Museums and teenagers

Yesterday saw me on a trip to the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London along with 155 children and other staff. Four galleries visited, two with NHM booklets, two without. It was interesting to watch how engagement varied for our group and other schools we encountered to. Tasks to do focused the children but at times they needed guidance to find the relevant signage that was in front of them! Without guidance awe and wonder hooked some while others focused more on social interactions.
How do others structure such visits? I always enjoy watching the awe inspired in some of our pupils. The extra questions raised and the chance to chat during the day and an engaging drive back across Central London pointing out landmarks and playing I-spy.


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