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Key Stage 1

Art

All Art programmes take place in Discover Art. To see the session themes available, click on 'Art' on the left hand menu or select 'Discover Art' under Discovery Centres. 

Life on the Home Front During World War II

Find out what it was like to wear an ARP uniform, use a stirrup pump or pack a suitcase ready for evacuation.

This engaging session provides an opportunity to discover how people in Northern Ireland adapted to life during the war by exploring and discussing the clothes they wore and the objects they used.

Curriculum links:

  • The World Around Us: to find out about what has happened in the past through stories, memories and artefacts (I);
  • To examine evidence and opinions from a range of sources.

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 45 mins
  • Cost: £50. 

Friends from Other Countries

What is it like to live in a different county? Children will have the opportunity to investigate and discuss the lifestyles of children in other lands by looking in particular at the clothes they wear, the games they play and how this reflects the environments they live in.

Curriculum links:

  • The World Around Us: how weather conditions affect people and animals (COT, M&E, P);
  • that other places can be hotter or colder, wetter or drier (COT, M&E, P).
  • Personal Development & Mutual Understanding: being aware of the diversity of people around the world. 

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 45 mins Cost: £50

Stuffee

Stuffee is 2m tall with blue hair and a big smile who helps us find out all about ourselves. He may look very different but he is just the same as us – he needs to have a healthy lifestyle. Children will show him how to keep clean and choose food from his larder to make a healthy meal. Stuffee is also the same as us on the inside. By removing his internal organs they find out how we digest our food and what effects drugs, tobacco and alcohol have on our bodies.

  • Curriculum links:
  • The World Around Us: know that food, exercise, rest and personal hygiene are important to keep healthy(I);
  • know that we have senses and that these help us to understand the world
  • (I) Personal Development and Mutual Understanding: Strand 1. Personal Understanding and Health.

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 45 mins
  • Cost: £50.

Dinosaurs to Fossils

Children are fascinated by dinosaurs from a very early age and soon know many dinosaur names and facts. We build on this knowledge that pupils bring with them to look at the whole process of fossilisation and the

kinds of dinosaurs discovered to date. Where else could they see dinosaur skeletons or touch a real dinosaur egg and something else, not so nice, dropped by a dinosaur?

Curriculum links:

  • The World Around Us: to recognise that there is a wide variety of animals and plants (I.P);
  • to use our senses to find out about the world; to stop and look closely and carefully.

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 45 mins
  • Cost: £50.

Camouflage and Disguise

As well as using colour to blend with their background, animals also use pattern, shape and behaviour to become masters of disguise. Using a combination of real Museum specimens, images and video clips we examine how some animals use camouflage as a means of survival and play ‘find the animal’ to judge how successful they are.

Curriculum links:

  • The World Around Us: How plants and animals rely on each other in the natural world (I)
  • How place influences plant and animal life(P) Ways in which change occurs in the natural environment(COT);
  • Connected Learning: Safe and Sound.

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 45 mins
  • Cost: £50.

Minibeasts

A wide variety of minibeasts are found in and around our schools and homes but what exactly is a minibeast? We begin by looking at some animals and deciding which ones can be called minibeasts and why? What makes them so different from us and why are they all smaller than us? Using our collection of exotic beetles, butterflies, centipedes and spiders from around the world, we examine the similarities and differences, look at life cycles and find out if any are useful to us.

Curriculum links:

  • The World Around Us: understand how to support living things using observable features (I);
  • know about some animals including how they grow, move and use their senses (I).
  • Connected Learning: ‘Bugs, Birds and Beasts’.

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 45 mins
  • Cost: £50

Our Local Animals

Many wild animals live in our towns and countryside but how much do we really know about them? Using real Museum specimens we take a close look at a variety of our birds and mammals to find out where they live, what they eat, the sounds they make and how we can protect them.

  • Curriculum links:
  • The World Around Us: How plants and animals rely on each other in the natural world (I)
  • How place influences plant and animal life(P)).
  • Connected Learning: Bugs, Birds and Beasts, Let’s Celebrate.    

Additional information:

  • Session Length: 45 mins Cost: £50