Education Programme - Learning at the Lock

Introduction for Teaching Staff

"Learning at the Lock" is our main education programme. It is available for school children at Key Stages 1 and 2, and is the most important single element of our work.

The programme is subsidised by Rickmansworth Waterways Trust, and owes much of its success to the positive feedback from parents and teachers, and by its spreading reputation.

Parties of primary school children come to Batchworth from schools not only in Hertfordshire, but also Buckinghamshire and nearby London boroughs. They come for a relaxed learning-activities day – exploring the way of life for canal people and the importance of canals in the development of business and trade.

KST 1 & 2

The programme is flexible, and can cover topics which include:

  • How people lived on the canal
  • Canals and the industrial revolution
  • Transporting goods
  • The Victorians

In a typical Activities Programme, the children will:

  • Explore the cabin on ROGER, our restored 1936 historic wooden working boat, to experience how people used to live.
  • Dress up in Victorian costume.
  • Re-create the daily chores faced by the canal boat families.
  • Take a trip on the ‘Pride of Batchworth’, and see both boats and wildlife along the canal.
  • Find out how a lock works.
  • Walk around the area and discover traces of a previous busy community.
  • Handle canal artefacts.
  • Build model canal bridges.
  • Make lace plates and do some brass rubbing.
  • Visit Batchworth Lock Canal Centre.

Some Points of Information:

  • Visit cost is £9.00 per head and teacher and helpers come along for free
  • Times are normally between 09.30 and 14.30
  • Transport can be arranged for you at reasonable rates. All coaches are fitted with safety belts.
  • The Trust’s experienced staff and volunteers will run the activities for you.
  • School staff/supporters will be expected to supervise the children.
  • For safety, a Risk Assessment of the site and activity has been carried out.
  • Arrangements can be made for you to see the centre before your visit.
  • Buoyancy aids are provided, and the children wear them whenever near the water or in the boats.

What they say - Some Teachers’ Comments:

"...the children were very responsive all day and thoroughly enjoyed learning through experience."

"The children were kept fully occupied throughout the visit and made to observe, think, record information and take in many facts."

"I really enjoyed the lesson and learnt a lot more facts than I did from books"

“Relevant activities were pitched at an appropriate level for our students”