We keep our education workshops under constant review and are currently concentrating on a variety of ideas to facilitate the new national curriculum. Please do let us know what your specific requirements are because we are always eager to meet your individual needs.
2013 has been another very successful year for our schools' programmes. We have been priviliged to share our educational programmes with over 11,000 school children, who have visited the museum and we have taken our assemblies to over 23,000 children in their schools. We have also been delighted to welcome a growing number of university students, Scouts, Brownies and church groups who have also availed themselves of our workshops. If we can be of help to you please ring to discuss your needs.
Again this year our visitors book is bursting with praise from the schools who have visited.
Vinetree Primary School wrote,'The reason we continue to return every year is because it is a full interactive and fun filled day for the children and the teachers! We haven't been disappointed - it was great this year too - thank you!'
Sutherland Academy again visited on three different days and said 'Back for a second year and it was fantastic yet again. The staff are amazing and the children loved the whole day and learnt lots. Staff are extremly helpful and ensure we have a fantastic time'.
St Luke's C E Primary Trent Vale said, 'Absolutely fantastic day! Filled with lots of interesting stories and hands on activities. Staff and children really enjoyed our day. We have all learnt a lot thank you'.
In 2013 we were priviliged to welcome children and staff from the following schools:
Elworth Hall Primary School
Hillside Primary School
Weston Coyney Primary School
St Giles & St George Primary School
Crescent Primary School
Burnwood Community Primary school
Belgrave St. Bartholomews' Academy
Bursley Primary School
Milton Primary School
Winnington Park Primary School
Goldenhill Primary School
St John's C E Primary School
Highfields Primary School
Werrington Primary School
Endon St Luke's Primary School
Sutherland Primary School
Vinetreee Primary School
Some schools visited for the Victorian Experience, some for World War II workshops and some came for both.
They were a great joy; we thoroughly enjoyed sharing with them.
We are offering a World War I Day this year 'Dare to be different' 'To Fight or not to Fight'
Watch this space for details.
Do come along and meet us. Better still bring your children for one of our programmes and form you own opinions
BUT be warned once you have visited you will return.
It is an experience the children will always remember.
Other comments in our visitors' book also speak for themselves:
'Thank you for a great day and a wonderful experience. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day. We are leaving with renewed enthusiasm for our 'Victorians' Topic.' Werrington Primary School Year 5.
'A fantastic experience. The children had a wonderful time and the staff were brilliant.' Mossley Primary, Congleton.
'Brilliant experience for all. A very valuable day with lovely staff, who are a credit to you. Many thanks - we will definitely be recommending the trip to other schools.' Belgrave. St Bartholomew's Academy Year 2.
'An excellent day - well organised with a great variety of activities. The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about world war II many thanks.' Bursley Academy Year 5.
Group visits to Englesea Brook are always welcome and can be accommodated outside of our normal opening times if required. Whatever age or type of group you are, we can tailor a visit to suit your needs. As well as the many artefacts on display our attractions for all ages include the Victorian Sunday School and Magic Lantern experiences, Victorian toys and games and much more besides.
Many schools discover that at Englesea Brook a wide variety of curriculuim needs can be met in a warm, friendy, exciting, inclusive and innovative way. It is also extremely affordable! Some recent comments by visiting teachers speak for themselves:
'What a fabulous afternoon was had by all with some excellent Easter activities and fascinating stories. Thank you!' Sneyd Green School
'An excellent Victorian day - thank you very much. A day enjoyed by both staff and children. The leaders were excellent - thank you.' Jackfields Infant School
'Another wonderful afternoon - thank you all so much! The children really enjoyed all the activities and we hope to come again next year. Thank you!' Burnwood Primary School
'A super experience enjoyed by all staff, children and parents. Can we borrow your Victorian teacher for supply cover?' Elworth Hall Primary School
'We have had a lovely time, lots of fun experiences for the children. The visit fitted in well with our Victorian topic. Thank you!' St Mary's School
What we offer
The educational programmes at Englesea Brook have been widely commended by local schools for the quality, depth and variety of experience offered. School visits are not routine and processed but tailored to meet the needs of individual groups. The museum is well known as a place that is friendly and inclusive where each visit is a real event. For some examples of how we can meet different curriculum requirements see the relevant section below.
