School trips to the Museum of Classical Archaeology offer a unique glimpse into the ancient Greeks and Romans for those studying this topic as part of the Key Stage 2 History curriculum. Our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Jennie, can offer educational sessions to help you make the most of your school group trips. These sessions are specially designed to build on classwork and help to bring the ancient world to life for your students.
Although the Museum is popular with Cambridge schools, we're always pleased to receive visits from schools travelling from further afield. And school trips to our Museum are not only fun and educational, they're affordable too: our education service is entirely free of charge.
If you would like to make a donation to the Museum, we promise to spend your money on supporting and expanding our education programme and collections care. Any donation, however, is at your own discretion.
Maximum group size is 35 students. Students must be accompanied by adults. We suggest a ratio of 1 adult : 7 primary-age students. Adequate supervision is important because it ensures the safety of both the students and the casts, and we ask that you split into groups based on the number of leaders you bring.
We want your school group to have fun on your visit to us, but unfortunately we also have to make sure our collection is looked after. Groups who have to be repeatedly warned about behaviour may be asked to leave.
Come and discover the ancient Greeks or the Romans in of one our two schools sessions.
School trips to our Cambridge Museum often include a session on the ancient Greeks. It's a great way to inspire your students and enhance their studies.
Our Museum-led session begins by taking a look at the sculptures from the Temple of Zeus at Olympia. Students love to hear the story of Pelops and Oinomaos or the battle with the centaurs, as well as learning more about Greek religion, myth and the ancient Olympic Games.
The second half of the session explores the Museum using our Key Stage 2 Greeks Work Pack, which allows students to discover themes among the sculptures, such as athletes, fights, and gods and goddesses.
This session runs for 1.5 hours.
Our session on the Romans is also popular for school trips and will help support your classwork on the topic as part of the Key Stage 2 History curriculum.
This session involves an object handling session – a unique opportunity for your students to handle 2,000-year-old artefacts, including pieces of marble, pottery fragments and oil lamps. Students enjoy looking at our replica items, too; we use these items to help them learn about things like Roman money and hygiene, and students can also try writing like a Roman using our wax tablets.
This session also involves exploring the Museum using our Romans Trail: we meet Hercules, the ultimate Roman hero, encounter some of the more colourful characters of the Roman Empire by looking at our Roman portrait busts, and learn about Roman houses using our current temporary exhibition, Pompeiana.
This session runs for 1.5 hours.
Looking for things to do back in the classroom? Our answers to questions posed by primary school children about the Romans may prove useful.
How to Book
Contact our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Jennie Thornber, to discuss arranging your school trips.
Tel. (01223) 767044
Please note: we ask that school trips are booked at least a week in advance of your visit.
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