Learning Sessions

Weston Museum offers a range of learning resources for schools and community groups

From September, you can visit the museum's brand new Learning Space to take part in an exciting and interactive session focussing on an era of British history, alongside exploring the new displays

Learning session topics cover:

  • Fossils and Dinosaurs - Dig for the remains of the creatures that once roamed the Earth and see how life changed over millions of years. Compare sizes, heights, weights and diets of some of the dinosaurs and learn how dinosaurs are given names by inventing your own one. See how fossils are formed and create your own trace fossil to take away.
  • Stone Age to Bronze Age - Imagine how our ancestors survived in a place where mammoths and woolly rhinos roamed the land. Examine bone, flint and bronze tools and piece together the process of casting a bronze axe head. See how people were inspired by the animals around them by trying on furs and leather items, as well as trying your hand at some cave art!
  • The Iron Age - Picture yourself as a tribal warrior by handling replica Iron Age swords, trying on some Iron Age dressing up and hearing about how a local hillfort came to a savage end. Learn about domestic life and how people made their clothing, as well as what items they treasured and wanted to take with them on their journey through life.
  • The Romans - Imagine yourself as a Roman emperor by trying on a toga, handling some replica Roman armour and making your own coins. Learn about Roman culture through playing some Roman games, designing your own mosaic and adopting a Roman name.
  • Saxons and Vikings - Learn how to translate runes through creating your own Viking version of a text message, play some Saxon and Viking games and hear their stories. Map out Viking trade routes and handle some of their wares, then end the session by taking part in a giant game of Saxon and Viking Risk, to feel what it was like to battle for the heart of Britain!
  • Victorian Seaside - See how Weston changed from a fishing village to a thriving town, by locating trades and activities on a big floor map. Compare beach activities with an object sorting game of seaside objects old and new, then examine posters and postcards from Weston's heyday and use them as inspiration to create your own postcard.
  • Victorian Life - Consider the lives of Victorian children in Weston through dressing up and a game of true or false, play with some school yard toys that don't require batteries and make your own Victorian toy. Practice your hand-writing on slates and see what punishments would be used on fidgety school children!

'A fantastic afternoon. Lots of information delivered in a way that was interesting and fun' - local Primary teacher

The following topics are also offered as in-school sessions in an adapted form, where members of the learning team will visit you:

  • The Iron Age
  • The Romans
  • Victorian Seaside

 

Handling Boxes

You can hire a variety of handling boxes for KS1 & 2, containing a mixture of original & replica objects, books, information, audio & images

SEN Sessions

Browse our 'menu' of activities to pick out a tailored learning session at the right level for your pupils

Build a Class Museum

Create your own class or even school museum displays to showcase your learning. This package includes a tailored session on making displays, as well as supporting resources for use back in the classroom

The Practicalities of the Day

Timings - 

The learning sessions are designed as a half day interactive experience for one class of approximately 30 pupils, but options can be individually-tailored according to your preferences or to student's needs. The sessions usually last around 1.5 - 2 hours and consist of a number of hands-on, interactive activities, from crafts and drawing, to dressing up and object handling. Children can have the chance to examine a mixture of original objects and replicas in a close-up, exciting session. 

Charges -

• Half day experience for one class of approximately 30 pupils - £80
• Double session (2 sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon to cover 2 classes of approximately 30 pupils) - £120
• Triple session (a full day to cover 3 classes of approximately 30 pupils, with a whole group introduction at the beginning of the day, followed by 3 sessions lasting around 1 hour for each group to fit around break and lunch times) - £150

Additional mileage costs may apply for in-school visits to locations outside of Weston.

Staying Safe - 

Feel free to use our risk assessment, which includes consideration of Safeguarding issues (which are very important to us), to help plan your day. Learning session bookings include the option of using the Learning Space for lunches, should you wish. This space is self-contained and doors can be shut to deter anybody wandering off; it is also right next to the toilets, so supervising toilet visits is very straight-forward.

We ask groups to try to have a ratio of 1 adult to every 6 children for visits from KS1 & 2 groups. Learning session bookings include a portion of the day for exploring the galleries, if you would like. We ask for adults to stay with children and not leave them unsupervised at any point, both for safety and for behaviour monitoring. We want visits to be enjoyable and fun, but please do keep in mind that within the gallery areas there will be other visitors using the space too.

 

After something slightly different?

Adapted versions of these sessions are also offered for home educator families; these sessions are advertised periodically on our events listings and social media channels. As a home educator, you can also sign up to our newsletter list, specifically for you. Just send us an email and we will add you on.

There are also tailored options for SEN learning resources, which you can find out about here.

The Museum also offers a handling box hire service on a number of topics; handling boxes are available to hire at £25 for a 2 week period.