We offer a choice of Seaside workshops (click the link for each listing):
- An in-school day in which the children visit the Seaside and enjoy the amusements
- A virtual workshop in which the children follow Mary as she makes her first trip to the Seaside
Designed specifically for Key Stage 1, History Off the Page will take a group of up to 60 children to recreate and experience aspects of old-fashioned seaside holidays.
We base our activities on the Victorians era when seaside holidays first became popular. The children will make items to include shell boxes, souvenir mugs, little boats and postcards. They will also become customers and serves in The Pier Cafe, visit The Photographer’s Shop to have their picture taken in traditional costumes, practice their Punch and Judy skills, and become cashiers counting out old money at The Bank.
In the afternoon the school hall will be set up with stalls on The Pier. The children will take their tickets to board ‘the seaside train’ and arrive to take turns at becoming stall holders and customers, learning how to handle and spend old pennies as they ‘buy and sell’. The stalls will include The Souvenir Shop, The Fish and Chip Seller, The Post Office and games such as Roll-a-Penny, Bagatelle and Hook-a-Duck, as well as sand castle building.
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During the afternoon there will be the opportunity to watch a traditional Punch and Judy show, and listen to a seaside story.
How You Contribute to the Day
To make the most of your children’s day, please help us with the following:
- Adult helpers: The number of children participating determines how many work stations our Teacher brings. Please recruit a corresponding number of adults (teachers, TAs, parents) to oversee the activities and the afternoon session. (Your booking form lists the exact number needed.)
- The school hall: Please reserve the school hall for the full day (it is not a problem if it is used for lunch).
- Costumes: Please encourage the children to dress up in simple costumes. It helps them feel the part.
What to Wear
For our seaside day, we simply recommend suitable seaside clothing (no swimming costumes, please). Some schools choose to dress Victorian for the day — we leave that choice to you.
The year is 1872, and our friend Mary is enjoying something brand new: a bank holiday! It is rare to have a free day in Victorian times, so Mary is taking a train to visit the seaside for the first time. Join her as she sunbathes, takes a dip in the sea and visits the pier. What new experiences will she have?
The topics covered during the workshop include:
- Victorian working habits and expectations
- The impact of railroads on leisure travel
- Victorian ideas of modesty and propriety
- Victorian pastimes and entertainments
How Does the Workshop Work?
The new workshops consist of two key elements:
- A box packed with individual activities kits for each child in your group (plus a few extra, just in case). The kits contain up to six activities, which the children can do at their own desks.
- A pre-recorded video made by our knowledgeable teachers that leads the children through the narrative and gives purpose to the activities they do along the way.
The workshops can take place in your own room at your own pace – we give you access to the video for several days, so you can rewind, replay, or break up the activities as you see fit.
Our school trials so far indicate that they can fill up to half a day.
For a small additional fee, you can also choose to add on an hour of “live” teaching time with one of our qualified teachers. This extra time, which takes place via video conferencing software, is a chance to add extra engagement to the day – the children can prepare questions, take notes from the answers, discuss artefacts and explore the materials used to make them, and generally probe further into the learning.
What Activities are Included?
As mentioned, each child will receive an activities kit to match the video. There are a few basic supplies such as PVA glue, scissors, and pencils that the school will need to provide, but otherwise the children will receive the necessary materials to make seven projects:
- A train ticket
- A shell box
- A flag
- A postcard
- A cork ship
- A Hook a Duck game
- A puppet
The workshop will also come with an information sheet for teachers, which will detail the learning outcomes, extra supplies that might be needed and possible follow-up learning.
How Much Does a Virtual Workshop Cost?
The pricing scheme is straightforward. We charge £300.00 for the first 30 children, plus £6.00 for each additional child (the costs are inclusive of 20% VAT, which the school can claim back.) Shipping is free.
The optional hour of video conferencing with one of our knowledgeable teachers can be purchased for an additional £60.00 (incl. 20% VAT).
How Do I Book a Workshop?
Please feel free to contact us by form, e-mail or telephone. Let us know the week you would like to use the workshop, and whether you would like the optional live teaching time, and we are happy to help.
Since the virtual workshops do not depend on our diary, there is no limit on when they can be ordered. Once full payment is received, we can turn them around and get them into schools within days. (Or they can be ordered well ahead and delivery scheduled – it is very flexible.)