Everything is history

M9’s approach to teaching children about history is to explore and evaluate the role it plays in today’s world. Explaining to youngsters the origins of the lifestyle they are accustomed to and getting them to imagine what their lives would have been like at different periods in time, is the secret to transforming history into a real, living subject they can identify with. The interdisciplinary nature of the museum allows students to connect topics which are often studied in different subjects, or only briefly mentioned during lessons, and place them in their moment in history. This helps them understand how everything is history.

Educational objectives and methods

Helping shape tomorrow’s citizens, teaching them to think critically, encouraging them to learn more about complex thinking, research, empathy, diversity, change and globality are the objectives of M9’s educational programme. It aims to develop identity and creative thinking by stimulating children to think for themselves and look for answers in different fields, to doubt and critically question sources; collaborative interdisciplinary learning, bottom-up and competence-based teaching methods used.

M9 for teachers

The education section of the M9 website suggests guided and self-led visits and workshops, as well as activities to do in the museum and in class, so the pupils’ experience in the museum continues back at school and does not become just an isolated event.

Self-led visits

At M9, teachers are free to take their classes round the displays on their own, so the visit is tailored to the specific educational needs of their pupils. Here is a series of suggested thematic visits which can be used to organise the perfect trip for your class. They take approximately 90 minutes, giving pupils time to then explore the other displays at their own speed. Ideally, you will need two to four hours to visit the museum!

Guided activities

M9 offers a variety of guided tours and workshops to combine the visit with the curricula requirements of the many scientific areas of the syllabus. Tours are not run like conventional guided tours. To enable students to get the most out of the experiential nature of the museum, guides take the classes round, looking for and interpreting the key features of that particular section. During the workshops, classes are divided up into small groups, each of which has to look for sources and material regarding the topic they have chosen, which they then share with their classmates and teachers.

Learning resources

Teachers can download educational kits from this area to allow them to plan their visit to M9 on their own or continue the work they began at the Museum back in the classroom. This will make the visit much more than just an isolated school trip and help teachers introduce this experience in their normal lessons. Learning resources to prepare students for their visit, suggested exercises to help them share and reflect on what they have learnt, as well as detailed instructions for the guided and self-led activities, make M9 an invaluable resource for teachers.

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