Teachers' resources for primary schools

Download our free lesson plans for Key Stage 1 and 2 students (ages 5 – 11) covering many areas of our collections and varied exhibition programme.

Collections resources

These resources support self-guided visits to collections on permanent display:


Key Stages 1 & 2: Art & Design, Design & Technology and English

Explore the fascinating culture of historical and contemporary Japan through creative hands-on activities designed for a museum visit and back in the classroom.

Maths and Islamic art and design

Key Stages 1 & 2: Maths, Art & Design, and Design & Technology

Develop knowledge and understanding of two-dimensional shape and pattern through Islamic design.

Voyage through the Islamic Middle East

Key Stages 1 & 2: Literacy and Art & Design

Learn about the art, culture and stories of another time and place and discover more about Islam.


Key Stages 1 & 2: Art & Design, Literacy, RE

Explore South Asian art and artefacts to gain an understanding of the culture, religion and style of the Indian subcontinent.


Key Stages 1 & 2: Art & Design, Literacy, RE

Discover 5000 years of Chinese culture through the Museum’s extensive collection of Chinese art & design.


Key Stage 2: Art, Design and Technology, English, History, Music, P.E.

Discover how circus developed from the 18th century to the present day. Packed with images, making activities and discussion points.

Exhibition resources

These resources support visits to temporary exhibitions. Some resources are for exhibitions that have now closed but many of the activities can be adapted for use in the classroom and our permanent collections: