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Widget Workshops - for Primary Schools We currently run history workshops covering: The Stone Age to Iron Age, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, The Mayan and The Romans. A much cheaper alternative to school trips, with the benefits of no time spent travelling (except to the era we take you), less staffing costs and far less time organising. Let us take the strain and transport you to another world. What's a typical workshop like?
We start by introducing history! We often use our 8 metre timeline to help children understand what history actually is and where our place is in it. We then focus in on your topic era giving a short, interactive talk.
Children will then work in small groups, rotating around carefully designed activities, very hands-on, providing more focused knowledge. See some examples below.
Children can try their hand at an ancient skill or craft. This gives them a deeper connection to the people they're studying.
We're currently upgrading our Big Dig so watch this space! There is a treasure trove of artefacts for children to discover. Once found, each artefact is explored and recorded. Information is shared about each artefact and its importance.
VR headsets can explore the world as it was through animation and take you on 360 tours of sites which are inaccessible on a school trip. Machu Pichu? The Pyramids of Giza? Stonehenge? The Parthenon? We've got them all!
Children can explore the theories behind important inventions and discoveries of the topic period.
Of course the children get to dress up! We learn about the costumes and often link it to other elements such as army formations and warfare.
We have a fun, interactive activity for the whole class. Our eight metre timeline puts the topic period into a clearer context.
We bring lots of interesting artefacts for display. Are they interactive? Of course they are! Look AND touch. Have a go at using a Greek wax tablet for writing, play a Lyre harp.
We believe in experimental archaeology and experiential learning, artefacts are there to not just be handled but USED. Have a go at spinning wool using a drop spindle. Compare grinding wheat and making flour using a Neolithic saddle quern then try it using an Iron Age rotary quern. Make your own Archimedes Screw and test out his theory.
We have specialist subject knowledge and are determined to share it! Throughout the day we give short, interactive and most importantly, informative talks about our subject. Feel free to ask questions.
We understand that it can be difficult to plan a day in school when staffing and space may be an issue. With that in mind, we offer two options for one and two class bookings. Option 1: We can design a day which can be held entirely within the classroom/s with a member of staff for supervision in each classroom. We will create activities that will be run entirely by ourselves, with minimal input from staff. This will typically include two to three whole class activities through the day. (Please note we may not be able to offer VR to two class bookings who take this option.) Option 2: In order to offer children the opportunity to participate in the most activities possible during a day, we need access to a large space, such as a school hall for much of the day. We will offer 4 to 5 activities, 3 of which will need supervising and leading by members of staff. (We provide all of the resources and full instructions for each activity.)
We run educational workshops across Shropshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Wales, the Midlands and beyond. Full day workshops using two of our specialists are from as little as £295, please ask for a quote for your bespoke day.