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Learning Sessions

(Available from 26 March)

Enhance your educational visit with a museum-led session.

Museum-led sessions operate on a first come, first served basis so booking is essential. If you do not see a suitable session for your group please get in touch, we will try to accommodate all requests. Tailored-made sessions may incur a further charge dependant on the time and resources required to create them. We need a minimum of two weeks’ notice for a museum-led session.

Mathematics: Throughout all our sessions we aim to embed the use of simple mathematics e.g.: by asking the group to divide themselves equally

Language and Literacy/English: Throughout all our sessions we encourage children to ask questions, convey ideas, justify ideas with reasons, allowing them to explore new ideas and to develop their vocabulary. We allow time for discussions, questions, conveying ideas and evaluation of their experience.

TO BOOK

T: 01449 612229
E: education@eastanglianlife.org.uk
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All education visits must be pre-booked to receive free entry. Please book as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment.

Museum-led sessions (Inc. VAT)

£85 (60 – 75 min)

-50% for SEND classes

Max 30 pupils per session

 

Session Times are:

10.30 – 11.30am

1.00pm – 2.00pm

 

School Sessions (click to jump to section)

 

Butter Making

Great Fire

Mini Beasts

The Three Little Pigs: Build a home

The Victorians at Home

Victorian School Room

A Victorian Christmas

 

Butter Making

60 min session

Age: Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2

Subjects: Science, History

Discover how butter was made in the past and the processes involved. Make your own individual pat of butter and find out about the butter making process through handling old dairy items including three different kinds of butter churns, butter pats, skimmers and more.

Learning Objectives

  • Pupils will have learnt how butter was made in the past
  • They will learn the process of turning cream into butter
  • Pupils will try something new; making their own butter
  • The session will be authentic; we will use real objects from the past
  • Pupils will be excited, inspired and engaged; they will have fun
  • It will be a positive and inclusive experience in a museum
  • The pupils will be actively involved; they will all have the opportunity to be ‘hands-on’, ask questions and have discussions, they will contribute to the session.

 

GREAT FIRE

75 min session

Age: Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2

Subjects: Science, history

Find out about historical fires, the fire service and how different variables can change how a fire spreads. Handle objects from the past that compare and contrast the Great Fire of London and the Bury Street fire, which took place in Stowmarket in 1868. Have a go at making card houses which, in a controlled experiment, will be placed in different formations and safely set on fire to illustrate how fire can be spread as well as discussing what else can affect it.

Learning Objectives

  • Pupils will have learnt about the Great Fire of London and the Bury Street Fire
  • They will have learnt about materials, their properties and why they are chosen for specific tasks
  • Pupils will try something new
  • The session will be authentic; we will use real objects from the past
  • Pupils will be excited, inspired and engaged; they will have fun
  • It will be a positive and inclusive experience in a museum
  • The pupils will be actively involved; they will all have the opportunity to be ‘hands-on’, ask questions and have discussions, they will contribute to the session.

 

MINI BEASTS

60 minutes; summer term only

Age: Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2

Subject: Science

Discover the world of mini beasts in the Museum grounds. Find out what mini beasts are, see some specimens from our handling collection and explore the gardens to investigate mini beast habitats.

Please note: This is an outdoor session. An alternative indoor session will run only in the case of severely adverse weather.

Learning Objectives

  • Pupils will be able to identify a range of mini beasts and their habitats.
  • Pupils will be able to safely complete a mini beast hunt.
  • Pupils will be able to understand the difference between an insect and other invertebrates.
  • Pupils will try something new
  • The session will be authentic.
  • Pupils will be excited, inspired and engaged; they will have fun
  • It will be a positive and inclusive experience in a museum
  • The pupils will be actively involved; they will all have the opportunity to be ‘hands-on’, ask questions and have discussions, they will contribute to the session.
THE THREE LITTLE PIGS: BUILD A HOME

60 minutes

Age: Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1

Subject: Science, English, Design and Technology

Listen and help tell the story of the Three Little Pigs, build structures out of the materials from the story: bricks, straw and sticks, and decide which building material is the best and the strongest. Find out which building will survive being blown down by the big bad wolf.

Learning Objectives

  • Review a range of materials and explore how they work and how strong they are
  • Find out about the story of the Three Little Pigs; recognise recurring language within the story.
  • Try something new
  • The session will be authentic; use real bricks, straw and sticks
  • Be excited, inspired and engaged; have fun
  • It will be a positive and inclusive experience in a museum
  • Be actively involved; have the opportunity to be ‘hands-on’, ask questions and have discussions, contribute to the session.

 

The Victorians at Home

60 minutes

Age: Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2

Subject: History, Science

Discover the kind of objects a Victorian horseman and his family would have had in their home. Explore Victorian household gadgets and work out what they did before rolling up your sleeves to help out with a Victorian wash day.

Learning Objectives

  • Pupils will have learnt what kind of items working class Victorians had in their homes and compare them to today.
  • Discover how different household tasks were completed in the past compared to today
  • They will learn the process of a Victorian wash day
  • Pupils will try something new
  • The session will be authentic; we will use real objects from the past
  • Pupils will be excited, inspired and engaged; they will have fun
  • It will be a positive and inclusive experience in a museum
  • Pupils will be actively involved; they will all have the opportunity to be ‘hands-on’, ask questions and have discussions, they will contribute to the session.

 

VICTORIAN SCHOOL ROOM

60 minutes

Age: Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2

Subjects: History, Geography, Science

Go back in time to experience what school was like in the past with the Museum School Master or Mistress. How neatly can you write with chalk on a slate? How well can you recite the times tables or learn a poem by heart? Can you sit still and not fidget? Which would you choose – school life then or now?

Learning Objectives

  • Find out about Victorian schools and what children learnt in the past
  • Take part in Victorian lessons including reading, writing, arithmetic and exploring a pine cone
  • Try something new
  • The session will be authentic
  • Be excited, inspired and engaged; have fun
  • It will be a positive and inclusive experience in a museum
  • Be actively involved; have the opportunity to be ‘hands-on’, ask questions and have discussions, contribute to the session.

 

A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS

60 minutes: Available November and December

Age: Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2

Subject: History, Art and Design

Discover a Traditional Victorian Christmas with costumed museum staff members. Have a go at making Victorian Christmas decorations, crackers and recreate the smells of this special time of year in the dining room of Abbot’s Hall. This session can be tailored to suit all ages and abilities.

Learning Objectives

  • Pupils will have learnt what Christmas traditions were introduced by the Victorians.
  • They will take part in three Christmas based activities.
  • Pupils will try something new
  • Pupils will be excited, inspired and engaged; they will have fun
  • It will be a positive and inclusive experience in a museum
  • Pupils will be actively involved; they will all have the opportunity to be ‘hands-on’, ask questions and have discussions, they will contribute to the session.