Article Source: Visit Scotland
First Published: 22 January 2021 16:33
Updated: 22 January 2021 16:50
Unable to open due to the Covid-19 pandemic, attractions such as Edinburgh Zoo, V&A Dundee and Glasgow Science Centre have created virtual lessons to inspire learning during lockdown. Covering subjects such as science, biology, design and history, many of the resources were either developed as part of the attraction’s education offering or created last year when Covid-19 forced the closure of schools nationwide.
VisitScotland hopes the virtual learning will help inspire real-life visits to these attractions once restrictions allow.
Homeschooling help includes:
Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park
Well known for its education programme, RZSS is bringing its parks directly to families at home through a range of fun activities for children of all ages. Learn about individual species, native wildlife, animal behavior or why not arrange a virtual tour to see some of the parks’ most famous residents? Thanks to a series of live webcams, children can also still watch some of Edinburgh’s zoo’s favourites such as the penguins and pandas.
Five Sisters Zoo
Throughout the current lockdown period, the West Lothian-based zoo is offering short online classes, twice a week on YouTube and social media, along with accompanying activity sheets for children and families to complete at home. Join Head of Education Adam as he takes a journey through the zoo, meeting keepers, watching animals and helping children learn about topics such as habitats and adaptation.
Scotland’s first Design Museum has been inspiring designers of all ages since it opened its doors in Dundee. While visiting isn’t possible just now, there are still plenty of ways to get those creative juices flowing during this latest period of homeschooling. V&A Dundee has developed a range of challenges, design prompts and resources inspired by the museum, its exhibitions and its programme. Explore the now-closed Mary Quant exhibition, learn more about textiles and construction, brand and marketing, along with the wider social context of the Quant era. Younger learners can take inspiration from Dundee’s comic book history by designing their own comic strip.
Glasgow Science Centre
For budding young scientists fascinated by the world we live in, Glasgow Science Centre is bringing back its award-winning GSC at Home series. Curated by its team of science communicators and linked to the curriculum, it offers a fun way to still enjoy the wonders of science as part of homeschooling. Aimed at families, particularly those with young children, there are 115 videos to explore or you can tune in every day at 10am and join the team as you learn together about subjects such as the Solar System or the Human Body.
Glasgow’s Museums (including Kelvingrove Museum)
With learning resources such as virtual tours and PowerPoint presentations covering topics like Art and Design and Social Subjects, Glasgow Life’s Museums’ learning programme is a fantastic educational resource for both teachers and parents. Explore Ancient Egypt with a virtual visit to Kelvingrove Museum or for older school children use Glasgow’s museums renowned collections as the starting point for discussions, creative activities and critical thinking.
To help homeschoolers, Dynamic Earth has created a new online portal sharing ideas and try-at-home experiments, covering topics such as Climate and Sustainability, Oceans and Space. Inspired by experiences you can enjoy during a visit to Dynamic Earth, little learners can discover more about different habitats, try hands-on activities such as making a tornado in a glass or even design their own dinosaur.
Historic Environment Scotland
Take a virtual step back in time and let Historic Environment Scotland bring history to life for learners during lockdown. #learningwithHES offers interactive ideas to engage children with Scotland’s past. Take a 3D tour of Caerlaverock Castle, let junior tour guides tell you more about Doune Castle, build a catapult with the Craft Knight or recreate an old recipe from Scottish history, there are a host of activities inspired by Scotland’s heritage for youngsters to discover until travel is possible again.
National Museums Scotland
While visiting a museum might not be possible just now, National Museum Scotland has sought inspiration from some of its exhibits to offer a range of resources for parents and teachers. Museum at Home covers topics within Social Studies, Languages and STEM. Primary pupils can try museum yoga with moves inspired by museum objects, make paper art inspired by Scottish wildlife or learn about the Ancient Egyptians. Meanwhile, secondary school children can explore minerals using a mobile phone or discover Scottish stories from the First World War.
With a Museum Musings blog, YouTube videos and a host of engaging activities, there will be plenty to excite young learners at home until this Moray attraction reopens. With an aim of helping people enjoy the history of the area, the museum will be sharing ideas, insights and star objects across their social media channels, including how to play museum bingo, creating your own excavation and learning about the Stone Age.
Aberdeen Science Centre
Every Thursday join the team at Aberdeen Science Centre for #StayHomeScience, a fun, science-related activity children can take part in at home with a handy instruction video to guide you through each activity. Virtual learners can then head over to the ASC YouTube channel to view more videos teaching young science enthusiasts about topics such as the immune system, weather and gravity.
Aberdeen Archives, Galleries and Museums (including Aberdeen Art Gallery)
Taking inspiration from Aberdeen’s cultural collections, Aberdeen City Council is embracing new ways to share the city’s stories and artworks with virtual visitors. Families can discover, create and learn together at home with access to a range of online art and music activities to encourage creativity, including exploring the BP Portrait Award 2020 exhibition.
Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine
The Scottish Maritime Museum offers an online learning programme for pupils. The cross-curricular Ship to Shore Online Learning Workshops, which centre on the Scottish Maritime Museum’s most popular Curriculum for Excellence linked STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities, are available from until the end of February 2021.
The Scottish Maritime Museum, which is based on the Harbourside in Irvine, Ayrshire, offers resources on topics and activities as fascinating and engaging as the life of Scotland’s lifeline Puffer boats, buoyancy and Archimedes’ ‘Eureka’ moment, the design of the Titanic and how to send ‘socially-distanced’ Morse Code messages to classmates.
For more inspiration and ideas to discover Scotland from home visit: Website: www.visitscotland.com
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