NORFOLK Museums Service

Gressenhall Schools Programme: Key Stage 2

Please note: do contact us if you cannot find a suitable day. We will do our best to accommodate you. We are also happy to discuss with you how you would like us to tailor activities to support your needs.

Activities

Neolithic Britain: Hunter-gatherers and First farmers

Full day, £5.00 per pupil

2017: September 11 - 15, 18 - 22, 25 - 29 October 2 – 6, 30-31, November 1-3, 6 - 10
2018: April 23 - 27, 30 May 1 -4

Help your pupils to understand this important new area of the curriculum. Can you survive our Neolithic challenge? Explore life 5000 years ago using our fantastic Neolithic collections and wonderful site. Hunt for animals in the woods, get to grips with Neolithic tools, plough the field with the ard plough and make a Neolithic shelter.

Neolithic Britain Information Sheet

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First World War: Annie’s War

Full day, £5.00 per pupil

2017: September 11 - 15, 18 - 22, 25 - 29, October 2 - 6, 30-31, November 1 - 3, 6 – 10, 13-17
2018: April 23 - 27, 30 May 1 - 4, 14 - 18 June 4 - 8, 11 - 15, July 9 – 13

An active day to help your children understand the local impact of national events and investigate different attitudes to the war. See World War One through a child’s eyes in this sensitive and accessible day event. Meet her friends and family and find out how the war affects them: soldier, nurse, Women’s Land Army girl and schoolmaster. The day ends with a morale-boosting film and magic lantern show, as the villagers raise money for the troops on the front line.

This event is a ‘living history’ day. To enter into the spirit, we invite you to come in costume.

First World War Information Sheet

Victorian and Edwardian costume suggestions

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Victorian Activity Day

Full day, £5.00 per pupil

2017: September 11 - 15, 18 - 22, 25 - 29, October 2 - 6, 30-31 November 1 - 3, 6 – 10, 13-17
2018: April 23 - 27, 30, May 1 - 4, 14 - 18 June 4 - 8, 11 - 15, July 9 – 13

Support your local history and theme in social history studies with our Victorian Activity Day. Can you solve the mystery of the stolen silver candlesticks? Meet our costumed characters and step back in time for a day of discovery. Work in the fields with the heavy horses, take a Victorian school lesson, find out what life was like in the workhouse and lend a hand in a Victorian kitchen and washhouse.

This event is a ‘living history’ day. To enter into the spirit, we invite you to come in costume.

Victorian and Edwardian costume suggestions

Victorian Activity Day Information Sheet

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Evacuees (Home Front Heroes)

Full day, £5.00 per pupil

2017: September 11 - 15, 18 - 22, 25 - 29, October 2 - 6, 30-31, November 1 - 3, 6 – 10, 13-17
2018: April 23 - 27, 30 May 1 - 4, 14 - 18 June 4 - 8, 11 - 15, July 9 – 13

Join our costumed characters and discover the Home Front during WWII. Meet a Women’s Land Army girl and ‘Dig for Victory’ with the heavy horses. Take cover in the air raid shelter and let the ARP warden show you how to use a stirrup pump. ‘Make do and Mend’ with a worried housewife, find out about rationing in the Village Shop and help win the war with the Home Guard. The perfect day for a study of the Home Front as a significant turning point in British social history.

This event is a ‘living history’ day. To enter into the spirit, we invite you to come in costume.

Evacuee costumes | Evacuee label pattern

Evacuees Information Sheet

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Victorian Whodunnit?

Full day, £5.00 per pupil

2017: November 13 - 17, 20 – 24, 27 – 30, December 1
2018: January 29 -31, February 1 - 2, 5 - 9, 19 - 23, 26 – 28, March 1-2 July 9 – 13

This day provides a focus for your local study and the theme of social history. It also encourages communication and literacy skills. Find out about life in Victorian England through our dramatic Whodunnit? Meet costumed characters, both rich and poor, and engage in active learning sessions in our Victorian schoolroom, cottage kitchen, workhouse and laundry. Can you help discover who has committed the terrible crime?

This event is a ‘living history’ day. To enter into the spirit, we invite you to come in costume.

Victorian and Edwardian costume suggestions

Victorian Whodunnit Information Sheet

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Christmas in the Workhouse

Find out about Victorian Christmas for rich and poor. Join our costumed characters to make candy canes, decorations and toys for poor children. Perform a festive Victorian melodrama - but don’t forget that there is still lots to be done in the workhouse. Who is the mystery benefactor who keeps leaving gifts? To enter into the spirit of a Victorian Christmas we invite you to come in costume.

Full day, £5.00 per pupil

2017: November 30, December 1, 4-8, 11-15, 18-19

There are lots of different ways to visit Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse:

    • Book a special event (above)

    • Come on a teacher-led visit

    • Enhance your teacher-led visit with an additional activity or activities: object handling, Victorian cooking, old fashioned washing or food and farming

    • Work with us to develop a programme which fits your learning needs

Information, enquiries and bookings

Ellie Buckingham, Bookings Administrator, gressenhall.museum@norfolk.gov.uk 01362 869251

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We had a broad spectrum of ability (amongst the pupils) and the visit catered for all of these and gave us a few surprises – i.e. the children who asked and answered questions were not necessarily the ones we expected.