Key Stage 2 Activity Visits

Discovery days

Discovery days

To book your Key Stage 2 education activity, please follow these simple steps:

1. Choose the activity and site from the selection

2. Telephone the site to check the availability and provisionally book the activity for the date you’d like to visit.

3. Once you have agreed an activity, date and time with the site, read our terms and conditions, with required adult to pupil ratios, and complete the online booking form. (Mae'r ffurflen hon ar gael yn Gymraeg hefyd). This will secure your booking for 72 hours.

4. Payment can be made over the telephone using a debit or credit card, in person using cash, cheque, debit or credit card, or by post using cheques.

5. Once payment has been received, the site will confirm your booking by email. 

 

Beaumaris Castle: Design and Defence

Supporting the study of Age of the Princes history topic.
60 minute education activity.
Available in Welsh and English.
Pupils help Walter of Winchester to checking the progress of building works, and explore medieval life through replica artefacts, role play and practical activities.
Can bring 2 classes and split into groups of 30.

For further information or to book call: 01248 810361.

Blaenavon Ironworks - Victorian workers

History (Change in C19th), PSE, Curriculum Cymreig
45-60 minute activity
Available in Welsh and English
A Victorian charge hand guides learners around the Ironworks, explaining what work was done by men, women and children, giving an insight into the way ordinary people lived and worked in the Ironworks in the 1800s.
Maximum group size — 30 pupils.

Schools can bring up to 60 pupils and spend the day on site, combining this activity with the Victorian Shopping activity and self led exploration of the cottages. Groups who have booked activities are also able to use the giant puzzle cubes to compare 6 different aspects of the Ironworks
Available all year round during term time (wrap up very warmly if you visit between November and April).
For further information or to book call: 01495 792615. The Ironworks is open every day between April and the end of October, and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between  November and March. 

Blaenavon Ironworks - Victorian shopping

History (Change in C19th), PSE, Curriculum Cymreig, Maths
45–60 minute activity.
Available in Welsh and English.
Pupils are met by the shopkeeper of the Company Shop, who explains their role and how the shop is run. Pupils find and compare Victorian versions of modern groceries, looking a product costs, packaging, and changes in the way people use them.
Maximum group size — 30 pupils.

Schools can bring up to 60 pupils and spend the day on site, combining this activity with the Victorian Workers activity and self led exploration of the cottages. Groups who have booked activities are also able to use the giant puzzle cubes to compare 6 different aspects of the Ironworks
Available all year round during term time (wrap up very warmly if you visit between November and April).
For further information or to book call: 01495 792615. The Ironworks is open every day between April and the end of October, and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between  November and March. 

Caernarfon Castle: Royal Feasts

Supporting the study of Age of the Princes history topic.
60 minutes education activity
Available in Welsh & English
Pupils help Sir Otto de Grandison, castle steward, to prepare for a feast for King Edward I in 1294, and explore medieval life through replica artefacts, role play and practical activities.
Can bring 2 classes and split into groups of 30.

For further information or to book call: 01286 677617.

Caerphilly Castle — Castle Servants

Supporting the study of Age of the Princes history topic.
60–70 minute education activity, or full day with self-led exploration of castle, available Tuesday and Wednesday during term time (except January).
Available in Welsh and English.
Learn about feasting in an Anglo-Norman castle, including medieval manners, etiquette, food and drink, and who’s who in the household.
Can bring 2 classes and split into groups of 30.

For further information or to book call: 029 20 883 143.

Caerphilly Castle – Knights Tales

Curriculum links — History (Age of the Princes) & PSE
Pupils meet a medieval knight, learn about his home, daily life, and the objects he uses.
Available in Welsh and English, at 10.30, 11.30 or 1.00 on Mondays and Thursdays during term time.
Can bring up to 3 classes and split into groups of 30. If you visit between November and March, please dress very warmly as the activity takes place in an unheated space.

There is restricted access for this activity as you need to climb a spiral staircase to get to the room. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

For further information or to book call: 029 20 883 143.

