Primary school teaching sessions

Teaching sessions 2012

The Museum runs a wide variety of teaching sessions for primary schools, all of which incorporate elements of the National Curriculum. They accommodate up to 30 pupils per session, most of which last one hour. On arrival, school groups are met by one of our Activity Assistants, allocated storage, shown the Museum's facilities and given confirmation of a lunch slot (if requested). All sessions take place in the Clore Learning Centre on the Lower Ground Floor.

Please note teaching sessions are fully booked for the spring term.

SEN resource bags
SEN resource bags tailored to pupils with special educational needs are available to school groups. Example contents include moving and sensory toys, simple games and a large-print storybook. Resource bags can be reserved when booking a self-guided visit or teaching session.

Museum quiet days
One day a term is set aside for groups with special educational needs. For more information, visit SEN.
To book teaching sessions and spotlight talks, please contact Clara Malcolm, Learning Administrator on 020 8983 5205. Alternatively email

Essential reading before booking

To prepare for your visit in advance, visit Essential reading before booking.

More information on teaching sessions for primary school groups

Each session incorporates elements from the National Curriculum. All sessions are listed by year group, some sessions may be suitable for older year groups.
Early Years (30 minutes, £40)
A teaching session designed for Early Years (under 5s). Visit five toy stations to sort, match, build, arrange and play.
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Young Curators (Reception and Year 1, 1 hour, £70)
A fun session introducing children to a museum, providing an opportunity to explore, sort and display old and new objects.
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A Trip to the Seaside (Years 1 and 2, 1 hour, £70)
How did trips to the seaside in Victorian times differ from holidays today? A fun and colourful session exploring how puppets work.
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Moving Toys (Years 1 and 2, 1 hour, £70)
Learn about forces by playing with a variety of different moving toys.
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Pop Ups and Puppets (Years 1 and 2, 1 hour, £70)
Discover how different puppets work with this fast-moving session.
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Toys on a Timeline (Years 1 and 2, 1 hour, £70)
Find out how today's toys are different to those played with by previous generations.
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Toys from the Past (Years 1 and 2, 1 hour, £70)
Find out what toys were like during Victorian times, including the materials they were made from.
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Clothes from the Past (Years 2 and 3, 1 hour, £70)
A hands-on session comparing clothes today with those worn by Victorian children in the past.
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Puppets and Drama (Years 3 and 4, 1 hour, £70)
Explore tales from different times and cultures using puppets and toy theatre.
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Mechanical and Moving Toys (Years 3-4 and 5-6, 1 hour / 90 minutes, £70 / £100)
Examine toys to learn about movements and mechanisms. The 90 minute session includes a toy-making workshop.
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War Children (Years 4, 5 and 6, 1 hour, £70)
What was it really like for children living through World War II? Explore the impact of the Second World War on everyday lives of children.
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Victorian Entertainment (Years 5 and 6, 1 hour, £70)
Find out how Victorian children, rich and poor, were entertained compared with today.
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Investigating Victorian Children (Years 6 and 7, 1 hour, £70)
Examine Census returns, newspapers and other contemporary sources and objects to investigate the lives of Victorian children.
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