School Visits

Early Years weighing granite

Graduate & teacher testing water wheels

Learning here is very different from school. No desks and chairs, no computers. It’s more like outdoor play time, than work time!

The content is based on what we receive in your Enquiry Form, but every visit starts in a similar manner. A class is broken into small groups, each with its own research tasks. This helps them to become familiar with the site and the main mining stories. But there is another very important reason for the first activity – it enables our story-teller/guide to know names, characters and behaviours, which is a very important aspect of preparing to walk safely in the woods.

The following 3 films, made with Gorran Primary School, give a sense of the excellent team-work that can develop during the day.

Rocks and Ores come first in our research.

Wheels and mine machines, driven by water come next

We always look forward as well as back, to help achieve a greener future.

After the practical challenges comes a quieter period of listening to stories, often with a song, in the shed. We encourage everyone to have a substantial snack at this time, in readiness for the walk to come.

Junior age workshops
The miners’ shed with fire pit
1800s STEM = Hydro

GROUP SIZE & PRACTICAL ARRANGEMENTS

Each visit is very much tailored to the needs of the group, so that we can give targeted help to young people requiring a ‘re-set’ after home learning and lock-downs. The length of day will be a maximum of 5 hours, including a long walk, for those of sufficient stamina/fitness. You may choose to specialise in any curriculum area, either historic, creative, STEM or Green Awareness. A PDF, to enable follow-up work, and worksheets for the Blue Peter Green badge, will be included in the agreed price (starts from £50 for one hour, up to £225 for 5 hours).

email your enquiry – enquiry@themeadowbarns.co.uk

Transport-wise, we can accommodate 2 mini-buses and a couple of staff cars. If you prefer to book a full-size bus for a class, the activities can only begin and end at Ponts Mill public car park. You will then walk to Meadow Barns for a long lunch stop and on through the woods for the afternoon. With advance notice we can also make a plan for limited mobility students, who normally would join in for the shed stories and be driven to the valley car park, where there is a new wheel-chair friendly path below the viaduct.

For primary schools it may be possible to receive funding assistance towards transport costs from the Cornwall Heritage Trust. https://www.cornwallheritagetrust.org/apply/