Curriculum-Linked Learning

Inspiring, Authentic, ActiveCurriculum-Linked Learning

The Danny offers schoolchildren exciting, hands-on learning experiences and an authentic encounter with the past. It is not something they will have done before, and their enthusiasm has brought the Danny, and their learning, to life. "What I liked best about the Danny" wrote one year 5 pupil from Aston by Sutton Primary, "is that it is a great adventure".

It offers a chance to explore the history and significance of their local waterways through hands on exploration of an authentic historic vessel, crewed by people who worked on those waterways in their heyday. Visits open up the opportunity to see scientific principles clearly demonstrated in the workings of the steam engine of this 1903 vessel. Geography fieldwork skills, art sketchbook skills and activities, writing skills - workshops on the Danny offer easy opportunities to develop children's learning holistically, across a range of areas on the curriculum, in a way that engages and inspires.


What we offer

In 2019, we offer workshops at Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge near Runcorn and Frodsham, at Acton Bridge and at the Anderton Boat Lift. Most of our schools workshop days are offered at Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge, where we have a marquee and lawn area on the riverside, and can offer a range of activities on board and riverside.

Workshops are £60 per class for a half day session, £120 for a full day. For two classes, it is £200 for a full day's activities. Lunch can be eaten on board. 

Cruises cost £200 per class and last two hours, £260 for a half day workshop/half day cruise. This is possible thanks to significant match funding from the Lottery Heritage Fund. This is the last year of match funding, and we are able to run only four school cruises.

We have a limited number of workshops and cruises available, so early booking is recommended. Contact learning manager Cathriona Bourke to enquire about availability on the dates you require [email protected] for more information.

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