image REME Museum Challenge

The Learning Team at the REME Museum know how difficult it is at the moment as we keep coping with the Covid-19 emergency. To help keep you in touch with all our education activities we have created downloadable worksheets, activities and videos covering REME history, World War Two and STEM topics.

We will post new resources on our new, dedicated page, on our Facebook page and on our Youtube channel. After you have taken part why not take a quick photo and share it with us on social media with the tag #rememuseumchallenge.

Stay tuned and stay safe!

image School Workshops – open for Bookings

The Museum is now open and we are now taking school bookings. Due to the current restrictions we are only offering two workshops but we also offer remote lessons via Zoom, Skype or Teams. We can also visit your school, with a Covid safe outreach session.  Our FAQ’s at the bottom of this page are there to answer some of your questions or for further details please contact enquires@rememuseum.org.uk

Whether you are looking to enhance STEM, history or creative writing classes, a trip to the REME Museum is an excellent choice for all ages.

Our school workshops are delivered by our Education Officer, Andrew, an experienced former teacher. Sessions are curriculum focused and delivered in our dedicated Education Suite or, when it’s sunny, in our extensive grounds.

Sessions cost just £5 per pupil and include an optional self-led Museum visit.

We have listed our most popular workshops below, but we are keen to work with you to tailor or develop sessions to meet your needs.

Free re-entry for pupils

We are offering every pupil that visits as part of a school trip unlimited free entry for 12 months after their workshop, when accompanied by a paying adult.

Simply show your child’s voucher, issued after their workshop, at the front desk and come back as many times as you like.

Once issued the voucher is valid for 12 months and cannot be used for delivered services such as school workshops or special activities like trails or assault course admittance.

Booking information

To discuss workshops, request more information or make a booking email Andrew Skelton at education@rememuseum.org.uk or call our enquiries line on 01249 894869.

Pre booking for school workshops is essential. If you are planning an informal visit for school-age children you may be interested in our Family fun and Resources pages.

We can host school workshops Monday through Friday. Some Saturday sessions are also available.

Sample risk assessments for workshops are available on request.

Pre-visits for teaching staff are free and encouraged. Please call ahead to let us know you are visiting.

Due to current Covid restrictions all workshops are restricted to 32 pupils. We can only accept one class bubble per visit.

Our sessions cost just £5 per pupil. Escorting adults go free. We charge a minimum of £100 for school groups.

We can also run our popular outdoor Assault Course for an extra £1 per pupil. This will be dependent on weather and group size. Please let us know in advance if you are interested in this option.

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Self-Powered Vehicle Challenge 

A great chance to get up close and better understand the vehicles used by the Army. This workshop tasks pupils to build their own self-powered vehicle in a Covid safe challenge. This Design and Technology workshop is adaptable for all KS2 and KS3 pupils.

Duration: 1+ hours, plus visit to the Museum galleries

KS2 and KS3 Curriculum links: D&T

Great teamwork design and technology outdoor session

Survival Shelters: KS2 D&T Workshop

An outdoor teamwork challenge exploring the key features of Army shelters. Students have the chance to build their own shelter in the Museum grounds, with shelters being tested with water to see how effective they are! A fun workshop exploring designed to help develop team building and co-operation.

Duration: 1+ hours, plus visit to the Museum galleries

KS2 Curriculum links: D&T, English (Spoken Language)

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REME and WW2: KS2 History Workshop

You start this workshop in our dedicated WW2 gallery, with its selection of objects and vehicles telling the story of the Corps of REME’s foundation in 1942. The students then split into two groups, with each group taking it in turns to work in the dedicated education suite, where they can focus on a number of different aspects of WW2 in a Covid safe handling session. All objects have been isolated for 72 hours prior to the workshop and children work independently with individual objects handled only by themselves.

Duration: 1+ hours, plus visit to the Museum gallerie

KS2 Curriculum links: History, English Literature

School Workshops – FAQ’s

Q: Are you allowing schools to visit the Museum?

A: REME Museum is ready to welcome school groups back to our engaging, modern and spacious museum, but we are offering a revised service to ensure we comply with the current Government Guidance. We have made some changes to our education sessions to ensure schools can learn in a safe and welcoming environment. Please read down or click the links to find out what we offer.

Q: How do I book a session?

A: Please contact the Education Officer at enquires@rememuseum.org.uk

Q: How do I find out about the sessions on offer?

A: REME Museum is currently offering two interesting and engaging sessions which explore STEM and World War II. The sessions include directed learning, fun activities and opportunities to explore the museum. Please contact us at enquiries@rememuseum.org.uk  for further details on the two workshops, there  availability and how to book.

Q: What are you doing to make the Education sessions Covid Safe?

A: We have taken lots of steps to make your school visit safe, welcoming and enjoyable. Staff will be wearing appropriate PPE, the education room undergoes regular and enhanced cleaning, and each school will have the museum to itself.

Q: What can I expect when I arrive at the museum?

A: On arrival, coaches can park in front of the museum in our extensive free car park. A member of staff will greet you and then you will be shown into the museum, where you will follow the Education Officer into the main gallery for a Health and Safety briefing.

Q: Will there be other visitors in the Museum during the schools visit?

A: No – the entire museum will be booked out to you for the duration of your visit.

Q: Will my class have to wear face coverings?

A: No, if you don’t wear face coverings in your school when in your bubble, you won’t have to here. The Education Officer and other Museum staff will wear face coverings throughout your visit for you and their safety.

Q: What other things are you doing to keep staff and visitors safe in the museum?

A: REME Museum is taking every step to look after our visitors and staff. All visitors are temperature checking on entry, staff wear face coverings in the museum, and exhibits are regularly cleaned down. To learn more about our new procedures, please see our general FAQ.

Q: I’m not ready to bring my class to the Museum yet, what other education services do you offer?

A: We understand that not every school is ready to visit our museum. We are happy to work with schools to explore other ways of working with you and supporting your learning, this can include Outreach Visits by our Education Officer. Please contact us at enquiries@rememuseum.org.uk and we’ll be happy to talk through your needs.

Q: How many pupils can we bring to the Museum?

A: We can accommodate a class bubble of up to a maximum of 32 pupils plus accompanying adults. We can only allow one class on site at a time.

Q: What is the price per pupil?

A: We have kept prices the same at £5 per pupil, plus they all receive free re-entry to the Museum for a year after their visit.

Q: What other facilities do you offer?

A: We can offer tailor-made goody bags from the Museum shop for your class and there is space for lunch to be eaten at the Museum, please contact us to discuss this further at enquiries@rememuseum.org.uk

Finally – we appreciate that arranging a school visit is a little more complicated than usual, and we are here to help. If you have any more questions, please contact enquiries@rememuseum.org.uk