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Primary Schools

We offer workshops that support the themes covered in the Curriculum for Excellence with hands-on, activity-based learning intended to help pupils explore, make discoveries and have fun.

All sessions are free and can be booked by contacting the Learning and Access Team.

You can find workshop summaries below. Full details, including Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes, can be found in the MUSA Primary Schools Programme 2018-19 (PDF, 1,126 KB)

 

Themed sessions

Themed sessions allow pupils to dig deeper into a topic through interactive workshops led by an experienced member of the Learning & Access Team.

 

New for 2018/19

Sounds Great!

Subject areas: Science, Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing

Venue: Your classroom          Ages: P1-P4          Availability: All year 

Enjoy making noise and music and discover the science behind them.

 

New for 2018/19

Keeping Warm, Keeping Cool

Subject areas: Science, Social Studies, Technology

Venue: Bell Pettigrew Museum          Ages: P1-P4          Availability: All year 

Discover how animals keep themselves warm when it's cold and cool when it's hot, then find out how we can do the same.

 

New for 2018/19

Why is it bedtime?

Subject areas: Science, Expressive Arts, Technology

Venue: Your classroom          Ages: P1-P4          Availability: All year 

Explore the science behind bedtime as we look at light, dark, day, night and shadows.

 

New for 2018/19 

Jungle Jumanji

Subject areas: Science, Expressive Arts

Venue: Bell Pettigrew Museum         Ages: P2-P7          Availability: From January 2019

Play this game of survival to discover how animals live in the wild. Will you eat or be eaten?

 

New for 2018/19

Funny Faces

Subject areas: Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing, Religious and Moral Education, Employment

Venue: Your classroom          Ages: P1-P7          Availability: All year 

What can we learn from pictures of people and how can we tell others about ourselves through the medium of portraiture?

 

New for 2018/19

Where in the World?

Subject areas: Social Studies, Expressive Arts, Religious and Moral Education, Health and Wellbeing

Venue: Your classroom          Ages: P1-P7          Availability: All year 

Explore different cultures and ways of life around the world by looking at the objects we make and use.

 

Archaeology

Subject areas: History, Expressive Arts, Employment

Venue: Your classroom          Ages: P2-P7          Availability: All year 

Discover how we find out about the past and what it takes to be an archaeologist.

Archaeology subject options: Dinosaurs, Romans, Greeks or Medieval St Andrews.

 

Medieval Classroom

Subject areas: History, Expressive Arts, Religious and Moral Education, English and Literacy

Venue: Your classroom          Ages: P2-P7          Availability: All year 

Experience what it was like to be at University 600 years ago.

 

Exploring Animals

Subject areas: Science, Expressive Arts, Literacy

Venue: Bell Pettigrew Museum          Ages: P1-P7          Availability: All year 

Why do animals look like they do?

 

Mini-museum

Subject areas: History, Expressive Arts, English and Literacy, Mathematics, Employment

Venue: Your classroom          Ages: P4-P7          Availability: All year 

Find out what it takes to run a museum and put together your own exhibition using real museum objects.

 

Victorian Technologies of the Future: The Magic Lantern

Subject areas: English, Expressive Arts, Science, History, Technology

Venue: Your classroom          Ages: P4-P7          Availability: All year 

Explore storytelling Victorian style and discover how old technology has given us modern film.

 

Victorian Technologies of the Future: The Phonograph

Subject areas: Science, History, Technology, Mathematics

Venue: Your classroom          Ages: P4-P7          Availability: All year 

Investigate the science of sound and music using real Victorian technology.

 

New for 2018/19

Victorian Technologies of the Future: 3D Photography

Subject areas: Science, History, Technology, Mathematics

Venue: Your classroom          Ages: P4-P7          Availability: From January 2019

Did you think 3D was new? Think again! Use Victorian technology to explore the world of pictures and film.

 

New for 2018/19

Flying High

Subject areas: Science, Technology

Venue: Bell Pettigrew Museum          Ages: P5-P7          Availability: All year 

Investigate the science of flight by looking at birds, planes and elephants.

 

New for 2018/19

Jurassic Jumanji

Subject areas: Social Studies, Expressive Arts, Science

Venue: Your classroom          Ages: P5-P7          Availability: From January 2019

Take on the role of a prehistoric creature and evolve to survive in this game of science and dinosaurs.

 

New for 2018/19

Encountering Others

Subject areas: English, Expressive Arts, Social Studies, Religious and Moral Education

Venue: Your classroom          Ages: P5-P7          Availability: All year 

Discuss attitudes to immigration and see life in Fife from the perspective of those who have moved here.

 

The MUSA Young Artist Award

The MUSA Young Artist Award is taking a break in the 2018/2019 school year. We'll be back next year with an improved programme.

Why is there no MUSA Young Artist Award this year?

The MUSA Young Artist Award is the highlight of the museum's programming and is becoming increasingly popular. We are therefore moving to a new timetable. This will:

  • Allow us greater capacity to cope with increased workshop demand.
  • Allow the full programme to take place within the same school year, making it easier for schools to get back the work they have submitted.
  • Allow us to offer better quality workshops which are based around dedicated displays more often than is currently possible.

What will the new timetable be?

Workshops will take place between October and December.

The closing date for entries will be the final day of term before the Christmas holidays.

The exhibition of winning entries will take place in the Spring.

Entries will be returned to schools before the summer holiday.

What will the theme for the next MUSA Young Artist Award be?

We'll be kicking off the new timetable by looking at animals and the environment in autumn 2019. We look forward to welcoming you!

 

Can’t find something that works for you?

If you would like to bring your group to MUSA but can find nothing suitable please contact us and we will endeavour to organise a useful and engaging visit.

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