Cadw’s Education Programme is Back to Kick Start the School Term in Wales

Friday 21 September 2012

Cadw’s education programme is back to kick start the school term in Wales

Cadw’s education programme is back to kick start the school term in Wales

It’s the beginning of the academic year and teachers are awash with plans to get pupils geared up for new learning experiences which will keep them captivated throughout the year, whilst making sure national curriculum targets are met.  Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, is offering a programme of educational activities at sites across south east Wales, which will not only involve pupils in a fun and engaging way, but also meet the requirements of Key Stages 2 & 3.

Cadw’s curriculum linked education programme delivers high quality, out of the classroom learning experiences for teachers and pupils.

Cadw’s engaging educational activities will help develop literacy, history and role play skills and engage pupils with their heritage, history and the arts in captivating environments. Cadw also offers a range of free web based education resources, which can be used before and after visits.

Cadw’s education workshops take place at five of Wales’s breathtaking sites. Chepstow Castle, Caerphilly Castle, Blaenavon Ironworks, Tretower Court and Caerwent Roman Town all have fascinating stories to uncover, and the educational activities help bring history alive.

Chepstow Castle
Built to secure the border with Wales, Chepstow provides clear evidence of the various roles of castles in the medieval period and how they were adapted for later use and occupation. Visiting pupils will not only have the opportunity to explore the castle and its grounds, but will also be involved in helping a castle servant get the Earl’s Chamber ready for a visit by Lady Alicia de Bigod in 1294. The aim of the visit is to support the study of Age of the Princes, particularly the development of historical skills and enquiry.  

Caerphilly Castle
Caerphilly Castle, the second largest castle in Britain, is working in partnership with Winding House museum, New Tredegar, to offer schools a medieval experience. At the castle pupils learn about medieval manners, etiquette, food and drink as well as using role play to get the Great Hall ready for a feast, and at the museum pupils learn about the household of a Welsh Prince by becoming medieval detectives, again supporting the study of Age of the Princes.  

Blaenavon Ironworks
A variety of educational sessions, some in partnership with Blaenavon Heritage Centre, are available at Blaenavon Ironworks, where pupils can gain a greater understanding of the working lives of men and women during the industrial revolution. Pupils are taken on a tour of the ironworks in the company of a worker, undertake activities in the Company Shop, as well as experience life in a Victorian classroom.

Tretower Court
At Tretower Court the educational activities support the study of Tudor life. Pupils are welcomed by a servant and given a tour of the house and garden as if they were servants themselves.  This is followed by practical activities in the kitchen and hall, as well as exploring artefacts in the Tudor treasure chest.

Caerwent Roman Town
A wide range of tours, presentations and activities take place at Caerwent Roman Town which can be tailored to educations groups from Key Stage 2 up to post graduate level. Younger pupils can take part in KS2 role plays in the temple and basilica, and listen to presentations in the barn focusing on everyday life in a Roman town.

Pupils from Ysgol Gymraeg Caerffili took part in the Age of the Princes education workshop at Caerphilly Castle and at The Winding House last year.  Karen Griffiths, year 6 classroom teacher at Ysgol Gymraeg Caerffili, said: 'The day trip to Caerphilly Castle was fantastic. The pupils really enjoyed themselves and learnt an incredible amount about their local history, as well as developing their general understanding of medieval life. The varied activities at The Winding House, including falconry, medieval handwriting, armour and costumes ensured the children were engaged at all times and had a real glimpse into life during medieval times.

'As a Welsh medium school, it was also great that the workshop was delivered through the medium of Welsh, something that is not always available.'

Adrienne Wood, Cadw’s south Wales Lifelong Learning Manager, said: 'These workshops aim to engage local young people with their heritage and local historical sites as well as meet national curriculum requirements by linking heritage, history and the arts in an educational way.  It’s also important to enhance the next generation’s understanding of our heritage, as they are the future custodians.'

Cadw is currently developing its Lifelong Learning programme, with plans to branch out to include further educational activities coinciding with Foundation Phase, Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification, Further Education, Higher Education as well as Adult Learning syllabuses. Erin Robinson, Cadw’s north Wales Lifelong Learning Manager says: 'Cadw sites have potential for not just Key Stage 2 history, but for many more cross-curricular subjects such as mathematics, geography, languages, science, technology, art and design and more.  

Continues Erin: 'Within these subjects there is also an opportunity to cover skills frameworks such as Curriculum Cymreig, Wales, Europe and the World, and also Careers and the World of Work.  Cadw also wants to help provide opportunities for educational groups beyond junior education, and we encourage anyone who would like to work with us or help influence activities to get in touch with the team.'

For any further queries, contact Adrienne Wood, Cadw’s south Wales Lifelong Learning Manager, on 01443 336142 or email Adrienne.Wood2@Wales.GSI.Gov.UK  or Erin Robinson, Cadw’s north Wales Lifelong Learning Manager on 03000 625843 erin.robinson@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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Cadw’s education programme

Preparing for Her Ladyship, Chepstow Castle
• KS2 & KS3 - supporting the study of Age of the Princes.
• 2 x 45 minute education activities.
• Available in Welsh and English.
• Help a castle servant get the Earl's Chamber ready for a visit by Lady Alicia de Bigod, in 1294 and explore medieval life through replica artefacts.
• Cost: £2.50 per pupil, accompanying adults free.
• For further information or to book call: 01291 624 065.

Castle Servants, Caerphilly Castle
• KS2 & KS3 - supporting the study of Age of the Princes.
• 90 minute education activity, or full day with exploration of castle. Can bring multiple classes and split into groups of 30.
• Available in Welsh & English.
• Learn about feasting in an Anglo-Norman castle, including medieval manners, etiquette, food and drink, and who’s who in the household of a Welsh Prince at the museum.
• Cost: £2.50 per pupil, accompanying adults free of charge.
• For further information or to book call: 029 2088 3143.

Workers Lives, Blaenavon Ironworks and Blaenavon Heritage Centre
• KS2 & KS3 - supporting the study of changes to people’s daily lives during nineteenth century.
• Tour of the ironworks in the company of a worker, undertake some activities in the Ironworks Company Shop, experience life in a Victorian classroom at the Heritage Centre, plus additional self-led activities at the ironworks - use the giant photographic puzzle cubes to make large pictures of the ironworks to compare and contrast, or explore aspects of life at the ironworks by exploring the Discovery Stations.
• Cost: £5.00 per whole day/£2.50 per half day per pupil.
• For further information or to book call: 01495 792 615 (Ironworks) or 01495 742333 (Blaenavon Heritage Centre).

Caerwent Roman Town
• Suitable from KS2 to postgraduate - supporting the study of Roman life.
• A wide range of tours, presentations and activities tailored to the educations groups, including KS2 role plays in the temple and basilica and presentations in the barn focusing on everyday life in a Roman town.
• Free of charge, sessions can last from an hour to all day.
• For further information or to book call 01292 431 356 or 01633 422 518 .

A Servant’s Life, Tretower Court
• Suitable for KS2 & KS3 supporting the study of Tudor life.
• 2 x 45 minute education activities
• Welcomed by a servant, given a tour of the house and garden, followed by practical activities in the kitchen and hall, as well as exploring artefacts in the Tudor treasure chest.
• Cost: £2.50 per pupil, adults free of charge.
• For further information or to book call 01874 730 279.