Object-based teaching and learning

Object-based teaching and learning offers powerful ways to aid children's thinking and comprehension, increase subject knowledge and inspire curiosity and creativity. This training explores its value and identifies practical strategies to support learning across the curriculum.

Anne's courses on using artefacts are appropriate for teachers and for museum and heritage practitioners. She is happy to deliver in-service training for individual schools, museums and other settings and to provide regional and national training on this topic. She tailors every course to learner needs.

This training is interactive and hands-on, and is accompanied by a comprehensive information pack, including rationale, research models, teaching techniques and scaffolds for learning.

Participants can expect to gain:

  • more understanding of the role and benefits of object-based teaching and learning
  • ideas for using artefacts to support the curriculum and theme-based teaching
  • methods for fostering cognitive and problem-solving skills and critical thinking
  • strategies for developing literacy and comprehension
  • ways to develop information and investigative skills, inference and deduction
  • tips for nurturing creativity
  • ideas for lesson-plans

What people say about this training

A fantastic day. I feel more confident about using objects within my planning, teaching and learning. We have drawn together an action plan which will help us implement what we have covered today.

I found the following particularly useful: fit the object into your planning, not vice versa; different ways of using an object; the importance of collaborative planning.

Now we have lots of ideas for how to move our museum and object-based curriculum forwards.

I have a greater understanding about the effectiveness of objects in a learning environment and how they can stimulate children's ability to be creative.

Well-organised and allowed lots of time for group discussion which I found useful.

Thanks for today, the teachers were raving about it and they left buzzing with ideas.

An excellent opportunity to further investigate our museum and how to use objects to inspire learning.

Thank you Anne for today's inset - it was really valuable to unpick the many benefits objects have in teaching and learning. I really enjoyed the practical and hands-on approach and the time to work collaboratively.

Interesting and stimulating look at how to use objects for teaching and learning. Useful models for learning.

I found talking about linking the objects to the different areas of the curriculum useful, especially linking to literacy.

Useful ideas for where to go after the questioning/exploration of the objects. I love the curator card idea.

Enjoyed learning about different theories and approaches to learning.

Very engaging and interesting. Anne has tailored the day around our unique needs. This enabled us to get exactly what we needed as a staff without having to fit square pegs in round holes.

Practical activities looking at objects and questioning skills.

Useful activities and questions. Splitting up the planning process made it clearer, along with discussion between staff. Useful to use objects.

Great flow about the presentation, relaxed atmosphere, got everyone thinking and hugely enjoyable.

Liked working/sharing ideas in groups, collaborative approach to planning was a real standout.

Showed how useful/important object-based learning can be. Great ideas and a feeling that we, as a school, had moved on/developed understanding.

I learnt more about how using objects can inspire children's creative thinking and cover all aspects of the curriculum.