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West African culture and craft, key stage 2

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 2
  • Subjects: Art and design, History, Personal, social, health and economic education, Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 60 mins minutes
  • Class size (maximum): 30 students
  • Venue: International Slavery Museum
  • Free


A handling session for key stage 2 students, using objects from the museum collection to look at traditional life in West Africa, followed by a creative craft inspired by our gallery.

Further details

In this session, students will be able to get hands on with objects from our museum’s collection to explore what daily life was like in West African countries before the transatlantic slave trade began and find out more about West African cultures, art, music and daily life.

The session will also explore the importance of symbolism to many West African cultures and students will have the opportunity to explore the meanings behind symbols in West African art, draw symbolism in our Life in West Africa gallery and then create a striking African artwork inspired by our collections.

Curriculum Links

Key Stage 2 History

  • To explore non-European societies that provides contrasts with British history
  • To know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world including the nature of ancient civilisations and characteristic features of past non-European societies

Key Stage 2 Art

  • To understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  • To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences