Explore the Ancient Greeks through a range of activities which you can mix and match to create your perfect museum experience.
Being Archaeologists; object handling sessions
These sessions are briefly introduced by a member of museum staff who will provide you with all the resources you need to lead your class through your choice of a range of available activities. Teacher notes are provided and will be sent to you prior to your visit.
Your students will need to split into groups and each group will investigate a small number of Ancient Greek artefacts and replicas. Some of these objects are very old and may be a little fragile so a member of your staff or accompanying adult must work with each group to ensure your pupils are supervised at all times.
There is a selection of activities to choose from alongside the handling objects. Each lasts for 45 minutes and can be used individually or you might combine a few for a longer museum visit.
Gentleman Jim and the Greeks – a museum trail.
Your pupils will be provided with a clipboard, pencil and a printed trail to help them explore how the Greeks continue to influence us today. Cost is £1 per pupil. Suitable for KS2 – 3 and advanced ESOL students.
Make a collaborative Ancient Greek frieze
Your pupils will be provided with a creative pack inspired by our Ancient Greek collections. It will contain instructions and all the materials needed to make an individual section of a frieze so you can combine each pupils work to create a class frieze back at school and display around your classroom walls. Cost is £1 per pupil. Suitable for KS1 – 2 and intermediate ESOL students
Investigate and Identify
Your pupils will work through a series of questions which will help them to investigate the objects in the handling trays, noting key characteristics and recording details on an Archaeologists Record Sheet which will enable them to identify the objects.
Full teacher notes are provided and depending on the age and ability of your students you may choose to let them work independently through each one or perhaps you will guide them through the activity step by step. Each object handling box comes with a description of its contents with age, material and any other known information. You can use these to help your students. Not all the boxes have the same contents.
KS1/Beginner ESOL students, KS2/KS3 intermediate/advanced ESOL students. Please specify when booking as different activity sheets are available for different levels.
Categorise: Sorting and Presenting Data
Your pupils will work through a series of instructions which will help them to sort the objects in the handling trays into a number of categories, making a tally of the results and then presenting this data on graphs or diagrams. A number of options/activities are provided for your pupils to work through or choose from.
Full teacher notes are provided and depending on the age and ability of your students you may choose to let them work independently through each one or perhaps you will guide them through the activity step by step.
Each object handling box comes with a description of its contents with age, material and any other known information. You can use these to help your students. Not all the boxes have the same contents.
KS2/KS3/intermediate/advanced ESOL students. Please specify when booking as different activity sheets are available for different levels.
Trays can be booked at the following times and can be used with more than one activity. One time slot per activity:
10:15 – 11:00
11:10 – 11:55
12:05 – 12:50
13:00 – 13:45
13:55 – 14:40
14:50 – 15:35
15:45 – 16:30
Maximum numbers for the object handling sessions is 32 pupils plus accompanying teachers. For larger groups we can split pupils into two groups and you can combine your visit with other activities or a museum visit whilst the groups take it in turns to participate in the workshop.
Each object handling session is £40 for up to 25 pupils. An additional charge of £1 per pupil is made for over this number. This cost includes handling objects and one of the activities. Further activities may be added for £1 each or £1.50 if not used as part of a handling session.
Please do enquire if you require a lunch space and we will do our best to accommodate you. However, a lunch space cannot be guaranteed.
How to book
All schools and groups must book visits in advance. To book any of our workshops please complete our Online Booking Form. If you have specific requirements that are not covered by the Online Booking Form please email our Learning Team Learning@canterbury.gov.uk.
- We advise that all teachers conduct a preliminary visit before arriving with their pupils.
- Please ensure that all accompanying adults on your visit are aware of their role on the visit and are prepared to engage in the learning and support the pupils.
- The group leader is responsible for the behaviour and well-being of their group at all times.
- Please arrive promptly ready to start your visit allowing time for traffic, coach parking and walking through the busy city centre.
- There is no parking outside The Beaney or Canterbury Roman Museum. Coach drivers can book an appropriate coach drop off time at Canterbury Bus Station (5 minutes’ walk), or a parking space at Canterbury Coach Park (15 minutes’ walk)
- If payment for the visit is not made on the day, we will invoice for the number of pupils originally booked or the number that actually visited on the day (whichever is higher). If a visit is cancelled less than 2 weeks before it is due to take place, we regret we will still require payment to cover incurred costs.
- Payment is preferred 2 weeks in advance by cash, credit card or cheque payable to Canterbury City Council. In exceptional circumstances, and if no other payment method is possible we may be able to invoice.
Terms & Conditions
Payment can be made on the day of your visit in cash, by credit card or via a cheque made payable to Canterbury City Council. If payment is not made on the day, we will invoice for the number of pupils originally booked or however many actually visited on the day (whichever is higher). If a visit is cancelled less than 2 weeks before it is due to take place, we regret we will still request payment to cover incurred costs.
Responsibility for children on site
Please ensure that all accompanying adults are aware of their role on the visit and are prepared to engage in the learning and support the pupils.
The group leader is responsible for the behaviour and well-being of their group at all times including first aid and ensuring participants are engaged in the activity. The group leaders will be liable for any breakages or damage to Museum property or collections. Your staff should accompany your pupils at all times. Learning activities cannot be delivered by our staff unless your pupils are accompanied by relevant staff numbers.
If your group arrives late, please note that the duration of the workshop may be reduced (to end at the scheduled time) in order not to run over into time booked by other later groups and therefore the workshop content may not be as advertised. The charges will remain as advertised.
Please download and complete the relevant Risk Assessment for your visit.