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! 

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RCM Sparks: Creative Quarter

23rd Nov
10am
Royal College of Music
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Join a morning of fun musical activities, including group singing & an inspirational talk from award-winning beatboxer Grace Savage. 10-10.30am: Group sing-a-long, accompanied by a fantastic live band. 10.30-11.30am: Grace Savage, 4 x UK Beatboxing champion, BBC Introducing Artist and one of Elle magazine's ‘100 Most Inspiring Women’, showcases her amazing beatboxing talents and gives an inspiring talk. 11.30-12pm: Open Beatboxing workshop. Call RCM Box Office on 020 7591 4314 to book.

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

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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.

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.

Creative Quarter at the V&A

23rd Nov
V&A
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Visit the V&A for Art, Design and Performance. Your students will get advice from and be inspired by leading professionals across the Creative Industries, including Ustwo Games Design, Rogers, Stirk, Harbour + Partners, Katie Jones and Punchdrunk. Take part in exciting drop-in events and hands-on workshops including fashion design, ceramics, architecture and much more…

Creative Quarter at Imperial College London

23rd Nov
Imperial College London
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Find inspiration through a series of career insight sessions and trails where you get to meet one of the scientists working at Imperial and hear what it is like to be a science professional. Students can also get involved on the day with hands on science activities.

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Creative Quarter at the Royal Society of Sculptors

23rd Nov
2.30pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Ever dreamed of becoming a sculptor? Join us at the Royal Society of Sculptors to meet with a professional sculptor to learn about a career in the arts. Learn about getting your own art studio, selling your art work and how to exhibit in galleries. Students will also have a chance to see and discuss our latest exhibition. Email to Learning@sculptors.org.uk

Creative Quarter at the Natural History Museum

23rd Nov
11am & 12pm
Natural History Museum
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Join Science Communicator Alastair Hendry, to discover how the cathedral-like atmosphere of the Museum reflected the very personal beliefs of its founder Sir Richard Owen. Uncover the stories of its world famous collections and some of the key characters in the creation of the Museum, and find out about what goes on behind-the-scenes! This is a great opportunity to show your students the variety of career paths within science & the creative industry. Tours run for 45 minutes. Maximum group size is 30 students. To book, call +44 (0)20 7942 5555.

Creative Quarter at the Science Museum

23rd Nov
11am & 12pm
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Join the Science Museum to see engineering from a different perspective. There’ll be the chance to watch a fast-paced show all about how engineering impacts on our everyday lives, explore our Engineer Your Future gallery to practice your skills and meet practicing engineers to find out about who they are and the work they do. To book email edbookings@sciencemuseum.ac.uk or call 020 7942 4777

Creative Quarter at the Goethe-Institut

23rd Nov
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The Goethe-Institut cinema will offer film screenings for students which focus on young people’s lives in Germany. The films will be introduced by experts on German films. Students will have the opportunity to interact with the German language and culture through the films and Q&A sessions following the screenings.

Creative Quarter at the Royal Albert Hall

23rd Nov
10am, 11.30am, 2.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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From Ed Sheeran and Adele, to Harry Potter book launches; from world premieres of Bond movies and blockbusters with live orchestra soundtrack, to fully staged musicals and operas… Have you ever wondered how the Royal Albert Hall does it all?! A Day in The Life, suitable for ages 11-18, shows the insider perspective on how we run one of London’s most iconic and versatile venues over the course of an hour. With plenty of opportunity for questions and interaction, visitors will leave ready to start planning their own show to bring to the Hall – or at the very least with the knowledge of how it’s done! Bookings will be made through the Education & Outreach team at education@royalalberthall.com and each tour will have 20 places available.

Creative Quarter at the Design Museum

23rd Nov
Design Museum Kensington
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The Design Museum will be hosting a series of special events including hands-on design workshops, drama performance from the Memphis Maximalist: Memphis Max and free exhibition access to temporary galleries. Book online.

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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.

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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.

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.

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 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
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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.

Imperial Outreach

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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South Ken Kids Festival

19th - 25th Nov
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Institut français
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Prepare yourself for a brilliant selection of children’s writers and illustrators coming from both sides of the Channel to the Institut français, under the patronage of the marvellous Quentin Blake. The festival celebrates children’s writing, illustration, translation, and children’s books in all their glory.