School Visits

If you are a school who wishes to visit our museum but finds the cost of coach hire too expensive then you are invited to apply for our travel bursary.

 

Bring the Curriculum for Excellence to life with the help of our incredible collections! Our programme offers the following learning opportunities:  

 

Andrew Carnegie and Dunfermline

Hands-on visit
Dressing up in Victorian costume (optional)

Cost: Free
Length: 90mins - 2.5 hours (depending on group requirements with time for a break if necessary)
Age: Suitable for P2-P7
Themes: The life and legacy of Andrew Carnegie in Scotland, Dunfermline's weaving industry

 

Structure of Activity

Activity sessions led by Museum staff and trained volunteers in the Birthplace Cottage and Main Exhibition Hall. Pupils will see how the Carnegie family lived and worked in the old cottage.  They will see an original handloom and hear about the local weaving industry and reasons for local weavers’ families emigrating to America in the mid-1800s. They will then discuss the  experiences that shaped Andrew Carnegie into  one of the world's most celebrated philanthropists and examine the legacy he left behind. In the hall, pupils will get the chance to try weaving for themselves, which can be taken home.

As an alternative activity, local schools can explore ‘Dunfermline then, now and in the future’ by comparing different maps. Optional ‘Question and Answer’ session with time-travelling Andrew Carnegie, or his mother or father (costumed interpretation) is also available. If you would like to discuss these options, please contact the Learning Officer.

 

-     Children will be able to gain an understanding of Dunfermline's linen industry  and the life and legacy of Andrew Carnegie

·      Think creatively and develop motor skills during the weaving activity

·      Improving listening skills and ability to express ideas through discussion about their lives now and Andrew’s life almost 200 years ago,          allowing fellow pupils to share their ideas.

 

Curriculum for Excellence Experiences and Outcomes: (Second Level)

Social Studies: SOC 2-02a, SOC 2-03a,  SOC 2-04a, SOC 2-06a, SOC 2-14a

Expressive Arts: EXA 2-02a, EXA 2-03a, EXA 2-05a 

Literacy and English: LIT 2-10a, LIT 2-07a


The Victorians

Hands-on visit
Dressing up in Victorian costume (optional)

Cost: Free
Length: 90mins - 2 hours (depending on group requirements with time for a break if necessary)
Age: Suitable for P2-P7
Themes: Victorian childhood: daily life, schooling and game; the life and legacy of Andrew Carnegie in Scotland; Victorian working-class life with a focus on the weaving industry

 

Structure of Activity

Activity sessions led by Museum staff and trained volunteers in the Birthplace Cottage and Main Exhibition Hall. Pupils have the option to dress up as Victorian school children and in groups will handle museum objects in the hall culminating in a short performance and see how the Carnegie family lived and worked in the old cottage.  They will see an original handloom and hear about the local weaving industry and reasons for local weavers’ families emigrating to America in the mid-1800s. 

·      Children will be able to gain an understanding of living conditions in Victorian times through handling of museum objects

·      Using investigative skills in object handling sessions

·      Improving listening skills and ability to express ideas through discussion about their lives now and Andrew’s life almost 200 years ago. Allowing fellow pupils to share their ideas.

 

Please note: free handloom weaving demonstrations, given by a professional weaver, take place once a month (April-October). Contact the museum for more information  

 

Curriculum for Excellence Experiences and Outcomes: (Second Level)

Social Studies: SOC 2-02a, SOC 2-03a,  SOC 2-04a, SOC 2-06a, SOC 2-14a

Expressive Arts: EXA 2-01a, EXA 2-05a, EXA 2-13a, EXA 2-14a

Literacy and English: LIT 2-10a, LIT 2-07a

 


 

Dino Lab

Hands-on visit
Cost: Free
Age: Suitable for P1-P3
 

Structure of Activity

Pupils will learn key facts about dinosaurs using fun interactive games and object handling and will have the chance to become young palaeontologists where they can try excavating fossils.

 

Curriculum for Excellence Experiences and Outcomes: (First Level)

Literacy and English: LIT 1-02a

Numeracy: MNU 1-11b, SCN 1-01a

Social Studies: SOC 1-03a


Outreach

We understand that it can be difficult to visit our museum and so outreach visits can be arranged. We can offer themed visits covering 'Andrew Carnegie', 'The Victorians' and 'Dinosaurs'. We are also happy to come out to schools for 'World of Work' talks.

 

 

For further information or to book a workshop please contact education@carnegiebirthplace.com

or telephone 01383 749 769

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