Find out about our education visits and the activities we offer
We have a variety of educational visits and activities to offer including the traditional mine visit, interactive role playing, dressing up and storytelling. We break visiting school parties into smaller groups for mine visits (14) and our other activities as well, this will be discussed and calculated when a visit is arranged.
Traditional Mine Visit
Suitable for EYFS/KS1/KS2/KS3
We can tailor a visit to include a local history; human geography or rocks and soils focus. This type of visit will include a mine trip; the washing floor experience; mine shop and big wheel and jigger machinery. This is led by one of our Information Assistants. We can vary the content and duration of this package to provide a specific mining experience or we can adapt it to include ‘Boom and Bust’ or a new activity.
Read Why visit Killhope? to find out more
Boom or Bust Interactive Role Play Activity
Suitable for KS2 and KS3
This investigation provides a hands on activity for pupils following a mine trip. The activity runs for about an hour and can be delivered for up to forty pupils. The pupils take on the roles of miners; assistant mine agents and assistant mine inspectors to consider how fair was the life of a lead miner? Information assistants take the role of Mine Inspector and Mine Agent to work with the pupils and direct proceedings. It can be used as an in depth local history study or to challenge pupils to work as a team and demonstrate problem solving skills.
Watch our short video to see some of our activities in action.
Newly developed learning activities at Killhope
You can plan a visit to include one of the following activities as well as a mine trip; however you can plan a visit without a mine trip and focus on other areas of the curriculum.
Early Years and KS1
Dress up and Storytelling in the mine shop (45 mins)
Pupils can dress in Victorian era clothing and take part in an interactive story led by one of our trained Information Assistants in the mine shop.
Victorian Playtime (45 mins)
This is a self-led activity which takes place in our yurt village; pupils can play with Victorian era toys such as cup and balls; hula hoops and spinning tops. They can play games such as hoopla; pass the clog and hunt the thimble.
Fairy House Building in the woods
Pupils walk to the woods to build fairy houses using woodland materials and mini tarpaulins.
KS1 and KS2
Waterwheel Construction Challenge
Pupils can design and build a water wheel to consider water power and investigate engineering processes.
Weather station Activity
Pupils can compose their own weather forecast for the day of their visit and then pull data from our newly installed automated weather station and traditional meteorological equipment. A hands on activity can include pupils making their own rain gauge or wind vane.
Using our site map we warm the pupils up with a map relay activity before challenging them to a scavenger hunt around the site.
In our woods pupils can design and build shelters through problem solving and team work using natural resources found in woodland.