Curriculum links: Science: Materials, their properties and uses, working scientifically
Explore the materials used in racing with hands-on investigations. Students discover what makes materials suitable for particular jobs, and are challenged to search for different materials in our galleries.
In racing, it is vital that the right material is used for the job. There will be an opportunity to use our special digital microscope to take a really close look at some of the materials used- an excellent chance to hypothesise, observe and record! Students will also be invited to try our junk modelling challenge to create their own safety equipment and to discover some of the surprising materials found inside our special semi-constructed saddle. There will even be the chance to carry out a fascinating chromatography experiment as we investigate silk. There’s so much to do!
We can also provide a Marvellous Materials Brilliant Bingo activity to carry out in the galleries afterwards, on a self-led basis. Extra time will need to be allocated for this
“What surprised me most was how well resourced, prepared and engaging the activities were. The children really enjoyed it.” (Teacher KS1)
“I know that when I bring my class to Marvellous Materials, we will cover everything that we need to cover!” (Teacher KS1)
“A great deal of learning and a whole range of experiences in a very short space of time.” (Teacher KS1)
Curriculum links: Animals including humans; working scientifically; recognising pattern and sequence
Do you know how big and heavy a racehorse’s heart is compared with your own?
Straight FromThe Horse’s Mouth is a hands-on comparative anatomy workshop investigating similarities and differences between human and equine athletes!
Students will explore the Maktoum Gallery of the Thoroughbred to discover what makes a “Racing Machine;” they will put on their vets’ jackets and surgical caps to take part in a role-play surgery to identify and sort cuddly equine and human organs; they will find out about digestion and piece together our life-size cuddly equine digestive system…and they will have the opportunity to ride our famous racehorse simulator- hypothesising, observing and measuring the effect it has on the heart.
“The workshop was really thought-provoking – I don’t think that the information about a horse would have been so well understood or retained if it had not been presented alongside information about humans. This meant that the children were learning evaluative skills as well as facts, and this ability to compare and contrast can be used across the curriculum.”(School Governor)
Cirriculum Links: Local Study/ History (How a world or national event affected the locality; sources and interpretation)/ English (reading & spoken language)
What connects a racehorse, a mystery object and a flag? Use investigative skills to examine objects and sources of evidence to piece the clues together. Although set in an historical context, this workshop is also rich in language skills and involves interpreting information from a variety of sources as well as hypothesising.
Students will have the opportunity to handle a mystery object from our collection and to learn about part of Newmarket’s wartime story. If booking this workshop, please do not tell the children its title: we want them to figure out the clues for themselves! Remember: “Hush, hush!” “Careless talk….!”
“It was the best day…I learned lots about what happened during the war.” (Pupil, Year 4)
“Handling the mystery object really made the story come alive for the children.” (Teacher, KS2)
Curriculum links: Social and Cultural learning, touching on themes of Art/History/English/Science.
Suitable for groups of up to 60 students (please contact us if your group is larger)
There’s so much to see. Where to begin?!
Our Palace House Grand Tour will give an overview of our wonderful Heritage Centre, stopping off in the Trainer’s House to search for the weird and the wonderful within our collections…then on to Charles II’s racing palace to enjoy the Packard Galleries of Sporting Art and to create, rehearse and perform a short dialogue based on a work of art…galloping off to The King’s Yard to be put through your paces on our racehorse simulator….and of course racing to The Rothschild Yard to meet our equine stars.
Led by our learning team, students will engage with our collections through active exploration, fun activities and hands-on experiences.
By the end of the tour, students will have an overview of Newmarket’s royal connections and the impact these had on racing and the town; they will have gained an awareness of themes such as art, history, people & places, land use, equine anatomy, evolution and bloodlines; they will have created, rehearsed and performed a short dialogue based on a work of art; they will have had enjoyed the authenticity of a working yard and will have had the opportunity to experience the fitness and stamina needed to be a jockey.
Please contact us for further details.
Curriculum links: Science-Evolution & Inheritance; working scientifically
Gallop through evolution and inheritance from the tiny Eohippus to modern Equus. Students will use evidence, including handling fossil casts, in order to understand some of the changes which occurred to the earliest horses millions of years ago and led to Equus.
Hands on activities and investigations will help young scientists to explore adaptation, evolution and variations between parents and offspring. We think you will particularly enjoy the Hungry Horse Adaptation Game, when teams compete to find out which “teeth” will be best for surviving on the available food …and we’re sure you will love playing our Spot The Difference with a difference in the company of our Equine stars in the Rothschild Yard!
Curriculum links: these will vary according to activities selected, but may include animals including humans; working scientifically; inheritance; materials, their properties and uses.
Create your own unique Surprising Science workshop by choosing two activities from our pick’n’mix list below. Your third activity will be an active exploration of The Maktoum Gallery of the Thoroughbred, using our special Surprising Science trail to search for fascinating facts and captivating curiosities!
“The hands-on, interactive nature of the workshops engaged all of the children. There was something for everyone to do. The children particularly loved the ‘Let’s Get Organ-ised’ session because they were dressed as vets! Being able to identify, and directly compare human and equine organs worked really well and gave the children a better understanding.” (Teacher KS2)
“The children came back to school buzzing to tell their parents the facts that they had learnt. It was a great introduction to the human organs and digestive system for Year 3.” (Teacher KS2)