Key Stage 2
Art - Margam Pictures
These notes will give you information about two historic paintings of Margam House as well as lots of backgound notes and ideas for work at school.
natural history learning resource
This teacher-led resource for primary schools has been written to help teachers and other group leaders plan a successful visit. These galleries are diverse, covering many different topics within the science curriculum, including habitats, animals, plants, dinosaurs, minerals and biodiversity.
The content is also relevant to the National Numeracy and Literacy Framework.
This pack provides you with further information about the displays to help answer any questions your group may have. It also contains activities to help explore the displays.
Art - Colour and Impressionism
Discover how artists used colour and light to record the world around them during the late 19th century.
Art - Historic Portraits
Learn how to read a portrait and look for clues that will reveal information about individual sitters.
Art - Portraits through time
Study a range of portraits from the historic to more recent times to consider change in styles and purpose.
Art - Sculpture
Materials and form will be explored through sculpture, ranging from the realistic to more abstract works.
Art - Welsh Landscapes
Explore how artists have been inspired by different elements within the landscape.
Come face to face with dinosaurs, explore feeding adaptations, find out what lived with the dinosaurs and handle some real dino bones
In this 1hour* session children will gain a first hand understanding of real and replica museum objects through self directed exploration.
This session also supports the literacy and numeracy framework
Efforts and Ideals - workshop
Comparing the Efforts and Ideals prints with Frank Brangwyn’s painting, A Heavy Gun in Action.
Students will focus on the ‘Making Guns’ and ‘Making Soldiers’ themes within the exhibition, compare these with the representation of guns and soldiers in the painting A Heavy Gun in Action and then present their findings to the class.
Learning resources to accompany this exhibition are available online.
Food Chains and Habitats
Explore the gallery’s woodland habitat and learn about food chains and webs – pupils create food chains using real mounted animals and skeletons.
Get hands-on with bugs and spiders from our collections. Find out about adaptations, lifecycles and symmetry.
Skulls, teeth and bones
Explore our body and compare to skeletons and skulls, from dogs and sheep, to the more exotic tigers and elephants.
Science - Interdependence of organisms
- Learn about life processes in animals.
- Explore feeding relationships.
- Use the appropriate scientific language and terms.
- Make careful observations.
- Discuss ideas.
- Describe what they have found out.
Compare two or more objects, and sort objects using a few different criteria.
In this 1 hour session children will have an opportunity to develop their chronological awareness by excavating layers of brightly coloured foam to reveal and handle objects from the past
In this 1 hour workshop pupils use hands on exploration of real museum specimens as inspiration to create their own shape poem
This session supports the Literacy and Numeracy Framework
Artes Mundi 6 - Gallery workshops
Artes Mundi, a major international contemporary art exhibition and the UK’s biggest art prize, returns, bringing some of the world’s most pioneering artists to National Museum Cardiff, Chapter and Ffotogallery. This must-see exhibition will feature ground-breaking work including film installations, sculpture, painting and performance. The overarching theme is the human condition and, within this, the artists explore many themes which have relevance to our everyday lives.
These workshops will encourage students to develop their own personal response to the exhibition through a range of activities. Each workshop can be adapted for Foundation Phase, KS2, KS3, KS4, A/AS level, as well as the Welsh Baccalaureate and pupils with special educational needs.
Activity book - evolution of wales and the natural world galleries
Activity book for families and other groups to explore the galleries together.
Art Gallery visit - Impressionist and Modern Art
These notes have been developed to give you information about individual works within the impressionist and modern art galleries as well as suggestions of how to talk to your pupils about the works.
Autumn Term 2014
Please note that gallery 12 (Modern Art from 1930), gallery 14 (Art after Cezanne) and gallery 15 (British Art around 1900) have changed and are showing the Richard Wilson exhibiiton.
Clore Discovery Centre Self Led Visit focused on Numeracy
All schools and groups must book self led sessions in advance
Suggestions for teachers on the ways they can use the collections within the Clore Discovery Centre to offer pupils the oppertunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of maths, through practical activities, exploration and discovery. Includes a trail to download.
Clore Discovery Centre Self Led Visits Focused on Literacy
The objects in the Clore Discovery Centre provide stimulating starting points for developing reading,writing and oracy. Teachers notes inlcude many suggestions of activities that can be carried out in the gallery linked to the literacy framework as well as trails to download.
All schools and groups must book self led sessions in advance
Efforts and Ideals, The Prints - Information for Teachers
Efforts and Ideals: Prints of the First World War Information for Teachers
Worksheet to help you explore the museum’s collections – how many materials will you find.
Natural History Galleries visits.
Use these notes and activity sheets to help plan your visit.
Teachers’ Learning Resource 'I Spy Nature'
This pack is designed to support Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 teachers and educators in preparing for a self-led museum visit, but can also be used to support classroom learning. It includes information on some of the work of scientists studying nature. There are also ideas and activities to explore before your visit, in the gallery, and back at school. There is a resources section at the back of the pack with worksheets and activities.
Spring Bulbs for Schools - investigation
Plant bulbs in your school grounds to study climate change. Join this UK wide investigation and improve science and numeracy skills. All schools must apply by the end of July to take part in the following September. Free to all schools in Wales -spaces limited.
More information www.museumwales.ac.uk/scan/bulbs
Science, Geography and ESD&GC.