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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! For more online resources, visit our South Kensington for Schools online page.

Night of Ideas: The Little Night

9th Feb
4pm
Institut français
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Imitating nature to improve materials and technologies is called biomimicry. In this fun and educational workshop, participants will be invited to discover biomimicry and become scientists.

Children & Families at The Royal Albert Hall

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The Royal Albert Hall have a wide range of shows and events for children and families to get involved in, which all promise an unforgettable day out. From storytelling for babies and toddlers to interactive concerts featuring Albert’s Band, there is something to fascinate and inspire children of every age.

Is there Anybody Out There?

9th Feburary
7:30pm-8:45pm
Science Museum
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Are we alone in the universe or is there extra-terrestrial life out there? Join the Science Museum for this panel discussion and hear what the experts have to say. How are real-life scientists looking for alien life? Where in the universe might we find it?

Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance

Opening 11th Feb 2023
10am-5:45pm
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The first major UK exhibition to explore the exceptional talents of the Renaissance master Donatello, arguably the greatest sculptor of all time. Experience a fresh vision of the artist and his influence on subsequent generations.

Sustainable Design Schools Programme

2022/2023
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Design Museum Kensington
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Drawing on our most recent 'Waste Age: What can design do?' exhibition and accompanying handling collection, these creative, design-led workshops will teach students how to become better informed consumers and more responsible future designers.

Technicians: The David Sainsbury Gallery

Opens 3rd Nov
10am-6pm
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Step into the fascinating world of technicians for a peek behind the scenes in the Science Museum's brand new interactive gallery. Experience what it’s like to create visual effects on a blockbuster film set or operate a robot in a manufacturer's workshop,

Engineer your future

Daily
10am-6pm
Science Museum
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Could you shape the world we live in? Find out if you've got the problem-solving, big-thinking, team-working skills to be a globe-trotting engineer of tomorrow.

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

Daily
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways.

Royal Society of Sculptors Learning Resouces

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The Royal Society of Sculptors is pleased to provide free downloadable teachers’ resources to support classroom art activities. Have fun!

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.

Learning resources at the 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.

Serpentine School Visits

Open Tuesday - Sunday
10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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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.

Royal Geographical Society Teaching Resources

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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.

Kensington Palace Classroom Resources

Online & at the Palace
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.

Kensington Palace School Visit

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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.

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.

Imperial Outreach

Available for booking
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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.

Institut Français at Your School

Online & From School
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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.

French Day à la Carte

Booking required
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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.

School Screenings

Contact for film times
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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.

Natural History Museum Resources

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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!

V&A Schools

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