Hands-On Workshops for Schools

Secondary school pupils handling a square wooden object during a hands-on workshopFree trial of new hands-on school workshops

During the 2019 – 2020 academic year, The MERL will be trialling a brand new programme of facilitated learning sessions and school workshops, specifically tailored to accommodate a wide range of schools, colleges, and SEND or home education groups.

During this trial period, booking any of these sessions will be free! All we ask is that you simply share your feedback with us afterwards.

Primary schools

Early years

The Outdoor Schoolroom (1.5 hours)

In The Outdoor Schoolroom, we use interactive activities in our beautiful garden to help your students learn about life in the great outdoors. Be sure to dress for the weather so that you can enjoy the experience no matter the season!

Key Stage 1

The Outdoor Schoolroom (1.5 hours)

In The Outdoor Schoolroom, we use interactive activities in our beautiful garden to help your students learn about life in the great outdoors. Be sure to dress for the weather so that you can enjoy the experience no matter the season!

Being a Child in the Country (1.5 hours)

In ‘Being a Child in the Country’, we enable students to find out for themselves about how the lives of children in the countryside have changed over time, with themes including:
• Life at home
• Working lives
• And childhood experience.

This session complements our self-directed learning resource, ‘What was it like to be a child in the countryside?‘, which is available online for your use.

Key Stage 2

Being a Child in the Country (1.5 hours)

In ‘Being a Child in the Country’, we enable students to find out for themselves about how the lives of children in the countryside have changed over time, with themes including:
• Life at home
• Working lives
• And childhood experience.

This session complements our self-directed learning resource, ‘What was it like to be a child in the countryside?‘, which is available online for your use.

The Countryside in Conflict (2 hours)

In ‘The Countryside in Conflict’, we use interactive activities to show how war impacted rural life, covering themes like:
• How war changed countryside life
• The experience of evacuees in WW2 (including real evacuee testimony)
• And information about the Women’s Land Army and the Land Girls

This complements our self-directed learning resource, ‘Countryside in Conflict’, which is available online for your use.

Secondary schools

(Post-16) Career Pathways

We’re delighted to provide bespoke careers sessions relating to both higher education and alternative career routes. These cover a wide range of options to suit different interests and learning styles, and offer cross-curricular learning links to support a range of KS1 to KS5 subjects, including:

• Agriculture/Horticulture
• History
• Art and Design
• Geography
• Science
• Business
• Health
• Sociology

Example sessions:

• Jobs – Ancient and Modern
• Gender stereotypes in the world of work
• Why Higher Education? Routes into HE
• Post-16 options

SEND

The Outdoor Schoolroom (1.5 hours)

In The Outdoor Schoolroom, we use interactive activities in our wonderful garden to empower your students to gain a better understanding of the great outdoors. Dress for the weather so that you can enjoy the experience no matter the season.

A Farming Life – Make Sense Tours and Hands-On Workshops (2 hours)

This was designed for and by students with access and sensory needs. It’s a hands-on workshop full of highly engaging activities like:

• time to touch with hands-on activities and touch tours
• exploration of our digital sensory experiences
• and our differentiated Make Sense trails for independent learning.

The Working Museum (half day)

This is a taster session to introduce your students to the kinds of jobs that are available to them in a museum, and the transferable skills they can acquire from them.

Creative projects

We welcome schools to work with us for extended projects which encourage creative and innovative responses to our collections and the curriculum. Our Community Case is available for displaying work to the public. Read here about some of the projects we have done in the past.

Bookings and Enquiries

For enquiries and to book, please contact Phillippa Heath on merlevents@reading.ac.uk or call 0118 378 8660.

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