Key Stage 2

The Museum offers a range of tours for pupils at KS2 that provide children with the opportunity to explore the ideas of architecture through the Science and History Curriculum.

Pupils are able to see how Soane designed his house to show space, light and invention manipulated in the skilful hands of an architect. A visit to this quirky, atmospheric and fascinating Museum is an experience pupils never forget!

To book one of our Key Stage 2 Tours in the Museum please email, Cynthia Aidoo, Schools and Families Officer at: (this email requires javascript)

All of our tours are offered free of charge.

Key Stage 2 Tours in the Museum

A class of children looking at objects in the Museum

Tours available: Wednesdays (10.15 - 12.15 OR 12.45 - 2.45) and Thursday (10.15 - 12.15)

ROCKS AND SOILS

See how architects transform rocks and soils into beautiful and long-lasting buildings. Discover the 'rock factory' that is planet Earth. Handle fossils hundreds of millions of years old, recognise characteristics of common materials.
Links with Science and History.
Duration 2 hours.

ROMANS AND DOMES

Take a virtual tour of Ancient Rome, discovering it's most famous buildings, beautiful villas and everyday ways of life and death. Then explore their fascination with domes. Trace the history of their construction with our fanstastic handling models.
Links with Science and History.
Duration 2 hours.

SHAPE AND PATTERN

Can buildings speak? Develop your visual literacy the Soane way and discover shapes and patterns which have been used in buildings for thousands of years. What are they telling us about materials and forces?
Links with Numeracy, Science and History.
Duration 2 hours.

LIGHT, SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS

Soane used tricks of light in his house/Museum to impress visitors with drama, warmth, beauty - and mystery. How many can you spot and can you see how they work? This tour shows how Soane used the 'Light Magic' principles to make exciting buildings.
Links with Science and History.
Duration 2 hours.

ANCIENT GREEKS

Examine a huge vase to discover the mythical origins of the Olympic Games. See which gods decided the fate and fortunes of Ancient Greeks. Discover the building shapes and patterns which are still considered to be among the most beautiful.
Links with Science, Numeracy and History.
Duration 2 hours.

 

Key Stage 2 Workshops in School

Mondays and Fridays

LIGHT AND SHADOWS

Explore our Discovery Boxes full of toys, games and illusions and learn all about the magical tricks you can play using only the power of light.
Links with Science and History.
Duration 60 / 90 minutes

BEAUTIFUL BRIDGES

Through stories, exercises and models we explore five types of bridge, learning their names, their shape and their history, discovering interesting examples - some famous, some unusual and some just on your doorstep.
Links with Numeracy, Science and History.
Duration 90 minutes.