Facilitated visits

The Learning Team offers a wide range of opportunities for you, your school or group including ready prepared tours, workshops and bespoke packages. All our activities are inclusive, non denominational and are accessible to all. They are designed to enhance any visiting group's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSCD) and British Values.

FREE familiarisation visits to help you make the most of your visit.

Please note that costs are calculated per 25 students for all activities. 

 

 

New for 2018!

 

Geography Explorer Day £150 - 3 hours - Suitable for KS1 & KS2

Students will develop knowledge about the world using maps to identify continents, oceans and the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian line. During the fieldwork session, students will use simple compass directions and directional language to navigate around site. New for Spring 2018

Exhibition Activity £90 – 90 mins 

A fully interactive, differentiated team-based learning experience that uses our Landscapes of Life Exhibition. Pupils work in small teams and embark upon tasks designed to promote self-discovery and an awareness of other beliefs with specific reference to Remembrance. Pupils will have the chance to leave a video message in our diary booth of remembrance and also have access to our current art exhibitions. New for Spring 2018

Tree Tour £90 - 90 mins – suitable for KS2 & KS3

Science tour covering aspects of the National Curriculum for Science (Biology) whilst introducing pupils to the 150 acre National Memorial Arboretum. Pupils will learn about parts of plants and photosynthesis as well as other aspects of the curriculum specific to their Key Stage. We will also look at the symbolism of trees and what the different species here mean in terms of Remembrance. New for April/May 2018.


 

Explorer Days

We offer a variety of Explorer Days from 10.30 to 14.15 with 45 minutes for lunch and free time. This is a fully immersive day that combines a 90 minute cross curricular classroom session, and a 90 minute guided tour that covers a selection of relevant memorials. Our maximum capacity for any Explorer Day is 100 students (4 groups) per day. (The WWI & WWII Explorer Day tours do not include the Armed Forces Memorial, which remembers our Armed Forces post-WWII but do include an Act of Remembrance.)

 

WWI Explorer Day £150 – 3 Hours – suitable for KS1 & KS2

Students will learn about the different roles and responsibilities of a wide range of people beyond the Tommy in the trench. In this interactive and creative activity, students work both in groups and individually building on social and emotional development and fine motor skills to produce a WWI armband to take away. 

 

WWI Explorer Day £150 – 3 Hours – suitable for KS3 & KS4

Students will learn about the different locations in which WWI took place by working as a team to discover more about real life service personnel from across the Empire.

 

WWII Explorer Day £150 – 3 Hours – suitable for KS1 & KS2

Students will learn about the life of an evacuee through this fully inclusive and cross curricular activity. Working both individually and in groups, students will sort through clues, maps and diary extracts to resolve which evacuee lived with which host family. Students write a postcard home and a diary extract about their experiences in their new home in the countryside.

 

WWII Explorer Day £150 – 3 Hours – suitable for KS3 & KS4

Students will learn about the different experiences of groups and individuals in WWII from a global perspective, focusing on the Home Front, the War in Europe, the Holocaust and the War in the Far East.

  

Medal Explorer Day £150 – 3 Hours - suitable for all ages and abilities

Join our Learning Team for a cross curricular classroom activity where students explore the many different types of medals as well as the reasons behind them being awarded. The activity ensures that students learn about the symbolism behind a variety of medals (not just military). The activity involves discussion work and the sharing of thoughts and ideas with a theme of British values and public service running throughout. The activity culminates in students designing and making their own medals to present to someone (or an animal!) who has had a positive affect upon their lives.

The tour incorporates some of our memorials associated with medals and the people that have been awarded them.

 

Inspiration Explorer Day £150 – 3 Hours - suitable for all ages and abilities

This offer is aimed at students enrolled on qualifications with a coursework element. Our extremely knowledgeable guides will take your students on a bespoke tour of our memorials and trees to inspire them and ignite their creativity, based on the requirements of your syllabus. Following the tour, you will receive access to one of our fully equipped classrooms with IT and Smartboard facilities for your students to commence their coursework throughout the rest of your day here. We find that many students become far more productive when out of their normal school environment and this day would be ideal for any subject (music, drama, art, geography, photography, DT etc.)

We recommend that you talk to one of our Learning Officers about your requirements before booking your Inspiration Day and that you should book one of our free familiarisation visits if this offer is of interest to you.

 

Have the below as stand alone activities, or combine with a Guided tour to upgrade to an Explorer Day: 

 

British Heroes of the Holocaust £90 90 minutes - suitable for KS3 & KS4  

This activity explores the stories of British people, from very different backgrounds, who all took risks and showed great courage and determination in order to save the lives of Jewish people during the Holocaust. Each has now been awarded a medal as a ‘British Hero of the Holocaust’ by the UK government. Students will identify reasons for the actions of some British heroes and why some people became rescuers during the Holocaust. Combine with a 90 minute £90 tour for £150.

 

Recognising Genocide £90 90 minutes - suitable for KS3 & KS4

This activity explores the Holocaust and touches on subsequent genocides and how they are planned and never just ‘happen’. Students will learn how to recognise genocide and discrimination. This challenges student’s views, encourages debate and promotes a culture of respect and tolerance. Combine with a 90 minute £90 tour for £150.

 

Exhibition Activity £90 90 minutes - suitable for KS3 & KS4 - New for Spring 2018.

A fully interactive, differentiated team-based learning experience that uses our Landscapes of Life Exhibition. Pupils work in small teams and embark upon tasks designed to promote self-discovery and an awareness of other beliefs with specific reference to Remembrance. Pupils will have the chance to leave a video message in our diary booth of remembrance and also have access to our current art exhibitions. Combine with a 90 minute £90 tour for £150.

 

Guided Tour

£90 – 90 minutes - suitable for all ages and abilities

Our tours include a variety of memorials and provide an inspiring and thought provoking opportunity to better understand Remembrance. This can stimulate learning responses, such as creative writing and visual art.

Tours can be based on a specific conflict such as WWI or WWII or on those memorials which represent Peace and Reconciliation. Or leave it to us and we will take you on a tour with a mix of memorials from different conflicts and civil services. If you have a specific memorial you would like to visit, please note this on your booking form and we will endeavour to accommodate you. Our standard guided tour for KS1 and KS2 learners does not include Shot at Dawn but does include an age appropriate activity book.

 

Poppy Activity

£45 – 30 minutes - suitable for all ages and abilities

One of our most popular activities, this is a thought provoking and interactive session that develops an understanding of the historic and symbolic significance of the Poppy. Participants learn about modern inclusive British Values with respect to Remembrance.

 

Act of Remembrance

£20 – 30 minutes - suitable for all ages and abilities

During this activity groups solidify their learning and students reflect on key themes and consolidate learning through performing an Act of Remembrance with readings and recitative. Groups can personalise this by adding their own readings, poems songs or anything else appropriate.

 

Torch Lit Tour

£100 – 120 minutes

It’s dark, it’s a little scary and it’s not for the fainthearted. Be brave and visit us after hours for an exciting evening of both indoor and outdoor activities. A stimulating visit for youth organisations such as Brownies, Beavers, Scouts, Guides and Cadets. We are happy to accommodate investitures on the night. Available in Autumn.  Any two hours between 17.00 and 20.00. Maximum group size is 25, including any accompanying adults, maximum 2 groups per evening. Wrap up in plenty of warm layers and bring your own torch. National Memorial Arboretum torches are available for sale on the night. Please note that there is no first aid cover on site during these tours.