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Wiltshire Trave ller Belief and Culture. The largest groups of Travellers supported in Wiltshire are Gypsy Travellers and Irish Travellers. Both of these are recognised as distinct ethnic groups.

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Wiltshire trave ller belief and culture

Wiltshire Traveller Belief and Culture

The largest groups of Travellers supported in Wiltshire are Gypsy Travellers and Irish Travellers. Both of these are recognised as distinct ethnic groups.

The Wiltshire Traveller Support Service also supports circus, fairground, canal and new Travellers.

This unit relies heavily on ‘An introduction to the Culture and Beliefs of the Traveller Community’ Teachers’ RE Resource Pack. Available from Dorset Traveller Education Support Service. It is a resource for KS1 but could be adapted for KS2.

For further information phone 01350 851302

Wiltshire trave ller belief and culture


RE Co-Coordinator

Local Traveller Education Service

Reverend Roger Reading (Traveller Chaplin)


Six Week RE Unit and/or cultural day

Skills, Attitudes and Knowledge





Valuing Diversity


Classroom based activities.

School grounds


Paulton’s Park Romany Exhibition (Contact to Check still available)

An Introduction to Traveller Beliefs and Culture

Responsible Citizens

Confident Individuals

Successful Learners

Values and practices

Comparison of Life and Culture

Decisions and life choices.


Resource pack prepared and distributed by TESS, Dorset (Traveller Education Support Services)

This can be borrowed by contacting TESS on 07881517742.

(This is entitled KS1 but can be adapted for KS2)

Curricular Links


Design and Technology


Speaking and Listening

An introduction to the culture and beliefs of the traveller community

An Introduction to the Culture and Beliefs of the Traveller Community

  • About this unit; this unit is likely to be the first encounter that children will have with the Traveller Community. It introduces them to the term ‘Traveller’ and encourages them to understand that there are many different types of Traveller community. This particular unit focuses on the Gypsy Traveller community but includes references to other Traveller traditions and communities. Children will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of

  • Gypsy, Traveller, Vardo, Bender, Trailer, Site

  • A selection of Romany words

  • Solstice

  • Hand fasting

Useful weblinks

Useful Weblinks

  • http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/inclusion-gypsies-travellers.htm

  • http://www.hants.gov.uk/education/department/guidance/travellers/guide-10.php

  • http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/subjects/literacy/traveller/

  • http://www.warrington.gov.uk/Images/Travller%20-%20Resources%20list_tcm31-12667.pdf

  • http://www.paveepoint.ie/index.html

  • http://www.scottishtravellered.net/resources/casestudies/STEPcasestudy_fife.pdf

  • http://www.gypsy-traveller.org/cyberpilots/adult_section/books.htm

  • http://www.hants.gov.uk/rh/gypsy/index.html

  • http://www.hants.gov.uk/rh/gypsy/resources/teachers.html



Who are travellers

Who are Travellers

  • The Traveller communities

  • The significance of possessions

  • The collections of their peers and the reason why people collect certain items

    Pupils will be able to:

  • Talk about the difference between travelling on holiday or on a trip and travelling as a lifestyle

  • Identify what matters to them and what matters to others.

Home and lifestyle

Home and Lifestyle

Pupils will be able to:

  • talk about the types of homes a Traveller might live in and give a reason why

  • identify a similarity and a difference between their own home and those of a Traveller

  • demonstrate care when handling valuable possessions

    Pupils will learn to:

  • make links between their experience of home and a Travellers home

  • find out about different types of Traveller homes and a travelling /outdoor life

What is important to gypsy travellers

What is Important to Gypsy Travellers?

Pupils will learn about,

  • The importance of family to Gypsy Travellers. Gypsy Travellers place value in family pride. Family is a source of help and support

  • The importance of horses and shared celebrations

  • A shared language

  • That decorations reflect Gypsy culture

    Pupils will be able to,

  • Talk about something of importance to Gypsy Travellers and make a link between that and something that is important to themselves

  • Express their ideas through creative and expressive arts

A KS1 resource but useful to start


Available from:

Wiltshire Traveller Education

Traveller Education

Service, Schools Branch,

Department for Children and

Education, Wiltshire County Council

County Hall, BytheseRoad,Trowbridge,

Wiltshire, BA14 8JB

What do traveller families do together

What do Traveller families do together?

Pupils will learn,

  • That Traveller families work together

  • Traveller children have a responsibility to help within their family

  • Travellers have skills which they pass down to their children

    Pupils will be able to,

  • Talk about the difference that being a child of a Traveller makes

  • Think about difficult questions and communicate an answer

  • Explore Gypsy arts and customs by creating their own example

What do gypsy travellers believe

What do Gypsy Travellers believe?

Pupils will learn,

  • That you can have a faith without going to a special building

  • That Gypsy Travellers thank God for their lives

  • That Travellers respect their ‘elders’ and listen to their advice.

    Pupils will be able to,

  • Make links between Christian and Gypsy belief and practice i.e. belief in God, christening

  • Explain what Gypsy Travellers are thankful for and think about something that they are thankful for.

  • Recall a traditional Traveller morality tale ( eg Lazy Jack and think about it’s moral. Link to parables that Jesus told.)

What is a traveller wedding like

What is a Traveller wedding like?

Pupils will learn,

  • about different types of weddings

  • the importance of promises

    Pupils will be able to,

  • express their feeling in response to music

  • talk about different types of weddings

  • consider the importance of a promise

Are travellers treated fairly

Are Travellers treated fairly?

Pupils will learn to ,

  • explore the issue of equality through drama

  • talk about difficult situation

    Pupils will be able to,

  • reflect on the issue of stereotypes

  • think about their response to others

“Teacher’s role is as

much about breaking

down barriers of

prejudice and racism

as about teaching

literacy and




Children will learn,

  • the importance of rules and customs

  • to treat others beliefs and customs with respect

    Pupils will be able to,

  • talk about the different rules that are followed in different peoples homes.

  • consider the views of others based on their lifestyle.

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