About the Session 

During this session students will look at telescopes, microscopes and sundials to explore light sources, reflection and shadows. Students will have the opportunity to handle scientific instruments and make their own dial.

Duration: 90 minutes

Session Format: 30 minute taught session + 30 minute worksheet +30 minute handling and/or craft activity.

Available: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. All Seasons.

Science and Exploration

About the Session 

What instruments did explorers take on board ship before they travelled the world? What role did navigational instruments play in the development of the British Empire? These are the questions students will explore as they look at a range of navigational instruments and globes displayed in the Museum. Through these objects, students will also get a better understanding of latitude and longitude, how different navigational instruments work and how maps and globes are made.

Duration: 90 minutes

Polar Exploration

About the Session 

Travelling back in time to the heroic era of Antarctic polar exploration (Scott and/or Shackleton), your students will pack for an imaginary expedition, get kitted up in some modern polar gear and take part in an interactive historic survival story. This session can be adapted to match your curriculum. 

Duration: 90 minutes

Session Format: A fast paced, interactive taught session lasting 90 minutes

Available: Wednesdays and Thursdays in school term time.

Polar Museum Tour for Teenagers

About the Session 

A whistle-stop tour of the polar regions including the life of Arctic peoples, history of polar exploration, research, politics and modern day science. From cannibalism to naked statues, this tour includes the grizzly and the ghastly...

Duration: 1 hour

Session Format: Interactive guided tour for 45 minutes plus 15 minutes to ask questions/ look around the gallery

Available: Wednesdays and Thursdays in school term time only.

Scott's Scientists

About the Session 

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. 

Poetry Rocks!

About the Session 

This activity is introduced as the One Word Game. Working together, each member of the group generates one word describing a single rock sample. This produces a word bank which the group then refine and add to. They then organise the words to come up with a simple list poem using poetic devices of their suggestion, and perform their work. The word bank can be taken back to the classroom for post-visit work.

Duration: 1.5 hours