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Museum learning resources to support home-schooling during COVID-19

Introduction

We have pulled together a list of exciting online learning resources, collated from many of our museums and galleries across the UK that have been helping to keep young people entertained and support learning at home and school during lockdown.

Museums are using a variety of approaches including, putting their amazing collections online via their websites, developing and posting content and learning resources on social media such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram as well as collaborating with partner organisations. They offer creative activities for children and young people to try at home including downloadable resource packs, quizzes and games to stimulate their curiosity, learning and enjoyment. Topics cover broad areas of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and interdisciplinary learning as well as specific subjects like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), arts and creativity, climate change and health and wellbeing. 

Scotland Museums

Elgin Museums Galleries Scotland

The museum shares activities, insights and star objects with audience via FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube. There are links to activity sheets, colouring and documents that support learning and engagement. All activities are linked to the Curriculum for Excellence. Example – Carved symbol Soaps (Suitable for ages 5 plus with some adult help).

Glasgow Museums

Glasgow Museums have pulled together learning resources that support teachers in the classroom! Check out this link to access notes, worksheets and information of a variety of topics! 

The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) have collated lots of fun activities during lockdown on their blog

Follow us on twitter @museum_learning to keep up with new reosurces being launched!"

V&A Dundee

The learning resources page contains online activities that kids can do at home https://www.vam.ac.uk/dundee/info/schools The museum also invites schools in Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross and Highland regions to take part in their new Schools Design Challenge. For S1 and S2 pupils, the challenge involves using design as a tool for social change. Pupils will work in teams to find solutions to challenges that directly affect them. Participants can call free on their Design Busters phoneline to hear the latest challenge, and help find solutions!

National Mining Museum of Scotland

The museum offers resources online to support pupils' learning journeys at home. They have specifically created three learning resource packs to support families and pupils learning at home, using materials you can find at home. Each resource contains facts sheets, hands-on activities and wellbeing check-ins. Learning at Home with the Mining Museum! All activities can be linked to Curriculum for Excellence and STEM. Key themes are STEM, social studies, literacy, arts & crafts and outdoor learning.

Paisley Museum

The museum offers online activities for schools on Facebook and Twitter Challenge for P4 - 7 e.g. ‘Myths and Magic’. Children were encouraged to create their own fabulous artwork taking inspiration from ‘Masque of Love’ by John Duncan (1866–1945).

The McManus, Dundee 

The museum offers online learning using their collections of fine art and whaling material to help understanding of the Polar Regions, also offering a visual record of these fragile landscapes via Facebook Their exhibition ‘Among The Polar Ice’ offers a great way to support learning in schools, groups and families to understand the Polar Regions and about climate change. #AmongThePolarIce #climateMW #climatechange #Arctic #Antarctic #creativelearning

National Galleries of Scotland

National Galleries for Scotland offers online content and activities for kids and families on Facebook, #HomeArt on Twitter and Instagram. The museum also hosts weekly Art Competition for Schools and families on their website posting five creative activities that have been designed for children of all ages to explore at their own pace. Adults are also encouraged to join in too – especially with the mid-week activities for the entire family!

Scottish Maritime Museum

The museum offers online activities via their website to keep children active and engaged while their parents are working from home. Activities include story telling at the Scottish Maritime Museum read by the Learning and access Officer which can be viewed on YouTube -  The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by David and Ronda Armitage

Scottish Fisheries Museum

The museum runs a digital learning and engagement programme which can be accessed via  their social media channels @scotfishmuseum on FacebookTwitter or Instagram. It includes lots of ideas for activities such as an online school art competition based on their #Sea Change exhibition.

Historic Environment Scotland

Enjoy learning, play and creativity inspired by Scotland’s heritage – welcome to #LearningWithHES online! Whether you like to Draw and Colour, Make and Create, Play Games, Explore or Investigate, our downloadable activities can help you travel through time. Discover people, objects and places that shine a light on Scotland’s past and connect with our lives today.

