Learning Events

Alongside our daily programme of activity visiting groups can support their learning by attending one of our special events and workshops. Held throughout the year these activities, including our Focus Features (listed below), have been designed to promote learner's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.


Friday Focus Features

Friday 29 September 2017
BLESMA: Overcoming Advertising
Martin Kettrick of The British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association (BLESMA) will be delivering our September Friday Focus Feature workshop. BLESMA is an organisation that supports serving and ex-Service men and women who have lost limbs, or the use of limbs or eyes. Martin will be sharing his story of overcoming adversity and will give students the opportunity to ask him questions about his experience. The motivational workshop will enable students to explore how they can become resilient and set themselves goals for the future, improving confidence and self-esteem. This talk would enhance any school’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development programme or PHSCE scheme of work.

Friday 13 October 2017
Honouring Victoria Cross Indian Soldiers 
Join curator Kiran Sahota for an interactive, cross-curricular workshop and presentation that gives students the background of the Victoria Cross and how Indian Soldiers came to fight for the British Army during WWI. During the workshop, students will read letters that were written by the soldiers and about the soldiers regarding winning the Victoria Cross. As a literacy and creative writing activity strongly centred around empathy, students would be encouraged to write in the role of the soldiers receiving the VC and then as family of the soldiers. The workshop will involve many visual aids for students to explore the historical elements associated with this topic.

 

Friday 17 November 2017
Remembrance: Media Workshop  
Join us, and Bridie Spicer (as featured on BBC Radio 2) for a literacy and social skills interactive workshop, designed to enhance and hone students’ creative writing, interview techniques and editorial skills. Through this cross curricular activity, students will interview our guests and create their own press conference and journalistic article whilst simultaneously gaining an understanding of the reasons behind conflict. During the session the group will meet the family of a local soldier who lost his life serving in Iraq and gain an insight into the different ways that people cope with loss and maintaining the memory of loved ones. A fantastic workshop to support any SMSCD programme and adaptable for all age groups from KS2 to FE.

Friday 8 December 2017
Dogs Trust: Canine Communications & Dog Safety  
Learn with Dogs Trust! Join Sarah Saunders (Education and Community Officer) and her dog Lyra for an interactive session designed specifically for young visitors. Statistics show the vast majority of dog bites to children are by dogs that the children actually know. It is so important to educate children on how to behave around dogs to keep them safe and for children to understand what a dog might be trying to communicate. These important messages have been developed into a fun child centred workshop that also deals with what a dog needs to be happy and healthy and compares this to the pupils’ own wellbeing.

Visit leaders must make necessary arrangements for any young visitors with dog fur allergies or extreme fear of dogs. Lyra’s temperament around children is exemplary and has been known to help children with some reservations about dogs overcome some of their fears, but visit leaders are best placed to know their young visitors and how they may react.

Friday 26 January
Holocaust Memorial day
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year. It marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. It’s a time for everyone to pause and remember the millions of people murdered or whose lives were changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust. Although Holocaust Memorial Day will be held on Saturday 27 January our Holocaust Memorial Day Friday Focus Feature will take place on Friday 26 January 2016.

Your visit will commence with a special Holocaust Remembrance Service in the Millennium Chapel, where candles will be lit and time taken to reflect. Our Learning Team will then take your group on a tour of relevant memorials and dedicated trees. The workshop will explore the real life stories of British people, from very different backgrounds, who all took risks and showed great courage and determination in order to save lives during the Holocaust. The workshop aims to highlight the importance of tolerance and acceptance of all demographic groups, as well as promoting British Values through the exploration of real life British Heroes of the Holocaust. This day would enhance any school’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development programme or PHSCE scheme of work aimed at KS3-5 students.

Holocaust Memorial Day was established to remember those who suffered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides around the world, seeking to help the public learn from the lessons of the past.

Friday 9 February 2018
Meet Sgt Watchman V (Canine Mascot of the Staffordshire Regiment)
Watchman V is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the official mascot of the Staffordshire Regiment who has the freedom of the town of Tamworth. During our February Friday Focus Feature we will be joined by Watchman and his owner (Greg Hedges) who will be helping our young visitors learn more and understand how to stay safe when interacting with dogs as well as giving an exciting history of Watchman's role as a military mascot and an explanation of the uniform associated with his Regiment. This workshop will be fully interactive and pupils will be given ample opportunity to interact with Watchman and ask many questions about dogs, the Staffordshire Regiment, military mascots and some of Watchman’s exciting achievements, which include meeting royalty, being voted Westminster Dog of the Year and more!

Visit leaders must make necessary arrangements for any young visitors with dog fur allergies or extreme fear of dogs. Watchman’s temperament around children is exemplary, and he has been known to help children with some reservations about dogs overcome some of their fears, but visit leaders are best placed to know their young visitors and how they may react.

Friday 23 March 2018
WWI: Contribution of Dulmial Village, Pakistan
Join Dr Irfan Malik for this interesting insight to the contributions made in WWI by his own Pakistani ancestors. Irfan's talk centres around the role of his two Greatgrandfathers and a total of 460 soldiers from Dulmial Village, Pakistan, who took part in the WWI. Their services were rewarded with a British cannon, which holds centre stage in the village to this day. Irfan also mentions the overall Muslim contribution in the First World War. 

Friday 18 May 2018
A Real Life Story of a National Service RAF Recruit
Join local historian and RAF Veteran Roger Hailwood for a slide illustrated and interactive talk on National Service as seen through the eyes of a RAF recruit, from basic training to operational duties. Students will learn about why National Service came about and what it meant for young men, as well as hearing real life stories and anecdotes from someone who actually served.

 

Any establishment booking a Guided Tour (£90) through the Learning Centre for a group of up to 25 students on any of the above Fridays, will receive a Focus Feature on this day for FREE. Space is very limited (four groups) and early booking is essential. Contact education@thenma.org.uk for more information.