Explore the museum collections playfully through stories, puzzles and quests in a selection of sessions for children in the Foundation Stage. Suitable for reception classes, nurseries, playgroups, preschools, Children's Centres etc.
Using the collections housed at the Whipple Museum and Whipple Library, this taught session focuses on the impact and legacy of the theory of evolution by natural selection. It will also provide students with an insight into how science works, including Charles Darwin’s engagement with the wider scientific community and the observational basis of his theory.
Archaeologists use objects from burials (grave goods) to learn about the lives, art, culture and settlements of Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Students will see grave goods, complete a sensory activity and reconstruct an Anglo-Saxon burial using real artefacts and teaching replicas.
What was life like in Roman Britain? Did people live in the Cambridge area in Roman times? What can archaeology tell us about Roman settlements in Britain? These are some of the questions we will discuss as students see and handle objects from across the Roman Empire as well as objects found in Duroliponte (Cambridge’s Roman town name).
Students will use their senses to explore the sounds, sights and smells of the past. By handling ancient objects and using MAA’s multisensory bags, pupils will consolidate their chronological understanding and identify the similarities and differences between ways of life in different time periods.
Through the objects in the Museum, students will focus on the achievements of scientists who worked in Cambridge and how their discoveries have contributed to the development of science. As part of the session, students will pick their favourite scientist and create a poster explaining why their scientist should win the ‘Nobel Prize for Cambridge Scientists’.
Travelling back in time to Scott's Terra Nova Expedition, your students will take on the roles of Edwardian scientists studying meteorology, geology, glaciology, zoology and navigation. Staying in role they will plan an experiment and search for the equipment needed in our museum. This activity includes; team work, survival techniques, planning and organisation. We can extend the session to include dressing up as a modern polar researcher discussing insulation, frostbite and snow blindness. The session can be adapted to match your curriculum.