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Discovery Sessions: KS1

Discovery Sessions – Victorian or Beyond Living Memory


Brunel and Stephenson - The Great Engineers

KS1: Why do we remember Isambard Kingdom Brunel?
 
Focus: The lives and achievements of the inspirational engineers, George and Robert Stephenson and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, changes in transport and the coming of the railways.
 
Overview: Pupils assume the roles of George and Robert Stephenson and Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The class help to retell the fascinating story of the invention of the railways and early locomotives (e.g. Locomotion, Rocket) using costume, role-play, original objects and unique railway artefacts. Your class will face the challenge of finding solutions to the obstacles encountered by the three railway builders such as rivers, mountains, valleys, raising funds, winning support and overcoming opposition. Pupils go on to recreate some of the new jobs that the railways brought and some of the very strong points of view for and against the railways.
 
Curriculum Links 2014:
• Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally
• The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements
• Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
 
 

Train Makers

KS1: Who made the railways?
 
Focus: How were steam trains made and how do they work? Who worked in the GWR Factory and what did they do? What other jobs did people do on the railway?
 
Overview: Children are given the opportunity through role play to explore what it was like coming to Swindon to work in the GWR Factory in the mid 1800’s. They handle original tools that the apprentice train makers used to make the parts of the train, and sort them from Victorian objects that were used in the home. They learn how a steam engine works. Using costume, role play and original objects they assume the characters of other workers on the railway and go on to recreate some of the new jobs that the railways brought. These include Engine Driver, Guard and Ticket Collector.
 
This session can be booked on its own or with our popular Brunel and Stephenson Session, which explores the building of the railways.
 
Curriculum Links 2014:
• Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally
• The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements
• Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality

 

Time Travellers – The Story of People in the Past

Choose from the following two options:

Time Travellers-Seaside

KS1: What can we learn about the past and present seaside?
Focus: How Seaside Holidays in the past were different from today.

Time Travellers-Victorian Childhood

KS1: How are our toys (and childhood) different from those in the past?
Focus: How Childhood and Toys in the past were different from today.
 
Overview: Using role-play, story telling and costume, pupils explore the ways of life of people in the past either at the seaside or at home or at school and at play. Detective work handling original objects helps pupils to understand the similarities and differences between the past and the present. Pupils ask and answer questions and develop their understanding of old and new, then and now and changes over time.
 
Curriculum Links 2014:
• Events beyond living memory
 
 
 

Self-Guided Visits

STEAM features fantastic historic and interactive displays exploring the history of Swindon and the Great Western Railway. It is ideal for visits linked to the history of transport, the impact of the railways, industrialisation, local history, art, engineering and figures of historical significance, including Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
 
School bookings for self-guided visits are available for any Key Stage.
 

Making a Booking

Take a look at our ‘Planning Your School Visit’ page to find out more about booking your visit.
 
To make a booking call 01793 466640 or email steameducation@swindon.gov.uk
 
Alternatively, click on the following link for our: Learning Enquiry Form
 

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