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Find Out About Guided Tours Available for Schools

Learning for Pre-school to Primary 2
Curriculum Level: Early

For a fun full day of learning activities you can combine any of these activity options with access to the Visitor Centre Exhibitions. We can recommend the best combination of activities for your group depending on the time you have available.

 Tours and Sessions  
 Mini Discovery Tour:
 How We Used To Live in the Past

We offer a light-hearted mini tour with one of our guides. Pupils can explore a 'single end', old household objects and see how the washing was done! They can also find out what going shopping was like; or see a real spinning machine in action! 
Choice of era: Early 1800s, Victorian, 1930s or general overview
Curriculum: SOC 0-04a, SOC 0-07a

Duration: Approximately 40 minutes 
Typical Guide ratio: 1 guide for up to 15 pupils.
Available Monday to Friday
 A Look at Life in the Past: 1800s 

Pupils can enjoy dressing up, handling old objects, drawing on slates and playing with old toys in this activity session. Sessions are facilitated by our Learning Team.  
Curriculum: SOC 0-02a, SOC 0-04a, EXA 0-12a, LIT 0-02a, LIT 0-10a, MNU 0-02a, MNU 0-20b
Duration: 1 hour or 30 minutes with Discovery Tour
Recommended group size: Up to 25 pupils
Available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to 31 October 2016

 Toys from the Past 

In this guided session pupils will get the opportunity to learn about the toys that children played with in the past; view and handle old toys; visit the Historic Classroom and play traditional toys and games.
Curriculum: SOC 0-02a, SOC 0-04a, SCN 0-04a
Recommended group size: Up to 30 pupils
Session length: 1 hour
Available Monday to Friday

 Classroom Roleplay 

A customised session of our popular roleplay is available for P1-2. Pupils enjoy a school day in Robert Owen's time (1825) with a costumed teacher. The lesson includes: drill, writing, dancing, dressing up and writing on slates. 
Curriculum: SOC 0-04a, EXA 0-10a, EXA 0-12a, LIT 0-02a, LIT 0-21b, MNU 0-02a
Recommended group size: Up to 30 pupils
Session length: 1 hour
Available Monday to Friday
 Exploring the Senses

Enjoy a 1-hour session in our Interactive Gallery: a multi-sensory play space full of sound, light and colour. Explore the senses with the Learning Team and have some fun with optical illusions!
Curriculum: SCN 0-12a
Recommended group size: Up to 25 pupils 
Available: Tuesdays and Thursdays

  Teacher-led Visit

 Self-led Visitor Centre

You are welcome to bring your group to the Visitor Centre and take them around yourself. Highlights that infant groups might enjoy are:
Dressing up in Robert Owen's School
Annie McLeod Experience Ride
Clearburn Natural Play Area

Visit Duration: Approx. 2 hours required (excl.lunch break)
Curriculum: SOC 0-04a, SOC 0-07a
 Exclusive Use of Interactive Gallery

Visit our multi-sensory play space of sound, light and colour! Book exclusive use for your own self-supervised play session for up to 1 hour.*
Recommended group size: Up to 20 pupils 
*Restrictions apply.
Contact us for Session Costs

Have you heard about our fantastic award-winning outdoor play area? 

If you go down to the woods today.... you're sure to find a great place to play, climb, run, swing, and jump at Clearburn Picnic and Play Area. Enjoy some time here as part of your visit.  
Find out more... 



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