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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 spring and summer term 2021 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. 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

Postcards & Paintings at Playgroup

Tue, 04 May 2021

In 2020, Playlanders was chosen as ‘Playgroup in Residence’ at the Fitzwilliam Museum. After the research residency came to a premature end due to coronavirus, staff at the museum and playgroup have continued to find ways to help the children build connections with art. In previous years Fitzwilliam Museum has enjoyed welcoming children from Playlanders on visits, not least during... Read full article


Inspiring first encounters

Wed, 28 Apr 2021

The University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) have been working with Cambridge City Council’s Children and Young People’s Participation Service (ChYpPS) for many years, but this year we took our partnership to the next level. Susan Miller provides the lowdown on the UCM partnership with the ChYpPS team, and discusses its importance in helping us to reach families during this time... Read full article


Launching virtual school sessions in a pandemic

Mon, 26 Apr 2021

We have worked hard at the Museum of Classical Archaeology to adapt and translate most of our usual, pre-covid educational activity to the digital realm. The biggest part of this adaptation was to launch virtual school sessions, offered to both primary schools and secondary schools. The result is schools from across the country being able to engage with the museum... Read full article


A six month snapshot

Thu, 22 Apr 2021

Last month, we marked one year since the introduction of measures to limit the COVID-19 pandemic. Our last update was published in October 2020, just as the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden (UCM) were prepared to be fully open to the public again for the first time in six months. A return to normality? Not quite. Our pandemic journey... Read full article


Working together in lockdown: Sawston Village College

Fri, 19 Mar 2021

During lockdown the Whipple Museum of the History of Science has been working with the inclusion unit at Sawston Village College to create fun, interactive science lessons based on collections objects which can be delivered remotely. The sessions have encouraged pupils to take an enquiry-based approach to science and to use historic objects to find out about science both in... Read full article