Virtual Visits for schools

Connect your class with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales for a free live interactive workshop. Designed for learners aged 7-11, the workshops cover areas of the curriculum including: Humanities, Expressive Arts and Science and Technology.

Take part in live activities, zoom in on Museum treasures and engage in thought provoking discussions with Museum staff. All sessions are supported with relevant digital resources and pre-recorded content.

Since Autumn 2020 we have connected with 28,000+ pupils across Wales and beyond! If your learners are working from home or from school - we can connect with you.

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Download this Teacher's Guide: Preparing for a virtual visit.

We have 12 sessions to choose from see the details below to book a session. 100% of teachers who responded to our doopoll said they would definitely book a virtual session again. Sessions are hosted using Microsoft Teams and here is a teacher’s guide preparing for a virtual visit.

‘’Even when not in lockdown, it's a great way to connect with expertise and experiences beyond the classroom. A wonderful opportunity for the children!’’

‘’A brilliant way for the children to be able to experience real life artefacts and stories in these challenging times’.

We don’t believe that virtual visits will ever replace the fantastic experience of visiting our Museums in-person. Virtual visits, instead offer a different kind of learning experience and the opportunity to interact with museum staff and objects much more frequently - throughout the academic year. So, learners could visit a Museum to study one topic and join us virtually to study another. We have also found that learners are more likely to ask in-depth, thought-provoking questions when they interact with us virtually.

Virtual visits are a good way for us to deliver a more inclusive learning program for schools that are too far from a Museum, have needs that make visiting difficult or are struggling financially.

You can choose from the following virtual workshops:

Celts - KS2

What was life in Wales like 2000 years ago? Join our resident Celt for a virtual tour of Bryn Eryr, our Iron Age roundhouses. Discover why the fire was so important, what food was eaten, and how clothes were made. But how do we know so much about life in the past? Work with our facilitator to find out how to unlock secrets of the past and work together to solve the mysteries of an Iron Age grave.

To make a booking and talk to someone about this session phone (029) 2057 3424

 

 

We'll meet again. Homefront WW2 - KS2

What was life in Wales like during World War Two? It is 1943. Watch Mary Jones as she sends a letter from Blaenwaun Post Office to her friend, Minnie Owen, owner of Emlyn Davies Drapers Shop in Dowlais. Through a short film, learn more about these people and places, and discover more about day-to-day life on the Homefront. Explore World War Two related objects  with our facilitator, discover the stories behind them and be inspired to investigate how your local area contributed to the war effort.

To make a booking and talk to someone about this session phone (029) 2057 3424

 

 

Census 1851 - Victorian Investigation - KS2

Follow the footsteps of Mr Rosser around his district of Swansea on the day of the 1851 Census. Meet several people from different backgrounds. Join us for our live workshop to interrogate a wide range of objects associated with the different characters and piece together what life was like in the 19th century for both rich and poor men and women.

To make a booking and talk to someone about this session phone (029) 2057 3600

 

 

Coal: People, Power & the Planet- KS2

Dive into the rich coal mining history of south Wales by joining a coal miner as he starts his working day at Big Pit in 1978. Learn more about mining communities, not just during this period, but all the way back to the Industrial Revolution. What impact did mining have on the environment? How did coal inspire many writers and artists? How did changes in technology improve the lives of miners and their wives?

To make a booking and talk to someone about this session phone (029) 2057 3650

 

 

The 1960s - KS2

What was life like in Wales in the 1960s, and what was happening in the world at the time? Come and meet Huw in Number 1, Fron Haul, at the end of 1969 as he looks back at an exciting and turbulent decade. Huw will discuss some of the big news stories of the sixties and talk about his experience as a young person at this time. You will then have the opportunity to explore further with our facilitator, who will show you all kinds of interesting objects to learn more about everyday life at the time. You can also explore the 1969 house digitally by using 360Scan technology.

To make a booking and talk to someone about this session phone (029) 2057 3702 

The 1960s: Virtual Workshop | National Museum Wales

 

 

Strike! - KS2

Join us in Bethesda in 1901 to learn more about the Penrhyn uarry Strike, the longest strike in British history. You will meet Leusa, and learn about the experience of living in the village during the strike by hearing the story of Pwtan the lost cat. Then, our facilitator will lead you on a virtual tour of the 1901 house using 360Scan technology, with opportunities to ask questions. You will also get to see objects and historical documents to learn more about why the strike happened and how this affected the local community.

