Research Matters

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 - 12:00, 13:00 - 14:30 FREE
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The British Library is one of the largest research libraries in the world. Our collection of over 170 million items includes artefacts from every age of written civilisation from sound recordings and photographs to maps and printed books.

But what is research?  How do we do it and why do we do it? And what do researchers do at the British Library? Become a researcher for the day and find out!  In this investigative workshop for Key Stage 2, students will develop skills in information literacy, enquiry-based learning, visual literacy and critical thinking.

The session begins with an introduction to the British Library to find out more about what a research library is and what research means to them. Students will think about what a good research question looks like, and have a go at creating their own. They will explore a range of different objects including maps, images and newspaper reports and think about how they can be used to uncover information. Groups will have the opportunity to do some of their own research, consider the best ways to share their findings and explore how different people use research in their daily lives. 

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Please know we are fully booked September and October 2023


Age group: Years 5 - 6
When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 - 12:00, 13:00 - 14:30
Length: 90 minutes
Group size: Minimum 10 students; maximum 30 students (no minimum number for SEN groups)
Key skills: Literacy, Cross-curricular learning
Price: Admission: Free entry
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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