Behind the Scenes, 3 April 2019: Developing our schools programme
by Lizzie Hilton, Learning Officer
With The Box due to open next year we’re getting ready to welcome schools through the doors.
As the Learning Officer for The Box it’s my job to create a programme for schools that enables students of all ages to access and make the most of the amazing collections that we hold – of objects, paintings, films and more. This is a particularly interesting task because The Box’s collections support the teaching and learning of a really wide range national curriculum topics – everything from history and science, to art and STEM.
There are going to be three main ways that schools will be able to access our collections when we open. Firstly, we’ll have a programme of bookable on-site facilitated sessions that explore core curriculum topics. Secondly, we’ll have a loans box service, so that real and replica objects can be sent out to schools to enhance teaching in the classroom. Thirdly, we’ll also have a website full of online resources including info packs, films, quizzes and games.
There are so many stories and secrets for schools to uncover. From our nationally significant Bronze Age collection from Whitehorse Hill which students can explore in our Prehistory session for Key Stage 2, to our awe-inspiring figureheads which students with special educational needs can discover via a specially designed learning programme.
Students at all levels including further education will have the chance to work directly with practising artists to hone their artistic skills and creatively respond to our contemporary art collection and exhibitions, and our facilitators will uncover the legend and legacy of the Mayflower story with visiting schools.
To make sure our schools programme is going to be as valuable to teachers and students as possible, audience consultation has been embedded throughout our development process.
Our amazing group of Teacher Ambassadors have been co-developing and consulting on our programme every step of the way. So teachers and students won’t just be accessing our service of facilitated sessions, loan boxes, and online resources when we open – they’ve been actively involved in their creation too.
If you’re a teacher and would like to be involved in the development of our schools programme then you can become a Teacher Ambassador or request to join our Facebook group and mailing list by emailing [email protected].