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Schools and learning

Our educational sessions

Our sessions support KS1 and KS2, early years and special educational needs (SEN).

We focus on national history and local history. We also support British values, design, literacy and science.

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Accessibility and learning styles

Our sessions appeal to a combination of learning styles including visual, aural and kinesthetic. Children will hear staff talk about the subject and are encouraged to ask and answer questions. They will have the chance to try hands-on activities using tools of the leather trade.

We encourage teachers and parents/carers to work with us to make sure we pitch our sessions at the right learning age.

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Stitching and stamping activities

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This document covers the following activities:

  • Make a dinosaur finger puppet          
  • Make a Roman satchel
  • Make a Viking purse
  • Make a leather heart 
  • Active parts of the museum tour - keyfobs, dog collar punching and rivetting
  • General use of knives and scissors

Mask-making

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This document covers the following activities:

  • Make an Ancient Egyptian mask
  • Make a fantasy mask
  • Make a Tudor doctor's mask

Teddy / Chinese dragon / Shadow puppet-making

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This document covers the following sessions and activities:

  • Make a teddy bear
  • Toys from the past
  • Make a Chinese dragon
  • Make a shadow puppet

Bracelet-making / Object detectives

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This document covers the following sessions and activities:

  • Object Detectives - Prince Rupert bit
  • Make a braided bracelet
  • Make a friendship bracelet

Clay-moulding activities

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This document covers the following activities:

  • Make an Ancient Egyptian canopic jar
  • Make a Stone Age necklace

Saxon writing

Sister Dora / Victorian music hall / The Walsall zeppelin raid

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This document covers the following sessions:

  • Sister Dora session
  • Victorian music hall session
  • The Walsall zeppelin raid session

Guided walks

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This document covers the following sessions:

  • Medieval Walsall guided walk
  • British Values session 2
  • The Victorians guided walk

 

Work experience students

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The standard of our work is accredited, and we have twice won the Sandford Award for excellence in museum education.

Feedback from teachers:

"The pupils have thoroughly enjoyed working with the fantastic skilled adults who led the day. They were completely focussed and engaged in the activity, which was broken down into small steps, enabling all the children to achieve. Some children who find it extremely difficult to focus on activities for more than 10 minutes have been completely engrossed."

Walsall teacher

"The Leather Museum has provided us with a range of sessions related to topics relevant to our curriculum. David has also played a part in the development of our curriculum, keen to build in children a pride of Walsall. We have had a focus on relating as many of our curriculum topics as possible to the local area and the Leather Museum has been instrumental in that. Sessions included reenactments of Sister Dora and also a Suffragettes session where children were immersed in the history of the topics. The children enjoyed the opportunity to dress in various costumes and all sessions have been of a very high quality and enjoyed by both children and staff."

Walsall teacher

"Thank you for the lovely day yesterday. The children and the staff thoroughly enjoyed it. Please could you extend our thanks to your staff, who made us feel so welcome."

Walsall teacher

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