Visiting museums, archives and cultural organisations is key to embedding Museum Learning throughout the curriculum. On average we run 50 Museum Learning trips a year!
We run a variety of trips, some of which are whole year trips and others are trips for smaller groups of students.
Year 7 Science
All Year 7 students visit Oxford to go to the Natural History Museum and Museum of the History of Science. During the visit to the Natural History Museum, students learn more about the work of palaeontologists and evolving evidence that helps us to discover more. During the visit to the Museum of the History of Science students will get a deeper understanding of scientific ideas. They watch a number of scientific experiments and learn more about who discovered what!
Year 9 – Maths Symmetry and Geometry in Nature
All Year 9 students visit Oxford as part of their Maths course. During the visit to the Natural History Museum, students look at the building and objects in the museum to discover different types of symmetry. They use ipads to take photos of bilateral and radial symmetrical objects within the collection. During the visit to the Museum of the History of Science students get hands on with instruments that have been used throughout history to measure and record. They also discover the work of Christopher Wren and learn how to measure the height of the Sheldonian Theatre using a quadrangle.
Year 10 & 11 – PE Science in Sport
GCSE PE students visit the River & Rowing Museum to learn more about changes and development in boat design, rowing kit and the science behind the sport of rowing. They also get to visit the world famous Leander Rowing Club to understand what it takes to become an Olympian.
Year 10 - Design & Technology
Year 9 Food Technology students spend the day working the Pastry Chef and the Savoury Chef in the Manor Kitchen at Waddesdon Manor. Students get real world experience of working in a busy professional kitchen by making sweet and savoury items for an afternoon tea. Pea and prosciutto tarts, salmon roulade and lemon posset are just some of the creations that the students learn how to make.
Year 9 – English
Students from Year 9 English immerse themselves in the context of life during the time that Frankenstein was written during a visit to the Hunterian Museum and Old Operating Theatre. Students hear more about the gore of operating theatres and medical techniques in the nineteenth century.
Year 13 – History
6th form History students spend time at Kings College Archives learning more about sources and accessing archival material. This trip helps the students to critically consider source material, engage meaningfully with objects and documents and aids them with their exams. This is a rare opportunity for the students to use political material relating to the cold war that was originally classified as confidential.