Teachers & Group Leaders

Hokey Pokey

Key Stage 2
50 Minutes
Up to 20 children


The ingenuity of using salt and ice to create delicious ice creams. Learn how to make ice cream and about the penny licks sold on the streets of Victorian London.

National Curriculum


  • A depth study linked to one of the British areas of study listed
  • A study over time tracing how several aspects of national history are reflected in the locality (this can go beyond 1066)
  • A study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • A significant turning point in British history, for example, the first railways or the Battle of Britain


  • Identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes (Y3)
  • Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases (Y4)
  • Observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C) (Y4)
  • Demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes (Y5)

Learning Objectives

  • The children will understand that adding salt to ice lowers the freezing point
  • The children will know that ice cream was sold in the street and that there was a hygiene problem
  • The children will relate ice cream selling in the past and in the present


The delivery of this session can be adapted to a range of abilities – please notify the Education Officer of any specific needs.