Key Stage 2
Download our 2019/20 schools programme. We’re not able to release an official 2020-21 schools programme, but please get in touch if you have any enquiries. As an alternative to a museum visit, we’ll soon be offering brand new paid-for virtual programmes based on some of our most popular events.
For more information, enquiries and bookings email our Norwich Bookings Coordinator at email@example.com, or call 01603 493636 .
Immersive events which take place in different locations, include a range of activities, and involve meeting characters from the past.
10am – 2pm, £5 per pupil (unless otherwise stated).
A Day with the Romans and Iceni
It is twenty years after Boudica’s revolt (AD60). The Romans have settled in Norfolk, bringing with them their own culture and rules. The original settlers, the Iceni, feel they have suffered at the hands of the Roman army, and that their way of life has been forever changed. Meet Roman and Iceni characters to learn about the conflict and contrasting cultures.
The Norfolk Archaeological Trust runs school visits at the heart of Romano-British Norfolk: Venta Icenorum - or as we know it today, Caistor Roman Town. Just four miles from Norwich, this site is the perfect partner to the Castle Museum's Romans and Iceni programme. Visit the Norfolk Archaeological Trust website for more information.
A Day with the Egyptians
Egypt in the 1860s: one of a team of archaeologists has uncovered the tomb of the High Priest, Ankh Hor, and is excited to share the find with the world. But not everyone thinks that uncovering the tombs of the dead is a good idea... Meet different costumed characters and discuss their points of view.
Please note: The Egyptian gallery is now closed for the Keep redevelopment project, and artefacts have been relocated to the Decorative Arts gallery.
A Day with the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings
What was life like in Anglo-Saxon and Viking times and how do we know about it? Meet costumed characters mourning the death of Thurweald, an Anglo-Saxon warrior. What objects, stories and possessions should travel with him into the afterlife?
The Mystery of Prehistory
Meet an archaeologist and use history detective skills to explore genuine Neolithic tools. Learn about daily life 6000 years ago and meet a Neolithic costumed character. The day includes a chance to see stunning Iron Age objects in the Boudica Gallery.
Marvellous Medieval Maths
Important guests are coming for a feast, and the household is frantically trying to prepare. Help four characters solve their problems using mathematics - numbers, statistics, geometry, and measuring skills.
Please note: this event will not run at the Castle during the Castle Keep redevelopment. An adapted Tudor-themed event called Remaking the Mansion will be available at Strangers’ Hall instead - see further details.
Crime and Punishment
Investigate crime and punishment from the Anglo-Saxons to the present. Meet a character based on a real-life prisoner and learn about Norwich Castle’s years as a prison. Handle some genuine historical objects and tour the historic courtroom. Develop your crime scene investigation skills to help solve a crime.
Please note: during the Keep redevelopment project, this event will not visit the dungeons. An object-handling session will be offered instead. The Shirehall courtroom is currently closed, but students can still experience the staircase and tunnel.
Join in the preparations for a medieval Christmas as we travel back to the year 1121. Meet costumed characters and celebrate the festive season medieval-style. Get to grips with crafts, dance, storytelling and arms and armour. A perfect historical end-of-term celebration and learning opportunity.
Please note: this event will not run during the Castle Keep redevelopment. For KS1 groups, you may be interested in our Christmas at Strangers’ Hall event.
Missing Treasure (literacy)
2 hours, £4 per pupil
A precious object has gone missing from the museum. Learn how to be a newspaper reporter – interview key witnesses, research the incident and produce an informative report.
30-45 minutes, £2.50 per pupil.
- Egyptians, Romans, Anglo Saxon & Vikings, or Medieval Life: Handle real and replica objects and learn about life in the past.
- Digging & Dustbins: Have a go at being archaeologists, ‘dig up’ objects from sand trays, record finds, and look at what people’s rubbish tells us about the past.
- First World War Workshops: Handle authentic and replica soldiers’ and nurses’ uniforms and equipment. Read their letters and original documents unique to the Norfolk Royal Regiment.
Art and Design
1.5 hours, £3 per pupil.
- Look at Me! Portraits in focus KS1 & 2: Investigate portraits, learn about pose, facial expressions and enjoy practical activities. Please note: Due to the Castle Keep redevelopment project, this workshop will not run in academic year 2020-21.
- Looking at Landscapes KS2: Be inspired by our collection of landscapes. Explore seascapes, rural, and urban scenes and create your own piece of landscape art.