Posts Tagged ‘Primary’
Here at the Manchester Museum we’ve had a couple of busy half term weeks, there’s been lots of very exciting activities going on. This has given the team in the Education Department a chance to plan and prepare for future projects however.
Coming up in March we have a big focus on Primary Science with an Interactive Science day with undergraduate students from the Faculty of Life Sciences here at the University. The students will be delivering a range of interactive Science sessions to spark the imaginations of future scientists.
We also have a Sustainability day in March where primary school children will be looking at the way we live in the modern world and working out the carbon footprint created from the food we eat.
Look out for what the school groups get up to in future blog posts!
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!
The Manchester Museum’s redeveloped ‘Museum Comes To You’ schools outreach offer is coming soon!
It’s always fantastic to hear that the Museum and its displays have provided inspiration for pupils in their classrooms – the range of things produced is always varied and creative and we really enjoy hearing about them. However, when Irlam Endowed Primary School contacted us, we couldn’t have imagined just how inspired they had been by their recent trip to the Museum!
On Friday 20th April, Debbie and David from the Museum Learning Team were delighted to join Year 4 pupils and class teacher Tracey Whittaker at the school, to open their very own museum in their classroom. They were enthralled by the accuracy and amount of effort that had gone into everything, from the design of displays to accurate labels and the pièce de résistance of a 5.5m long replica whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling – just like in our Living Worlds gallery!
It was a real honour for the Museum to be part of the school’s celebrations and to join them in their own museum. So thanks very much to Irlam Endowed Primary School and please do let us know if the Museum has inspired you.
The new term is finally here, and the opening of the China: Journey to the East exhibition is fast approaching. I’m really excited about this exhibition and the associated programming we have for the Secondary cohort.
We will be offering a brand new KS3/4 workshop that will encourage students to explore in detail the links between ancient and modern China and involve students in issues around interpretation of past and present. This two-hour session will be a practical exercise in displaying objects and information and a facilitated visit to the China: Journey to the East exhibition will be included as inspiration to student’s creativity. There will be a variety of resources to investigate, question and use, including objects from our Museum collection to stimulate links between ancient and modern China.
For self-guided groups we will also be providing Resources Boxes developed by Levenshulme High School students to help explore some of the themes in the exhibition and hopefully kick-start some creative and critical thinking about how ancient China relates to modern Britain.
This project was generously funded by AimHigher and allowed the Museum to work with the students to explore some of their own ideas about ancient and modern China and how they would link this to the exhibition. The boxes are almost complete, and we will have one final visit by the students just before the exhibition opening on the 25th September. In the boxes will be objects that will help to instigate discussion and thinking about China, in addition to the students own interpretation and questions that they believe are important to consider about the exhibition’s themes.
If you are interested in our new workshop offer, or in investigating the Resource boxes developed by the Levenshulme High Students, please contact us.
One of the most popular outreach sessions we deliver is ancient Egypt and in the past academic year we have delivered over 20 sessions in schools across Greater Manchester and had the pleasure of working with some very insightful and imaginative children.
Thanks to all those schools which have sent us pupils’ feedback and comments! We have selected a couple to share with you.
We always enjoy seeing what further work the pupils have produced after our visit. Above are also images of some of the ancient Egyptian artefacts we bring into school and you can spot them in the pictures the children have drawn in the feedback shown.
We are always striving to develop our sessions to support teachers in delivering the curriculum and appreciate your comments.
In September 2010 we will be launching our ‘newly’ developed ancient Egypt session in response to your comments and suggestions and there will be more artefacts to see and explore.
Watch this space for more info…