Calling all Eco Schools….

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Museum Comes to School – the Museum will visit school to help the class develop their ideas for creating their film.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Email: schooloutreach@manchester.ac.uk

http://www.bbc.co.uk/21cc/

http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk

http://www.salford.ac.uk/course-finder/course/1800

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