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Sensory session: Looking closely

Session Description


To develop children’s and young people's ability to look at objects

To encourage children and young people to make deductions or to respond based on what they observe

To introduce children and young people to the language used when talking about art

To introduce children and young people to visual communication and visual storytelling

To encourage children and young people to feel comfortable, confident and welcome in a different learning environment and with different people


We can focus the visit on artworks that suit your classes interests and needs. We have resource sets to support close looking and a set to support looking at nature in art.

Contact us on 01223 332904 or email to book, or to discuss your needs.

Format of the session

This is available as a museum led session. It is suitable for SEND students in primary or secondary. It is scheduled for up to 1.5 hrs, but can be more or less based on what works for your class: 30-45 minutes is taught in the museum galleries, 30-45 minutes is spent creatively in our art studio. You can have access to our lunch room, or have lunch in our studio. A museum teacher will work with you to support your visit and can help you plan your visit too.

With help from Wilson and Walliams class at Samuel Pepys School, we have created two sets of resources available for use as a part of your session. You can use one or both of these however you like in the gallery, and our museum teacher will available to help. We have a set of tools for looking closely and a set of sensory and natural materials.

To book your session and discuss your needs, email

"It was great! Take a look at art. I saw the armoury the day of my visit" - KS3 student from Samuel Pepys School

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