To make a booking and talk to someone about this session phone (029) 2057 3702

 

 

Washday - Foundation

What was it like to have to wash and dry clothes before we had washing machines and electricity? Come and meet Marged to find out how she washed clothes in the olden days. You’ll see her using the washtub, washboard and the mangle, then have the opportunity to explore further with our facilitator and see some of the objects more closely. I wonder what you will discover about how things have changed and what has remained the same?

To make a booking and talk to someone about this session phone (029) 2057 3424

 

 

Virtual Roman Bootcamp - KS2

Take part in a series of challenges to find out about the life of a Roman Soldier. Learn about the Romans that once lived in Caerleon and discover what skills the Romans looked for in a soldier. You will learn about Roman armour and be tested on your marching skills. You can also ask questions about a Roman soldier's life and some of the interesting objects they left behind.

To make a booking and talk to someone about this session phone (029) 2057 3546 or email learning.romans@museumwales.ac.uk

Virtual Roman Bootcamp
 

 

Feasts & Slavery in Roman times - KS2

Wealthy Romans are famous for their parties! Discover the weird and wonderful food they ate such as peacocks' brains to stuffed dormice. Find out about the lives of the slaves behind the rich Roman lifestyles. There will be opportunity to virtually study the collections at the National Roman Legion Museum which relate to this subject.

To make a booking and talk to someone about this session phone (029) 2057 3546 or email learning.romans@museumwales.ac.uk

Feasts & Slavery in Roman times
 

 

Sounds of the Dinosaurs - Foundation

Illustration of two dinosaurs making music

See real dinosaur fossils, imagine what noises dinosaurs may have made, and take part in a lively, sound-based story about a forest at the time of the dinosaurs! With the help of a dinosaur expert, learners will understand that although dinosaurs are extinct, fossils can tell us a lot about them, recognise dinosaurs as being carnivores or herbivores and deduce the size of dinosaurs by looking at dinosaur bones and comparing them with ours.

To make a booking and talk to someone about this session phone (029) 2057 3240 or email learning@museumwales.ac.uk

 

 

Let's Look At Art! National Museum Wales - Foundation

San Giorgio Maggiore, Twilight by Claude Monet

Join our facilitator in this interactive session introducing some of the different artworks at National Museum Cardiff. We will look at paintings, ceramics, photographs, and sculpture. This is an opportunity to develop communication skills and explore colour, shape and size through art. You can take part in activities including creating your own speedy colour and shape artwork. 

To make a booking and talk to someone about this session phone (029) 2057 3240 or email learning@museumwales.ac.uk

 

 

Dinosaur Detectives - KS2

Working with a dinosaur expert, learners will become young palaeontologists. They will solve a series of dinosaur puzzles and activities to learn about dinosaur lives. With these skills, they can study a Welsh dinosaur – the Dracoraptor! Learners will discover how this dinosaur was found, how it lived, what it ate and what it looked like. This workshop introduces learners to the importance of scientific enquiry and method.

To make a booking and talk to someone about this session phone (029) 2057 3240 or email learning@museumwales.ac.uk

 

 

Discovering Art at National Museum Wales - KS2

Combining film and live facilitation, this workshop introduces learners to the art galleries with a focus on Welsh Landscape art and artists. Learners will consider how the Welsh landscape has inspired artists. They will analyse some key Welsh landscapes, question evidence and develop vocabulary to describe and respond to artwork. Learners will also have the opportunity think about art technique, style, composition and the use of light and colour.

To make a booking and talk to someone about this session phone (029) 2057 3240 or email learning@museumwales.ac.uk

 

 

Victorian School - KS2

What would it have been like to be a pupil in a Victorian school? Your class can find out by taking part in this virtual workshop.In this virtual visit you will discover what it was like to go to a Victorian school in Wales, you will learn more about the history of Victorian schools in Wales, and have an opportunity to explore Victorian artefacts and Amgueddfa Cymru’s archive images

To make a booking and talk to someone about this session phone (029) 2057 3424

 

 

Virtual Toys - Foundation

What toys did children play with in the past? How are these traditional toys different to the toys children play with today? Join our facilitator to discover a selection of toys from the past and see how they compare to modern toys. How have the materials used to make toys changed over time? Be inspired to make your own toys to play with in the classroom.

To make a booking and talk to someone about this session phone (029) 2057 3424