Winding House Museum, South Wales / Amgueddfa Tŷ Weindio, De Cymru
Cross Street, New Tredegar, Caerphilly, NP24 6EG
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer on a school trip
The Winding House is the museum for Caerphilly County Borough and has an exciting, award winning Schools Programme built around the History Curriculum for Wales, Cwricwlwm Cymreig and the Literacy and Numeracy framework.
Our engaging, hands-on approach aims to bring history to life in a meaningful way. Pupils will gain knowledge and understanding of a subject by carrying out an enquiry that develops their historical skills by asking and answering questions, using a variety of evidence, interpretation and communicating their findings. Our pre & post visit activities support you in linking the content of the visit to the Literacy and Numeracy framework for Wales.
Our workshops are listed below:
‘Toys Through Time’ – Foundation Phase
Ever wonder what the best toy ever is? A visit to the Winding House will help you answer such questions as we compare toys from 2000 years ago, 100 years ago, 50 years ago and today.
Playing, Thinking, Learning
The toys that we explore reflect the lives of children throughout the history of Caerphilly County Borough. With 2000 years of evidence at their fingertips your group will see a clear change in the types of toys and games.
To highlight change we couple the toys of each period with typical clothing to further highlight the passing of time.
There is time given for each child to get hands on with all of our toys, allowing them to form opinions and learn at their own pace.
Learning outcomes and curriculum links:
This workshop focuses on ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’ with particular attention to developing skills through the ‘Time and People’ range.
Pupils have opportunity to:
- Recognize the changes caused by time.
- Use a range of historical sources.
- Look at different representations of the past.
- Explore and experiment.
- Investigate sources.
- Make comparisions and identify similarities and differences.
- Sort and group.
- Communicate observations.
- Think creatively and imaginatively.
‘Roman Around’ – Key Stage 2
In A.D. 78 the Romans completed their conquest of Wales. They brought with them a new way of life, and this ‘Romanitas’ is the focus of our workshop.
Roman Aroundis a full day of hands-on activity that develops a greater understanding of life in Roman Wales.
March in formation, try on armour, get washed and dressed for dinner, serve a feast to your Roman masters and much more…
Roman Around is led for you by our two real Romans.
They will help your group to investigate military and civilian life through replica objects, costume and role play.
The afternoon session is ‘Pots & Potions’ and takes place in one of our museum galleries. The children take part in practical and role play activities to explore the themes of Roman pottery and medicine. Clay pots made in the session can be taken home by the children.
‘Victorian Valleys’ – Foundation Phase & Key Stage 2
Throughout the valleys of Victorian Wales the rapidly growing industries of Iron, Coal and Rail brought great changes to both the landscape and the way that people lived.
A visit to our site, the former Elliot Colliery coal mine, is a fantastic place to investigate what life was like for ordinary working people in the Victorian era.
Based on the daily lives of those living in the 1890s, we use object handling, costumes, firsthand accounts and role play to interpret the experiences of men, women and children.
Your group will discover more about the working conditions in coal mines and why children were banned from working there.
They will explore Victorian childhood by taking part in a Victorian school day and trying their toys.
They will experience domestic service by taking part in a washday and butter making.
A foundation Phase group will have a shorter visit that excludes the section on coal mining
‘Life in Wartime’ – Key Stage 2
When war broke out in 1939 very few realised the effect that the conflict would have on the people of Britain. They became caught up in their very own warzone, famously known as ‘The Home Front’
Our ‘Life in Wartime’ workshop is a full day of hands on activities that aims to give your group a greater understanding of the Home Front.
We use a wide range of sources to engage the children including our genuine WW2 Anderson Shelter, genuine and replica uniforms, film and sound archive, photographs, genuine and replica handling objects, posters and role-play.
Using these sources the group will investigate the themes of Air Raids, Rationing & Evacuation, Conscription for men and women, V.E Day and Wartime Industry.
Using photographs, oral histories and our historic building your group will discover the world of the Bevin Boys – the conscripted mineworkers that gave so much to the war effort. Our museum is based on the site of the former Elliot Colliery coal mine where a number of Bevin Boys carried out their national service during WW2.
Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative:
With a Learning and Outreach officer based at the museum, the Winding House is well placed to offer help and support with your WHSI projects. Whether it’s use of our handling objects, access to our research centre, talks or displaying work in our community space, we’re happy to help with development and delivery both in our museum or at your school.
“It’s been great working with the Winding House Museum as it has enabled us to use resources we can’t get access to in school. It has really helped us in our project.” Ty’n y Wern Primary School – 7 time WHSI award winners.
Depending on your historical topic and circumstances we may be able to make a visit into your classroom with a selection of items to help consolidate learning. Contact our Learning and Outreach Officer to see if this form of visit is suitable for your needs.