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 mins

Age Groups: Key Stage 2,3 & 4

Cost: £10.50 (ex. VAT)
Inc. in some Key Stage 2 packages.

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.

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

Links to the National Curriculum (2014)

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

St James’ School Information Sheet
Extracts from St James’s School Log-Book

Duration: 30 to 45 mins

Age Group: Key Stage 1, 2, 3 & 4

Cost: £10.50 (ex VAT)

Inc. in some packages.

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 19th Century and how these were overcome.
  • To experience chemical changes and the resulting products.

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.

 

Links to the National Curriculum (2014)

Key Stage 2
History

  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupil’s chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
  • A local history study.

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 hr 30 mins

Age Group: Key Stage 2

Cost: £35 (ex. VAT)

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

Overview

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.

Links to the National Curriculum (2014)

Key Stage 2

Design and Technology

Design

  • Use research and develop criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups.

Evaluate

  • Investigate and analyse a range of existing products.
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.

Technical Knowledge

  • Understand and use mechanical systems in their products.
  • Understand and use electrical systems in their products. 

Classroom 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 hr

Age Group: Key Stage 2 & 3

Cost: £17.50 (ex. VAT)

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.

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.

Links to the National Curriculum (2014)

Key Stage 2

History

‘They should understand how our knowledge of the past comes from a range of sources.’

  • A local history study.
  • A study of an aspect or theme that extends pupils chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Key Stage 3

History

‘They should pursue historically valid enquires including some they have framed themselves’
‘They should understand how different types of historical sources are used rigorously to make historical claims and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.’

  • Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britian 1745 – 1901.
  • A local history study.

Duration: 1 hour

Age Group: Key Stage 2 & 3

Cost: £25 (ex. VAT)

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.

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.

Links to the National Curriculum (2014)

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 hr.

Age Group: Key Stage 2 & 3

Cost: £30 (ex. VAT)

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.

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.

Links to the National Curriculum (2014)

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 hr

Age Group: Key Stage 2 & 3

Cost: £30 (ex. VAT) 

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 metal working processes.

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.

Links to the National Curriculum (2014)

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 hr.

Age Group: Key Stage 2 & 3

Cost: £25 (ex. VAT)

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.

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.

Links to National Curriculum (2014)

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)
  • A local history study.

Duration: 1 hr

Age Group: Key Stage 2 & 3

Cost: £30 (ex. VAT)

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.

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.

Links to the National Curriculum (2014)

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.

Duration: 1hr 30 mins

Age Group: Key Stage 2

Cost: £35.00 (ex. VAT)

Objectives

  • To apply understanding gains from investigating activities to designing and making.
  • To learn about different types and uses of bridges.
  • To assemble components to build a model bridge.
  • To learn how structures can be reinforced and strengthened.
  • To learn how structures can fail when loaded.
  • To test and evaluate the finished bridge
  • To work together as part of a team.

Overview

In this workshop, children explore the forces that act on bridges and the various styles of bridges used around the world. They gain an understanding of what makes a bridge strong as well as what can happen if the forces are unbalanced. Most of the time is spent on a design challenge where they work in small groups to build a bridge that spans a set distance. They are provided with a set number of materials and the bridge is then tested to destruction to see how much weight it can support.

Links to the National Curriculum (2014)

Key Stage 2

Design and Technology

Technical Knowledge

  • Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures.

Maths: Year 3

  • Draw and recognise 3D shapes using modelling materials, recognise 3D shapes in different orientations and describe them.

Science: Year 5

  • Explain that unsupported objects fall towards Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object.

Duration: 1 hr

Age Group: Key Stage 2 & 3

Cost: £25.00 (ex. VAT)

Objectives

  • To understand the history of CAD/CAM and the developments that have been made.
  • To experience using CAD software to create a design.
  • To see a CAM process and understand some of it uses.

Activity Blurb

Within this workshop, students experience how designers and manufactures use computers, machinery, and software to create products and solve problems. Following an introduction to the design software (Inkscape), they then can create a design on the side of a wooden (MDF) keyring. Once they have finished their designs, the students observe the laser cutter creating their designs.

Links to the National Curriculum (2014)

Key Stage 2

Design and Technology

  • Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles, and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic properties.

Key Stage 3

Design and Technology

  • Investigate new and emerging technologies.

Art and Design

  • To use a range of techniques and media inc. painting.