The Mills Section of the SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) publishes an "Education Resource Pack for Primary School Teachers" to help you make the most of a visit to any mill, whether wind or water powered, in relation to the National Curriculum at Key Stage 2.
To quote from the introduction:
Traditional wind and water corn mills can make a positive contribution to education across a wide range of the curriculum. In some subjects the opportunites are self evident. For example English, pupils can listen to a guide, read information displayed in a mill, and then write about their experiences. Similarly with Mathematics, there are objects to be counted, shapes to be recognised and movements to be understood.
There are examples of the use of different materials, power and forces applied in simple but easily understood ways, very relevant to Science. Design and Technology can be stimulated by aspects of a mill. The mill has been at the centre of social change down the centuries and thus offers examples of the Country's History. Mill sites offer discrete areas for mapping projects and are relevant to environmental issues, essential components of Geography.
In the specific case of Whitemill, some of your options will be limited by the fact that we are not a working mill, but don't let that put you off. Since the gears no longer turn (except by hand) we require no safety screens, so the details of the machinery can be seen much more clearly than in many working establishments.
To arrange a visit to the mill during the week, please contact the Custodian for further information.
Please feel free to use any of the material on this site in the classroom, or for project work.
Note to students: Most teachers have become very good at spotting copied text so I suggest you rewrite it in your own style, or admit where you got it from by providing a "citation".