Little Liverpool, key stage 1

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 workshop can be booked on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1.15pm.


Workshop details

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 32 children plus 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.

Practical information for your visit

Visiting the Museum of Liverpool - information for groups (pdf)

Image © Dave Jones

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.


  • 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

Curriculum links


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

English spoken language

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


  • 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.

Fundamental British Values

Democracy: making decisions together

  • Children take turns and understand that the activities are for everyone to share.

Rule of law: understanding rules matter

  • Children are encouraged to follow the session leader’s directions and understand the need to follow rules for everyone’s safety.
  • Children understand that codes of behaviour apply to everyone – for example that everyone takes turns and helps to tidy up.

Individual liberty: freedom for all

  • Children develop confidence and self-esteem in visiting a new place and engaging with new people.

Mutual respect and tolerance: treat others as you want to be treated

  • Children listen to adults and other children.
  • Children are aware of the diversity of people and places in Liverpool.
  • Children develop empathy through playing.
  • Children are encouraged to take care of the resources and environment in the gallery.