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 focus on local history, STEM, geography fieldwork skills and art sketchbook skills and activities - 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 2020, KS2 pupils can enjoy our school workshops at Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge near Runcorn and Frodsham, and at the Anderton Boat Lift on selected dates from April - October. 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. At Anderton Boat LIft, a natural complement to the session on board the Danny would be a visit to the Anderton Boat Lift Visitor Centre.

School cruises are subsidised by the Danny and cost £200 per class for a 2.5 hour cruise (Sutton Weaver to Acton Bridge June 15th & July 16th 10.00 - 12.30 & Acton Bridge to Sutton Weaver 13.00 - 15.30 July 20th) and £150 for a 1.5 hour cruise (Acton Bridge to Anderton Boat Lift June 15th 13.00 - 14.30).

For both workshop and cruise bookings, we offer a workshop in advance at your school, to introduce the Danny and her connection with local waterways history, to allow the children to see and handle some objects that give them a sense of the history and physicality of the vessel they are going to experience, and where our folk musician is available, teach them some shanties about steamships and their crew! Teachers have commented on how the children enjoy finding objects they have seen at the school when they come on board.

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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