Hampshire Cultural Trust

Homes and Discovery

A two hour programme for a maximum of two classes led by a facilitator – KS1
1:5 adult:pupil ratio requested

Information about the organisation of the session
The session is split up into two sessions, each lasting an hour. One is the ‘Homes’ session, the other is the ‘Discovery’ session both of which are led by a museum facilitator. Between one session and the next you will have the use of our lunchroom.

One hour long session for one class at a time (facilitated by museum staff)

Session objectives

  • To describe, using appropriate vocabulary, features, furniture and household objects from long ago.
  • To describe the characteristics of household objects from long ago.
  • To use clues to infer the uses of objects.
  • To become familiar with the key features of a room in a home long ago.
  • To encourage children to discover the museum’s domestic collections by handling, observing and asking questions.

Session outline

For the ‘Homes’ part of the session, the children will need to be divided up into five groups. Each group will need an adult helper to support them when working on the activities. This part of the day takes place in the 1930s area of the museum in the roomsets area. The idea of the roomsets is to show children what rooms in people’s houses would have looked like in the past. The displays have rooms from the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Please note: The children can get direct access to the 1950s living room but due to the fragile nature of the collections in the other roomsets, these are protected by low level rails.

The facilitator leading your session will introduce the children to the ‘Homes’ activity. They will explain that the children are here to learn about Homes from the past and to compare them with those from the present.

The facilitator will work with the whole class to help the children understand how long ago that rooms would have looked the way they do in the way they are displayed in the gallery. The children will then split up into five groups, each with an adult helper to participate in a range of activities.

Depending on the age of the children and the time available, the children will participate is some or all of the activities listed below:

  • Each group will be given a feely bag containing items relating to a particular domestic chore that might have taken place in our 1930s kitchen. By exploring the items in the feely bag, children have to work with their adult helper to guess which chore the items relate to. This feely bag will be on the theme of washing.
  • Using cards relating to washing in the 1930s kitchen, children have to work as a group to put the cards in the right order to tell the story of how washing would have been done in the 1930s. The facilitator of the session will then bring the class back together and lead a discussion about how washing would have been done in the 1930s.
  • Each group will then be given a mystery object from the 1930s kitchen and they have to work out what it is. Each group can then report back to the rest of the class what their mystery object is and how they worked it out.
  • Exploring the room sets from the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Each group with an adult helper will be given a pack of cards with different things to search for in the roomsets e.g. Find three things that people would have used in the past to help them cook their food.

Conclusion

At the end of the session the facilitator will lead a session to summarise the learning activity with the whole class.

Discovery

One hour long session for one class at a time

Session objectives

  • To provide activities appropriate for 5 – 7 year olds to help with exploration of the museum.
  • To engage in role play wearing Victorian costumes.
  • To use visual investigation to locate objects from our collections.
  • To follow clues to learn more about the museum’s Victorian collections.

Session outline

This part of the day takes place in the Victorian part of the museum. For this part of the session, the class will need to be divided into three groups who rotate around three activities, each lasting about 20 minutes. Each group needs an adult helper. The adult leading each group will be given information which tells them what the activities involve and which order they will do them in. A member of staff will be on hand to introduce the activities to the group and explain where the resources are to be found.

The activities

Dressing up

We have a range of Victorian outfits especially  for young children to dress up in with Velcro fastenings, that can be tried on over their normal clothing.  The clothes on the rail displays photographs of the outfits and each outfit hangs in its own bag.

Can You Find Me?

The aim of this activity is to explore the Victorian streets of the museum. The group doing this activity will be provided with a pack of cards. On one side of the card is a riddle relating to a particular exhibit in the museum e.g. the tram, the Railway station etc. The adult helper needs to read the riddle aloud to the group to see if they can work out what it is describing and then reveal the answer to the group. The answer can be found on the bottom right of the card. The adult helper needs to take the children to that part of the museum and turn over the card as on the other side there is some brief information explaining the exhibit and a question for the children to answer. There are a number of different cards to work through in this activity.

Victorian I Spy Trail

Use the visual I Spy Trail to find typical features of a Victorian street. Pupils will be asked to explore the streets with their adult, ticking off all the items on their trail as they see them.

Free time

When you have finished Homes and Discovery you may have some time left in the museum before you leave, which we call free time. You are welcome to explore any part of the museum you haven’t had the chance to see during the Homes and Discovery sessions, but please bear in mind other schools may have activities to complete in the museum with resources set out for them.

 

You will be visiting Milestones, Hampshire’s living history museum in Basingstoke, which is a large, modern building housing recreated streets and buildings from the Victorian period and the 1930s. You will be supporting a class of pupils participating in a two hour programme called Homes and Discovery.

The teacher organising the visit will give you a timetable for the day, as well as a copy of the museum’s Guidelines for Education groups.

A facilitator will meet you on arrival and you will be able to leave your coats and bags somewhere convenient and use the toilets.

The session is split up into two parts, each lasting an hour. One is the ‘Homes’ session and the other is the ‘Discovery’ session both of which are led by a museum facilitator. The ‘Homes’ session will take place in the 1930s area of the museum and the ‘Discovery’ session will take place in the Victorian area of the museum. In between one session and the next you will have the use of our lunchroom (tea/coffee facilities provided). You may also have some free time in the museum after your programme has finished.

Homes

This lasts for one hour and all members of the class (including adults) will have been asked to wash their hands in preparation for handling items from our collection. The session will focus on domestic chores that would have taken place in a 1930s home and will involve handling objects from our museum collection. The class will divide into five groups, each with an adult, and work through a series of activities guided by the facilitator at all times.

Discovery

This lasts for an hour, with the class breaking into three groups and rotating around three activities which each last 15 – 20 minutes. These activities are designed to encourage the children’s exploration of the museum. A member of museum staff will be on hand to introduce the activities and explain where the resources are to be found.

Morning Timetable
10am You will be met in Reception and shown to the Education Suite (pegs, lunchroom & toilets) where you can put your belongings away and visit the toilets
Class 1 will be asked to wash their hands
Once this is done, you will be taken into the museum and introduced to Milestones and your programme
10.30am Begin programme no later than 10.30am
Class 1 - Homes
Class 2 - Discovery
11.30am Lunch in the Education Suite lunchroom
Tea & coffee provided for adults
Class 2 will be asked to wash their hands
12.15pm Start second part of programme
Class 1 - Discovery
Class 2 - Homes
1.15pm End of programme - free time begins. Free time is the period between the end of your programme and when you leave Milestones. You are welcome to visit other areas of the museum during this time, but please remember other schools are likely to be visiting Milestones and using resources for the programmes they have booked.