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Secondary School Workshops

KS3/4 Enquiring Minds

This programme aims to engage students to explore the collection at the Museum in order to develop interpretation, enquiry and critical thinking skills. Many of the workshops are focused around student-led activities, allowing individuals and groups to contribute their thoughts, ideas and feelings about the collection and, as a result, experience a unique session that links directly with topics within the curriculum.

Sessions

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Roman Manchester – KS3 (History)
Learn more about the life of Roman soldiers in Manchester and the impact it had on the existing British population.

Citizen of the City - KS3 (Citizenship and History)
What does it mean to be a citizen of the 21st Century? Travel back to the city state of Athens in Ancient Greece to find out where it all began.

 

Artist-led Drawing - KS3/4 (Art and Art & Design)
Work with a practicing artist to document a wide variety of un-cased objects within our collection.

 

Medicine in Ancient Times - KS4 (History) 
How are primary sources used to evaluate the progress in medicine and health in historic times? Identify evidence on our galleries and reflect on the ancient understanding of medicine and health.

Ancient History– KS4 (Ancient History, Classics and History)
Discover more about the empires of Egypt, Rome and Greece, exploring their trade routes, lifestyle and culture – including a section on Roman Manchester.

Research Skills - KS4
Expand your students' research skills.Work with a PhD researcher from the University of Manchester to explore how museum objects contribute to research. Students will interrogate the research process and develop their own research plan in response to our collection.

 

Project-led Opportunities

We have recently been working with a number of schools on specific projects that have links with the Museum’s collection and can contribute to pupils’ understanding on a variety of subjects. If you are interested in working with us on a project, or have questions about how a joint partnership with the Museum can enrich your syllabus, please contact Cat Lumb.

Examples of project work we have been involved in include:

The Midden Project: Research in Action
A partnership project with Matthew Moss High School whereupon students created their own Middens (archaeological rubbish dump) in order to analyse the process of degradation and discuss the impact this has on the archaeological record.

The Art of Identity
Funded by The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts Startprogramme, this is a project that partners with three schools to create an exhibition exploring the theme of identity through a piece of artwork.

Tameside Photography exhibition:
A yearly project whereupon Photography students from Tameside College create individual responses to the Museum’s collection using darkroom techniques which then go on display.

 

 


KS3/4 Real Life Science: Collections, Curiosity and Cutting Edge Science

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Sessions

The Colour of Nature - KS3
Is colour important in the natural world? Explore the physical and biological context of colour using real museum specimens.

Diversity of Life - KS3
Do organisms need to adapt to survive? Investigate variation, classification and what could endanger life using collections from the Museum.  

 

Animal Mummies – KS3/4 - NEW SESSION
How can scientific imaging technology reveal the secrets held beneath the bandages of ancient Egyptian animal mummies?                                                                                                       

99% Ape? Human Evolution Workshop - KS3/4
Where do we come from? Examine the evidence for the origin of our species.       

Forensic Science: A Bog Body Mystery - KS3/4   
What are the real world applications of forensic science? Analyse DNA and archaeological evidence to determine if a crime has been committed.                                                                                                            

 

Evolution Revolution - KS4 
What is the evidence for evolution? Decide whether the evidence supports Darwin's or Lamarck's theory of evolution.  

Ecosystem Impact: Thrive, Survive, or Demise? - KS4
What impact do humans have on biodiversity? How can we measure the abundance and diversity of species within a habitat? Plan and present your own research project to evaluate biodiversity changes in a habitat over a 10 year period.      

Research Skills - KS4
Expand your students' research skills.Work with a PhD researcher from the University of Manchester to explore how museum objects contribute to research. Students will interrogate the research process and develop their own research plan in response to our collection.

 

 


Enrichment Days

Enrichment Days - KS3
A selection of workshops to increase curiosity in the world and enliven enthusiasm for learning.


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