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How many pupils can take part in a visit? We can accommodate up to 90 children for one visit. If you would like to book a visit for over 90 children, we would recommend a two day visit, which would give focus to the topic, whilst covering as many aspects of the curriculum as possible. Alternatively, split the cohort into an afternoon and morning group which would keep costs down.
All sized groups will come together for an introduction to the sessions but will be split for the activities. Some of which may need to be teacher-led, all activities and resources are provided and easy to supervise, in the classroom dependant on the amount of children involved in the day. We cannot accommodate more than 60 children in a half day due to the time it takes to complete activities.
How long does a workshop last? A full day session usually begins around 9.15am and runs until around 3pm. No travelling means that children are engaged in the learning activities for longer than they would be during an off-site visit. We work around the school’s existing breaks and lunchtime and fit our activities to suit your day. We usually provide full day workshops, but can in some cases offer half days depending on location. If you are interested in this please contact us directly.
So how many specialists will attend? Our activities are designed to be run by one or two people, dependent on the amount of children participating. In order for children to get the most out of the day and for us to run the most activities at any one time, we will require the assistance of teachers/TAs to supervise some activities.
Does the teacher need to be there? We certainly need members of staff, not only for general supervision, but also the more staff we have to supervise, the more activities children can take part in. Your staff know the children well and can enable and support them as well as manage behaviour.
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What space do we need? The bigger the better! We recommend where possible using the school hall, especially for groups larger than a class as this gives us plenty of space for activities. We will of course, clear activities away for lunchtimes. However, we can set up in a classroom, with a clear space. If the hall is unavailable then please let us know and we can work around it. If the weather is unusually fine, we can on occasion, take some sessions outside.
How much does it cost? Prices depend on your location and the number of children, but are very competitive. Prices quoted include all travel, materials and VAT, and there are no hidden or additional costs payable, except occasionally if the school has no parking facilities and our visitors have to pay for public parking.
How do we pay? We will send an invoice on confirmation of booking. We ask for full settlement of the bill by the day of the workshop and we ask for a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the total invoice amount to secure the booking. Payment can be made by cheque or BACS.
We will discuss your content requirements with you when you book, and will provide a timetable or overview of the day so that you can agree in advance what will be covered.
Is it interactive? We aim to make our days as active as possible and workshops include the use of technology to enhance immersion, drama, role play, games, artefact handling, and craft activities, each restricted to approximately 45 minutes in length to ensure that children are focussed and engaged.
Do we need anything else for the visit? A parking space as near to the place we are setting up as possible Hall or other suitable area In some cases some tables to set up the display Somewhere to change We like to confirm these details when bookings are taken.
How do I book? Still have questions or wish to book? Simply contact us on our contact form, or via Email email@example.com for a personalised quote and to discuss your requirements!