School News

Of Christmas Past: December 2018

How was Christmas celebrated in the past? What foods did they eat? How did they decorate? Join us at the Museum this December to discover the answer to these questions and more.

New for 2018 we are pleased to offer a series of workshops with a festive theme. These 45 minute sessions can be booked as stand alone workshops for your visit or can be added into your day as part of our winter workshop package.

Many of the sessions can be tailored to suit the time period you are studying or can offer a chance for students to compare and contrast across the ages. Options include:

Traditional Festive Music: Get your voices in tune for a festive sing-a-long! After discovering a brief history of carols students will have a chance to learn some simple songs and sing them together around a lit fire or in one of our historic buildings .

‘Twas the Night before Christmas…’: After listening to a short festive story students will visit areas of the Museum that have been prepared for Christmas as inspiration to put together a Christmas tale of their own. This literacy focused session will encourage creative thinking and the use of descriptive language.

A Very Victorian Christmas: The Filkins family in Whittaker’s Cottage need to get ready for Christmas! Help get the house decorated for the festive celebrations while learning about Victorian traditions and making some common Victorian decorations.

Cooking Up Christmas: Prepare for a traditional Tudor celebration by creating decorative marchpane and discovering the secrets or a real festive Tudor feast!

All of the above sessions last for 45 minutes and are suitable for up to 15 students at a time.

For more details or to discuss creating a bespoke visit for your pupils please contact us on 01243 811459 or email [email protected].

National Tree Week: 27 – 30 November 2018

November once again sees the celebration National Tree Week and now you can get involved too! At the Weald & Downland Living Museum we are now taking bookings for a special programme of workshops for school groups to look at the wonders of our woodland.

During this full day of workshops students will have a chance to discover the many ways our ancestors used trees, take a walk in the woodland area of our Museum, hear a short woodland themed story and create their own, and even plant an acorn to grow at home or school!

Designed to complement the Science, English and History curriculum, this fun and hands on day of
activities can be booked for £9.50 per pupil for a maximum of 60 children per day.

For more details or to book please contact us on 01243 811459 or email [email protected]

Free drop in conference for teachers: Celebrating Education Beyond the Classroom

Weald & Downland Living Museum are pleased to be attending School Trips: Celebrating Education Beyond the Classroom conference in Portsmouth on Wednesday 27th June.

This free event gives teachers the chance to discover exciting local opportunities and all the fantastic support that is available to them, particularly when delivering curriculum subjects that may not be their specialist area. Drop in to gather helpful information and to discuss options with providers with a wealth of experience organising school visits.

Based in the heart of Portsmouth this free conference aims to support teachers outside of the classroom, showcasing the best school trips within the Portsmouth area. Whether it is gaining inspiration from the selection of keynote speeches, quizzing professionals with extensive experience of school trips, or saving yourself some valuable time in gathering the information you need for next years trip, you are sure to find what you are looking for at this event.

So why not make the most of your PPA or lunch time on Wednesday 27th June and pop along to Pompey in the Community (right next to Fratton Park) between 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Register for your free place here.

 

Join us for Teacher Preview Day – 21st April 2018

Come and experience an exciting day out with a chance to explore our 40-acre Museum site and see what we can offer your school. On Saturday 21st April teachers are invited for a free visit, along with up to two guests, as part of our annual Teacher Preview Day. Find out more about our unique learning environment and what we can offer for school groups!

Our Schools Services team will be on hand to talk about our wide variety of workshops or to discuss your specific requirements and how we can arrange bespoke timetables to suit your needs. Come and chat to us in the Sargent Room, part of our newly opened and purpose-built café building, where we will also provide tea, coffee and cake.

Explore the whole Museum site, enjoy the taster workshop activities and find out more about our exciting new interpretation galleries. Every visiting teacher will also be given a pack on arrival with details of activities taking place around the site as well as free resources to use with your class.

Free entry to the preview day also applies for two additional family members or friends per teacher, and attendance is open to multiple teachers per school.

To book your place please contact us on 01243 811459 or by emailing [email protected]

 

Express Yourself! UNESCO World Poetry Day Competition

To celebrate UNESCO World Poetry Day — held on Wednesday 21st March 2018 — we are holding a poetry competition!
Poems can be on any subject related to the Museum — wow us with words about our woodland, paint a picture of our buildings in verse or transport us back to a memorable visit with your creative writing.
The competition is open to all students who have visited or will visit with their school within 12 months of this year’s World Poetry Day, and the winner from each Key Stage will receive a Family Day Pass to the Museum as well as have their poem shared on our website.

