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Little Liverpool, key stage 1

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 1
  • Subjects: English, Geography, History
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 35 minutes
  • Class size (maximum): 50 (adults and children)
  • Venue: Museum of Liverpool
  • Free


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, Wednesday and Friday at 10.15am, 11am,11.45am and 1.15pm and Tuesday and Thursday at 1.15pm only.

Further details

children playing with boats floating in a model of the river Mersey

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 of Liverpool's welcome desk.

Schools can also book a story bag for a teacher led storytelling session on gallery.

Curriculum links

Key Stage 1 - History

  • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

 Key Stage 1 - English Spoken language

  • listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers.
  • ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.

Key Stage 1 - Geography

  • use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to: key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather.
  • key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop.

Knowledge and understanding

  • understand the River Mersey 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.


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


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


  • 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.