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Something exciting is happening to our programmes for schools and teachers, and we would love you to be part of it! 

Since the closure of the Museum due to COVID-19, we have been working on a new online offer for schools and teachers. In addition to refreshing our existing sessions, our new 'Virtual Schools' programme will support schools and children who are unable to visit us in person. 

We will not be taking bookings for school visits during the autumn term, 2020 to enable us to focus on developing our new offer ready for when we welcome schools back in person. However, we are inviting interested teachers to sign up to our Fitz Schools Teacher Panel. 

We are interested in working with staff in a range of different roles, from class teacher, to SM, to support staff, to SENDCOs, to Art, History or Science leads. You can sign up as an individual teacher or on behalf of your school to take part in online consultation sessions from September to Dec 2020. In return for your time, you and your school will get exclusive access to our new films, sessions and activities and have the opportunity to discover some of the museum's hidden treasures with museum educators, artists and curators. You will also develop your knowledge, skills and confidence teaching from paintings, objects and museum collections to help you to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum for all your children.

If you a primary schools teacher and are interested in taking part in our primary teacher panel, please sign up here and we will be in touch with details of the next meeting. If you are secondary teacher please email Sarah Blake at sb619@cam.ac.uk (working days Weds- Friday) to find out more about how you can get involved. 

Shakespeare's World

Explore the collections to illustrate Shakespeare's world in relation to specific artwork and plays. 

 

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Beliefs, English, Exam Themes, Famous People, History, KS3, KS4, KS5

Romanticism & Visionaries

Discover the work of major 18th Century artists and thinkers and link these to significant historic events.  

Tags: Art & Artists, Beliefs, Exam Themes, Famous People, KS5, PSHE

Reading Paintings

Why, how and what do artists paint? Explore how artists use line, shape, colour, texture and composition to express their ideas.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, English, Famous People, History, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Poems & Pictures

Use paintings to stimulate vocabulary and create group poems.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, English, History, KS1, KS2

Materials

Explore the use and properties of different materials including metals, clay and paint throughout the museum.

Tags: Art & Design, Discovery, Exploration, KS1, KS2, Materials, Science

Journeys

Investigate different types of journey as you move around the museum; from holidays at the seaside, to bugs and beetles finding food and soldiers marching into battle.

Tags: Art & Design, Discovery, Exploration, Geography, History, KS1, KS2, Local Interest

GCSE, A'Level and BTEC themes

Link your current art theme to the wealth of artefacts within the museum collection.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Exam Themes, KS3, KS4

Creative Writing Through Art

Explore paintings to inspire vocabulary and create stories, dialogue or poetry.

 

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, English, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

Colour and Culture

Explore colour and pigments within the collection in relation to different art historical periods. 

Tags: History, KS3, KS4, KS5, Materials, Modern Science, Science

Britain in the Inter-war years

Explore the collections to trace the birth of Modernism through Art and Literature in Northern Europe.

Tags: Art & Design, English, Exam Themes, History, KS5, Politics & Philosophy

Nine collections, six months

Thu, 22 Oct 2020

On 19 March, the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden closed to the public following Government advice. This week, we will be fully or partially open again across all sites for the first time in over six months. This post describes some of the activity we have delivered in that time, how we continued to serve our audiences, and... Read full article


Arts Award at Home

Mon, 19 Oct 2020

During lockdown the University of Cambridge Museums wanted to offer children and young people the chance to complete a Discover Arts Award from the comfort of their own homes for free. We hoped this would be a great way to encourage creativity among young people, keep them busy during school closures and school holidays, and give them a sense of... Read full article


Engaging children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) virtually through lockdown

Thu, 01 Oct 2020

During the Covid 19 lockdown University of Cambridge Museums wanted to engage remotely and maintain relationships with our pre-existing audience of children with special educational needs and disabilities. According to government statistics in January 2020 12.1% of all school pupils have a special educational need, and we have two main programmes for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Arts... Read full article


Look Think Do

Wed, 16 Sep 2020

Look Think Do is a set of starter activities the Fitzwilliam Museum learning team have been creating since the start of lockdown. They are aimed primarily at schools to use as remote learning activities for students, but are also written with families in mind, given that we recognised the majority of children would be learning at home supported by family... Read full article


Keeping Creativity Going During Lockdown

Wed, 17 Jun 2020

Pre-COVID19, our focus as educators was on understanding how to serve our young audiences by finding ways to help them come to the museum. Now we must switch our efforts to identifying how the museum can continue to be relevant and useful to them in their own homes. Look, think, do From the start of lockdown, the Learning Team at... Read full article