Caerwent Roman Town - Roman Daily life

History (Romans), Numeracy, STEM
10.30–12.00 and 12.30-2.00
Available in English.
Roman Daily life activity — pupils will learn about Roman food & dining, Roman clothes and personal care, and Roman toys and games.
Pupils will compare modern food with food in Roman Britain, using a Roman play kitchen with quern, pots, dishes and fake food.
Pupils will dress up in Roman clothes, look at how Romans bathed and which cosmetics they used.
Pupils will explore Roman toys and games, and see which modern games Romans might recognise.
Roman Buildings activity — pupils will learn about building styles, making mosaics, and Roman building design.
Pupils will build their own arch, temple and  coliseum building whilst discussing the activities that went on in each. There will be opportunities to handle armour, smell frankincense and myrrh, and try out a plum line whilst doing this activity.
Pupils will learn about how Roman buildings were decorated with mosaics, and make their own mosaic.
Pupils will look at common features of Roman buildings before designing a building of their own.

For further information or to book, call: 01633 422518

Castell Coch — Aesop’s Fables

Curriculum links — History — change in the C19th. Literacy (oracy — listening; collaboration and discussion) Art (investigations) & PSE
45–60  minute education activity.
Available in Welsh and English.
Pupils meet a storyteller, who introduces them to Castell Coch’s exquisitely decorated Drawing Room, and explains how it was created, and by whom.
In pairs, pupils search the wall paintings for Aesop’s Fables, and discuss the relevance of the fables to modern lives. 
Pupils share their fables with the rest of the group, the group discusses several fables before deciding which is the most relevant fable to their own lives today.
Available mornings and afternoons during term time (except January).

Schools can bring up to 60 pupils and spend the day on site, pairing this activity with Knight’s Tales or exploration of the rest of the castle and surrounding woodland.

For further information or to agree a date for booking this activity call: 029 2081 0101.


Castell Coch — Rich and Poor Victorians  

History (Change in the C19th)
90 minutes — 45 minute education activity x 2
Available in Welsh and English
Lady Bute guides pupils around Castell Coch, explaining aspects of the rebuilding and decoration of the castle. Pupils will learn about William Burges, Lord & Lady Bute & their family, daily life for rich Victorians, and new technologies.
Maximum group size — 30 pupils.
For further information or to book call: 029 2081 0101.

This half day activity can be combined with a half day activity at Glamorgan Archives or Cardiff Story Museum (see below) to provide a whole day visit for up to 60 pupils. Please book each activity directly with the activity provider.

At Glamorgan Archives, pupils will look at life for poor Victorians in south Wales, learning about school, working lives, houses, furniture and appliances; and investigate life in the workhouse. This half day research activity must be booked in advance, and is free of charge. Maximum group size — 30 pupils. For further information or to book,  email the archives on glamro@cardiff.gov.uk or call 029 2087 2299

At the Cardiff Story Museum, pupils will use artefacts, images, costume and interactive games to learn about life in Victorian Cardiff. Pupils will see what life was life was like for upper, middle and lower class families. This half day activity must be booked in advance, and costs £4 per learner. Maximum group size — 30 pupils. For further information or to book, email the Learning and Outreach Officer/ Lucie.Connors@cardiff.gov.uk or call 02920 788336. 

A game-based education resource introduces the KS2 history topic of Changes to people’s daily lives in the locality in the nineteenth century, and links to the activities at Castell Coch, Glamorgan Archives and the Cardiff Story Museum.

Castell Coch — Knights Tales

Curriculum links — History (Age of the Princes) & PSE
Pupils meet a medieval knight, learn about his home, daily life, and the objects he uses.
Available in Welsh and English, at 10.30, 11.30 or 1.00 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during term time (except January).
Can bring 2 classes and split into groups of 30.

For further information or to book call: 029 2081 0101.

Chepstow Castle — Preparing for Nobility

This session is currently unavailable as the Earl’s Chamber is closed for essential maintenance.
Supporting the study of the Age of the Princes.
2 x 45 minute education activities.
Available in Welsh and English
Pupils help a castle servant get the Earl’s Chamber ready for a visit by Earl Roger and Lady Alicia Bigod in 1294, and explore medieval life through replica artefacts.

For further information or to book call: 01291 624065.

Conwy Castle: Crime and Punishment

Supporting the study of Age of the Princes history topic.
60 minute education activity.
Available in Welsh and English.
Pupils help the castle constable,  William de Cicon,  make judgements over various offences, and explore medieval life through replica artefacts, role play and practical activities.
Can bring 2 classes and split into groups of 30.

For further information or to book call: 01492 592358.

