KS1 Workshops

Workshops we offer for Key Stage 1

Due to the current covid-19 crisis, we are unable to visit schools but we are investigating new 'virtual' sessions from September 2020.

Our workshops run for 60 minutes and we can take up to 32 pupils.

If held in the museum the fee is £30 per class which includes a FREE 'Explore the Museum' activity.  A Maximum of two classes at a time can be accommodated.
If we come to you and they are held in the School the fee is £45. Workshops held outside the borough the fee is £50 for up to a 20 radius from GU15 3HD.

Local Heroes - Who am I?

Covers: English / History and Drama (plus Music in the Ethel Smyth session)

Choose from either
Ethel Smyth - Frimley based Edwardian composer and suffragette

Samuel Cody - Farnborough based early 20th century eccentric early aviator.

Learn about an influential local person through investigating museum objects & storytelling.

An activity based workshop involving the following:

  • Famous local people
  • Object handling
  • Storytelling, role play and miming, plus singing for the Ethyl Smyth session
  • Group and full class activities

Requires four adults per class.

Ethel Smyth Information Pack

Samuel Cody Information Pack


What Toys Did People Play With in the Past?

Children at a workshop with museum officer

Covers: Science and History

Discover toys from the past and 'within living memory'. Compare toys for the rich and poor, and materials from different eras.

An activity based workshop involving the following:

  • Object handling
  • Investigating how old toys worked
  • Looking at different materials
  • Discussing how toys have changed over time
  • Looking at Toys played with within living memory
  • Comparing rich and poor children's toys

Discovery box available to accompany this session

Requires four adults per class and access to a whiteboard & projector


How Was Washing Done Before Electricity?

Covers: History (Victorians and 'in living memory')

Act out the drudgery of 'wash day', both a Victorian and a 'within living memory' experience.

A whole class workshop involving the following;

  • Object handling
  • Looking at period costume
  • Role play/miming
  • Dressing up

Discovery box available to accompany this session

Requires four adults per class and access to a whiteboard & projector


What Animals Live in Surrey Heath?

Covers: Science, Maths, Art, Geography and History (At Museum only)

Investigate, compare, and gain an understanding of the local wildlife, using taxidermy animals, naturalist sketches and paintings, and by making observations and measurements to collect evidence.

An activity based workshop involving the following:

  • Real specimens
  • Sorting and grouping
  • Measuring and making observations
  • Scientific sketches by local naturalist George Edward Lodge
  • Paintings of the local landscape/habitats
  • Group work

Requires four adults per class

Art Detectives - Learning to Look

Covers: Art, English, Maths, Geography, History (at Museum only)

Develop opinions and observation skills using a variety of unseen art works held in the Museum's store, made available especially for your visit.

A whole class workshop tailored to your set topic, involving the following:

  • Exploring usually unseen art works
  • Discussion
  • Problem solving and grouping
  • Individual work
  • Presentation skills
  • Forming opinions

Choose from the following themes or design your own:

  • Portraits
  • Seasons/the weather
  • Landscapes/waterscapes (both local and further afield)
  • Watercolour paintings
  • Local buildings
  • Wildlife
  • Surrey Heath's war associations
  • Local artists
  • Changes within living memory
  • Your Suggestion!

Requires four adults per class

Add on a 'Dissecting Art' follow-on workshop back at school where pupils recreate the art work they have studied in the Museum using different media. All materials provided. 60 minute session £30 per class.