Resources for Primary Schools
Primary School sessions at the Museum
Resources linked to the national curriculum - KS2 History & English (literacy)
1. World War I immersive hands-on session
The taught session will be a fun, memorable and vivid learning experience.
Students handle real objects and use dressing up materials.
It explores life at the Front - what it was like to be a soldier.
Looking at what different medals are for, Remembrance and commemoration.
Make a poppy and a medal activity.
Investigate and analyse objects and the main themes of the conflict
Take turns in dressing up
Handle and discuss real objects from the First World War
Make a Remembrance poppy and a commemorative medal
Improve knowledge and understanding of the First World War
Engage with the past and understand individuals’ experiences
Develop skills in questioning, listening and speaking
Create and make a piece of artwork
Most suited to older students
Max of 48 students on a visit
1½ hours just session
2 hours includes session plus time to look around the museum properly, go to the shop and toilets
There are four rooms in the museum, which is situated on the first floor of St John’s House.*
Pre-visits to the museum by teachers are strongly recommended.
There should be a minimum of one adult for every 6 students.
Teachers retain responsibility for the group at all times.
Comprehensive information about your visit will be sent to schools on booking a session.
This will include teacher’s notes, a museum plan and a risk assessment for school groups.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss your requirements
The toilets are located on the ground floor
The museum shop offers a wide range of educational gifts for children at reasonable prices.
*Please note the museum is on the first floor. We apologise that there is no lift, as the building is Grade I listed.
For further details
Tel: 01926 491653
2. Handling Boxes for loan
Bring history to life with real objects.
Make history more meaningful and exciting.
No need to just rely on two-dimensional images and facts from textbooks.
The boxes contain different objects and ephemera.
There are many real objects, but particularly the ephemera may be facsimile copies.
Includes guidance notes on how to handle the objects, brief descriptions of each object and possible ideas for activities.
• Remembrance Sunday:
May include sweetheart brooch, photos, next of kin plaques, medals, documents and letters.
• World War I:
May include jacket, soft cap, grenades (replica), next of kin plaque, medals, documents and letters
• Home Front:
May include games, toys, comics, magazines, photos, ARP badge, ration books and cigarette cards.
The objects can be used to help student’s chronological understanding, to put major events in a sequence and to gather information from different sources.
Through the handling sessions students will communicate their findings through speaking, writing and drawing.
The school must collect and return the boxes to the museum.
The boxes are loaned on a weekly basis (Monday to Friday) for which there is a £15.00 charge.
Some of the educational resources were developed with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
(Resources continue below)
3. Museum Explorer Worksheets
1. World War I museum explorer worksheets
2. World War II & famous people explorer worksheets
3. Victorian times explorer worksheets
The activity sheets are clear and easy to use.
4. Explore the Fusilier Museum with a trail pack
This option is part of a primary school visit to St John's Museum booked via Heritage and Culture Warwickshire (Warwickshire County Council).
Use the quiz cards and activity pack to guide yourself around the museum exhibits in groups.
This experience is facilitated by museum staff and volunteers on the first floor.
Ideally one adult member of staff or helper will accompany six school children.
Discover more about the Victorians and life during the time.
Find out where the saying ‘women and children first’ came from.
Learn about local history by finding out about the county infantry regiment and the stories of the Warwickshire soldiers.
Look at Lance Corporal William Amey, who lived in Leamington Spa and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery.
Immerse yourself in history and try on real uniforms.
Trace history from 1674 to the present day, including World War I & II displays.
Students will gain:
• Chronological understanding – place the Victorians in a timeline of British history.
• Change and continuity – talk about how life in the past was different from today and what is similar.
• Significance – have an understanding of the influence Victorian Britain on British culture today.
• Cause and consequence – understand the physical impact of tasks in the Victorian period.
Interested school groups please book directly with the Fusilier Museum
There is a £1 charge per child (adult staff and helpers are free)
Tel: 01926 491653
We can invoice schools and payments can be made via BACS.