Primary schools

Find out about our programmes for Key Stages 1 and 2, which we hold at our historic halls as well as in the classroom.

Key Stage 1

We offer a limited number of free pop-up performances in schools.

If you’re interested in enjoying one at your school, please get in touch at education@thsh.co.uk.

The children were totally engaged in the different activities! It was great for a school project on Birmingham history. Brilliant learning content and valuable outside-the-classroom experience.

St Patrick’s Primary School, Birmingham

Key Stage 2: Town Hall History Hunt

Challenge your pupils to solve the mystery of the missing organ pipes! The Town Hall organist has lost her musical notes and needs help so she can play once more.

Enjoy this interactive performance engaging pupils as special detectives. Delve deep into Birmingham’s past, interview colourful characters and collect the clues to ensure the Town Hall organ is heard again.

Town Hall History Hunt is a partnership with Needless Allies Theatre Collective.

Cost
Free

Dates

This event occurs termly and dates are confirmed throughout the year. Please check back soon for more information on upcoming dates for 2017-18 academic year.

Times
9.30am-11.00am
11.10am – 12.30pm*
1.30pm – 3.00pm

Group size
Up to 30 children per session

Ages
7-11 years

* The lower bar is available if you wish to eat lunch before returning to school.


Town Hall History Hunt In-School Workshop

Prepare your pupils in advance of the Town Hall activity with this specially linked, in-school workshop. Experience an exciting 2-hour drama and music workshop introducing Town Hall History Hunt and the skills needed to become a superior detective.

We can also deliver these workshops as a taster so you find out more about Town Hall History Hunt before you commit to booking.

Cost
Free

Dates
To be arranged in school

Times
The 2-hour session can be organised around school breaks

Group size
Up to 30 children per session

Ages
7-11 years


To book Town Hall History Hunt or the in-school workshop, contact Becky Woodcock, Project Manager (Schools), on 0121 644 6051 or at becky.woodcock@thsh.co.uk. Please note that all learning activities are subject to availability.

Key Stage 2: Science of Sound

Explore the Science of Sound in the outstanding acoustics of Symphony Hall – believed by many to be the best in the world.

Join our team of musicians, technicians and a science specialist from Science Made Simple as we transform Symphony Hall into an interactive sound laboratory. Explore how sound is made, how it travels and how we hear – all through fun and interactive demonstrations.

Pupils will:

  • Experience quality time in Birmingham’s world-famous concert hall
  • Listen to the pipe organ (with 6,000 pipes)
  • Watch our Bafta-nominated organ film ‘The Musical Mechanical Marvel’

Thoroughly informative and covered key aspects of science and sound curriculum. Very inspiring.

Teacher

This event occurs termly and dates are confirmed throughout the year. Please check back soon for more information on further upcoming dates for 2017-18 academic year.

To book this free learning performance, contact our Box Office on 0800 358 7070 or at GroupBookings@thsh.co.uk. You will need to provide the following information:

  • Contact details
  • The full address of your school
  • Your telephone number and your e-mail address
  • The total amount of seats you’d like to book for staff and pupils

Seats are subject to availability. Please discuss any access needs at the time of booking.

For any further information please email the Education and Community Team at education@thsh.co.uk.

Science Of Sound

Cost
Free

Dates

Autumn: 16 November 2017 – SOLD OUT

Time
10.00am-11.00am

Group size
Unlimited

Ages
7-11 years

To book this free learning performance, contact our Box Office on 0800 358 7070 or at GroupBookings@thsh.co.uk.


Definitely worth going – not to be missed! This could not be replicated in the classroom, so the visit was well worthwhile.

Teacher

The Sound Time Machine In-School Workshop

Prepare or consolidate your pupils’ learning about the Science of Sound with a free in-school workshop. Enjoy an interactive session led by local artist and sound technology expert Tom Peel.

Take a journey through time to understand how music was first recorded and experienced. Use original phonographs, tape decks and loop pedals to explore music and the science of sound over the last 200 years.

Experience an exciting 2 to 3-hour workshop focused on:

  • All aspects of sound in the KS2 science curriculum through fun participatory activities
  • Complementing the KS2 music curriculum, in particular developing an understanding of the history of music
  • Activities including group singing, science experiments, creative craft and modern-day sound creation using loop pedals

To book this in-school session contact Becky Woodcock, Project Manager (Schools), on 0121 644 6051 or at becky.woodcock@thsh.co.uk.

Please note that all learning activities are a limited offer and subject to availability. This in-school workshop is offered to schools booked on Science of Sound in Symphony Hall.

Cost
Free

Dates
To be arranged in school

Times
The 2 to 3-hour session can be organised around school breaks

Group size
Up to 35 children per session

Ages
7-11 years


Teacher Resources

Learn more about what makes our Halls so special. Read about the history, acoustics and architecture of Symphony Hall and Town hall.