A Q & A with… Legoland Windsor Resort

Date Posted: 17/04/2014

Beth Barrett, education facilitator at Legoland Windsor Resort explains how a trip to the Berkshire attraction can bring learning to life in a totally different, fun environment.

The Legoland Windsor Resort in Berkshire welcomes groups from nursery to university level to bring learning alive outside of the classroom.

All trips can be tailored to meet curriculum needs with a range of workshops, guides and resources. With over 55 rides, live shows and attractions all set in 150-acres of beautiful parkland; Legoland boasts a unique learning experience.

Beth Barrett is the education facilitator at the resort. She has been part of the schools team for five years and looks after talk content, curriculum links and the school experience.

Q. What does your programme cover?

A. Everything! We have this incredible ability to combine the traditional educational credentials of the iconic Lego brick with the real life functions of a theme park. We cater for children KS1 through to KS4 plus, covering everything from Science to English and Business Studies.

Q. What makes Legoland educational?

A. Essentially, a theme park is great fun, but when you tap into all of the skill and knowledge it takes to operate Legoland day to day we can make learning come to life in a totally different, fun environment.

I think learning is so much more effective with hands-on application. There is no substitute for really understanding gravity and friction than when you are suspended 20-foot above the ground on the Space Tower with nothing but these forces to operate the ride.

Q. Are the workshops just for Lego-mad children?

A. Absolutely not. There is something for everyone at Legoland whether it is the science of the rides, marine life at the Atlantis Submarine Voyage or the interactivity of the shows.

Q. How has your educational offer changed over the years?

A. The biggest change has been the direct involvement with schools and teachers. The world of education changes at such a rate that our team of education ambassadors ensures we always support and supplement curriculum requirements.

Every year we review and revaluate all of the talk and resource content to make sure it is always as relevant as it can be.

Q. What is new for 2014?

A. Over the winter period, we have met with our team of education ambassadors and have undertaken some in-depth research to gain some great recommendations in terms of our programme for 2014.

We will see a host of new workshops ranging from conservation at our Atlantis Submarine Voyage, where children will get up close and personal with over 2,500 fish in the Sealife attraction; to Lego Stop Motion Movie Making where students can see their imagination truly come to life.

Q. How do you help teachers prepare for visits?

A. When teachers book a school trip to Legoland they are able to come on a free familiarisation visit. This is an opportunity to navigate the resort, work out an itinerary and complete a risk assessment if necessary. Alternatively, we offer a range of resources from risk assessments to downloadable parent permission slips.

We also believe that all children should have access to learning outside of the classroom opportunities so we always offer special school rates to make a trip so much more affordable.

Q. What makes a great educational visit?

A. To me, a great school trip is one that gives teachers an opportunity to inspire their students outside of the classroom. There’s a special moment when all the theory in the classroom suddenly falls into place, and you see it come to life for your students. The material is relevant, fun and engaging which we really hope translates back in the classroom.

Sample school workshops at Legoland Windsor Resort

Build & Play Storytime
Key Stage: 1
Subjects: English, Design & Technology, Literacy and PSHE

Combining literacy skills with the educational values of the traditional Lego brick, pupils listen to a story about Legoland and join in a fun, interactive and expressive workshop.

Castle & Kingdom
Key Stage: 1
Subjects: English, Design & Technology, Science and History

Pupils are introduced to the concept of structure and stability using examples of castles found at Legoland. Pupils learn about the concept of strong structures and castle defence before building their own model castles.

Gears, Pulleys & Construction
Key Stage: 1 & 2
Subjects: Science, Design & Technology

This workshop explores how construction has been made easier with the introduction of gears and pulleys. Participants will discover the advantages of these systems and will then demonstrate their understanding through the construction of a Lego ride.

Doctor Heartbeat
Key Stage: 2 & 3
Subjects: Science, Design & Technology and ICT

Using Lego technology, students put their problem-solving skills to the test to complete a number of life-saving operations.

Understanding Underwater Workshop: Conservation
Key Stage: 1, 2 & 3
Subjects: Science, Design & Technology

Pupils discover the effects that man is having on the planet and see how conservation can preserve habitats. They are given the opportunity to construct their own sea-based habitat before going on the underwater submarine ride.

They can observe a beautiful array of species, which provide an understanding of why conservation is so important.

For further school trip information visit www.legoland.co.uk/book/education.

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