Key Stage 2 Workshops

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Canal History in Media Day (full day's programme)

Days available:

Introduction

In partnership with the Education & Media Centre at the "Guardian/Observer" Newspapers at King's Place, the London Canal Museum now offers this programme. It is aimed at years 5 and 6.

Features of the day:
Further information about this unique workshop

There is limited capacity and early bookings should be made by contacting education@canalmuseum.org.uk. Dates are strictly limited - see above.

The day is organised so that the children spend half a day at each of the London Canal Museum and the Guardian Media Education Centre. A boat trip is also an integral part of the experience.

The following topics are available at the "Guardian": Carlo Gatti , Canal Life and Explosions!

Please note that this workshop requires students to produce writing for inclusion in a newspaper front page and schools will gain more from the day if classes undertake some preparation on canal history prior to the visit. Downloadable resources to support this are available in the Teachers' Zone on the London Canal Museum website. Please feel free to discuss these resources when booking.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the day the children will

National Curriculum Links

Key Stage 2 English
Writing - composition

Pupils should be taught to

plan their writing by:

draft and write by:

evaluate and edit by:

Writing – vocabulary, grammar and punctuation

Pupils should be taught to:

develop their understanding of the concepts set out in English Appendix 2 by:

indicate grammatical and other features by:

Use and understand the grammatical terminology in English Appendix 2 accurately and appropriately in discussing their writing and reading.

KS2 History

A local history study

Examples (non-statutory)

Exploring Ice Theme Day

Introduction

Circular ice cream making machine in useIn the setting of our Victorian ice warehouse, this day introduces the Norwegian ice trade and the uses and properties of ice.

Features of the Day

Further Information About the Day

The ice theme day is created by running two workshops on the same day: Hokey Pokey and Melting Ice. These are described below.

Science Week Theme Day

Introduction

Our Science Week programme takes place over National Science Week in March and covers aspects of Forces, relating the subject to canal history. It is aimed at Years 5 and 6 and we can accommodate up to 60 children per day.

Features of the Day

Transport and Invention

60 minutes, up to 20 children

Introduction

This lesson develops children's sense of the continuity of history. It shows how inventions are often built upon on what has been achieved as a result of earlier inventions. It looks at the history of transport and inventions, and asks children to sort forms of transport, and inventions, into chronological order.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the day the children will:

National Curriculum Links

Key Stage 2 History

A local history study

Examples (non-statutory)

a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 Examples (non-statutory)

Differentiation

The delivery of this session can be adapted to a range of abilities – please notify the Education Officer of any specific needs

Creative Springboards

Our education team values creativity and would like the opportunity to discuss specific bespoke projects with you. Activities might include:

These could be on a one-off visit or as part of an on-going link between our team and your school. Contact the Education Officer at education@canalmuseum.org.uk or on 020 7713 0836 to discuss how we can make this work for you.

Bridges and Tunnels

Introduction

Model Arch Bridge, sometimes used in workshopsDuring this interactive workshop we will assume the role of canal engineers and explore the geography of the local area with reference to how the growth of the canals and the structures along them helped to shape the landscape the see today. Children will work in groups to dig a tunnel through sand castle in order to discover the importance of strength in a structure and look at beams and arches, using our interactive exhibit to discover the importance of the arch. Finally, the children will work in pairs to build their own mini arches to take back to school and look at different types of bridges.

National Curriculum Links

KS2 Mathematics
KS2 Science

Learning objectives

By the end of the session, the children will:

Differentiation

The delivery of this session can be adapted to a range of abilities – please notify the Education Officer of any specific needs

Gauging Rod

Introduction

60 minutes, up to 20 children

Guiaging rod, a vertical calibrated pole resting alongside hull of narrowboat

A gauging rod is a calibrated pole that was used in the working days of canals to measure how low in the water a boat was lying. Printed tables were kept at toll offices showing the unladen weight, and depth in the water, of all the boats using that canal. Tolls were charged according to weight of cargo. By comparing the unladen position in the water with the laden position, measured with the gauging rod, the toll clerk could tell how much weight of cargo was on board the boat and therefore how much the toll would be. The museum has a gauging rod in position alongside its centerpiece exhibit, the narrowboat Coronis.

This workshop extends the knowledge of floating & sinking that children have already acquired at Key Stage One. It introduces the concepts of gravity & upthrust, investigates the effect of shape on buoyancy, and how a gauging rod was used by making models of them both.

National curriculumLinks

KS2 Mathematics
KS2 Science

Learning objectives.

By the end of the session the children will

Differentiation

The delivery of this session can be adapted to a range of abilities – please notify the Education Officer of any specific needs

Hokey Pokey

50 minutes, up to 20 children

Introduction

The ingenuity of using salt and ice to create delicious ice creams. Learn how to make ice cream and about the penny licks sold on the streets of Victorian London.

National Curriculum Links

History

Using source materials – photographs - plus

A local history study Examples (non-statutory)

Science

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session the children will

Differentiation

The delivery of this session can be adapted to a range of abilities – please notify the Education Officer of any specific needs

Melting & keeping ice – Changing materials

50 minutes, up to 20 children

In this workshop we explore the problem of keeping things cold when there are no freezers. Discover the importance of ice houses and learn about insulators through active experiments.

National Curriculum Links

Science

Observation and ‘fair testing’skills, plus

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session the children will

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