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Key Stage 1 (Ages 4 - 7)

 

Introduce your pupils to the world of paintings, sculpture, inspirational artefacts and stories from Canterbury and the wider world. Spark imagination and curiosity through interactive sessions that link to key learning goals.

 

Prehistoric People

Prehistoric People

1 hour interpreter-led session | £3 per child (minimum charge £60)

2 hour session (at £4 per pupil) 

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Roman Museum or Heritage Museum

Pupils will investigate and handle prehistoric objects including a mighty mammoth tooth, flint tools, bronze age axeheads and see exquisite Iron Age finds including the Bridge Iron Age helmet, the Chilham mirror and brooches. The extended workshop includes a creative activity in which the children create a piece of prehistoric art or jewellery inspired by what they have seen.

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt

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 artifacts from Ancient Egypt, and create a real papyrus cartouche of yourself as Pharaoh!

Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece

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

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge


Learn about Ancient Greece in this fun, interactive session. Including a chance to investigate original artifacts in close-up detail, try on costume and create an Ancient Greek mask or frieze.

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

 

Pupils will work in groups of two or three taking on the role of archaeologists, investigating and handling real artefacts from Roman Canterbury.  Larger groups are divided in two, with half the class exploring museum displays, and half handling artefacts before swapping around.

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.

Victorians

Investigating Victorian Canterbury

10am to 11am, or 1pm to 2pm
£3per child (minimum charge £60)

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge


Find out about Victorian Canterbury and take part in a special Victorian objects investigation workshop including strange objects, fascinating documents. photographs and maps! This worksho can be combined with a visit to see the extensive Victorian displays at Canterbury Heritage Museum and/or the Beaney.

Victorian Explorers

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.

Toys and Games

Victorian Toys and Games

1 hour 20 minute interpreter-led session

£4 per child (minimum charge £60)

Canterbury Heritage Museum of The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

 

Investigate real Victorian toys including Lily the doll, find out what they're made of and how they work. Discover toys lost beneath the floorboards of a Victorian school. Make a traditional clay marble to take home, learn to play fun Victorian games and meet the origional Bagpuss, Rupert Bear and friends!

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, suitable for KS2

£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 History

Local History

1 hour 30 minutes

£4 per child (minimum charge £50)

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Work with a local history specialist to investigate an aspect of Canterbury’s colourful history using a range of exciting primary source material from the Beaney collections including museum artefacts, paintings, old photographs, documents and maps. Use this as a starting point for creative work across the curriculum including art, drama or creative writing.

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.

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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 present day, 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 with an artist to create your own mini sculpture inspired by what you've seen.

Rupert Bear

Rupert Bear

1 hour interpreter-led visit

Cost £3 per child (miniumum £50 charge)

Canterbury Heritage Museum

 

Meet Rupert and friends in his very own museum, join the frogs on the lily pad cushions for a magical Rupert storytime and take part in fun Rupert songs and games. Finish the session by creating a waving Rupert character to take home.

Bagpuss

Bagpuss and Friends

1 hour interpreter-led visit

Cost £3 per child (miniumum £50 charge)

Canterbury Heritage Museum

 

Meet the real Bagpuss and friends in Emily’s shop window and say hello to the Clangers, Ivor the Engine and Noggin the Nog. Pupils will take part in a magical Bagpuss adventure story using soft toy characters, learn Bagpuss songs and create a Bagpuss mouse finger puppet to take home.

 

World of Stories

World of Stories

2 hours
£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 artifacts across the centuries. A great stimulus for creative literacy and drama work back in the classroom.

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Arts Arward at The Beaney

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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What's On: Family Events

Jumping Beaneys: Jack and the Beaneystalk
Friday 21 November, 10.30am to 11.30am
£3.50 per child, accompanying adult free, advance booking required, Learning Lab.

Join Jack and friends on a magical adventure. Can you find the gold at the top of the Beaneystalk? Then have fun creating your own beanstalk to take home! For children age 3 to 5 and their carers.

Jumping Beaneys: Create a Winter Landscape
Friday 19 December, 10.30am to 11.30am
£3.50 per child, accompanying adult free, advance booking required, Learning Lab.

Enjoy a winter-themed story, explore the galleries to discover paintings of animals in the snow, and have fun creating your own snowy collage to take home.

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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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