British Motor Museum
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.
The Museum is a great way for Primary school children to learn about how cars and other forms of transport have developed, and also discover more about the people and products of the motor industry in the West Midlands. Along with an extensive primary school programme of interactive workshops, there are also self-led and outreach sessions.
To make your visit as easy as possible, 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?
The British Motor Museum offers a range of interactive Museum walks, hands on workshops and self-led activities so you can make your day fit with your current topic.
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?
Using coding skills you will guide the LEGO robots around our obstacle course and complete simple tasks with teamwork.
Explore energy, motion and how forces affect the design of our cars in our interactive workshops or test your maths skills out in the Museum with our downloadable maths challenges.
What activities are available during group visits?
The Museum offers a range of Interactive walks and Hands-on Workshops:
Journeys through Time EYFS & KS1 – includes costumed role play and a tour along the Museum’s ‘Time Road’.
Motoring Mavericks KS1 & KS2 - meet some of the historical figures who built and drove the first cars and uncover the challenges of early motoring.
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 - explores the role of a Formula 1 pit crew and includes racing a remote control car around our track.
Toys through Time EYFS & KS1 - uncovers the history of moving toys and their development. Pupils will create their own toy truck to take back to school.
Materials & Movement EYFS & KS1- explores the materials that are used to make cars and includes a LEGO® car building challenge.
Fashion vs Function 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.
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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