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Materials: Plastic and metal that only needs warm water to make it bendy? Packaging you can eat? Explore new materials such as polymorph and nitinol with our workshop from UCL’s Institute of Making, and consider what we’d make from them.

Animals for art: Teachers’ pack supports Post-16 Art or Design.
Using real animal specimens from the Grant Museum of Zoology, students are encouraged to look at the patterns in nature, and the architecture of skeletons and other anatomical structures to revist the way they view the world. This box provides fantastic inspiration for a wide number of art activities.

Coming next academic year:

Identity: A set of activities that explore identity through the collection of Victorian scientist, Sir Francis Galton. Take fingerprints, measure the strength of your grip, and find out what eye colour can tell us about identity. Discuss regression to the mean, debate the importance of clothes, and use data to underpin your argument.

UCL East: For schools in the boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest

Now taking bookings for the academic year 2019-20

We have a FREE dedicated programme for Secondary schools in the vicinity of the Olympic Park:

If your school is in our target area please contact Schools Engagement Manager Emma Bryant for a chat.

At the museums

We run a summer school for Year 8 students in May half-term. Students must be from a widening participation background and be able to come to UCL every day for the week.

Year 8 Summer school

And we have a fantastic opportunity for Year 12 students who live outside the M25: stay in university accommodation for a week of exciting museum-based activities, and explore what it’s like to be a student in one of the greatest cities in the world. For students from a widening participation background and free. 

Both summer schools are booked for 2019, for mroe info contact Schools Engagement Manager Sarah Hutton.

Downloadable Resources

We have developed a range of lesson plans and activities for use in the classroom. These activities either relate to digital versions of objects in our collections, or are related to the subjects we teach. 

Science for Secondary Schools

How can and should genetic information be used?
(KS 4 Science)

In this lesson students are placed in situations requiring an informed ethical discussion concerning how genetic information is used, GMO's or genetic diseases. As a small group they will discuss whether they agree or disagree with the character’s viewpoint and why, before deciding where on a scale the group’s position falls.
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
Apply specific knowledge of genetics and disease to debate ethical implications of new technologies.
Use scientific knowledge to take part in informed discussions as part of a group.

History for Secondary Schools

The French Revolution
(KS 3 History)

The UCL Art Museum has developed three lessons using images from their collections – two exploring the death of Paul Marat, and one investigating the Three Estates. There are separate resources for teachers and their students. Alternatively teachers can use other images from the Collections in their own lessons. 

Marat – Corday lessons:

Three Estates lesson:

Other:

Citizenship in Secondary Schools

Critical thinking and debates about museum collections
(KS 3 and 4)

In this lesson students are placed in hypothetical situations requiring an informed ethical choice concerning where objects in museums come from and how they should be treated. They will consider national and global, cultural and scientific issues of current importance, and present and justify their thoughts to their group.
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
 - Express and explain their own opinions to others through discussions and voting.
 - Communicate an argument, taking account of different viewpoints and drawing on what they have learnt through research, action and debate.
 - Justify their argument, giving reasons to try to persuade others to think again, change or support them.
 - Engage with and reflect on different ideas, opinions, beliefs and values when exploring topical and controversial issues and problems.

Year 12 Summer school

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