Education

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Education at the Trust is supported by its rare combination of resources, which include the site itself, two timber-frame houses and the archaeological artefacts belonging to the place.

"...We had a fantastic, immersive day for year 3 and 4 pupils from Nether Alderley. One of the highlights was handling a range of objects found on the site. The children were particularly inspired by the flint - imagining who had held it and how they had used it."

Nether Alderley Primary School

Workshops

The Blackden Trust offers a range of workshops for all ages. All our workshops are enquiry based and incorporate hands on activities designed to enhance the learning experience. By dividing large classes into small groups, we are able to provide intensively-supported workshops, which give everyone the opportunity to work creatively with primary evidence.Stones in the grass

In the workshops we offer to schools, we link to the National Curriculum, but we also teach students the skills they will need to extract information and to think creatively in whatever subject they choose to follow.

Part of every workshop takes place in the 16th century Old Medicine House, giving additional relevance to those on Tudor history and local history.

All the workshops can be adapted to suit the requirements of individual schools.

Jump to:  Secondary School Workshops  |  6th Form Workshops  |  Other Workshops

Primary School Workshops

Key Stages 2 & 3. Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

 

A Mathematical Enquiry Day - Measuring

A Mathematical Enquiry Day - Measuring

This workshop focuses on ways of estimating and checking measurements of height, width, distance and time. It uses the fabric of the 16th century Old Medicine House to provide a history of measurement in practical terms. By using early body-centred methods students discover why standard units became necessary.

Link to timed outline of the day.

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Footsteps through time

A day of creative enquiry. Using objects, buildings and the landscape itself, children consider the lives of those who shaped the site over the past 10,000 years. The workshop encourages children to reflect on memory, history and their own perceptions of time.

Link to timed outline of the day.

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Labyrinth - A journey of discovery

Labyrinth - A journey of discovery

Using the Blackden Labyrinth as a point of departure, this workshop encourages children to explore the site, observing and recording what they see. They examine photographs; identify artefacts from the site; date pottery sherds; and create time lines to uncover the history of the area. children to reflect on memory, history and their own perceptions of time.

Link to timed outline of the day.

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A Writer's World

This workshop guides children through the places and objects that influence a writer’s work. Drawing on the work of Alan Garner, who has spent much of his life at Blackden, it uses detailed observation and creative writing to show how apparently mundane things can be transformed by the perception and craft of a writer.

Link to timed outline of the day.

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The Legend of Alderley

The Legend of Alderley

All landscapes have their stories to tell. We spend the morning on Alderley Edge, following the route of the Legend and exploring how it threads its way through The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner. The afternoon is a workshop, where the children are encouraged to use their experiences on the Edge in a piece of writing of their own.

This workshop can be adapted to all ages from seven year olds at primary school to adults.

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Primary School workshops in development

Prehistory

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Secondary School Workshops

Key Stages 4 & 5. Years 8, 9, 10 and 11

 

Year 8
Civil War

Tutors: Dr Glenn Foard  Richard Morris  

Subjects engaged: History, Geography, Physics, Archaeology

Students are introduced to the landscape by being asked to consider why it appears as it does and what has shaped it. In rotation, they handle and are encouraged to deduce the use and function of a series of objects, which include ceramics; some artificial and some man-made; some made mostly of metal; and those that relate to the Civil War. The exercise is to encourage diagnostic skills. The afternoon consists of a hands on session examining musket balls to deduce their history and a tour of the Old Medicine House looking at the evidence of the 10,000 year occupation of the site and the history of medicine and belief connected to it.

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6th Form Workshops

The workshops support A Level and the Extended Project Qualification. All are taught by university staff, making them of particular value to Sixth Formers preparing for university. Their value lies in the academic standard of their cross-curricular content and their university seminar form. In order to encourage informed discussion, the maximum number of students at each workshop is twelve.

The details below relate to previous workshops. They can be adapted to suit the needs of individual schools. Please contact us to discuss details

 

Science in Archaeology

Tutors: Professor Bob Cywinski  Professor Susan Kilcoyne  

Science in Archaeology

Relevant for students of History, Physics, Archaeology

This workshop provides an introduction to some the advanced scientific techniques now used in all stages of archaeological investigation. It demonstrates how simple metal detectors work and reveals the new techniques that use beams of sub-atomic particles to probe deeply within objects, revealing the finest details of their inner structure and providing unique information on their origin, composition, manufacture, use, and also their authenticity.

Practical experiments in some of the techniques are part of the workshop.

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People of Blackden

Tutor: Richard Morris  

Relevant for students of History, Archaeology

An introduction to interdisciplinary ways of reconstructing past lives, by finding connections between objects, text, image and landscape and learning how to trace the stories of people back to before the age of writing. Students will handle written records about Toad Hall's past occupants -- their wills, names, relationships, occupations, arguments - things that they made, used or wore, the fabric of the hall and evidence in the land itself to discover how the evidence combines to illuminate past lives.

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Witness to a Century

Tutor: Richard Morris  

Witness to a Century

Relevant for students of History, Geography, Sociology, Archaeology

This workshop is an introduction to aerial photography and the wealth of information that aerial images can reveal. The twentieth century was the first in which land was repeatedly watched and recorded from above. This has enabled later observers to trace developments in housing, transport, recreation and religious belief; follows agricultural and industrial change; and discover the effect of WWII and the Cold War on the landscape. Focused on Blackden and its neighbourhood, the workshop demonstrates the principles of air photo interpretation, and includes practical work that will equip students to locate, explore and interpret these fascinating images for themselves.

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The Archaeology of Conflict

Tutor: Dr Glenn Foard  

Relevant for students of History, Geography, Physics, Archaeology

An introduction to the latest archaeological methods that are available for the study of battlefields and sieges. This workshop demonstrates how precise field recording, mapping of data, historic terrain reconstruction, scientific analysis, calibre graphs and experiment can give new information about military action in different periods. Students will examine lead bullets, and see how new evidence for the events of a battle could be derived from their distinctive marks. They will also be introduced to the systematic method of metal detecting used by archaeologists for battlefield study, and will learn to plot finds with the help of GPS.

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Secondary Scool workshops in development

History of Medicine

History of the Old Medicine House

Folklore, Religion and Belief

The herbs beds are planted with herb the species that are listed in John Gerard's Herbal, first published in 1597, making it possible see the plants he uses in his remedies. This supports the study of the history of medicine.

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Other Workshops

Creative Writing

Tutor: Elizabeth Garner  

Elizabeth Garner is an award-winning novelist and professional freelance editor, of both novels and films. She teaches Creative Writing for Oxford University Department of Continuing Education.

She can adapt her workshop for all Year groups and for adults.

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Printed on: 25 Apr 2017

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