British Motor Museum
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The British Motor Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of historic British cars. Pupils will experience the sights, sounds and stories of the British motor industry while engaging in a fun and interactive learning programme that links to the national curriculum.
To make your visit as easy as possible, parking is free and there is a coach drop off point outside the Museum entrance, accessible toilets as well as dedicated Learning Spaces, including a lunch area. The friendly Education team offer a mix of formal and informal sessions, suitable for groups of all abilities.
Why book British Motor Museum for School Trips and Educational Visits?
Students will be inspired by our amazing collection of British cars. The Museum is a great place for students to learn about how transport has developed and discover more about the people and products of the motor industry in the West Midlands. Our extensive schools programme includes hands-on workshops and interactive museum sessions in addition to self-led sessions and a range of add on activities. We also offer guided tours and subject talks from our partners in industry for older students and adult learners.
The Museum offers a number of downloadable resources such as Maths and Science quizzes and can provide free sketching materials for the pupils to get inspired.
It also offers a Travel Support Fund aimed at helping schools with the cost of transport to the Museum.
Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?
Curriculum topics available: Ratio and proportion.
Explore ratios in our Ready, Salt, Go! workshop or test your maths skills out in the Museum with our downloadable maths challenges.
Curriculum topics available: Forces.
Explore energy, motion and how forces affect the design of our cars in our interactive workshops or test your science skills out in the Museum with our downloadable science challenges. In our Ready, Salt, Go! workshop, students could join the Professor for the day, becoming climate change scientists and building a car powered by salt and water.
Curriculum topics available: Mechanics and engineering.
Discover how cars are designed for different purposes and then put your knowledge to the test by designing your own Land Rover cut out car to take back to school in our Fashion vs Function workshop.
Curriculum topics available: Teamwork and resilience.
A number of our hands-on workshops encourage teamwork and communication skills. Students can work together to build LEGO® cars in our Materials and Movement or Discovering Forces workshops or form a pit crew to race a remote controlled D-Type Jaguar as part of Engineering Apprentices.
For Primary schools, our popular Journeys through Time and History of Transport sessions explore the development of the automotive industry, with a focus on the West Midlands.
What activities are available during group visits?
The Museum offers a range of Interactive Museum Sessions and Hands-on Workshops:
Journeys through Time EYFS & KS1 – includes costumed role play and a tour along the Museum’s ‘Time Road’.
History of Transport KS2 - covers the local history of the motor car and includes a guided tour, role play and an object handling session.
Engineering Apprentices KS2, KS3 and KS4- explores the role of a Formula 1 pit crew and includes racing a remote control D-Type Jaguar around our track. (MAX 45 students)
Materials & Movement EYFS & KS1- explores the materials that are used to make cars and includes a LEGO® car building challenge.
Fashion vs Function EYFS, KS1 & KS2 - investigates how cars are designed for different purposes and allows pupils to become a car designer for the day.
Discovering Forces KS2 - examines the different forces that act on vehicles. Includes a team car building challenge using LEGO® bricks.
Ready, Salt, Go! KS2, KS3 - Join the Professor and become scientists for the day in this interactive, narrative immersion activity where pupils build a car powered by salt and water. (MAX 60 students)
We also offer self-led visits and have a number of downloadable resources teachers can use to assist with their visit.
What size groups do you cater for?
The maximum capacity for visits is 90 pupils (dependent on programme) and this is usually divided into a maximum of 30 pupils per workshop session.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
The Museum has two purpose built Learning Spaces.
Is there first aid on site?
The Museum has trained members of staff able to provide first aid.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
All areas are accessible with lifts to all floors and wheelchair accessible toilets. Wheelchairs are available free of charge although pre-booking is recommended.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
The friendly Education team offer a mix of formal and informal sessions, suitable for groups of all abilities. Any 1-1 support staff are offered free admission.
The British Motor Museum offers a Travel Support Fund aimed at helping schools with the cost of their transport to the Museum. The Museum is a Sandford Award Holder (2017).
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