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6 Virtual Classrooms from National Museums Liverpool

By Tom Sanderson
Last updated: November 2020
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From ancient Egypt to RMS Titanic, National Museums Liverpool’s interactive virtual classroom workshops – led by museum experts – will bring learning to life and inspire the imaginations of your students by engaging them in activities based on real artefacts and objects.

Overview of National Museums Liverpool’s Virtual Classrooms

Using feedback from teachers, National Museums Liverpool has designed six curriculum-linked virtual workshops for Key Stages 1-3:

Each booking is complemented by a suite of downloadable lesson plans, resources and activities that you can use before and after your session, to get the most out of this exciting learning experience.

National Museums Liverpool’s virtual classrooms are delivered via Microsoft Teams and last 50 minutes each, with capacity for up to 32 students.

You can take a look at all of National Museums Liverpool’s virtual classrooms on their website or find more details of each session below.

National Museums Liverpool's Ancient Egypt Virtual Classroom

National Museums Liverpool’s Ancient Egypt Virtual Classroom

Explore Ancient Egypt with this virtual workshop from National Museums Liverpool.

In this virtual classroom, students are introduced to the mummification process in Ancient Egypt. They will explore in detail how the body was preserved, which instruments were used and how. Students will come to appreciate the cultural significance of the preservation process.

Mummification involved a high-level of knowledge and skill; the process took approximately 70 days. From an early date, the Egyptians had identified bodily liquids as a source of decay, but the body was needed to house the ka (spirit) in the afterlife. Mummification was also a religious ceremony. The chief embalmer was a priest donning a mask of Anubis, the jackal headed god of the dead.

During the virtual workshop, students – led by an expert from the museum – will be taken through the various stages of the embalming process including; washing the body, removing organs, stuffing the body and carefully placing amulets between layers of bandages. The mummy will then be ready to be placed in its coffin for the burial ceremony.

The workshop will end with a fun pop quiz based on the museum’s handling collection and ancient Egyptian artefacts, allowing students to work collaboratively in teams in a race against the clock.

This workshop is accompanied by a pre-workshop lesson plan and post-workshop follow up activities to consolidate students’ learning on the subject matter covered.

Suitable for: KS2
Subjects: Citizenship, English, History, PSHE, Science

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Ancient Egypt Virtual Classroom.

National Museums Liverpool's The Amazing History of Liverpool Virtual Classroom

National Museums Liverpool’s The Amazing History of Liverpool Virtual Classroom

Discover the amazing history of Liverpool with this virtual workshop from National Museums Liverpool.

This demonstrator-led virtual classroom offers an opportunity to discover the history of Liverpool from the time of the first Stone Age settlers to the present day. Explore the reasons why Liverpool became so important and some of the key characters that made it possible as 12,000 years of history are explored together.

Your journey begins with a question; how old is Liverpool? The virtual workshop introduces students to the times before Liverpool was named and moves on to when King John declared Liverpool a town. Each period is brought to life by costumes, games and by exploring their unique collection of historical objects. Together, you’ll travel through time and discover the importance of Romans, Vikings, Anglo Saxons and King John.

The journey continues together to investigate the importance of the River Mersey and the development of a system of docks. Explore how Liverpool grew into one of the most important British cities and how people from all over the world came to this land on ships bringing goods from every continent. These essential routes are tracked and examined.

The virtual workshop ends by considering how Liverpool has changed to become the vibrant city that it is today. Students will understand the changes in Liverpool’s industry, population and in how people enjoyed themselves by comparing paintings from National Museums Liverpool’s collections, continuing to examine their unique collection of objects and completing a poem together.

To conclude, students will watch a unique film, ‘800 years in 60 seconds’, which shows Liverpool’s transformation from a fishing village to cosmopolitan city and also offer the chance for the students to ask questions of our expert education demonstrators.

This workshop is accompanied by a pre-workshop lesson plan and post-workshop follow up activities to consolidate students’ learning on the subject matter covered.

Suitable for: KS2
Subjects: Citizenship, English, Geography, History, PSHE

Find out more about National Museum’s Liverpool’s The Amazing History of Liverpool Virtual Classroom.

National Museums Liverpool's Understanding Transatlantic Slavery Virtual Classroom

National Museums Liverpool’s Understanding Transatlantic Slavery Virtual Classroom

This virtual classroom introduces students to Liverpool’s involvement in Transatlantic Slavery.

Transatlantic slavery was responsible for the forced migration of more than 12 million people from Africa to the Americas over hundreds of years, well into the 19th century. This virtual classroom introduces students to Liverpool’s involvement in the trade, explains fundamental aspects of transatlantic slavery, and explores its impact on the lives of those involved.

In this museum-led virtual classroom, students will be guided through a series of activities to understand different facets of transatlantic slavery. The key topics covered are forced migration, enslavement on the plantation, resistance as well as abolition movements and how they connect to contemporary issues including Black Lives Matter.

Students will be introduced to historical sources and artefacts to aid and deepen their understanding of this complex and difficult history. This unique learning experience illustrates the massive impact of transatlantic slavery on the world and the ways it still impacts our lives today.

This workshop is accompanied by a pre-workshop lesson plan and post-workshop follow up activities to consolidate students’ learning on the subject matter covered.

