This was, by far, the best visit we've brought the students on. Exceptionally good!Southfield Technology College, year 10 teacher

Want to bring literature and history alive for your students? Book a poetry session with a published poet, learn about the life and works of William Wordsworth, and explore the landscape of the Lakes on a local guided walk.  All workshops for secondary schools use Dove Cottage, the museum and our research centre to develop creative thinking, visual and verbal literacy and research skills, as well as prepare students for their GCSE and A-level exams – download the brochure here. All workshops include admission to Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum.

Workshops

Introducing William Wordsworth
Who was William Wordsworth and why are his poems so important? This workshop introduces students to Wordsworth in the context of his time and explores some of his well-known poems. This workshop can include a focused study of any specific poem that the students will be studying, so do let us know which poems you’d like us to focus on when you book. 

Ideal for: students starting to study Wordsworth’s poetry; those studying auto/biography as a topic.

Real Live Writers
Want the opportunity to develop your students’ creative and critical skills with a published poet? Book one of our memorable Real Live Writers sessions to give your students the chance to develop their own writing skills and knowledge of poetry in the inspiring setting of Dove Cottage. The workshops are led by an award-winning contemporary writer. There are some additional costs attached to this option.

Ideal for: students who are keen to develop their own creative writing skills, particularly those studying the new A-level in Creative Writing.

How to Read a Poem
Help your students prepare for their exams in a practical and engaging way in this workshop which concentrates on critical examination of relevant poetry from students’ exam syllabuses. It also helps students to develop tips and tricks for tackling the unseen paper.

Ideal for: students starting to study poetry at GCSE.

Battle in the cause of liberty?
Ideal for complementing a study of World War I or war poetry, this workshop looks at the way in which 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.

Ideal for: students studying poetry on the theme of Conflict.

Living Letters
This creative writing workshop gives students the unique opportunity to write poetry inspired by Dove Cottage, exploring the atmospheric, fire-lit rooms and gardens as they compose their own poems.  Students learn about different literary techniques and the poetry of Wordsworth before creating their own work to take back to the classroom.

Ideal for: students of any age and stage.

Firelight Poets
This creative writing workshop gives students the unique opportunity to write poetry inspired by Dove Cottage, exploring the atmospheric, fire-lit rooms and gardens as they compose their own poems.  Students learn about different literary techniques and the poetry of Wordsworth before creating their own work to take back to the classroom.

Ideal for: students of any age and stage.

Walk: Let Nature Be Your Teacher
This interactive walk is a great way for students to get to know and understand the landscape around Dove Cottage which so inspired the Wordsworths. Including lots of activities designed to help students 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.

Assisted Needs and Mixed Age Groups
All workshops can be adapted to fit the needs of any class and any ability. 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.

Costs
A visit to the Wordsworth Trust costs £7 per secondary student for a full day session or £5 per secondary student for a half-day session. Staff-led walks cost an additional £2.50 per pupil. Accompanying adults are free of charge and we recommend you bring a minimum of 1 adult per 10 students. These prices are valid until December 2017. Please contact us to check prices if you want to book a session after this date.

To book call 015394 35544 or email enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk. 

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.