Primary taught bookletPrimary taught sessions

Guided Trails for KS1 & 2

Guided trails offer an interactive tour highlighting key objects, and an activity around the Museum.  We provide one Volunteer Education Guide to every ten children. 

Download the Primary Schools Programme 2013-14 (pdf)

Maximum group size: 35  Length of session: 75 minutes

First visit to the museum

First Visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum KS1
A chance to see and handle an exciting range of objects from around the world. 60 minutes. First visit to the museum teacher information sheet (pdf)


Ancient Egypt KS1 & KS2
Pupils become detectives as they look at artefacts that have survived from Ancient Egypt, such as mummies and scarab beetles. Egypt teacher information sheet (pdf)

Native Americans

Native Americans  KS1&2
Discover what shirts and tipis can reveal about identity and environment. Pupils find out about the lifestyle of Northern Plains Indians in the past and today. Native Americans teacher information sheet (pdf)

Exploring Identity

How a Tree can Tell a Story KS1&2
Explore how environment can shape identity through a case study of the Haida people from the NW coast of Canada. The Museum totem pole shows how their craft and stories are shaped by the giant red cedars. How a tree can tell a story 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. Inuits teacher information sheet (pdf)

The Aztecs

The Aztecs KS2
Pupils 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)


Africa KS2
Pupils explore the diversity of Africa by looking at cultures from the savannahs of the East to the rainforests of the West. Africa teacher information sheet (pdf)

For a hands-on African Music workshop click here


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: 35 


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.  Puppets can be made back at school.  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.  Look at how character can be expressed by handling masks, investigating the Museum collection and drawing a mask.  60 minutes. Masks teacher information sheet (pdf)

Object handling

What is it?  KS2
Examine mystery objects from around the world in this fun general introduction to the Museum.  40 minutes. What is it teacher information sheet (pdf)

Extreme environments

Extreme Environments  KS2
Explore how people and animals adapt in different ways to living in extreme environments by handling manmade objects and natural history specimens from rainforest, savannah, Arctic and mountain environments. Run in partnership with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. 90 minutes. Extreme Envionments 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)


Investigate!  Years 5&6
Handle mystery objects and research Museum artefacts whilst developing questioning and analytical skills.  60 minutes. Investigate teacher information sheet (pdf)

African music African Music  Years 5 & 6
Discover the music and instruments of Africa, play a traditional piece on the giant Ugandan embaire xylophone and explore the African collections in the Museum.  135 minutes African Music teacher information sheet (pdf)