Suitable for: KS3
Subjects: Citizenship, History

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Understanding Transatlantic Slavery Virtual Classroom.

National Museums Liverpool's Titanic Virtual Classroom

National Museums Liverpool’s Titanic Virtual Classroom

Explore the infamous story of RMS Titanic with this virtual workshop from National Museums Liverpool.

This virtual classroom is perfectly suited to groups exploring the infamous story of RMS Titanic and her links to Liverpool. It offers the opportunity for students to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the many different personal experiences linked to this famous disaster that forms our impressions of the era.

This virtual workshop begins with a warm welcome and introduction by one of National Museums Liverpool’s costumed education staff followed by a short pre-recorded film of the Titanic gallery at the museum including highlights of key objects to set the scene and provide context.

You’ll then focus on the main narrative of the story, showcasing a variety of museum handling objects and on-screen images to inspire curiosity and encourage interactive participation through simple tasks, opinion sharing and collaborative discussion.

In teams, and in character, children will be ‘hot seated’ in the role of their chosen passenger to elicit both factual and imagined emotional information about them. This will help students build a better understanding of the wide variety of people brought together in this unique situation.

Students will be invited to think about the multiple perspectives historical events present to us. Was anyone to blame for what happened or was it a series of unforeseen events? They will be challenged about perpetuated myths and misconceptions surrounding the ship, exploring the wider context of Edwardian society – including class, age and gender and how this affected individuals’ chances of survival in the early hours of 15 April 1912.

This workshop is accompanied by a pre-workshop lesson plan and post-workshop follow up activities to consolidate students’ learning on the subject matter covered.

Suitable for: KS2
Subjects: Citizenship, English, History, PSHE

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Titanic Virtual Classroom.

National Museums Liverpool's Impressionism Virtual Classroom

National Museums Liverpool’s Impressionism Virtual Classroom

Get an interactive introduction to Impressionism with this virtual workshop from National Museums Liverpool.

This virtual classroom is an interactive introduction to Impressionism. Using artworks from the gallery’s collection, workshop facilitators will use drawing challenges and visual thinking strategies to allow students to respond at a personal and creative level to two Impressionist masterpieces. Students will compare and contrast a traditional art style to the Impressionist modern movement, challenging the notion of what ‘good art’ looks like. This virtual workshop can be provided for Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 classes.

This virtual session is a perfect introduction to two famous, very different Impressionist artists – Claude Monet and Edgar Degas. In live group discussions, students can practise using appropriate artistic vocabulary. They will be encouraged to say what they see, feel and think about the paintings. A series of fast-paced drawing tasks for each painting offers fun opportunities to practise drawing playfully, with no pressure to ‘get it right’. Each drawing task has been selected to emphasise personal rather than perfect artistic attributes: excellent concentration skills, imagination, individuality and most important of all, rule-breaking!

The workshop is based on National Museums Liverpool’s belief that every child’s perspective is valued, and allows students to have their own unique creative response to modern masterpieces. Students speaking and listening, visual literacy and critical thinking skills are developed. The workshop recognises the power of their gallery’s internationally important collection to encourage mindfulness through thinking and working creatively. Their pre-workshop Impressionist glossary is a handy teaching aid and accompanies a Key Stage appropriate activity to prepare students for their live workshop. Post-workshop activities use the featured artworks as a springboard for further educational opportunities, linking to other areas of the curriculum.

Suitable for: KS1, KS2
Subjects: Art & Design, Citizenship, English, PSHE

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Impressionism Virtual Classroom.

National Museums Liverpool's Ancient Greece Virtual Classroom

National Museums Liverpool’s Ancient Greece Virtual Classroom

Explore Ancient Greece with this virtual workshop from National Museums Liverpool.

This virtual classroom guides your class through the mythology of the Ancient Greeks, explaining some of the family feuds and marvellous magic that has bound these tales together for more than 2000 years. Discover the art of oral storytelling and find out how the images and iconography of ancient religion and mythology have carried through to influence us today.

In this virtual classroom, students will be introduced to the principal gods, goddesses and heroes of Greek legend. They will discover that much like humans today they had fierce family feuds, travelled abroad on bold adventures, and celebrated their successes with big parties! Students will also discover some of the great Greek heroes that battled with fearsome monsters and composite creatures.

Key topics explored in this virtual classroom are:

  • Olympian Gods – discover who the Olympian gods were, what their individual attributes were and what role they played within ancient Greek society.
  • Perseus and Medusa – learn about ancient theatrical techniques with the whole class cooperating to explore this famous legend. Followed by a game bringing this terrifying monster to life to learn why she was so feared and evil.

The virtual classroom will end with a fun pop quiz based on the museum’s handling collection and ancient Greek artefacts, allowing students to work collaboratively in teams in a race against the clock.

This workshop is accompanied by a pre-workshop lesson plan and post-workshop follow up activities to consolidate students’ learning on the subject matter covered.

Suitable for: KS2
Subjects: English, History, PSHE

Find out more about National Museums Liverpool’s Ancient Greece Virtual Classroom.

Summary

National Museums Liverpool’s virtual sessions will help you bring school trips into the classroom. Their interactive workshops span a wide range of topics, and all link directly into the curriculum.

For more activities, also take a look at their Teaching Resources that you can download and use for free!

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