Wooden World Workshops

About the workshops

Our exciting teaching programme 'The Wooden World' was devised by The 1805 Club in association with Jerome Monahan, an acclaimed independent educational consultant. It brings the world of life on board wooden warships of Nelson's Navy straight into the classroom for young people, via the media of art, literature, drama, music and film.


We have a limited number of free workshops available in 2019 and 2020 for publicly-funded schools situated along The Trafalgar Way. Please contact us via the link below for details.

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Joining in with 'Jack Nasty-face'
Year 2 pupils enjoy expressing themselves in the interactive workshop for Key Stage 1, alongside 'Jack Nasty-face' aka Peter Warwick, Chairman of The 1805 Club.

In 2018 The 1805 Club launched an education programme, the key aims of which are:

  • to inspire the imagination of children and young people
  • to ignite young people's interest and encourage them to go on to find out more information, not only about Nelson but about the Georgian Navy and its personnel of all ranks.

Our teaching programme 'The Wooden World' explores the life at sea of the Georgian Navy together with the story of Nelson. This package of active learning resources can be used flexibly as a whole-day or half-day workshop or as a series of lessons. The resources are highly creative and open-ended, including active drama and film studies, art appreciation, creative writing and history, and are designed not only to further historical knowledge and understanding, but are focused on developing transferable literacy skills together with building confidence and personal resilience.

 

Following its very successful launch and first workshop for a group of able students aged 10, these teaching resources have been further developed for use across the full age and ability range of students in Key Stages 2 and 3 (7 to 14) and further pilot workshops have been run in a number of primary schools. 


What they said about the workshops... 

Pupils and teachers have received the workshops very positively:   

"I learnt so many things today, I just can't list them."

"It was a very positive experience for the whole class."

"Some of the generally more reluctant writers were keen to put pen to paper."

"The pupils we usually struggle to keep on task stayed enthralled for the whole day."

"The children loved the drama activities and some children who are normally reluctant were happy to participate."

Leah, age 6: "I loved the bit when we were acting out from a picture when Nelson died. Thank you for teaching us about the Battle of Trafalgar."

Hallie, age 6: "I liked the part when we were half-fish, half-horse."
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Key Stage 1

For younger pupils, there is something for everyone to enjoy in a Wooden World session, with opportunities to sing a shanty, perform ship-board duties and even re-enact the Battle of Trafalgar on plastic chairs. It is fantastic to see how well children as young as six years old soak up new ideas and challenging concepts and vocabulary.

Year 2 teacher Laura: "The material included in the day has given me vast amounts of information to enrich the curriculum."
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Key Stage 2

At Key Stage 2 the workshop provides a source of enrichment for pupils, giving them excellent opportunities for speaking and listening and developing their literacy and visual literacy. It also addresses such generic issues as leadership as exemplified by key incidents from Nelson's life.
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Key Stage 3

The Wooden World workshop ties in with the Key Stage 3 history curriculum, in particular dovetailing with topics within the "Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901" area of study. It has proved a rich resource for pupils, giving them excellent opportunities for speaking and listening and developing their literacy and visual literacy.  It also addresses such generic issues as leadership as exemplified by key incidents from Nelson's life.

Book a workshop


Book below or for more information get in touch by emailing kathy@thetrafalgarway.uk