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Learning is at the heart of the Winding House.
Whether it is the excitement of seeing the winding engine - our monumental piece of Victorian engineering - in action or dressing as a mediaeval knight, our learning programme aims to bring to life the rich and often surprising heritage of Caerphilly County Borough. Workshops are designed to aid teachers' delivery of the National Curriculum, Cwricwlwm Cymreig, Cornerstones and Literacy and Numeracy Framework.
The Winding House Learning Programme has recently been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge and a Sandford Award for museum heritage education. Read more here about the Sandford Award judge's comments on our learning programme. Read more here about the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.
Click on the images below to find out more about our 2015-16 Schools Programme.
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"Roman Around" - Key Stage 2
Explore the County Borough’s Roman Heritage by immersing your pupils in Roman life. Our full day workshop explores Roman armour, food, dining, shopping, clothing, games, buildings, pot-making and medicine.
"Age of the Princes" - Key Stage 2 & Key Stage 3
Explore the lives of the Welsh and the Normans during the Age of the Princes. We lead the full day of activities at Caerphilly Castle that your group is sure to enjoy.
Literacy Activity -"The Revolt of Llywelyn Bren"
Click on the images below to download this resource for free. It is available in both English and Welsh. It can be used in your classroom to embed the Literacy and Numeracy Framework into your Age of the Princes topic. As a local story it is relevant to Cwricwlwm Cymreig as well as the curriculum for History, English and Art & Design.
We suggest that you use this as a pre-visit activity before bringing your class to our medieval session -'Age of the Princes'.
"Victorian Valleys" - Key Stage 2
Get to grips with life for working class men, women and children through our Victorian workshop. Discover the perils of coalmining, the hardship of domestic service and experience a Victorian school session.
Literacy and Numeracy Activity - "Reform Street"
Click on the image below to download our Victorian literacy and numeracy activity.
Overcrowded, children at work, women at home - this is how we think of life in Victorian towns, but was it really like that? This resource charts the changes in Reform Street over a forty year period. Using genuine Victorian census material , your class can use their comprehension, statistical and analytical skills to interpret the dynamic history of the street.
The pack contains guidance notes and can be used as part of your topic, or in addition to a museum visit. It is relevant to the Literacy and Numeracy Framework, the National Curriculum, Curriculum Cymreig and the Cornerstones 'Children of the Revolution' ILP.
"Our Duty to Bear" - Key Stage 2
Explore the effect of World War One upon the inhabitants of Caerphilly County Borough. A visit to the Winding House gives pupils the chance to see our First World War exhibition and an opportunity to develop their enquiry skills in an evidence based workshop.
"Life in Wartime" - Key Stage 2
Investigate life on the Home Front with our World War Two workshop. Using a range of sources, your pupils will explore the ways that rationing, evacuation, blackouts & bombings and national service changed people’s lives.
Booking is essential for all our workshops.
Please contact the Lifelong Learning Officer on 01443 822666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL WORKSHOPS ARE SUBJECT TO CHARGES AND CANCELLATION FEES. Read more here.
With a dedicated Learning and Outreach Officer on site we are well placed to support your ideas for local heritage projects. Contact us to discuss your project.
“It’s been great working with the Winding House Museum as it has enabled us to use resources we can’t get access to in school. It has really helped us in our project.” Ty’n y Wern Primary School, Caerphilly County Borough, 6 time winners, Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative
Our dedicated Learning and Outreach Officer can work with you on bespoke sessions, tailored to your specific needs either in our museum or by visiting your school. Speak to us about opportunities for History, the Welsh Baccalaureate and other topics.
"I just wanted to say thank you so much for the workshop you gave our students yesterday. They really enjoyed it and it was absolutely perfect for both the Child care and Health and Social care assignments that they are currently studying." Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni
Home schooled groups are very welcome at the Winding House. Please call our Learning Officer to discuss your options.
"Thank you again for your help, in my homeschooling experience you have been one of the most helpful, amiable and professional people I have come across." Feedback from a recent visit by a home schooled group to the Winding House.
The Winding House provides a range of informal family and adult learning opportunities through our Events programme.
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