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All members and visitors will need a Potfest ticket to visit Compton Verney on Friday 21 – Sunday 23 June. 

Reception &
Primary Schools

Learning Programmes

Our Learning Programmes are £9 per child and £7 per child for self-led visits; all accompanying adults are free of charge. Discover what exciting workshops we have below.

A sculpture of a horse and carriage stands in a meadow overlooking a neoclassical building
Sculpture in the Park- Perceval, Sarah Lucas. Photo © Compton Verney, by Jamie Woodley

EYFs SCULPTURE IN THE PARK

Get hands-on and work with your friends to construct your own sculpture inspired by our exciting new sculptures in the park. Talk about size, shape, colour, and texture and be inspired by internationally acclaimed artists such as Louise Bourgeois and Perminduar Kaur which you’ll explore with our Learning Team at Compton Verney.

Programme Details

Key Stage

EYFS, Key Stage 1

Subjects

Art, Design, Technology

Capacity 

35

Please see the teacher pack for more information. To book a place please contact:

Email: Learning@comptonverney.org.uk

Tel: 01926 645 563

 

Download a Teacher Pack

Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Mermaid, 2022, silicone neon. Courtesy the artist

EYFS chila Kumari Singh burman

Get interactive with light and colour this Autumn through the vibrant artwork of Chila Kumari Singh Burman. You’ll explore neon sculptural works, prints, collage and film, plus learn about identity and popular culture. Then you can create your own mixed media art using a variety of neon and light-sensitive paints.

Programme Details

Key Stage

EYFS, Key Stage 1

Subjects

Art, History, PSHE , English Language

Capacity 

35

Please see the teacher pack for more information. To book a place please contact:

Email: Learning@comptonverney.org.uk

Tel: 01926 645 563

 

Teacher Pack Coming Soon

A group of small children in coats gather in front of a large redwood tree
Photo by Tegen Kimbley

habitats

Join us for a day of Science-based exploration and learning based largely at our forest school site. Compare aquatic, grassland and woodland habitats first-hand as you explore the extensive grounds of the parkland. Play games, experiment, make and create as you learn more about different animal habitats and behaviour.

Programme Details

Key Stage

Key Stage 1

Subjects

Science

Capacity 

35

Please see the teacher pack for more information. To book a place please contact:

Email: Learning@comptonverney.org.uk

Tel: 01926 645 563

 

Download a Teacher Pack

The image depicts a modern sculptural fountain set against a backdrop of tall evergreen trees in a park-like setting. The fountain features abstract, twisted metal forms rising from a shallow pool of water, creating a whimsical and striking visual display.
Sculpture in the Park- Fountains, Nicolas Deshayes. © Compton Verney, photo by Jamie Woodley

PRIMARY school sculpture in the park

Construct your own sculpture to take home after exploring our exciting new sculpture in the park at Compton Verney. Take a closer look with our Learning Team and discover new ways of observing, questioning, and investigating sculpture. Learn about form, shape, size, and perspective and be inspired by the work of internationally acclaimed artists such as Louise Bourgeois and Perminduar Kaur.

Programme Details

Key Stage

Key Stage 2

Subjects

Art, Design, Technology

Capacity 

35

Please see the teacher pack for more information. To book a place please contact:

Email: Learning@comptonverney.org.uk

Tel: 01926 645 563

 

Download a Teacher Pack

Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Mermaid, 2022, silicone neon. Courtesy the artist

PRIMARY SCHOOL chila Kumari Singh burman

Get interactive with light and colour this Autumn through the vibrant artwork of Chila Kumari Singh Burman. You’ll explore neon sculptural works, prints, collage and film, plus learn about identity and popular culture. Then you can create your own mixed media art using a variety of neon and light-sensitive paints.

Programme Details

Key Stage

Key Stage 2

Subjects

Art, History, PSHE , English Language

Capacity 

35

Please see the teacher pack for more information. To book a place please contact:

Email: Learning@comptonverney.org.uk

Tel: 01926 645 563

 

Teacher Pack Coming Soon

a dragon sculpture on a chair in front of a red and white printed pattern wallpaper
photo by Jamie Woodley

printmaking

An exciting and informative day of learning! Pupils visit our Marx-Lambert gallery to look at the print works of inspirational designer and artist Enid Marx as well as contemporary printmaker and artist Mark Hearld. They sketch and gather ideas for their own creations before embarking on the process of designing and printing, producing both an individual piece and a collaborative piece to take away. This workshop is easily adapted to suit a particular topic or curriculum focus, for example, a Science-based strand.

