M&S dips into archive to launch free digital learning resources
M&S has used its archive to launch a range of free online learning resources for parents, carers and teachers of primary and secondary aged children to download at home while schools are closed during lockdown.
Topics covered include the history of food, the science behind textiles, the process of designing packaging and delivering for customers as a business. The resources feature short films, printable worksheets and tasks such as pitching business ideas, creating food packaging and inventing garments of the future.
As well as offering children an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes insight into working at M&S, the resources aim to support skills in maths, science, art and design, and business studies. The resources have been developed by education experts in collaboration with teachers and home-schooling coordinators for Key Stages 1 to 4.
Caroline Bunce, education and outreach officer at M&S Company Archive, said: “Over the last decade so many school children have enjoyed learning about the world of food, fashion and retail through the thousands of items held within our archive. As schools remain closed, we know families and teachers are looking for more ways to help kids learn at home, and that’s why we’ve teamed up with experts to create a new fully digital programme that brings our rich history of innovation and product design and development to life through fun educational videos, interactive packs and activity sheets.”
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