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Learn about Fundamental British Values at National Museums Liverpool

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At National Museums Liverpool the promotion of fundamental British values is firmly embedded in the learning offer available to education and community groups of all ages. The learning, development, and welfare of all our participants is integral to the work that we do. Our aim is to maximise social impact and educational benefit for all, as well as to promote good and active citizenship.

Our learning sessions utilise an integrated approach that provides students and educators with opportunities to explore who we are, where we live, and how we live together. In this way, participants can further develop values and qualities that are based on respect, harmony, and sharing ideas. We also aim to inspire discussion to explore these ideas together as part of our learning sessions, which helps students to understand more about their own identity. 

Our learning sessions support the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) development of learners, through a variety of learning opportunities that are informed by the National Curriculum. Our experienced and skilled education staff are well versed in utilising a wide range of techniques to stimulate learners and increase engagement. Our multi-sensory learning sessions can be adapted to support students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) or additional access requirements. 

The sessions below are recommended for schools and groups wanting to take part in learning experiences that are especially relevant to fundamental British values in terms of the concepts and skills explored.

Introduction to Human Rights 

60 minute session, key stage 2 (7-11) at the International Slavery Museum

The approaches used in this hands-on learning session enable students to develop a deeper understanding of fundamental British values through developing ideas and opinions about their rights as children, and having the opportunity to express these ideas by creating a campaign poster.

  • Democracy: Students work collaboratively to make group decisions. Students gain an understanding of the importance of human rights.
  • Individual liberty: Students listen to and value different opinions, with historic case studies and ideas from their classmates.
  • Rule of law: Students learn about  rules, laws, and human rights and the ways in which enable us to gain an education, stay safe, and thrive.
  • Tolerance and mutual respect: We learn about people and cultures around the world, to explore the rights and responsibilities that belong to everyone, as well as the challenges people face and how we can support one another

Find out more and book an 'Introduction to Human Rights' learning session

Legacies of transatlantic slavery

90 minute handling session for key stage 3 (11-14) and key stage 4 (14-16) at the International Slavery Museum

Students explore a variety of resources to develop an understanding of the lasting impact of transatlantic slavery and the link to modern forms of racism and stereotypes, global inequalities, activism and democracy, as well as migrating people and culture. Students will gain the skills and knowledge to embrace their social and legal responsibilities to be tolerant, respectful and open to diversity in all its forms.

Find out more and book a 'Legacies of transatlantic slavery', Key Stage 3 learning session

Find out more and book a 'Legacies of transatlantic slavery', Key Stage 4 learning session

Hooked

90 minute interactive drugs awareness session for key stages 3 and 4 at the Seized! gallery in Merseyside Maritime Museum

  • Rule of law: Learn more about the rules and consequences of making positive or negative choices relating to drugs, and understand shared and individual responsibilities. Understand how laws can change over time and vary in different countries.
  • Democracy: Students share a leading role in discussion, debate and voting.
  • Individual liberty: Students are encouraged to voice opinions appropriately and listen to others, regarding choices, causes and moral issues. 
  • Mutual respect and tolerance: Students are encouraged to respect opinions, but also challenge damaging misconceptions and stereotypes. Understand that everyone in society deserves the opportunity to make safe, healthy and positive choices. 

Find out more and book a 'Hooked' learning session

Customs contraband

60 minute interactive session for key stages 3 and 4 at the Seized! gallery in Merseyside Maritime Museum

  • Rule of law: Learn to clarify the rules and consequences of making positive or negative choices relating to drugs, endangered animals and other contraband, and understand our shared and individual responsibilities. Understand how laws can change over time and vary in different countries.
  • Democracy: Students share a leading role in discussion, debate and voting.
  • Individual liberty: Students are encouraged to voice opinions appropriately and listen to others.
  • Mutual respect and tolerance: Students are encouraged to respect opinions and cultural differences. Understand that everyone in society deserves the opportunity to make safe, healthy and positive choices.

Find out more and book a 'customs contraband' learning session

Titanic: voyage of discovery

60 minute interactive session for key stage 2 at Merseyside Maritime Museum

  • Rule of law: Understand how rules and laws change over time, with the intention of providing increasingly safer and healthier opportunities. Pupils have the opportunity to explore and discuss the actions of key figures on the night of the sinking in light of differences in rule of law in 1912 as compared to today - for example, lifeboat provision.
  • Democracy: Understand the value of working together. Discover the benefit of discussing opinions before and after a choice is made, to understand how decisions are made and justified.
  • Individual liberty: Students are encouraged to voice opinions appropriately and listen to others.
  • Mutual respect and tolerance: Develop understanding and empathy through immersive role play experiences, based on real events. The groups are invited to think more closely about real life characters on board the ship, they are encouraged to identify with their hopes, beliefs, fears and motivations in a bid to better understand those actions, in context of the received wisdoms and cultural conventions surrounding gender, and class of the time. Time is allotted to respectfully reflect on the feelings and opinions of others.

Find out more and book a 'Titanic: voyage of discovery' learning session

Discover ancient Egypt

50 minute session, key stage 2 (7-11) at World Museum

Through participating in this session students are encouraged to think about democracy, individual liberty and tolerance. 

  • Democracy: Children start to understand about the social hierarchy of ancient Egypt and learn about a society very different from our own. They can compare forced labour under a pharaoh to conditions in our democracy. 
  • Individual liberty: Students consider practices in ancient Egypt affecting individual liberty and discover about positive and negative examples.
  • Mutual respect and tolerance: As students discover about the different beliefs, practices, achievements and everyday way of life of the ancient Egyptians they develop their respect for others with differing lives and beliefs. By understanding the museum’s rules about how to handle ancient artefacts tolerance and respect are encouraged.

Find out more and book 'Discover ancient Egypt' learning session. 

Meet the mummy

50 minute session, key stage 2 (7-11) at World Museum

Students are immersed into the life and society of ancient Egypt throughout this session in which they discover about mummification. They also develop their understanding of Fundamental British Values and SMSC as moral questions are posed.

  • Mutual respect and tolerance: Learning about the process of mummification, and ancient Egyptian religion, encourages students to be tolerant and respectful of others’ culture, beliefs and faith.
  • Democracy: Children explore the social hierarchy of ancient Egypt – the existence of slaves, servants and pharaohs. They develop their ideas about democracy by beginning to understand how different people may have felt. 
  • Rule of law: Children are encouraged to reflect on the rule of law as they find out about tomb robbers and punishment for breaking the law in ancient Egypt.
  • Individual liberty: Through the participative approach in the session individual liberty is promoted by enabling students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Social skills: Students develop their social skills as they work together to mummify the ‘body’.

Find out more and book 'Meet the mummy' learning session. 

The natural history of ancient Egypt

40 minute session, key stage 2 (7-11) at World Museum

Through participating in this session students are encouraged to think about democracy and tolerance. 

  • Democracy: Children start to explore the social hierarchy of ancient Egypt in a society different from our own. They develop ideas about democracy by beginning to understand how different people, such as slaves, servants and pharaohs, may have felt. 
  • Mutual respect and tolerance: The children gain an understanding of ancient Egyptians’ way of life and beliefs and develop tolerance and mutual respect. They discover how much the ancient Egyptians valued animals and plants, including papyrus, in their everyday life. The children readily relate to this and feel respect for the ancient Egyptians’ achievements.

Find out more and book 'Natural history of ancient Egypt' learning session.