Primary schools

There has never been a better time to bring your pupils to the V&A. We have moved back to the Sackler Centre for Arts Education and have a beautiful new courtyard and exhibition space to enjoy.

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 2017/18 brochure to discover and book any of the sessions, workshops and events detailed below:

Making a Visit

Making a Visit

Step inside and explore a wealth of art, design and performance that brings cross-curricular learning alive. From Anglo Saxons to Victorians, da Vinci to Rodin, Buddhism to Islam, the V&A is a fantastic learning resource for primary schools and it 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.

To book Primary Workshops, Primary Discovery Sessions, Special Events or Exhibition Tickets please contact:

Contact Centre
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2000
9.00-17.30, 7 days a week.

To book a self-guided visit:

Please download the booking form below and return it to: bookings.office@vam.ac.uk

To book SEND sessions and for further advice on planning a school visit, contact:

Schools Liaison Assistant
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2622
Email: schools@vam.ac.uk

At the time of booking please let us know:

  • The session you would like to book
  • If you would like to book tickets for any exhibitions
  • A range of possible dates for your visit
  • Contact details
  • Group size and age of pupils
  • Whether you want to book a lunchroom slot
  • 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 closure or contact us using the details above.

Exhibition visits

Enjoy our vibrant exhibitions programme and take advantage of the concessionary ticket rate for educational groups - £3 per student and teacher. Booking essential (a minimum of 10 days’ notice is required).

Teachers receive a complimentary exhibition ticket (except for Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains) when making a group booking in order to make a preparatory visit.

Find out more about our exhibitions.

For special Schools events linked to our exhibition programme please see Special Events.

Self-guided visits

We recommend you make a preparatory visit before bringing your class. You can find activities and ideas for a self-guided visit in our free guide to the V&A for Primary School Teachers:

You can also use our free resources for Primary Schools to support self-guided visits and inspire activities back at school.

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Further resources for planning a visit

Discovery sessions

Discovery sessions

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.

FREE
Available Monday – Friday
10.30, 11.45 & 13.00
Maximum of 30 students per session
Booking essential: Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2000, 09.00-17.30, 7 days a week.

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

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

Teacher, KS2
Literacy Live

Literacy Live

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

FREE
Available Wednesdays
1 hour starting at 11.00
Maximum of 30 students per session
Booking essential: Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2000, 09.00-17.30, 7 days a week.

Download the session summary to find out more about this popular part of our primary schools programme.

Practical workshops

Practical workshops

Cost £100
2 hours starting at 10.30
Maximum of 30 students per session
Available on selected dates.
Booking essential: Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2000, 09.00-17.30, 7 days a week.

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:

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

Teacher, KS2
SPECIAL EVENTS

SPECIAL EVENTS

Pooh: The Making of a Classic schools’ exhibition days

Schools can book in alongside the general public for visits throughout the run of exhibitions, or book one of these exclusive Schools’ Exhibition Days and enjoy the space to teach and draw. Don’t miss our special Winnie-the-Pooh workshops on these dates, find out more here.

9, 17, 23 & 31 January; 6 & 21 February; 6 & 14 March.
Bookable time slots, 10.00-14.30
£3 per student and teacher.
Booking essential: Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2000, 09.00-17.30, 7 days a week.

Winnie-the-Pooh World Book Day

Celebrate World Book Day at the V&A. Visit the exhibition and listen to stories in the galleries. Why not come dressed as your favourite character from Winnie-the-Pooh!

1 March 2018
£60 (Exhibition tickets must be purchased separately)
Storytelling, 30 minutes, starting at 10.30, 11.30, 12.30 and 13.30
Maximum of 30 students per session
Booking essential: Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2000, 09.00-17.30, 7 days a week.

Christmas Carol concert

Celebrate the festive season with Christmas songs and carols, performed by school choirs. Join us for sing-along fun to help get you in the Christmas mood.

12 December 2017
FREE
45mins, starting at 11.00 & 13.30
Maximum of 120 students per session
Booking essential: Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2000, 09.00-17.30, 7 days a week.

SEND

SEND

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

Teacher, Hospital School

Multi-sensory and interactive, our 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. Each session involves a practical activity, creating artworks inspired by the collections.

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. We arrange a pre-visit to your school to meet students and staff before their session, to enable us to adapt the session to your group’s needs.

Session themes include: Tipu’s Tiger, 18th Century Fashion, Chinese Dragon Robes, Japanese Armour, Medieval Tapestry and Islamic Tiles.

Dates: 6 October; 3 November; 1 December; 12 January; 2 February; 9 March; 20 April; 11 May; 8 June; 6 July.

FREE
Suitable for groups of up to 10
10.30 – 14.30 (flexible)

Contact us at schools@vam.ac.uk to get advice about visiting, to check availability or to book one of our sessions.