Region: Yorkshire

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: National Coal Mining Museum for England, Caphouse Colliary, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 4RH

Contact: 01924 848806

Website: https://www.ncm.org.uk/

Description

Fuel learning across the curriculum with a visit to the National Coal Mining Museum and give your pupils a unique experience they will never forget.

We offer FREE underground tours for schools led by a miner. Visit our historic colliery buildings & interactive galleries or book an inspiring workshop to provide an immersive learning environment where pupils can:

investigate their local history
find out about coal mining through time
solve a scientific problem and see science in action
handle objects
be creative and curious
enjoy the great outdoors

The Museum has so much to offer to inspire learning across the curriculum. To find out more about the workshops, trails and resources please download our teacher’s guides from the website www.ncm.org.uk/learning

Our learning team will be happy to help you plan your visit; you can get in touch by email: education@ncm.org.uk  or telephone: 01924 848806

Do you have a video on YouTube or anywhere else that you would like to link to?
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https://twitter.com/NCMME

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
We are the National Coal Mining Museum for England so we offer a totally unique insight into coal mining and local history, bringing stories to life for visitors.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
Yes we have the LOtC Quality Badge.

What does a typical educational visit include?
Typically schools book an underground tour which can be hands-on for younger pupils. They also tend to book a workshop to suit their learning focus (this could be history, science, art or one of our special workshops when available such as poetry or music). Schools also have time to visit our many galleries which tell the story of coal mining through the ages. Pupils love to visit our pit ponies too. Our website is a good place to find additional classroom resources and we offer a free loans box service for local schools.

The workshops programme is listed below.

Full day Immersive Experience
Be a Victorian Child Miner (KS2)

Subject focus: History (Local History, Chronological knowledge beyond 1066)
Cost: £135 per 34 pupils
Duration: full day experience (9.30-14.30)
Group size: 34 pupils per session
Supporting resources: Victorians loans box
A cross-curricular, immersive experience during which pupils spend the day as Victorian child miners. Pupils get to work above and below ground, and take part in role play activities which, give a powerful and memorable insight into the lives of Victorian Child Miners.

Aunty Brenda's Pit Village Past (KS1 and KS2)

Subject focus: History (changes within living memory, Local History)
Available: Monday - Friday
Cost: £25 per workshop
Duration: 30 minutes
Group size: 17 pupils per session
Supporting resources: Victorians home loans box, 1930s home loans box
What was it like growing up in a coal-mining village? Pupils develop historical enquiry skills as they look at artwork and handle objects, sing and complete daily chores to find out about mining life in the recent past.

Sally/Sam Fletcher, ‘It’s a Hard Life’ (KS1, KS2)

Subject focus: History (Local History, Chronological knowledge beyond 1066)
Available: Monday-Friday
Cost: £25 per workshop
Duration: 30 minutes
Group size: 17 pupils per session
Supporting resources: Victorians loans box, Victorians Resource Pack
Travel back to the 19th century when women and children were working in mines. What were working conditions like? What significant events happened to change the lives of these people? Meet Sam or Sally Fletcher and take part in role-play activities to find out.

Dig Deeper (KS2)

Subject focus: History (Local History), Geography (Place knowledge)
Available: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Cost: £25 per workshop
Duration: 30 minutes
Group size: 17 pupils per session
Supporting resources: 1980s-themed loans box
Everything you wanted to know about mining but were afraid to ask. Dig Deeper with one of our miners and work together to take apart an interactive model of Caphouse Colliery. Pupils will handle objects and ask questions to find out how mining has changed over the last 100 years.

STEM workshops

Rocks and Fossils (KS2)

Subject focus: Science (Rocks)
Available: Wednesdays and Fridays
Cost: £25 per workshop
Duration: 45 minutes
Group size: 17 pupils per session
Supporting resources: Coal Measures Fossils loans box
What is coal? How was it formed? What do fossils look like? Make rocks memorable with this hands-on workshop in which pupils investigate rocks and create their own 'fossil' to take back to the classroom.

Science Show Workshop (KS2)

Subject focus : Science (light, gases, working scientifically)
Available : Monday-Friday (not December, January & February)
Cost : £50 per workshop
Duration : 45 minutes
Group Size : 17 pupils per session
Supporting Resources : Lights Out loans box, Victorian Work loans box
Our new explosive Science Show explores the invention of the flame-safety lamp. Pupils will travel back in time to meet the scientific pioneers, Humphry Davy and George Stephenson and find out how their inventions helped to save lives and changed mining forever.

Fire and Forces Science Challenge (KS2)

Subject focus: Science (mechanisms, forces and working scientifically)
Available: Wednesdays and Fridays
Cost: £50 per workshop
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Group size: 17 pupils per workshop
Supporting resources: Look out for images and videos on the website.
Pupils experience the power of coal at the blacksmith's forge and watch a demonstration of working machinery. Then, working as a mining team they complete a Science Challenge. A fun and practical workshop, which shows Science in action.

