Teacher led visits

If you would prefer to explore the museum independently the Beaney is free to enter but we would ask you to complete a booking form so that we can monitor the number of visitors for health and safety purposes. We can also provide a range of Medieval themed teacher led activities:

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.

On arrival please introduce yourselves at our main visitor information desk and then make your way upstairs to our Explorers and Collectors Room. Your students will need to split into groups and each group will investigate a small number of artefacts and replicas from Medieval Canterbury.  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 to use with the handling objects. Each lasts for 45 minutes and can be used individually or you might combine a few for a longer museum visit.

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 onto graphs or diagrams. A number of options/activities are given for your pupils to work through or choose.

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 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.

Create your own Medieval Pilgrims Badge.

Your pupils will be given a pack containing instructions and all the necessary materials to create your very own Pilgrims badges. Use our collections to inspire your individual designs – 3 per pack, so you can take home to friends and family as a real souvenir of your visit.

KS1/KS2/KS3/beginner/intermediate/advanced ESOL students. Please specify when booking.

COSTS

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.

TIMINGS

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

11:10 – 11:55

12:05 – 12:50

13:00 – 13:45

13:55 – 14:40

14:50 – 15:35

15:45 – 16:30

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