Key Stage 2

Take part in an interactive school workshop, guided tour or use our self-guided resources as you and your pupils explore the SS Great Britain and discover more about Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

To book your school visit please complete the enquiry form at the bottom of this page, or contact the Bookings Team at groups@ssgreatbritain.org

School Workshops and Tours

Our interactive school workshops are led by a member of the Education Team and intended for up to 30 children per session.

Brunel and his Ship

Duration: 1 Hour

Location: Medlock Education Centre

Travel back in time to Victorian Bristol! Tackle one of Brunel’s challenges by helping to build the SS Great Britain and discover what it was like to attend the launch of the famous ship.

Brunel the Engineer

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Medlock Education Centre and Being Brunel

Explore some of the projects Brunel worked on as an engineer. Discover why he made changes to the design of the SS Great Britain and make her steam-powered screw propeller turn!

Then head into Being Brunel to hunt for original historic objects linked to the man and his work.

Passenger Investigation (For Years 5 & 6)

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Medlock Education Centre

Who travelled on the SS Great Britain and what was it like?

Use replica objects and original historic artefacts to discover the stories behind the passengers who made life changing journeys on the SS Great Britain.

Victorians at Sea

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Medlock Education Centre

Set off on a 60-day voyage to Australia on board the SS Great Britain and find out how the Victorians kept busy on the long journey.

Examine objects, play games, try out dip pens and be amazed by scientific illusions!

Guided Tour of The Ship

Location: Onboard the SS Great Britain

Find out about the SS Great Britain’s long and adventurous life, discover passengers and crew stories as you explore the ship with our knowledgeable volunteer tour guides.

Tours are free for schools on top of admission costs, and subject to availability.

Self-guided Resources

These free resources have been designed to enhance your school visit and support students to explore the site. Please print your required resources and bring them with you on your visit.

Explore Everywhere

Duration: Flexible

Location: Anywhere

There is so much to discover and explore at Brunel’s SS Great Britain! These fun, simple and flexible challenge cards help children engage with their surroundings.

We recommend one set per group of children.

Download Explore Everywhere

*For best results, set your printer to “flip on long edge” and to “actual size”. Print in A4 landscape, double-sided and in colour. Then cut into cards.

Explore Art Everywhere

Duration: Flexible

Location: Anywhere

Arts and creativity are everywhere at Brunel’s SS Great Britain! These fun, simple and flexible challenge cards help children explore and identify art forms present in their surroundings.

We recommend one set per group of children.

Download Explore Art Everywhere

*For best results, set your printer to “flip on long edge” and to “actual size”. Print in A4 landscape, double-sided and in colour. Then cut into cards.

Brunel’s Curiosity Quest

Duration: approximately 30 minutes

Location: Being Brunel Museum

Have fun and learn more about Isambard Kingdom Brunel with Brunel’s Curiosity Quest! This self-guided activity encourages your group to explore Being Brunel whilst they carry out a range of open-ended tasks, including hunting for objects and drawing a circle in a moving train carriage.

Download Brunel’s Curiosity Quest

Download the Teacher’s Guide

Enquiry Form

Use the form below to enquire about booking your school visit. Please provide as much information as possible to help the Bookings Team with checking availability.

School Enquiry

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