National Museums Scotland Announces Schools Programme

National Museums Scotland has developed two programmes of activity, one for Primary schools and one for Secondary schools. The programme will coincide with the start of the new academic year. Highlights include the new cross-curricular workshops: Create Your Own Exhibition; Explore Space and Exploring Evidence.

Stephen Allen, Head of Learning and Programmes, National Museums Scotland said:

‘We are very excited about the launch of the new schools’ programmes for the 2010/2011 academic year. Our extensive collections cover archaeology, Scottish history, the natural world, science, technology, world cultures, design, art and fashion. We worked creatively using these fantastic resources to develop a diverse range of activity that brings the curriculum to life.’

Create Your Own Exhibition taps into a wide variety of skills from literacy to enterprise as school children are encouraged to work with museum curators, designers and conservators to develop and market their own exhibition. Primary school children will also be able to attend workshops including Viking training school at the National Museum of Scotland, and secondary school children will be given the chance to explore and evaluate evidence from themes that include Scotland’s rocks and fossils and the Industrial Revolution.

The National Museum of Flight at East Fortune Airfield provides a historical backdrop to learning about the First World War through the exploration of the site’s role in the defence of Scotland. Pupils can design and assemble a crystal radio set and plot their escape using Morse code at the National War Museum, whilst primary schools can work with a drama specialist to role play family life during the Second World War.

Standard Grade and Higher geographers can get to grips with fieldwork techniques down on the farm at the National Museum of Rural Life; for primary schools butter-making is on the menu. The National Museum of Costume excels at turning students into model pupils during the Victorian School lesson.

Sitting alongside these wide-ranging events for schoolchildren is our programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events at the National Museum of Scotland. Reinventing the Royal Museum is the first opportunity for teachers to learn about the transformation of the Royal Museum building with details of our new galleries, collections and learning facilities being unveiled.
Teachers can find out more by visiting www.nms.ac.uk/schools

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