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Indoors, Outdoors, Explore!

KS1 and KS2 The National Coal Mining Museum for England tells the story of coal mining and its communities. Set in a real colliery, the Museum brings to life the history of one of the country’s oldest industries. Original pit buildings, interactive exhibitions and the chance to go underground in a real coal mine will give your pupils a unique learning experience they will never forget.

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A visit to our free Museum can be organised to enhance and inspire learning in a number of subject areas; the education team is more than happy to assist you in planning a visit to suit the requirements of your pupils.

What is there to see and do? Underground tour This is the highlight of any school visit and is a must-do activity. With a former coal miner as their personal guide, pupils ride the cage 140 metres underground to discover first-hand what life was like as a miner. See inside to find out about our different tour options for schools. School workshops See inside to find out how Museum staff can facilitate interactive, curriculum-based learning experiences for your class. Explore authentic pit buildings See our steam winding engine in action, visit the pithead baths where a miner’s shift started and finished, or see the ponies in the stables. Sights, sounds and smells combine to give each original pit building its own unique atmosphere. www.ncm.org.uk

Galleries and exhibitions Our galleries and exhibition spaces show the history of coal mining and get to the heart of mining communities, homes and families. Our changing special exhibitions programme means there is always something new to discover. Nature trail and reed beds Visit the reed beds and find out how the Museum’s innovative watertreatment plant cleans iron-rich minewater pumped from underground. Follow the nature trail and see for yourself how the old colliery spoil tip has been regenerated into mixed woodland, providing a habitat for wildlife, plants and trees. Hope Pit How did miners get down the shaft? How did they breathe underground? How did they power their machines?

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Interactive displays and multimedia science exhibits explore science and technology concepts in a real-life industrial context. Self-guided visits You are welcome to organise a self-guided visit and we have a number of resources available to help you do this, including a KS1 and KS2 gallery trail. These are available on request or can be downloaded from our website: www.ncm.org.uk/learning Contact the education team to arrange a preliminary visit. For further information about our inspiring, historic site please download the document ‘Explore the Museum’ from our website www.ncm.org.uk/learning


Education Programme KS1 & KS2

Make Sense of Mining The Museum is now able to offer to schools a choice of underground tours, all of which are led by a former miner and last about 1 hour and 20 minutes. The tour is always the highlight of any school visit, and our different options will complement your choice of activity perfectly whilst on site.

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Hands-On History

Available: 7 days a week

Subject focus: KS1, KS2, with strong links to History

Cost: Underground tour is free

Available: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

Cost: Underground tour is free, living history workshops cost £25 per session (17 pupils per session)

Subject focus: KS1, KS2, all subjects

This general tour will enable pupils to discover mining through the ages, as the guide takes them on a journey through mining history from the early 1800s, when whole families including young children worked together underground, right through mechanisation up to the present day. The guide will happily talk about his own working life, as he gives a valuable insight into how coal mining has changed in this chronological look at the industry. This tour is a great introduction to coal mining, and works well alongside all the schools’ workshops on offer, as well as for any self-led visits.

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Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes A history-focussed tour that will give pupils the chance to get their hands dirty as they take the roles of early nineteenth-century mining families. Pupils will discover the roles of the trapper, the thruster and the hurrier. Following this, they will be taken to the underground stables to look after the model horses which need ‘feeding’, ‘mucking out’ and harnessing ready for their hard day’s work. Pupils will also get the chance to experience lighting through the ages, from the pitch dark of an unlit coal mine, through candles and early lamps, to compressed air and modern electric lighting.

This interactive tour can be booked in conjunction with one of our surface workshops, such as Sam/Sally Fletcher ‘It’s a Hard Life’ or Sir Humphry Davy and the Flame Safety Lamp. Ask a member of our education team, or speak to the bookings officer for more details.


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nd u o r g r e d un tours Subterranean Science Subject focus: KS2, with strong links to Science

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Available: Wednesday, Friday Cost: Underground tour is free, living history workshops cost ÂŁ25 per session (17 pupils per session) Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes A science-focussed tour that looks in more detail at two of the most important aspects of science in mining: lighting and earth-science. The darkness of the underground provides the perfect setting to experiment with light, and pupils will be able to get hands-on to see how light travels only in straight lines, as well as looking at how colours are filtered. Pupils will also get the chance to see underground rock formations, and to identify common rocks and fossils found in the Coal Measures, while discussing how the strata were originally deposited and formed. This interactive tour works well with our new surface workshop Coal Seam: Time Machine as well as Sir Humphry Davy and the Flame Safety Lamp. Ask a member of our education team, or speak to the bookings officer for more details. www.ncm.org.uk

