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 and can also inspire ideas for learning in the classroom:

Look Think Create: A Guide to the V&A South Kensington for Primary Teachers

Use this guide to the V&A South Kensington to inspire learning right across the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 & 2.


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.