NEW! Falmouth & the Packet Ships

“Fantastic … the mix of activities really engaged the children and got them thinking.”

Packet400(3)Duration: 2 hours, plus time to explore the Museum. Half-day visit with half-day ‘history and art’ walk option available.
Cost: £4.50 per pupil, adults free
Group Size: up to two classes

New KS2 Local History, Geography and English Workshop

In this hands-on history programme, children will explore the growth of Falmouth, the importance of its harbour and the role of the packet ships in placing Falmouth at the centre of a global communications network across the seas.

Teachers may choose from a range of hands-on, story-telling and role-play activities to investigate the role of the packet ships in the growth of Falmouth:

What were the packet ships?
Set in the interactive Falmouth Packet gallery, children will investigate a mix of original artefacts, paintings and reconstructions to build up a picture of the packets ships, how they were designed, where they went and the valuable cargoes they carried.

Life on board
An extension activity exploring life on board a packet ship, the dress of a captain and an ordinary sailor.

Pirates or privateers?
Using story-telling, historical paintings and careful observation, this session illustrates the story of the dramatic attack on the packet ship Windsor Castle by a French privateer.

A practical, hands-on activity in which children learn how to make rope, and why rope was such an important industry in Falmouth and throughout Cornwall.

FREE ‘History and Art Walk’ half-day option, run by Falmouth Art Gallery
Schools have the option to extend and enrich their local studies with a half-day ‘history and art walk’ around Fox Rosehill Gardens, run by Falmouth Art Gallery.

The focus of the walk can be tailored to your needs, but the main themes concentrate on ‘Local Artists in Falmouth’ as well as discovering tales of the ‘Victorian Plant Hunters’ in Falmouth. A wet weather option is available. Subject to availability.

Curriculum links
KS2 Local History, Geography and Art

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