Primary schools

The V&A is the place to bring primary school groups to experience inspirational learning. We offer an exciting programme of artist and designer-led practical workshops, exhibition group visits, gallery-based discovery sessions and hands-on studio activities that bring the curriculum alive through our incredible collections and surroundings.

The V&A was the best school trip ever, go there, it is amazing.

Student, year 6

Download the Schools & Colleges 2016/17 brochure to discover and book any of the sessions, workshops and events detailed below:

Discovery sessions

Discovery sessions

This was an excellent session; the guide was superb at encouraging and working with the children.

Teacher, KS2

FREE
Available Monday - Friday
10.30, 11.45 & 13.00
Maximum of 30 students per session

Explore our galleries with V&A experts, investigate objects first-hand and try on costumes to bring to life a range of cross-curricular themes. For further information and to book, download the Schools & Colleges brochure above.

Download our session summary guides to find out about each themed session, how the sessions map to the National Curriculum Key Stages (KS1/2) and for museum-based and in-class follow up ideas:

Art & Design / DT

History

Literacy Live

Literacy Live

FREE
Available Wednesdays
1 hour starting at 11.00
Maximum of 30 students per session

Join our professional storyteller for a lively and immersive experience in our atmospheric galleries and bring objects and their surroundings to life.

Download the session summary to find out more about this popular part of our primary schools programme. Booking information can be found in the downloadable brochure at the top of the page.

Practical workshops

Practical workshops

Fantastic day - really engaged a wide variety of pupils of different abilities. Excellent!

Teacher, KS2

Cost £100
2 hours starting at 10.30
Maximum of 30 students per session

Available on selected dates, download the Schools & Colleges brochure at the top of the page for further information and to book.

Challenge and inspire your primary school students with our hands-on, cross-curricular practical sessions led by professional artists and designers.

Download our session summary guides to learn more about what you can expect from each workshop, find out about the artist or designer that runs the session, how the sessions map to the National Curriculum and for in-class follow up ideas:

Performances for Primary

Performances for Primary

9 December 2016
1 hour sessions starting at 11.00 & 13.00
£3 per pupil

Come and take part in a fun, fast-paced celebration of a Victorian Christmas. Guaranteed to get you feeling festive!

For more information and to book contact:

Bookings Office
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2211, 9.00–17.30, Monday-Friday
Email: bookings.office@vam.ac.uk

Open studios

Open studios

Bring your students along to one of our free open studio sessions to meet our artists and designers in residence. Discover what inspires them and gain an insight into their creative process. Find out more about our current residents.

For more information and to book contact:

Bookings Office
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2211, 9.00–17.30, Monday-Friday
Email: bookings.office@vam.ac.uk

Special educational needs & disability programme

Special educational needs & disability programme

Thank you so much. We so enjoy your workshops. Made the children's day in hospital much better!

Teacher, Hospital School

Our free multi-sensory and interactive sessions for students with special educational needs and disability are based around some of the most popular objects in the collections and encourage exploration through hands-on tactile objects and activities.

For museum visits, we can arrange a separate quiet space for lunch and changing facilities, if required, or we can come out to you and deliver the session at your school or specialist unit.

Contact us at schools@vam.ac.uk to get advice about visiting or to book one of our sessions. Session themes and dates can be found in the Schools & Colleges brochure at the top of the page.

Booking your visit

The V&A is free to visit. All school group visits must be pre-booked. A minimum of three weeks' notice is required for tours and workshops and a minimum of 10 days for self-guided and exhibition visits.

For further advice on planning a school visit, contact:
Schools Liaison Assistant
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2622
Email: schools@vam.ac.uk

To book, contact:
Bookings office
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2211, 9.00–17.30, Monday-Friday
Email: bookings.office@vam.ac.uk

Or download the booking form below:

At the time of booking please let us know:

  • The event or activity you would like to do
  • A range of possible dates for your visit
  • Contact details
  • Group size and age of pupils
  • Whether you want to book a lunchroom slot
  • The galleries you are planning to visit
  • If you would like to book a study room
  • If you would like to book tickets for any exhibitions
  • Payment or invoice details

You will be sent a letter of confirmation which you must bring with you on the day of your visit.

The V&A is currently undergoing a major programme of renewal and restoration. If you are planning to see a specific gallery or object with your students please check the gallery closures or contact us using the details above.

The Learning Centre is temporarily located on Level 3.

Further resources for planning a visit

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