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Bring the Curriculum for Excellence to life with the help of the national collections.

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Making Circles Schools Project

The Making Circles schools project invited children to be inspired by National Museums Scotland’s collections to create new Circular Economy products.

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A day in the life of an ancient Egyptian priest

Ancient Egyptian temples served as homes for the gods, where they were looked after by priests. Most people were not allowed inside temples and only a few priests could enter the presence of the god’s statue.

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Deadly parasites and diseases

Five tiny parasites cause some of the deadliest diseases, which affect 1 in every 18 people in the world.

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The Circular Economy

Discover more about the Circular Economy through the Making Circles schools project, led by Ostrero.

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Learning resources for schools

Explore stories, films, games and resources from the museums’ collections.

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Galloway Hoard: learning resources

We've created a set of schools resources around the Galloway Hoard, including an animation, a quiz, and more.

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The Lewis chess pieces

These medieval chess pieces from the Scottish island of Lewis are among our most popular collections. They give us fascinating insights into the international connections of western Scotland and the growing popularity of chess in medieval Europe.

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For Teachers: Primary Resources

Explore a range of activities suitable for pupils working at Early, First and Second Levels including: - Mandarin - Writing a story - Maths and numeracy

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Designing for a Circular Economy

How can design approaches support the Circular Economy?

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Dinosaurs!

Learn what a palaeontologist does and discover amazing dinosaurs in this digital schools session.

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Designing for the Climate: Circular Economy

Discover more about the Circular Economy through the work of young people across Scotland, led by Ostrero.

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Atlantic slave trade learning resources

Discover how objects in the museum’s collections can help us explore Scotland’s involvement in the Atlantic slave trade and the abolitionist movement.

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Build a parasite

Build a parasite and find out what diseases it can cause.

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Vikings activity sheets

Download our fearsome Viking colouring sheets or have a go at making bread the Viking way.

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Parasites resources

Learn more about parasites and how scientific research taking place in Scotland is leading the way in this field.

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Watch and listen

Explore the amazing collections of National Museums Scotland through films, animations and podcasts.

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Maths in museums

Throughout 2022, we want to work with local museums across Scotland to integrate more maths into their museum programming and provide support to take part in Maths Week Scotland.

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Dinosaur workshop - accompanying resources

This page contains a range of dinosaur themed activities for P2-4. The activities can be used alongside our Digital Schools Session or to support classroom or home learning.

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Biodiversity workshop - accompanying resources

This page contains a range of biodiversity themed activities for P4-7. The activities can be used alongside our Digital Schools Session or to support classroom or home learning.

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Ancient Egypt workshop - accompanying resources

This page contains a range of ancient Egyptian themed activities for P3-4. The activities can be used alongside our Digital Schools Session or to support classroom or home learning.

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Fantastic Flying Forces workshop - accompanying resources

This page contains a range of dinosaur themed activities for P5-7. The activities can be used alongside our Digital Schools Session or to support classroom or home learning.

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A Journey in Stories workshop - accompanying resources

This page contains a range of dinosaur themed activities for P2. The activities can be used alongside our Digital Schools Session or to support classroom or home learning.

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Second World War: Meet the Pilot workshop - accompanying resources

This page contains a range of dinosaur themed activities for P5-7. The activities can be used alongside our Digital Schools Session or to support classroom or home learning.

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Romans in Scotland: learning resources

Tools to help aid teaching and learning about the Romans in Scotland

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Museum Animations

Delve into our animated adventures and explore the world around us from unique perspectives.

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School workshops at the National Museum of Rural Life

Learn where food comes from or how to make butter in one of our facilitator led workshops.

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Fantastic Flying Forces

Through practical experiments your pupils will discover about the four forces that affect aeroplanes

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Ancient Egypt: Mummification and the afterlife

Join our Enablers to find out about mummification and the journey to the afterlife through five very special objects. You can also further support your classroom learning through a range of resources which accompany the session.

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Biodiversity: Life In Scotland

Learn about four different ecosystems in Scotland through objects, games and microscopic imagery. Our accompanying resources will allow your class to study biodiversity across Scotland. Bookings open August 2022

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The Romans

An exploration of ancient Rome through modern objects and their Roman equivalents. Our accompanying resources will also allow you to further explore the topic in class. Bookings open August 2022.

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Second World War: Meet the pilot

Learn about the life of a pilot during the Second World War.

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Self-guided group visits

Information to plan your self-guided group visit to the National Museum of Scotland.

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Dolly and the Atom Smasher

Fly across Scotland with Dolly the sheep, hitch a ride to space on a rocket and collect museum objects along the way.

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Build back better

During the lockdown due to COVID-19, school children were asked how we could build towards a more Circular Economy, inspired by the Making Circles project.

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