Special Schools

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Take part in a sensory-focused, interactive school workshop, a 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 enquire about a school visit, complete the enquiry form at the bottom of this page.

We also have a range of resources, including Visual Stories and Sensory Guides, to support your pupils here.

“This was a wonderful trip for our pupils who all have SEN. The staff were so lovely and helpful. From us all a HUGE thank you!” – Special school class teacher

School Workshops and Tours

Our interactive school workshops for special schools are led by the Education Team. We can tailor sessions to suit the specific needs of your pupils. Once a workshop has been booked the Education Team will contact you to discuss this.

Brunel and His Ship (SEND)

Duration: 30 to 60 minutes – depending on need

Location: Medlock Education Centre

  1. Explore a range of Brunel’s projects
  2. Discover what makes the SS Great Britain so special
  3. Find out how the ship was built, and have a go at riveting
  4. Dress up to re-enact the launch of the ship in 1843

Life at Sea (SEND)

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Medlock Education Centre

  1. Discover what people saw, did, heard and even smelt while travelling on the SS Great Britain.
  2. Take part in a range of sensory based activities – play with traditional Victorian toys, explore smells and sounds of the ship, and dress up like a Victorian.

Guided Tour of the Ship (SEND)

Duration: Up to an hour

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 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

Dockyard Museum Hunt

Duration: approximately 30 minutes

Location: Dockyard Museum

Hunt for objects and discover more about the SS Great Britain. This self-guided activity is based in the Dockyard Museum and will get the children exploring the museum while looking for real objects from the ship’s past.

Download the Dockyard Museum Hunt

Captain’s Trail

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Ship

Equipment: 1 Pencil and clipboard per printed trail

Explore the SS Great Britain and complete tasks as the “Captain” of the ship using the Captain’s Trail. With 5 versions, each with a different starting place onboard, this self-led activity will allow your class to discover the SS Great Britain in smaller adult-led groups.

Each version of the trail has an adult guide to accompany it with facts and information about the ship.

Children do not need their own trails; we recommend 1 or 2 trails per small group.

Download the Captain’s Trails

Download the Adult Guides

Enquiry Form

Please use the form below to provide as much information as possible to help the Bookings Team with checking availability.

If your desired date is available and the team have all the required information, your visit will be booked immediately and a confirmation letter sent via email.

If the date or time are unavailable, one of our team will be in touch as soon as possible with alternate dates/times.

School Enquiry

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