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Little Liverpool - early years

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Subjects: Communication and language, Personal, social and emotional development, Understanding of the World
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 35 minutes
  • Class size (maximum): 50 (adults and pupils)
  • Venue: Museum of Liverpool

Summary

The Little Liverpool gallery is a hands-on world especially for children in early years and key stage 1 to play and learn.  Inside the gallery our youngest visitors can create their own Liverpool - a city where they are in charge. Little Liverpool has links to alphabet, buildings, Liverpool and wet play topics. 

The session can be booked Monday - Friday at 11am and 1.15pm.

Further details

school children playing with interactive features in the Little Liverpool gallery

This session is facilitated by a member of the Museum of Liverpool's Education team.  Each session is 35 minutes in length, and can accommodate up to 50 people (pupils and adults).

Particular gallery highlights include:

  • Liverpuddles - This water interactive is based on the River Mersey, surrounded by popular landmarks. Children can sail boats, run dinky cars through the tunnels and fish for pretend marine creatures and rubbish.
  • A to Z of objects - Our dock wall features an A to Z of objects chosen by children to represent each letter. Each of these 'letter stations' features an interactive to encourage further investigation and exploration.

Groups may be interested in Winnie the Spider trails, which children can follow around the Museum with adult help. These are available from the Museum's Welcome Desk.

The Tent of Stories contains storyboxes for all visitors to use to share a story. Schools can book a story box for a teacher led session.

Curriculum links

Early Years Foundation Stage

Communication and language development

  • listen attentively in a range of situations. Give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in other activity.
  • follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.
  • express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners' needs.

Personal, social and emotional development

  • confident to try new activities.
  • work as part of a group or class and understand and follow rules.
  • play cooperatively, taking turns with others.

Understanding of the world

  • select and use technology for particular purposes.

Expressive arts and design

  • sing songs, make music and dance.

 Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • understand the river used to be dirty and is now getting cleaner so more creatures are making it their home.
  • learn about the river, boats, buildings and creatures outside the Museum of Liverpool.

Skills

  • practise (literacy, sorting, motor, self actualisation) lots of different skills without realizing.

Concepts

  • appreciate that the environment surrounding the Museum of Liverpool is unique and subject to change.

Attitudes

  • learn to look and care about the world around them.
  • appreciate Little Liverpool is great fun and encourage them to explore the rest of the Museum of Liverpool.
  • find the gallery so exciting they want to return to the Museum of LIverpool.