Education Resources from PCRP

Purbeck Community Rail Partnership believe it is important to work with the community in many different ways. On this page you can find different ways to be involved with the PCRP, whether it is fun activities to do at home during 2021 or information on school workshops or Try the Train trips. We’d love to hear from you – don’t forget to tag us on social media @purbeckcrp or use the hashtag, #pcrp or #pcrpcreates

Activities to do at home during lockdown


Activity 1 - Let’s get creative!

Look at the photographs. Is there one that stands out for you? Have a go at recreating the photo in any way you want. It could be with chalks, pencils, pens, recycled objects or you could even get your family involved and dress them up! Click on the images to enlarge…

Activity 2 - Storytelling

Using another image create a story. This could be a written story or spoken word poem, a song, or even a play!

Think about:

  • Where the image is.
  • What might be happening or happened just before the photo was taken.
  • If there are people – who are they?
  • What happens to the scene/people when the photographer steps away?
  • Who might be just out of range or in the background of the image?

Jot down ideas for your story as you go but don’t be afraid to change things and be creative! If you want to tell the whole story in pictures or even a dance, go for it!

Storytellers - Download

Download the Storytellers pdf here.

Junior Historians

Activity 1 - Local History

Sometimes we can live somewhere for a really long time and not know something really interesting about the place. For example, that a famous person came from the area. Why not use this time to find out about your local area or a person who has lived there?

Helpful tips:

If you’re researching an area, start with the street you live on, look on a map or search when the street was built. Was your house always on a road with other houses or was it actually a field until only recently? Are there any interesting facts about the area? Or perhaps find out about a person from your town. This could be someone famous or just someone whose life interests you!

You could put the information together as an information leaflet, PowerPoint or even a play or short film!

Things you might include could be;

  • A map of the area
  • Dates, dates, dates! Don’t forget to include a time line of events
  • Photographs or diagrams
  • Facts about the person or place

Activity 2 - Family history

Sometimes talking to a family member can reveal all sorts of interesting information. Why not interview a family member or family friend?

Create a list of questions before you start to help you. Here are some to inspire you!

  • What is your full name? Did you have any nicknames growing up?
  • Where were you born?
  • How did your parents come to be in that area?
  • What was your house like growing up? How many rooms did it have?
  • What is your earliest memory?
  • What is your favourite childhood memory?
  • What games did you play growing up?
  • What toys did you play with growing up?
  • What was your school like? How did you get to school?Were you ever mentioned in the newspaper?
  • How were special occasions, such as Christmas, celebrated?
  • What were your favourite books/music/films growing up?
  • What do you know about your family surname?
  • Is there a naming tradition in your family, such as always giving the firstborn son the name of his
    paternal grandfather?
  • What stories have come down to you about your parents? Grandparents? Older generations?

Junior Historians - Download

Download the Junior Historians pdf here.

We’d love to see what you create – share them with us on social media #pcrpcreate or email

Look out for more photographs to inspire you on our social media pages.


Ways to enjoy your walks, for the young and young at heart!

Walks - Download

Download the Walks pdf here.

Before going on your walk, make a playlist – ask your family or friends for one happy song or their favourite song.

For two minutes stop somewhere safe and focus on your breathing.

Stop somewhere safe. Close your eyes. What can you hear?

Can you find a puddle to splash in?

As you walk what can you hear?

Stop somewhere safe. Close your eyes. What can you smell?

Can you hear any animals?

Run! When you stop, listen to your body.

As you walk what can you feel?

Stop somewhere safe. How many different colours can you count?

Workshops for Year Six

Currently held online.


Our free, one hour workshops are run by the Community Rail Officer and work with Year Six pupils to understand rail safety and how to plan a journey. Sessions cover:

  • Rail safety
  • Using a timetable and map to plan a journey
  • What to take for a journey
  • What if? Q and A from pupils as well as an activity with scenarios for staying safe.

Some resources will be provided and others will require the school to print or provide them.


Steven Booth, Community Rail Officer

Try the Trains


The PCRP believe it is important that the railway is accessible. Try the Train trips are run by Ambassadors for South Western Rail and enable members of the community to learn about rail travel and gain confidence as rail users.

Try the Train is ideal for:

  • Children,
  • Young adults and adults with disabilities or accessibility needs,
  • Job or education seekers,
  • The elderly.

Try the Train is open to all who would like to develop their confidence with trains – whether that is buying a ticket, reading a timetable or getting on or off a train.

We welcome groups or individuals.


For further information from South Western Railway visit their website or contact our Community Rail Partnership Officer, Steven Booth