Pop it in the Post

A free learning resource for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 from The Postal Museum, sponsored by Royal Mail.

Use real archival documents including photographs, stamps and letters to discover how the world’s first prepaid postage stamp – The Penny Black changed the way we communicate forever.

This simple idea revolutionised the postal service opening it up to ordinary people who previously couldn’t afford to use it.

Pop it in the Post includes:

  • A learning resource with lesson plans, teachers’ notes, activity ideas and PowerPoint presentations for whiteboards
  • A live-action film introducing Rowland Hill and his big idea
  • An animated game for your pupils to play and test their knowledge.
Download full Pop it in the Post learning resource

Topics

Download individual topics from the Pop it in the Post learning resource here. You’ll also find PowerPoint presentations to accompany each topic.

Each topic includes lesson plans, teachers’ notes, activity ideas and PowerPoint presentations for whiteboards.

Pop it in the Post film

Meet Rowland Hill, who explains how his big idea changed the way we communicate!

Suitable for Key Stages 1-3.

Rowland tells the story of his invention – the Penny Black…

Download film in High Definition: Click here and choose download icon in bottom-right

Download film in standard definition: Click here and choose download icon in bottom-right

Pop it in the Post game

Heard the story of Rowland Hill and the Penny Black stamp? Test your knowledge in a fun interactive game!

Suitable for Key Stages 1 and 2.