Museum of London

Museum of London – ‘Prehistory in the Primary Classroom’
Using the Museum of London’s world-class collections and expert curators, we have offered specialist training for teachers in Prehistory (Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age) will be included for the first time in the new National Curriculum which launches in September 2014. The majority of primary school teachers have limited knowledge of this period and lack confidence in teaching it. This project will see the Museum of London draw on the expertise of its curators, our London Before London gallery and unique archive to develop training sessions and resources in partnership with the lead schools in two teaching alliances. This knowledge is being shared via peer-to-peer In-Service Training (INSET) sessions to subject leaders and Initial Teacher Training (ITT) students. This will embed the knowledge of this new topic in at least 17 schools in east London. Training will then be offered to teachers across London and web resources will be developed to support the initial training and encourage further self-initiated training. The training will allow teachers to handle prehistoric objects including 6,000-year-old Neolithic stone axes and 3,000-year-old bronze swords. In addition, teachers will learn: how to use a variety of sources of evidence; practical archaeological skills and translating these for the classroom; object handling skills; and how to incorporate a range of learning techniques including technology.

Schools: Bygrove Primary, Lansbury Lawrence Primary, Manorfield Primary, Marner Primary, Mayflower Primary, Woolmore Primary, Wellington Primary, St Saviour’s Primary, Stebon Primary