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Outreach and virtual sessions

Bring the Horniman to your school with our new outreach classroom sessions and live virtual sessions.

Please note that due to the Covid-19 crisis we are not able to offer sessions at the moment. We recommend booking a virtual session for later in the year. You can also explore our learning at home resources.

Outreach sessions

Our Learning Officers can visit your school to deliver interactive classroom sessions with object handling, subject to Government Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions. Our sessions are fun, interactive and curriculum-linked. We follow Covid-safe practices, details of which can be found below.

Pond, River, Sea (EYFS)

Join Wally the Horniman Walrus for a special journey, as we explore world habitats and the amazing animals that live in them in this exciting workshop. ‘Travel’ to an imaginary pond, river and sea and meet some of the amazing animals that live there, from a feathery duck to a scaly caiman. 45 minutes.

Chinese New Year (EYFS and KS1)

Explore, play and wear beautiful Chinese objects as we explore the traditions of Chinese New Year in your classroom. Try our chopstick challenge, play traditional instruments, and hear the story of the first Lion mask. We will finish with a fantastic New Year parade! 45 minutes.

Arctic Adventure (Reception and KS1)

Take an exciting, imaginary trip to the Arctic to encounter some of the amazing animals that live there, and learn about traditional Inuit life. Pupils will have the opportunity to touch real Inuit objects. 45 minutes.

Around Africa (KS1)

Discover the natural and cultural diversity of the African continent. We’ll visit a busy market in Accra, a city in Ghana, learn about the people and animals of the Maasai Mara wilderness and explore African toys through play.

Toys around the World (KS1)

Play with traditional toys from around the world in this fun workshop, from storytelling dolls to pendulum toys. Together, we will explore the materials, mechanisms and history of these exciting objects.

Animals and their Habitats (KS1 and KS2)

Let us bring some of the museum’s amazing taxidermy to your classroom. Pupils will explore different habitats, the animals that live there and how their amazingly adapted bodies help them survive. We’ll think about some of the challenges these creatures face in our changing world and what we can do to help them.

Fantastic Fossils (KS2)

Touch and explore real fossilised creatures from the Museum’s collection in your classroom. Get hands on and discover how a fossil is formed, what becomes fossilised and why, have a go at working out some mystery fossils and touch a cast of one of the most important fossils ever discovered – the archaeopteryx!

Prehistoric Britain (KS2)

What was life like in Prehistoric Britain and how can we find out? Become an archaeologist, handle artefacts from the Stone and Bronze ages and work out what they tell us about prehistoric life. Hold a real mammoth tooth, put your fingers in a groove made by prehistoric hands, and learn about flint knapping.

We also offer a Prehistoric Britain loan box, containing 20 museum objects and a teacher information pack. The box contains objects ranging from a Palaeolithic hand axe, woolly mammoth tooth, and Bronze Age axe head, to modern animal skins, and replica tools. The box can be delivered (reasonable travel costs will be charged) or collected.

Ancient Benin (KS2+)

An exciting opportunity to explore stunning brass replicas of ancient Benin artwork in your school. Learn about the lost wax process, explore the symbolism and significance of the ‘Benin Bronzes’, the stories they tell, and debate their place in museums today.

Rainforest People and Animals (KS2+)

Immerse yourself in the rainforest habitat, learn about life in the rainforest and the people and animals that live there. Working as a whole class and in small groups, pupils will discover the importance of rainforests, the threats to their existence and consider the consequences locally and globally. There will be the opportunity to handle some of our collection of Wai Wai objects.

Museum Sketchbook (KS3+)

This session is tailored to your topic or students’ interests; with over 3,000 objects in our unique Handling Collection, our Learning Officers will select a variety of artefacts to bring to your school for your students to sketch and photograph. From African masks and textiles to taxidermy to ancient artefacts, pupils will have a fantastic opportunity to develop their sketching skills and explore their ideas by experimenting with new textures and forms.

We can also arrange a loan of objects to support your Art projects.

This session can support the Art Unit of the London Curriculum. The Horniman is an Arts Award Supporter and Artsmark Partner. Our Museum Sketchbook sessions can be put towards part A of your group’s Discover or Bronze award, or parts A and C of their Explore award.

Find out more about Arts Award and Artsmark.

