Learning at Torquay Museum

The Museum galleries and collections provide a fantastic learning environment and can help you to explore your topics from History, Geology and Science through to numeracy, literacy, drama, music, and art.

We offer a wide range of exciting hands-on workshops inspired by the Museum collections, led by our Education team which support EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Science and History curriculum as well as STEAM activities and enrichment days. All of our sessions can be adaped to meet your group's specific needs so please contact us ([email protected]) to discuss your requirements.

We are now accepting bookings for school workshops for the new term. 

KS1 & KS2 Workshops

We offer a wide range of exciting hands-on workshops for KS1 & KS2. 

 

  • EGYPTIANS
  • POLAR EXPLORERS
  • STONE AGE TO IRON AGE
  • ROCKS AND FOSSILS
  • VICTORIANS
  • HOMES IN THE PAST
  • AMAZON ADVENTURE
  • ROMANS IN DEVON
  • MINI MUSEUM

All our workshops are led by our experienced Education Team and have enquiry-based learning at their core. They are designed to offer children an inspiring and memorable experience at the Museum. The workshops mix the chance to handle real Museum objects with drama, crafts, STEAM challenges and hands-on activities. 

 

Contact: [email protected] for more details.

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Self Guided Visits

Self-Guided Activities

Come along and explore our fantastic collections with your class. Contact the Education Team at the Museum and request a resource pack for a self guided visit. The following packs are available.

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With fossils now part of the primary curriculum this self-guided information and activity pack for schools is a brilliant way to find out more about these fascinating objects. Torquay Museum has all manner of fossils in its collections, from 400 million year old sea creatures to the partly fossilised bones of our human ancestors.  The notes accompanying the sketching trail provide information for teachers to encourage  further questioning and for getting children to think more deeply about the objects on the trail.  There is also information about other interactive fossil-linked activities at the museum that you can do as part of your visit.

With significant historical events, people and places in the locality on the curriculum Torquay Museum has much to offer.  There are many stories to tell of significant people from Torbay  who have contributed much to science,  as well as furthering our knowledge of the world around us.  For this activity pack we have focused on two explorers.  Frank Browning, who was a member of Scott’s team in the race to the South Pole, and  Percy Harrison-Fawcett, who served in the forces before becoming a government  cartographer, mapping little known places in South America and the African continent.  His need for adventure sent him on his quest to find the lost city of Z, which led to his mysterious disappearance. This activity pack brings to life the  objects held in the museum that speak to us  about the adventures of these two brave men.  The notes accompanying the activities  provide information for teachers to encourage further questioning and for getting children to think more deeply about  Fawcett and Browning as explorers. There is also information about other activities at the museum that you can do as part of your visit.

The Stone Age to Iron Age strand of the curriculum is a fascinating topic and Torquay Museum has a fantastic collection of objects to help children learn.  From ancient human skulls to mammoth bones and beautifully crafted stone age tools, this activity pack brings the Stone Age to life for primary schools. The notes accompanying the pack provide information for teachers to encourage further questioning and for getting children to think more deeply about the subject. There is also information about other Stone Age linked activities at the museum that you can do as part of your visit.

The Museum is lucky enough to hold over 400 artefacts from Ancient Egypt, the core of which form the permanent Egyptology exhibition in the Explorers Gallery. The exhibits offer teachers and children alike the opportunity to discover more about the daily life, beliefs, burial practices and writing of these extraordinary people. The activity pack focuses on aspects of life and death in ancient Egypt by looking at genuine Egyptian objects before moving on to mummification, exploring the processes that the ancient Egyptians went through in order to achieve their goal of eternity in the afterlife.

Home Learning Resources

Explore our online resources (below) to support teaching and learning at home.

Linked to our collections these resources are full of historical facts, creative activities and learning opportunities to inspire children, parents and teachers. Topics include Ancient Egypt, Romans and Stone Age.

If we can be of any further help or to give us feedback on the activities contact: [email protected]

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Language Schools

Torquay Museum is a popular venue for visiting language students, many of whom are particularly interested in Agatha Christie.

Groups may take a self-guided tour of the Museum or we can offer guided tours to visiting groups. We have a number of staff who are knowledgeable about the life of Agatha Christie, the Victorians, Natural History and Prehistory. Tours are conducted in English or, by arrangement at time of booking and subject to availability, in French, for a small additional fee per student. If you would like to arrange a visit including a guided tour then please contact us in advance.

To support the interest in the Agatha Christie exhibition the Museum also provides a quiz based worksheet for students to complete during their visit. The worksheets are in English and are designed to assist with English Language Comprehension. A version in French is also available. The English version of the Agatha Christie worksheet is available to download below with an answersheet available on request at the time of your visit. 

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Each year, Torquay Museum benefits from the generous support of dozens of volunteers, Torquay Museum Society members, Corporate Partners, organisations and members of the public.    

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