Museum Gets Grant For Pre-School Packs

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Museum Gets Grant For Pre-School Packs

Posted: 14/05/2008 10:48:07

Exciting new programmes are getting off the ground at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester after staff received a grant of £1,400 to develop work with the under fives.

The funding, from the Museum Libraries and Archives South West, is already being used to develop ways to improve toddlers’ learning styles though exciting lesson ideas and activities.

Meetings have taken place between staff at the Park Street venue and Stepping Stones Nursery in Cirencester to develop equipment and activity ideas to entertain pre-school groups, and staff have since developed a special box called ‘Shoes and Stories’.

This box will be loaned out to nurseries and pre-school groups for a small charge, and is available for either a week or half a school term. It contains teachers’ resources and lesson plans, as well as replica historic shoes, shoe games and brass rubbings, and books featuring stories about shoes such as Cinderella.

It was initially trialled at four different nurseries in and around Cirencester with positive results, and staff hope a Museum-based Early Years service can be introduced in the future, where loans boxes, activity sessions and resources for pre-school groups will be available.

Museum Education Officer Rachel Holtom said: “Children can try on, amongst others, Tudor style ‘bear claw’ shoes, medieval-style, knee-high boots and Victorian ankle boots.

“The box aims to help expand their vocabulary, introduce them to the concept of the past and generally help them to understand their world.”

“We have wanted to develop our learning resources for pre-school children for a while now, and this grant will really kick-start our understanding of how children of this age learn, and what pre-school organisations need to provide this.”

Anyone who may want further information on the Corinium Museum and any of its exhibits or services should contact them on 01285 655611, by email museums@cotswold.go.uk

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