Learning resources

Curriculum-linked learning resources designed to work in the classroom.

The fundamental customer service the Museum provides, is access for everyone to its historical buildings and unique collections. As a result, we have a very wide range of customer needs and types.

Key stage:
Post-16
School subject:
Leisure & tourism

Develop your descriptive skills by closely observing an image of an animal, then describing it to a partner for them to draw.

Key stage:
Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2
School subject:
Art

Design and technology at the Museum investigation worksheet

Key stage:
Post-16
School subject:
Leisure & tourism

Image of a Barbary (or Ottoman) corsair – often called ‘Barbary pirates’ – who were based in North Africa. 

Key stage:
Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2
School subject:
History

What happened on Francis Drake’s famous voyage? And what did his contemporaries think of him? Students step into the shoes of those who knew Francis Drake to develop their own hypothesis about whether Francis Drake was a pirate, an explorer or a privateer.

Key stage:
Key Stage 2
School subject:
Art, Geography, History, Literacy

Students examine a range of historical sources to research and refine their hypothesis as they explore the question: Was Francis Drake a pirate, an explorer or a privateer?

Key stage:
Key Stage 2
School subject:
Art, Geography, History, Literacy

Includes definitions of pirate, explorer, privateer; a Question Time-style intro; and character information for students in the hot seat.

Key stage:
Key Stage 2
School subject:
Art, Geography, History, Literacy

Questions to answer while watching the film ‘Around the world with Francis Drake’.

Key stage:
Key Stage 2
School subject:
Art, Geography, History, Literacy

Questions to answer while watching the film ‘Around the world with Francis Drake’.

Key stage:
Key Stage 2
School subject:
Art, Geography, History, Literacy

A drawing activity in which students visualise the elliptical orbits of the planets and, optionally, study their geometry using basic algebra.

Key stage:
Key Stage 3
School subject:
Astronomy, Maths, Science

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