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ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY


EVERYTHING A TEACHER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY

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ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY, Havenstreet


"An award-winning Steam Railway to engage, inspire and excite you!"

Isle of Wight Steam Railway has LIMITED OPENING on your planned visit dates.

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A living, working museum with a heritage railway passing through 5.5 miles of unspoilt countryside. The visitor can expect to step back in time to a bygone age. The adjacent, modern Train Story exhibition presents a timeline of the era of steam with lots of interpretative exhibits and hands-on activities.

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Apart from the more obvious connections with the History curriculum, there are many learning opportunities here for all core subjects.

Science students can study states of matter; physics students can study forces, motion, distance and time. Maths is taught through interpretation of timetable and scheduling data and mental tasks. The abundance of archive literature and advertising facilitates many English activities encouraging engagement with creative writing and interpretation of language.

Activities are also available for PSHE (Health & Safety), Engineering, Art and Design and more. There is much to be learned here!

The layout of the site lends itself effectively to school visits - with separate formal museum, interactive museum ("Train Story"), play and picnic areas, signal box and of course a fascinating (but reasonably short) steam train ride.

A classroom is available with AV equipment (by arrangement) and on-site catering is possible. The venue is ideal for completion of on-site activity sheets, of which there are many to choose from, all connecting directly with the National Curriculum. In addition, there are plenty of pre-visit and post-visit learning opportunities.


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EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE

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Educational Resources available at Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Our qualified and experienced teachers have worked closely with Isle of Wight Steam Railway to develop a range of high quality curriculum-relevant learning resources and activities to help you and your students get the most out of a visit. These cover many subjects and age groups, and are a mix of pre-visit, on-site and post-visit activities to support your preferred teaching style.

To find suitable resources, first select the appropriate Key Stage and then scroll down to your subject below.

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14 Lower Key Stage 2 resources offered at this venue View this key stage across ALL venues
Download a summary PDF for this key stage at this venue
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ENGLISH7

SPOKEN LANGUAGE1

READING4

WRITING (COMPOSITION)2

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HISTORY4

CHANGES IN THE PAST1

CHRONOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING1

HISTORICAL INTERPRETATION2

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MATHEMATICS1

NUMBER1

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SCIENCE2

CHEMISTRY1

PHYSICS1



FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

We have identified the following additional learning opportunities at Isle of Wight Steam Railway for Lower Key Stage 2 students, which we hope to produce in due course. If you could make use of this, please click to vote and we'll raise the priority!

SubjectUnitTopicSummary
GeographyKnowledge and understanding of placesIdentify how and why places changeChanges during the existence of the railwayVote
GeographyKnowledge and understanding of placesConservations Projects linked to SSSIVote
26 Upper Key Stage 2 resources offered at this venue View this key stage across ALL venues
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ART & DESIGN1

GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION1

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ENGLISH12

SPOKEN LANGUAGE3

READING6

WRITING (COMPOSITION)3

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HISTORY4

CHANGES IN THE PAST1

CHRONOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING1

HISTORICAL INTERPRETATION2

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MATHEMATICS2

STATISTICS / HANDLING DATA1

NUMBER1

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P.S.H.E.3

HEALTH AND WELLBEING3

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SCIENCE4

CHEMISTRY3

PHYSICS1



FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

We have identified the following additional learning opportunities at Isle of Wight Steam Railway for Upper Key Stage 2 students, which we hope to produce in due course. If you could make use of this, please click to vote and we'll raise the priority!

SubjectUnitTopicSummary
GeographyKnowledge and understanding of placesIdentify how and why places changeChanges during the existence of the railwayVote
GeographyKnowledge and understanding of placesConservations Projects linked to SSSIVote
26 Key Stage 3 resources offered at this venue View this key stage across ALL venues
Subject icon for Art & Design
ART & DESIGN1

GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION1

Subject icon for English
ENGLISH17

SPOKEN LANGUAGE3

READING6

WRITING (COMPOSITION)8

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HISTORY4

CHANGES IN THE PAST1

CHRONOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING1

HISTORICAL ENQUIRY1

HISTORICAL INTERPRETATION1

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SCIENCE4

CHEMISTRY2

PHYSICS2

12 Key Stage 4 resources offered at this venue View this key stage across ALL venues
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ART & DESIGN1

GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION1

Subject icon for English
ENGLISH4

READING3

WRITING (COMPOSITION)1

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HISTORY1

HISTORICAL ENQUIRY1

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SCIENCE6

PHYSICS6



FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

We have identified the following additional learning opportunities at Isle of Wight Steam Railway for Key Stage 4 students, which we hope to produce in due course. If you could make use of this, please click to vote and we'll raise the priority!

SubjectUnitTopicSummary
EngineeringThe Engineering EnvironmentHealth and safetyVote
EngineeringEngineering developments and processesVote
GeographySustainability and impact of industrial development on tourismVote
1 Key Stage 5 resource offered at this venue View this key stage across ALL venues
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ART & DESIGN1

TEXTILE DESIGN1



FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

We have identified the following additional learning opportunities at Isle of Wight Steam Railway for Key Stage 5 students, which we hope to produce in due course. If you could make use of this, please click to vote and we'll raise the priority!

SubjectUnitTopicSummary
ScienceApplied ScienceUse of science in running the businessVote
ScienceApplied ScienceHealth and safetyVote
EngineeringLegislation and documentation - regulations and standardsVote
SciencePhysicsMotion and ForceMotion, work, energy and power; Newton's lawsVote
SciencePhysicsMotion and ForceMomentum conceptsVote
ScienceEnvironmental SciencePollution and effectsVote
GeographyManaging Places in the 21st CenturyUrban/rural change and the growth of tourismVote
MathematicsApplying maths to mechanics, forces and motion theoriesVote

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES



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SITE ACCESSIBILITY


The following information is not intended to form a comprehensive access statement; it is provided to highlight particular areas of concern for disabled visitors. We do not warrant that this information is fit for purpose or accurate. Education Destination will happily assist with gathering information in respect of particular concerns, or help you arrange an inspection visit.

To help you determine whether Isle of Wight Steam Railway is suitable for your particular students, we've summarised any accessibility issues for you in the section below.

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Havenstreet Station

Level crossing and ramp up to platform


Assistance dogs allowedAssistance dogs allowed

Flat level access from car park all the way through to the station. Smooth inclines up to train platforms. Level crossing may present minor difficulty to some wheelchair users but platform staff are always on hand to assist.

Smallbrook Junction Station

Platform and gap


Assistance dogs allowedAssistance dogs allowed

Smallbrook Junction is the interchange between Isle of Wight Steam Railway and the Island's electric train which runs from Ryde Pier Head (where it meets the Wightlink catamaran) and Shanklin, passing through Ryde, Brading, Sandown and Lake.

Smallbrook is on two levels connected via a wide gentle ramp and is therefore accessible to wheelchairs. However you may require assistance boarding or alighting the steam train.

Neither carrier accepts mobility scooters.

Steam Train Journeys

Clearance between carriage and platform


Assistance dogs allowedAssistance dogs allowed

Boarding and alighting trains requires use of steps and passing through relatively narrow doors. Folding wheelchairs and buggies can be passed aboard. Limited assistance is available from platform staff.

Mobility scooters cannot be conveyed. As all our trains pass through Havenstreet, it may be possible to leave your scooter if you have sufficient mobility to board and alight the train. Please speak to a member of staff on arrival to discuss options.

Train Story Discovery Centre

Wheelchair lift


Assistance dogs allowedAssistance dogs allowed

Fully accessible. Venue is on two levels and is equipped with a wheelchair lift and ramps.

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Woodland Walk

One of several footbridges and paths


Assistance dogs allowedAssistance dogs allowed

Not suitable for wheelchair users. Not suitable for those with limited mobility. Walk includes steps, uneven footpaths, slippery surfaces in inclement weather. Not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.

Wootton Station

Entrance


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Wootton Station is accessed from its car park down a fairly steep and lengthy (100m) gravelled slope. Difficult but not impossible for wheelchairs, buggies and the infirm. Once at platform level, the station is flat and level.

All trains arriving at Wootton depart again in the direction of Havenstreet.



SCHEDULING YOUR VISIT


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Opening Dates, Times and Restrictions

Many Island venues and attractions, especially those outdoors, have limitations on opening times during the year. Additionally, some have limits on the number of group tours on any given date for safety and capacity reasons.

This section helps you identify whether Isle of Wight Steam Railway has any such restrictions during your preferred visit dates.

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A typical educational visit to the Railway, including an introductory DVD viewing, a tour of the museum, workshops, Train Story and a return steam journey will take a minimum of 4-5 hours. Catering, picnic, playground and classroom facilities are available. A woodland walk adds an extra dimension of interest aside from railway themed learning.

Punctuate your visit with a selection of our high quality Educational Resources (see above) to transform your trip into a full day out. By prior arrangement we can also arrange hosted group tours, talks and presentations from subject matter experts depending on your particular scope of interest. An onsite classroom with AV facilities is available.

Open February - November.

Outside these times enquiries are welcomed from larger groups (50+)




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Why not visit Isle of Wight Steam Railway on a day trip?

The Isle of Wight can be reached in as little as 12 minutes! If you're located close to the south coast then a day trip is easily achievable...

Isle of Wight Steam Railway features in the following day trip:

Chuffed to Bits!

Chuffed to Bits! from £11.75pp inc. ferry
Step back in time to the golden age of steam at Isle of Wight Steam Railway! A potted history of the Island's railways from Victorian times to the present day.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS


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In this section we've highlighted any special clothing or equipment you'll need to bring in order to get the most out of a visit to Isle of Wight Steam Railway

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Most of the facility is under cover, however when waiting for, boarding and alighting trains you are exposed to the elements. Moving between the various buildings on the site also results in short periods outdoors.

If visiting the Woodland Walk then we recommend sturdy footwear due to uneven surfaces which may be slippery/slightly muddy in inclement weather conditions. Trainers would be sufficient as a minimum.


SITE SPECIFIC DOCUMENTATION


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All of the supporting documentation you'll need

One of the most common issues faced by teachers when planning trips is ensuring that all of the relevant paperwork is in place, and that the lead teacher and their assistants are fully briefed about each venue before they arrive.

Our experienced teachers have done most of this work for you. In this section you'll find a sample Risk Assessment covering all of the typical activities undertaken at Isle of Wight Steam Railway by groups of students, along with a detailed "On The Day" Procedure which sets out everything you need to know about the site before you get there.

If there are any other mandatory considerations, such as HSE advice sheets for animal attractions or outdoor activity centres, you'll also find these below.

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Venue overview for Isle of Wight Steam Railway
VENUE OVERVIEW - FOR TEACHERS

A brief overview of Isle of Wight Steam Railway prepared especially for teachers.

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Parents overview for Isle of Wight Steam Railway
VENUE OVERVIEW - FOR PARENTS

A brief overview of Isle of Wight Steam Railway prepared for parents.

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General Brochure for Isle of Wight Steam Railway
GENERAL BROCHURE

A downloadable general brochure for Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

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Generic risk assessment for Isle of Wight Steam Railway
GENERIC RISK ASSESSMENT

For your convenience this generic risk assessment has been prepared to cover all of the typical activities undertaken at Isle of Wight Steam Railway. You may use it as the basis for your own documentation. We do not warrant that this is either complete or accurate, and would be happy to help arrange a site pre-visit if required.

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PLI Policy for Isle of Wight Steam Railway
PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE

Isle of Wight Steam Railway have provided a copy of their current or most recent PLI cover note.

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On the day procedure for Isle of Wight Steam Railway
ON-THE-DAY PROCEDURE

Our handy guide to distribute to your adult supervisors just before arrival. This essential document sets out in summary form everything you need to know about the venue, from a useful site navigation map to the locations of toilets and first aid boxes, lost child procedures, special clothing or equipment requirements etc.

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Facilities Overview

Much of the facility is under cover - only the station platforms and outdoor areas (gardens, playing field, woodland walk) are not sheltered. There is a waiting room adjacent to the rail platform.
There is a cafe on site serving a range of hot and cold food and snacks during opening hours. At peak periods there is an ice-cream parlour and a second snacks outlet open.
There are various places around the facility to stop and take a break, including picnic tables, benches and the woodland stage.
Many of the site staff and volunteers are first aid trained however we recommend that group leaders carry a basic kit at all times, especially on the train journey as most carriages are isolated and it may be some time between stations.
There are plenty of toilet facilities around the site, but none on the actual trains. Disabled toilets are available next to the shop in the main yard.
All phone services are patchy at Havenstreet where you will spend the majority of your visit. In emergency there is a phone box next to the railway platform, and phones available in the office, shop and Train Story. No WiFi.

GROUP LEADER FEEDBACK


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Luke Martino, KS2 Teacher | 16/05/2017 | 25 x Upper KS2
Amy King, KS2 Teacher | 14/10/2015 | 26 x Lower KS2


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LOCATION

Isle of Wight Steam Railway is located at:

Havenstreet Station
Havenstreet
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