What pupils do as part of their time at the museum varies considerably but a visit can include dressing in costumes for our memorable Victorian Sunday School experience, watching a traditional magic lantern show, playing Victorian games, grave-rubbing and much more besides.
In 2008 we introduced a Victorian funeral experience to our offering which has proved popular with many schools. This is a sensitive and inclusive means of using Victorian history to help children deal with issues of death and bereavement in their own lives and is suitable for children in year 5 and above.
The educational output of Englesea Brook is constantly developing. Recently projects with schools have focused on such diverse themes as law and order, working children, environmental protection and religious festivals.
In 2009 we successfully trialled two new educational programmes which are being offered again in March 2010. Our transport programme takes children on a journey back to World War II in which lessons can be learned not only about the past but about protecting the environment in the present. Full details can be found here. We also have an Easter programme which uses the Christian story as a starting point for exploring the religious festivals of different faiths, and the idea of emerging new life in the springtime. Following the Easter story from the perspective of a Roman soldier this programme offers pupils the opportunity to handle genuine Roman artefacts. For more details please click here.
For more details about educational visits contact our education officer, Margaret Veal, on (01270) 820836.
Some Examples of Englesea Brook visits connecting to National Curriculum Topics:
Experience our Victorian Chapel & artefacts for a truly authentic experience
Travel back in time and role play being a Victorian school child
Victorian School Experience (all in costumes- we provide)
Victorian toys (indoor & out-door)
Victorian boys & girls
Victorian Christmas: bran tub, crackers, decorations
Use of artefacts documents & rare books:
Victorian Working-class Sunday School (we provide costumes)
Victorian toys (indoor & out-door)
Victorian life-style compared to today
Comparison of a Victorian child & a child of today
Investigate: Victorian Chapel, churches, banners & artefacts
Victorian Christmas, crafts, cracker making, fun & games.
Victorian Burial & Bereavement
Social History: Victorian funerals, cost implications
Chronology, time-line, changes through time
Changes to the chapel over time.
Changing museums and the future
We visit a large number of schools to take assemblies
We cover an extensive and ever growing range of subjects
We bring objects, artefacts, documents and/or dress up
We use a lively and participatory approach
At the museum:
Role play: Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals
Comparison of Christian Faiths: Non Conformists, Anglican & Roman Catholicism.
Citizenship & Global Issues:
Exploitation: then & now
Consideration of others especially those worse off then ourselves
Consideration of the taboo subject DEATH, emotions involved, bereavement process and the future
Role play a Victorian burial with authentic Victorian funeral bier; a popular, successful & fully participative workshop.
Grave yard exploration linking the findings to social history
Opportunities to experience:
“Victorian” mathematical skills
Counting using an abacus
Rote learning & “Times Tables”
£.s.d. and sums executed on a slate
How many strokes of the cane?
Investigating & Making
Investigating texture, colour and pattern
Designing collages, banners, rag rugs etc.
Extension work: *make a banner at school
*Use a loan box from the museum to help you.
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
Combining knowledge & understanding with designing & making:
Help to peg a rag rug
Try your hand at cross stitch embroidery
Darn a sock
Compare health & safety today with that of Victorian times
Design & make various items linked to a Victorian Christmas
Design & make a Victorian replica toy
Enjoy playing with Victorian toys and evaluate their design
As above plus the following:
Take photographs of your experiences
Investigate and record your findings electronically
Comparison of materials for suitability
Comparison of “Riggers” and ease of use
Comparison of economic measures then & now
Comparison of environmental situations then & now
Evaluation of what we can do to protect the environment
Extension work back at school:
Design & make (Peg) a rag rug
Design & make a banner
Design & make a calendar using your photographs
Promote the calendar as a fundraising initiative in school
Make an oral history presentation from your recordings
Consideration of environmental issues
Learning from our heritage
Preservation of the environment
Track the itinerary of a Primitive Methodist minister
Huge opportunities for:
Thanks to the pupils of Crescent, Sneyd Green and Burnwood Primary Schools for appearing on this page of our website.