South Asia TeachMeet – what we learnt

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On 7 December, we hosted our first South Asia-themed TeachMeet event, launching our future work on the South Asia gallery as part of the HLF Courtyard Project.

It was a fabulous evening with some amazing speakers, experts and creative practitioners sharing ideas and inspiration for teachers from across Greater Manchester. The teachers attending had some really great insights into what they would find valuable in a future learning programme linked to the new gallery, quote of the night being “It’s about time Manchester had a South Asia gallery!”

Below is a flavour of what we all learnt about … in alphabetical order by school/organisation (where applicable) for ease!

If you are a primary or early years teacher, and have not already completed our survey about our future programme, we’d be very grateful if you could do so here.

Anjum Anwar MBE

Anjum is an educator who has worked for many years in the fields of interfaith understanding for both the Lancashire Council of Mosques and Blackburn Cathedral. She presented a passionate argument for schools to not shy away from these difficult conversations. Website coming soon.

Bhangracise

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Our night finished with Bhangracise! Bhangracise have been teaching, performing and advancing the art form of Bhangra dancing for over 12 years. They provide performances, fitness classes and school workshops across the UK. Find them on Twitter @Bhangracise.

Blackburn Museum

Stephen Irwin from Blackburn Museum spoke about his fantastic film project  about the contribution of Indian soldiers in WW2. “We Also Served” records the journey of a group of young people from Blackburn in trying to uncover the forgotten story of the Indian Army. More information about Blackburn Museum, and contact details for Steve, can be found here.

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British Council

The British Council attended to share information with teachers about their ‘Connecting Classrooms’ programme: “Connecting Classrooms is a fully funded learning journey that includes face-to-face and online courses, international professional partnerships and visit funding opportunities based around the core skills.” See their poster, flyer and website for more information.

Chorlton High School

Chorlton High School is a Heritage School. Natalie Sanderson, Assistant Curriculum Leader at CHS, has spearheaded a fantastic project – ‘My Mancunium’ with their Year 7s, examining the many diffrent communities who have migrated to Manchester from Roman times onwards. The project is cross-curricular and enables pupils from this multicultural school to understand the push/pull factors in migration and feel pride in their city. Contact Natalie on twitter @historicalsando.

Computeam

Computeam create incredible virtual and augmented reality resources for schools and were speaking to teachers about how the Indus Valley might be incorporated into their amazing Active Worksheets series. See them on Twitter @computeam.

Equilibrium Dance Arts

Equilibrium Dance and Arts is a social enterprise whose objective is to integrate dance, arts, mental health & well-being and research. Gaya from EDA joined us from Dubai via Skype to share her PHD research on dance in education, and teach us a few moves! You can contact Gaya via Facebook  and Twitter.

Kingsway Community Trust

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Rumana Asif and the Kingsway Community Trust were presented at the TeachMeet with a first-of-its-kind award from the British Council for ‘outstanding development of the international dimension in the curriculum’. Amazing! They incorporate the British Council’s connecting classrooms in all areas of school life at every age.

Manchester Road Primary Academy

Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, Year 1 teacher Anthony Parker is piloting a new cross-curricular topic with his class on India. They will cover geography and history, a ‘significant individual’ and even cricket in PE! In the future he will be able to bring his class to the Museum to see real artefacts from Indian history. Contact him on twitter @Anthillel.

Rubbia Ullah

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Rubbia is an experienced art practitioner in museum, gallery, heritage and other settings. Her art is often inspired by South Asian techniques and practices. At the TeachMeet she shared with us techniques of basket weaving, printing and making clay pots.

Southern Voices

Southern Voices is a network of people committed to bringing the knowledge and understanding of Southern* and Black* people to the global issues that are central to education and to living in the world today. Kirit presented information about their fascinating HLF project about the impact of WW1 on colonised peoples. Southern Voices can offer ‘free’ sessions on this for schools by experienced practitioners. Email Kirit for more details.

St Marys RC Primary

The Indus Valley Civilisation – a bronze age civilisation in what is now Pakistan – is an often-overlooked alternative to ancient Egypt in the KS2 curriculum. Mark Chadwick teaches this as a fascinating (and messy!) contrast to both Egypt and prehistoric Britain to his Year 3 class.

The University of Manchester School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Dr John Zavos and Dr Jacqueline Suthren Hirst are experts in South Asian history and religions, especially Hinduism. The TAROSA website is an excellent resource for challenging popular notions of Hinduism with older students, and the Museum of the South Asian Diaspora could support a topic on migration.

The University of Manchester School of Sociology

Professor Claire Alexander has received a University of Manchester award for ‘Outstanding benefit to society through research’. She spoke about the fantastic projects that won her this award: Banglastories, Making Histories and Our Migration Story. These are great resources and also give guidelines for teachers wanting their pupils to become oral historians.

