The Model Village at Godshill is jam packed full of meticulously and humourously crafter scale models of the local area, mostly set 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!
As this is such an accurate depiction of Godshill and nearby Shanklin it is a goldmine for teachers looking to deliver a variety of topics in a unique setting outside the classroom. For example, the fixed scale used throughout the site lends itself well to maths and geometry puzzles. For Art & Design students they can study the model making process, methods and techniques. In science there's the biology of the thousands of manicured bonsai shrubs and trees, and even a nod to renewable energy techniques. But as a PSHE opportunity the model village makes a great safe space.
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
The model village itself has wide, flat hard footpaths throughout with only very gentle inclines in a couple of places.
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.
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.
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.
Apart from a small gift shop, this is an outdoors attraction, so go prepared according to the forecast.
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