National Curriculum (England)
King Arthur’s Labyrinth provides an exciting learning environment resulting in creative discussion and follow up work. Opportunities to integrate different areas of the Curriculum at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 are offered, especially in the subjects of History, Geography and English.
Secondary pupils and college students will find that the presentation lends itself to further work in the social studies and literature curriculum.
English: Provides an exciting multi-media environment to develop oracy skills, complete with narration, tableaux, light and sound effects. It provides a perfect fit with myths, legends and traditional stories. Many of the stories told of King Arthur in Wales are based on traditional legends from original sources including the Mabinogion and the Tales of Taliesin.
Geography: Provides a working example to help learners understand and recognise physical and human processes. The Labyrinth also provides a good example for studying environmental change and the changing distribution of economic activity. The vast caverns of King Arthur’s Labyrinth are the surviving workings of the Braich Goch Slate Mine which operated between 1836 and 1970.
A further visit, Corris Mine Explorers, allows school groups (minimum age 8) to delve deep into the virtually untouched abandoned workings of a different part of the old slate mine.
History: Within the Key Stage 2 History curriculum, the stories told in King Arthur's Labyrinth are from a time somewhere between the late 5th century and the early 6th century when the Romans were leaving and invading Saxon armies entered Britain. Legend has it that, during this dark time in history King Arthur and his men fought these formidable Saxons and brought peace to the island of Britain. This, and other stories, are told, each with dramatic scenes, light and sound which help to bring them alive and create a fun learning environment.