Other subjects

We want to be as flexible as possible so if there is a topic that is not listed above that you would like us to deliver via outreach, please contact us to discuss your ideas and requirements.

  • Learning sessions last 1 hour unless stated otherwise.
  • £120.00 (£144.00 inc. VAT) for the first class session. We offer a bursary to support eligible schools.
  • Additional sessions on the same topic will be charged at £72.50 (£87.00 inc VAT) per class.
  • Maximum 3 classes per outreach visit.
  • We understand that circumstances are changing very quickly in the present climate so we are temporarily waiving our cancellation fee in the event that schools need to cancel due to the covid-19 pandemic.
  •  Prehistoric Britain loans box charged at £16 per week (£20 inc. VAT) plus reasonable transport costs if drop-off requested.

 

  • We can run up to 3 sessions back to back, on the condition that the classes form part of the same bubble.
  • All objects are quarantined before and after each outreach visit.
  • Learning Officers wash their hands upon arrival and wear disposable gloves during the sessions.
  • Learning Officers practise social distancing when teaching the whole class and wear a face covering whenever moving around the class during activities.
  • Pupils and school staff will be asked to wash their hands before and after the session. We can provide gloves if required.
  • For more information please see our current risk assessment for outreach visits.

 

Virtual sessions

Bring the Horniman to your school with our new online virtual learning sessions. Our Learning Officers can beam into your classroom via the internet. Our sessions are fun, interactive and curriculum-linked.

Ancient Benin (KS2)

An exciting opportunity to explore stunning brass replicas of ancient Benin artwork up close. Learn about the modern and ancient history of Benin City through the artwork of the Edo people. Explore the symbolism and significance of Benin Bronzes, the stories that they tell, and debate their place in UK museums today.

Ancient Egypt (KS2+)

Explore ancient Egyptian religion and think like Egyptologists in this interactive session. Working as a whole class and in small groups, pupils will explore ‘mystery’ ancient Egyptian objects and discover their connection to mummification and the afterlife. There will also be time for Q&A and the opportunity to see some of our ancient Egyptian collection up close.

Rainforest People and Animals (KS2+)

Immerse yourself in the rainforest habitat, learn about life in the rainforest and the people and animals that live there. Working as a whole class and in small groups, pupils will discover the importance of rainforests, the threats to their existence and consider the consequences locally and globally. There will be the opportunity to see some of our collection of Wai Wai objects up close.

Bones and Teeth (KS2)

Bring your Science topic to life by exploring how different animal skeletons and teeth have evolved to adapt to different ways of moving, different diets and lifestyles. Pupils explore different types of dentition and their function through close observation of a range of animal skulls and we compare a range of bones and skeletons.

Learning at the Horniman (HE, CPD)

Discover how the Horniman uses object-based learning and enquiry led approaches to facilitate a huge range of learning audiences. Try out visual exploration techniques yourself using our objects, and enjoy a virtual tour of our incredible Hands on Base. This session is particularly suitable for HE or CPD groups studying learning or museums, but can be tailored to your topic – please contact us to discuss.

Other subjects

We are currently working on a number of new virtual session topics, including a virtual session linked to the forthcoming Monkey Business exhibition. We want to be as flexible as possible so if there is a topic that is not listed above that you would like us to deliver virtually, please contact us to discuss your ideas and requirements.

  • Virtual sessions last 1 hour. For some topics we offer an optional extended 1½-2-hour version which includes more guided classroom activities and discussion.
  • Each session is accompanied by a Teacher Pack which outlines how the session will run and includes resources to print and suggested extension activities.
  • £72.50 (£87.00 inc VAT) per session. We offer a bursary to support eligible schools.
  • Sessions are run on Zoom or MS Teams. If these platforms are not accessible to you, please contact us to discuss alternatives.
  • We can accommodate up to 3 classes simultaneously.
  • We understand that circumstances are changing very quickly in the present climate so we are temporarily waiving our cancellation fee in the event that schools need to cancel due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

  • We recommend that schools have their microphone and camera off during the session and use the chat function to communicate with Learning Officers. We can however work with microphone and/or camera on should you prefer this.
  • An Online Safety Policy Statement will be sent to you upon booking your session and includes an agreement for you to sign.
  • The Museum’s full Safeguarding Policy is available upon request.
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