The British Museum’s workshops, exhibition sessions and gallery experiences for the 2016 to 2017 school year are now available for booking.
Spanning a variety of subjects from Art & Design to History and Maths, sessions are available for Early Years through to Key Stage 5.
Sessions include an object handling workshop for Key Stage 2, which explores the world in 900 AD and focuses on Mayan, Benin and early Islamic societies, a Key Stage 1 workshop looking at the Music of Africa, where students work in groups to create their own piece of music using real African instruments, as well as the Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 session, Money in the Museum.
Workshops such as Music of Africa are held in the museum’s Samsung Digital Discovery Centre.
The centre allows students to use digital equipment, such as tablets and mobile phones, to bring history and cultures to life.
For example, in the Music of Africa workshop, as well as using instruments to create their own piece of music, pupils will record their own original composition using tablets and recording equipment available at the Digital Discovery Centre. This will then be sent back to school.
As well as workshops, the British Museum’s exhibitions are available for school’s to view.
Teachers can opt for a self-led visit, which can be booked alongside the general public or alternatively can choose to arrange to explore the exhibitions on one of the British Museum’s school exclusive mornings, which are available on selected dates.
Currently running until 27th November is Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds.
The exhibition looks at the two lost cities of ancient Egypt, submerged under the sea for over 1,000 years, which were recently rediscovered, and offers learning opportunities in subjects ranging from History to Citizenship.
The British Museum also provides a range of classroom and visit resources, as well as session support notes, which can be downloaded and printed from its website.