*New for 2020- ask about our class set of Virtual Reality Headsets.*
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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 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?
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 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.
The day will always include informative but interactive talks paired with a variety of activity sessions.
If space is available in a large room at the beginning of the day, we can add context to our introduction by using our 8 metre timeline!
One class will be able to take part in anything up to 6 activity sessions in a day, some will be as a whole class, whilst others may be in two large groups, all lead by our specialists. With staff participation, we can rotate children in much smaller groups if that is your preference.
Two classes can be lead for a full day, entirely by our specialists, we just need staff present for supervision and children may need a little support.
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.
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. Chichen Itza? 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 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.