A Partner Project with the Weaver Hall Museum

Working with Local Schools – School Sessions

Key Stage 1 & 2 (KS1 & 2) – (Primary & Juniors 5-11 years)

The education package part of the Townscape Heritage Project will be carried out by the Weaver Hall Museum, working with local school groups.  An initial consultation was carried out with local primary school teachers during autumn 2016.  Following this a history session was devised for key stage 1 and 2 pupils involving the Townscape Heritage Officer, Museum staff and a Consultant.

This was offered to primary schools and promoted widely and there has been a lot of interest.  Bookings have gone well and 200 pupil places have been filled so far from five different schools for the 2017/18 school year to fit in with time of year/curriculum.  The first session took place in early March 2017 and proved very successful.

All schools receive an agreement and learning pack before attending.  The Museum ensures that any similar sessions at the Lion Salt Works complement these.

The offer for Key Stage 1 & 2 schools is:

A full day local history session for groups based at Weaver Hall Museum

During the day pupils will take a guided tour of the town centre to discover how Northwich has changed in the past 120 years.  There will be a focus on the causes, and consequences of subsidence in the town, and how this problem was overcome.  They will also investigate the human and physical geography of the local historic environment through geography fieldwork and observation skills.

Morning – Pupils will be taken on a guided walk through Northwich.  They will look at significant landmarks and locations using old maps and photographs from the archive at Weaver Hall Museum to compare how these have changed over time.  They will make maps and drawings to record their journey.

Afternoon – Pupils will explore the displays in the local history gallery at Weaver Hall Museum and use historical enquiry skills to uncover the causes of subsidence, how this affected the people who lived in the town and how the problem was overcome.

Curriculum links KS1 – History: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality. Events in living memory. Geography :Human and physical geography, geographical skills and fieldwork.

Curriculum links KS2 – History: A local history study.  Geography – Human and physical geography, geographical skills and fieldwork.


Key Stage 3 (KS3) – (Secondary 11-14 years)

Since the project activity plan was submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the bid submission, the Key Stage 3 curriculum changed nationally.  This resulted in a rethink as to how to deliver this part of the project.  A project plan is now in place for Key Stage 3 based around an assembly in High Schools to approx. 60/80 pupils, followed by focused projects with small groups of 8-10 students over 6 sessions.  A pilot scheme is being trialled in May 2017.  Providing this is successful and, once a model is available, it will be offered to other schools.  If you are interested in applying for places, please contact us.

To book a session or find our more please contact Gina Cottam Learning and Interpretation officer at Weaver Hall Museum or phone 01606 271640.