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Talking Points cards

  • Overview
  • Using this resource
  • Learning outcomes

These cards challenge students to find seven amazing objects in the Who am I? gallery, and pose thought-provoking questions around the following themes:

  • rebuilding the body
  • genetics and physical appearance
  • brain imaging and consciousness
  • faces and communication
  • human development and personality
  • fears and phobias
  • ageing and health.

Download the Talking Points Cards.

The objects and themes featured on the Talking Points cards are:

  • Victorian false eyes - Rebuilding the body
  • White peacock - Genetics and physical appearance
  • MRI helmet - Brain imaging and consciousness
  • Six basic human emotions - Faces and communication
  • Twelve-week human fetus model - Human development and personality
  • Tarantula - Fears and phobia
  • Botox - Ageing and health

Use the cards to orientate students in Who am I? and build their knowledge about the themes explored in the displays: 

  • Before the visit print off several sets of the cards in colour on A4 paper or card. Use double-sided printing so that the questions are on the reverse of the corresponding image.
  • In the gallery allocate students into groups of four or five and give each group a card. 
  • Ask them to find the object in the gallery and spend a few minutes discussing one of the questions on the back. Challenge them to:
    - Find out something new (e.g. a surprising fact about the theme, or about the object itself).
    - Find two more objects related to that question or theme.
  • After 10 minutes, bring the groups back together. Get each group to share a quick summary of their discussions and feed back what they have found. 
  • Swap the cards around so that students can repeat the exercise with a different object.

Extend the learning from the visit by making your own Talking Points cards: 

  • While they are exploring the gallery, get students to choose an object that interests them and take a photograph of it.
  • Back at school research and create questions around the theme or the object. 
  • Groups can share their cards with each other to discuss the new questions.

Alternatively, you could use the cards as a pre-visit activity to familiarise students with some of the objects and themes they will encounter in Who am I?:

  • Give a card to a group of three or four students, image side up. 
  • Ask students to look closely at the image and discuss it. Help focus their observations by telling them to describe what they see and asking:
    - How does it make you feel? What does it make you think about?
    - Can you guess what it is?
    - Can you tell how it relates to human identity?
  • After five minutes ask students to turn the cards over and read the information about the objects. 
  • Give groups five minutes to reflect on and discuss the questions on the cards, making a note of any further questions their discussions have raised. Allow students to explore as many cards as you have time for. 
  • Bring the whole class together to share their group discussions. 
  • What further questions were raised? Challenge students to find the answers to those questions when they visit the gallery, or for homework.

This activity will:

  • Provide students with the opportunity to express informed opinions on scientific issues.
  • Familiarise students with some of the objects and themes of the Who am I? gallery.