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South Asia TeachMeet

tmsouthasialandscapeWe are very excited to announce that we will be hosting an after-hours TeachMeet on 7 December  at Manchester Museum. South Asia-inspired artists, teachers, speakers and organisations will be here in The Study to share a wealth of ideas and projects at this unique event.

Speakers and experts include:

  • Prof. Claire Alexander, University of Manchester – South Asian identity and migration; oral history with young people
  • Dr John Zavos and Dr Jacqueline Suthren Hirst, University of Manchester – experts in South Asian history and religions respectively
  • Mark Chadwick – St Mary’s Primary – the Indus Valley Civilisation
  • Anjum Anwar MBE – interfaith dialogue in schools
  • Dr Gayathri Ganapathy – storytelling and cognition through South Asian dance
  • British Council – ‘Connecting Classrooms’ global education programme
  • Blackburn Museum – film project on India’s role in WW2
  • Sophie Marshall – Irk Valley Primary – RE in the Early Years

The event is also your opportunity to learn more about how teachers can be involved in our upcoming capital redevelopment known as the Courtyard Project; in particular relating to the new South Asia gallery which is planned for 2020 in a landmark partnership with the British Museum.

Come and escape the festive madness and get fresh ideas and inspiration for the New Year and beyond!

Free refreshments will be provided.

Limited tickets are available here – book now to avoid disappointment! 

Please contact amy.mcdowall@manchester.ac.uk / 0161 2757357 with any questions or if you would like to speak at the event.

We look forward to seeing you then!

Primary teachers: Manchester Museum Needs You! (for 2 minutes)

 

As you may have heard, Manchester Museum is embarking on an exciting capital redevelopment known as the Courtyard Project. We want to make sure the new galleries and display spaces – especially the South Asia gallery – meet the needs of primary teachers across Greater Manchester and beyond:

  • Have you always wanted to study a different Ancient Civilisation to Egypt?
  • Do you want to celebrate South Asian influence in your community?
  • Is there a new way of learning about world religions?
  • Is lunch space essential for your school trips?

Now is your chance to have your say!

If you are a primary or early years teacher, we would delighted if you could spare 2 minutes to complete our short survey here.

We are also looking for expressions of interest for a TeachMeet here on the evening of 7 December around the theme of South Asia. If you’ve had a great project, activity, topic or event linked to South Asia (early years, primary or secondary) and would like to be involved, please contact the Primary Learning Coordinator Amy McDowall.

THANK YOU!

 

Evolution Solutions CPD event: Rescheduled for 10/2/14

rescheduled flierCPD update: the Evolution Solutions CPD event  for primary science teachers has been rescheduled for 10th February 2014.

Evolution and inheritance will be entering the primary science curriculum for the first time in September 2014. Join us for a day of inspiring hands-on activities, talks and ideas for teaching evolution in your classroom. This CPD event aims to:

  • Equip teachers with the skills and knowledge that they will need to teach evolution in the primary classroom with confidence
  • Provide teachers with ideas for hands on activities and resources, both in and beyond the museum
  • Generate a digital resource that compiles the activities included in the Manchester and Oxford CPD events, along with useful resources and links

animalWhen: Monday 10th February 2014

Where: Manchester Museum

How much: £50 per person, including lunch

Bookings: If you would like to book a place, please email: school.bookings@manchester.ac.uk.

Queries: For enquiries or further details, please contact: Hannah-lee.chalk@manchester.ac.ukEmily.robinson@manchester.ac.uk

Download the new flier here

Evolution Solutions: Primary Science CPD event at Manchester Museum

stoatCalling all primary science teachers! 

Evolution and inheritance will be entering the primary science curriculum for the first time in September 2014. Join us for a day of inspiring hands-on activities, talks and ideas for teaching evolution in your classroom. This CPD event aims to:

  • Equip teachers with the skills and knowledge that they will need to teach evolution in the primary classroom with confidence
  • Provide teachers with ideas for hands on activities and resources, both in and beyond the museum
  • Generate a digital resource that compiles the activities included in the Manchester and Oxford CPD events, along with useful resources and links

animalWhen: Thursday 21st November 2013

Where: Manchester Museum

How much: £50 per person, including lunch

Bookings: If you would like to book a place, please email: school.bookings@manchester.ac.uk.

Queries: For enquiries or further details, please contact: Hannah-lee.chalk@manchester.ac.uk / Emily.robinson@manchester.ac.uk

Download the CPD flier (pdf)

Thinking creatively about using English across the Curriculum

Yesterday, the Museum took part in an induction week activity for over 200 PGCE students from the University. The day, titled “Thinking creatively about using English across the curriculum”, involved 3 activities based around the Museum, providing different ways of using an out of the classroom setting for English language teaching and learning. I had the pleasure of working with groups in our discovery centre, to introduce some of the joys of working with objects.

foxStudents carried out a selection of challenges, all of which focused on items from the collections, ranging from describing insects and shells for a partner to draw, a new version of ‘pass the bomb’ (associated words about an object with a ticking bomb timer that is passed around the group until it ‘explodes’), and the slightly more challenging ‘Just a Museum Minute’ (based on the amusing Radio 4 quiz show, but talking about museum objects without hesitation, repetition or deviation). kiwi

Perhaps my favourite was the activity where groups had to tell a story about our kiwi and fox. Here are 2 gems that I want to share…

‘I am a fox and I am looking at a lovely Kiwi. My name is Mr Fox. The kiwi is beautiful but I also feel as though I want to eat it, I am so conflicted. It looks very tasty and I am so hungry, I haven’t eaten all day. I’ve tried the kiwi fruit but its just not the same.’

