the Web Site
Although the web site may be used as a self-supporting
activity it is envisaged that most schools will use it as part
of a wider study to support the curriculum.
Language Levels and the Use of Specialist Vocabulary.
To enhance pupils’ historical knowledge and investigative
skills the authors have used appropriate specialist vocabulary.
According to a pupil’s motivation or ability s/he can access
the content of the web site at three levels:
- through visual images such as pictures and maps.
- through the explanatory text
- through transcripts, extracts and historical accounts in
To enable pupils to use the web site effectively teachers may
wish to introduce the concept of ‘museums’, ‘archives’,
‘galleries’ and the like, before students go on line. Some
technical terms to do with shipwrecks and smuggling are
explained in the Glossary. General vocabulary such as ‘maritime’
and ‘coast’ may be deduced from their context, or extracts
may be down loaded to use as a literacy shared reading or
comprehension exercise. In the primary Literacy Strategy, in the
shared reading guidelines (p11), there is a specific expectation
that “because the teacher is supporting the reading, pupils
can work from texts that are beyond their independent reading
levels.” The English National Curriculum document under
Reading Non-fiction and non-literary texts also requires that
pupils should “engage with challenging and demanding subject
Although Smugglers is pitched at KS2 and Shipwrecks at KS3,
with some pupils it may be appropriate to encourage cross over
between the themes, for example in a study of the novel ‘Moonfleet’
- see below. For this reason the National Curriculum
links include details of Shipwreck links to the KS 2 curriculum
and Smuggling links to the KS 3 curriculum.
and printing texts
Although pages can be
printed directly from the website, most
texts in the Archive and Teachers Centre are also available as
printer-friendly files in Microsoft Word format and RTF
(Rich Text Format). If Microsoft Word and Microsoft
Internet Explorer are installed on your computer choose the
'Word' links for printing. The document will open in
Microsoft Word within Internet Explorer and you will be
able to save and / or print in the usual way.
If you would prefer not to display the
document and simply save it to your
computer, right-click the download link
and click 'Save target as...'.
For other programs download
texts using the RTF links. It should be possible to open
these documents in any word processor program.
The Smugglers Portfolio is available to download and print
in both Microsoft
Word and Adobe
Acrobat PDF formats as well as a Web
page. If you choose the latter you may need to decrease
the margins and delete the Header and Footer to print correctly.
To do this, view the page and click 'File' on the menu bar of your
browser, then 'Page setup' and make the necessary adjustments. We
suggest left, right and top margins of 3mm and a bottom margin of
16mm which should suit most printers.
You can find an information page here