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Download the Primary Schools Programme 2015-16 (pdf)

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arts award

Tell Me a Story KS2 New

Get Discover Arts Award in a Day

Look at Museum objects which tell a story and develop pupils’ creative and storytelling skills in this fun day session. Designed in partnership with the Story Museum. Option to attain a Discover Arts Award. Download Teacher Notes (PDF)

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Totem pole

Take One... Totem Pole KS1 & 2

Take One.. Object is an exciting way to inspire imaginative learning across the primary curriculum.  The Museum totem pole acts as a springboard for pupils’ critical and creative thinking as they find out the story of this 11.36m cedar pole.  People, place, story and identity are all key lines of enquiry. Download Teacher Notes (PDF)

Teacher INSET available.
KS1 session – 60 minutes;  KS2 session– 75 minutes

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Guided Trails for KS1 & 2

Guided trails combine an interactive tour with a facilitated activity to highlight key Museum objects.
One volunteer education guide to every ten children | Maximum group size: 32 |  Length of session: 75 minutes

First visit to the museum

First Visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum KS1
Play a game of I-Spy around the Museum and discover an exciting range of objects from around the world.  60 minutes. First visit to the museum teacher information sheet (pdf)


Ancient Egypt KS1 & 2
Become a detective and search for artefacts that tell us about life and achievements in Ancient Egypt, including mummies and scarab beetles. Egypt teacher information sheet (pdf)

Exploring Identity Native Americans: the Haida KS1 & 2
Starting from the Museum’s stunning totem pole, find out how the giant red cedars have shaped the craft and stories of the Haida people from the NW coast of Canada. Native Americans: the Haida teacher information sheet (pdf)
Native Americans

Native Americans: the Plains Indians  KS1 & 2
Investigate what objects can tell us about the lifestyle of Northern Plains Indians in the past and today.  Discover what bows and arrows, tipis and dream-catchers can reveal about identity and environment. Native Americans: the Plains Indians teacher information sheet (pdf)


The Inuit KS1 & 2
Find out about traditional Inuit life and explore the materials available to craftsmen in a cold environment.  A good visit for wintertime!. Inuits teacher information sheet (pdf)


Africa and Benin KS1 & 2
Use objects to build a picture of civilisation in Benin, and investigate power and status objects from across Africa. Africa teacher information sheet (pdf)

The Aztecs

The Aztecs KS2
Build up a picture of how an Aztec person might have looked as they discover Aztec artefacts, as well as Central-American featherwork and body arts. Aztecs teacher information sheet (pdf)


Hands-on Workshops for KS1 & 2

Workshops are led by Education Officers and allow pupils to handle and learn from Museum artefacts.

Maximum group size: 32 


Materials KS1
Use your senses to explore objects, take themed backpacks around the Museum and discover the variety of materials people use to make everyday objects.  60 minutes. Materials teacher information sheet (pdf)


Puppets and Stories  KS1&2

Be inspired by the Hindu story of the Ramayana, handle Javanese shadow puppets, and learn about light and shadow.  75 minutes. Puppets and stories teacher information sheet (pdf)


Masks KS1&2
Consider why people wear masks and how they are used in celebrations, performances and ceremonies.  60 minutes. Masks teacher information sheet (pdf)

Object handling

Learning from Objects  KS2
Investigate mystery objects from around the world in this fun general introduction to the Museum.  60 minutes. Learning from Objects teacher information sheet (pdf)

Extreme environments

Extreme Environments  KS2
Explore how people and animals adapt in different ways to living in extreme environments from rainforest, savannah, arctic and mountain environments. 90 minutes. Extreme Envionments teacher information sheet (pdf)


Stone Age to Iron Age KS2 NEW
Examine replica weapons, tools, containers and clothing to work out what period they represent and what they were used for. Develop pupils’ questioning skills and understanding of this time. 75 minutes Stone Age to Iron Age teacher information sheet (pdf)

Remarkable Victoria women Remarkable Victorian Women KS2    Local History Links
Tour the Museum with visitors from the past - the explorer Mary Kingsley in the Pitt Rivers and the fossil hunter Mary Anning in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. 105 minutes. Remarkable Victorian Women teacher information sheet (pdf)
Light and colour

Light and Colour KS2 Science NEW
A hands-on science enquiry, where children can experiment with shadows, lanterns and bow-drills, and discover how different cultures have used colour with pigment and dyes. 90 minutes. Light and Colour teacher information sheet (pdf)

history detectives

History Detective  KS2
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.  90 minutes. History detectives teacher information sheet (pdf)