Science Centres

Dundee Science Centre’s  home learning portal contains a variety of fun activities updated weekly for children and young people.

Glasgow Science Centre brings science into people’s home every day at 10am to help keep everyone inspired in these challenging times. Anyone can join in on  #GSCAtHome  their YouTube channel, FacebookInstagram or Twitter at 10am each day.

England Museums

Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Birmingham Schools resource online  offers a wide ranging and diverse learning programme that has been designed to be accessible to all ages and abilities.

Birmingham museums for kids (BMAG for Kids) is an online resource for families and teachers. The interactive website is a great place for children to make some exciting discoveries, also contains downloadable printable resources e.g. The School at Home: Kitchen Science Experiments - videos for fun ideas to try at home. Free downloadable resources for families and schools e.g. from

Leeds Museum

Managed by Leeds Museums, MyLearning.org is a free learning resources portal from arts, cultural and heritage organisations.

Leeds Museum offers activities for kids to explore a regularly update range of downloadable resources for children including weekly creative challenges. The museum learning team  also post #Museumfromhome videos of collection boxes for children, adult and anyone who wants to find out about their museum collections.

International

The Museum Distance Learning Repository, is a truly simple, one-stop shop for distance learning programs and resources, built with a Google Form, a Google Sheet, and a Google Site, and enhanced with the sorting features of Awesome Table

World Awareness Children’s Museum offer free online programming for families to access anytime, anywhere! With workshops, classes, interviews, crafts and more, this page will be full of fun things for you and your whole family to do in the comfort of your own home!

Other Resources

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Marley's (The Cat) School of Garden Magic's is an interdisciplinary programme that leads children through a range of age-appropriate activities designed to educate and foster wonder about the natural world. Topics range from science, mathematics to arts and health & wellbeing. All courses are aligned with the Curriculum for Excellence.

Poppy Scotland

Poppy Scotland VE Day 75 Schools Pack

Poppy Scotland learning have loads of inspiring, highly informative, fun activities and learning resources which you may find helpful when thinking about developing your ideas and planning your learning programme and activities. All activities are aligned with the Curriculum for Excellence.

Education Scotland

Scotland’s curriculum – Curriculum for Excellence – helps children and young people to gain the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for life in the 21st century. Education Scotland recently published  a refreshed narrative on Scotland's curriculum, which sets CfE within the current context. It is available in both English and in Gaelic. The agency also has additional resources to support parents with providing learning at home, and to deliver continuity for learners across Scotland. The Improvement Hub has helpful resources to support practitioners in developing online opportunities for learning at home. s a range of ideas and suggestions of activities to help parents, carers and practitioners support learning at home. The published weekly, also contains suggestions for learning at home activities which should be linked with the class learning where appropriate including hints, tips, links and ideas.

Kids in Museums

Kids in Museums have put together some of the fun digital activities to keep children (and adult!)entertained while at home.

BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons

The Beeb provides home schooling options including a daily lessons programme as part of BBC Bitesize offering Mathematics and English lessons for every year group, as well as regular classes in history, science and geography. Explore BBC Bitesize's daily lessons.

Science Museums Group’s Learning at home

The Science Museum Group's corporate partners offer a range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning resources to ignite curiosity from home, whether through exploring their amazing collection online, browsing their museum websites, through videos and 3D models, discovering activities to try at home or simply having fun playing with their online games and apps.

The resources cover a wide range of ages and interests and are perfect for supporting parents and carers getting to grips with home-schooling.

Museum Mum  

The virtual VE day 75 Festival - Many UK museums joined the VE day 75 festival with variety of fun and learning activities for children and families in lockdown. The website has loads of resources and activities for people of all ages including from heritage organisations.

Contact

For further information or support, please contact:
Loretta Mordi
Learning and Engagement Manager
0131 550 4132
lorettam@museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk