The National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, will run a series of Explorer Days across 2019, suitable for Key Stages 1 to 5.
The site’s Explorer Days will cover an array of different subject areas and topics, including World War One and Two.
The all-encompassing learning experiences will run from 10.30am to 14.15pm, with 45 minutes for lunch. Each day will combine a 90 minute cross-curricular classroom session, and a 90 minute guided tour that covers a selection of relevant memorials, and participation in an act of Remembrance.
Schools visiting the site can take advantage of the specialist learning space in the Arboretum’s Remembrance Centre, which houses large classrooms and dedicated visitor facilities for educational visitors.
The Arboretum’s learning offer includes tours, workshops, and bespoke pages that can be incorporated into History, Geography, English, Art, or Religious Education work, among other subjects.
Example Explorer Days Itineraries
Geography Explorer Day – Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2, students will develop their knowledge of the world. During a fieldwork session they will be asked to use directional language and compass directions to navigate around the site.
WWII Explorer Day – Key Stage 1 and 2 students will be encouraged to write a postcard and diary extract about their experiences in their new home in the countryside, as part of this workshop which will teach them about life as an evacuee.
School visits to the National Memorial Arboretum
Aysha Afridi, head of heritage and learning at the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “In developing our learning offer we have examined the resources available on site – the memorials, the local area and wildlife, and our experienced staff and volunteers – to develop activities suitable for a wide range of ages and addressing many areas of the curriculum.
“The 150-acre site is a fantastic outdoor space for learning groups to explore as they learn more about Remembrance and its importance in times of conflict and peace. We hope our learning offer passes on the baton of Remembrance to future generations, and helps children and young people understand the vital role Remembrance plays in our lives.”
Free familiarisation visits are available to help schools get the most out of their visit.
For more information, visit www.thenma.org.uk/plan-your-visit/visiting-for-learning/facilitated-visits/.
Image: School trip at the National Memorial Arboretum (Photo Credit: National Memorial Arboretum)