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School visits to Bursledon Windmill

School visits (Visits available from March-November)

Bursledon Windmill welcomes young visitors. Although we are closed to the public during the week, we open by arrangement for schools who have booked a visit.

Bursledon is a working mill using wind energy to make stone-ground flour. There are only 15 windmills in Britain which work regularly and our mill is unique in Hampshire as it is the only complete windmill remaining in the County.

As well as our tower windmill, we also have Chineham Barn, Hiltingbury Granary, a pond and grounds. By using all the buildings and features of our site, we’re able to support a wide range of classroom topics. The most popular workshops are described below, but please enquire if you are interested in using the windmill for a Local History Study or if you would like a Geography focussed workshop or an Environmental Science workshop.

KS1

The Little Red Hen & the Grain Chain

KS1 Cross-curricular (Science, DT and others)

The Little Red Hen wants to make some bread – but no-one wants to help! Find out how she does it in our hands-on session, where children investigate the grain chain through studying the life cycle of wheat from seed to harvest and having a go at threshing, winnowing and grinding the grain into flour, and eating some bread at the end! Meet the mice and rats who want to eat the grain and the owl who wants to eat them! Learn about wind power in the real setting of the windmill.

A two hour session led by an expert facilitator.

KS2

Flour Power

KS2 Cross-curricular (Science, PSHE, DT and others)

Just how does a loaf of bread end up on our table? Explore the grain chain, energy transfer, food chains and healthy eating through hands-on activities. Discover the life cycle of wheat from seed to harvest. Have  a go at threshing, winnowing and grinding wheat and see a real application of wind power in a windmill tour. Consider the properties of the materials used in the mill, barn and granary. Or focus on flour, healthy eating and calorie balance, or on a Celebrations theme at harvest time! Plenty of different options to suit your topic.

A two hour session led by an expert facilitator.

 

Important Information

Hazard Information - to support risk assessment:

  • There is only one toilet and one wash basin on the windmill site at present.

  • Children will need to dress warmly outside of the summer months and wear non-slip footwear.

  • There is a pond on the site.

  • Cost & Booking

  • School workshops are £120.00 for a 2 hour session for up to 30 children.

  • For more information or to book a session, contact  SEARCH in Gosport, tel 023 9250 1957

  • Or email rebecca.parrant@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk