Are you a teacher – or know one? Did you know that the museum has been host to many school tours for all grade levels over the years? Well it is true. Recently a letter and a page of some curriculum connections was sent out to schools – you can download or view those documents below (you can download a pdf version by clicking on the image of the document below) . We offer great informative tours and we love to host school groups! If you have specific curricular needs, we can try to match the tour to those needs. While our main focus is the important role that the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) played in the successful outcome of WWII and in the development of Canada as a nation, we also have people knowledgeable about flight as well. We recommend allowing approximately 60-90 minutes for a guided tour, but accommodations can be made to fit your schedule. We also have picnic tables available for snack time or lunch (although we do not have food services on site). While enjoying the outdoors, the impressive RCAF WWII Memorial Wall is a perfect place for Remembrance and a teaching opportunity. When the tour is over, we have many great items for souvenirs in our gift shop. We also have a restored and beautiful vintage Canteen building that can be rented for professional development or other events, it is like stepping back to the 1940’s!
Our website also has information about the BCATP and the museum and its’ collection. The ‘Tour and Education‘ page has a few activities (we hope to add to this too!) such as online jigsaw puzzles, a Jeopardy game, and a link to a collection of resources for teaching about flight. You can also find a tour guide booklet that can help you plan or use for a self guided tour. The guide includes possible questions for your students to consider while on the tour. And one more thing! We are working on an exciting learning kit for use in middle years classrooms all about the BCATP that will address many outcomes in the curriculum. We hope it will be ready for schools in fall! We have other projects in the planning stage to help you get the most out of the museum. If you have any questions, or want to book a tour call or email the museum! We would love to have you and your class come visit us!