Key Stage 2 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 minutes

Capacity (max): 60 pupils

Ages Group: KS2,3&4

Cost : £10.50 + VAT Included in some KS2 packages.

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 will include:
– The 3 Rs (Reading, Writing and Arithmetic)
– Writing on a Slate
– Victorian Discipline

Objectives

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

Links to the National Curriculum

Key Stage 2

History
– A local history study.
– A study of an aspect or theme in  British history that extends pupils’ knowledge beyond 1066.

Key Stage 3

History
– Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain  (1745-1901)
– A local history study.

Resources

Lesson Plan

St James’ School Information Sheet

Extracts from St James’s School Log-Book

Duration: 30 to 45 minutes

Capacity (max): 60 pupils

Age Group: Key Stage 1, 2 & 3

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: 1.5 hours

Focus: Mechanical Systems

Capacity: 35 students

Cost: £35 + VAT per session

To design, make and evaluate a toy fairground ride.

This workshop develops an understanding of mechanical systems and how they can be driven by electricity. It makes direct links between design & technology, literacy and history.

Objectives:

  • To understand how gears and pulleys work
  • To investigate fairground rides through a visit, a handling collection and the use of ICT
  • To design, make and evaluate a product that considers the needs and interests of the user

Associated Resources

Project Planner

Pre-visit

Worksheet: My Favourite Ride

Post Visit Resources 

Worksheet 1: Investigating Mechanisms

Worksheet 2: Investigating Mechanisms

User Questionnaire

Worksheet: Step by Step Process

Worksheet: Evaluation

Worksheet: My Pitch

Please note: Due to the construction of our brand new development, BCLM: Forging Ahead, our fairground is temporarily closed.

Duration: 1 hour

Capacity (max): 30

Age Group: Key Stage 2 & 3

Cost: £17.50 + VAT

Overview

This workshop explores how we can find out about the past from various sources of information. The students explore a wide range of primary sources including census documents, newspaper articles, maps, illustrations and artefacts to find out about what life was life in the past. The workshop also explores the process and the importance of using multiple sources of information to find out about the past. The workshop is tailored to your specific enquiry theme to help to enhance your visit to the Museum.

Objectives

  • To think about how we learn about the past.
  • To consider what types of historical sources are available to a historian. 
  • To make inferences based on information from a primary source.
  • To encourage critical thinking to determine the reliability of sources.
  • To understand the importance of referencing multiple sources.

Duration: 1 hour

Capacity (Max): 25 Pupils

Age Group: Key Stage 2 & 3

Cost: £25 + VAT

Overview

Within the session, students will see some examples of canal art from our historical collection to help inspire their designs. Students will learn how to mix paint and with the help of stencils and sample shapes, they will make a beautiful design. At the end of the workshop, the students will have a completed canal art inspired tile to take home with them.

Objectives

– To gain an appreciation and understanding of traditional Black Country art, craft and design.
– To know how art and design reflect and shape our history and contributes to our culture.
–  To have the opportunity to develop new skills and improve their mastery of art and design techniques.
– To develop confidence, competence, imagination and creativity.

Links to the National Curriculum

Key Stage 2

Art and Design
– To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.

History
– A local history study.

Key Stage 3

Art and Design
– To use a range of techniques and media including painting.
– To increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials.

Duration: 1 hour

Capacity (Max): 25 Pupils

Age Group: Key Stage 2 & 3

Cost: £30 + VAT

Overview

Students begin by looking at examples of enamelled objects from our historic collection. They also begin to develop an understanding of the reasons for enamelling an object in addition to the science behind the process.

Students then design their name plaque which they perfect before etching their design onto copper plaques that have had the ‘wet process’ applied to them.

After completing their design, the students will see the process of enamelling. They experience flux being applied to their designs in addition to seeing it being fired. Finally, the students observe the cooling process and watch the chemical change taking place.

At the end of the day, all of the students ‘ designs will have been fired or we will post them out to you for your students to enjoy.

Objectives

  • To understand some of the reasons for enamelling an object.
  • To know what equipment is required for enamelling.
  • To understand and experience the process of creating an enamelled object.
  • To evaluate their own designs and improve them to create a final design.

Links to the National Curriculum

Key Stage 2

Art and Design
– To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.

Key Stage 3

Art and Design
– To use a range of techniques and media, including painting.
–   To increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials.
– To analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work.

Duration: 1 hour

Capacity (Max): 25 Pupils

Age Group: Key Stage 2 & 3

Cost: £30 + VAT

Overview

Students use a pre-made die and various metals (copper shim and aluminium) to create petals for a flower. The students then use the cut out the petals of various sizes which they can choose to emboss or pattern as they see fit. They then use a ‘pop’ rivet to join the petals together in addition to adding embellishments to the completed flower. Throughout the workshop, the students receive explanations of the various metalworking techniques they are using.

Objectives

– To create a decorative flow using various metals and metalworking processes.
– To understand the process of ‘pop’ riveting pieces of metal together.
– To develop knowledge about various metalworking processes.

Links to the Curriculum

Key Stage 2

Arts and Design
– Improve the mastery of art and design techniques with a range of materials.

Key Stage 3

Art and Design
– Use a range of techniques and media, increase proficiency in the handling of different materials.

Design and Technology
– Select from and use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery, including computer-aided manufacture.

Duration: 1 hour

Capacity (Max): 25 Pupils

Age Group: Key Stage 2 & 3

Cost: £25 + VAT

Overview

Through this workshop, students get an introduction to the traditional art of Rag Rugging. Students observe the traditional techniques of ‘hooking’ and ‘podging’ strips of fabric through hessian. Once the students are confident, they plan out their design and begin to craft their own miniature rag rug using a variety of colours. By the end of the workshop, they will have their mini rag rug to take back with them to school.

Objectives

– To experience and use the traditional techniques to create a rag rug.
– To design a mini rag rug using the heritage of the Museum as inspiration for their designs.

Links to National Curriculum

Key Stage 2

History
– A local history study.

Art and Design
– To improve their mastery of art and design techniques.

Key Stage 3

Art and Design
– To use a range of techniques and media, including painting.
– To increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials.
– About the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times to the present day.

History
–  Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain (1745-1901)

Duration: 1 hour

Capacity (Max): 25 Pupils

Age Group: Key Stage 2 & 3

Cost: £30 + VAT

Overview

This workshop explore the process of casting objects in metal. Students will see how to create a pattern and prepare the mould for the molten metal. They will then have a hands-on experience of pouring molten metal into their prepared moulds. Finally, your students will see the process of traditional sand casting techniques. At the end of the workshop, the students will have a cast object to take back to school with them.

Objectives

– To experience the process of preparing a mould for casting as well as pouring molten metal into their mould.
– To understand the process of traditional sand casting to create a 3D object.

Links to the Curriculum

Key Stage 2

History
– A local history study.

Science (Year 4)
– Observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled.

Key Stage 3

History
– Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain (1745 – 1901)
– A local history study.