WITH A MIX OF HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES, ARTEFACT DISCOVERY AND VIRTUAL REALITY HEADSETS - IMMERSE YOURSELF IN OUR ANCIENT PAST...
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Widget Workshops - for Primary Schools We currently run history workshops covering: The Stone Age to Iron Age, Ancient Egypt, The Maya (Mayans) and The Romans.
A much cheaper alternative to school trips, with the benefits of no time spent travelling, 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? In short, our workshops are a great mix of immersive Virtual Reality and hands-on learning of ancient skills along with handling real and replica artefacts. All of this is delivered by knowledgeable staff who can provide the facts, details theories behind the practical activities the children are exploring.
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 bring two specialists so that we can entirely lead up to two classes, requiring only supervision and support from staff, we can also hold workshops entirely within the classroom. We can also accommodate three classes with a little help from school staff.
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.
Our VR sessions are a real hit with the children. It's like going on a school trip to the ancient world!
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.
The day will always include informative but interactive talks paired with a variety of activity sessions.
One class will be able to take part in anything up to six activity sessions in a day, some will be as a whole class, whilst others may be in groups, all lead by our specialists.
Two classes can be lead for a full day, entirely by our specialists, we just need staff present for supervision as children may need support with the hands-on elements.
Three Classes can also access our workshops. Our specialists lead two of the classes, whilst we provide activities for the third class to be lead by school staff. Children can then rotate around these activities throughout the day.
See our Topics pages for more details of the kinds of activities your children could be taking part in.
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.
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. Chichen Itza? The Pyramids of Giza? Stonehenge? The Parthenon? We've got them all!
A closer look at the Dresden Codex. Exploring Maya myths, glyphs and numbers.
Children as archaeologists, exploring Maya artefacts using digital equipment.
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.
Children trying a bit of mummification!
We run educational history and VR 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 £300, please ask for a quote for your bespoke day.
-THE MAYA- - THE ROMANS- -ANCIENT EGYPT- -STONE AGE TO IRON AGE-