Published 26 March 2024

Pupils at Braehead Primary School turned their school into a museum to showcase exhibitions ranging from Dinosaurs to World War 2 following a plea from Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

The museum asked pupils to help them to attract and inspire more young people and families to visit.

And excited pupils were only too happy to help, turning their school into a museum to showcase their learning about People, Past Events and Societies.

Primary 1 to 7 took part in a Problem Based Learning (PBL) Project - “A Day at the Museum” by creating different areas to make their very own Braehead Museum with the variety of exhibits focusing on different time periods.

Pupils worked in groups to build the exhibits and completed daily challenges to develop their skills in creativity, communication and collaboration. This interdisciplinary approach integrated many other areas of the curriculum including science, literacy and numeracy.

Families visited the school where they enjoyed exhibits, took part in interactive displays and guided tours. Creative pupils set up an artefact gift shop where families could purchase items made by the pupils, including artwork, bookmarks and fossils.

young people sitting at a desk working on their 'A Day at the Museum'

Councillor Clare Steel, Convener of Educational Services, said: “This was a great opportunity for the pupils to have fun while learning important history lessons.  I’m glad the event was a great success and families enjoyed seeing their children’s projects and how much enthusiasm our young people have for their learning.”

Councillor John Millar, Vice Convener of Educational Services, said: “It is right for young people to understand the importance of past decades and learning this way through visual displays is a very engaging way to learn. I hope the event encourages more young people and their families to visit museums and enjoy the rich artifacts and displays on show.”

young people with their mummy in a tomb

Anne McFarlane, Braehead Primary School Head Teacher, said, “I have been very proud of the amount of work that the staff and children have put into making their Problem Based Learning Project, which was a real success. There has been a real buzz around the school and the pupils have fully embraced the challenge they were set. We were delighted to welcome parents/carers and family members to visit and take part in the many learning activities on offer. Our children have definitely demonstrated their skills in creativity and in leading learning and we look forward to developing this approach further in the future.”