Schools & Community Groups
Schools, Community & Outreach Visitors at Boathouse 4
Why should I visit Boathouse 4?
We currently have an exciting range of education and outreach projects running, with thanks to our funders and partners. Here you have a very rare opportunity to see and experience the traditional skills of woodwork and boatbuilding in the unique cathedral space of Boathouse 4.
If you want to take part or watch others at work, please see what we are up to under our ‘Current Projects’ section below and pop down for a visit. Remember entry to the dockyard and to Boathouse 4 is free of charge!
What can I expect?
The Boathouse 4 schools, community and outreach programme aims to get visitors doing ‘hands-on’ learning in our very unique and active environment.
Whether you want your group to just pop in for an hour, do a one day workshop or even do a longer project, we will do our very best to accommodate your needs, budget and group dynamic.
If there is a project you would like to take part in from those listed in the Current Projects and Future Projects section please make a direct enquiry to our Community Learning and Participation Officer Caroline Barrie-Smith, email@example.com.
Key Stage 2 facilitated sessions – These 50 min sessions are a taster introduction to the world or woodworking and boatbuilding. Students will have the opportunity to make rope, use woodworking tools, get close to our historic craft and learn more about the role of small boats both for work and fun!
Key Stage 3 facilitated sessions – DETAILS TBC SOON
Any Age Group facilitated sessions – these sessions are built around your groups requirements, for example if you want your group to learn more about the role of the Royal Navy and its small boats or you want your group to understand more about boatbuilding as a career choice please do let us know. In turn IBTC promise to create a fun and hands on learning experience which could even involve your group each making something to take home at the end of the day.
St Ayles Skiffs
In partnership with the charity Oarsome Chance, 6 schools are participating in the build of two St Ayles Skiff rowing boats.
A total of 45 students are participating in this 6-month project build as part of their careers enrichment programme. Look out for updates on our Boathouse 4 Facebook page and if you have a group that either fancies making a boat or rowing one of the skiffs we have made please let us know.
Mast Pond Challenge
In partnership with the University of Portsmouth Technology Faculty, schools will be invited to Boathouse 4 to build model wooden boats. To follow this our participants will then design model boats on CAD and 3D print them! After this each group will be challenged to make a model boat which will join all the other model boats for a final challenge day in the dockyard Mast Pond.
Find out more about the challenge on our Facebook page or if you are a local school and fancy entering a team next year please let us know.
We welcome any young person who is considering a hands-on woodworking or boat building career to come and join us for a taster day.
Youth Whaler Challenge
In partnership with Langstone Coastal Rowing Club, we are looking for a cohort of young people who would like to experience conserving wooden boats and then getting them out on to the water to row during the summer of 2016 and the summer of 2017. The activity is still in the planning stage so if you are local to the area and interested please get your name down quick!
We want you to get the most out of your experience
Boathouse 4’s bespoke facilitated group sessions are designed to accommodate a groups needs as best we can. There is absolutely no charge for the time taken to design a session plan, nor is there any obligation to take up the offer of a bespoke session designed for your group. We want our visitors to get the most out of their visit and are very happy to help them explore the options to suit budget, time and learning objectives.
Interested in booking a group session?
If you wish to enquire about having a facilitated session, or have any other schools and group booking enquiries please feel free to contact Caroline Barrie-Smith our Community Learning and Participation Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org or 02392 816741.