Q: Who are the workshops for?
A: We offer workshops to school classes of all Key stages, from Foundation Stage to KS4 (= Nursery to A-Level)
Q: Do we have to come to you?
A: We offer workshops both at the Soanes Centre and Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park as well as in your school. A few workshops we offer at both places.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: All our workshops are subsidised ( by about 50%) for all schools and in 2022/23 most workshops at the centre are charged at £125 per 1.5 - 2 hour workshop for schools from outside of Tower Hamlets, The FANTASTIC FOrkshop is charged at £134. Tower Hamlets' schools will still receive a further reduction on that price and in 2022/23 will pay for most workshops £105 per 1.5 - 2 hour workshop.
Forest School sessions and the Fantastic Forces workshop are charged a different price, please see the description.
Also note: One of our workshops, Electric Circuits (Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer), has an additional charge for the cost of materials that the children use and take home with them. The cost is 80p per child. Please advise us at the time of booking how many children will be attending. No changes to this number can be accepted after the invoice has been sent.
Workshops we bring to your school are individually priced, please see each workshop description
Q: How many children can come at the same time?
A: Our classroom at the Soanes Centre is big enough for a class of up to 30 pupils. Some workshops at your school can accommodate more children if you can provide a big enough space.
Q: Can the Soanes Centre accommodate children in wheelchairs?
A: Yes, the Soanes Centre is fully accessible, we have an accessible toilet and the main pond and main paths of the park are also wheelchair accessible.
Q: What times are your workshops?
A: Workshops at the Soanes Centre for Primary School classes are usually from 10am to 12 noon in the morning and from 1pm to 3pm in the afternoon. These times can be changed by mutual agreement at booking. Workshops in your school are at a time convenient to you and your school.
Q: What time of year do you do your workshops.
A: We offer workshops throughout the year. Though some workshops can only be done in the appropriate season (e.g. Seed dispersal) and others offer more variety of study subjects at certain times of the year. You will find the best times for each workshop mentioned in the workshop description.
Q: How many adults do we have to bring?
A: You will have to bring the following MINIMUM number of adults when yo visit the Soanes Centre as supervisor and health and safety remains the school teacher's responsibility:
KS1 and younger: 4 adults per class (but not more than 12 adults)
KS2: 3 adults per class
KS3+4: 2 adults per class.
But if your class has less than 15 pupils, a minimum of 2 adults per class is sufficient.
Q: What do we have to bring with us?
A: You do not have to bring anything but enthusiasm , BUT the children ( and adults) have to be dressed appropriately.
Q: What should the children wear?
A: For workshops that go out into the park please ensure that students (and teachers) are dressed appropriately for a woodland environment.
This means sturdy flat footwear, which might get dirty / muddy. In cold and wet weather, students should have a waterproof coat/jacket with hood. In hot weather a head covering is advisable. Also it is strongly recommended that students have their legs covered to protect from nettles and other thorny plants.
Q: My class has pupils with SEN, can we come?
A: We welcome children with special needs (both Special Needs classes and individual children) and can adapt any of our workshops to suit your class. The Soanes Centre and its large pond are wheelchair accessible, as are the main paths in the park.
BUT it is very important that you inform us, ideally at the time of booking but minimally before the start of the workshop, if your class includes children with individual SEN
Q How do we get to you:
A: The Soanes Centre is in Southern Grove ( E3 4PX) which is just off the Mile End, Bow and Burdett Roads.
The nearest Tube Stations is:
Mile End (Central and District Lines) (5 Min Walk);
The nearest DLR Station is :
Bow Church (10 Min Walk)
The following buses stop near Mile End Station:
D6, D7, 25, 205, 277, 323, 339, 425.
Children under the age of eleven, up to a max. of 30 children a time, can travel for free on buses. Only the adults in the party have to pay.
(The below was suspended during Covid19- please check with TFL)
The whole school group can travel for free ( after 9.30am) on any public transport by applying 14 days in advance online at https://tfl.gov.uk/fares/free-and-discounted-travel/travel-for-schools