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Explorer Trails

Self-led vities acti Explorer trails Our explorer trails lead pupils around site on a trail of discovery. They are free to use and are led by group leaders. Rocks trail Why is gravel used on locomotive tracks? Why have the steps eroded? An interactive trail that involves pupils locating and investigating rock samples at several trail stops around the site. Subject focus: Science (The Earth and beyond) Available: Monday -Friday Cost: Free Duration: 45 minutes The Rocks Trail and Teachers’ Notes are available on request or can be downloaded from: www.ncm.org.uk/learning Materials trail Why is steel used for making horseshoes? What are the tiles in the Pithead Baths made from? www.ncm.org.uk

An interactive trail that involves pupils locating and investigating materials used in the mining industry. Subject focus: Science (Materials and their properties) Available: Monday - Friday Cost: Free Duration: 45 minutes The Materials Trail and Teachers’ Notes are available on request or can be downloaded from: www.ncm.org.uk/learning Habitats trail Based on the Museum’s nature trail, pupils explore and observe different habitats and learn about life processes, feeding relationships and classification. Subject focus: Science (Living things in their environment) Available: Monday-Friday Cost: Free Duration: 45 minutes

The Habitats Trail and Teachers’ Notes are available on request or can be downloaded from: www.ncm.org.uk/learning The following demonstrations may be requested (availability cannot always be guaranteed):

Talks and demonstrations Steam winder demonstration See an original Victorian steam winding engine in action. Duration: 10 minutes Cost: free Horsekeeper talk Visit the stable yard and listen while our horsekeepers tell you about the working lives of the ponies. Duration: 15 minutes Cost: free


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New for 2012 Coal Seam: Time Machine Pupils can find out what coal is and how it was formed, explore sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks and make their own fossil to take back to the classroom. Make rocks more memorable with this new hands-on classroom workshop. Subject focus: Science (grouping and classifying materials), Geography (environmental change and sustainable development) Available: Wednesdays and Fridays (with Subterannean Science Underground Tour)

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Cost: : ÂŁ25 per workshop (17 pupils per session) Duration: 45 minutes


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“Sam really captured the children’s imagination, making them consider how things have changed.” Mrs A Walker, Greetland Primary School

s p o h s k r o W Fred at the Pithead Baths Fred is the pithead baths attendant at Caphouse Colliery in 1938, where he demonstrates the use and benefits of the ‘new’ baths and discusses the impact of welfare provision for miners in the 1930s. Pupils use their enquiry skills to help Fred sort out some ‘lost property’ from the 1930s.

Sally/Sam Fletcher, ‘It’s a Hard Life’ Meet Sally or Sam Fletcher in the Victorian area of Caphouse Colliery during the Industrial Revolution. Listen to their stories of working underground as children, before the 1842 Coal Mines Act changed their lives.

Subject focus: History (Britain since 1930), Geography (understanding of places)

Subject focus: History (Britain since 1930)

Subject focus: History (Victorian Britain)

Available: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Available: Monday - Friday

Available: Monday - Friday

Cost: £25 per workshop (17 pupils per session)

Cost: £25 per workshop (17 pupils per session)

Cost: £25 per workshop (17 pupils per session)

Duration: 30 minutes

Duration: 30 minutes

Duration: 30 minutes

Why not borrow the Coal Measures Fossils loans box or a 1980s-themed loans box to complement this session?

There are 1930s-themed loans boxes available to complement this session.

Dig Deeper Dig deeper and uncover the layers of Caphouse Colliery with one of our mining guides. Using a scale model of the site, museum objects and Coal Measures fossils, pupils find out about the social and technological history of coal mining over the last 100 years.

A themed resource pack and loans boxes are available to support this session.

“Absolutely fabulous – John Davy fired the children’s imagination. It generated awe and wonder of Science.” Mrs A Hussain, Parkinson Lane Primary School

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“Children were enthralled!” Mrs J Froggatt, Anston Brook Primary

s Workshop Sir Humphry Davy and the Flame Safety Lamp Sir Humphry Davy was one of the most important scientists of his time and provided miners with a way of safely lighting their dark working world. The story of his invention of the flame safety lamp is told by his brother, John, or his sister, Kitty, who will demonstrate some important scientific principles and talk about their life in nineteenth-century England. Subject focus: History (Victorian Britain), Science (Materials and their properties) Available: Monday - Friday Cost: £25 per workshop (17 pupils per session) Duration: 30 minutes

