National Curriculum Subject Areas: English, Geography, Art
Length of session: 75 minutes
Maximum group size: 32
• Find out about the totem pole and where it was made in Haida Gwaii, a group of islands off the North West Coast of Canada
• Understand how looking at one object closely can tell us about the lives of the Haida people who made it
• Appreciate the design and stories carved on the totem pole
In this creative Take One… session, pupils are inspired to look closely at the totem pole and use it as a springboard for imaginative and critical thinking.
Activity 1 Questioning and handling Pupils look closely at the totem pole and handle objects made by the Haida people to develop understanding of Haida skills, beliefs, values and environment.
Activity 2 Museum search In small groups pupils find Haida objects round the Museum to develop understanding of Haida life.
Session 3 Storytelling Pupils find out more about Haida culture in an illustrated plenary. Pupils hear a traditional Haida story about raven and create their own tricky tale.
“Great balance – able to touch and hold objects, discuss, listen, look. Class act – well presented, great resources, good communication beforehand.” (KS2 teacher)