 

Entries can be sent by email to [email protected] with the subject heading “World Poetry Day Entry”, or by post to Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester, PO18 0EU and marked for the attention of the Schools Team.

Entries should be accompanied by the full name and age of the entrant, their school name and year group. Without this information we will regretfully not be able to award prizes. Entries will only be considered from pupils who have visited with their school or who have a visit booked with us between March 2017 and March 2019.

All entries should reach us by the end of the day on Wednesday 2st March 2018. Winners will be announced in April via the Museum website.

Celebrate Shakespeare Week at the Weald & Downland Living Museum: 12 – 16th March 2018

There is still time to book your place on our special Shakespeare Week programme run in partnership with Chichester Festival Theatre as part of the national Shakespeare Week celebrations.

Join us for a full day of workshops to learn about everyday life in Shakespeare’s England and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Aimed at KS2 pupils this popular programme will give students a chance to explore one of the bard’s plays in the fantastic setting of our museum site. The day will finish with a group performance to showcase the skills learned during the day.

£9.50 per pupil for a full day of workshops. Pre-booking essential.
To secure your place please contact us on 01243 811459 or email [email protected]

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Bookings now being taken for Winter Workshops 2018

Join us this January or February to take part in one of our special whole day Programmes, which can be tailored to suit the time period you are studying. The perfect way to bring your history topic to life, this special offer covers entry to the Museum site and a full day of workshops to fully immerse students in the everyday life of people in the past.

We offer sessions with a Victorian, Tudor or medieval focus, or our popular Anglo-Saxon history and literacy option involving an atmospheric story from Beowulf read around an open fire. Workshop combinations can be tailored to best suit the needs of your students and create a memorable experience for all.

£9.50 per pupil including entry and a full day of workshops. Maximum 60 children per day.

For more details or to book please contact us on 01243 811459 or email [email protected]

National Tree Week: 27 November – 1 December 2017

Trees are terrific! To celebrate the National Tree Week we are now taking bookings for a special programme of workshops to look at the wonders of our woodland.

During this full day of workshops students will have a chance to discover the many ways our ancestors used trees, take a walk in the woodland area of our Museum, hear a short woodland themed story and create their own, and even plant an acorn to grow at home or school!

Designed to complement the Science, English and History curriculum, this fun and hands on day of
activities can be booked for £9.50 per pupil for a maximum of 60 children per day.

For more details or to book please contact us on 01243 811459 or email [email protected]

Shakespeare Week

Shakespeare Week: 12 – 16 March 2018

Bookings are now being taken for our special Shakespeare Week programme run in partnership with Chichester Festival Theatre as part of the national Shakespeare Week celebrations.

Join us for a full day of workshops to learn about everyday life in Shakespeare’s England and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Aimed at KS2 pupils this popular programme will give students a chance to explore one of the bard’s plays in the fantastic setting of our museum site.

The day will finish with a group performance to showcase the skills learned during the day.

£9.50 per pupil for a full day of workshops. Pre-booking essential.

To secure your place please contact us on 01243 811459 or email [email protected]

New Workshops for 2017!

In response to the new GCSE curriculum we are pleased to announce the launch of two new workshops for KS4 pupils!

Health & medicine through the ages for GCSE aims to show the development of medical understanding, from the early medieval to Victorian period, with a focus on ideas of change and continuity. The group will explore a series of homes to investigate changing sanitation and the social impact of key events such as the Black Death. Did medical understanding really improve over time? Were there any of the crazy Tudor cures that actually worked? Why was too much education thought to be bad for a Victorian woman’s health? Find out through a series of quiz style games, and get a chance to prepare a pomander bead to take home, just like a Tudor Apothecary!

Everyday Elizabethan Experiences is designed to give an insight into life for average Elizabethans, in contrast to life at court. Acting as undercover spies, students will complete a series of challenges to learn the answers to questions about daily routine in the period. What did they wear? What did they eat? How did they spend their time? Explore these issues in an interactive and hands on way, with opportunities to try the historic clothing, explore our Tudor Farmstead and play some traditional Tudor games – If you can crack the coded letter first!

Further details and prices can be found on our Museum Led Workshops page.

Additional KS4 workshops are currently in development, so watch this space for further options!