A visit to Sir John Soane’s Museum brings the curriculum to life in a way that your class will never forget.

We offer free tours for schools across the age ranges, from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 5. All of our schools tours have been shaped by curriculum objectives and will link directly to your classroom teaching, whilst offering your pupils a new awareness of architecture, the built environment and the world around them. For more information or to book a session, email education@soane.org.uk or call 020 7440 4253.

Key Stage 2 TOP

Using Sir John Soane’s collection as a starting point, our sessions for KS2 pupils explore a wide variety of subject areas linked to the Science, History, Maths and Art curricula.

We offer a menu of five sessions: ‘Rocks and Soils’, Romans and Domes’, ‘Shape and Pattern’, ‘Light, Shadows and Reflection’ and ‘Ancient Greeks’. 

Your visit will comprise a tour of the Museum and a related activity, led by one of our specialist museum educators. We can also organise bespoke sessions depending on your requirements.

To find out more about the sessions we offer, click here.

Key Stage 3 and above TOP

We offer a range of focused and creative sessions for students in Key Stages 3–5, led by professional museum educators and artists and offering a springboard to investigate subject areas such as Art, English, History and Classics.

Typical sessions include a tour of the Museum and introduction to the life and times of Sir John Soane, an introduction to the ancient world through objects in our collection, and hands-on sketching sessions.

We are always open to collaborating with teachers to tailor visits to individual learners, including those with additional learning needs and EAL/ESOL requirements.

For more information or to book a session, email education@soane.org.uk or call 020 7440 4253.

Workshops at your school TOP

Held at your school, we offer two hands-on workshops for Key Stages 1 and 2, both linked to the Science curriculum.

‘Light’ explores sources of light and examines how Sir John Soane used and manipulated them in his house, with learning resources allowing all pupils to experiment with light themselves. ‘Bridges’ uses our interactive wooden bridge models to find out how different types of bridge function and the forces involved.

We can also organise bespoke sessions depending on your requirements. 

For more information or to book a session, email education@soane.org.uk or call 020 7440 4253.

Digital resources TOP

Explore Soane is our digital platform for exploring the Museum virtually.

Linked to Explore Soane is our collection of specially-created digital teaching resources, to bring the Soane into your school.

Containing full lesson plans to be used in the classroom (including teachers’ notes to support you), the resources can be used before or after a visit to the Museum – or instead of a visit if you’re not able to come. They can be used in isolation, as a series of lessons, or to help you plan around wider topics – and of course you they are editable to fit your own teaching needs.

Download the Explore Soane Teaching Resources

After-school club TOP

Building Explorers is our popular after-school club for children from the local area. We meet on Tuesdays in term time, with members from Years 4 and 5 in our three closest Primary Schools: St Clement Danes, St George the Martyr and Christopher Hatton. The club explores architecture and the built environment across time and place, developing the club members’ knowledge, creativity and design skills. We also take trips to important buildings and places in London to learn more about the architectural make-up of our city.

For more information, email education@soane.org.uk or call 020 7440 4253.

This club is generously funded by the Alan Baxter Foundation.