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Museums for schools - Key Stage 2 (KS2) activities

Sandwell Museums has a selection of activities for schools across our sites which can be used across the national curriculum and for a wide variety of topic areas. 

If you would like to know more click the links below or you can e-mail museumarts_tourism@sandwell.gov.uk  however if you wish to make a booking please call the relevant site. 

If you haven't found what you are looking for then please do talk to us about one off projects or an appropriate programme for your school.

1. Living history at Oak House Museum - The children step into the shows of people 400 years ago and in costume and character learn about life at Oak House with hands on activities. The session is ideal for topics around creative writing, history and local history and can be the springboard for other work around art, science and maths. Topics such as Best of British, treasures etc can also be taught involving a living history session

  • Version 1 - Rich and Poor in Tudor times: In costume the children become rich or poor Tudors during the reign of Elizabeth I and undertake hands-on activities emersing themselves in the period. Max 2 classes 10am-2:30pm
  • Version 2 - Set in the time of Henry VIII: The session is similar to the rich and poor session but staff make reference to the issues of Henry VIII's reign. In the afternoon the children look at portraits and image. max 2 classes 10am-2:30pm
  • Version 3: Living History Houses and Homes/buildings: The children undertake living history in the morning session with a focus on how people lived in houses and how they functioned. In the afternoon the children discover more about how buildings were made, materials and why there are such huge chimneys!  max 2 classes 10am-2:30pm
  • Version 4: Tottie's Wedding 1650. (A local history study, which can include geogrpahy etc) This session is ideal as part of a local history study as it centres around the Turtons, who were the real family to live at Oak House in the 1650s. We see the Turton's on the cusp of becomming gentlemen and as they are adding flashy accessories to their house. There is a teacher's pack with this session whcih gives you ideas of other ways of expanding this local history topic across different subjects such as geography, art and creative writing. 10am-2:30pm contact museumarts_tourism@sandwell.gov.uk  for info and the teacher's pack. max 33 children.

Please inform staff which version you are booking when you phone.

one or two class sessions available (apart from Tottie's wedding 33 childen max). 10am-2:30pm

Oak House Museum 0121 553 0759

    2. Victorian living history -  a full day session based around Victorian domestic life where children learn about children their own age from different social classes by becoming Victorians themselves - The session is a great springboard for topics such as 'best of British' or around creative writing, drama and history and a springboard for further work around art or citizenship.  Max. 33 Children 10am-2:30pm, Haden Hill House Museum - 01384 569 444

    3. Home Front - A day of varied sessions based around life on the Home Front during world war II. The day involves some role play sessions and the examining of real objects and photographs from the period. The seesion can be used as part of topics such as 'Best of British' and makes a great springboard for work around literacy and creative writing, drama, art, citizenship etc. Visit the Home Front website for online resources and information for teachers and pupils.- Max. 33 children 10am-2:30pm - Haden Hill House Museum, 01384 569 444

    4. SPOOCS - Visit the Oak House and use the museum which is the building featured as Tudor House in the project documents to investigate ghostly goings on and enhance literacy skills and development. This session is just hiring our space, you deliver the session. Max. 2 classes on site - with only one class in the house at once. Oak House - 0121 553 0759

    5. Junior Ghost Hunting - This SPOOCS session is led by the museum staff and involves a ghostly tour of the house with ghostly storytelling and giving the children the opportunity to get inspiration for literacy based follow up work and creative writing, discussion and team work. There is also an investigation in the afternoon. 10am-2:30pm - up to two classes on site. 0121 553 0759 Oak House

    5. Tours - We offer tours and tours with workshops of our historic houses tailored to your individual needs whether that be Tudors, Victorians, houses and homes, Gothic horror, William Morris design, tourism etc. Call the relevant site for details. All sites

    6. Handling collections  - We have a selection of handling collections which are great for use in the classroom after your visit or as a stand alone activity to enhance learning across the curriculum.Our world is full of 'things' so using objects to inspire, encourage discussion and inquiry, use for drawing or as the basis of creative writing can be a great way to encourage creative learning. click the link for details

    7. The Mummy's head - For this session we come to you. A letter arrives at your school from the head of the museum service saying they are sending in a member of staff with some ancient Egyptian objects found in the museum stores. The children get up close with some real Egyptian objects from our museum collection and are able to examine them and learn a little about how objects have been preserved and how they end up in museums and are looked after. The session also encourages group discussion, problem solving and discovery and can be a great springboard for art projects, creative writing tasks and science lessons around materials.  Email museumarts_tourism@sandwell.gov.uk to make enquiries. There is also a handling collection of replica items which can run alongside this session and can be left at school.

    8. Bespoke projects - Museums are great across the curriculum and themes and not just for history. We are happy to look at specific projects for your school and individual needs around all subjects just contact our Museum Services Manager based at Haden Hill House with your ideas. Museums and historic buildings are great for teaching across the curriculum in subjects such as literacy, art and design, citizenship, tourism, geography and history. Call Jane on 01384 569 444

    9. William Morris - Patterns in Nature: The children explore the patterns in the house and the William Morris wallpaper, children undertake sessions around tiles and wallpaper including repeat patterns.Haden Hill House. Suitable for early KS2 but great for topics around maths and repeat patterns, William Morris and famous people, Victorians, art etc 10am-2:30pm

    10. The Tale of Gideon Groves (The Gunpowder Plot):  A storytelling/literacy/history session based around the Gunpowder Plot. As a strange figure lurks on Bromwich Heath the children travel back to 1605 to examine clues to discover the stranger’s true identity. The children discuss and explore their findings and question the stranger. The session is undertaken in costume and character. A fantastic session for a literacy or history focus encouraging critical thinking and inspiring inquiry. Max 33 children -£150 per class, 10am-2:30pm - Oak House Museum. (Suitable for years 3 and 4) 0121 553 0759

    11. Life on the canals - This session at the Galton Valley is currently not being offered due to the changed nature of the site.