Wandsworth Museum offers workshops for school groups from Foundations Stage to KS4. Our Learning staff delivers unique and imaginative outreach sessions on topics such as toys, the Romans, our local environment and Pre-history 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.
In March 2015, Museum operations moved to Battersea Arts Centre ahead of a partnership with this organisation next year.
Bookings are available for May 2015 onwards on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. These bookings will be available as outreach (delivery within schools.)
The resources used for some workshops have been affected due to the fire at Battersea Arts Centre on 13th March. We are committed to continuing our schools learning service as far as possible in the coming months so please get in contact to discuss workshop arrangements.
For further information or to make a booking, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle Welbourn, Learning Programme Coordinator: email@example.com.
All sessions are priced at £90 plus VAT. Outreach session are priced at £90 plus VAT and travel expenses.
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.
FS – KS1
Play with a wide range of old-fashioned toys; learn about the forces that make them work, the materials they are made of and the differences between toys today and from the past.
Curriculum Links: FS Communication; Language and Literacy; Understanding the World. KS1 Changes within Living Memory; People and Places in Their Locality; Identifying Similarities and Differences between Ways of Life in Different Periods.
KS1 – lower KS2
Examine large maps of the local area and investigate change and trends in the landscape over the last 250 years. Group activities will deepen children’s understanding of local history and geography.
Curriculum Links: KS1 History: Developing an Awareness of the Past; Identifying Similarities and Differences between Ways of Life in Different Periods. KS1 Geography: Understand geographical similarities and differences; Use Basic Geographical Vocabulary; Recognise Landmarks; Use basic symbols in a key. KS2 History: Local History; Developing Chronologically Secure Knowledge. KS2 Geography: Describe and understand key aspects of Physical and Human Geography.
Mapping the Centuries
This is a more advanced version of “Village Inventors”. Focusing closely on exercising mapping skills, pupils use large-scale modern and historical maps to develop their understanding of changes in the local history and geography.
Curriculum Links: History: Local History; A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066; Develop Chronologically Secure Knowledge. Geography: Describe and Understand key aspects of Physical and Human Geography. English: Use Spoken Language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising and exploring ideas.
Bags of Time
(Roman / Victorian)
Investigate items of lost luggage, which belonged to someone in either the Roman or Victorian period. Explore artefacts and objects to find out more about the mystery character who owned this lost luggage before creating a role play about their life and the world they lived in.
Curriculum Links: History: Local History; The Roman Empire and its Impact on Britain; A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066. English: Participating in Discussions, Presentations, Role Plays, Improvisations and Debates.
Life before the Romans
This session vividly re-imagines Prehistoric life by using object-handling and hands-on activities to compare two Prehistoric time-periods. Teachers can choose two out of the three topics listed below to compare changes and developments in Britain before the Romans arrived!
- Neolithic Stone Age, investigating the development of farming from a hunter/gatherer lifestyle.
- Bronze Age, investigating the development of metal-working and community life.
- Late Iron Age, investigating the use of multiple metal-working and community life before the Roman invasion.
Curriculum Links: History: Local History; Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Geography: Describe and Understand key aspects of Physical and Human Geography. English: Use Spoken Language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising and exploring ideas.
Provision for SEN schools and pupils
The workshops Toys, and all Bags of Time can be amended to provide a positive and engaging learning opportunity for pupils with moderate SEN learning needs.
These workshops are interactive and hands-on. Please contact Wandsworth Museum’s Learning Team to discuss how we can best accommodate your groups’ needs.
firstname.lastname@example.org / 0207 326 8295 or Michelle Welbourn, Learning Programme Coordinator: email@example.com
Investigate the origins of diverse London communities and the push and pull factors of London immigration through history. Students will explore the lives of migrants who settled in Wandsworth over a time span of 2000 years and will create a role-play or presentation about their migrant’s life.
Curriculum Links: History: Identify significant events, make connections, draw contrasts and analyse trends within periods; Pursue historically valid inquiries and create relevant, structured and evidentially supported accounts in response. Citizenship: The precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom.
First World War Exploration.
KS3 and KS4
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 Wandsworth men as they enlisted, were conscripted or argued their case for not fighting.
Women at War
Using artefacts and archive material, students will discover what life was like for Wandsworth women during the First World War. Find out about women’s roles during the war, including local bus conductors, WAACs and munitions workers. Students will explore this topic in a wider context and begin to question the extent to which this war changed women’s lives.
Curriculum Links: History: Local History; Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day. English: Giving short speeches and presentations, expressing their own ideas and keeping to the point.
Provision for SEN schools and pupils
Bags of Time artefact-handling sessions can be amended to provide a positive and engaging learning opportunity for pupils with moderate SEN learning needs.
These workshops can explore Romans / Victorians and are interactive and hands-on. Please contact Wandsworth Museum’s Learning Team to discuss how we can best accommodate your group’s needs. firstname.lastname@example.org / 0207 326 8295 or contact Michelle Welbourn, Learning Programme Coordinator: email@example.com