Date issued: 15 February 2021
Colchester Museums is thrilled to once again be partnering with Essex and Suffolk Children’s Universities to bring more home learning activities to children throughout lockdown.
Colchester + Ipswich Museums launched Museum From Home during the first national lockdown and it has continued to be available across the most recent national lockdown.
With schools currently closed, Colchester Castle is missing its regular school visitors, so has teamed up once more with the Essex and Suffolk Children’s University to bring a slice of Museum life to families at home as one of their alternative provisions for families and schools.
More structured national curriculum resources are now also available to schools and home learning providers to either use in the school environment or through home learning, with Colchester Museums new Castle In The Classroom teaching resource launched in January 2021.
Museum From Home’s newest activity is a fun worksheet aimed at primary school-aged children that examines life in Iron Age Britain. Children can learn more about what life would have looked like for a child, including the types of jobs they would have been expected to do and what their typical day might have looked like. With numerous activities to try, including weaving and colour-changing flowers, it's bound to keep the youngest members of households across Essex and Suffolk busy!
All children who complete the activities badged up with the Children’s University Logo will be eligible for an activity stamp in their Children’s University Passport to Learning, which will count towards their graduations once everyone gets back to ‘normal’ life.
The children will find the second activity on the Museum From Home webpage www.cimuseums.org.uk/museumfromhome along with plenty of other activities to keep them busy.
Councillor Julie Young, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Performance and Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “I am thrilled that once again the team at Colchester Museums have joined forces with the Children’s University to ensure children don’t miss out on the learning-based activities that the Museums usually offer.
“We hope these small fun tasks bring some joy and maintain a sense of normality for children during these continuing uncertain times.”
Debbie Bennett, Manager of Essex Children’s University and Suffolk Children’s University, added: “Home schooling and learning from home continue to be the new norm for our children. Home learning challenges and activities are part of our general offer and we’ve been working hard to make sure that children and families have an extended variety of suggestions and ideas and we are delighted that our partnership with Colchester Museums continues to go from strength to strength.”
Colchester Museums is custodian of nationally-important artefacts and strives to ensure the public can access these, even when its doors are shut.
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