Thursday, October 24, 2013

New approaches to working with schools

We have had a busy start to the school year.  From delivering workshops in role as Tudors and Victorians to finding out about Toys from the Past, our collections have been brought to life to children throughout the district.

We've also been trying some new things!

National Wool Week earlier this month saw pupils investigating the textile trade in Victorian Ossett.  Ossett was one of the main producers in the area for Mungo and Shoddy – Victorians were recycling even back then!  Looking at maps of the town, trade directories and census records pupils begin to piece together the lives of some of the inhabitants of Ossett over 130 years ago.  Working closely with the West Yorkshire Archive Service, pupils were introduced to Healey Mills in the late Victorian era, to learn new skills and about thier local area.
"Thanks for the workshop on thurs, was great and the kids loved it! We’ve loads to investigate now... Mini bus booked for Ossett!”

“The workshop was very meaniful to the children so they really enjoyed”

"Well organised and informative. Well worth the money. Thank you"

We've also been introducing digital technology to Primary School pupils - right through from Year 1 to Year 6!

New digital sessions using i-Pads have allowed pupils to look at the museums collections and create their own pieces of storytelling.  Younger pupils have been storytelling using digital puppet applications, whereas the Year 3s and over created short pieces of animation to explore Charles Waterton and the cayman on display in Wakefield Museum.

“The ipads really inspired the children to draw and join in, especially the less artistic.”
“Very enjoyable, the children loved the whole morning"

To find out about the sessions available to schools, please see the listing here, and/or email for further details.

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