Primary School Sessions

Heritage School and Herschel
Primary School students at the Whipple. Image © the Whipple Museum

Below are list of sessions designed for Primary school classes:

Inventions and Discoveries
What will your students discover? Image © the Whipple Museum

Inventions and Discoveries

Key themes: Maths, Science, Geography, and Art

Age range: KS1 and KS2

Explore how technology has changed through time and learn more about key inventions such as microscopes, telescopes, globes and calculators. The Museum has many other intriguing inventions such as pre-film animation devices, papier-mâché human anatomical models and glass fungi. What will your students discover?

Duration: 90 minutes. Break down of content: 30 minute taught session + 30 minute worksheet+ 30 minute handling and/or craft activity.

Earth and Science session
Our Earth and Science session in the Globes gallery. Image © the Whipple Museum

Earth and Space

Key themes: Science and History

Age range: KS1 and KS2

How did people learn about the solar system before space telescopes and spaceships were invented? By looking at telescopes, globes and mechanical models of the solar system, students will learn more about how our understanding of the universe has changed through time. Make an orrery showing the movement of the earth and moon around the sun. The Key stage one session varies slightly on this, lasting 60 minutes and includes20 minutes of space role-play in place of the craft activity.

Duration: 90 minutes. Break down of content: 30 minute taught session + 30 minute worksheet +30 minute handling and craft activity.

Light

Key themes: Science

Age range: KS2

During this session students will look at telescopes, microscopes and sundials to explore light sources, reflection and shadows. Students will have the opportunity to handle scientific instruments and make their own dial.

Duration: 90 minutes. Break down of content: 30 minute taught session + 30 minute worksheet +30 minute handling and craft activity.

Dillon Weston
Dr. Dillon Weston making a model of the downy mildew fungus using glass. Image © John S. Murray, 1952

Local History Study: Cambridge Scientists

Key themes: History, Science, and Literacy

Age range: KS2

Through the objects in the Museum, students will focus on the achievements of scientists who worked in Cambridge and how their discoveries have contributed to the development of science. As part of the session, students will pick their favourite scientist and create a poster explaining why their scientist should win the 'Nobel Prize for Cambridge Scientists'.

Duration: 90 minutes. Simple break down of content: 30 minute taught session + 1 hour poster activity and presentation.

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