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Hands On: Using Museum Objects in the Classroom


Time 1.30pm – 3.30pm


Friday 26th February 2010


Museum of Flight




Do you want to learn about different ways of using museum objects? Have you considered the cross-curricular potential of a Victorian tin bath, or a 1960s mini-skirt?! This course will look at these issues and show you practical, easy ways of using simple objects to tell stories, inspire and excite.


This course will be tailored to those teachers participating, and will look at relevant curriculum topics, as well as passing on more general knowledge and skills.  Each participant will be issued with a copy of ‘Hands On’, a booklet produced by Museums Galleries Scotland and will have a chance to explore Concorde as part of the session.


On completion of the course, participants will:

  • Be confident about using museum objects in the classroom
  • Have gained skills and knowledge associated with using objects for topics such as Romans, Vikings, Victorians, ‘When Gran was a Girl’ and WW2
  • Be able to take back practical examples and activities to their classrooms
  • Learn more about how schools can utilize museum resources

Outline Programme


  • Hands-on Introduction to Museum Objects
  • Practice techniques and skills associated with using museum objects
  • Explore topical loan boxes and other resources available from museums
  • Group work to plan dissemination in schools
  • Visit Concorde and put your new found skills to the test!

Cakes, tea and coffee provided!


If you’d like to come along, please email

Building your curriculum

In June 2009, a group of East Lothian practitioners attended the ‘Building your Curriculum’ event at Murrayfield.  From this event they were asked to develop and describe a ‘high level curriculum map’ for their school and to identify and develop one area of focus as a first step towards implementing the high level map.

Between June 2009 and January 2010, the group met to discuss their areas of focus and to share their experiences and expectations within Curriculum for Excellence. Each school had a different starting point and end goal and it became apparent very quickly that this was reassuring and in fact, ok!

In January 2010, the group presented their Curriculum for Excellence journey through a market place session at the Head Teacher Conference.  An outline of the different approaches shared at the conference can be found below.  They provide a variety of different examples and approaches which you may find useful in starting or continuing your own school journey with Curriculum for Excellence.

Further information and examples can be found on the Building your curriculum  section of the LTS website.

EAL Profile of competency

The EAL profile of competency has been developed by City of Edinburgh EAL Service and is available to downlaod for free on learning resources area of LTS website.

The profiles are available to download for Primary and Secondary.

The profile contains recording sheets for each line of development of language at each age band and stage of English.  Pupil progress can be monitored on the basis of observations and formative assessments made of the pupil’s language development.  Profiles can then be passed on to the next class teacher as the pupil moves through primary, then passed on the Secondary school at transition.

Within East Lothian, one of the sub-groups of the Literacy Strategy is looking at the Formative Assessment Tool and they have put forward suggestions to incorporate achievements and progress by EAL students.  The Profile of competency provides a guide to the skills that our staff are developing within EAL.  Any comments on the use of the profile would be welcomed by the group.

You can find more information about supporting EAL pupils on the East Lothian EAL site.