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Peggy Thorpe, ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’ Peggy Thorpe’s life in war-torn Yorkshire has never been so complicated – she works part-time in the pit canteen, is a mother and miner’s wife, and will be taking in some evacuees too! Set in 1944, Peggy introduces pupils to life on the Home Front in a pit village, and discusses the important work that her husband, and the Bevin Boys down the street, are doing for the war effort. Subject focus: History (Britain since 1930) Available: Monday - Friday Cost: £25 per workshop (17 pupils per session) Duration: 30 minutes


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Science and D&T workshops at Hope Pit These workshops take place at Hope Pit, where interactive exhibits support learning in Science and Design and Technology. Hope Pit is a five-minute walk from the main site.

s Workshop Wind Me Up! Pupils see pulleys and axles in action through watching a demonstration of the Museum’s original belt-driven machinery. After an exploration of how winding mechanisms work at Hope Pit, pupils design and make their own mechanism to wind the miners out of the shaft.

Gearing Up! Pupils see how gears and drive belts can be used to transfer energy and change the speed and direction of a machine, through watching a demonstration of our original belt-driven machinery. Pupils then apply these concepts to their own working model.

Subject focus: Design and Technology (materials and components)

Subject focus: Design and Technology (materials and components), Science (forces and motion)

Available: 24 – 28 September 2012 12 – 16 November 2012 4 – 8 February 2013 22 – 26 April 2013 1 – 5 July 2013 Cost: £25 per workshop (17 pupils per session) Duration: 45 minutes

Available: 24 – 28 September 2012 12 – 16 November 2012 4 – 8 February 2013 22 – 26 April 2013 1 – 5 July 2013 Cost: £25 per workshop (17 pupils per session) Duration: 45 minutes

“The kinaesthetic approach to learning really made the mechanisms more memorable for the children, thank you.” Mrs A Hughes, Farnley Tyas First School

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Don’t forget to look out for special activities during National Science & Engineering Week 15 – 24 March 2013 Why not look at our CD ROM ‘The Science of Mining’, which includes lots more resources for teaching primary science?


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The Museum has an exciting range of workshops to bring to your classroom, including science investigations, living-history sessions and object-handling workshops. Activities are directly linked to the National Curriculum and can be adapted to suit the needs of your class.

Outreach Sally Fletcher and the 1842 Royal Commission Discover what life was like for Sally, a Victorian miner. Find out how her life changed when the 1842 Mines Act was passed, prohibiting women and children from working underground. This interactive workshop includes role-play and a historical investigation using primary evidence. KS1/KS2 History (Victorian Britain, Historical Enquiry), Literacy (reading for information, speaking and listening). Available: Tuesdays and Thursdays Cost: £60 Duration: Half-day Lights Out! What is light? Where does light come from? How do miners see in the dark? This interactive workshop explores reflective, transparent and opaque materials, as well as introducing pupils to the various light sources used by miners past and present. KS1 Science (Physical processes) Available: Tuesdays and Thursdays Cost: £60 Duration: Half-day

Seeing the Whole Picture Pupils will use their skills of observation to understand that pictures have meanings and can tell stories. Using a range of visual resources, pupils build up their own picture of what a miner is and does. In the second part of the session they produce a group or individual piece of artwork. KS1 Art, History (Historical Enquiry and Interpretation) Available: Tuesdays and Thursdays Cost: £60 Duration: Half-day A Very Victorian Christmas The housekeeper at the Grange, owned by local colliery owners, takes you back to 1860 to experience a very Victorian Christmas. Your class will be involved in making Victorian decorations, playing parlour games and singing, in this object-handling workshop that aims to compare the lives of the rich and the poor. KS1/KS2 History (Victorian Britain), Art Available: 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 November and 4, 6, 11, 13, 18 20 December 2012 Cost: £60 (or book a full day for £100) Duration: Half-day

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Essential Information • Half-day outreach sessions cost £60 or book a full day for £100 • We will travel to schools within a 30-mile radius of the Museum • We can tailor sessions to meet the needs of your group, depending on age, ability and group size • Please contact the Assistant Education Officer (Outreach) to make a booking.


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For pupils who are too far away to visit the Museum or for teachers wishing to consolidate learning following a visit, a videoconference workshop is an exciting and interactive way for pupils to learn about coal mining. To take part, we recommend that schools register with JVCS (JANET Videoconferencing Service). See http://www.ja.net/services/video/jvcs/ for more information.

g Videoconferencin A Bevin Boy Remembers One of our living history interpreters takes on the role of an ex-Bevin Boy, Jeff. Opening a suitcase he has found in his loft, full of objects and documents from his past, unlocks Jeff ’s memories of World War II, which he shares with his listeners. Jeff explains how he was conscripted to work in the mines during the War; why coal mining was so important to the War effort; and what it was like to work underground. Pupils will also be able to ask their own prepared questions at the end.

