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Rise of the Warriors, key stage 2 (available February to October 2018)

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 2
  • Subjects: History, Music, Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Class size (maximum): 30
  • Venue: World Museum
  • Price: £140 including VAT per session, including exhibition entry
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In this special story-based experience led by role players at the museum, students will travel back in time, hunt for the secret to everlasting life, escape being captured by the First Emperor of China, and witness the wonders of his terracotta warriors coming to life in this exciting and interactive theatrical experience.

Further details

detail of terracotta warrior's face

Image © Mr Ziyu Qiu

The story begins at an archaeological excavation site in modern day China. Whilst pupils are exploring the site they accidentally discover a magical portal that transports them back in time to ancient China. Not only do they find themselves in a strange place but the terrifying First Emperor of China, believing the students hold the secret of eternal life, enlists his powerful terracotta army to hunt them down.

Can the students complete a number of challenges in time to escape the Emperor’s warriors’ grasp and find a safe path back home to the modern age? The experience includes imaginative audio visual effects and a specially created musical soundscape.

This exciting adventure has been crafted to ensure that it is appropriate for key stage 2 children aged 7-11. Although the story experience is also available for key stage 1 students, special consideration has been given to creating a version specially for key stage 2 children. There are online resources available to download, specifically designed for key stage 2. These support teachers in preparing for their visit to this epic adventure and provide follow on activities so that the adventure may be prolonged on their return to school. Not an experience to miss! 

This immersive performance, taking children on an exciting journey to ancient China, has been created for National Museums Liverpool by a team of artists led by Hope Street Ltd, an award winning arts organisation specialising in creating exciting and original theatre.

Curriculum links


  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind

  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses


  • Pupils should be taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They should learn to justify ideas with reasons.


  • to reflect on spiritual, moral, social, and cultural issues, using imagination to understand other people's experiences

  • to think about the lives of people living in other places and times, and people with different values and customs

  • that differences and similarities between people arise from a number of factors, including cultural, ethnic, racial and religious diversity, gender and disability. 

SMSC – Fundamental British Values

Through participating in this session students are encouraged to think about democracy, individual liberty and tolerance. 

Individual liberty:

  • Through the participative approach of the session students will be enabled to shape the direction of travel and influence the unfolding narrative. This will help them to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. This also promotes mutual respect as children listen to and begin to respect each other’s contributions.

Mutual respect and tolerance:

  • By exploring what life was like in ancient China under Emperor’s Qin’s rule children develop their understanding of different ways of life thus promoting respect and tolerance of cultures differing from their own.

Social skills:

  • Students develop their social skills by working together as time travelling detectives to discover the truth about the ancient past in China.

Rule of Law:

  • As students discover the impact and power of the First Emperor and his army on China they develop their understanding of the rules of law. 

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Pupils will:

  • note connections, contrasts and trends over time.

  • understand  characteristic features of the periods and societies studied, including the ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children in the past. 


Pupils will:

  • begin to recognise that the past is represented and interpreted in different ways, and to give reasons for this..

  • develop the use of appropriate historical terms.

  • address and devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.

  • give reasoned answers backed up by evidence. 


Pupils will:

  • understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources. 


Pupils will:

  • appreciate that the objects they see at World Museum are thousands of years old and the ones they handle are replicas that have been made in the same way.

  • see World Museum as a resource for historical research to help understand  the ancient world.