Denbigh Castle — Top Secret

It’s 1300. Six years ago, Welshman, Madog ap Llywelyn, led a rebellion and actually took the Castle for a while. Now that the English are making the castle stronger we need to know what these extra fortifications are. You need to write up a plan of what is being done so that, if we attack again, the Welsh will know what to expect. You will also handle the latest fighting weapons which might be used in the defence of the castle (Teacher led activity). Could you work in the castle, under the very noses of the English and gather its plans? It is top SECRET work — don’t pass this onto to anyone!

For further information or to book call: 01745 813385.

Harlech Castle — Preparing for a Welsh parliament... and siege! 

Supporting the study of Age of the Princes history topic.
60 minute education activity.
Available in Welsh and English.
The session is led by Meirion, a soldier who has served with Owain Glyndwr during his campaign against King Edward. The session is based around finding out about sieges and how to prepare for one as well as setting up a Welsh Parliament..
Can bring 2 classes and split into groups of 30.

For further information or to book call: 01766 780 552.

Plas Mawr — Travelling Tudors 1 April - 30 November

History (Tudors), Geography
9.45–12.00 or 12.15-2.30 — 2 ¼ hour education activity
Available in Welsh and English.
Pupils will learn about Tudor trade and travelling the globe, about Plas Mawr house, and the daily lives of those who lived and worked there.  Following a whole class introductory session, each group of up to 30 pupils will be divided into two smaller groups for tours and self led activities. Schools must bring 4 adults for the Travelling Tudor activity, as 2 adults need to accompany pupils on the tour of the house with Robert or Dorothy Wynn, while 2 adults supervise and manage the self led activities in the gatehouse. It is not possible to bring larger groups for this activity.
Schools can bring up to 60 pupils and spend the day in Conwy — one class in Plas Mawr and one in Conwy castle, changing location at lunchtime. Self led visits to Conwy castle are free of charge but must be booked separately.

For further information or to book call: 01492 580167.

Rhuddlan Castle — Time Traveller

Meet Misty de Chronos. She has a thing about time and Rhuddlan Castle. How long has this castle been here? Who built it? How big is it? Who lived here and, more importantly, why is it here anyway? See and handle objects of the from the 14th century and guess what they were for. (Teacher-led activity.) How would you attack it? How would you defend it? Prepare to do battle with water and bean bags to see who stood the best chance of winning!

For further information or to book call: 01745 590777.

Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum inside Caernarfon Castle — World War I

2 hour education activity, Monday — Thursday, available in Welsh and English.
Come and hear stories about the soldiers from WW1 with photographs and artefacts to handle. You will be led on a tour of the Museum. There will be activities for the children to complete and a chance to dress up. There is also the possibility available for work on remembrance and war memorials if desired.

Up to 30 pupils.
For further information or to book call: 01286 673362

Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum inside Caernarfon Castle — World War II

2 hour education activity, Monday — Thursday, available in Welsh and English.
Come and hear stories from the War from the aspect of the Home Front with photographs and artefacts to handle. There will be an opportunity to learn about rationing, evacuees and the Blitz. You will be led on a tour of the Museum. There will be activities for the children to complete and a chance to dress up.

Up to 30 pupils.
For further information or to book call: 01286 673362

Tretower Court — Tudor servants

2 x 45 minute education activities.
Available in Welsh and English.
Tretower's head servant guides learners around the garden, kitchen, buttery, pantry, servery and great hall, undergoing 'skills tests' along the way. Learners also learn about aspects of Tudor life by exploring the artefacts in the Tudor treasure chest.
Schools can bring up to 60 pupils and spend the day on site — combining the Tudor Servants activity with self led exploration of  the castle, court and grounds, or — on the last Friday of each month — with the free Tudor outdoor life activity which complements the Tudor Servants session (see below).

For further information or to book call 01874 730279.

On the last Friday of each month, a free half day session with Natural Resources Wales education staff is available, to schools which have booked the Tudor Servants activity. Pupils will learn about life in the outdoors in Tudor times, including practical activities which show how people hunted for food, built natural fences using wattle and daub, made table decorations using natural materials, and learn about Tudor roses.
Maximum group size 30.

Tretower Court and castle site is open every day between April and the end of October, and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between November and March. If you visit between November and March, please dress very warmly as there is no heating inside the house.