Museums for schools - Key Stage 1 (KS1) activities

Sandwell Museums has a range of exciting activities to inspire younger children in our fabulous evocative buildings.

Find out more information by emailing and we will then send you the booking form and guidance notes.

Tudor time travelling for KS1 – Houses and Homes and Old Toys 

A session which sees the children travel back in time, meet Tudor characters and dress up in Tudor costume. The children learn about old toys and houses and homes 400 years ago. The session also examines similarity and difference between life then and now, materials and how things work. We also undertake a similar session which just focuses on Houses and Homes and buildings and how they were built. The sessions are also a great springboard for creative writing and literacy sessions. Please state on your booking form if you want a ‘houses and home focus’, a ‘toys and pastimes’ focus or the mixed session. Oak House Museum – 10am-2.30pm – Max 60 – 0121 553 0759

Victorian time travelling for KS1 – Houses and Homes and Old Toys 

A session which sees the children travel back and learn about old toys and houses and homes in Victorian times. The session also explores then and now, similarity and difference, materials and how things work. The sessions are also a great springboard for creative writing and literacy sessions. Haden Hill House – 10am-2.30pm – Max 33 – 01384 569 444

Homes Then and now 

A half-day session which sees the children undertake a tour, some hands on activities domestic activities and a chance to explore and examine old and new household objects. The sessions are also a great springboard for creative writing and literacy sessions. children, Haden Hill House – 10am-12.30pm – Max 32 – 01384 569 444.

How we used to play – Toy handling session 

The children explore old and new toys and how they work, what they are made of and how they work. Children explore toys for boys and girls in the past, using imagination and clockwork toys. If you wish to stay for the afternoon, you can look around the gallery, we will put out toys for the children to play with or you can undertake your own activity. Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery – 10am-12.30pm – Max 33 – 0121 556 0683

Loan Collections

We have a range of handling collections for use outside the museum which are great for looking at life in the past and examining key historical themes such as then and now and similarity and difference. They are however great for storytelling, creative writing, art and all subjects and topics.

William Morris Patterns in Nature

Art, design, maths, famous people, Victorians are all great topics which this session can feed into. A full day session examining William Morris and his work, exploring the Morris Wallpaper at Haden Hill House and the patterns and design around the house, discovering repeat patterns by creating tiles and wallpaper. The children get to use their creativity and sketch and create. A great session for art and maths topics as well as famous people discovering William Morris himself. Haden Hill House – 10am-2.30pm – Max 32 – 01384 569 444

The Tale of Gideon Grove – Explore the Gunpowder Plot in a new way! 

Combining storytelling, literacy and history, this session is based at the time of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605. A servant of one of the plotters escapes and rumour has it he is lurking around the grounds of Oak House. Your class will arrive as village children and their task is to discover the truth. A day of activities designed to help the children have an exciting experience within Gideon’s story with lots of inspiration for creative writing. The children learn about life in the house and get to examine objects, they look for clues and work in groups to discuss what the clues mean and what they tell them about Gideon and who he is, there is then discussion, reflection and feedback. The day is undertaken in costume and character. Oak House Museum – 10am-2.30pm – Max 32 – 0121 553 0759

Fire Fire! The Great Fire of London 

A day looking at houses in 1666, how they were made, lighting, heating, cooking and furnishings and how this contributed to the spread of the Great Fire of London in 1666. The children examine how the Oak House was built and the fire hazards which lurked within in the 1600s. The children also explore how fires could be controlled or put out and get the chance to put out an imaginary fire in our Old Barn. There is also a chance to explore the great diarist Samuel Pepys and what he had to say at the time. Oak House Museum – 10am-2:30pm – Max 32 – 0121 553 0759

Faerie Tales – Storytelling and literacy session. 

Step into the happily ever after and explore our fairy tale medieval house with our fairy tale character. The children dress up, explore, discover, find clues, get inspired and develop skills through stories.  Based around Jack and the Beanstalk. Fantastic to inspire creative writing, critical thinking and problem solving. Bromwich Hall – 10am-2.30pm or 10am-12.30pm – Max 33 – 0121 588 2985

Seaside 1910

Join us for one off days in the summer and explore the seaside long ago with Punch and Judy, seaside sing-a-long, write postcards and examine seaside objects then and now. Haden Hill House. Specific dates in June and July. Half-day session, morning or afternoon

A session for you

Why not talk to us if you have ideas about a session you would like to undertake at our museums. We are happy to work with schools and educational groups to create their perfect learning day. Our historic buildings and museum objects are great for teaching across the curriculum – contact us with your ideas!