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Curriculum Workshops

Curriculum Workshops

The National Curriculum workshops that I run are mainly based on Primary School Science, Geography, History and DT.

My aim is to make each workshop fun, engaging and memorable, with lots of hands on learning and physical movement. They are planned to be taught outdoors, but in extreme weather some elements may need to be taught indoors.

Each session will be linked to the National Curriculum and help produce evidence for achieving certain objectives. This may be produced by something that the children have made, completed worksheets or your own photographic evidence during the session.

I have completed risk assessments for all the activities and where possible will conduct a free pre-visit to your site prior to the workshop taking place. This will allow us to discuss the workshop to make sure it is tailored to your needs. It will also help familiarise me with your setting and carry out any additional risk assessments.

Please have a look at the workshops on offer. New ones may be added from time to time. If you would like more information then please contact me.

Overview of Curriculum Workshops

TitleTopicAge range
MR Potato Head’s Lost Senses ScienceY1
Knight’s DayHistoryKS1
Saxon DayHistoryKS2
Explorer DayHistoryKS1
Continent Safari – Geographical knowledgeGeographyKS1
Camp CookingDTKS2
Woodland Cookie - Design purposeful, appealing productsDTKS1

Knight’s Day (KS1 History)

Learn about the legend of King Arthur and Merlin. Play games to get ready to be a knight. Make a tunic and sword, make and bake Camelot Cakes on an open fire. Go on a scavenger hunt to find the magic ingredients for Merlin’s potion.

“They loved becoming knights and meeting King Arthur”

“The outdoor learning day was excellent! It was as good as a school trip but without the stress of a school trip. An exciting, productive day for the children” Miss Austin

Suitable For: KS1

Setting: Outdoors

Group size: 30

Ratio: 1:10

Session Length: 4 hours

Curriculum Links:

KS1 – Develop an awareness of the past – events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally, the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements, some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods, significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Saxon Day (KS2 History)

Learn about Alfred the Great and his son Edward. Play team-building games which represent Saxon migration. Discover how to be a good Saxon by collecting materials for natural dyeing, weaving and making jewellery with Rune symbols. Have a go at making miniature round house or wattle fences and make bread that will be cooked over an open fire.

Finish the day by re-enacting the Battle of Hastings and discovering the demise of the Saxons.

‘Thank you so much for Anglo Saxon day you provided for our Year 4 children. From start to finish the day was superb, outstanding in fact! It really brought this period of history to life, and the practical activities that you had prepared were fantastic. They loved the bow making, and drop scones were a particular favourite. They really felt like Anglo Saxons when they dyed the cotton with materials they had foraged themselves! They proudly wore their Anglo Saxon necklaces and loved the battle re-enactment. Please can we book for next Year!’ Mrs Brindle

Suitable For: KS2

Setting: Outdoors

Group size: 30

Ratio: 1:10

Session Length: 4 hours

Curriculum Links: KS2 History – continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons – Anglo-Saxon invasions, settlements and kingdoms: place names and village life, Anglo-Saxon art and culture, the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor. Resistance by Alfred the Great and Athelstan, first king of England, Anglo-Saxon laws and justice, Edward the Confessor and his death in 1066.

MR Potato Head’s Lost Senses (Y1 Science)

Join Mr Potato Head and his woodland friends on a quest to help him find his missing senses.

Children learn about their 5 senses and sense organs whilst completing a number of fun activities.

Make their own Mr Potato Head, making sure they remember to add all the sense organs.

Suitable For: Y1

Setting: Outdoors

Group size: 30

Ratio: 1:10

Session Length: 2 hours

Curriculum Links: Animals, including humans – identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.

Woodland Cookie – Design purposeful, appealing products (KS1 DT)

Children will get the chance to look at and evaluate some woodland cookies (wood slices, decorated and hung around neck). They will then be able to design their own image to go on one, maybe a name or woodland creature.

I will show them how to safely use saws to cut the discs and palm drills or gimlets to make the string hole. To complete the woodland cookie they can learn how to use an overhand jewellery knot to tie on their string or ribbon.

Finally, they can review what they have made and say what they would do differently next time.

Suitable For: KS1

Setting: Outdoors or school hall

Group size: 15

Ratio: 1:5

Session Length: 1 hour (2 hours to cover one class)

Curriculum Links: Design purposeful, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria – generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology.

Explorer Day (KS1 History)

Spend the morning learning about Neil Armstrong. Play games to learn about his early life, building up to Astronaut boot camp. Make a salt-dough moon model and experiment with meteorite crater formation. After lunch we move on to Christopher Columbus. Look into his voyage of discovery and life aboard a sailing ship. Make and taste ‘ships biscuits’ (cooked on an open fire), craft an Indian bracelet and try map making. Finish off the day by playing shipwrecked and other teambuilding games.

Suitable For: KS1

Setting: Outdoors

Group size: 30

Ratio: 1:10

Session Length: 4 hours

Curriculum Links:

KS1 History – Develop an awareness of the past – events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally, the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements, some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods, significant historical events.

Camp Cooking (KS2 DT)

Children will have the chance to cook outdoors using wood fired rocket stoves. These stoves are fuel efficient, stay cool on the outside and produce much less smoke than conventional camp fires.

They will learn about fire safety and how to start a fire.

Children will be able to mix ingredients to make bannock bread, peel and chop vegetables to make delicious soup and cook fruit to make a crumble.

Suitable For: KS2

Setting: Outdoors

Group size: 15

Ratio: 1:5

Session Length: 2 hours

Curriculum Links: Prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques.

Continent Safari – Geographical knowledge (KS1 Geography)

Gather around a large map to discuss the continents and oceans. With passport in hand, the children will complete a series of activities to help them remember some of the continents. Have a go at Aboriginal dot art, make binoculars to use on an African animal safari, learn the flags of Europe and have a go at fire lighting in the cold Antarctic. Come back together to play ‘what’s the missing continent’ and a ‘vote-with-your-feet’ quiz.

“A good variety of interactive activities with a strong link to the new curriculum”

“Everyone had a great time and have retained their knowledge of continents and oceans!” Mrs Morgan

Suitable For: KS1

Setting: Outdoors or school hall

Group size: 30

Ratio: 1:10

Session Length: 2 hours

Curriculum Links: Geographical Knowledge – name and locate the world’s 7 continents and oceans

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