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Key Stage 2

Art - Colour and Impressionism

National Museum Cardiff

Discover how artists used colour and light to record the world around them during the late 19th century.

During this workshop learners will –

  • Compare the subjects and visual qualities e.g. colour and technique of Realist and Impressionist art.
  • Develop vocabulary to describe and respond to works of art in the gallery.
  • Learn about the gift that two Welsh sisters made to the Museum and to Wales.
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Led by Museum staff - £40 for up to 15 pupils, £60 for up to 35. Free for some schools (see booking information).

Curriculum

Art and Design

Curriculum Cymreig

Dinosaur Detectives

National Museum Cardiff

Come face to face with dinosaurs, explore feeding adaptations, find out what lived with the dinosaurs and handle some real dino bones.

During this workshop learners will –

  • Handle real fossils and dinosaur bones
  • Work together to identify fossils
  • Compare teeth form different dinosaurs
  • Use maths to compare the size of a T. rex and a child's footprint.
  • Invent a new dinosaur and use word roots to name it.

After the session learners should be able to –

  • Describe the differences between herbivore and carnivore teeth.
  • Name one modern animal and one modern plant that was alive at the time of the dinosaurs.
  • Suggest ways of comparing the sizes of animals.
  • Understand that dinosaurs have names that have meanings that can be translated into English or Welsh.
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Led by Museum staff - £40 for up to 15 pupils, £60 for up to 35. Free for some schools (see booking information).

Curriculum

Science - Interdependence of organisms

  • Learn about life processes in animals.
  • Explore feeding relationships.
  • Use the appropriate scientific language and terms.

 Scientific Enquiry

  • Make careful observations.
  • Discuss ideas.
  • Describe what they have found out.

 Numeracy

Compare two or more objects, and sort objects using a few different criteria.

Art - Welsh Landscapes

National Museum Cardiff

The diverse landscape of Wales has inspired many artists over many years - and continues to inspire today.

 During this workshop learners will –

  • Learn about the diversity of the landscape of Wales
  • Recognise the formal qualities of a landscape e.g foreground, middle ground and background, composition, use of colour etc.
  • Analyse a work of art through looking for clues.
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion when looking at a painting.
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Led by Museum staff - £40 for up to 15 pupils, £60 for up to 35. Free for some schools (see booking information).

Curriculum

Art and Design

Curriculum Cymreig

Literacy

Skulls, Teeth and Bones

National Museum Cardiff

Explore our body and compare to skeletons and skulls, from dogs and sheep, to the more exotic tigers and elephants.

During this workshop learners will –

  • Understand the difference between an invertebrate and vertebrate animal.
  • Recall how a skeleton helps humans and other animals move.
  • Name the parts of the human body.
  • Identify certain animals as carnivores, herbivores or omnivores.
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Led by Museum staff - £40 for up to 15 pupils, £60 for up to 35. Free for some schools (see booking information).

Curriculum

Science - Interdependence of organisms

  • Learn about life processes in animals.
  • Explore feeding relationships.
  • Use the appropriate scientific language and terms.

 Scientific Enquiry

  • Make careful observations.
  • Discuss ideas.
  • Describe what they have found out.

 Numeracy

Compare two or more objects, and sort objects using a few different criteria.

Art - Sculpture

National Museum Cardiff

Materials and form will be explored through sculpture, ranging from the realistic to more abstract works.

During this workshop pupils will -

  • Define sculpture
  • Identify different materials used in sculpture, and the tools used
  • Compare methods used in sculpture by artists from different periods
  • Extension Activity: Make a three-dimensional sculpture from foil, inspired by what they have seen
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Led by Museum staff - £40 for up to 15 pupils, £60 for up to 35. Free for some schools (see booking information).

Curriculum

Art and Design

Literacy

Discover!

National Museum Cardiff

In this session children will gain a first hand understanding of real and replica museum objects through self directed exploration.

This session also supports the literacy and numeracy framework

During this workshop learners will –

  • Develop an understanding of museums and their purpose.
  • Select an object from the collection that they would like to know more about.
  • Use the gallery to find out more about this object.
  • Create their own museum style label for this object.
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Led by Museum staff - £40 for up to 15 pupils, £60 for up to 35. Free for some schools (see booking information).

Curriculum

Science

Literacy

Numeracy

Minibeasts

National Museum Cardiff

Get hands-on with bugs and spiders from our collections. Find out about adaptations, lifecycles and symmetry.

