Tuesday June 17th MAEdQ ran its first Professional Development Day at Pine Rivers Heritage Museum. Thirty attended, and had the opportunity to observe year twos from a local school enjoy their excursion there.
It was great insight into both programming and logistics of running a museum excursion for a group of 80 seven year olds. The theme was Early Pioneering, with ties in with the curricular theme of the ‘Past in the Present’. Activities included an object theatre experience, a ‘hands on’ washing day session set in the 1900s, learning where things come from, and being a school student a hundred years ago – the teacher really did carry a big stick!
The museum shared their session guide documents with us, and gave a talk afterwards about what it takes to get schools onboard. Thank-you to Joan Kelly, Justyne Wilson, the museum staff and volunteers for generously providing this opportunity. Fabulous morning tea and lunch were included as well. Thanks also to Cath Gordon of Education Creations who originally developed the program, and organised the day on behalf MAEdQ. Cath is putting together a more detailed report to be posted to this site.
So, what do year twos enjoy at museums? On the day, I reckon it was making butter themselves by passing round a jar of cream that they each shook. You know you’ve got them when they all turn around to watch the jar’s progress around the room. The look on their faces when they tasted butter they’d made, smeared on a piece of bread, was priceless.