With its rich history of over 350 years and its tremendous appeal for children, Punch and Judy has always provided a rewarding experience when brought into the classroom. But isn’t at a bit ‘boisterous’? And what about all that walloping? How does that sit within a modern, age-appropriate, educational context?


A KS1 class watch Punch & Judy during a museum visit

The lesson material on this page is based on projects undertaken in schools in recent years in which teachers, performers and heritage bodies have worked in partnership. Used alongside the V&A online site with its trove of images and historical information it will provide all you need to bring your classes face to face with an enduringly mischievous icon of British culture.


Playing in a puppet stage


Watching Punch and Judy


Meeting Mr. Punch


Punch and Judy ‘toy theatre’ cutouts