National Museum Of The Royal Navy in Hartlepool

School Trips @ National Museum of the Royal Navy

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As part of a visit here classes can explore HMS Trincomalee a Leda class frigate built in 1817. Discover what like was like in the eighteenth century exploring the historic quayside, visiting the Admirals house, the tailors, swordsmiths, architects, the printers and more. Groups can discover what life was like for the officers and crew in our ‘Fighting Ships’ exhibit. There is also hands-on fun to be had in our Maritime Adventure Center and our brand new play ship will keep pupils entertained until it’s time to leave.

We are sure you will find something to help make the most of your visit.

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Why book National Museum of the Royal Navy for School Trips and Educational Visits?

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We now have our brand new self led trail booklet, specifically created for education visits, you will be guided around the ship by Poll the Parrot who will tell you all about what life was like on board and how the sailor's lived and worked. Guides will be to hand on board at all times and teachers will be provided with an electronic copy of the trail before your visit. Added to this groups can discover what life was like for the officers and crew in our ‘Fighting Ships’ exhibit.

The Discovery Visit can be combined with one or more workshops. If your class has a topic that you would like to include in one of the workshops or you would like to arrange something bespoke to meet particular curriculum links or age group needs, please get in touch and discuss it with us. Our Learning Producer will be more than happy to help meet the learning needs of your class.

You can also add a traditional rope making experience where the group can see how rope would have made 100's of years ago, try their hand at making it and take your own rope back to school. Or how about a cutlass class? Its a group lead session where we will turn your class into a little pirates! If you would like to end your day with a bang you can have your very own cannon and musket display with opportunity for pupils to hold the muskets afterwards.

We are sure you will find something to help make the most of your visit and the Learning Team look forward to welcoming you and your group soon.

Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?

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green tick English

Curriculum topics available: Pirates, Heroes and villains, Story telling.

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green tick Egyptians

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green tick Medieval

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green tick Victorian

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green tick Physics

Curriculum topics available: Earth and space.

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green tick Human Geography

Curriculum topics available: Settlement and land use, Population.

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green tick Physical Geography

Curriculum topics available: Map and atlas.

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green tick Ancient Civilisations

Curriculum topics available: Ancient Greeks.

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What activities are available during group visits?

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PIRATES V NAVY WORKSHOP
History- Significant historical people, How Britain has influenced and has been influenced by the wider world.
STEM - Quantities, analysing data and collecting information, every day materials and identifying a variety of materials.

This is our most popular theme, with schools returning again and again to take part. Children will experience seeing a real cutlass and flintlock pistol, role-playing, knot tying and handling replica objects. This workshop brings the terrible tales of real pirates to life and explains how the Royal Navy dealt with the infamous Blackbeard.

ALL HANDS ON DECK WORKSHOP
Curriculum Links: History- Significant historical people, Captain Cook, historical perspective, changing aspects of social history.
STEM - Quantity, analysing data and collecting information, observation, identifying materials, navigation instruments and techniques

An action packed experience which combines activities with role-play on the atmospheric lower deck of HMS Trincomalee. Delivered by a costumed Learning Officer, pupils ‘join’ the Royal Navy
at the time of Nelson and experience a day in the life of a sailor. This workshop is often amended on request to link to projects relating to Captain Cook or exploration.

SHIP SHAPE AND A SQUARE MEAL WORKSHOP
Curriculum Links: History- Aspects of social history, historical perspective.
STEM - Understanding and analysing data, weights and measures, classifying and grouping through investigation, identifying a variety of materials.

Did sailors really eat maggots? What about their five a day? Discover more about the
health and wellbeing of sailors on board HMS Trincomalee. Delivered by a costumed
Learning Officer.

YOUNG NELSON'S TO STAR CAPTAIN'S WORKSHOP
Curriculum Links: Geography- Locational knowledge and place. History - Significant people in history, gain historical perspective, changing aspects of social history.
STEM - Identifying and grouping through investigation, identifying every day materials,
weights and measures, understanding data and understanding quantities.

In this immersive workshop pupils will experience first-hand what it was like to be a boy on board one of his majesty’s war ships. The workshop includes an element of exploration, led by a costumed learning officer, who will set them a number of challenges as they go. These will include weighing gunpowder ready for battle, assisting the surgeon in the sick bay and brushing up on arithmetic with the ship’s schoolmaster. To finish, the children will engage in an exciting game to see how fast they can get to battle stations.

EXPLORATION & NAVIGATION ACROSS THE AGES WORKSHOP
Curriculum Links: Geography- Locational, place and growth of cultures and trade. History- Historical concepts, how people’s lives have shaped and influenced the world, expansion and dissolution of Empires.
STEM - Performing simple experiments, geometry,reading and understanding data.

Throughout world history, people have wanted to explore the world’s oceans to discover new lands to settle on or trade with. Through the process, famous explorers created maps and learned about new cultures. In this eye opening workshop, children will learn how navigating the seas has changed through time, from the time of Viking age explorers to modern advances in GPS.

CITIZEN SAILORS OF WW2 WORKSHOP
Curriculum Links: History - Local history, world history, changing aspects of social history and significant turning points in British and world history.
STEM - Communication, changing Technology, problem solving, collecting and analysing data.

An exciting World War 2 workshop, which will incorporate the histories of our two historic vessels and their roles during the war. What was it like to be a lower deck hand during World War 2? You will discover why ordinary men joined the Royal Navy and fought in distance waters away from their homes and families. Children will learn about the day to day life for these young
men, by dressing up, sending semaphore signals, as well as what it was like for families back home living on rationed food and the threat of air raids.


What size groups do you cater for?

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Discovery Visit with workshops - 15 to 120 (Including teachers) Discovery Visit without workshops - 15 - 160 (Including teachers) If your numbers are more or less than what is stated please get in touch to see what we can do for your group.

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?

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Yes, but must be pre-booked through our events team Hire costs are available on request.

Is there first aid on site?

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Yes - Various members of the team are qualified first aider's and our learning team are trained in paediatric first aid.

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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There are lifts on the quayside for access to the ‘Fighting Ships’ and the ‘Worlds of HMS Trincomalee’ exhibitions. There are also lifts for access to three of the four decks on board the ship. When on board, as with any ship, there are low ceilings and doorways, low light levels, trip hazards and decks that can be slippery when wet. Many of the workshops involve handling objects and are suitable for pupils with special educational needs. Wheelchairs, magnifying glasses and large print text can also be arranged in advance.

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

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Yes

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