• Preparing for your visit

    The documents here are designed to prepare your children for your visit to Papplewick.

    Before your visit it is essential to:

    • Ask the children in each class to read Jenny Sparrow’s letter, or read it to them. This is the stimulus for their quest to visit Papplewick. Jenny asks the children to find out what Thomas Hawksley is doing to alleviate the dangers of cholera by improving the water supply to Nottingham.
    • There are two versions of the letter, with slightly age differentiated vocabulary. - old - newer:
    • Jenny has also sent them a bottle of ‘dirty’ water, which you should have received on your preparatory visit to Papplewick.
    • You’ll need to decide who has responsibility for bringing the letter and the bottle of water to present to Mr Hawksley at the beginning of the day at Papplewick (This can be decided once you have arrived, if necessary).
    • You can download a PowerPoint with images to support Jenny’s letters, and information and links that you might want to follow up with the children before your visit. Suggestions include the PowerPoints that we think might be really helpful to start your project off with, before you coming - in particular PowerPoint 1 ‘The Big Idea’.
    • Also included in this section is a document with some Suggested Vocabulary to Preview you might want to look at before your visit.
    • The 3 films used on the day are posted here. We suggest they are not shown to the class till after they see them during the visit. Film 1: Engine House operation & construction | Film 2: Scullery Schools | Film 3: Rosmery’s film about water
    • There are 5 original song recordings, and accompanying music scores.
      Click here to download the song tracks: Jenny’s Mother’s song | I am the water | Clean water | Water falling - solo | Water falling - ensemble
    • There are 5 original music tracks, and accompanying music scores: Jenny’s Mother’s song | I am the water | Clean water for everyone | Water Falling
    • Number 1 is the song Jenny writes about in her letter (‘And I Laid Her Down’) which could be played alongside it.
    • The others will be sung by Mr Hawksley at some point during the day. You might want to explore them with the children in advance - knowledge of them won’t impair the discoveries they make on the day.
    • Two other documents are posted here. World Wide Water Words which looks at the word water in many languages and a character drama grid to support PowerPoint 22 in the Curriculum Resources.
    • We have also posted the downloadable A3 A Temple to Water Site Map for the visit. You will receive 4 printed copies of this on the day, one for each small group, which you can bring back to school.
    • Other than making sure the children are aware of Jenny’s request to visit Papplewick to discover what Mr Hawksley is doing, we leave it to your discretion as to how much preparation they have before the visit. One of the wonderful things about Papplewick is that the site can speak for itself, and the characters and narratives grow naturally out of the locations the children will discover there.
    • Do contact us on if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you!

    Ashley Smart, Museum Director

    Peter Rumney and Nettie Scriven, Directors Dragon Breath Theatre

Practical information for your visit

This section outlines all the practical things you need to know, and do, before your school visit to Papplewick


Please contact us on and we will send you a booking form

Risk Assessments

  • Please read and check the A Temple to Water Risk Assessment here with your own procedures. It should be read in conjunction with the Papplewick PS General Risk Assessment for School Groups, also available on this site.
    Click here to download
    Click here to download

Preparing your children for the visit

  • Please look at the list of pre-activities on the Preparing for Your Visit page for what you need to do in the classroom before you arrive at Papplewick on the day.


  • Before you arrive, please split your group into equal smaller groups of 15 pupils. These will be called will be ‘Ice’, ‘Snow’, ‘Water’ and ‘Steam’. It’s important that the children know which group they are in, as this will determine their journey throughout the day.
  • Each small group should have at least one responsible adult to lead them all
  • Each group leader will receive a laminated, colour coded copy of the A Temple to Water Teachers’ Guide for use during the day. We have posted a black and white version here:
    Click here to download
  • Ideally each group leader should read the downloadable version of the Teacher’s Guide beforehand, to familiarise themselves with the structure and content of the day.
  • In addition to health and safety considerations and practical instructions, the Teachers’ Guide also provides
  1. questions and background information for each group leader to support children’s explorations of the site;
  2. help to respond to their potential questions;
  3. and suggestions as to how to enhance their experience.
  • On arrival each group leader will also receive the downloadable A3 Site Map, which can be taken back to school afterwards.
  • You can also download the generic Schedule for the day.
  • Please discuss your arrival and departure time with the onsite team at your Preparatory visit.
  • We will give you the correct ATTW Teachers' Generic Timetable for the day version for your timings on the day, or send them beforehand. If you are delayed in arriving we will discuss the timings with you, and will need to adjust the schedule accordingly.
    Click here to download a generic version of the Timetable

Important Items

  • Packed lunches and drinks should be brought. They will be stored safely in the Tea Rooms.
  • Everyone should wear sensible, sturdy shoes, and be prepared for all weather conditions.


  • If there are pupil access issues at all, these must be discussed with us on booking, and at your Teachers’ Preparatory Visit.
  • NB Papplewick Pumping Station is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, so access can be tricky for children with mobility issues, especially access to the Underground Reservoir. The terrain can be rough at times, and affected by the weather. The team will ensure all children experience the site fully, but do need to discuss any potential issues beforehand.
  • Please let us know if there are any other communication needs that we need to know about in advance.
  • Access to the Reservoir will be dependent on weather conditions, and will be confirmed by the Museum Director.

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