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School Workshops

If you do not see a suitable workshop or trail for your group please get in touch with us at the museum. We will try to accommodate all requests and in the past have created individual workshops for school groups. These have included May Pole dancing and handling sessions using items from the museum stores.

Self- Led Visits

These are teacher/helper led activities. The museum provides the resources, including downloadable teacher’s notes and information, for schools to use.

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The Shopkeepers Trail

EYFS & KS 1

Approx Length: 1-2hours

History, Science, English

The shop keeper ofthe Grocer’s shop is ill and leaves a note asking the children to help him to order some new stock.  The shop keeper’s trail will take your group to a variety of interactive displays around the site, showing how goods were made and along the way they will discover how different shopping was in the past.

Download the Shopkeepers trail here

The School Room

EYFS, KS1 & KS2

Number of Pupils: max 25

Length: 2 hours

Cross Curricular

Take on the role of School Master or Mistress and transport your class back in time to experience what school was like in the past for teachers and pupils. How neatly can your children write with chalk on a slate? How well can they recite their times tables or learn a poem by heart? Can they sit still and not fidget? Which would they choose - school life then or now?

This session can be tailored to explore school life in the Victorian and Edwardian periods and up to the 1950s. The School Room has a number of resources for teachers and pupils to use including basic costume suitable for Victorian to 1920s, slates, flashcards, books, ink, dip pens and lesson ideas. Schools that book a session in the School Room are welcome to use it for more than one group of pupils. Two sessions are available everyday, 10.00-12.00 and 12.30-2.30.

Cost: £15 per session

Also available as a museum led 1 hour session £45

Download the Instructions for The School Room

Life in the past: Meet the Finch Family

EYFS, KS1 & KS2

Number of Pupils: max 30

Length: 2 hours

History, Science, English

Step back in time as you enter the Finch family home. Help with the wash day chores - scrubbing, mangling and pegging out the clothes. Handle some mystery household objects and find out more about the lives of a farming family.

This workshop involves a carousel of activities that allow your pupils to handle objects from the Victorian period as well as comparing and contrasting them with modern objects. Two sessions are available everyday, 10.00-12.00 and 12.30-2.30.

Cost: £15 per session

Download the teaching resources here

Materials in the Barn

KS1
Number of Pupils: max 30
Length: 2 hours

Science, English, Art and Design

This workshop has a variety of hands-on activities that explore the museum’s magnificent 13th century barn, how it is constructed and the materials used to make objects such as farm tools. Through a carousel of activities pupils can handle and sort a variety of farm tools, use mirror drawing to explore the barn’s timbers, and construction kits to explore the structure of the 800 year old barn and much more.  

Cost: £15

Download the teaching resource here

Mrs Beeton’s Bread and Butter Trail

KS1 & KS2

Number of Pupils: max 30

Length: 1.5 - 2 hours

History, Science, English

Help Mrs Beeton find some bread and butter for her picnic by exploring the museum and finding out how bread and butter were made. With hands on activities including grinding wheat and milking our very special cow, Delilah. This trail takes your group around much of the museum site giving a focus to a site tour

Cost: £15

Can be combined with the museum-led Meet the Dairy Maid session for £45

Download the teaching resources here 

The Three Little Pigs

Foundation/Early Years & KS1

Number of Pupils: max 30

 

Length: 1-2 hours

History, Science, English, Art and Design

Listen to the story of the Three Little Pigs then go on a trip around the museum learning about animal homes, houses that are made of sticks, straw and bricks, and all the ways the Big Bad Wolf could sneak into Abbot’s Hall!

Cost: £15

Can be combined with the museum led Three Little Pigs: Build Your Own Home for £45

Download the teaching resources here 

Museum Led Workshops

These workshops are led by a trained museum staff member. Some assistance from teachers/helpers may be required.

The School Room

EYFS, KS1 & KS2

Number of Pupils: max 25

Length: 2 hours

Cross Curricular

Transport your class back in time to experience what school was like in the past with the Museum School Master or Mistress. How neatly can your children write with chalk on a slate? How well can they recite their times tables or learn a poem by heart? Can they sit still and not fidget? Which would they choose - school life then or now?

This session can be tailored to explore school life in the Victorian and Edwardian periods and up to the 1950s.

Cost :£45

Meet the Dairymaid

KS1 & KS2

Number of Pupils: max 30

Length: 45mins – 1 hour

History, Science, English

A museum staff member will take your group through how butter has been made in the past and the processes involved. Pupils will be able to have a go at making their own individual pat of butter from cream. Mrs Beeton’s Bread and Butter Trail is included with this activity.

