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.

We also offer bespoke sessions, so get in touch!/p>

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
  • People from the Past
  • Toys and Games
  • Ourselves:Finding out using our senses
  • Our Eden:A look at the world outside

Key Stage 2

  • Walking before the dinosaurs
  • From Neolithic to now a journey in time in the Eden Valley and beyond, can include a visit to Long Meg.
  • From the Stone Age to Iron Age
  • Roman Empire and its impact on Eden
  • Viking and Saxons in Eden
  • How the Victorians changed Penrith forever
  • People from the past
  • A is for Architecture and B is for Buildings
  • 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.

Complete the Penrith and Eden Museum school visit enquiry form (PDF: 166Kb / 1 page) to find out more about these workshops or contact

For further information on KS1 and KS2 Workshops contact the Penrith and Eden Museum Curators.

Last updated: Tuesday, 9 August, 2022.