Each school group took part in staff and student-led sessions based on research and teaching activity in a range of Faculty of Arts departments. Pupils engaged in a series of activities on the day, including:
- University Park campus tour and quiz
- University of Nottingham Museum “Everyday Roman Life" interactive session
- Dr Who mini-lecture, survey, and role play
- King Louis XIV: mini-lecture, interactive quiz, poster designing
- The Spartans: mini-lecture, historical interpretations, ancient versus modern Olympics, Greek transcriptions
- Alice in Wonderland: mini lecture parodies, poems, word games and illustrations
Overall, Curious Minds gave pupils an opportunity to develop an understanding of different historical and contemporary cultures and to explore some of the values and interpretations embedded in the study of these societies. Pupils also gained a greater awareness of the scope of university life and the different opportunities for learning and study available at Nottingham.
Curious Minds 2012 was funded by the Hermes Fellowship, and supported by Community Partnerships
Press release 7 June 2012
The visits by pupils and teachers from Melbury Primary, Southwold Primary and Burford Primary took place over two days in June 2014. Organised by the Widening Participation team in tandem with the Faculty of Arts, these Discovery Days follow on from the Curious Minds event held in June 2012. The Discovery Days aim to support the primary school curriculum through hands-on, fun activities, raise the aspirations of primary school pupils for higher education and help pupils understand that learning is a lifelong journey.
Pupils from Years 5 and 6 (ages 9 and 10) took part in a campus tour led by undergraduates, an interactive exhibition about Germany, and sessions on Dutch and everyday life in the Low countries, Spanish culture and language, everyday Roman life and Roman artefacts, philosophy and food, and how the media industry sells the Avengers to different audiences. Pupils had the opportunity to think creatively and to explore how the Arts and Humanities shape our everyday lives and our knowledge of the world.
Teachers who attended said that the Discovery Days “certainly gave (pupils) a view of different subjects they could study”; “interaction with students was really positive and the children were able to ask lots of questions.”
The University’s Widening Participation team said “It had been brilliant to work with the Faulty of Arts this year to deliver these events and be able to share some of our University’s resources to help raise aspiration and enrich learning in Primary Schools across Nottingham.”
The organisers would like to thank staff and students from the University Museum and the departments of Archaeology, Classics, Philosophy, German Studies, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, and Culture, Film and Media.