Key Stage 2

Hands-on design workshops - primary

Give your students the designer experience; being set a design task in the form of a brief, researching by interacting with design products from the Design Museum’s learning collection and working in teams to find a design solution.

For key stage 2.

What to expect

The Design Museum educator leading your session will guide students through discovering key features of design products and the stories behind their creation. The one hour session will usher the pupils through the design process using a Designerly learning approach to generate ideas and create a product that responds to the challenge set to them. For key stage 2.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Observation
  • Product handling and evaluation
  • Drawing
  • Discussion
  • Creative design tasks

Workshops available

Stranger By Design

Come and find out about the world of unconventional design that often hides the true meaning of the object function.

Chairs and seating

Bring your students to a session that looks at why the chair is the ultimate challenge for many designers and why the user ultimate has the last say on whether a chair becomes a design classic or a forgotten relic.

Designer Maker User

Find out about the making process and learn about the design process and the steps to making the end product.

Booking information

Hands-on design workshops run Monday – Thursday during term time only 10:30, 11:45 and 13:30 (1 hour)

Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance of your session.

Cost: £75 per session (up to 30 students)

Accompanying staff free at all school events. Advance booking essential. Booking school workshops at least 12 weeks in advance is recommended.

Hands-on design workshops include access to the common room lunch area and an allotted timeslot entry for the Designer Maker User permanent collection.

Please see below for your itinerary. This is based on the workshop session times available to book. This information will also be included in your booking confirmation.

10:30 session

10.30-11.30 workshop + 11.30-12.00 lunch room + 12.00-13.00 Designer Maker User gallery


11.45 session

10.45-11.45 Designer Maker User gallery + 11.45-12.45 workshop + 12.45-13.15pm lunch room


13.30 session

12.00-12.30 lunch room + 12.30-13.30 Designer Maker User gallery + 13.30-14.30 workshop

For exhibition teacher notes, articles and design stories please visit Discover Design.

Download the Health and Safety document to help write your risk assessment.

Important Information

Teacher student ratio

We ask that one teacher is present for every ten students. Please note that failure to comply with this request may result in admission being refused.

Opening times

The Design Museum is open daily (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day) from 10:00 -18:00 – last entry 17:00.


The museum is fully accessible via wheelchair with lifts operating across all floors inside the premises. Unfortunately there is no parking provision on site for Blue Badge holders. However, please do consult the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea website for local parking bays.

Preliminary planning visit

We strongly recommend that teachers come for a preliminary visit to familiarise themselves with the museum and surrounding area. Please familiarise yourself with the Risk Identification.

On the day of your visit

Getting here

The Design Museum has good public transport links via the underground, rail and bus. Due to limited space available in the local area for coaches, we recommend using public transport for your visit. Schools in the Greater London Area can apply for free transport when making visits to museums.

Arriving at the museum

Please enter the museum by the main entrance on Kensington High Street. The lead teacher should contact the admissions desk on arrival – please leave students with additional teachers in the Atrium.

Lunch and breaks

There is a common room onsite for students to have lunch. Please ensure the room is clean and all food waste in the bin before leaving.

Supervision and conduct

Teachers and accompanying adults are required to supervise students at all times while at the Design Museum. Please read the terms and conditions for guidance.


Please ask your students to keep their bags and coats with them at all times. Items are left entirely at the risk of the visitor. Bags left unattended will be treated as a security risk. Bags may be subject to searches from the Design Museum staff.

Get in touch

Please contact the Design Museum on +44 20 3862 5900 or the Bookings Office on +44 20 3862 5937 Monday to Friday (10:00 to 18:00). For enquiries outside of these hours, please submit an online enquiry.