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Programme based on research from the
University of Cambridge (school year 2022-2023)

Booking for the end of school year 2024 is now closed. But you can book your slot for 2024-25 or get in touch with Marie! 

Sumer is in the National Curriculum (KS2 history):
tick it off your list with Marie!

What is the programme "Travel to Ancient Sumer"?

6 workshops on 6 topics to cover Sumerians' great achievements and a Q&A session.
Developed and delivered by an expert in Mesopotamian studies (Affiliated to the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research - Cambridge)
Focuses not only on what we know but also on how we know about Ancient Sumer
  • Delivered in-person or online
  • All workshops comprise an introduction with an engaging PowerPoint and a problem-solving hands-on activity
  • Original problem-solving activities based upon ancient sources (texts, archaeology and images) made accessible for children
  • Duration adapted to your school schedule: short workshops (40 to 50 minutes) or long ones (2x40-50 min or a full afternoon/morning)
  • Each workshop can be adapted to all KS2 levels, with a selection of hands-on and activities for each year range.
  • Hands-on activities can be used in a cross-curricular teaching approach

All material was developed in partnership with the University of Cambridge.

See our workshops below, complementary readings to use in class, activities for children and more resources for teachers on the University of Cambridge website

Cost for a single workshop:
Short ones (40 to 50 min.): £50 in-person, £25 online;
Long ones (2 hours or full morning or afternoon): £75 in-person, £50 online

Packages with reduction:
4-workshops: 5% reduction on total price;
5-workshops: 10% reduction on total price;
6-workshops: 15% reduction on total price plus free Q&A session.

Please, check our town-list before booking a workshop in person! 🙂

The work of Marie was really fantastic with children, she succeeded to interest them in a new culture, a new way to think and in a new discipline (archaeology). The interactions and interrogations from the children were really interesting and she could answer to every questions. It was a really good experience for everyone! (Clara, School Teacher)

Our six workshops:

All KS2 levels; Short workshops: 40-50 min.: £50 in-person, £25 online; Long workshops: full morning or afternoon: £75 in-person, £50 online.
Tous nos ateliers sont également disponibles en français.

(Mega) Cities

Dealing with urban issues past and... present!

Everyday life

Like an archaeologist! How do we reconstruct the past?

Our most popular workshops

Like an archaeologist!

Marie brings to your class pottery sherds dating from the III millennium BC, so that children understand by themselves the job of archaeologists and how the simplest (broken) objects give clues to reconstruct the past.

Session for all levels; in-person only.
Full afternoon or morning session: £75.

Egalement disponible en français

Reading cuneiform!

Cuneiform writing is like deciphering a code for children! And they love it! They read an authentic cuneiform inscription and discover a (very) uncommon language.

Session for Year 5-6+; possible in Year 4; in-person or online.
Full afternoon or morning session (for an immersion into cuneiform writing and Sumerian): £75.

Egalement disponible en français

Q&A sessions

Questions from the children are endless! As a specialist of the period, Marie has answers to (almost) all questions. She can also bring some materials, look up for pictures, if she has the questions in advance. Those sessions also are opportunities to tell the children more about the job of archaeologist and historian.

Sessions for all KS2 levels; in-person or online;
£50 in-person; £25 on-line

Egalement disponible en français

What do teachers say about "Travel to Ancient Sumer" programme?

In the fourth and third millennia BC, a fascinating civilisation flourished on the bank of the Euphrates... SUMER

Sumer is in the National Curriculum: tick it off your list with Marie!

Trade map
Jolie chrono

How does is work?

Sessions are delivered by Marie, who comes to your class or offers online/distance learning

The programme is flexible: you are free to take the number of sessions you whish and to choose which one(s) best match(es) your own teaching programme.
For instance opt for one session only, as a complement to your own teaching program, or for six sessions to get a complete overview of Sumer.

Club Morley 8.01.2019 - 6

Our activities are:

Original and accurate
A great range of authentic and original sources made accessible to children:
series of questions and a step-by-step approach guide the children through texts, archaeological plans, maps, reliefs and statues in a way that enables children to come up with their own interpretations.

Imaginative and fun
Hands-on activities
specially designed to be attractive to children, capturing their attention and interest.

Different formats
from one lesson to another to keep children engaged from one session to another.

Activities suitable for all ages of KS2
, years 3 to 6
All four sessions can be adapted to your school's specific needs and interests.

All Sumer in ready-made sessions


Marie has excellent knowledge of her subject areas and provided fun engaging practical activities to aid their learning. Our class thoroughly enjoyed having her and the time to ask their own questions to find out more information (Ms White - Spinney Primary school)

All activities are successful with children aged 7 to 11

"Sumer is super!"

"My daughter talked about Sumer the whole week"

"It's much fun"

Designed sessions to match the aims of the National Curriculum:

give children historical perspective

make children understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence

get children to use real historical sources

lead children through methods of historical enquiry

get children to put into practice multiple subject skills (notions of geography, principles of architecture and geometry, use of a great range of new words)

"The Sumer program is a great way to engage young pupils with ancient history" (Paul - school teacher)

"I wanted my pupils (Year 4) to be immersed in Sumer for a few weeks and talked to Marie about how we could link the topic to grammar sessions, and she wrote the most amazing text to accompany the lessons"
(Amélie, French bilingual school "Les Petits Caméléons")

Teaching Gudea (no kid) crop
Read cunei (FOI2019-2174)
Nice - Silvia and I

Who is Marie?

Dr in Mesopotamian studies

Affiliated Fellow to the McDonald Institute (Department of archaeology, University of Cambridge)

Creator of a teaching board game about Babylon (funded by the University of Cambridge)

Experienced with children: teacher at "Les Petits Caméléons"

Active participant in outreach events with children and families (Cambridge Festival of Ideas and Science Festival)


The work of Marie was really fantastic with children, she succeeded to interest them in a new culture, a new way to think and in a new discipline (archaeology). The interactions and interrogations from the children were really interesting and she could answer to every questions.
It was a really good experience for everyone ! (Clara, School Teacher)

Marie is so passionate about her subject that all the children were hooked within a few minutes (Amélie, French school Les Petits Caméléons)

Give your school a unique and original asset
- Travel to Sumer!

To find out more about our program:
Get in touch with Marie
[email protected]

07551 991 244