South Kensington for Schools

A huge variety of information for educators from the cultural and educational organisations in South Kensington, including events, workshops and resources, allowing you to plan the best school trip ever or bring a bit of the magic into your own classroom! 

Campus Visits for Schools

Imperial College London
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Tours of Imperial College London are available for groups of students between 13 and 18 years old. These visits include a tour of the South Kensington campus, as well as a presentation and potential subject-specific tours for older students. Email to book a tour.

Teatime and Toys

Tuesdays and Thursdays
10.30am, 11.45am, 1.15pm
Kensington Palace
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Key Stage 1 students can examine the toys and household objects used in the Victorian times, and are able to handle replica objects, as well as making their own thaumatrope to take back to school. Session lasts 65 minutes and student admission to the palace is free.

Growing up at Kensington: Queen Victoria

Tuesdays and Thursdays
10.30am, 11.45am, 1,15pm
Kensington Palace
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This drama-based historical enquiry session, delivered by a costumed presenter, offers Key Stage 2 pupils the opportunity to extend their chronological knowledge beyond 1066 by examining Queen Victoria's life at Kensington Palace. Session lasts 60 minutes.

The Changing Power of Kings and Queens

Tuesdays and Thursdays
10.30am, 11.45am, 1.15pm
Kensington Palace
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A costumed presenter will lead Key Stage 2 pupils though the lives of those who lived at Kensington Palace, including Queen Victoria, William and Mary, discovering how the role of the monarchy in Britain has changed. Session lasts 60 minutes.

A Palace Princess

Various dates
10.30am, 12.30pm
Kensington Palace
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SEND pupils can explore the palace in which Victoria spent her childhood, learning about some of her favourite toys. This session is based partly in a classroom and partly on route in the palace, and lasts around 75 minutes.

Kensington Palace School Visit

Kensington Palace
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School groups are able to plan a self-led visit - check website for booking details and term dates. Schools can also book their group into one of a variety of fun school sessions, most running on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Free

Kensington Palace Classroom Resources

Kensington Palace
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Plenty of exciting classroom resources and activities based around the Historic Royal Palaces, including a look at the Kensington Palace timeline and the royal family trees. Free to download.

Free

Royal Geographical Society Teaching Resources

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Lots of resources and activities to take into your school, with something for every age group. A wide range of topics are available with subjects including maps, volcanoes, countries, trade and ecosystems.

Serpentine Galleries School Visits

Open Tuesday - Sunday
10am - 6pm
Serpentine Galleries
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Organise a self-guided visit and explore the exhibitions at your own pace. A team of gallery attendants are on hand to field any questions your group may have and Mobile tours are available across the sites to support your visit. Booking required for school groups.

Hyde Park for Preschool and Primary

Hyde Park
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Lots of fun activities for preschool and primary age children, based at The LookOut in Hyde Park. Sessions are particularly tailored towards topics such as wildlife, changing seasons, food chains and colour, pattern, and shapes. Enquire online.

Hyde Park for Secondary

Hyde Park
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Plenty of sessions for KS3, KS4 and post-16 pupils. Tailor your day by selecting modules from a wide range of topics including mapping, scientific investigations, practical ecology, plants and food chains. Enquire online to organise your visit.

Hyde Park Special Educational Needs

All year round
10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
Hyde Park
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Based at The LookOut, Hyde Park, there are several 1-2 hour sessions available that can be run all year round. Activities include exploring seasons, practical outdoor skills and feeding the birds. A private sensory room is also available, and can be led by your staff.

Grow Your Classroom

Hyde Park
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Bring the wonder of Hyde Park right into your classroom with this informative hands-on session. Expert Learning staff will spend the day at your school, leading the “Grow Your Classroom” workshop for Key Stage 2 students. Available to most London schools in Autumn and Spring terms.

Digital Workshops

Selected weeks Mon - Fri
10.45am, 1.15pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Tailored for Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and 5, pick from 1.5-hour workshops covering app design, digital graphic design and 3D printing and are accompanied by a visit to a relevant Design Museum temporary gallery.

Hands On Design Workshops

Mon-Thurs during term time
10.30am, 11.45am, 1.30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Suitable for Key Stage 2, 3, 4 and 5, available workshops include Stranger by Design, Chairs and Seating, and Designer Maker User and leads pupils to creating their own products based on a brief. Sessions run for one hour and are accompanied by a visit to the Designer Maker User gallery.

Free

Discover Design

Design Museum Kensington
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A brilliant online resource that can be used in schools to accompany D&T lessons, or alongside a trip to the Design Museum. This site looks at the design of objects and the story behind designs, and includes teacher guidance.

Year 12 Lecture event

8th Feb
1.30pm - 4pm
Imperial College London
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Book now for this free event including a taster bioengineering lecture, advice on writing Personal Statements, and a student discussion panel offering an insight into life at Imperial. This event is free but booking is essential (groups of up to 5 students may come alone with school permission).

