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Key Stage 2

Art

Sessions last 45mins – 1 hour. Each session costs £60 per class of up to 30 pupils.

All sessions are in two parts: starting with looking at and discussing works in the galleries, followed by a practical workshop. 
Teachers can choose a theme from the suggestions below or let staff decide what would work best with current exhibitions and the age of your class. 

 

   Making Faces
   Examine a selection of portraits in the galleries and then make a portrait using collage







The Ancient Egyptian Takabuti. The only mummy in Northern Ireland

Takabuti sarcophagusThis session takes place in the Learning Zone and begins by encouraging the children to discuss their own knowledge and to ask questions about Takabuti. They will then have the opportunity to handle and discuss real Ancient Egyptian objects including a canopic jar, amulets, combs, jewellery and shabti figures. After the session pupils can explore the objects on display in the gallery and use the interactive display ‘Materials from Ancient Egypt’ to identify, touch and smell many of the materials used by the Ancient Egyptians.

Curriculum links:

  • The World Around Us: to use different types of evidence to find out about the past e.g written, visual and physical evidence (P, COT);
  • to investigate how people used to live, including roles and responsibilities in society and how these have changed (I,COT).
  • Download the Ancient Egyptian Takabuti worksheet with exercises suitable for children 7 years of age and older (PDF 3MB).

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 60 mins
  • Cost: £60

Raiders, Traders and Settlers (Vikings)

Using a range of authentic artefacts and replica objects and an interactive problem-solving discussion, pupils will have the opportunity to explore how Viking objects were made and used and to develop an understanding of how archaeologists interpret the past.

Curriculum links:

  • The World Around Us: to investigate how people used to live, including roles and responsibilities in society and how these have changed (I,COT);
  • to use different types of evidence to find out about the past e.g written, visual and physical evidence (P, COT).

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 60 mins
  • Cost: £60.

From Stone to Metal

A unique experience for pupils to handle real artefacts from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age. By the end of the session pupils will, through observation, investigation and discussion, have gained an insight into prehistoric life, technological change over time and an understanding of how modern archaeologists piece together the lives of our ancestors.

Curriculum links:

  • The World Around Us: identify characteristics of a specific time period; changes in transport/ communications/inventions (I, COT);
  • to use different types of evidence to find out about the past e.g. written, visual and physical evidence (P, COT);
  • Connected Learning: Where am I in the World?

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 60 mins
  • Cost: £60.

Life at the Edge of the World (Inuit)

What is it like to live in the Arctic, one of the most inhospitable environments in the world? Using a handling collection of real objects, pupils will investigate how plants, animals and humans have adapted to these extreme conditions and reflect on lifestyle, similarities, differences and challenges faced by Inuit children today.

Curriculum links:

  • The World Around Us: the extreme weather can have positive and negative consequences locally and globally (I, M&E, P);
  • that there are different climates, hot, hot and wet, cool, cold etc. (P)
  • Connected Learning: Where am I in the World?

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 60 mins
  • Cost: £60.

A Victorian World

Real Victorian objects, photographs and costume are explored to transport your pupils back in time to experience the life of the Victorians. A highly interactive session focusing on distinctive features of life in the Victorian period and how our world has changed.

Curriculum links:

  • The World Around Us: to investigate how people used to live, including roles and responsibilities in society and how these have changed (I, COT);
  • to make links between main events and changes within a period studied and comment on their impact on people (COT).

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 60 mins
  • Cost: £60.

The Story of the Girona

The fascinating story of the Spanish Armada and the fate of the Girona, which sank off the Giant’s Causeway in 1588, is told through an interactive visual presentation and a problem solving discussion. The pupils will then explore the Armada gallery to find out more about life on board a sixteenth century sailing ship.

Curriculum links:

  • The World Around Us: to make links between main events and changes within a period studied and comment on their impact on people (COT);
  • to use different types of evidence to find out about the past e.g written, visual and physical evidence (P, COT) Connected Learning: Journeys.

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 60 mins
  • Cost: £60

Looking Good

The perfect body image for men and women is not a constant or universal ideal. It varies enormously when looked at through different periods of history and different cultures. Pupils will investigate how and why people adapted their looks in different periods of history by examining objects such as a Chinese lotus shoe, a Victorian corset, Egyptian make-up and Elizabethan clothing. The class will also participate in an interactive visual presentation and discuss the influence of media on our own body image.

Curriculum Links:

  • The World Around Us: to investigate how people used to live, including roles and responsibilities in society and how these have changed (I,COT).
  • Personal Development & Mutual Understanding: explore and examine what influences their views, feelings and behaviour.

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 45 mins
  • Cost: £60.

Stuffee

Stuffee may be 2m tall with blue hair and a cheery smile but he has a very important message for us. Through Stuffee we will all explore our similarities and differences and examine the choices we need to make for a healthy lifestyle. By removing his internal organs we find out how our bodies work and what effects tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs have on us.

Curriculum links:

  • The World Around Us: how diet, exercise, rest and personal hygiene contribute to a healthy
    lifestyle (I);
  • about the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco and other substances on the body
  • (I) Personal Development & Mutual Understanding: Strand 1. Personal Understanding and Health;
  • Connected Learning: Mighty Me.

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 45 mins
  • Cost: £60.

Invertebrates

By looking at the features of minibeasts, we discover that they are in fact a small group of animals within a much larger and more diverse group called invertebrates.

We, as vertebrates, can observe and feel the advantages of having a bony skeleton but how do invertebrates support, protect and move their bodies and how does their habitat help? Do invertebrates have any impact on our lives or could we live happily in our world without them?

Through discussion and investigation of real specimens we find out how much we depend on other animals for our own survival.

Curriculum links:

  • The World Around Us: How plants and animals rely on each other in the natural world (I)
  • How place influences the nature of life (P)
  • Ways in which animals depend on features and materials in places and how they adapt to their environment(P);
  • Connected Learning: The Blue Planet.

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 45 mins
  • Cost: £60.

Dinosaurs were not Alone

Dinosaurs may have been the prehistoric rulers of the earth but they were definitely not alone. How do we know this? By taking a close look at the process of fossilisation and the evidence this gives us, we build up a picture of dinosaurs in their environment.

Pupils will have the opportunity to handle and examine closely a range of real fossils from our collections.

Curriculum links:

  • The World Around Us: to recognise that there is a wide variety of animals and plants;
  • to use our senses to find out about the world; to use different types of evidence to find out about the past (P, COT).

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 45 mins
  • Cost: £60 

Rainforest

An interactive presentation which examines many aspects of rainforests including climate, structure, inhabitants and destruction to help answer the question ‘Why should we protect rainforests?’

Pupils will examine environmental issues and how their choice of product can affect themselves and other people.

Curriculum links:

  • Links with ICL ‘Eco Warriors’

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 45 mins
  • Cost: £60

Rocks and Landscapes

Using a combination of specimens from our collections, pictures and simple experiments we take pupils on a fascinating journey through the rock cycle.

Tying it all in with the landscape features of Northern Ireland, we find out where we can find extinct volcanoes, how and where fossils were formed and where we might find precious stones.

We touch briefly on how the earth compares with other planets and what evidence there is about what they are made of. The highlight is the opportunity to handle real meteorites.

Curriculum links:

  • The World Around Us: know about location, size, shape and use of common landscape features (P,I);
  • explore how change is a feature of the natural world.

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 45 mins
  • Cost: £60