Hands-on
Key stages: Key stage 2
For: Primary
Prehistory puppets come alive!

Prehistory puppets come alive!

Shadow puppets, accompanied by dramatic sound effects and storytelling, bring prehistory to life.

Session description

What skills did Stone Age children learn from their elders? How might they have celebrated a successful hunt? Why were Bronze Age axes offered to the Thames as gifts? Just some of the questions pupils will consider in this imaginative session.

Increase chronological understanding and develop historical enquiry skills through a combination of exciting fictional stories and object handling. Every story is based on real objects displayed in the museum.

Group size:

 35, 3 groups per day

Session duration:

 60 minute session plus 60 minute self-directed London before London gallery visit

How to book this session

This session is currently available at the following times:

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To book, please call the Box Office on 020 7001 9844. If you have difficulty using the telephone, please visit the museum accessibility page for assistance.

Please be aware that you are booking a timetabled package that includes set times for your session, self-directed gallery time, and lunch tables for your group.

Looking for summer term sessions? To celebrate our major new exhibition: 'Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery', we're offering a unique, hands-on session at the Museum of London Docklands: 'A Bronze Age mystery uncovered'. Book now!

Help with visit costs

Are you a London school? You might be eligible for money to cover transport and visit costs! Find out more on the Culture Mile School Visits Fund website (external link, opens in a new tab).

Additional handy information

Curriculum links

  • KS2 History: Stone Age to Iron Age

Useful resources

For visiting the museum:
Download Stone Age to Iron Age gallery activity sheets (Word 393kb)

For the classroom:
Uncover exciting facts and artefacts in our Prehistory Explorer (interactive website)
Interact with real 3D prehistoric objects (interactive website)
Watch our brilliant short films on Stone Age flint knapping (YouTube, 3.38 minutes) or learn about Bronze Age smelting (YouTube, 4.13 minutes)
Take our hunter-gatherer quiz (PPT 5.5mb)
Explore a prehistory class timeline (Word 1.6mb)
Get to grips with prehistory with this at-a-glance summary sheet (Word 651kb), glossary sheet (Word 90kb), and suggested prehistory cross-curricular links (Word 896kb)
Read our prehistory pottery pack (PDF 1.7mb)
Read the pocket history about the River Thames in prehistory (PDF 245kb)
Take our roundhouse challenge quiz (PPT 2.1mb)
Run some Stone Age storytelling (Word 4mb)