Schools workshops

Bust of Florence Nightingale

Florence and Mary

Level: KS1
Curriculum area: History

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Discover the historic contributions of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole and why they have been remembered (or not) over time.

School children exploring the properties of materials

Whatever the Weather

Level: KS1
Curriculum area: Science, Design and Technology

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Soldiers have to be ready for anything! Explore and test materials by designing and building a shelter that will keep a soldier dry.

Chevette remote controlled vehicle

On the Move

Level: KS1, KS2
Curriculum area: Computing, Geography, Science

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Explore how robotic devices help the army, then work together using basic programming skills to successfully navigate a real robot across a map.

Earl Haig Fund poppy lapel badge, 1930

Poppies to Remember?

Level: KS1, KS2
Curriculum area: History

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Discover some of the stories of remembrance held by the Museum, the evolution of the poppy as a symbol, and how it is used today.

School girl carrying out a task using a robotic arm

Body Builders

Level: KS2
Curriculum area: Science, Literacy, PSHE, Design and Technology

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Learn about the possibilities of prosthetic limbs for injured soldiers. Complete a simple task using a robotic arm to understand the complex relationship between the body and the brain.

School boy trying on helmets

Head On

Level: KS2
Curriculum area: Science, Design and Technology

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Get hands on with real helmets from our handling collection, then use different materials to make and test your own.

Detail from a First World War recruiting poster, c1915

Will You Join?: Propaganda and Recruitment

Level: KS2
Curriculum area: History, English

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Investigate First World War soldiers’ motivations for joining the army and how the government tried to encourage people with poster campaigns.

Parachute jumping, c1944

Gravity and Parachutes

Level: KS2
Curriculum area: Science, Design and Technology

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Discover how the army uses parachutes. Design, make and test your own inspired by the historic designs in our collections. Pupils will compete to see whose parachute design can stand up to the ultimate test.

A clergyman and Civil Defence workers helping to clear the debris of a school during the London Blitz, 1940

London in the Second World War: The Blitz

Level: KS2
Curriculum area: History and English

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Join the National Army Museum and the Royal Hospital Chelsea to learn more about how its location was affected by the Blitz. Explore our Second World War time capsule, get hands-on with our handling collection before completing your visit with a tour around the Museum galleries.

Ceramic poppy from the installation, 'Blood Swept Land and Seas of Red', marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, at the Tower of London, 2014

Remembrance Poetry Workshop

Level: KS2
Curriculum area: History and English

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November 2018 only: Join our poet-in-residence to develop your poetic vocabulary and powers of description taking inspiration from our First World War handling collection. 

Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, c1650

British Civil Wars: By Land and Siege

Level: KS3
Curriculum area: History

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Using real artefacts and archival material, explore Civil War siege and battle tactics to consider the different impacts on society in the 17th century.

A member of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in a graveyard at Etaples, France, 1918

Remembrance Poetry Workshop

Level: KS3
Curriculum area: History and English

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November 2018 only: Join our poet-in-residence to develop your poetic vocabulary and powers of description taking inspiration from our First World War handling collection and archive.

Mark I tank, 1916

Mission Accomplished? Comparing First World War Battles

Level: KS3, KS4, KS5
Curriculum area: History

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Pupils investigate four key battles through primary sources and artefacts, deciding whether they can be considered victories or defeats.

Recruitment & conscription workshop

Recruitment and Conscription

Level: KS3, KS4, KS5
Curriculum area: History, Citizenship

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Analyse recruitment posters from the Museum’s collection and multimedia recreations of First World War parliamentary debates to explore the history of army recruitment and conscription.

A 25-pounder gun, Italy, 1944

What is Total War?

Level: KS3, KS4, KS5
Curriculum area: History

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Investigate the concept of Total War by tracing the steps taken to prepare an individual for industrialised conflict in the First and Second World Wars.

Muddy Choir image courtesy of The Theatre Centre

The Muddy Choir Theatre Performance

Level: KS3, KS4, KS5
Curriculum area: History and Drama
Tickets: £5 per pupil

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 7-8 November 2018 only: 'The Muddy Choir' tells the story of three young soldiers, serving in the Durham Light Infantry at the Battle of Passchendaele as it lurches toward its bloody conclusion. It is a play about childhood friends growing up in unbearable circumstances and the humanising power of music.

Muddy Choir image courtesy of The Theatre Centre

Drama Workshop

Level: KS3, KS4, KS5
Curriculum area: History and Drama
Tickets: £3 per pupil

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 7-8 November 2018 only: Using source material and drama techniques, students will explore scenarios from 'The Muddy Choir' to build their own representations of soldiers in the First World War. The workshop will culminate in students applying their choices to a short scene from the play.

Detail of a print depicting events during the Indian Mutiny, 1857

The Indian 'Mutiny'?

Level: KS4, KS5
Curriculum area: History

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Analyse evidence from documents and artefacts to consider what this conflict should be called. Then curate a student exhibit to make a case for whether the conflict was a mutiny or war of independence.

The death of General Wolfe, 1759

Seven Years War

Level: KS4, KS5
Curriculum area: History

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What was the Seven Years War and why is it known by so many different names? Use historical and geographical evidence to investigate the legacy of the conflict.

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