School Workshops

Wandsworth Museum offers a wide range of workshops for school groups from Foundations Stage to KS4. Our Learning Team delivers unique and imaginative in-house and outreach sessions on topics such as toys, the Romans, our local environment and the suffrage movement, using object handling, storytelling, map exploration and costumed role-play to bring the Borough’s past to life. Click on the links below to view our Primary and Secondary Programmes or scroll down to view individual sessions.

Primary Programme 2013-14

Secondary Programme 2013-14

If you are interested in booking a workshop for your pupils, please download and fill out a booking form and return in to bookings@wandsworthmuseum.co.uk. Alternatively you can contact the education team on 0208 870 6060.

Booking Form In House 2013-14

Booking Form Outreach 2013-14

Costing

All sessions are priced at £90 plus VAT. Outreach session are priced at £90 plus VAT and travel expenses.

Cancellation policy

The Museum aims to be as accommodating as possible with education group bookings. However, because of the high level of demand, we reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee (of up to 50% of the workshop fee) for bookings cancelled less than 14 days before the visit.

Our 2013/14 Schools’ Programme is outlined below. Most of our workshops can be offered as outreach sessions. If you would prefer to have your workshop in the classroom, please get in touch on 0208 870 6060.

Primary Stages

People Who Help Us – Past and Present

FS – KS1

Pupils will take part in an interactive story and discover that the people who help and protect us today have been an important part of our community for over 100 years.

Curriculum Content: Literacy; understanding the world; expressive arts and design.

Duration: 1 hour

 

*NEW* Ready, Steady, Dough!

FS – KS1

Pupils will make their own playdough and use it to explore materials, colour and shape in this science-based workshop. They will create secondary colours from primary and reinforce their knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes as they manipulate this versatile material.

Curriculum Content: Materials; primary and secondary colours; 2D and 3D shapes; expressive arts and design.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

N.B. This session cannot be delivered as outreach.

 

Toys

FS – KS1

An opportunity to learn through play, this session allows pupils to enjoy a range of different toys and think about how toys work, the materials they are made of and the differences between toys today and in the past.

Curriculum Content: Toys from the past; recycled toys and toys from other countries; materials; forces and movement.

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins

 

*NEW* Victorian Home Life

KS1

Pupils will discover how the laundry was done in a Victorian household in this interactive session. Using real and replica artefacts, they will explore the differences between home life then and now, developing their understanding of the past.

Curriculum Content: Homes in the past; differences between the past and present; learning from a variety of sources (artefacts)

Duration: 1 hour

N.B. This session cannot be delivered as outreach.

 

Village Inventors

KS1 – KS2

This session blends local history and geography with art to form a session based around map skills. Your pupils will investigate large child friendly maps of the local area spanning 250 years, listen to true stories from the past and go on to create their own map of the future.

Curriculum Links: Geography; History and Local Studies; Art and Design.

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

N.B. This session cannot be delivered as outreach

 

Mapping the Centuries

KS2

Pupils will reinforce and further develop their mapping skills as they investigate large floor maps from 1760, 1880 and the present day. They will use a grid referencing system to discover some of the major features of our local area and populate the map with stories of weird and wonderful things that have happened here.

Curriculum Content: Geography; History and Local Studies

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

N.B. This session cannot be delivered as outreach.

 

*NEW* Museum Explorers

KS2

Take a tour of Wandsworth Museum and discover why museums are perfect places for exploring the past. Pupils will go behind the scenes at the Museum and curate their own mini exhibition using artefacts from our collection.

Curriculum Content: History: Chronological Understanding, Interpretation, Enquiry

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

 

Bags of Time

KS2

( Roman / Tudor / Victorian / World War II /Mystery)

In small groups, your pupils will explore life in the past by discovering a piece of luggage lost in Wandsworth. They will rely on their investigation skills to decide which Wandsworth resident has lost their luggage and use supporting sources to develop their character and the wider context of their life.

