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Key Stage 1

For more information or to book please contact: [email protected] or 01743 258881

The Key to the Castle

EYFS/KS1
Shropshire Museums’ Collection Centre, Ludlow

Unlock the creaking castle door and take an exciting trip back to castle times. Children discover what life was like a very long time ago through dressing up, songs and stories and access to original and replica artefacts. They spend the afternoon visiting Ludlow Castle for a special guided tour.

Dinosaur Detectives

EYFS/KS1
Shropshire Museums’ Collection Centre, Ludlow
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Come and dive into ancient seas to find incredible creatures from the time of the dinosaurs. Teeth, claws, eggs, footprints and a dinosaur hunt help us discover so much about these fabulous creatures before we do our own dino dig and paint a beautiful fossil to take home.

Workshop overview

LEGO® Story Starter – A Night at the Museum

KS1/KS2
Shrewsbury Museums & Art Gallery

Creak, rattle, squeeeeeak, rattle, clank… “What is that terrible noise? Where is everybody? Where am I?” It is nearly dark; you are locked in the museum. The museum doesn’t open again until tomorrow morning! What will happen at the museum between sunset and sunrise? Where is the eerie sound coming from? What will you do about it? In the LEGO® Education workshop children explore history chronologically as they take a tour of the museum and imagine what it would have been like to hunt a mammoth, sleep in a Tudor bed and be an explorer like Charles Darwin. In our museum classroom, children use LEGO® Education’s Story Starter kits to plan, sequence and build their own story based on the theme of ‘a night at the museum’.

Workshop overview

“The children loved handling the artefacts and ordering the old and new items. When some of them were interviewed… the next day, they had remembered an amazing amount of facts… They also loved using the slates and pencils”

Landscape Tour & Art Workshop

KS1/KS2
Shrewsbury Museums & Art Gallery

Pupils tour the museum galleries to look closely at the collection of landscape paintings on display. Pupils will discover how the artist has used their choice of media to evoke a sense of place and will learn a landscape vocabulary to describe the paintings. Pupils then create their own landscape using either:
→ Watercolour paints
→ Collagraph printing
→ Collage

Workshop overview

Portrait Tour & Art Workshop

KS1/KS2/KS3
Shrewsbury Museums & Art Gallery

During this interactive tour pupils are encouraged to look closely at the works on display to reveal clues about the sitter and the artist. In the museum education room pupils use the museum’s portrait collection for inspiration as they create a finished piece of art work using your choice of:
→ Clay sculpture
→ Printing
→ Collage

Workshop overview

Mill Apprentice Experience

KS1/KS2
Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

Children as young as nine years old worked at Shrewsbury Flax Mill. Some were supplied under the apprenticeship system from orphanages, the local workhouse and further afield. During this interactive workshop children will discover what life was like for a child apprentice living and working at Shrewsbury Flax Mill in the early 19th century. Children will adopt a role, dress in costume and try out some of the daily tasks performed by a hard working mill apprentice.

Workshop overview

“Good variety of activities and excellent questioning by your member of staff. The children enjoyed being historians and piecing together the evidence and clues. Very impressive – well worth the money… we will be booking for this session again next year.”

The Ploughman’s Lunch

KS1
Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

(September and October only)
The Ploughman is hungry! Can you help us to find the ingredients to make his lunch? In this interactive farm tour children find out about daily life on the farm and discover where food comes from. It’s a race to gather all the ingredients we need to feed the hungry ploughman…can we get his lunch ready on time?

The Secret Life of Plants

KS1
Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

Children will gain an understanding of how plants grow from seeds and the importance of water and light in growth. Practical activities introduce them to a variety of common species and provide the opportunity to name and understand the different parts of plants.

Animal Homes

KS1
Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

Children are introduced to a range of different animals and consider how the appearance and diet of the animals are well suited to the habitats in which they live. The session concludes with children “becoming” particular animals and deciding on the perfect home – especially if you can eat you neighbours!

Harvest Home

KS1/KS2
Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

(September & October only)
Learn how both young and
old pulled together during Victorian harvest time. Reap the wheat, bind the sheaves, build the stooks and glean in the fields before threshing, winnowing and milling in the barn. Learn why the harvest was celebrated and why everyone had their part to play.

Charles Darwin

KS1
Museum in School

Children learn about Darwin’s early life and scientific methods by dressing up in costume of the period and sorting bugs into categories or groups. They also follow the route of the Beagle to discover some of the specimens Darwin collected during the voyage and then create a Darwin notebook to record their findings.

Workshop overview

Florence Nightingale

KS1
Museum in School

Through hands-on activities, children explore Florence’s childhood and school days and meet her pet owl Athena. They learn how to tie a bandage and help to make a poultice before identifying the problems faced by the hospital at Scutari, and discovering how Florence addressed them.

Toys

KS1
Museum in School

Children handle original toys and look for evidence of how children played in the past. They look for similarities and differences between old and modern toys, play with a selection of replica Victorian toys and investigate childhood pastimes from the Victorian era to the present day.

Workshop overview

DIG IT! – After School History Club Children take a tour through time and solve a history mystery each week as we delve into the past in our hands-on history club. This six week after school club is run by members of the learning team from Shropshire museums and explores a different history topic each week. Sessions involve craft, drama & role play and an opportunity to handle real museum objects. There will be a visit to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery in week six.

For more information or to book please contact: [email protected] or 01743 258881