COVID-19 UPDATE: We are taking school bookings from the beginning of June 2021 and look forward to welcoming and inspiring your students. Each visit involves a workshop led by a member of museum staff followed by a self-led tour of the museum gallery. We can also offer virtual tours and workshops, Discovery Boxes full of artefacts and resources that you can borrow for your classrooms, free classroom-based sessions and more. Contact our Learning and Access Officer Isobel Hood on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements further.
School visits to the museum include a self-guided tour with our special discovery tablets as well as an interactive workshop. Visits are held between 10.30am and 1.30pm every day except Monday, Saturday and Sunday. Each visit costs £3 per pupil (with a minimum fee per class of £70) plus VAT where applicable. Accompanying teachers are free.
We offer free pre-booked teacher orientation visits once your school booking is confirmed. For more details and to book, click on the link below, fill out the form and send it to our Access and Learning Officer Isobel Hood on email@example.com.
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KS2 workshops on the Battle of Britain
Book your place on our KS2 workshops looking at life during the Second World War and the Battle of Britain. Each workshop lasts an hour and involves a question and answer session followed by an object handling activity where pupils are encouraged to look at and ask historical questions about genuine objects from the past. There are three workshops on offer:
Biggin Hill during the Battle of Britain, which looks at the different roles at the airfield during this pivotal time, including a WAAF, a member of the army, a member of the emergency services and a member of the ground crew.
The Second World War through the Eyes of Biggin Hill Children takes a look at how local children experienced the sights and sounds of the Second World War.
The Heroes of Biggin Hill looks at remarkable individuals whose bravery and actions helped keep the airfield in operation during the Summer and Autumn of 1940 and was originally designed to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 2020.
Discover more details about these primary school sessions here.
Engineering the Battle of Britain: A STEM-Based Enquiry. This workshop involves a Q&A session followed by a closer look at parachutes and their role in the Battle of Britain. Find out more here.
Borrow a Discovery Box
Our Discovery Boxes contain a range of artefacts, books and letters along with activity ideas that relate to the people and jobs carried out at RAF Biggin Hill and the surrounding area during the Battle of Britain and the Second World War. You can borrow Discovery Boxes to use in your classroom for a half term period. Boxes need to be collected and dropped off at the museum.
We can visit your school
We now offer 15-minute assembly sessions, focusing on the Battle of Britain. We also run free taster sessions at your school (30 to 45 minutes) which include object handling, subject to availability.
Writing Home is a free ten-session scheme of work for Upper Key Stage 2 involving primary resources from our extensive letter collection.
Find out more about Writing Home
Get in touch
Email Access and Learning Officer Isobel Hood at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about any of the above and for further information about how we can help you deliver meaningful learning experiences for your pupils during the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain this year.
Feedback from teachers
“We had a fabulous day! The children had a great experience – full of enrichment and deepening of their knowledge. Thanks so much for your hospitality!”
“The workshop we took part in was excellent. Isobel was very knowledgeable and delivered the content in an engaging way. The class loved the objects and it was lovely that they did their own presentations.”
“We really enjoyed it. It was brilliant that the speaker [Geoff Greensmith] went to our school.”