‘I do not like them looking at me. I feel as if they are judging me. Their eyes lock onto mine and I cannot move a muscle. Ive had so many staring contests, now I am a master. I am tired now – my eyes hurt. I bare my teeth at them and they run away. Phew! (This is the fox by the way)’

Students also had the opportunity to explore our Living Cultures and Manchester Galleries to focus on using objects as the basis for a piece of writing, and our Fossil Gallery for a brainstorming activity, The day was a lot of fun (if not exhausting!), and I would like to wish all of the students the best of luck for the next year. It was a fantastic opportunity for us to introduce the museum at such an early stage in their teaching careers, and hopefully, they will come back with their classes in the future!

Primary Science and Outreach Team visit Scotland

On 3rd March, Menaka, Vicky, Lynne and myself visited the National Museum of  Scotland in Edinburgh and spent the morning with staff from the community outreach and learning teams to find out about their education programme, and in particular, how they have been working around the Royal Museum Project.

We also visited Dynamic Earth and met up with some of their administrator and education manager, who kindly explained their programme and showed us around some of their facilities. It was really interesting to see how different sites manage, advertise and run their learning programmes.

Vicky, who works in primary outreach, had this to say;

We had a really productive visit, exchanged ideas and met some new friends at the Zoo.  Below is a picture of a King Penguin Chick, he is about 4 months old and will stay covered in his fluffy brown feathers until he’s around 10 months old and after this time he will develop a waterproof black and white coat.

Image, A King Penguin Chick at Edinburgh Zoo

Darwin CPD Dates announced

We will be running two 3hr CPD sessions for primary and secondary teachers on Tuesday 20 April 2 – 5pm and Saturday 24 April from 10am – 1pm.

Join us to look and develop ways of using the Museum to help with the teaching of Darwin, Evolution and Natural Selection. There will be the opportunity to tour the Charles Darwin; evolution of a scientist exhibition and our Museum staff will also be on hand to help plan trips and provide resources for you to take away.

Limited travel bursaries and teacher cover are available please get in touch with Louise Sutherland on 0161 275 8761 to book your place.

Young Children in Museums and Galleries Learning Opportunities and Best Practice – FREE

This half day sharing  event is designed to provide opportunities for:

  • Networking with other EY practitioners and museum and gallery staff over lunch 12-12.50
  • Sharing best practice – through case studies presented by  early years practitioners
  • Exploring learning opportunities for young children on galleries in the museum or gallery where training event is held.
  • Museums and galleries are seen to be excellent places to help practitioners meet the EYFS ‘targets’ Who is it for?
    Early years practitioners in all settings – schools, private day nurseries, children’s centres.

Time: 12 noon for lunch to 3.45pm

Number of places 30

Dates and Venues (NB the same session is being run TWICE)

Wednesday 10 March 2010 at The Manchester Museum
http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/yourvisit/travel/

NEW VENUE and Date
Wednesday 14 April 2010 at The Harris Museum and Art Gallery Preston
http://www.harrismuseum.org.uk/

Please email elaine.bates@manchester.ac.uk to reserve your place – bookings are on a first come basis

Free training Events for early years and family learning Practitioners!

There are 2 opportunities coming up for early years practitioners to explore learning opportunities for young children and families in museums and galleries and to share good practice. Please see details below. Please note that these events are funded by Renaissance NW and are free – so book your places early!

These half day  sharing events and designed to provide opportunities for:

  • Networking with other EY  and FL practitioners and museum and gallery staff over lunch 12-12.50
  • Sharing best practice – through case studies presented by  early years practitioners
  • Exploring learning opportunities for young children on galleries in the museum or gallery where training event is held.
  • Museums and galleries being seen to be excellent places to help practitioners meet the EYFS ‘targets’

 Who is it for?

Early years practitioners in all settings – schools, private day nurseries, children’s centres, family learning practitioners and Museum and gallery staff.

Dates and Venues (NB the same session is being run twice):
Wednesday 27 January 2010 at Bolton Museum and Art Gallery

http://www.boltonmuseums.org.uk/visiting/find_bolton_museum/

 And repeated on
Wednesday 10 March 2010     at Manchester Museum
http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/yourvisit/travel/

 Please Email

Elaine.bates@manchester.ac.uk to reserve your place – bookings are on a first come basis