What is Colour?

About the Session 

This session will motivate students to think deeply about the science of the everyday – specifically why and how we see colour. Using prisms and optics and looking at the work of Isaac Newton and James Clerk Maxwell, students will understand how interaction between light, material and the human eye result in colourful creations.

Duration: 90 minutes

Session Format: 30 minute taught session + 30 minute handling and/or craft activity + 30 minute self exploration

Out of Space

About the Session 

How did people learn about the solar system before space telescopes and spaceships were invented? By looking at telescopes, globes and mechanical models of the solar system, students will learn more about how our understanding of the universe has changed through time. Make an orrery showing the movement of the earth and moon around the sun.

Duration: 90 minutes (60 minutes for KS1)

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

Inventions and Discoveries

About the Session 

Explore how technology has changed through time and learn more about key inventions such as microscopes, telescopes, globes and calculators. The Museum has many other intriguing inventions such as pre-film animation devices, papier-mâché human anatomical models and glass fungi. What will your students discover?

Duration: 90 minutes

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

Light

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.

Teacher INSET

About the Session 

Build your confidence teaching in a museum or working with art through our INSET programme.

We have a termly programme of half day INSET courses and also offer tailor-made courses. We also work with ITE providers and trainee teachers.

Animals in Art

About the Session 

Discover exotic beasts and strange creatures throoughout the museum.  

Come visit the world’s exotic beasts in the Fitzwilliam Museum’s ceramics galleries. Imagine if the animals in the ceramics collection were part of a huge parade – what a noise, what a spectacle, what wonders!

Duration: 2 hours

Art History

About the Session 

Take a thematic approach to explore art across many disciplines and periods from Neolithic Art to contemporary practice.

Duration: 2 hours

Session Format: The museum led session is scheduled for 2 hours and is delivered in the first 60 minutes of your booked slot. We recommend that schools use their second hour for follow-up time from the taught session. 

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

Kettle's Yard: Practical Art Workshops

About the Session 

Visiting Kettle's Yard with a introductory tour and drawing activities is free to all UK-based state schools. You can choose from a variety of different activities and types of visits to suit your needs. Prices for other offers and fee-paying schools may apply. Please get in touch to find out more. 

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings are set aside exclusively for schools, academies, colleges and universities. Self-led visits during regular opening hours can also be booked in advance.