Teachers’ Continuing Professional Development

New this year is a programme of Professional Development sessions for teachers in museums around the county. Designed and delivered by museum learning specialists, these are relaxed and friendly events held in inspiring places: a chance to learn and unwind over tea and cake!

Dates throughout the year and throughout the county

Autumn term

27th September 2017: Playing with poetry at Tullie House
2nd October 2017: Geology at Keswick Museum
11th October 2017: Historical Enquiry at The Beacon, Whitehaven
31st October 2017: Playing with poetry at Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry
8th November 2017: Getting to grips with history at Tullie House
TBC: History as storytelling Barrow TBC

Spring term

1st February 2018: Getting to grips with history at Penrith and Eden Museum
19th February 2018: Memorable maths in a museum at Blackwell
21st February 2018: Developing deep thinkers in museums at Tullie House
8th March 2018: Being creative about your writing at Dove Cottage

For further information about the range of CPD dates available please see our website: www.cumbriamuseums.org.uk

Sessions will include:

History as storytelling

This session explores exciting ways to link art, technology, history and storytelling both within an art gallery environment and back in the classroom. Bring creativity back to the centre of learning! This would be useful for subject leaders in Art, Technology, ICT, History and English, as well as for classroom teachers who would like their teaching to be more cross-curricular.

Memorable maths in a museum

This session at Blackwell supports teachers in planning maths activities in a cultural venue, making maths more cross-curricular and meaningful. We will consider activities to support number, geometry, measurement, problem solving and mathematical thinking using a very special building and the collection housed within.

Getting to grips with history

This workshop is most suitable for Foundation stage and Key stage 1 teachers. Using handling objects and being inspired by the collection at Tullie House we will consider activities that support young children’s developing historical understanding. Helping them make sense of the world around them, develop simple chronology skills and begin to understand how things change over time. Bring planning for a history session that works really well and one that you’d like to improve.

Developing deep thinkers

Taking children into an art gallery or museum often gives you a real understanding of their hidden knowledge and talents. We aim to show you how to support deeper thinking in your children by developing critical thinking skills and creativity using art and historical objects.

Playing with poetry

‘Playing’ with poetry because good learning should be active and practical, visual, auditory and kinaesthetic, memorable and fun. During this session you will understand and enjoy a variety of poetry, gaining tools to teach it and ideas on how to deliver it in class. By the end of the session you will leave enthusiastically, confidently and with a poetry toolbox!