Curriculum Links: History: Chronological Understanding, Interpretation, Enquiry

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

 

 

Secondary Stages

Bags of Time: WWII    

KS3

Students will explore life in 1940s Wandsworth by discovering a piece of lost luggage and using their investigative skills to examine the artefacts inside. With the help of supporting sources they will develop an understanding of the suitcase’s owner and the context of their life, and go on to create a role-play or presentation about their experience of war.

Curriculum Links: History: Chronological Understanding,Interpretation, Enquiry, Organisation and Communication; Local History Study, WWII.

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

 

Wandsworth Settlers 

KS3

From pre-history onwards, settlers from around the globe have arrived in Wandsworth and made it their home. Pupils will explore our local history by discovering a piece of luggage lost by a Wandsworth resident, someone who arrived and settled here in the past. Objects and supporting sources will be used to help investigate the push and pull factors that lead to this decision and as a group we will examine the importance of immigration and cultural diversity in the shaping of the Wandsworth we know today.

Curriculum Links: History: Chronological Understanding, Interpretation, Enquiry, Organisation and Communication; Local History Study; Citizenship

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

 

Bags of Time: Mystery

KS3

Pupils will explore life in various periods of Wandsworth’s past, challenging their chronological understanding. They will share a piece of luggage lost in Wandsworth in small groups and must rely on their investigation skills to discover who and when the luggage was lost. With the help of supporting sources they will develop their character and their understanding of the context of their life.

Curriculum Links: History: Chronological Understanding,Interpretation, Enquiry, Organisation and Communication; Local History Study, Roman Britain, Victorian Britain, WWII.

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

 

Suffragette Drama Performance

KS3

This interactive drama features an actor playing the role of Charlotte Despard, a militant Suffragette campaigner who lived in Wandsworth in the early 20th century. Charlotte tells of her experience of the changing status of women as well as her reasons for wanting the vote. Later imprisoned for her Suffragette activities, the performance dramatises the events leading up to her arrest. Students will get the opportunity to question Charlotte and discuss the Suffrage Movement in detail.

This session was developed under the Museum of London Renaissance Advisory Scheme with consultancy advice from the NCCL.

Curriculum links: KS3 History: The development of political power from the middle ages to the 20th century, Campaigns for Civil Rights-Women, The Changing Role and Status of Women in Britain sinc 1900. KS3 Citizenship: Democracy and justice

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

 

Suffragette Mock Trial

KS3

After hearing about the life of Charlotte Despard and her  imprisonment for her campaign activities, students will re-enact her trial, taking on the roles of witnesses, barristers, judge and jury in our courtroom space . The trial is made real to students by use of archival material from Charlotte’s suffrage campaign. This mock trial highlights how the legal system operates, the importance of voting and how both men and women campaigned to be allowed play an active part in democratic and electoral processes.

This session was developed under the Museum of London Renaissance Advisory Scheme with consultancy advice from the NCCL.

Curriculum links: KS3 History: The development of political power from the middle ages to the 20th century, Campaigns for Civil Rights-Women, The Changing Role and Status of Women in Britain sinc 1900. KS3 Citizenship: Democracy and justice

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

*The Suffragette Performance and Mock Trial may be booked separately, but work best as an all day package*

 

*NEW* World War One Study Days

KS3 – KS4

Communicating War

Students will examine their knowledge of the WWI in the wider context of historical evidence and interpretation. Using a range of Museum artefacts and archive material, they will develop their source-handling skills to create their own interpretations of wartime events and critique others’ interpretations.

Your Country Needs You – Recruitment and Conscription

This session explores changing attitudes to fighting from a chronological perspective and, using genuine local case studies, challenges students to step inside the shoes of real men as they enlisted, were conscripted or fought to stay at home.

Women at War

Using museum artefacts and archive material, students will discover what life was like for women in Wandsworth during the First World War. They will delve into the lives of local bus ‘conductorettes’ and ammunition factory workers ‘doing their bit’, and wives and mothers faced with the challenges of life on the home front. Students will also explore women’s lives in a wider context, looking at local suffrage campaigns before and during the war, and questioning the extent to which WWI changed women’s lives.

*Available from January 2014. Created in partnership with Wandsworth Heritage Service*