Q&A: Bradwell Village School’s trip to the British Museum

Date Posted: 11/06/2015

School: Bradwell Village School, Milton Keynes
Number of pupils: 68
Subject: History
KS: 2

Year 5 students from Bradwell Village School in Milton Keynes recently visited the British Museum, London.

We spoke to Key Stage 2 teacher, Rachel Scott about the visit.

Why did you decide to visit the British Museum?

“The British Museum seemed like the perfect option for our Year 5 students. As lead organiser and History coordinator I went on a familiarisation visit to the Museum earlier this year to see how suitable it would be, and it really did tick all the boxes. The Learning Programmes for schools have been adapted to accommodate the new curriculum which came into effect at the start of the academic year.

“The range of topics that they cover meant that our day was packed full. On our trip we covered the Egyptians and the Anglo Saxons; I found that the summer term was the perfect time to go as it meant we could visit with the children having a greater understanding of what they were visiting as the topics had already been covered in class.”

Did you take part in any workshops or talks?

“Yes, as part of our booking we had organised to have a talk called the ‘Journey to the ancient Egyptian afterlife’. Although the Egyptians aren’t covered on the National Curriculum, it is an additional subject that is available for Key Stage 2, which many schools take up. The pupils are really enjoying learning about the Egyptians at the moment back at school, and the talk was a great opportunity for them to learn more about the Book of the Dead and what Ancient Egyptians could expect to find on their journey to the afterlife.”

How did the students find the trip to the British Museum?

“They really enjoyed themselves. Lots of our students don’t often get the opportunity to visit places like the British Museum and they were fascinated by the artefacts. They really loved seeing the Rosetta Stone as they had already learnt about it in class and to see it in real life they were able to relate it to what they already knew. It was the same with seeing the artefacts from Sutton Hoo, which we covered in the autumn term as part of our Anglo-Saxon study. They were really excited to see the helmets and it made them feel like they were historians!”

Did the Museum provide resources, and if so did you find them useful?

“Yes, we were able to download resources from the British Museum’s website, specific to Curriculum and which complemented what we had already taught in History lessons during the year.”

How did you follow up on the trip back in the classroom?

“Using what the students had learnt at the British Museum we then spent a week writing information texts of what they had seen and experienced. This formed part of their English studies writing non-fiction and information texts.”

Do you have any more school trips lined up?

“At the moment I am looking to organise a visit to the MK Rose at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes to form part of our teaching of Local History. It is made up of numerous pillars to commemorate local and international events. We are also looking to organise a visit for Year 4 students to Bradwell Abbey and the Roman Ruins, which are quite literally on our doorstep!”

For more information on educational visits to the British Museum call 020 7323 8510 or visit www.britishmuseum.org/learning.

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