Posts Tagged ‘Primary Sessions’
Our new Ancient Worlds gallery will be opening on 26th October and we will be developing a session for Y1 /2 which we hope to pilot February /March 2013. If you are interested in helping us to develop and pilot activities for the new session, we would like to hear from you!
we have a teacher preview evening for Ancient Worlds on November 14th 4.30-6.30
wine and nibbles will be provided.
Booking is essential as places are limited, so please RSVP by 24th October 2012 to our Bookings Coordinator on email@example.com or 0161 275 2630
Early year’s sessions …
There is still some availability for booking our early years sessions by contacting our bookings coordinator.
Nursery and Reception
Animal Explorers – Polar Bear Polar Bear
For up to 15 children, 90 minutes
£3.50 per child (minimum charge £50)
Nursery Reception and Y1
For up to 15 children, 90 minutes Y1 For up to 32 children, 90 minutes
£3.50 per child (minimum charge £50)
Can you spot what’s on our Ancient Egyptian timeline?
I have been very lucky this week to have the creative input of some very talented staff here at the Manchester Museum who have painted ten key images from ancient Egyptian history onto our new canvas scroll. This visual timeline will be used with visiting school groups during the new Egyptian gallery primary school session, ‘The Egyptian World; museum secrets, mummies and pyramids!
On Friday 6th July a wonderful group of very talented Year 5 pupils from Birchfields Primary School were invited to have a go at quite a challenging lable writing task. We asked the group ‘Can you choose one Egyptian Shabti from our wonderful and varied collection here at the Manchester Museum and write a 75 word label for it?’
The answer, quite unanimously, was yes they certainly could!
It was a very busy day, with lots of decision making and editing throughout their work; the group were very hard working! The class worked in small groups working their way through the selection process and then choosing the best descriptions from within their groups. Our curator of Egyptology, Campbell Price, was on hand to offer further insight into what the Shabtis were and explain a little bit about where this label will be displayed in the Museum.
We were all really impressed with the level of descriptive language used. The group produced really thought provoking descriptions that made us here at the Museum think differently about the objects too; they really were offering us fresh insights into these wonderful objects from ancient Egypt.
Why not come and see their label displayed in the new ‘Ancient Worlds‘ galleries opening in October this year!
Do you remember this object? It has been on display in our previous permenant Egyptian gallery for many years.This picture was taken by a Gifted and Talented pupil from Oswald Road Primary School right here in Manchester. What do you think it is?
I’m currently working on how the new primary taught sessions here can engage, excite and allow young people to explore the galleries and their fascinating objects to find out for themselves how past civilisations used to live.
It’s a very creative time, lots of ‘thinking BIG!’ and learning from what has worked, or not(!) in the past to make it a truly interactive, explorative and stimulating learning experience for all.
Hope to see you in the new galleries in November!
We would like to thank the following Schools for visiting The Manchester Museum between 1st Nov & 5th Nov 2010
Posted November 5, 2010on:
All Saints Primary, Gorton
Bowlee Park Community Primary, Middleton
Brabyns Prep, Marple
Broughton in Furness CE Primary, Kepplewray
Charles Saer Primary, Fleetwood
Chorlton CE Primary
Claremont Primary, Moss side
Daven Primary, Congleton
Fairway Primary, Stockport
High Greaves Junior School
Marland Hill Primary, Rochdale
Matthew Moss High, Rochdale
Nether Alderley Primary, Macclesfield
Pownall Hall Primary, Wilmslow
St Elizabeth’s Primary, Wythenshaw
St Helen’s, Barnsley
St Josephs RC Shaw
St Margaret’s Primary, Oldham
Wigan Leigh College
We would like to thank the following schools for visiting The Manchester Museum between 18th & 22nd Oct 2010
Posted October 22, 2010on:
Barton Moss Primary, Eccles
Brookburn Primary, Chorlton
Ermysted Grammar, Skipton
Great Marsden St Johns Primary, Nelson
Heathland Primary, Sandilane
Holy Family Primary, Salemoor
Lyndhurst Primary, Oldham
Martenscroft Children’s Centre
North Reddish Junior, Stockport
St Barnabas Primary, Openshaw
St Christopher’s Primary, Ashton Under Lyne
St Helens Primary, Barnsley
St Thomas Primary, West Houghton
Victoria Junior, Cumbria
Webster Primary, Moss Side
Wilmslow Prep School
On Wednesday 29th September The Manchester Museum hosted a preview evening for teachers in order to allow educational professsionals to see the new China: Journey to the East exhibition, view our ideas for the associated learning programme and talk to the learning team at the Musuem.
It was a fantastic evening, and seemed to be a great success. We had over fifty teachers attend to explore and investigate the variety of programming that The Museum is offering in conjunciton to the exhibition and it was amazing to be able to get input and feedback for the workshops and sessions at such an early stage.
