This activity focuses on George Stephenson and the early development of the railways.
It tells the story of how and why the first engines developed, introducing children to the different parts of the engine and explaining how they work. The activity builds on the story that as a child, George Stephenson used to make clay models of the engines he would one day go on to build. Supported by the Waggonway staff, children will make their own model of an engine from air dry clay to take back to school.
This activity supports students to:
- Gain an understanding of how and why steam engines were developed.
- Understand how steam engines work.
- Get to know about George Stephenson and his role in the development of the steam engine.
- Appreciate how important the North East of England was in the early development of the railways.
Children will have the opportunity to ride on the train pulled by the engine. The engine runs from 11.30, so the first group in the day may need to return to the Waggonway after lunch for their train ride.
The activity relates to the topics of transport, steam engines and George Stephenson. It links to KS1 History and the study of the life of a significant individual in the past who contributed to national and international achievements.
Target Age: Reception, Key Stage 1
Cost: £35 per session
Duration: 1 hour
Group size: Half class