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The Museum offers a wide range of taught workshops for all Key Stages, based on the National Curriculum. Workshops are led by education officers, who encourage pupils to handle and learn from Museum artefacts.

For each workshop there is a session outline (including learning outcomes, suggested pre-visit, and post-visit activities).

Workshops need to be booked well in advance as they are very popular. Schools may also visit without participating in our education programme, but must still book in advance.

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Key stage 1: Use your senses to explore objects, take themed backpacks around the Museum and discover the variety of materials people use to make everyday objects.

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Puppets and Stories

Key stage 1 and 2: Be inspired by the Hindu story of the Ramayana, handle Javanese shadow puppets, and learn about light and shadow. Puppets can be made back at school.

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Key stage 1 and 2: Consider why people wear masks and how they are used in celebrations, performances or ceremonies. Look at how character can be expressed by handling masks, investigating the Museum collection and drawing a mask.

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Learning from Objects

Key stage 2: Examine mystery objects from around the world in this fun general introduction to the Museum. Explore the range of materials used to make objects.

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Extreme Environments

Key stage 2: Handling man-made objects from the Pitt Rivers Museum and natural objects from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, pupils will explore how animals and humans adapt to extreme environments.


Stone Age to Iron Age

Key stage 2: Examine replica weapons, tools, containers and clothing to work out what period they represent. Develop pupils’ questioning skills and understanding of this time.


Remarkable Victorian Women

Key stage 2: Tour the Museum with two visitors from the past – the explorer Mary Kingsley in the Pitt Rivers Museum and the fossil hunter Mary Anning in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

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History Detective

Key stage 2: Use historical enquiry skills and a range of sources to find out about a mystery person, and discover what objects can reveal about people and places.

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The Maya

Key Stage 2: Use objects to build up a picture of what life was like for the Maya people living in the Classic period AD300 to 900.

Guided trails

Guided trails combine an interactive tour with a facilitated activity to highlight key Museum objects.

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