Key Stage 1 and 2 school workshops

School Programme 2022/2023

We offer inspiring and enjoyable learning opportunities both at the museum and in schools that help develop knowledge and understanding using our rich collections, local history and the arts to encourage creativity and learning.

Object handling is at the core of what we do, our sessions are fun and interactive. Our unique selling point is our localness - we are the museum for the Eden Valley and we use our extensive local collection in our workshops and wherever possible we allow students to handle actual objects from the period - so 2000 years ago someone, like you, was using this item.

We also offer bespoke sessions, so get in touch!

Contact the Museum Curators on the details below for school bookings, enquiries or general school visits.


The cost of a workshop at Penrith and Eden Museum lasting an hour and a half for 30 pupils is £65 for schools within the Eden area £75 for others.

The cost of a workshop at a school for either a whole morning, or afternoon, for 30 pupils, is £100, we can also offer a full day.

Below is a taster of what we can offer. Object handling is at the core of what we do, our sessions are fun and interactive.

Workshop options

Key Stage 1

  • Walking before the dinosaurs (geology and fossils)
  • People from the Past (who lived in the Eden Valley, for example, Lady Ann Clifford)
  • Toys and Games or Mechanical marvels (toys +mechanisms from the collection)
  • Ourselves:Finding out using our senses as we explore the museum
  • Our Eden:A look at the world outside

Key Stage 2

  • Walking before the dinosaurs (geology and fossils)
  • From Neolithic to now a journey in time in the Eden Valley and beyond - which can include a visit to Long Meg
  • From the Stone Age to Iron Age - which can include a visit to Long Meg Stone Circle
  • Roman Empire and its impact on Eden
  • Viking and Saxons in Eden
  • How the Victorians changed Penrith forever
  • Maths @Penrith and Eden Museum
  • WW2 @Penrith and Eden Museum
  • Draw to Explore
  • The Tudors

Our workshops cover the following subjects:


  • To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.


  • Place knowledge: local study.
  • Human and Physical geography: using basic geographical vocabulary.


  • Know where people and events fit within chronological framework.
  • Develop an awareness of the past and passing of time.
  • Use wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms.
  • Use parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features.
  • Some of the ways the past is represented.
  • Understand some of the ways we find out about the past.
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Toys and games

Toys and Games is an interactive session is fun using play, exploring and active learning chronological understanding.


  • Opportunities for spoken language.
  • Forming and articulating ideas.
  • Drama opportunities.

Ourselves: Finding out using our senses

Ourselves: Finding out using our senses is a handling session using seeing, hearing, smelling and feeling - active learning working towards chronological understanding.


  • Identify, name, the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.
  • Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.
  • Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock.
  • Describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials.

All session plans and risk assessment will be sent out before your visit.

Contact us to find out more about these workshops.

Last updated: Friday, 23 September, 2022.