Activities for Schools
​​The Museum has developed very strong relationships with several local schools, and we are always happy to accomodate students in whatever way suits an individual school, or particular students. We have a number of approaches (see a couple below), but the key to successful visits is to have a conversation with us so we can tailor what we offer to your needs. If you would like to visit, or see what might be possible, do get in touch.
The museum is also an Arts Council England approved Arts Awards centre, with two qualified Arts Award coaches. We can take students from 5 to 200 through Arts Awards qualifications, from Discover and Explore to Bronze, Silver and Gold. As the student progresses through the awards, they are able to build up points that count towards their university UCAS points.
PLEASE NOTE: We recommend that children come with wet weather gear and good shoes or wellies. 
We have a small shop but would not recommend anymore than £5 per child. These are low-cost nature crafts, pencils, postcards etc. 

​​Theme: A Bevis Adventure
At Coate Water and the Richard Jefferies Museum.
A day exploring parts of the story of Bevis by Richard Jefferies. A study of location and the imagination: story-mapping, character development, language and description. 
9:30 to 9:45 – Introductions. Some safety talk. 
9:45 to 10:00 – Explore the gardens, gather ideas, run about. Collect things for stories. 
10:00 to 10:30 – Museum tour and some background to the life of Richard Jefferies and his autobiographical character Bevis.  
10:30 to 10:45 – Snack and runabout. 
10:45 to 12:00 – Explore Bevis land with map by EH Shepherd, and staorytelling. Discussion of real life and fiction. How the imagination can enhance real experience. Language, description, character and dialogue. 
12:00 to 12:30 – Lunch
12:30 to 1:15 – GROUP 1: Work with an artist to create 3D story map. 
12:30 to 1:15 – GROUP 2: Work with a writer to create an adventiure story. Words and pictures.
1:15 to 14:00 – GROUP 1: Work with a writer to create an adventure story. Words and pictures. 
1:15 to 14:00 – GROUP 2: Work with an artist to create 3D story map. 
14:00 – FULL GROUP sharing and summing up and goodbyes. 
Up to thirty (approx) students of any age can be accommodated.
Theme: Wood Magic
At the Richard Jefferies Museum.
Exploration of the story of Wood Magic by Richard Jefferies. Follow the Wood Magic trail with storytelling and adventure through woodland, orchard, garden, Victorian farm out-buildings, old cottage and the museum itself. 
9:30 to 9:45 – Introductions. Some safety talk. 
9:45 to 10:00 – Explore the gardens, gather ideas, run about. Collect things for stories. Find the animals on the trail through a story-hunt. 
10:00 to 10:30 – Museum tour and background to the life of Richard Jefferies and the book. 
10:30 to 10:45 – Snack and runabout. 
10:45 to 12:00 – Wood Magic Story trail with tour and stories.
12:00 to 12:30 – Lunch
12:30 to 1:15 – The Cunning Spider storytelling and discussion.
1:15 to 14:00 – Write animal stories/poems. Create artwork. 
14:00 –  sharing and summing up and goodbyes. 
Up to thirty (approx) students of any age can be accommodated.