School Workshops

Our award-winning Schools Programme comes highly recommended by teachers - it's also completely free!

Explore history, science, art & design, technology and much more through our fascinating collections.

We offer on-site cross-curricula workshops hosted here at the M&S Company Archive, and if you're in the Leeds area we can also come to your school. If you're further afield you can still access the programme via our Virtual Outreach video conference workshops and our M&S eLearning Hub.

For more information or to book a workshop please contact the Education and Outreach Officer.

T: 020 87182800

E: company.archive@marks-and-spencer.com



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Primary

Ages 4-11: Biscuit Bonanza

Ages 4-11: Biscuit Bonanza

Pupils will hunt for colour, shape and texture in the Marks in Time exhibition, and find out how we communicate messages through design. A numeracy theme allows pupils to test their maths skills, and they'll finish by designing an M&S biscuit tin that customers won’t be able to resist. Choose a Design or Numeracy theme for your workshop.

Biscuit Bonanza Design Workshop Summary

Biscuit Bonanza Maths Workshop Summary

 

NEW Ages 4-11: Fashion and Fabrics

NEW Ages 4-11: Fashion and Fabrics

How are fabrics made? What happens to unwanted clothing? How has clothing changed over time? Your class will use their senses and simple experiments to discover the answers to these questions and many more during this hands-on, interactive workshop.

 

Fashion and Fabrics Workshop Summary

NEW Ages 4-11: What's On My Plate?

NEW Ages 4-11: What's On My Plate?

Your class will learn about changes in diet over the last 100 years, think about where food comes from and what makes a balanced diet. Pupils will design a meal for a child in the past, and test their food knowledge in our 'What food are you?' game.

 

What's On My Plate? Workshop Summary

Ages 4-11: Proof of the Pudding

Ages 4-11: Proof of the Pudding

Pupils will explore the challenges and chemistry of the M&S Melting Middle Chocolate Pudding... and yes, there will be a taste test!

Proof of the Pudding Workshop Summary

Ages 7-11: My M&S History Mystery

Ages 7-11: My M&S History Mystery

Delve into the archive! Pupils use a variety of sources to find out more about the history of M&S and their local area. Piecing together the clues, they will create their own collage of life in the past.

History Mystery Workshop Summary

Ages 4-11: Fair Trade Fabric

Ages 4-11: Fair Trade Fabric

Pupils will use all their senses to find out about fabrics. Where do they come from? How are they made? What is Fair Trade and why is it important? Your class will work out the answers to these questions and many more during this hands-on, interactive workshop.

Fair Trade Fabric Workshop Summary

Ages 7-11: Packet Perfect for the Planet

Ages 7-11: Packet Perfect for the Planet

Pupils will design and make their own future-proof packaging inspired by our collection. Find out more about recycling and how to help save the planet.

Packet Perfect Workshop Summary

Ages 7-11: The Home Front on the High Street

Ages 7-11: The Home Front on the High Street

What did M&S do during the war? What was life like for ordinary people doing ordinary jobs? Your class will get hands-on with Archive artefacts from the period, finding out about the role M&S played in the war effort. Pupils will also use photographs and items from our 1940s clothing collection to explore life during wartime.

The Home Front on the High Street Workshop Summary

Secondary

Ages 12-16: Saving for the Future

Ages 12-16: Saving for the Future

Your class will find out about how materials decay, and how we slow down those processes. They’ll consider the value of different objects, and spark a heated debate about what should be saved from a burning building!

Saving for the Future Workshop Summary

Ages 12-16: Proof of the Pudding

Ages 12-16: Proof of the Pudding

Students will explore the challenges and chemistry of the M&S Melting Middle Chocolate Pudding ... and yes, there will be a taste test! Also available for ages 4-11.

Proof of the Pudding Workshop Summary

Ages 12-18: Two Men and a Five Pound Note

Ages 12-18: Two Men and a Five Pound Note

How does a business grow from a pedlar’s pack to a global high street institution? Using primary sources and business case studies, students will gain an understanding of enterprise in action.

Two Men and a Five Pound Note Workshop Summary

Ages 12-18: Birth of a Brand

Ages 12-18: Birth of a Brand

What is advertising? How does it work? Pupils will use primary sources from the collection to explore past and present advertising at M&S. They'll then use their new knowledge to create a TV advert of their own.

Birth of a Brand Workshop Summary

Ages 12-18: The Wonder Fabrics

Ages 12-18: The Wonder Fabrics

From selling darning wool for 1d in 1884 to using plastic bottles to make recycled polyester, we know all about textiles. Pupils will find out about the how and why of revoluntionary fabric innovations at M&S, analyse the properties of different textiles and then develop their own ideas for the next wonder fabric!

The Wonder Fabrics Workshop Summary

Get Interactive!

Play Dressing Up

Play Dressing Up

Do you know your fashion? Can you pick the right outfit?

Play the Game

 

Take the Biscuit!

Take the Biscuit!

Crumbs! What a conundrum! Match the picture to score points

Play the Game

Time Trend

Time Trend

Can you find the right time for these clothes? Work as a team to solve the puzzle

Play the Game

 

 

Store Histories

Store Histories

Find your store using our interactive map and discover the history of your local M&S

Get Interactive!

 

 

M&S People Profiles

M&S People Profiles

Find out about the people who made Marks & Spencer: our founders, our employees, designers and suppliers

Get Interactive!

 

 

Fashion Match

Fashion Match

How quickly can you spot the matching item?

Play the Game

 

 

Virtual Outreach: Live and Interactive!

Virtual Outreach: Live and Interactive!

Meet our founder Michael Marks, or his son Simon - the Retail Revolutionary, or join us as Time Travellers and discover what our mystery objects can tell us about life in the past.

 

Find out more

 

 

M&S eLearning Hub

M&S eLearning Hub

With exciting new resources for 2016, have a look at our free online curriculum-linked resources for Teachers and Learners - images, film, activity ideas... explore for yourself!

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