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 2014/15 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 primary school teaching sessions are fully booked for the autumn 2014 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 or 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.
Download more information (.pdf).

Download Elephant Safari activity (.pdf)
Young Curators (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, 1 hour, £70)
This fun-filled workshop introduces children to the Museum and gives them an opportunity to display, label and identify objects. (Reception children have more time to play.)
Download more information (.pdf)
Toys on a Timeline (Years 1 and 2, 1 hour, £70)
An introduction to chronology. Compare toys of today with those of our parents and grandparents.
Download more information (.pdf)
Finding Out About the Past - Toys (Years 1 and 2, 1 hour, £70)
Identify similarities and differences in children's lives now and in the past by investigating toys.
Download more information (.pdf)
Finding Out About the Past - Holidays (Years 1 and 2, 1 hour, £70)
Identify similarities and differences in children's lives now and in the past by finding out about holidays.
Download more information (.pdf)
Pop Ups and Puppets (Years 1 and 2, 1 hour, £70)
Experience a fast-moving session to discover how different puppets work, watch a show and make your own to take home.
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Moving Toys - An Introduction to Working Scientifically (Years 1 and 2, 1 hour, £70)
Explore different types of moving toys to promote a sense of excitement and curiosity while using simple scientific language.
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Finding Out About the Past - Clothes (Years 2 and 3, 1 hour, £70)
Identify similarities and differences in children's lives now and in the past by finding out about what they used to wear. Session includes a chronology of fastenings.
Puppets and Drama (Years 3-4 and 5-6, 1 hour / 90 minutes, £70 / £100)
Explore tales from different times and cultures using puppets and toy theatre.
Download more information (.pdf)

Download the Puppets and Drama trail (.pdf)
Mechanical and Moving Toys (Years 3-4 and 5-6, 1 hour / 90 minutes, £70 / £100)
Explore science through moving toys focussing on the relevant forces for specific age groups. The longer Y5-Y6 session includes a practical exploration of gravity and air resistance, with an object to take back to school.
Download more information for lower KS2 (.pdf)

Download more information for upper KS2 (.pdf)
Entertained By Light (Years 5 and 6, 1 hour, £70)
A hands-on session where children investigate the use of light in entertainment and find out how past inventions relate to entertainment today. Download more information (.pdf)

Download Entertained by Light activity (.pdf)

The following pre-2014 sessions are available on request:

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.
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. This session can be adapted on request to suit GCSE Sociology groups.
Further sessions relating to the 2013/2014 school year are available on request
See information on 2013/2014 sessions.




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