Teachers and pupils can explore language through objects found in the Chester Beatty and Ulster Museum collections. It is ideal for language support in the classroom for teachers in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.
Teachers & Educators
The Chester Beatty’s collections offer wonderful learning opportunities and support a number of key curricula areas. From art history to world faiths to geography, history, languages, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) this is the place to bring your students to inspire learning. See below for free teachers’ resources which can be used for primary and post-primary schools to support self-guided visits and inspire activities back at school. Teachers can book free guided and self-guided tours below.
These resources all use museum objects to develop creativity across the curriculum. Themes range from artistic traditions found in the Islamic, East Asian and European collections; an introduction to world faiths and cultures through objects; science; language support through objects; preparation for the Art History Leaving Certificate as well as a drawing pack.
Language support for teachers and students using museum objects
World faiths and cultures
This resource explores Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and ancient Egyptian culture in the Chester Beatty and Ulster Museum for teachers in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.
Leaving Certificate Art and Design Appreciation
This resource has been prepared for pupils of the Leaving Certificate Art and Design Appreciation. Artefacts provides a relevant understanding of selected objects from the collection, and provides art teachers and pupils with skills to explore and understand artists and their works in the collections. The contents of this resource and the artworks have been selected due to their relevance to key movements, styles and techniques included in the Leaving Certificate Art History exam.
Science Through World Cultures
A guide to its scientific material as reflected in the Islamic, East Asian and European Collections. Suitable for secondary and third level teachers and educators.
Drawing Pack for Teens & Adults
This pack has been specially designed for visitors interested in drawing exploring techniques based on the Library’s Islamic, East Asian and European collections.
Secondary Level Art and Design
Check out these resources for Secondary Level students supporting the study of the Art and Design in the Junior and Leaving Certificate programmes.
These resources offer a brief introduction to:
– art history from the 15th century in Europe and how a particular manuscript was made; key words are highlighted and key themes including landscape, imagery, popular stories, historical imagery, cities, architecture, portraits, composition, links to the past and real space.
– key highlights in the exhibition Gift of a Lifetime: Treasures from Chester Beatty’s Collection through core themes: Creatures, Faith, Patronage, Craft and Love
Students and teacher are encouraged to learn about world cultures through these resources as well as explore cross-curricular themes reflected in Irish post-primary schools.
These are all illustrated with images from the collections as well as a glossary of terms and links to other resources.
The award-winning learning resource Language Explorers by Mother Tongues Ireland includes activities co-designed with the Chester Beatty and are inspired by the Islamic, East Asian and European museum collections.
This resource offers children the tools to learn how to count in Mandarin and Japanese, explore the historic story of Temiya from Thailand, provide practice words in Arabic, and provide guidance to design your own decorative capital letter.
Suitable for children aged 6 + years.
Intercultural School's Programme
The Chester Beatty’s Learning and Education Department offers a wide range of ways to learn about and engage with the Collections. This Department has worked for several years exploring ways to engage primary and post-primary schools and teachers with this unique Collection, and initiated an 18-month project to research, develop and build its first intercultural school’s programme (2018– 2020).
This report includes the background to the intercultural school’s project; definitions on intercultural dialogue and relevant policies, strategies and projects in both the formal education, arts and cultural sectors; the development of the intercultural school’s programme; analysis of current practices and methodologies; programme development including the training of volunteer guides, Continuous Professional Development of teachers, pilot tours and evaluation.