Key Stage 1 Additional Activities

Here is the full list of the additional activities that you can book as part of your visit. We cover a broad range of subjects so you are certain to find something to entertain and educate your students!

Duration: 30 mins

Capacity (max): 60

Age Group; Key Stage 1

Cost: £10.50 + VAT (inc. in Key Stage 1 package)

Overview

Quiet at the back! Silence is golden! Join us at St James’s School for a lesson set in 1912. Pupils will see how education used to be done, in addition to being able to compare the differences and similarities between school now and at the turn of the 20th Century.

The lesson includes:
– The 3R’s (Reading, Writing and Arithmetic)
– Writing on a slate
– Victorian Discipline

Please note, that unless otherwise requested by the teacher, this lesson will not be as strict nor as severe as a true 1912 lesson.

Objectives

– To experience what life was like for a Victorian school child.
–   To observe the differences and similarities between education now and in the 20th century.

Duration: 1 hour

Capacity (Max): 30 pupils

Age Group: EYFS and KS1

Cost: £25 + VAT

Overview

The children take part in an interactive storytelling session with plenty of opportunities to engage and join in with the presenter as well as taking on the role of the three little pigs with help from our puppets.

Following the story, the group are split in half. One group explores traditional Black Country brick making techniques whilst the other explores free-standing structures using plastic straws, wooden lollipop sticks and Lego bricks.

Objectives

– To participate in an interactive retelling of the three little pigs.
– To experience the process of making bricks by hand using clay.
– To know and understand how bricks were made in the past.
– To create free-standing structures using a variety of materials.
– To work cooperatively as part of a small team.

Links to Development Matters and the National Curriculum

Early Years Foundation Stage

Communication and Language (40 – 60+ months)
– Maintains attention, concentrates and sits quietly during appropriate activity.
– Responds to instructions involving a two-part sequence.
– Understands humour.

Key Stage 1

English (Year 1)
– Becoming very familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics.
– Recognising and joining in with predictable phrases.

English (Year 2)
– Becoming increasingly familiar with and retelling a wider range of stories, fairy stories and traditional tales.

Design and Technology
– Build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable.

History
– Changes within living memory. Where appropriate these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life.
– A local history study.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Capacity (max): 30 pupils

Age Group: KS1

Cost: £35 + VAT

Overview

Pupils explore existing products with wheels and axels to develop their ideas and evaluate their success. They then use this knowledge to develop their own ideas and assemble their own toy based on these observations and design criteria. Throughout the workshop, the pupils develop their technical knowledge and understanding including the use of appropriate vocabulary.

Objectives

– To apply the knowledge and understanding gained from the investigation activities to the designing and making process.
– To generate ideas and simple design criteria for a free-wheeling toy.
–  To select and assemble components to make a working model.
– To develop technical knowledge through learning how a vehicle moves using wheels and axles using relevant technical vocabulary.

Links to the National Curriculum

Key Stage 1 

Art and Design
– Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.

Design and Technology
– Design: design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria.
– Evaluate: explore and evaluate a range of existing products.
– explore and use mechanisms in their products.

Duration: 30 to 45 minutes

Capacity (max): 60 pupils

Age Group: Key Stage 1, 2 & 3

Cost: £15 + VAT 

Outreach: £50 + VAT

Overview

This interactive and lively show explores and explains why mining has always been a dangerous business. The students will see scientific demonstrations looking at flammable and inert gases including the problems each one causes. The students will then also see how miners would attempt to use air pressure to suck ‘bad air’ out of the mins to make them safe to work in. Finally, they will see first-hand Victorian ‘Health and Safety’ by seeing the presenter set themselves on fire in addition to creating a ‘fire tornado’ and the revolutionary ‘Day Lamp’.

This show covers a broad spread of Science and History subjects that can be tailored to the specific learning levels for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 in addition to your enquiry theme.

Objectives

– To know the dangers of working in a mine.
– To understand the developments of safety in a mine.
– To take part in an interactive show.
– To understand some of the problems faced by miners in the 1800s and how these were overcome.
– To experience chemical changes and the resulting products.

Links to the National Curriculum 

Key Stage 1
History – Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Key Stage 2
History – A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupil’s chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Key Stage 3
History – Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain (1745-1901)
                               – A local history study.
Science – Understand that scientific methods and theories develop as earlier explanations are modified to take into account of
new evidence and ideas, together with the importance of publishing results and peer review.

Duration: 1 hour

Capacity (max): 30 

Age Group: Key Stage 1

Cost: £15 + VAT

Overview

Throughout the workshop, pupils get to investigate the similarities and differences between toys today and toys from the past. This workshop introduces children to the concept of ‘old and new’ and ‘past and present’ and encourages them to think about changes in living memory. It provides a wide range of opportunities for children to develop their speaking and listening skills.

Objectives

– To discover that toys were played with in the past.
– To identify the similarities and differences between ways of life at different times in history.
– To use a range of sources and real artefacts to find out about the past.
– To be able to explain how they know that a toy is old.
– To ask and answer questions about the past.

Links to the Curriculum

Key Stage 1
History – Changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life.
Science – Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock for a variety of everyday materials.

Duration: 30 minutes

Capacity (max): 15

Age Group: Key Stage 1

Cost: £17.50 + VAT

Overview

This workshop focus on a typical laundry day for a Black Country family. The pupils get hands-on with a dolly and tub, washboard, ‘posser’ and mangle. They follow the washing process from using the dolly and tub through to squeezing the water out using the mangle and pegging them out to dry. The session also introduces children to the concept of ‘old’ and ‘new’ and encourages them to think about changes within living memory. It also provides a wide range of opportunities for children to develop their speaking and listening skills.

Objectives

– To discover how washing and cleaning was done in the past.
– To identify similarities and differences between ways of life.
– To use a range of sources and real artefacts to find out about the past.
– To ask and answer questions about the past.

Links to the Curriculum

 Key Stage 1
History
– A local history study.
– Changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life.