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Educational Visits

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Early Years and Key Stage 1

Topic: 'Christmas Stories & Customs'

Foundation Phase: Key Stage 1

Meet a Victorian character for a lively, interactive session looking at Christmas in the past. The children will have a chance to find out about toys and traditions through the ages and also a look into why we put up holly and tinsel over the festive period. This is always popular so it is best to book a place to avoid disappointment.

Suggested age group: Rec-Y2

Duration: One Hour

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Topic: Transport Tours

Foundation Phase: Key Stage 1

A chance for schools to get a "behind the scenes" visit to the Swansea Museums Service store, which is a very big warehouse near the Park & Ride car park at Landore.

The children will be given a tour of the vehicles - Allis Chalmers tractor, motorbikes, the gambo farm cart, the Vulcan and AEC lorries, the Sinclair C5, the horse drawn fire engine, the traction engine, the Llynfi bus, the Swansea Harbour inspection coach and much more. This will take about an hour, and there can be another half hour for drawing if you wish.

Please note: the building is a store, not a museum, so the children will be kept to the area where the vehicles are, we will have to ask for 5 adults per 30 children, and there will be no lunch space.

Suggested age group: Rec-Y2

Duration: One Hour

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Topic: Mrs. Mahoney

Foundation Phase: Key Stage 1 & Early years

Mrs Mahoney was the wife of the museum caretaker in the 1850s. He was sacked for embezzling money, and Mrs. Mahoney will narrate her sad story in costume and character, showing the children the trunk of things she is taking with her which show the difference between her way of life and theirs.

Suggested age group: Yr 2 only, unless there is a mixed class

Duration: One hour

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Topic: Toys

Foundation Phase: Key Stage 1 & Early years

This is a taught hour session with dolls, clockwork toys, colourful tin-plate toys, money boxes, wooden toys, spinning tops and outdoor games. If you would like an opportunity for drawing afterward, just let us know.

Suggested age group: Rec-Y2

Duration: One hour

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Topic: Electricity & before

Foundation Phase: Key Stage 1 & Early years

A session that looks at homes and daily life, and the changes over the last 150 years. An active, taught session, using a lot of handling objects from past and present, studying the differences. Pupils will have the opportunity to study handling objects such as toasting forks, 'slug' irons and wash boards.The children may follow-up by visiting the 'Welsh Kitchen', on the first floor of the museum.

Suggested age group: Rec-Y2

Duration: One hour

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Key Stage 2

Topic: Early Peoples

Foundation Phase: Key Stage 2

This is a half-day session. Children will have the opportunity to look at locally found objects from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age.There are handling objects and a slide show presentation to put the objects into context and examine what life was like for some of the Early people living in Britain.

Suggested year group: Yr3/4

Duration: Half-day

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Topic: The Romans... and some Celts

Foundation Phase: Key Stage 2

A full day with many activities including the chance to try on costumes, replica Roman & Celtic shields as well as armour. Visiting groups can meet a Roman character and find out what their life was like in Romano-Celtic Britain.The children will have a chance to work out where some Roman objects have been found and to get a closer look at them in the Archaeology Gallery. At the end of the day there will be a slide show talk which will bring together elements and themes of the day.

Suggested year group: Yr 3 / 4 / 5

Duration: Full-day (10am - 2.30pm)

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Topic: Ancient Egypt

Foundation Phase: Key Stage 2

Swansea Museum houses a 2,200 year old Mummy which is on display. We also have many pieces of Egyptian pottery, glass, an ancient vanity mirror and even a mummified duck! Combine your visit with a trip to the Egypt Centre in Swansea University for an excellent and full day out.There is Gallery work and a slideshow. If you are planning a visit to the Egypt Centre we may have space for your group to have lunch. Please let us know if you require this when booking.

Suggested year group: Yr 3 / 4

Duration: Half-day

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Topic: Victorians

Foundation Phase: Key Stage 2

The Museum's Victorian displays are fully available. Therefore, in a general Victorian session, there will always be:

  • A range of handling objects
  • A slide show talk tying together various aspects of Victorian times
  • Work in the Cabinet of Curiosities

Optional Extras:

  • A Wool Working session with Denise Morgan **
  • A Shanty singing session with Dave Robinson **
  • A Guided Tour of the pottery gallery (new pack available)
  • A Guided Walk around nearby Victorian buildings

**NOTES: All Victorian sessions are available from the spring term 2011 as the Theatr na Nog production this year has a Victorian theme.

Suggested age group: Yr 4-6

Duration: Full-day

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Topic: Lower Swansea Valley

Foundation Phase: Key Stage 2

Pupils often know the Enterprise Park B&Q, Morrisons, the Liberty Stadium, and the Marina. In exactly this area were the industries which grew up from 1700s and transformed society during the 19th century.What happened in Wales was just as important as the textile inventions of Northern England. Copper and tinplate in this area were as important as Merthyr iron and Rhondda coal. There are still sites to visit with evidence of this past industry and resources to compliment such fieldwork. As the story unfolds, change follows change, and their causes and consequences can be seen at quite a simple level.A visit involves a slide talk in the museum. A few handling objects will also be examined, all as an introduction to a visit to the White Rock Works site.

Suggested age group: Yr 5 and older

Duration: approx. 2 hrs (inc. site visit)

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Topic: Swansea at War

Foundation Phase: Key Stage 2

Working with artefacts from World War Two, war time paintings of the town centre by Will Evans, evacuees' suitcases to investigate, posters and photographs, a walk around the town (if wanted). There is a slide talk covering many wartime themes, investigating how Swansea came to be bombed and the effects that such attacks had on the old town centre and its people.February 2011 marks the 70th anniversary of the 3 Night Blitz on Swansea. To remember this tragic event Swansea Museum will be planning a number of special sessions. The Lecture Theatre will host a number of pre-war images of Swansea and where possible will arrange for groups to meet people who lived through the war years.

Suggested age group: Year 5-6

Duration: Full-day (10am - 2.00pm)

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Key Stage 2 & 3

Topic: Alice Francis

Foundation Phase: Key Stage 2 & 3

Alice Francis was a real person, living in Victorian Swansea, and was recorded on the 1851 census.She lived in Morris Lane, nowadays renamed Kings Lane, and running from opposite Iceland in High Street in Swansea down to Parc Tawe. We have pretended she is the woman shown in paintings we have in the museum by William Butler, dated 1850-1, showing Morris Lane and nearby Castle Lane.There are resources for use before and after a visit.

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The day in the museum

Foundation Phase: Key Stage 2 & 3

Involves two inputs from Val (Chance Encounters Theatre) one as Alice in costume and character, one discussing with the children how she researched the part. The pupils explore sources – objects, paintings, photographs, in the galleries, out of cases, and through a slide talk. Your group will now spend part of the day investigating the interactive 1851 display at the National Waterfront museum.

Suggested age group: Yr 5-6

Duration: Full-day

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