‘This has been one of the best workshop-based trips I’ve taken a class to. The staff have been so informative and helpful. The children have learned so much about the past and how clues help to tell us of events. Thank you.’ Year 4 teacher, All Saints Primary

We offer a variety of imaginative and hands-on workshops on poetry, the life of Wordsworth, diary writing and more – download the primary brochure here or read more below. All workshops include admission to Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum.

Workshops

Early Years/Key Stage 1:

Animals Alive
Bring poetry to life with your pupils as they explore Dove Cottage dressed as robins, learning about the animals that lived here with the Wordsworths. This workshop is ideal for building movement and language skills through imaginative play and performance with the under-7s. 


Key Stage 1 and 2

Who was William Wordsworth?
This interactive workshop introduces the life and times of William Wordsworth to young children. It helps them understand how long ago he lived, why he was famous, and what life was like here in Grasmere over 200 years ago. Children can try on clothes, handle historic objects, and listen to poetry in the inspiring setting of Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum. 

Key Stage 2:

Living Letters
A hands-on writing workshop aimed at developing your pupils’ letter-writing skills by looking at life in the Lake District in the early 19th century. This workshop is ideal for encouraging even the most reluctant writers to pick up a quill and put ink to paper! 

Narrative Poetry
How can a poem tell a story? This workshop helps pupils develop an understanding of rhyme, plot and characterisation by exploring Wordsworth’s narrative poetry. Ideal for supporting the teaching of narrative poetry in the classroom, this workshop focuses on the poem ‘Lucy Gray’ or ‘Goody Blake and Harry Gill’. 

Dear Diary
William Wordsworth wasn’t the only writer to live in Dove Cottage – Dorothy also wrote her Grasmere Journals there, and this workshop focuses on the art of writing diaries. It is ideal for helping pupils to improve their independent writing skills as they develop techniques to engage their audience and record their own experiences. 

Cumbrian Characters
Pupils dramatize a day in the life of William Wordsworth in their quest to understand how he became a poetic genius in a time before compulsory education. This workshop brings history to life by developing drama skills and perfectly complements Local History or Local Heroes study topics.

Firelight Poets
This creative writing workshop gives pupils the unique opportunity to write poetry inspired by Dove Cottage, exploring the atmospheric, fire-lit rooms and gardens as they compose their own poems.  Pupils learn about different types of poems and how they were written before creating their own work to take back to the classroom.

Battle in the cause of liberty?
Ideal for complementing a study of World War I, this workshop looks at the way wars since Wordsworth’s time have shaped the work of famous writers. It culminates in a lively debate led by your students as they strengthen their public speaking and communication skills. Suitable for upper key stage 2 only. 

Walk: Let Nature Be Your Teacher
This walk is a great way for pupils to get to know and understand the landscape around Dove Cottage which so inspired the Wordsworths. Including lots of activities designed to help pupils gain a different perspective on the natural world, this walk is suitable for all levels of fitness and can take place along an alternative route suitable for wheelchair users.

Costs

A visit to the Wordsworth Trust costs £6 per pupil for a full day session or £4 per pupil for a half-day session. Staff-led walks cost an additional £1.50 per pupil. Accompanying adults are free of charge and we recommend you bring a minimum of 1 adult per 10 children (1 adult per 6 children minimum for under-7s). These prices are valid throughout 2017. Please contact us to check prices if you want to book a session after this date.

To book please call 015394 35544 or use our contact form

Assisted Needs and Mixed Age Groups
All workshops can be adapted to fit the needs of any class and any ability including Family Learning groups. The workshops can also be adapted for classes with a mixed age range. Please contact us to discuss how we can help your class to get the best from their visit: call 015394 35544 or use our contact form

Outreach
We can bring any of our workshops to you. These could include dressing up, object handling, letter writing or poetry writing. Outreach sessions are free if you book an onsite visit. 

CPD
We are currently developing a CPD programme for teachers including sessions on Historical Enquiry and Poetry.