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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

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


In an ideal world, museums would make visiting easier by…

Mon, 08 Jun 2020

In early 2018, the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) started thinking about how we could help children with sensory sensitivities and their families to access the museums in a way that worked for them. “People aren’t aware you’ve used every ounce of your energy to get there [the museum]” Parent from focus group “It was a really special opportunity to... Read full article


Rock ChYpPs: putting young people’s objects on display

Sun, 07 Jun 2020

‘Rock ChYpPS’ is a co-curated temporary exhibition at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. It displays geological objects loaned to the museum from children in the local Cambridge area, and aimed to provide a space for museum staff and local children to meet and connect over geology. The University of Cambridge Museums join the PlayDaze summer programme every year. Run... Read full article


Diving into a Coral Reef with Cambridge Communities

Mon, 01 Jun 2020

Our audiences are full of creativity, something we see in bucketfuls at our events and workshops. We wanted to go further, and showcase audience creations and collaborations in our programming and displays. As a Museum celebrating the wonders of the natural world, we have an innate desire to protect it. We have committed to embedding sustainability into our public programme... Read full article