All aboard the story ship (Foundation stage, KS1)


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Essential information

Key stage: 
Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1
School subject: 
Art, Drama, Literacy
Cutty Sark
Session price: 

This interactive story-telling session reveals how Cutty Sark got her name

By the setting of our figurehead collection, your class can help our facilitator re-enact Robert Burn’s famous poem Tam O’ Shanter using drama, dance, music and storytelling.

Children will be introduced to the characters of Tam, Meg the horse and Nannie the witch, and find out how a high-speed pursuit in the dark inspired ship owner Jock Willis to name his new ship Cutty Sark.

Your class will then be able to create their own figurehead to take away, as well as visit the ship to gather more inspiration for literacy, and art and design work back at school.

The session runs for 60 minutes, plus self-guided tour time. Note that it is possible to book time in the AHOY! Children’s Gallery at the National Maritime Museum, subject to availability.

Booking a session

Sessions cannot be booked online, this is always done via an email or phone enquiry in the first instance.

To book a visit, telephone 020 8312 6608 or e-mail

Cutty Sark schools' booking information

Learning resources

Literacy Activity (KS1)

Animal Hunt Trail (FS)

Teachers' guide to visiting Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark Facts Pack

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