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KS1 Discovery Sessions
Victorian Discovery Sessions

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
Time Travellers – The Story of People in the Past
KS1: What were homes like a long time ago?/What can we learn about the past and present seaside?/How are our toys different from those in the past?
Focus: How Victorian Childhood or Seaside Holidays 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
World War 2 Discovery Sessions

A Wartime Childhood – The Coming of War brings Change to the Family
KS1: Britain since 1930
Focus: what it was like for children living through the Second World War.
Overview: Meet our wartime family and find out how their lives were changed with the arrival of some evacuees and how they were affected by rationing. Discover why and how toys had to be fashioned from recycled materials and investigate the differences between life then and now.
Curriculum Links 2014:
• Changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life
Further Information and How to Book

To find out more or to make a booking call 01793 466640 or email
There are some answers to frequently asked questions by teachers on the Teachers' FAQs page.
Teachers' materials to support any of the above Discovery Sessions can be found on the STEAM Education Pack page.
Important note: If you have a query about a booking you have made with us, please do check the Teacher's FAQ's page before calling us. Please be aware that we experience a very high volume of 'phone calls during September and October and during the first two weeks of every new term, so please do bear with us during these times. If you reach voicemail it means all lines are busy.
When leaving a message for our Learning Team, please be sure to leave your name, school and phone number and we will get back to you as soon as we can. During busy periods, this could take up to five working days.

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