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How to use this site Key aims for pupils & curriculum links Organise a visit

How to use this site

'Talking Objects' has been designed to enable Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils to reflect on how we perceive the past through the use of objects and works of art from the collections of 5 spectacular museums. These objects have been categorised into a number of themes which provide insights into aspects of past societies. The themes are aspects of life that the pupils will be able to relate to in the modern day world.

The aim of 'Talking Objects' is to provide pupils with a resource to gain skills in interpreting what objects and works of art tell us about people in the past and to enable them to apply these skills to examine their world around them and consider their sense of identity. Such skills can be developed by using 'Talking Objects' within a class-room activity or independently by the pupil to aid the development of Personal Learning and Thinking skills (PLTs). 'Talking Objects' provides a unique opportunity by providing pupils with the facility to discuss many of these aspects above with other pupils and to respond with their own work to a number of set tasks in a safe, virtual environment.

It is recommended that teachers obtain the username details of their pupils registered on the 'Your Work' area for moderation purposes.

Disucssion Topics

Each theme highlights a particular topic for discussion resulting from the analysis of one of more of the museum objects of works of art. Pupils are prompted with a question to consider and asked to respond in the discussion forum. In this area pupils can make comments on points of view posted by other pupils.

Go to the 'Discussion Board'...

Tasks - 'Your Work'

Each theme outlines a task for pupils to undertake in response to the objects/works of art in the theme. Pupils are requested to upload their resultant work and explanations in our on-line gallery. This may include work under development or final pieces.

Go to the 'Image Gallery'


Any offensive, obscene or abusive comments in the 'Your Work' area can be brought to the attention of the website administrator by reporting the content by clicking on the 'Report this post' icon.

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Once notified the administrator will deal with the content immediately.

'Talking Objects' can be used as a research tool, both for pupils and teachers and as a stimulus for creative works and discussions for a number of curriculum subjects including Art and Design, Religious Education, History and Citizenship.

This resource contains a number of sections for use by both pupils and teachers, these include:

Gallery: The 'Gallery' section displays each work of art featured on the site, accompanied by high-quality printable images and in-depth information.

Themes: Each object and work of art has been categorised according to an appropriate theme highlighting aspects of life in past societies. These are: Childhood, Eating and Drinking, Showing Off, Conflict, Worship and Death.

Objects and works of art are categorised in a theme to provide information and interpretation of past events and people in topics that are aimed to be engaging for pupils of this age group. These themes have been developed to be more than just provisions of information, but to also enable pupils to contribute their thoughts and work through the discussion board and the tasks (these can be found through the green navigation tabs in each of the themes). Both activities can take place either in the classroom and/or in the 'Your Work' section of this website (see details above). Each theme also contains an interactive activity to aid pupils' skills development (also located through the green navigation tabs in each theme).

Glossary: The Glossary provides definitions for all difficult words within the website. It can be accessed by the navigation bar at the bottom of the page.


Key aims for pupils and Curriculum Links

Planning a visit - Click here for information on planning a visit (Links to an external site).