These resources are intended for use with Key Stage 2 students, but teachers could adapt them for use with Key Stage 1. They can be used to teach children about history, their local area, design & technology and art.

Classroom Teaching

1. Factsheet (click to download)
This word document provides teachers with the facts necessary to design lessons about the mill. It can be used to accompany the introductory presentation. There is also a list of useful websites that students can be directed to for independent investigation. Sections include: Windmills, Where is Bourn Windmill?, Why is Bourn Windmill significant?, How does a mill work?, The story of Bourn Mill, Mills in medieval England.

2. Introductory presentation (click to download)
This is a powerpoint document with slides to accompany the factsheet. At the end is a link to a 3-minute film about the mill.

3. Resources (click to download)
This powerpoint document contains photos, maps, a news article, and drawings of the mill. It is designed to support teachers to discuss sources and types of evidence, compare the past with the present and spark discussion about medieval life. You can also find additional images by clicking here.

4. Timeline (click to download)
This is an exercise (either for the whole class or independent work) where the timeline can be cut up, so that the students reassemble it in order.

Visiting the Windmill

It is possible to visit the windmill but there are a number of constraints, so it might not be possible for your school:

  • The space inside the mill is small and potentially hazardous, so that it can only be visited with a guide and the maximum group size is 7 visitors. Those not taking part in the tour can wait outside the mill but the outside space is also limited, meaning that the maximum class size that could visit the mill would be around 30-35 people.
  • There is no coach parking. There is a small car park that holds 4 cars (or a minibus) and some parking can also take place on the road verge but this is not suitable for coach parking.
  • It is possible to walk to the windmill from Cambourne and Bourn using the public footpath network. Click here for a map showing walking routes to the mill.
  • Entering the mill requires the use of steep steps, so it is not accessible for wheelchair users.
  • There is an eco-toilet available for visiting groups.

The mill is certainly suitable for visits by smaller groups who arrive by mini-bus, car or on foot.

If you would like to bring a school or youth group to the windmill, this will need to be arranged in advance. Please contact us to make a request: [email protected] 01223 243830

The mill is opened on five Sundays during the summer and this is a great opportunity for individual students to visit with their family. Click here for openings.