Learning Zone

Learning Zone

Welcome to the Learning Zone section of the Migration Museum Project! 

Children and young people are a key audience for the Migration Museum and working with and for them is a top priority for us. We look forward to welcoming them as visitors to our collection, exhibitions and website, but we will also reach out to them through our teaching materials. These resources will assist young people to engage with the topics of immigration and emigration. They will also support teachers as they work to introduce these often controversial issues in a constructive way.

Our education officer works directly with primary and secondary schools, delivering interactive workshops to fit with the curriculum and the needs of the school. If this is of interest to you please get in touch.

Please keep visiting us as we expand this section of the website by providing materials which show how the important topic of migration fits into many parts of the new primary and secondary curriculum, across several subjects. We look forward to this Learning Zone growing in a dynamic way over the next years as pupils and teachers visit and share their work with us.

In the meantime we would love to hear from you; particularly if you are involved in teaching these topics. Please get in touch with our Education Officer Emily Miller: emily@migrationmuseum.org

Thanks for visiting!

Teaching about migration

Read about teaching migration in Education Guardian here
and find our simple teaching ideas to accompany the 100 Images of Migration Competition here

Autumn 2013: Southfields Academy visited our exhibition

image réduite 3Emily Miller, our Education Officer welcomed pupils from Southfields Academy at Senate House for a visit to our exhibition 100 images of migration, part of the Bloomsbury festival.

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Pupils were given a quiz about the exhibition that they had to answer during the viewing. In a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere, pupils could walk around the exhibition in their own time while their teachers and Emily engaged them in discussion about particular images that caught their attention.

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After the viewing, they discussed the quiz answers that Emily had prepared. They learnt the meaning of some important migration-related keywords such as “prejudice”, “multiculturalism” or ” asylum seeker” in order to understand the phenomenon of migration and its impacts on the UK society. There was also an activity together where pupils traced their own migration stories using a world map. Now let’s hear from Kai who kindly agreed to write about his experiences for the School of Advanced Study’s blog:

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“My name is Kai Jones, I am 15 years old. I was one of the pupils from Southfields Academy that attended the Migration Museum Project’s ‘100 Images of Migration exhibition at Senate House last week with others from my school to learn more about cultural diversity. Our school try their best to help us learn about different subjects in all kinds of ways; for example taking us to the exhibition.
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We went to the exhibition because in Health and Social Care we are learning about Cultural Diversity and our teacher thought the Migration Museum Project would be a good idea to help us understand Cultural Diversity and more. The photograph I liked the most was the one of the Somalian mum and her child as they looked very happy and excited, the picture was taken in Brighton which is a perfect setting to go with their mood. They looked very happy; it made me feel happy to see how excited they were despite their story.

The picture that had the most impact on me is the one of the black guy getting harassed before getting arrested in the race riots that happened in Lewisham; this has an impact on me as I am from a multi cultured background and see these kinds of events on an almost everyday basis. image réduite 8

I learnt how diverse the UK is and, more specifically, I learnt about diversity within our own classroom through placing sweets on a map to represent where our grandparents and parents had come from. I also learnt how many different cultures there are within England. The images in the exhibition notified me about how diverse our country is and has been throughout history.

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I would recommend this to other groups; it benefitted us as we were able to look at how migration has moulded the UK into the way it is today. I think people from all backgrounds should see this exhibition and use it to help them understand just how people from different backgrounds have interacted with each other  in the UK over the years.”

Thank you Kai, and thank you to all pupils and teachers from Southfields Academy!

More pictures on our facebook page.

And, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our Education Officer Emily Miller, emily@migrationmuseum.org


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