At the V&A Museum of Childhood we want to create an exciting, engaging experience for all our visitors, including students with special educational needs and disabilities.
We know that planning visits collaboratively with teaching staff is vital to ensure that learners with SEND have a positive and memorable experience that supports your school curriculum. We can work with you to adapt any workshops that we already offer or alternatively create a bespoke session tailored to learners’ needs.
Topics could include:
Clothes (dressing up, materials and textures)
Sensory (touch, sight and hearing)
Puppets (glove, finger and marionettes)
Seaside (Punch and Judy, dressing up, play)
Moving Toys (spinning, clockwork, push and pull)
Bespoke activities can include handling toys, dressing up and turn-taking games, or take inspiration from our existing workshop offer, adapted to suit your pupils. All sessions will encourage children to build practical, visual, cognitive, and social and communication skills.
To help prepare your students for their visit, a vocabulary list can be provided along with images of the types of toys that learners will handle during facilitated sessions. We send a social story in PowerPoint format to show different parts of the museum and some of the adults that the learners might meet, and you can also use our virtual tour to introduce our galleries.
How do we get around the Museum?
The Museum is fully accessible via lift, ramp and stairs. There is also a Quiet Room with hoist and changing bed as well as accessible toilets. If you have other access needs, please let us know so we can accommodate you.
We have off-street parking for Blue Badge holders – just let us know when you make your booking.
When can we visit?
Sessions are available on Fridays between 10.30am and 2pm, when a learning space can be booked for the group to use for the morning or afternoon. You may use our lunch space, or the learning room can be used as a lunch and quiet space for students with auditory sensitivity.
You can also make FREE self-guided visits with your groups. If you need parking please let us know.
As well as gallery trails and resources, the Museum also offers sensory Explorer Bags to aid learners with sensory needs such as ADHD and ASD.
If you’d like to discuss a visit, please email our SEND Schools Officer. We look forward to meeting you and your students!
Museum Quiet Days
Each term for the past 10 years, one day is set aside for groups with special educational needs. Children and young people of all ages are welcomed to these popular and inclusive days, when the Museum is generally quieter and your students have full access to the galleries and interactive displays.
What happens on Museum Quiet Days?
Each Quiet Day is themed – for example Seaside, Moving Toys or Elephants were last year’s themes. FREE short teaching sessions (20 minutes) are available to SEND groups on Quiet Days between 10.30 and 1.30. These must be pre-booked and are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
What else can my students do?
Your students can also use our specially developed resource boxes, available from the front desk. They are themed (Moving Toys, Clothes and Sensory) and contain handling objects and simple activities to enhance your visit.
You can also enjoy themed art and craft activities, on-gallery activities and free access to our Summerly Room for lunches, snacks and relaxation.
When are the 2018/19 Quiet Days?
We are in the process of planning our next dates. If you’d like to be added to the mailing list please email firstname.lastname@example.org