Louise Dance

2nd May 2003 at 01:00
Louise Dance is phase co-ordinator for Years 3 and 4 at Priory School

I have been bringing groups to the museum since it opened in 1998. I have a strong family connection with the sport - a daughter who rowed for Wadham College, Oxford - although it was winning a year's membership in a charity auction that first brought me here.

I quickly saw its potential for a whole range of Year 4 activities and put together a "river and streams" art, science, geography and history unit which has the museum visit as its culmination.

There's hardly a topic that isn't possible to touch on when studying water.

And the children seem to love it here, a lot of them make their parents bring them back. The topic has grown richer still now Priory is benefiting from part of the pound;40 million Creative Partnership funding distributed via the Arts Council. This enabled me to bring a poet into school who taught the children sea shanties and how to dance the hornpipe. For me the most thrilling exhibit is the full-sized section of an ancient Athenian trireme.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today