Key Stage 2 Activities

From art to maths

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1. Roses & Castles

Introduction

During the 19th century the families who lived on canal boats began to decorate them, to make them look good & feel special. Not only did they paint the boats, they also decorated many of the jugs, bowls, and other things they used every day. The museum has a collection of things painted in this way.

National Curriculum & QCA Links

KS2 Art & Design Exploring and developing ideas 1a, b, & c and Knowledge and understanding 4

Learning Objectives

Roses & Castles Activity Sheet (PDF)

2) Transport in the 1930s

Introduction:

The film 'Barging Through London' which can be seen every day at the Museum, is a wonderful record of transport in London nearly eighty years ago.

National Curriculum & QCA Links

KS2 History: Historical enquiry 4 KS2 History: Britain since 1930 11(b)

Learning Objectives

Transport in the 1930s activity sheet (PDF Format)

3. Victorian Trail

Introduction:

This is a set of stimulating activities for KS2 children. The activities encourage interaction with the museum exhibits and empathy with the Victorian era, developing skills in interpretation and imagination. It provides an opportunity to practice key analytical skills outlined in the National Curriculum. It works at attainment levels 3/4 in 'Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past' enabling students to analyse different historical situations to explain change and cause and identify aspects of everyday life which may or may not have changed over the last two hundred years

National Curriculum Links and QCA

Learning Objectives

Victorian Trail (PDF Format)

4. Maths Trail

Introduction:

Children using weighing machines, exhibition in background

The Maths Trail is a set of stimulating activities for KS2 students, which encourages strategic thinking and lateral problem solving. It also gives them a chance to practice a number of other skills, including accurate measurement of length and weight, mental calculation, the use of time lines, estimation, & symmetry.

National Curriculum Links

KS2 Mathematics Ma2 Number & Algebra Using & Applying Number 1 Solving Numerical Problems 4, Ma3 Shape, Space & Measures: Understanding Properties of Shape 2b, Understanding Measures 4a

Learning Objectives

Maths Trail (PDF Format)

5. Henrietta's Museum Trail - The Canal Detectives

Introduction:

cartoon horse character - Henrietta is her name

Henrietta is the museum's full sized model horse. We named this trail after her. The trail is identified by a horse cartoon logo.

The Canal Detectives Trail provides a useful introduction to the different areas of the Museum, and the topics they cover. With links into the History and Science requirements of the National Curriculum, it is most suitable for Key Stage Two and early Key Stage Three students.

National Curriculum Links

Learning Objectives

Henrietta's Canal Detectives Trail (PDF Format) (Note that another version of the trail, for family use, is available in the Family Zone)

6. Carlo Gatti

Introduction

Carlo Gatti was a Swiss entrepreneur who started selling refreshments from a stall and gradually, built a business empire trading ice, running music halls and cafes. This lesson will focus on Gatti’s legacy.

National Cuuriculum Links#

Learning Objectives

Carlo Gatti (PDF Format)

7. Cool Food - The Ice Trade

Introduction

This lesson will look at the ice trade and the impact this had on the lives of ordinary people in Victorian London. The students will learn what the ice trade was, explain how different this was from what came before, and why this was an important change for ordinary people. They will learn the key words ‘preserve’ and ‘trade’.

National Curriculum Links

Learning Objectives

Cool Food (PDF Format)

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