She had the opportunity to observe a wide range of teaching including primary, secondary history and science visits and an A Level History day. Sophie has helped groups of pupils with a range of activities and the two weeks culminated in her leading a school tour of the museum for pupils from the Isle of Wight. The Learning department have greatly valued her contributions to planning future sessions. We wish her every success in her future teaching career.
"Reflecting over my time in the learning department of the Mary Rose Museum, I have recognised the value and importance of first hand experiences in education. The Mary Rose Museum really does provide a unique setting for educators to teach their pupils a wide range of topics. Children and their teachers were positively enthused and inspired by their visits.
It was really interesting to see how the workshops catered for all age ranges and a variety of subjects (all the way from KS1 history to A-Level science!). These workshops noticeably enhanced the children's learning through active engagement. As a primary school teacher in training, I found the workshops were very relevant to the curriculum and extremely fascinating. Watching pupils handle replica objects was wonderful and a fantastic way of engaging children, this enquiry-based learning was extremely beneficial in linking the three key components to enquiry based learning: creativity, curiosity and conversation.
The proficient staff and volunteers in the learning department are a true credit to the museum, I witnessed first-hand how they go above and beyond to ensure a positive educational experience for pupils and teachers alike. Over the last couple of weeks I have learnt not to underestimate the strength and potential of museum visits in education. I am looking forward to experiencing all this museum has to offer again and sharing the adventure with my first class. I have loved every moment of this placement, particularly seeing the reactions of the children on their way in and hearing their comments on the way out.
Thank you to everyone at the Mary Rose for this wonderful opportunity, my thoughts and comments reflect those of the children “It’s really so much more than a ship”.