Programme Details

Key Stage

Key Stage 1 and 2

Subjects

Art and Design

Capacity 

35

Please see the teacher pack for more information. To book a place please contact:

Email: Learning@comptonverney.org.uk

Tel: 01926 645 563

 

Download a Teacher Pack

A group of school children in uniform handle ancient bronzes wearing gloves while being supervised by a teacher.

rituals and bronzes: the shang dynasty of ancient china

Visit our fascinating Chinese collection and explore original ancient Chinese bronzes from the Shang Dynasty.  Learn about life and religion during the Shang Dynasty by investigating what the bronzes were used for and how they were made.  Handle an original ancient Chinese bronze and then be inspired to make you own Chinese vessel using clay.

Programme Details

Key Stage

Key Stage 2

Subjects

Art, Design, History

Capacity 

35

Please see the teacher pack for more information. To book a place please contact:

Email: Learning@comptonverney.org.uk

Tel: 01926 645 563

 

Download a Teacher Pack

A young boy in a blue school uniform is climbing while holding a wooden stick
Photo by Tegen Kimbley

STONE AGE SETTLERS

Explore life in the Stone Age with hands on activities at our Forest School site. Try building with wattle and daub, prepare the campfire and explore traditional Stone Age food in this day long programme.

Programme Details

Key Stage

Key Stage 2

Subjects

History

Capacity 

35 – 64

Please see the teacher pack for more information. To book a place please contact:

Email: Learning@comptonverney.org.uk

Tel: 01926 645 563

 

Download a Teacher Pack

Download a Double Class Teacher Pack

The image shows a woman with grey hair wearing a fur-trimmed coat, speaking to several children in winter clothing outside a wooden structure.

Viking villagers

Explore life as a Viking villager with hands on activities at our Forest School site. Students will prepare the camp fire and Viking food, try building with wattle and daub and construct a Viking long house.

Programme Details

Key Stage

Key Stage 2

Subjects

History

Capacity 

35 – 64

Please see the teacher pack for more information. To book a place please contact:

Email: Learning@comptonverney.org.uk

Tel: 01926 645 563

 

Download a Teacher Pack

Download a Double Class Teacher Pack

Early years forest school

Experience a day of messy, muddy, nature-based fun in our Forest School! After years of successfully delivering our forest school programme to groups and families, our experienced team of educators and forest school leaders are now extending this offer to EYFS and Nursery settings. Children are encouraged to make independent choices and lead their own learning, supported by our team. Teachers will have the opportunity to observe children’s responses to the wonder of the woodland. As they play and explore, interacting and experimenting, there will be numerous opportunities for language development, mathematical thinking, and time to ignite their curiosity. Adults can gain valuable insight into the children’s thoughts and reasoning about what they experience. This is a wonderful opportunity for children and adults alike to enjoy the benefits of time in nature.

Programme Details

Key Stage

EYFS, Key Stage 1

Capacity 

35

Please see the teacher pack for more information. To book a place please contact:

Email: Learning@comptonverney.org.uk

Tel: 01926 645 563

 

Download a Teacher Pack

Artsmark

Artsmark enables organisations to celebrate, strengthen, advocate and evaluate their provision for arts and culture. Compton Verney is proud to support schools and education settings on their Artsmark journey, inspiring children and young people to create, experience, and participate in great arts and culture.

Having Artsmark status not only contributes to the cultural aspect of Ofsted’s requirements but demonstrates the value of arts and culture in your organisation, for your children and young people, and for your community. Get touch to see how we can support you.

Artsmark is Arts Council England’s nationally recognised flagship programme. For further information, please visit www.artsmark.org.uk

Arts Award

Arts Award is a national portfolio-based qualification for children and young people up to age 25 delivered across a variety of levels; Discover & Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

At each level, children and young people develop arts, leadership and communication skills supported by a trained Arts Award adviser.

If you work with children or young people up to age 25 in any setting; schools, community centres, youth groups or arts organisations for example; Compton Verney can help you to deliver Arts Award.

Our learning team has advisors trained at every level and can deliver bespoke Arts Award programmes tailored to your group’s needs, as well as help you to locate our core offers into your own projects.

Programme Details

Key Stage

Key Stage 1 and 2

Subjects

Art and Design

Capacity 

30

Compton Verney is an Arts Award supporter and Centre. Get in touch with for more information and costs via

Email: Learning@comptonverney.org.uk

Tel: 01926 645 563

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