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.