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An Education Day and the National Curriculum

The Education Day at the North Mill is easily adaptable for KS1, KS2 and Secondary school pupils. Our package is delivered by qualified teachers and we have a variety of activities (in case of typical British weather) indoors and outdoors that can be tailored and focused to your needs. 

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KS1 Curriculum: 

  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality

KS2 Curriculum:

  • A local history study
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066  (a significant turning point in British history, for example, the industrial revolution.)

KS3 Curriculum:

  • Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901
  • Britain as the first industrial nation – the impact on society
  • A local history study.

There are cross curricular links in our packages for all ages, including:

English: Can you empathise with the mill workers? Write diary entries, stories, poems, recounts and newspaper articles about events at the Mill. Design a new brochure for the mill, or job advertisements for mill workers. The English links are endless!

Maths: from estimating/counting the number of windows (KS1), the number of bricks (KS2) needed to make a mill, to calculating how many metres of thread a bale of cotton will make once spun (KS3 and above), maths was an integral part of milling and can be applied once back in the classroom after your visit.

Design Technology: Why did Mr Strutt build his mill here? Could you do a better job? Designing and making mills can be a fantastic activity for all ages!

Science: Water power, plain and simple! There is also the science of cotton growing that can be incorporated into pre/post-trip learning.

Textiles: For KS3 pupils, it doesn’t have to be history that brings you to Strutt’s! Those studying Textile design can explore the Derwent Valley to see the various products made: from Derby’s Silk, to Belper’s Cotton and beyond.

Geography: Look at the linear layout of Belper, why was it built that way? Take a stroll around the river gardens and look at the physical and human geographical properties of the area. Suitable for upper Key stage 2 and 3.

Art: Can you remake the mill in a variety of mediums? How about a clay version of our stone pillars that we have in the basement? Or a collage of the weir and river?

A typical day at Strutt’s could include:

  • A walk around the watercourse and the river gardens and discuss water power: how it’s used and why.
  • Heading into the gallery and learning about the Strutt family, how the mill came to be and its importance in the industrial revolution.
  • Exploring the history of cotton – how it is grown and where, exporting and importing, uses of cotton.
  • Becoming a mill worker! Learn about the different roles within the mill and the wider community. Who will get to play Mr Strutt and wear the gaffer’s hat?!
  • Visiting the local millworkers housing (weather, time and relevance to your pupils’ learning dependent).

Please note: while we lead the visits, the behaviour of the children is the responsibility of the school staff accompanying the children.

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