Throughout the school year, as the exhibition is with us until June 2011, we are offering workshops and resources at all stages, from Early Years to Post-16. If you missed the preview, or even just want to find out more about the China: Journey to the East Learning Programme visit our website or get in touch.
We’re very lucky at The Manchester Museum to have some really enthusiastic curators who enjoy working with the public and teaching young people about their specialist subjects. In light of that, here is a special ‘guest’ blog post by Bryan, our Curator of Archaeology, and his experience of working with a Primary school gorup.
People often think that collections curators spend all their time in the store looking at objects. In fact there are opportunities to go out and visit schools as I found earlier this week when I was invited back to Flixton Junior School to talk to some Year 3 children about archaeology. Janice East is one of the teachers there and she has asked me to talk to the children several times over the last couple of years.
So it was that last Monday morning I found myself in the school hall standing in front of two classes of 7-8 year olds. We talked about what archaeology is and after fending off the common misunderstanding that archaeology is in some way related to dinosaurs we looked at some prehistoric flint tools from The Manchester Museum collection. We divided the children into smaller groups and asked them to come up with a story to account for the flint artefacts I had put out on the tables for them.
I encouraged the children to think of themselves as detectives looking at clues and to try and come up with a story to account for the finds that they had before them. The children quickly grasped the idea that the flint arrowhead and the flint axehead were all that remained of a bow-and-arrow and an axe and that the organic materials had rotted away in the ground.
It was interesting that the children thought the flint scrapers were buttons even though they didn’t have holes in the middle. What was even more fascinating was the way the children talked about the artefacts as having been used by cavemen. It just shows how pervasive is the association between prehistoric stone tools and caves amongst the public even in the minds of quite young schoolchildren. It’s always great to work with the school because the children’s enthusiasm is infectious.
I believe Janice brought in some broken pottery from home and seeded the school flower beds before asking the children to search for ‘archaeology’. This turned the soil over a treat ready for the autumn. Now I wonder if I could try that in my own garden at home?
Bryan Sitch, Curator of Archaeology
We are delighted to be able to offer four primary schools the unique opportunity to be part of an exciting and innovative partnership project beginning in autumn 2010 involving The Manchester Museum, the BBC 21st Century Classroom and the University of Salford.
Taking inspiration from the Manchester Museum’s forthcoming Living Planet gallery the ‘On My Doorstep’ project will encourage Year 5 pupils to engage with their local environment, and to consider issues related to biodiversity, ecology and sustainability. The project aims to provide pupils with the knowledge, skills and inspiration required to produce a short film about nature on their doorsteps. All four films will be shown on the BBC 21CC website and will provide a comparative resource for exploration of local environments in four contrasting areas of the North West.
The project not only supports the Eco Schools Framework (particularly the Biodiversity topic) and also offers an array of cross curricular learning opportunities in Science, History, Citizenship, Geography and ICT. Groups will get to grips with multi-media and learn a broad range of film making skills. Under the guidance of BBC staff and professional camera crew they will have the opportunity to use industry standard equipment and software.
The project will last for three weeks and each participating class will complete four activity days during this time.
Activity days include:
- Initial Museum visit – pupils will discover more about the project and take part in a number of special workshops to develop their skills as naturalists.
- Museum Comes to School – the Museum will visit school to help the class develop their ideas for creating their film.
- BBC 21st Century Classroom visits School – working with BBC 21st CC staff, professional cameramen and student mentors from the MA in Wildlife Documentary Production course at the University of Salford, groups will learn how to storyboard their ideas and film on location.
- Visit to the 21st Century Classroom – the class will work with 21CC staff to edit their films.
The project will end in April 2011 with a sharing event in which all participants will be invited to a film launch at the Museum.
Only four places available.
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!
For further information contact:
School Outreach – The Manchester Museum
Tel: 0161 306 1779
We would like to thank the following Schools for visiting The Manchester Museum between 13th & 24th Sept 2010
Posted September 24, 2010on:
Alexander Primary, Stockport
Birchwood Primary, Wellington
Burnley Brow Primary, Oldham
Canon Johnson Primary, Ashton Under Lyne
Castleton Primary, Derbyshire
Chorlton Park Primary
Christchurch Primary, Stoke On Trent
Crowlane Primary, Huddersfield
Haveley Hey Primary, Wythenshawe
Holy Family Primary, Blackpool
Hugo Meynell Primary, Shropshire
Manchester Creative & Media Academy, Moston
Mottram St Andrew Primary, Macclesfield
New Chartered Academy, Ashton Under Lyne
Ravenstone Dale Primary, Cumbria
Rolls Crescent Primary
Ryelands Primary, Lancashire
St Bees School, Cumbria
St Bernadettes Primary, Wigan
St Monica’s High School, Prestwich
St Pauls Primary
St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School
Sunninghill Primary, Bolton
Victoria Park Junior School, Stretford
Webster Primary, Moss side
Willow Primary, Timperley