The Model Village at Godshill is jam-packed full of meticulously and humourously crafted scale models of the local area in the early part of the 20th century. Leave the hustle and bustle of modern life at the gate and keep your eyes peeled for little islanders at work and play!
This place is a goldmine for teachers looking for ways to deliver a variety of topics in a unique setting - for example the fixed scale used throughout the site lends itself to maths and geometry puzzles. Art and Design students can study the model making process, methods and techniques. Scientists can study the botany of thousands of manicured bonsai shrubs and trees. There's even a nod to renewable energy.
In our experience, school trips to The Model Village, Godshill work best for the younger age groups as well as adults
Here's some of the most frequently-asked questions about school visits to The Model Village, Godshill, posed by teachers and other group leaders
Yes - there is a toilet block close to the entrance/exit. It's not a huge site so even from the farthest point you're only a few minutes walk away.
The model village itself has wide, flat hard footpaths throughout with only very gentle inclines in a couple of places.
Apart from a small gift shop, this is an outdoors attraction, so go prepared according to the forecast.
There are a few picnic benches plus a lawned area where you can eat a packed lunch. There's also a snack bar on site selling drinks and ice creams too.
We will pre-book your visit for you and your entry charges will be paid directly by Education Destination. All you need to do is show up at the agreed time, line the kids up outside, identify yourselves to staff and you'll be through the gate in no time!
Most groups spend a couple of hours on site, and many will take the time whilst in this 'chocolate-box' village to trek up to see the church on the hill which in itself is worth of a visit but also affords stunning views across the island in all directions.
The following The Model Village, Godshill educational resources are FREE to use when you book your trip with Education Destination. Some include pre or post-visit classroom work, others are on-site activities. All are accompanied by detailed Teacher Notes and some even have sample lesson plans!
Prepared by our expert team of teachers with local Island knowledge, each resource addresses a specific National Curriculum topic. Click on any image for full details.
Head of Travel & Tourism with a group of 17 KS4 students
KS2 Teacher with a group of 26 Lower KS2 students