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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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KS2 teacher – Ancient Egyptian trail
Guided trails combine an interactive tour with a facilitated activity to highlight key Museum objects.
Key stage 1 and 2: Become a detective and search for artefacts that tell us about life and achievements in Ancient Egypt, including mummies and scarab beetles!
Key stage 1 and 2: Find out about traditional Inuit life and explore the materials available to craftsmen in a cold environment.
Native Americans of the Northern Plains
Key stage 1 and 2: Native Americans of the Northern Plains Guided Trail Investigate what objects tell us about the land where the nations of the Northern Plains lived and how their lifestyle adapted to their environment of grasslands and bison herds. See how they made and used clothes, tipis and dream catchers.
Africa and Benin
Key stage 1 and 2: Use objects to build a picture of civilisation in Benin, and investigate power and status objects from across Africa.
Key stage 2: Build up a picture of how an Aztec person looked by examining Aztec artefacts, as well as Central-American featherwork.
First Visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum
Key stage 1: Play a game of I-Spy around the Museum and discover an exciting range of objects from around the world.
Take One... Object
Take One... Object is an exciting way to inspire creative learning across the primary curriculum. The idea is to focus on one object, which acts as a springboard for pupils' imaginative and creative thinking. Take One... Object works well as a creative curriculum project that can be embraced by individual classes, year groups or whole schools.