Get involved with the force of friction and how it affects moving objects. Explore what forces interact and how different surface materials and lubricants affect the amount of friction that is generated. This experiment aims to consolidate understanding of what friction is and how it is created, with specific application to the movement of trains. It helps inspire critical thinking skills through considering what variables increase or decrease this everyday force.
Pupils will be challenged to explain why changes of state are needed to move a steam train. Investigate which fuel gives the most energy when it is burned. This activity aims to reinforce understanding of states of matter and how temperature dictates a chemical’s state. It encourages pupils to think about and consider the importance of variables in an investigation and how it is necessary to control these when carrying out a fair test.
Learn about and explore the life of a tree, using your observation skills to find the different types of inhabitants who live on, under and around the tree, and then record your findings. You will also learn about how these creatures co-exist and are part of a life cycle.
It’s a race against the clock as students work in teams to budget for and build a railway bridge from various materials which will be strong enough to hold a wooden train track to get their engine from one side of the bridge to the other. Each team will be given a design brief to work from. Through this challenge students will understand that some shapes and materials are stronger than others, weak materials can be made stronger with good design techniques and that distribution of mass is an important consideration when building structures. They will also learn project management skills.
Pupils will use a train timetable to plan a day on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. They will use their understanding of timetables to workout which stations they can visit in the time available. Information will be provided about the heritage and possible activities at each station, which will enable the children to make an informed choice about how to plan their day out.
This session will take the children back in time to the world of The Railway Children where they can use their imagination whilst learning about the story. They will go on an exciting train ride to discover all about the book and film, and also be given the chance to explore and investigate some of the places and locations where the children lived and played in the film. Additionally, they will be given the opportunity to see one of the engines and carriages that featured in the film.
Join the Keighley & Worth Valley bears for a day of fun and adventure. In the morning step on-board the train and have an adventure through the changing scenery and landscapes to Oxenhope Station and back. Hopefully you and your teddy will have managed to spot some of our animal friends along the line. When you arrive back at Ingrow West Station you will be able to enjoy your very own teddy bears picnic on-board one of our special carriages in the Carriage Works. After lunch in the Learning Coach, it is time for Story Corner and to hear a special story about a day of adventure for our bears, Grizzly, Bouncer, Honey and Boo on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Depending on time you will get to do one of the following craft activities: Make your own bear out of cardboard and origami paper, Peg doll bear, Teddy bear badge, Pebble painting, Name tag for Teddy bear.
*We encourage every child to bring their own teddy bear.
The Children will be able to explore the fascinating bygone era of the Victorians – what the children wore, ate, things they did on a visit to the seaside, and they will also look at how they got to their destination. They will examine the differences and similarities between Victorian holiday makers and their own. The children will be encouraged to wear Victorian clothes for this enlightening session.
Explore what it was like to be a child evacuated during World War II. Why were children evacuated to Keighley and where were they evacuated from? How did they get here? How would you feel if you had to live with strangers in a different part of the country? Children will also learn about wartime rationing and its impact on everyday life and how the government worked hard to confuse the enemy by finding creative ways to disguise important places and buildings
This workshop is designed to be taught in two sections where the groups change after lunch. The class would be split into two groups with one group learning about the industrial aspects of the railways and the other group would explore the social and leisure aspects as well as key events such as war and the British Empire.
Industrial Aspects: Explore how and why the railways were created, the impact that this had on the industrial and economic fabric of Great Britain and how this evolved over time. From the height of the railways and the industrial revolution, through to their decline and current renaissance, the railways have had an instrumental impact on the history of the country.
Social and Leisure Aspects: Discover the impact that the railways have had on the history of Great Britain. Understand how leisure and commercial travel were affected by the railways and how they were instrumental in building the British Empire. Explore how they played an important role during wartime, including the vital role women played on the railways during conflict.