A school day at Silverstone Circuit

Date Posted: 31/10/2013

School pupils taking a tour of Silverstone Circuit.

Take your pupils on a school visit to Silverstone, where they can benefit from a guided tour of the historic circuit and learn from an educational workshop.

Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire is world famous for hosting the Formula 1 British Grand Prix. Once a World War Two airfield, Silverstone has come a long way since its first race in 1948; having hosted the first modern day Grand Prix two years later, Silverstone has welcomed all the sport's great names and continues to enjoy a prominent position in the history of motorsport. 

The circuit has a dedicated education team who can arrange tour and workshop packages to suit the curriculum needs of your class, catering for all ages and types of school trips – from Key Stage 1 upwards.

Workshops suitable for Key Stage 1 to 3 school groups

The venue’s most popular activities are guided tours followed by curriculum- focused workshops in its study centre for Key Stages 1 to 3.

There’s a choice of workshops which include: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), Multi-media, Literacy and Business Studies related challenges.

Many GCSE and A Level Business Studies students engage in its Marketing Masterclass which tasks them with developing and presenting a strategy to promote the Silverstone brand to a target audience.

Self-led visits are also an option if schools prefer to lead their own activities at Silverstone.

Teachers can have exclusive use of the study centre, which is fully equipped for teaching and learning, a guided tour of the circuit for their group and a dedicated member of staff to help with planning prior to, and throughout, a school visit.

School trip organisers can also come along to the circuit for a free familiarisation visit to fully understand the options available.

Silverstone Circuit was awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge in August last year, recognising the learning experiences it provides and the effective management of risk.

Interactive lessons at Silverstone Circuit.

Example Itinerary – Guided Tour and STEM Workshop

10am Arrive at Silverstone Circuit. A member of the education team will explain the day to the children and then everyone will head out into the circuit together, leaving the packed lunches in the study centre.

10.15am - 12.15pm Tour the circuit, gaining access to behind-the-scenes of this historical circuit.

During the two-hour guided tour, pupils can stand on the podium and dream of following in the footsteps of the Formula 1 stars and get a closer look at the sites around the circuit. The tour supports many areas of the National Curriculum for History, from the 12th century to the modern day Grand Prix circuit.
12.15pm - 1pm A break for lunch, where children can eat their packed lunches in the study centre and visit the gift shop.

1pm – 2.30pm Children take part in a STEM workshop suitable for their Key Stage and related to their current topics at school.

One of the current favourites is creating an air-powered car to test and modify to improve its performance, just like the F1 teams. Each child then takes their car home with them.

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