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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.

Whilst social distancing measures are in place until at least March 2021, all of our school tours and outreach sessions are available as virtual visits to the Museum via video conferencing. These last an hour and include: an introductory presentation; a live, virtual visit to the Museum floor; and a plenary discussion. In addition, we can send follow-up workshop session plans and resources to you to use in school after your virtual visit. We are also taking flexible bookings for further ahead in the academic year, which may either take place at the Museum or virtually depending on future guidance. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements and we’ll be happy to help.

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, and their teachers, led by professional museum educators and artists and offering a springboard to investigate subject areas such as Art, English, History and Classics. Recent sessions have included:

 

  • A tour focusing on themes for a creative writing project at school for KS3 English students
  • A hands-on sketching session on the theme of ‘Light’ for GCSE Art students
  • Exploring objects in the collection relating to the theme of ‘Myth’ for GCSE Latin students, through specialist tours and an in-depth plenary workshop
  • A collaborative planning session for Museum visits focusing on topics including Georgian London and Shakespeare for KS5 students, held with subject leaders in English and History from a teacher-led network
  • General tours introducing students to Sir John Soane’s Museum and collection, as part of an enrichment programme for KS5 students

All sessions include a tour of the Museum, an introduction to the life and times of Sir John Soane and a plenary discussion to explore the objects and themes discovered in more depth. All sessions are run by specialist museum educators and programmed by an experienced learning team.

We are always open to collaborating with teachers to tailor visits to individual learners, including those with additional learning needs and EAL/ESOL requirements. Please do get in touch to discuss your requirements and we’ll work with you to make it happen.

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.