Our award-winning education programme will be running during June and July 2018, at the beautifully-restored Victorian station at Scruton near Bedale.
Our innovative school visit programme, which includes workshops for both Reception/KS1 and KS2, offers pupils the chance to experience what life was like in rural North Yorkshire during the First World War at our authentically-restored station in the village of Scruton.
Working with our experienced Heritage Education Officer and her team of volunteers, pupils will have the opportunity to meet station staff and village residents from 100 years ago and take part in a range of engaging curriculum-linked activities that provide a stimulating and interactive way of learning about the past.
Full day visits include the option of a train journey on the historic Wensleydale line from Leeming Bar Station to Leyburn Station, giving pupils the chance to travel along part of this Victorian branch line on a vintage train.
Visits will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5 June to 18 July 2018. Half-day station visits are also available on Thursdays by arrangement.
All staff and volunteers are DBS-checked.
For a full Information Pack including a detailed Visit Summary and Risk Assessment or to book your visit, please contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01677 425805.
We offer curriculum-linked visits for both Reception/KS1 and KS2 pupils. Both visits include an opportunity to meet the station staff and railway travellers from Scruton in 1918 and a series of interactive enquiry-based activity sessions enabling pupils to further explore the past through our remarkable archive and artefact collections. Within the Key Stage frameworks, activities can be differentiated according to pupil needs.
After getting dressed up in Edwardian-style costumes (pinafores for girls, waistcoats and caps for boys), pupils will meet a series of costumed characters from Scruton in 1918, including the station master, the station-master’s wife and a railway worker, who will each talk about their jobs and what life is life working on a country station in wartime. Pupils will also meet other passengers on the station platform such as the village schoolmistress collecting an important parcel and a dairy farmer waiting for the milk train, who each explain how the railway is important to them.
Pupils will then take part in a series of interactive, curriculum-linked activities including our pictorial station trail, parcel-weighing and labelling on original scales, designing railway posters, taking over the ticket office in our fabulous role-play activity and immersing themselves in station stories through our interactive storytelling session.
Maths; English; History/Local Area study; Art & Design; PSHCE
After getting dressed up in Edwardian-style costumes (pinafores for girls, waistcoats and caps for boys), pupils will meet the station staff and railway travellers from Scruton in 1918 in a lively and interactive play, which introduces them to the setting and to life on a country station, a century ago. Conversations led by the station-master’s wife, explore the life and work of the station master and his staff, illustrating how the station was run and the wide range of people and goods that passed through the station in its heyday. Local residents including the village schoolmistress and a neighbouring farmer make an appearance too, sharing their stories of village life during the First World War, including absent schoolchildren, missing milk churns and lazy Land Girls. Pupils will then take part in a series of six interactive, curriculum-linked group activities including parcel-weighing on our original Salter scales, plotting vintage luggage labels on a historic North Eastern Railway map, investigating artefacts, documents and historic photographs from a century
ago to piece together clues and taking on our tricky timetable challenge.
Maths; English; History/Local Area study; Geography; PSHCE
Reception/KS1 pupils will take away their railway posters, a postcard of Scruton Station 100 years ago, a stamped North Eastern Railway luggage label, a vintage-style railway ticket and a half-price voucher to return to the Wensleydale Railway with their family, valid until the end of November 2018. KS2 pupils will receive a Learning Journey booklet (which includes all the activities undertaken during the visit), a postcard of Scruton Station 100 years ago, a stamped North Eastern Railway luggage label, and a half-price voucher to return to the Wensleydale Railway with their family, valid until the end of November 2018.
Scruton Station visits are charged at £180 for a group of up to 30 children at Reception/KS1 or up to 36 children at KS2. Train journeys are charged at £2 per pupil, for a single journey from Leeming Bar to Leyburn; £4 per pupil for a return journey. Accompanying staff with each group travel free.
If you would like to find out more about our school visits and speak to staff and volunteers running the programme, we have organised a Teacher’s Pre-Visit on Thursday 24th April 2018 from 4.30-6pm. Refreshments will be served. Please telephone or email beforehand to confirm your attendance.
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or call us at our Leeming Bar Office on 01677 425805.
Relevant documents can also be downloaded below
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Risk Management SummaryDownload
School Photo Consent FormDownload
Site & Activity Risk AssesmentDownload