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

TERRY FOX- Running to the Heart of Canada (available Oct. 1- Dec. 7) Grades 1-6

Enrich the learning and meaning behind the Terry Fox Run with this limited time education program at the Peterborough Museum & Archives. Through a series of activities, students will learn the remarkable story of Terry Fox and the character traits that make him a Canadian hero as we explore our current exhibit on loan from Museum of History. We will work independently and in groups to create a timeline and map his courageous Marathon of Hope. Students will leave feeling inspired to "Be like Terry" and continue the fight against cancer.

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

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." 


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 activity centers, students will explore the experiences of early settlers in Peterborough. 

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."


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 then discover the personal stories of the 1825 Robinson Immigrants from Ireland through role playing and exploring archival documents detialing their journey to the backwoods of Peterborough. 


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 exploring patterns and shapes. 

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


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


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 Indigenous and settler life is explored with a focus on play!

JK/SK, pre-school


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.