Cost: £45

Three Little Pigs: Build your own home

Foundation/Early Years or KS1

Number of Pupils: max 30

Length: 45mins – 1 hour

History, Science, English, Art and Design

This session is led by a museum staff member. Your group will build their own house out of the materials from the story: bricks, straw and sticks and are asked to decide which the best and strongest building material is. Which building will survive being blown down by the big bad wolf? The Three Little Pigs trail is included with this activity.

Cost: £45

Traditional Victorian Christmas with the Haywards

KS1, KS2 and KS3

Number of Pupils: max 30

Length: 45mins – 1hour

Please contact museum for session times

Discover a Traditional Victorian Christmas with costumed museum staff members and find out about the Hayward family who lived in Abbot’s Hall from the 1870s. Have a go at making Victorian Christmas decorations, cards, crackers and recreate the smells of this special time of year in the dining room of the Hall. Workshops can be tailored to suit all ages and abilities. Available Tuesday-Friday in December.

Cost: £45

Explorer Boxes

Free resource boxes for use on the museum site - please book in advance.

Out in the Countryside

KS1 & KS2

Number of Pupils: max 35

Length: 1-3 hours

Science, English

A number of activities based on the seasons that will encourage students to explore the museum grounds and find out about nature, plants, animals and trees. There are different activities for spring, summer, autumn and winter so this is a box that can be used all year round, over and over again!

Cost: Free

Download the teachers notes

Tell a Story

KS1

Number of Pupils: max 30

Length: 1 hour

History, Science

The box contains books with a trail that link the stories to the museum collection displayed in Abbot’s Hall. Your pupils can use the trail to discover objects, find out what they are and link them back to the story.

Cost: Free

Download the teachers notes

Exploring the Gardens

KS1, KS2 & KS3

Number of Pupils: max 30

Length: 1 hour

History, English, Geography

This Explorer Box has three activities that use maps and images to explore the grounds around Abbot’s Hall. Your group can discover old and new maps, photographs, compasses and explore how landscapes change.

Cost: Free

Download the teachers notes

Materials

KS1

Number of Pupils: Max 30

Length: 1 hour

History, Science, English

A trail that links objects and pictures to the collections on display in Abbot’s Hall and Crowe Street Cottages; your pupils can use the trail to discover how old and new household objects differ in design, the materials they are made from and the technology used.

Cost: Free

Download the teachers notes here

Garden Games Trolley

KS1 & KS2

Number of Pupils: Max 30

Length: 1 hour

A selection of traditional garden games to use on the back lawn of Abbot’s Hall including: quoits, croquet, boules, skittles, skipping ropes and spinning tops. The trolley has information about each game as well as rules, hints and tips.

Cost: Free

Loans Boxes

The museum has a number of loans boxes that are available to hire for use in school or on the museum site. They contain historical objects on a variety of topics with supporting written material and images. All of the objects can be handled and used. Each of the boxes can be used across many subjects - history, art and design, literacy, geography and science being just a few examples.

Cost: £5 per box per week or £15 for 4 weeks
         Free if used on museum site

Second World War

KS1, KS2 and KS3

History, Science, English

Discover what life was like during the Second World War.

Contains objects such as: Gas mask, Evacuee Suitcase, Land Army Breeches, Helmet, Ration Book, Identity Cards.

On The Farm

EYFS, KS1 and KS2

History, Science, English

What happened in the countryside in the past? How did they farm? What jobs did people do?
Contains objects such as: Bowler hat, Pipe, Whetstone, Snaffle Bit, Buskins, Bird Scarer, Little Red Hen Story Bag.

House and Home

KS1 and KS2

History, Science, English

Discover different homes from the past. What did people have in their houses? What did people wear? What did they do for fun?

Contains objects such as: 1920s Hats, Washing Tongs, Darning Mushroom, Whip and Top, Box Brownie Camera and Flat Irons.

Gypsy Travellers

KS1 and KS2

History, Science, English

Take a look at another culture and find out about Gypsy Traveller clothing, homes and more.
Contains objects such as: Pegs, China, Glassware, Dresses and Water Jacks.

Cooking and the Kitchen

KS1 and KS2

History, Science, English

What did people in the past use in their kitchens? How did they cook? Can you work out what all the objects are? What are the equivalents in your home?
Contains objects such as: 1950s Toaster, Butter Pats, Mincer, Nutmeg Grater, Root Chopper, Scale Weights.

 

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