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Museum launches new curriculum weeks

Drumming with car parts

The British Motor Museum is launching three new and exciting school Curriculum Week workshops. Technology and Engineering Week will run from 15 - 19 May and Performing Arts Week will run from 12 - 16 June. The Museum is also bringing back Live and Dangerous, a road safety initiative previously run by Warwickshire County Council, from 3 - 7 July. As well as taking part in the workshops, pupils will also have the opportunity to explore the extensive collection of British motor vehicles during an exciting day of active learning.

Caroline Reid, Education Officer at the British Motor Museum said “The Museum’s Curriculum Weeks are designed for various key stages and are an ideal opportunity to spend a day focusing on a single curriculum topic. The days are designed to be fun, engaging as well as educational and enable schools to explore in more depth particular themes that they are learning.”

Technology and Engineering Week will enable children to take part in an engineering workshop and learn the basics of building vehicles. Pupils will build and test a remote control car from kit form, learn about career opportunities in the industry and finish with an exciting race around our ‘Formula One’ race track. Led by the experienced Education team, pupils will also design and make their own working Morris Truck using specially designed TechCard™ kits and safe tools in a supervised environment. Working as part of a team, pupils will also build a motorised LEGO® car and race it down the track. During the day pupils will learn about weight distribution, how different gear combinations affect speed, and which car designs are the most effective.

Performing Arts Week will enable pupils to enjoy a percussion session led by professional drummers, where their class will be transformed into a high energy and high volume performance group. Using a variety of car-parts and auto accessories, pupils will be led through the basics of timing and technique, and learn how to use these skills to put rhythms together. Pupils will then take part in a Trick Hula Hooping session, a fun skill which boosts confidence while promoting exercise. Pupils will learn basic waist hooping skills and off-body tricks that will come together to form a routine. The choir-master and big-band leader Simon Kemp will lead pupils through some warm-ups and breathing techniques, before teaching them a special automotive-themed song and movement arrangement made especially for the British Motor Museum!

Other Curriculum Weeks later in the year include WW1 History Week from 25 - 29 September, Science Week from 9 – 13 October and Coding Week from 13 – 17 November.

A full day of curriculum-based activities costs £12.50 per pupil. There is a limit of 30 pupils per workshop session. The Museum’s travel support fund is also available for schools to assist them with the cost of coach transport.

For more information about Curriculum Weeks and the travel support fund visit click here or call 01926 927827.