This workshop is available to book from May 2024, you can make an enquiry at any time.

Sensational Stations, EYFS and KS1 30-45 minutes
Goathland Station and Pickering Station, 30 Pupils

Pupils use their senses to investigate the different parts of a railway station, what can be found there, and what makes them important. With interactive storytelling, sensory play and station exploration, pupils will think about the different materials and objects found around a station and what they can discover using their senses.  

EYFS Statutory Framework and Development Matters Guidance Links

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development- Self-Regulation.
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development- Managing Self.
  • Understanding the World- Past and Present.
  • Physical Development- Fine Motor Skills.
  • Explore natural materials, indoors and outside.
  • Use all their senses in hands-on exploration of natural materials.
  • Talk about what they see, using a wide vocabulary.

National Curriculum Links


  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066: a significant turning point in British history (the first railways).
  • Changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life.

Spoken Language:

  • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.
  • Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments.
  • Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining, and exploring ideas.
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.


  • Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to: key physical features, key human features.


  • Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.
  • Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock.
  • Describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials.
  • Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties.
  • Identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses.
  • Asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways.
  • Observing closely, using simple equipment.
  • Using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.

    View our Suggested Visit Itineraries and Generic Risk Assessment, designed to help primary schools visiting Goathland Station; it contains all the information you are likely to need, helping you and your group make the most from your visit to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

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