Chelmsford City Council

Mr Marconi makes maths fun

Chelmsford is the birthplace of radio and now the Chelmsford Museum is offering schools the chance to spend a day at the museum discovering the life and times of Guglielmo Marconi, whilst also boosting their mathematical skills. Children will discover the significance of his invention of the wireless in all our lives, and what the intriguing newspaper headline ‘They flew a kite and changed the world’ is all about.

Yvonne Lawrence, Learning Services Manager, Chelmsford Museum, explains: “By combining local history and numeracy, with a bit of science, geography, problem solving and fun, we offer a truly unique session. Mr Marconi’s Magic Maths gives children the chance to visit the museum, work with artefacts, visit the galleries and discover maths in action.”

The day covers areas from the mathematics National Curriculum from number patterns and scales to distances and shape as well as space and angles, plus bearings and supports maths mastery techniques. This innovative cross-curricular experience is new for 2017 with half day versions available for KS1 classes and full day versions for KS2 and above.

The experience will also give children an insight into what links the Titanic to Chelmsford, and what the best and the worst things about wireless are (hint: they are both the same thing!).  Children will also be able to send Morse code, use bearings to find where the enemy spy is transmitting and create a Marconi timeline.

Teachers booking the session will have access to a teacher activity pack with pre-visit preparation and post-visit activities and investigations, plus links to other curriculum areas including literacy and art.

For more information, and to view a 60-second movie-style trailer, please visit Chelmsford Museum also offers an online enquiry and booking service for teachers at


Monday 23 January 2017

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