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Eton College Collections education sessions are free and activity based.  Led by the Education Officer, students use a variety of images, objects and documents from the College Collections to discover more about their topic.
Available to book now:

Tailcoats, Top hats and Trials – Victorian Children at Eton (KS 1&2)

Remembering the Fallen (KS 1&2)

Minibeasts (KS 1)

Eton in Tudor Times (KS 1&2)

Preparing for Eternity – Investigating the Ancient Egyptians (KS 1&2)

A School at War – WWII Homefront at Eton (KS 2)

Animals (KS 1&2)

A Whining Schoolboy – Shakespeare (KS 2)

 

Tailcoats, Top hats and Trials – Victorian Children at Eton (KS 1&2)

Eton boys in the second half of the nineteenth century may have been the sons of the nobility and the gentry, but they were still just boys. Students will investigate the lives of more privileged Victorian children through documents, images and objects. Discover what it was like to sleep, eat and learn at Eton during the reign of Queen Victoria.  
National Curriculum Links: significant historical events, people and places in their own locality, a local history study, a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remembering the Fallen (KS 1&2)

Why do we commemorate Remembrance Day? This session investigates some of the true stories of soldiers from the First World War and the reason behind the poppy. Students will discover the lives of Eton Boys who served through images, artefacts and objects, then have a chance to make their own class poppy wreath. The aim of the session is for students to understand that the soldiers who served and died are not abstract concepts, but real men, who were once students themselves.
National Curriculum Links: significant historical events, people and places in their own locality, a local history study, a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066

Minibeasts (KS 1)

Just how beastly are minibeasts? Using the Natural History Museum’s collection, students will investigate different types of arthropods (which make up over 80% of all known living animal species) and get some hands-on experience classifying minibeasts.
National Curriculum links: identifying and classifying, identify and name a variety of common animals, describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals, recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways, explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment

Eton in Tudor Times (KS 1&2)

Discover the connection between Eton and Henry VII. Investigate Tudor portraits and illustrations and learn about the daily life of a boy at Eton during the Tudor Period.
National Curriculum Links: significant historical events, people and places in their own locality, a local history study, a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preparing for Eternity – Investigating the Ancient Egyptians (KS 1&2)

Why mummify? What might you need in the afterlife? What gods were important to the Ancient Egyptians? Students will investigate these questions, and more, through activities and objects at the Museum of Antiquities.
National Curriculum links: the achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of one of the following: . . . Ancient Egypt.

A School at War – WWII Homefront at Eton (KS 2)

Although an Eton student may not fit the typical image of a child from the Second World War, the boys at the College battled through rationing, bombing and loss, just as other children did. In this session, learn how Eton boys dealt with the difficulties of life on the Home Front and discover, through discussion, images, artefacts and various hands on activities, how children supported the war effort.
National Curriculum Links: changes within living memory, significant historical events, people and places in their own locality, a local history study, a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066

Animals (KS 1&2)

What are the differences between types of animals?  Students will explore the many and varied exhibitions in the Natural History Museum to answer this question.  In KS 1, investigate animals and their structures; in KS2, compare animal life cycles.  

National Curriculum links: identify and name a variety of common animals; describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals; describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.

Whining Schoolboy – Shakespeare (KS 2)

Explore aspects of Shakespeare’s life and works through a variety of cross-curricular activities.  Students will practice writing like Shakespeare in secretary hand with a quill, analyse a Tudor document from the Eton Archives and get dramatic with some drama exercises - choose to focus on either the Tempest, Macbeth or A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
National Curriculum links: develop positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they read by: listening to and discussing a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays; interpret and present discrete and continuous data using appropriate graphical methods; recognise, find, name and write fractions.


 

 

For more information and to book, please contact the Education Officer at  MuseumEducation@etoncollege.org.uk

Session times:

Weekdays 

10:15-11:30
11:45-13:00

Maximum 30 students per session.

Sessions take place in the Museum of Eton Life, Museum of Natural History or Museum of Antiquities, depending upon the topic. 

When making a booking request, please suggest three possible dates. We advise you not to book transport until you have received confirmation from us.