Key Stage 2

Incline Challenge

National Slate Museum

Incline challenge

How did the quarrymen carry their precious cargo of slates down the mountain slopes safely? Come and experiment with our models and learn about pulley systems, gravity and friction. By the end of the session, every group will have built their own miniature incline, experienced the challenges that these systems faced, and understood the inventive solutions that the quarrymen came up with in response. There will then be an opportunity to take a walk to the nearby Vivian Quarry to hear more about quarry machinery and see the V2 Incline at work.

Duration: 2 hours
Dates: 9-13 March, 2020 (please ask for alternative dates)
Cost: Led by Museum staff - £100 for up to 35 pupils. Free for some schools (see booking information).

Curriculum

STEM, creative thinking skills

STRIKE!

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Image of woman holding bradwr sign from the 1901 Penrhyn Strike at the National Slate Museum

Image for Strike workshop at NSM

Workshop for KS2 on the Penrhyn Strike.

  • story session in the 1901 house
  • role play to explore social status in Victorian times
  • opportunity to explore and discuss primary sources and objects relevant to the period

Led by the actress Leisa Mererid and Museum staff.

Duration: 2 hours
Dates: 2-6 March 2020
Cost: Led by Museum staff - £100 for up to 35 pupils. Free for some schools (see booking information).

Washday Workshop

National Slate Museum

Step back in time and see Margiad the washerwoman busy at work.  A fantastic opportunity for pupils to take part in role-play and learn about the everyday life of Victorian women.  

Time for Washing - Free digital resource available to support this workshop.

 

Duration: 1 hour x 2
Dates: 10-14 Chwefror 2020
Cost: Led by Museum staff - £100 for up to 35 pupils. Free for some schools (see booking information).

Curriculum

History 1800-1900

Water Wheel Challenge

National Slate Museum

Come and learn about the wonders of water power and the inventive use of natural energy to power the site. Hear the remarkable story of Britain’s largest water wheel and see her at work, before pupils are challenged to design and build their own simple water wheels, in the majestic setting of the museum’s Power Hall. A great hands-on STEM activity!

‘The setting is especially good for showing children how science is at work all around us in every day life and putting the activities into context. Seeing the water wheel and incline in action inspired pupils' to think creatively.’ Lynne Hughes-Williams, Ysgol Gwaun Gynfi

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Dates: 9-13 March 2019 (please ask for other available dates)
Cost: Led by Museum staff - £100 for up to 35 pupils. Free for some schools (see booking information).

Curriculum

STEM, creative thinking skills

Vivian Quarry Walk

National Slate Museum

An opportunity to go beyond the museum itself to the foot of the Vivian Quarry and towards the Quarry Hospital to hear more about the quarrymen’s dangerous work on the rockface and in the splitting sheds and to see some innovative Victorian inventions such as the blondin and the incline.

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Led by Museum staff - £40 for up to 15 pupils, £60 for up to 35. Free for some schools (see booking information).
Free Pilot Session

Behind the scenes at the Museum

National Slate Museum

A series of activities to help pupils understand the varied work of the Slate Museum.

Duration: 1 hour x 2
Cost: Free of charge as this session is being piloted.
Free Pilot Session

Full steam ahead!

National Slate Museum

Meet Una, our steam locomotive and find more about this powerful Victorian invention.

Duration: 30 minutes
Dates: Every Tuesday, March to October
Cost: Free of charge as this session is being piloted.
Free In school

The First World War Education Project

National Slate Museum

Soldiers at Trawsfynydd Military Camp. Hugh Thomas Hughes (1887 - 1918) of the Royal Welch Fusiliers is driving the first car. Native of Trawsfynydd, he was killed in September 1918 near Amiens Wood, France.

 

The National Library of Wales and National Museum Wales are leading a project to produce education resources for schools to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. As part of this project we are using items from the collections of both institutions to create digital teaching resources for Hwb.

Cost: For use in school - free of charge.