Schools Challenge Programme

Imperial College London
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The Schools Challenge Programme is an exciting and hands-on programme where students work in teams with mentors to develop a problem-solving prototype based around Smart Cities and pitch their ideas. Email the team if you are a London school and might be interested in taking part.

Imperial CREST Academy

Imperial College London
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16-18 year old students can pair up with an Imperial scientist to undertake a British Science Association bronze, silver and gold CREST awards (the 'Duke of Edinburgh awards for science!'). Email the CREST academy team for more details.

Learning resources at the Science Museum

Science Museum
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This site brings together learning resources from their four Museums, including activities, games and videos. Browse all the resources and discover activities to support a range of curriculum topics for use in the classroom, in museum galleries and beyond.

RCM Sparks Lunchtime Concert for Schools

7th March
1pm
Royal College of Music
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Join the Royal College of Music Philharmonic and presenter Hannah Conway and be enchanted by the fairytale magic of Ravel's Mother Goose Suite. For Key Stage 2. All schools booking receive a specially written teacher resource pack to accompany this concert.

RCM Sparks Gamelan

Royal College of Music
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Gamelan is the traditional orchestra of Indonesia, and the Royal College of Music has one of the largest sets in Europe. Workshops can be hosted at schools for free - the school just pays for the transport and set-up costs. Email gamelan@rcm.ac.uk for details.

V&A Primary Schools

Special event dates vary
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A wide variety of possibilities at the V&A for primary school children. Including information about planning a visit, discovery sessions, literacy live storytelling, practical workshops and special events.

V&A Secondary Schools and Colleges

Special event dates vary
V&A
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A huge variety of options for secondary and college students at the V&A including exhibition visits, art workshops, DesignLab, performing arts projects and bespoke sessions. Booking essential so check website for details.

Natural History Museum Things to Do

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Natural History Museum
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Loads of exciting activities to take your school trip to another level. Pupils can become an explorer for the day, investigate some dinosaurs, stage a debate or hear from curators and researchers.

Natural History Museum Resources

Natural History Museum
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A collection of resources for teachers from the Natural History Museum. With options for all ages, these can build on a trip to the museum, or can even be used if you haven't had the chance to visit!

Set French Days

Various dates
10.30am
Institut français
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Set French Days involve an activity morning followed by a film screening after lunch. Upcoming topics include French Cinema, Wildlife in France, and Everyone's a Superhero!

School Screenings

Contact for film times
Institut français
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Bring your class to watch a celebrated French film from the general programme at Ciné Lumière – £5 per student, free for teachers.

French Day à la Carte

Booking required
Institut français
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A full day of French culture including a visit to the Institute's library - storytelling for younger children, and useful resources for teens - and a viewing of a celebrated French film, chosen by you with the help of the Institute's staff.

Institut Français at Your School

Institut français
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A range of possibilities for your school including the French Box, a collection of resources available for hire, activities with the Bibliothèque Quentin Blake team for 3-12 year olds and with the Language Centre team for 7-18 year olds.

Free

Discover the Victorians

6th - 8th Feb
Various times
Royal Albert Hall
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On a journey through this significant local historical landmark, pupils will learn about Victoria and Albert’s passion to bring learning and technology to the masses as the world surged forward into the industrial age. Includes tour and workshop - booking required.

Classical Spectacular Schools' Matinee

16th Mar
12.50pm
Royal Albert Hall
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This dazzling classical music concert with incredible lights, lasers and special effects is suitable for students of Key Stages 2 and 3. A teachers' resource pack will be available from January. Booking required.

Free

Discover the Suffragettes

Various dates between 14th Mar - 27th Apr
10.30am - 12.15pm, 1.30pm - 2.45pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Key Stage Two students can participate in discussion and fun activities during a workshop and an exciting tour of the historic Royal Albert Hall to celebrate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. Free of charge but booking required.

Free

Events Management Workshop

6th Mar, 13th Jun, 11th Oct 2018
9.30am - 4pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Year 10 and Year 11 students can learn about non-performance careers in the Arts Industry and how a world-class venue operates, in this unique hands-on workshop, including a chance to explore the Royal Albert Hall. Free event - email to register interest.

Imperial Outreach

Available for booking
Imperial College London
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Plenty of opportunities for your students to get an insight to the world of STEM through visits from Imperial College London student ambassadors, talks from world-leading academics or having a go at scientific experiments with exciting equipment.

Design Museum Self-Guided Visits

10am - 4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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The Design Museum has three exhibitions available for self-guided visits - Designer Maker User (free), Ferrari: Under the Skin and Beazley Designs of the Year. Booking required in advance, with a suggested viewing time of 60 minutes per exhibition.