Outreach

Bring the Black Country Museum to your door with our exciting outreach packages for Birmingham and Black Country Schools.

Outreach Workshops and Shows

Many of our onsite activities and shows can be brought to your classroom.

PackagePrice
Half Day (upto 2 Sessions) £180 + VAT
Full Day (up to 4 Sessions) £300 + VAT

Pick and mix between all of the options below. For example you could have:

  • 1 show & 3 workshops
  • 2 shows & 2 workshops
Workshops

Duration: 1 hour
Capacity (Max): 30 pupils
Age Group: EYFS and KS1

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

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: 1.5 hours
Focus: Mechanical Systems
Age Group: Key Stage 2 & 3

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-Workshop Resources
Worksheet: My Favourite Ride

Post Workshop 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): 25 Pupils
Age Group: Key Stage 2 & 3

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): 30
Age Group: Key Stage 2 & 3

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

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)
Shows

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: 30 to 45 minutes

Capacity (max): 60 pupils

Age Group: Key Stage 2 & 3

Overview

In this show, your children will explore what life was like during the 1940s through the food and diet of the time. They will gain an understanding of the problems faced in the supply chain and how rationing was introduced to overcome this. In addition to this, your children will explore some of the inventive ways people supplemented their diet and stretched their rations. Finally, the show touches on the campaigns introduced by the government including ‘Dig for Victory’.

Objectives

  • To understand the challenges placed on the food supply chain.
  • To know how much food you got on rations.
  • To understand why the Government introduced the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign.
  • To know how some people supplemented and made substituions in their diets.

Black Country folk made 100s of different things for 1000s of different uses but, why did they choose those materials and how did they move them around the region, country and the rest of the world?

Introduction to Black Country Industries

A short introductory show to the industrial heritage of the Black Country and what the Museum can offer your school.

Price
£50 + VAT