During this workshop learners will –

  • Understand the difference between an invertebrate and vertebrate animal.
  • Recall the key features of a minibeast.
  • Use a key and magifier to sort minibeasts into groups.
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Led by Museum staff - £40 for up to 15 pupils, £60 for up to 35. Free for some schools (see booking information).

Curriculum

Science - Interdependence of organisms

  • Learn about life processes in animals.
  • Explore feeding relationships.
  • Use the appropriate scientific language and terms.

 Scientific Enquiry

  • Make careful observations.
  • Discuss ideas.
  • Describe what they have found out.

 Numeracy

Compare two or more objects, and sort objects using a few different criteria.

Art - Portraits through time

National Museum Cardiff

Study a range of portraits from the historic to more recent times to consider change in styles and purpose.  Learn how to read a portrait and look for clues that will reveal information about individual sitters.

During this workshop learners will –

  • Question the evidence that is presented through a portrait.
  • Identify and read symbols used in portraits.
  • Analyse a work of art through looking for clues.
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion when looking at a painting.

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Led by Museum staff - £40 for up to 15 pupils, £60 for up to 35. Free for some schools (see booking information).

Curriculum

Art and Design

Curriculum Cymreig

History

Wordplay

National Museum Cardiff

In this workshop pupils use hands on exploration of real museum specimens as inspiration to create their own shape poem

This session supports the Literacy and Numeracy Framework

During this workshop learners will –

  • Develop an understanding of museums and their purpose.
  • Select an object from the collection that they would like to know more about.
  • Use the gallery to find out more about this object.
  • Write a shape poem for this object.

 

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Led by Museum staff - £40 for up to 15 pupils, £60 for up to 35. Free for some schools (see booking information).

Curriculum

Literacy

Science

History

Earthquakes & Volcanoes

National Museum Cardiff
school children watch a model volcano erupt

Become a Hazard Hunter and find out about the dangers of earthquakes, watch an eruption and discover where volcanoes once erupted in Wales.

During this workshop learners will –

  • Watch a model volcano erupt.
  • Use an earthquake shake table.
  • Handle real volcanic rocks.
  • Do an experiment to show why earthquakes are sudden events.

After the session learners should be able to –

  • Know that some rocks come from volcanoes
  • Recall the parts of a volcano
  • Describe some of the hazards in a volcanic eruption
  • Suggest ways of making structures more stable
  • Understand that the plates of the Earth move in a jerky way and that this makes it difficult to predict earthquakes.

Curriculum

Science – Rocks and Soils

Our Earth

Scientific Enquiry

  • Follow simple instructions safely to gather their findings
  • Describe what they have found out
  • Use some scientific knowledge to explain their findings
  • Begin to draw conclusions
  • Link learning in different situations
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Led by Museum staff - £40 for up to 15 pupils, £60 for up to 35. Free for some schools (see booking information).

Art - Artes Mundi

National Museum Cardiff

Have a look at the art work in this years Artes Mundi exhibition.

Discover how artists in Artes Mundi 8 use different shapes, colours and materials to say something about the way they see the world.

Talk about what you can see and then spend some time making or planning your own art work.

Duration: 1 hour
Dates: 6 November 2018 - 24 Feb 2019
Cost: Led by Museum staff – free of charge.

Curriculum

Art and Design

Literarcy

Free Self-led

Activity book - evolution of wales and the natural history galleries

National Museum Cardiff

Activity book for families and other groups to explore the galleries together.

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Free of charge as is a self-led session.
Free Self-led

Clore Discovery Centre Self Led Visit focused on Numeracy

National Museum Cardiff

All schools and groups must book self led sessions in advance

The Clore Discovery Centre offers pupils the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of maths, through practical activities, exploration and discovery.

Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: Free of charge as is a self-led session.
Free Self-led

Clore Discovery Centre Self Led Visits Focused on Literacy

National Museum Cardiff

The objects in the Clore Discovery Centre provide stimulating starting points for developing reading,writing and oracy.

All schools and groups must book self led sessions in advance

Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: Free of charge as is a self-led session.
Free Self-led

Dinosaurs in Wales Activity Booklet

National Museum Cardiff

Activity book for families and other groups to explore the galleries together.

Cost: Free of charge as is a self-led session.
Free Self-led

Exploring Materials

National Museum Cardiff

Worksheet to help you explore the museum’s collections – how many materials will you find.

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Free of charge as is a self-led session.

Documents

Free Self-led

General ideas for museum visits

National Museum Cardiff

Use these notes to explore educational themes across the galleries.

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Free of charge as is a self-led session.
Free Self-led

Museum Detective

National Museum Cardiff

Worksheet to get you looking really carefully around the museum.

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Free of charge as is a self-led session.
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