Meet a Real Miner Take the opportunity to meet one of our mining guides, and hear at first hand what it was like to work underground. Our mining guide will take you through a typical working day: explain the dangers and thrills of working in a mine and give pupils a powerful insight into the mining industry. Pupils will also be able to ask their own prepared questions at the end.

Subject focus: History (Britain since 1930)

Available: Thursdays

Available: Mondays Cost: free

Subject focus: History (Britain since 1930, Local History) Cost: free Duration: 45 minutes

Duration: 45 minutes

“It was a fantastic morning; the children and I enjoyed it. I feel the children learned something new about the war that we would not normally cover.”

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Objects, information and activities stimulate curiosity, encouraging a hands-on approach to learning. Borrow a free loans box for up to a month. Please book through the Assistant Education Officer. Coal Measures fossils Six Coal Measures fossils, which pupils can handle and explore. 1980s Mining Safety A selection of miners’ protective clothing and equipment focusing on working conditions underground. A great resource for studying health and safety. 1980s Mining Tools Objects relating to modern mining. 1980s Mining Life Objects relating to the life of a miner in the 1980s. 1930s Family Objects and photographs that relate to life in a mining family in the 1930s. 1930s Work Objects and photographs to follow up a ‘Fred at the Pithead Baths’ workshop.

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Victorian Work Objects, framed photographs, and copies of sources from the 1842 Children’s Commission. Victorian Home A selection of objects that relate to the Victorian mining home. Mining Portraiture Resources for art students, including images of paintings, photographs, handling objects, mining-artist interviews on audio CD and information sheets. Striking Images : 1984/85 Miners’ Strike A fantastic set of resources, which tell the story of the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike and those who were affected by it. Resources include trade newspapers, leaflets, oral-history recordings and a selection of historic photographs taken by the Guardian newspaper photographers. The 1842 Children’s Employment Commission Interpret primary evidence from the 1842 Commission and discover what it was really like for children working underground. Take on the roles of mine workers, mine owners and commissioners, and discuss the consequences of the 1842 Coal Mines Act.

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resource Packs

The following resources are available to buy from the Museum shop. Caphouse Colliery Study Pack £1.25 Resources relating to the history of Caphouse Colliery. What is coal? £1.25 Fact sheet showing simple geological changes through time. Peggy Thorpe Resource Pack £6.00 Ideas, images and activities to support the Peggy Thorpe workshop. Victorians Resource Pack £2.45 Ideas, images and activities to support the Sam/Sally Fletcher workshop. Science of Mining CD ROM £5.00 An IWB resource that supports learning in science using coal mining as a theme. Games, worksheets, video clips and images link to science topics such as rocks, electricity, energy, materials and habitats. Online Learning Visit mylearning.org.uk to find resources on Victorian children working in coal mines and the role of women in the coal-mining industry.


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How to book Practical information We have a dedicated picnic area, indoor lunch spaces, toilets and lockable storage cupboards for school groups. There are coach parking spaces available and an outside adventure playground. Our risk assessment advice document can be downloaded from the website. Shop The Museum shop sells resources for teachers and a range of souvenirs and reference books. Goody bags for schools groups are available on request. Supervision requirements School groups have underground tours in groups of seventeen pupils and two adults. Around the rest of the Museum site, we recommend a ratio of one adult to every ten children. Booking the Education Room You can book the Education Activities Room in the Learning Curve, equipped with interactive whiteboard, for the day. The charge for this is £40. Cancellation Please let us know as soon as possible if you wish to cancel your visit. If a booked workshop is cancelled with less than five working days’ notice, the full amount will be payable. Museum information National Coal Mining Museum for England, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH Tel: 01924 848806 Fax 01924 844567 Email: education@ncm.org.uk www.ncm.org.uk Registered in England & Wales as a Limited Company by Guarantee No. 1702426. Reg. Charity No. 517325. VAT Reg. no. 457 548 314. Reg. Office: Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4RH

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• Contact the Booking Staff to make a provisional booking on 01924 848806 or by email: booking.officer@ncm.org.uk. We will need to know the size of your group and preferred visit date. If you need an indoor lunch space, please ask at this point. • We will then send you a booking form; please return this within two weeks. • Once your booking is confirmed, you will be notified in writing. • We advise all teachers to make a preliminary visit. The education team is happy to help with planning your day. If you have any specific enquiries, please contact the education team on 01924 848806 or email education@ncm.org.uk.


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