Early Years 3-5yrs

Specially designed outreach activities including our Big Book “Basil and Scraggs Go underground at Geevor” introduce mining themes to children’s imaginations and sets them up for a great day out at Geevor

Aims of this programme:

  • To provide age-specific resources that promote a positive and memorable experience of Geevor’s unfamiliar, industrial environment.

  • To understand that miners work underground, in rock, and that rocks can be varied and useful.

  • To introduce the concept of change over time and compare old and modern miners.

  • To be stimulated and inspired by the sights, sounds, smells and activities at Geevor.


Don't forget to bring torches along if you have them!

What happens on the day?

Focusing on learning through play, we strongly recommend that before your class visit to Geevor, that you start your ‘Mini-miners!’ adventure with a ‘Basil and Scraggs’ Outreach session at school. The Outreach sets-up students for their visit and introduces them to words, objects, sights and staff that they will see on their visit. The activities can be reinforced in class afterwards by using our ‘Basil and Scraggs’ Loans box, which includes a copy of Geevor’s storybook, dressing up clothes and other relevant resources.

The timings of the site visit can be tailored to your own particular travel and students’ needs but usually lasts between 10am - 2pm. Generally, the day for Mini-miners! start with a fruit break, then through the impressive Mill building to the underground, where they will be taken through in large groups, with adults interspersed along.

We recommend that the students bring torches with them as this gives them more confidence underground and heightens their experience. 

Also, the mosel bags decorated at the Outreach can be brought along to carry the torches, and even a snack to eat when underground, whilst the sing can be sung in its underground context. The morning is then finished up with some panning for gems or colouring-in and there are small waterproof aprons and steps provided if needed.

In the afternoon, the students are treated to some hand-drilling, barrowing and sieving, followed by a play on a loco and look down a shaft. The interactive Hard Rock Museum provides an Early Years trail, lead by Basil & Scraggs, to encourage exploration of the gallery and its objects.

It is recommended that the number of students for the Mini-Miners! Visit is limited to a maximum of 30, so as to guarantee optimum experience.


Cross-Curricular mining theme for the Early Years Foundation Stage


Accompanying Resources


For this workshop, the Mini-Miners! Outreach for 3-5yrs is a strongly recommended accompaniment to prepare your students for their site visit. Though a longer and more resource heavy outreach than our standard outreach, it is still the same set charge, just to cover costs, because we strongly feel that this outreach is important for such young visitors. Please discuss your options with a member of the Learning Team.

Loans Box:

To complement this workshop, the Basil and Scraggs Loan Box contains similar activities as is done during the outreach to enable reinforcement of concepts, as it contains a copy of our storybook, dressing up clothes and learning through play activities.

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More detail for teachers: 

Links to relevant downloadable pdfs can be found along the right of this page (scroll up). Further teaching resources, audios and photos can be downloaded from our Resource Bank.


For more information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions or contact Geevor's Learning Team


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