KS2

Supporting the KS2 curriculum, pupils can take part in a range of sessions, using enquiry based learning to build skills and knowledge

Sessions for KS2

Become an archaeologist in training! In this session children use enquiry-led learning to investigate mystery objects from across the Roman Empire and work in groups to interpret our collection of Roman rubbish.

Curriculum links

History: The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain; ‘Romanisation’ of Britain and the impact of technology. 

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Starting with our collection of fossilised bones and teeth, explore the Ice Age before handling original Stone Age tools. Pupils then apply their learning through recording artefacts to discover how man evolved from hunter-gatherer to early farmer.

Curriculum links

History: Changes in Britain from the Stone Age; late Neolithic hunter gatherers and early farmers.

Science: Rocks; discuss the kinds of living things whose fossils are found in sedimentary rock
 

Find out the Anglo-Saxon origins of Tottenham, discover the story of the Viking ship found in Tottenham Marshes and handle replica chainmail. In the second half of this session the class will divide into Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to create their own armor and make contrasting arguments for the Kingdom of England. 

Curriculum links

History: Anglo-Saxon invasions, settlements and Kingdoms: place names; The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England; Viking raids and invasion; resistance by Alfred the Great.

English: Use discussion in order to learn, explain clearly their understanding and ideas; Speaking and Listening, participating in debate.
 

Meet Lady Anne Compton as she brings to life the Tudor Manor House. This engaging session is a great trip for a local history study. Activities include dressing up, object handling and using a quill to write an invite to King Henry VIII!

Curriculum links

History: a local history study; a study of a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality; a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends chronological knowledge beyond 1066
 

Head back in time to Bruce Castle School! In this session pupils work together to uncover clues from census records and then experience life as a Victorian child by dressing up and practicing handwriting with slates and dip pens.

Curriculum links

History: a local history study; a study of a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality; a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
 

Relive the experiences of life in the UK during WW2. During this session pupils will explore the impact of the Second World War, with a particular focus on its impact in Haringey. Using objects from our handling collection and archive materials pupils will investigate what life was like for Evacuees and how life changed on the Home Front.

Curriculum links

History: A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066; a significant turning point in British history.
 

Discover more about the Local area with one of our Haringey History Sessions:

  • Haringey High Streets

As budding historians, pupils work in groups to investigate how shops have changed over time. Exploring the past through objects and photographs, this session can be tailored to the area around your school.

  • The Land Beneath our Feet

Using our 1619 map as a basis, pupils will discover how to read maps and interpret a range of sources to explore how the landscape of Haringey has changed over time. 

Curriculum links 

History: a local history study.
Geography: locate geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time.
 

Using photographs and handling resources pupils work in groups to explore the significance of the poppy and discover how it came to be adopted as a symbol of remembrance.

This is followed by your choice of craft activity either Option A: Tissue Paper Poppies or Option B: Class Poppy Wreaths.

Curriculum links

History: A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066; a significant turning point in British history
 

As a class explore positive behaviours and attitudes through the inspirational story of Walter Tull. Pupils will find out about the life of the former Spurs player, discover his decision to enlist in the First World War and learn how he became the first British-born Black Army Officer. Reflecting on the discrimination he faced and qualities such as tolerance and empathy, pupils will develop their understanding as they create annotated portraits.

Curriculum links

PSHE: Positive behaviours and attitudes; History Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
 

Delve into some of Bruce Castle’s earliest collections and become mini palaeontologists for the day. In this session pupils will develop scientific understanding, learn why most fossils are found at the seaside, and undertake enquiry through handling and recording fossilised bones, teeth and shells.

Curriculum links

Science: Rocks; explore and describe how fossils are formed; evolution and inheritance; recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information.
 

Discover how sharks replace their teeth and why we need to look after ours! Pupils work scientifically handling a range of animal skulls and teeth to identify predators and prey and understand the different types of teeth. Includes observational drawing and annotation of specimens.

Curriculum links

Animals; identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions; work scientifically comparing the teeth of carnivores and herbivores suggesting reasons for differences.
 

Discover how Bruce Castle was once a natural history museum and get close-up classifying a range of taxidermy specimens including a baby crocodile and a selection of birds and mammals.

Curriculum links

Living things and their habitats; describe how living things are classified into broad groups; give reasons for classifying animals; through direct observation classify animals into commonly found vertebrates
 

Book this session and discover Wilbur the Wyvern, a dragon-like creature who sits on Bruce Castle. Through a series of activities Wilbur will guide your class around his home helping pupils to explore the mysteries of the manor house.

Curriculum links

History: a local history study; a study of a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality.

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Explore the beautiful grounds of Bruce Castle Park. Every child will receive their own activity booklet to guide them in exploring the history of the park and its varied plants and trees. The booklet contains a range of activities, including scientific discovery, identifying different trees and plants and drawing pictures.

Curriculum links

Identity and name deciduous and evergreen trees; identity and describe basic structure of plants and trees; work scientifically by observing closely, drawing diagrams and keeping records; raise and answer questions about the local environment; work scientifically by recording findings and describing conditions.
 

To make your booking contact our Education Team today on museum.services@haringey.gov.uk or call 020 8489 4250 and press option 3.

It was wonderful for the children to have the opportunity to handle artefacts