Elementary School Programs

The following programs are available for booking any time during the school year. Please contact the Education Officer 705.742.7777 ext. 2475 or by email at fstanley@peterborough.ca

Featured Limited Time Education Program: "If the Shoe Fits!"

ARCHAEOLOGY - Grade 3/5/6Kids digging in Archaeology School Program

In this popular program, students experience the excitement of a real dig as they uncover traces of six Peterborough and area communities. Students will work within groups to follow the steps of an archaeological dig, as well as to discover the stories behind their artifacts. The program concludes with a tour through our galleries and an opportunity for students to share their findings. 

“Excellent program. Very suitable for our grade 4/5 medieval/ancient civilization program." 

EARLY SETTLEMENT - Grade 3

Students travel back in time to explore life with the Anishnaabe First Nations, and then pack their bags for a voyage on the immigrant ship ‘John Barry’. The journey continues with Peter Robinson’s settlers to a new home in the backwoods of Upper Canada.  Through drama and hands on inquiry, students will explore the roles and responsibilities of children in each community, and celebrate the timeless delight of toys. 

Ontario Curriculum for Social Studies 2013 ‘Communities in Canada 1780-1850’

“This program was AMAZING!  It was a direct link to the curriculum we just learned. The kids knew all of the theory but they wouldn't get the hands on from the books so it was great!"

HISTORY MYSTERY - Grade 5 & 6Students presenting in Early Settlement Program

The adventure begins with a map to your very own treasure chest! Students use primary source documents, maps, photographs, artifacts and drama to investigate and tell the stories of Peterborough’s heritage.

Ontario Curriculum for Social Studies 2013: Social Studies concepts and the Inquiry Process

“The program was excellent, I truly liked all of it. Hand on mapping was excellent to learn about our streets in Peterborough. Thank you very much."

IMMIGRATION STORIES - Grade 6

The stories begin in the Museum’s permanent galleries with aboriginal migrations, Treaty 20, and the arrival of the region’s earliest European settlers. Students explore the personal stories of the 1825 Robinson Emigration from Ireland through archival documents, music and drama. 

Ontario Curriculum for Social Studies 2013: HERITAGE AND IDENTITY: COMMUNITIES IN CANADA, PAST AND PRESENT

JUMP INTO GEOMETRY - Grades 1-5Boy holding magnifying glass in the Museum

Math at the Museum!  Through our quilt collection, students will become detectives as they search for a variety of shapes and patterns. With the eye of a curator, they will search for the "bigger" pictures and help us solve an old mystery. The program concludes with four hands on math centers. 

Ontario Curriculum for Mathematics 'Geometry and Shapes and 'Patterning and Algebra' grades 1 to 5.

LITERACY AT THE MUSEUM - Grade 4/5/6

Fascinating artifacts from the PMA collection generate ideas for storyboards, reports, letters, drama and story-writing. Student writing will be featured on the PMA website and catalogued in the PMA library.

Ontario Curriculum for Language Grades 4, 5 and 6

SIMPLE MACHINES - Grade 2

What is it? How does it work?  Through a variety of hands-on learning activities students decode the ways in which wheels, pulleys, levers and screws combine to make ‘work’ easier.  

Ontario Curriculum for Science and Technology Grade 2: Understanding Structure and Mechanisms 'Movement'

PLAYTIMES PAST - Kindergarten Kids playing dress up in the gallery

In this gentle introduction to Museums, young children enjoy the simple pleasures of a wide variety of games and toys, as traditional Native and settler life is explored with a focus on play!

JK/SK, pre-school

 

PHOTO WAIVER
In the course of all program activities, photos will be taken and audio and/or visual recordings may be made. The Peterborough Museum & Archives reserves the right to use all photographs and videos of all our programs, participants, special events and facilities for promotional purposes. Children's names are not used.  Please advise the instructor of any children whose parents have indicated that they may not be photographed.