Early Years and The Foundation Stage

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Our Early Years programme aims to introduce young children to the world of art and museums in a playful and friendly manner. We use stories and picture books to provide a meaningful context within which the children can explore the collection for themselves.

Working in the Galleries

The ground floor galleries are particularly suited to working with Early Years groups. The majority of the objects are displayed behind glass and many of the cases reach down to the floor so the objects are easily visible to young children. These collections include interesting animals and other characters as well as objects such as fans, swords and knights in armour. With careful planning, the first floor galleries can also offer up suitable materials for working with young children, including portraits of a wide variety of different people and their costumes, land and seascapes and the impressive entrance hall.

Studio Sessions

We use the studio space to give children the opportunity to develop their enquiries in the galleries through practical art activities. We encourage children to explore a range of different materials and express their ideas through making.

Tips on Planning your Session

Find out more about previous sessions.




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