In 2020, as well as the four cruises outlined below, the Danny offers half and full day workshops aimed at Key Stage 2 Primary pupils on board the Danny at our berths on the beautiful River Weaver. We recommend booking a preparatory workshop at your school to introduce the children to the topic, and shows them some handling objects to get their imaginations fired up.
Teachers can choose to have a focus on:
- History: Exploring the significance of the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Weaver; identifying historic features on the Danny, discussing what has changed on the Danny and on the waterways in how they are used and who uses them
- STEM: Exploring the scientific principles being put to use to make the Danny work (forces, pulleys, levers, change of state, chemical change).
- Geography: Map reading, compass skills, treasure hunt, features of rivers
- Art and Design: Sketchbook skills - exploring the environment texture, detail, outline and colour
- Music (dependent on specific personnel, as based on live music): learn and perform songs relating to the history of the Danny and the science of steam; learn how a shanty worked; create your own song.
Above all, the day provides fun and immediate access to the great resource that is the Danny and equally to the great resource that is the expertise and experience of the volunteers.
We provide a full itinerary and risk assessment for you to work from, as well as a learning pack including activities for the classroom before and after the visit in order to maximise the children's learning and enjoyment. Workshops are £60 for a half day and £120 for a full day for one class. To enquire about dates, locations or for more information, contact Learning and Participation Manager, Cathriona Bourke at [email protected]