For Secondary Schools

History Workshops

Sally/Sam Fletcher, ‘It’s a Hard Life’ (KS3)

Subject focus: Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745 - 1901
Available: Monday-Friday
Cost: £25 per workshop
Duration: 30 minutes
Group size: 17 pupils per session
Supporting resources: Victorians loans box, Victorian Resource Pack
Travel back to the 19th century when women and children were working in mines. What were working conditions like? What significant events happened to change the lives of these people? Meet Sam or Sally Fletcher and take part in role-play activities to find out.

Dig Deeper (KS3)

Subject focus: Local history study, historical perspective
Available: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Cost: £25 per workshop
Duration: 30 minutes
Group size: 17 pupils per session
Supporting resources: 1980s, 1930s - themed loans box
Everything you wanted to know about mining but were afraid to ask. Dig Deeper with one of our miners and work together to take apart an interactive model of Caphouse Colliery. Pupils will handle objects and ask questions to find out how mining has changed over the last 100 years.

Science Workshops

What’s in Our Water? (KS3, KS4)

Subject focus: KS3, KS4 GCSE Science, Applied Science, Environmental Studies, OCR Nationals and BTEC courses
NC focus: Chemistry (Chemical reactions)
Dates available: May 11,18,25 and June 15,22, 29 2017
Cost: £50 per workshop
Duration: Full day including underground tour
Group size: 34 pupils per session (maximum)
Pupils will see real science in action as they work with a science specialist from the University of Huddersfield to investigate the chemical, biological and physical processes of cleaning polluted mine water. Pupils will take a guided tour of the mine water treatment plant, conduct field experiments on water samples and then carry out further analysis in the classroom.

Guided tour of the mine water treatment plant and reed beds (KS3,KS4)

Subject focus: KS3, KS4 Science, Geography and Environmental Studies
Available: On request
Cost: £25 per tour
Duration: One Hour
Group size: 34 pupils per session
A member of the Education Team will guide you around the Museum’s innovative mine water treatment plant and explain how the iron-rich mine water is cleaned before being discharged into a local stream.

Leisure and Tourism Talk

Find out about how the Museum operates as a successful tourist attraction and markets itself to a wide audience. The session can be tailored to meet the needs of your group.

Available: On request
Cost: £25 per workshop
Duration: 45 minutes
Group size: 34 pupils per session (maximum)

What group sizes do you cater for?
We can accommodate up to 200 pupils per day. Group sizes are usually 17 children : 2 adults.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
We can provide teacher-led gallery trail sheets tailored for different key stages free of charge. These have been developed with school children in mind by our Learning Team. Classroom resources such as factsheets can also be downloaded from our online Learning pages. Schools locally can borrow our free loans boxes with items from our handling collection.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Cameras cannot be taken underground for safety reasons but everyone is welcome to film and record above ground.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
We can provide a risk assessment information sheet to teachers when they book. We recommend that schools who haven’t visited us before undertake a preliminary visit. We can also provide a site map to help guide you around the site.

Does your venue have an education officer?
Education Officer is Jayne Ambrose.
Email: jayne.ambrose@ncm.org.uk

Or contact our Bookings Officer Sharon Davies to check dates & chat about a visit
Email: sharon.davies@ncm.org.uk

What is the cost of the visit?
The Underground Tour is FREE for schools.
Workshops are £25-£50 per group (17 students : 2 adults)
There are other prices available on request for full immersive / bespoke days.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
We recommend visitors wear sensible shoes and wrap up warm as the underground tour can be chilly. Also be aware that clothing may get dirty as it is a real coal mine.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
Yes we have first aid trained members of staff all around the site. We ask for any special educational or medical needs in order to make our staff aware.

Please list facilities available.
Shop, café, designated indoor lunch rooms, outdoor picnic areas, outdoor adventure playground (NEW playground opens over Summer 2017).

What are your disabled facilities?
We offer accessible underground tours. The site is fully wheelchair accessible. We also have disabled toilet facilities. Speak to our Bookings Officer if a member of your group has specific needs and we will always do our best to accommodate your requirements.

What are your opening days and hours?
We are open 7 days a week 10-5.
Most schools arrive from 9.30am & leave by 2.30pm.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
Out trip has been the best educational trip we have done. The children didn’t have a second to be bored. St Bartholomew’s C of E Primary School

An excellent, engaging experience for all children. The guides were excellent with the children and kept them all engaged with their humour and expert knowledge. Lawefield Primary School

NCM is an outstanding resource for visual learning. The permanent collections, exhibitions and site offer endless possibilities for visual investigation and research. Outwood Grange Academy

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
We would love to welcome you to the Museum. Please phone us for a chat or tweet us on NCMME_Learning.


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Adventure Playgrounds Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Museums

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design English Environmental Studies History Music Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December


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