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Key Stage 2 and the Ure Museum

The Ure Museum offers education sessions on the Greeks and Egyptians, using real ancient objects to learn about these two remarkable civilisations. These sessions closely follow the National Curriculum guidelines for Key Stage 2 in History, but are also cross-curricular, supporting literacy, numeracy, and other areas such as drama, art and design. The sessions also help to develop key skills such as interpretation and communication.

The Ancient Greeks through artefacts

Our Key Stage 2 session on the Greeks enables the children to discover the Greek way of life through the material remains that Greek civilisation left behind. The session is fully interactive with a 'sharing knowledge' (question and answer style) introduction, followed by a handling activity in small groups. This handling activity teaches the children how to interpret artefacts and encourages them to think about how they were made, who made them and why. This approach is consolidated in the second activity in which the children, working in pairs, each focus on an object of their choice from the Greek collection. In the final activity, the children work in groups of two or three and are asked to locate a particular vase in the museum and act out the scene that is represented on it. Information about ancient Greece is built into discussions based on the artefacts and the class regularly reassembles to share what they have learned.

The Ancient Egyptians through artefacts

Our specially selected handling collection is designed to give children an insight into life in ancient Egypt. Based on the same format as the Greek session, the Egyptian session helps children to focus on the key features of society in ancient Egypt, from trade and the economy to make-up. The session concludes with the opportunity for children to design their very own shabti to join them in the afterlife.


Car parking must be booked in advance and we will require the registration number of your vehicle in order to reserve you a space.


We are committed to supporting visits for children with special educational needs. Please discuss your requirements when you make your booking.

Accompanying adults

The Ure Museum operates the following minimum ratios:

1 adult: 10 children

Risk Assessments & First Aid

The Ure Museum and its schools programme have been fully risk assessed. We ask that all teachers complete their own risk assessment prior to a school visit.

A first aid box is available; however, teachers are advised to bring their own.

For health and safety reasons the maximum number of children per session should not exceed 32.

Contact details

For further details or to book please contact:

Claudina Romero, Education Officer

Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology
Department of Classics
University of Reading
Reading RG6 6AA
Telephone: +44 (0)118 378 6990
Fax: +44 (0)118 378 8919


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