The Tank Museum | Key Stage 2

Key Stage 2

Education Workshops for Years 3 to 6

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The Tommy in the Trenches workshop uses the Museum’s superb reconstructed trench system and items from the handling collection including uniforms, helmets, rifles, gasmasks and grenades to give students a real and immediate experience of what life was like for the average Tommy. The workshop explores how soldiers trained, what they ate, the uniform they wore and what it was like to live in a trench.

Goes well with: Real Life of a Warhorse, The First World War Tank Experience


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The Tank Museum is the only place in the world you can climb inside a real First World War Mark IV tank. This First World War Tank Experience workshop includes an interactive talk on why the tank was invented, how it worked and what life was like for the crew.

Goes well with: Tommy in the Trenches, Real Life of a Warhorse


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In Real Life of a War Horse, students will explore how animals were used in the conflict and use their findings to write the diary entry of a horse, donkey or mule at war. They will meet our replica cavalry horse ‘Blackjack’ and handle real kit and equipment worn by cavalry horses. They will visit the Museum’s War Horse to Horsepower exhibition to gather material for their diary entry, and have the opportunity to try on uniform worn by First World War soldiers.

Goes well with: Tommy in the Trenches, The First World War Tank Experience.


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What was Christmas like for soldiers in the trenches? The Christmas in the Trenches workshop uses drama and the Museum’s reconstructed trench system to explore Christmas on the Western Front and the ‘Christmas truce’ of 1914. There is the opportunity to get into character by trying on soldier’s uniform, kit and equipment. Pupils will also use artefacts from the Museum’s collection to discover what Christmas presents would be received by soldiers fighting on the front line. 

Goes well with: The First World War Tank Experience and Real Life of a Warhorse

Get Scheme of Work - What happened to Gunner Archie Smith? - free when you book two First World War workshops.

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Dealing with the Blitz and organisations such as the Home Guard, ARP and Women’s Land Army, in the Britain in the Second World War workshop pupils will explore the Museum’s extensive collection of Second World War artefacts. Pupils can try on a range of gas masks, helmets and uniforms and try out a real (and very loud!) hand-cranked air raid siren.

Goes well with: The 1940s House, The Funny Tanks of D-Day


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Discover what life was like at home in the Second World War inside a reconstructed 1940’s house and experience a ‘real’ air raid in an Anderson shelter. Pupils will find out how people in the 1940s grew food and planned their meals during rationing – the small sweet ration may be a surprise! They’ll explore the contents of an evacuee’s suitcase and recognise the difficult decisions families had to make when they sent their children away.

Goes well with: Britain in the Second World War, The Funny Tanks of D-Day


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Why did the Allies launch an invasion of France in 1944? In the Funny Tanks of D-Day workshop, pupils will use a model of a Normandy beach and their problem solving skills to find out how tanks were adapted to face the challenges of a beach landing. They will also have a go at making a ‘real’ 28 ton Sherman tank float.

Goes well with: Britain in the Second World War, The 1940s House.


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What was Christmas like on the Home Front? The Home Front Christmas workshop uses the Museum’s 1940s house to explore Christmas during the Second World War. Pupils will use artefacts from the Museum’s collection to discover what Christmas was like for children during the Second World War and create a home made wartime decoration.

Goes well with: Britain in the Second World War, The Funny Tanks of D-Day


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Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths workshops. Suitable for Upper Key Stage 2 pupils (Year 5 and 6).

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2 x Workshops

Using Lego Mindstorms pupils will work in teams to build a working set of tracks for a remote control tank and run it successfully over an obstacle course. Trouble with Tracks is a practical, hands on exploration of the role forces play in the design of tracked vehicles.


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New for 2019

Have a go at constructing a quarter size model of a tank from the Second World War – the Sherman Firefly! In this hands on activity, children will learn about the men who served in Shermans and assemble the tank from a number of key parts such as the hull, turret, guns, sprockets and suspension. Find out what each section does and how they work together. Engineering on a new Scale!

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New for 2019

Visit our newly built Conservation Workshop on selective days throughout the year. This will be a unique opportunity for pupils to get up close to the tanks that are being restored and maintained. Under supervision, children will be able to handle components from the tanks, discover how they are pieced together and learn why it is important to care for the collection. Qualified engineers will be on hand to answer any questions and encourage the children to take an interest in science and engineering. 

Dates available to be booked: 

  • 5th of June 2019 
  • 10th of July 2019 
  • 25th of September 2019 
  • 16th of October 2019 
  • 22nd of January 2020 
  • 12th of February 2020

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