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

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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)

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

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

Share and share alike

I’m very fortunate in that, a few months ago, I was accepted on to the Professional Development Programme (PDP) at the University of Manchester’s Centre for Museology. This opportunity (funded by Renaissance North West) has come at a good point in my career, giving me the opportunity to reflect on my and others’ practice and to look for ways in which I can develop my skills.

Image, from our Living Cultures gallery

Image, artefacts from our Living Cultures gallery

The PDP is structured so that I have a lot of control over how my learning plan is organised, leading up to a research project at the end.

One of my key aims has been to speak to a wide variety of colleagues in learning teams about how programmes are devised, how (where appropriate) object-centred learning is incorporated, how programmes are evaluated and how adult helpers are given a role in visits.

I decided not to restrict myself only to museums and galleries, so in the last few weeks I’ve been lucky enough to speak to colleagues at Trafford Ecology Park and the Royal Exchange theatre, both of whom gave me a lot of food for thought.

On top of that, I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a few days in London recently.  I’m really grateful for the time that colleagues were generously able to give me at the Horniman Museum, the Serpentine Gallery and the Natural History Museum.

Image, the Horniman Museum logo Serpentine logo Natural History Museum logo

These were busy people who were happy to share time, ideas and spaces with me – and they really got my head spinning! In a good way, of course. While I still haven’t pinned down all my butterfly thoughts from my conversations, I have already begun to consider how some of the ideas I’ve heard might affect our learning programmes, advocacy and teacher resources.

It’s good to share – there’s no point us reinventing the wheel when someone’s already got there first!

Drawing across the Curriculum: learning, engagement and enjoyment

Exciting news!

We have just been confirmed as a venue for Drawing across the Curriculum: learning, engagement and enjoyment here at The Manchester Museum on Wednesday July 8th.

More info and links below

Drawing across the Curriculum: learning, engagement and enjoyment
Venue: The Manchester Museum
Date: 8 July 2009
Cost: £55 teachers / institutional delegates
£35 freelancers / volunteers
Includes lunch and supporting materials

Image, Use as Pre-historic Life Gallery as artistic inspiration

Image, Use the Pre-historic Life Gallery as artistic inspiration

This one-day course is for primary and secondary teachers, cultural educators and artists who work in schools. It will promote understanding of the purposes of drawing, greater confidence in using drawing as a medium for learning across the curriculum, knowledge of a wider range of drawing strategies and links between practice in primary and secondary schools. The diverse collections of The Manchester Museum will be an inspiration and stimulus for planning cross-curricular projects involving drawing.

Download further information and a booking form Please send all bookings directly to the contacts listed on the booking form and not The Manchester Museum.  Although we are hosting the event we are not coordinating the bookings or enquiries.  Thanks.


Learning Links, The Manchester Gallery

A Shango Staff in The Manchester Museum colelcted by Frank Willet in 1960

Image, A Shango Staff in The Manchester Museum collected by Frank Willet in 1960

Over the Autumn term I have had the privilege of working with Kate Barton from Neston High School on a project called `Learning Links’ funded by the Museum, Libraries and Archive Council (MLA).  This is a professional development placement to allow Museum education staff and school based teachers to spend up time in each others’ environment, sharing skills and developing new learning resources.

This is a collaborative working project to design and implement learning outside the classroom initiatives in Secondary schools. Over the Spring term we will be running trials for some new Outreach resources that we hope teachers will be able to utilise both within and without the museum for KS3 History. These will primarily be based on information sheets to accompany objects both in the new Manchester: Our City Gallery opening in April 2009, and artefacts which will make up a `Museum comes to You’ outreach box connected with the themes explored in the gallery.

These two `packs’ will be targeted at those who wish to bring their students on a pre-booked self-guided visit to The Manchester Museum, and those who would like to examine the collection within a school environment. The in-house Museum resources will focus on objects within the Manchester Gallery and the links to topics such as Slavery and Empire, both strong themes presented in the exhibition.

The Outreach resources will focus on similar issues, and will allow teachers to actively use the collection in their own lesson plans and tailor the information to highlight areas of the curriculum they are working on. Teachers will work closely with the Learning Team to tailor the session to their student’s needs prior to the school visit, and a member of the Museum Learning Team will then accompany the Outreach box to ensure safe handling and assist in facilitating the session.

If you are interested in this project, and would like to know more – or even get involved – please contact: Cat Lumb, Lead Educator, Secondary & Post-16 Humanities