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Key Stage 2 (Ages 7 - 11)

 

From art and sculpture, to history and literacy, engage in a wide range of fun and exciting learning activities that emphasise creativity and the development of investigative skills. Including Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece hands-on sessions.

 

Please note: Due to exceptional demand for school workshops and education space hire, we encourage schools to book visits and workshops as far in advance as possible and at least one month before your intended visit

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptians

1 hour 30 minutes
£4 per child (minimum charge £60)

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

 

Meet our costumed interpreter and engage in role play in this fun, hand-on session. Mummify a classmate and groan as the intestines are pulled out, wrap an animal mummy against the clock, investigate real artefacts from Ancient Egypt, and create a real papyrus cartouche of yourself as Pharaoh!

Ancient Greece

The Ancient Greeks

1 hour 30 minutes
£4 per child (minimum charge £80)
The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

 

Learn about Ancient Greece in this fun, interactive session. Investigate original artefacts in close-up detail, try on costumes and create an Ancient Greek mask or frieze.

Roman Technology

Roman Technology

1 hour 30 minutes | £3 per child
Canterbury Heritage Museum

This popular hands-on session gives participants the exciting opportunity to investigate different types of Roman technology, and experience first hand the jobs of Roman workers and slaves, including hammering a Roman coin (to take home as a souvenir), grinding grain and building and firing mini catapults. Combine this with a visit to Canterbury Roman Museum and a lunch room booking to make an exciting whole day visit.

Roman Everyday Life

Roman Everyday Life & Museum Tour

1 hour 30 minutes for workshop and teacher-led museum tour

£2 per child (inside district) £3 per child (outside district)

Canterbury Roman Museum

Enhance your school visit to Canterbury Roman Museum by taking part in a fun hands-on workshop, in which children take on the role of archaeologists investigating real artefacts from Roman Canterbury. Half the class explores the museum displays for 40 minutes, while the other half investigates the artefacts, before swapping round.

Vikings

Anglo-Saxons and Vikings

1 hour 30 minute interpreter-led session

£4 per child (minimum charge £80)

Canterbury Heritage Museum

 

Meet the Anglo-Saxon lady to find out about Canterbury in Anglo-Saxon and Viking times. Try on costumes, investigate real artefacts and discover the gruesome tale of the siege and sacking of Canterbury over 1000 years ago. Create a shield, helmet or piece of jewellery to take home.

Medieval Canterbury

Medieval Canterbury (Becket, Pilgrims & Chaucer)

1 hour 30 minutes | £4 per child
Canterbury Heritage Museum

Investigate the life and death of Thomas Becket, discover what it was like to be a pilgrim, and learn about life in medieval Canterbury in this fun, interactive workshop in one of Canterbury’s finest medieval buildings. Examine original artefacts including medieval pilgrim badges and possible fragments of Becket’s shrine. See the 60 foot long Becket animation by Oliver Postgate, and explore the interactive Medieval Discovery Gallery.

Victorians

Victorian Explorers and their Collections

1 hour session

£3 child (minimum charge £60)

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

 

Investigate some mysterious artefacts brought back to Canterbury from around the globe, discover the stories of the objects, the cultures to which they belonged, and the Victorian explorers who collected them in this fun interactive interpreter-led session.

WW1

World War One

1 hour interpreter-led session
£3 per child (minimum charge £60)
The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge


Investigate what life was like for ordinary people living in Canterbury 100 years ago, and for soldiers serving on the Western Front in this thought-provoking hands-on session using real WW1 objects and documents. 

WW2

World War Two

2-hour interpreter-led session
£4 per child (minimum charge £80)
Canterbury Heritage Museum


Step into the character of a wartime child and prepare to evacuate! Explore what it was like to be evacuated, create and perform a drama based on real evacuee photographs, see and handle real wartime artefacts from Canterbury and visit the well-preserved remains of a World War Two Anderson shelter.

Local Studies

Local History Workshop

1 hour 30 minutes
£4 per child (minimum charge £80)
The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

 

Meet a local history specialist and learn how to investigate real primary and secondary source material from library, museum and archive collections. Discover hidden stories from Canterbury’s colourful past, and find out how the city has changed since Victorian times.

World of Stories

World of Stories

1 hour
£3 per child (minimum charge £60)
The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

 

These storyteller-led sessions immerse young children in the wonderful atmosphere of the Beaney and it’s collections. Spark their imaginations with tales about paintings, people and artefacts from across the centuries. A great stimulus for creative literacy and drama work back in the classroom.

Paintings, Stories and Imagination

Paintings, Stories and Imagination

1 hour 30 minutes
£4 per child (minimum charge £80)
The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge


Paintings inspire children to create stories. In this interactive gallery-based session children work with a literacy specialist to develop their own stories about a painting using costumes and puppets, before writing and illustrating them.

Investigating and Creating Portraits

Investigating and Creating Portraits

2 hours
£5 per child including materials (minimum charge £100)
The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

 

Investigate the meaning of portraits in the collection, including works by famous artists such as Anthony Van Dyck and Dame Laura Knight. Find out what costumes, poses, expressions and symbols can reveal, and work with an artist to create your own masterpiece.

Investigating and Creating Sculpture

Investigating and Creating Sculpture

2 hours
£5 per child including materials (minimum charge £100)
The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

 

Investigate sculpture from Ancient Egypt to the 21st century, using outstanding examples from the art collection. Enjoy an artist-led trail around the Beaney and nearby city streets. Find out about ideas, materials and techniques, working to create your own mini sculpture inspired by what you have seen.

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Our Schools say...

"Wow! What can I say?! Thank you so much for such a fantastic day yesterday. All the children (and adults!) had such a great day - their "best day of school ever" apparently. Thank you for all your help organizing the trip, for the workshop in the morning and guidance about the afternoon - you helped to make the day such a joy for all. Thank you."

- Ash Cartwright & Kelsey C of E Primary School (Ancient Egyptians Workshop)

 
 

Arts Award at The Beaney

Arts Award

The Beaney is an accredited Arts Award Centre. We have Arts Award advisers trained to facilitate and mediate all levels of Arts Award and would be delighted to discuss project ideas with schools and youth organisations.

 
 

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Contact Us

Got a question? To find out more about activities for schools at the Beaney Art Museum and Library please contact Martin Crowther on 01227 862162 or email Martin Crowther

 
 

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Activity SheetsWe have worksheets to accompany your museum visit so don’t forget to order yours when booking your activity.
 
 

Visit & Booking Information

School guidelines, lunch facilities, payment and parking – find everything you need to plan your visit here
 
 

Teacher Feedback...

“Excellent customer service with day perfectly tailored to our specific learning needs. An excellent, well organised, fun informative hands on experience for all our children. Thank you for having all of us. It was great!”

Greenfields Community Primary school, Roman Technology Session 
 

“Fantastic activities, lots of great fun for children. A fantastic day full of educational activities.”

St Mary’s Whitstable, Ancient Egypt Workshop

 
 

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