Investigate what life was like in Medieval Canterbury through a range of learning activities including a fun, interactive workshop facilitated by our staff, examining artefacts including medieval pilgrim badges and exploring how Canterbury became a popular tourist destination; or take part in one of our teacher led object handling or creative activities. Key stage 2 and 3, intermediate and advanced ESOL students.


SESSION DETAILS – facilitated workshop

On arrival please introduce yourselves at our main visitor information desk and then make your way upstairs to our Learning Lab. Our facilitator will greet you and show you where to put coats and bags and lead you into the Learning Lab where part of the session will take place.

There are 2 parts to the workshop. One group will investigate Medieval maps of Canterbury and take part in a fun quiz highlighting some amazing Medieval facts, whilst the other will talk about Thomas Becket and his role in the history of Canterbury, and then investigate some original and replica Medieval artefacts. The groups will then swap, each part will take approximately 40-45 minutes. It would be helpful if the school staff were able to put the pupils into these 2 groups.  Some of the objects you will handle 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.

The activities will be facilitated by our staff and will take place in the Learning Lab and in the museum galleries where the activity is focused so it is recommended that you allow some time for a more general museum visit during your trip. Details of teacher led visits and available resources are below.

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


TIMINGS

The Medieval session runs for 1.5 hours and is available at the following times:

10:15 – 11:45

12:00 – 13:30

13:45 – 15:15


COSTS

£4.00 per pupil, accompanying adults are free. Min charge £70


CAPACITY & AGE GROUPS

Maximum numbers for the Medieval workshop is 32 pupils plus accompanying teachers. For larger groups we can split you into 2 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.

Key stage 2 and 3, intermediate and advanced ESOL students.


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 one of our facilitators 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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