Little Books with Big Ideas series and the 50 fantastic series cover a range of skills and topics relevant to the EYFS, from cooking, painting, nature and treasure baskets, to scissor skills, 'stop and listen', messy play and parachute play! The 100 ideas series covers key issues for practitioners, including outstanding practice, school readiness and EAL.

early years book covers

Our storysacks include Teddy Takes a Tumble, The Gruffalo, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Farmer Duck. Most of these are stored in crates in the Teaching Collection, and some are stored in our basement. Please just ask any member of Hive staff if you'd like to borrow a storysack, and they'll be able to help.

Resources in the Teaching Collection are organised into four main areas: books, crates, bags (artefact rail), and oversize (folders, document wallets and big books). Within each section, we use the Dewey system to classify books into topics. This makes it easier for you to browse and discover our resources! Example Dewey numbers include:

  • 370s: education and early years
  • 400s: languages
  • 780s: music
  • 820s: literature

Inspiration for Primary

So many resources all in one place! Find a huge range of children's picturebooks in the children's library, under the video wall. Also available in the children's library are dyslexia friendly reads, older children's fiction, audiobooks and children's non fiction. In the Teaching Collection, you'll find teacher resources, reading schemes, storysacks and artefact collections.

Hungry Caterpillar storysack  coding lift the flap book  evacuees suitcase resource  phonics flashcards

Greek collection  Badger's parting gifts storysack  percussion set

Our storysacks include Teddy Takes a TumbleThe GruffaloThe Very Hungry Caterpillar and Farmer Duck. Great for starting points, and bringing a story to life! Most of these are stored in crates in the Teaching Collection, and some are stored in our basement. Please just ask any member of Hive staff if you'd like to borrow a storysack, and they'll be able to help.

We have a large number of artefact and resource collections, which are useful for specific subject teaching and cross-curricular activities. Victorian toys, Egyptian artefacts, Anglo-Saxon resources, religious artefacts and stories, PE resources, photopacks, timelines, posters...find it all in the Teaching Collection!

Resources in the Teaching Collection are organised into four main areas: books, crates, bags (artefact rail), and oversize (folders, document wallets and big books). Within each section, we use the Dewey system to classify books into topics. This makes it easier for you to browse and discover our resources! Example Dewey numbers include:

  • 200s: religious education (RE)
  • 400s: languages (English language and MFL)
  • 500s: mathematics and science
  • 900s: history

Inspiration for Secondary

The Teaching Collection has a wealth of resources for Secondary level. These include teacher resource books and corresponding student workbooks, artefacts, photopacks, posters and flashcards.

        

GCSE, A-Level and FE students all come to study at The Hive too, so we have student workbooks on Level 3 as well as in the Teaching Collection on Level 1. There are also some fantastic non-fiction texts for KS3 in the Children's Library. We know that the Teaching Collection could do with lots more resources for secondary level subjects, so if you have ideas for topics and resources we could investigate, let us know using the suggestion form

Many secondary teaching books and resources on Level 3 and in the Teaching Collection will be found not in the 370s (education), but within the relevant subject area, for example:

004 Coding and computer science
200s Religious Education
400s MFL and English Language
500s Mathematics and Sciences
600s Design and Technology
700s Art, Music and PE
800s Literacy and Literature
900s History and Geography

Inspiration for Research

Did you know that the University of Worcester has some fascinating Research Collections?

Of particular interest to Education, we have:

  • Childhood: the changing experience of childhood since the 19th century. 
  • Children's Literature: literature published since 1800. Includes the Brown Collection of works by GA Henty; the Elkin Collection of multicultural literature; and the Hawkes Collection of exploration and travel literature (published 1800-1972), predominently based in Africa.
  • Children's theatre: we hold the Paul Harman and Vicky Ireland Collections
  • Education: including the Batho Collection of over 6000 school history texts.

                    

Collections can be viewed by appointment. On the Research Collections webpage you'll also find details about other collections of interest, including the Hurd Library at Hartlebury; The Infirmary and George Marshall Medical Museum at the City Campus; and Worcestershire Archive & Archeology Services based in The Hive, Level 2. 

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