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! 

Creative Quarter at Kensington Palace

22nd Nov
10.30 am, 11.45 am, 1.15 pm
Kensington Palace
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Learn about Georgian fashion at this hands-on workshop led by a professional costumier. The session will examine the process from brief to final piece and give students the chance to try their hand at constructing a Georgian waistcoat. Free and available for up to 15 students per session. Please email kensingtonlearning@hrp.org.uk to book. © Historic Royal Palaces

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Creative Quarter at the Royal Society of Sculptors

22nd Nov
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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 Imperial College London

22nd Nov
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Find inspiration through a series of career insight sessions and workshops 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.

Creative Quarter at the V&A

22nd Nov
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Don’t miss out on the V&A’s Insight Talks with leading professionals across the Creative Industries, including Secret Cinema, the Royal Opera House, fashion photographer Gisela Torres, the Co-Founder and CEO of Gravity Sketch and many more.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Creative Quarter at the Design Museum

22nd Nov
Design Museum Kensington
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The Design Museum offers workshops, drama performances and free exhibition access to our Mars and Designs of the Year gallery for schools taking part in the Creative Quarter. Book online.

Mission to Mars: LEGO® Explorers Workshop

Lasts 1 hour 45 mins
Natural History Museum
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In this workshop, pupils work in small teams to design and build a LEGO Martian rover. They then code, test and evaluate their designs. After receiving missions from scientists, they will have to decide what their rover should investigate and build appropriate tools for the challenge. In a final challenge, pupils will see how their rovers perform on a large-scale realistic Martian surface.

Creative Quarter at Leighton House Museum

22nd Nov
10am - 4pm
Leighton House Museum
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Come and meet our team of artists and illustrators, calligraphers, graphic designers, chefs, musicians, photographers and film makers for an inspirational day of hands on workshops, talks and demonstrations, in the uniquely beautiful surroundings of Leighton House Museum. Free, places of limited. Booking soon.

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Creative Quarter 2019 - Spotlight on Photography

22nd Nov
10am - 12.40pm
Natural History Museum
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This event focuses on photography by starting at 10 am at the Natural History Museum for a curated tour of the 55th Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Students will then join a Fashion Photography insight talk over the road at the V&A. Tying in with the recently opened exhibition, Tim Walker: Wonderful Things, the talk will be a chance to hear from a professional fashion photographer and get top tips on how to make it in the industry.

South Ken Kids Festival

18th - 24th Nov
Institut français
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Welcoming some of the most talented children’s writers and illustrators from both sides of the Channel and beyond: Axel Scheffler, Magali Le Huche, Colas Gutman, Sophy Henn, Emily Rand, Joe Todd-Stanton, and many more! Workshops, talks with authors, film screenings and theatre in French, English.

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Brass Explosion! : The science behind sound and music

22nd Nov
11.30 am (secondary), 1.30pm (primary)
Royal College of Music
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Music and science collide in multidisciplinary shows from the Royal College of Music and Imperial College London. In partnership with Discover South Kensington’s ‘Creative Quarter Day’, these exciting one-hour sessions will explore the science of sound and brass instruments through the interactive use of laser sound-wave projection, vacuum chambers and much more! The show will also feature an Opera singer attempting to smash a wine glass through the power of their voice

Science City 1550–1800: The Linbury Gallery

Opens 12th Sept
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Discover how London grew from a lively capital city to a global hub for trade, commerce, and scientific enquiry between 1550 - 1800. This new free gallery spanning over 650 m² takes visitors on a journey through the metropolis during a time of momentous change.

Creative Quarter at the Science Museum

22nd Nov
11am & 12pm
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How do you tell stories with museum objects? Find out how designers and exhibition creators craft beautiful, fascinating exhibitions with a series of tours at the Science Museum. Join a member of the Design team in Mathematics: The Winton Gallery and find out what it was like to work in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects to bring maths to life. 

Creative Quarter in the Royal Parks

22nd Nov
Hyde Park
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Try your hand at a few of the many creative careers available within The Royal Parks in our two hour Creative Quarter sessions. Meet and quiz professionals in their fields, be the next Henry Moore through the medium of sculpture, then design and pitch a new playground to the team. Free and available for up to 30 students per session, please email learn@royalparks.org.uk to book

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Native Scientist Workshops

Fri 22nd Nov
10am & 2pm
Goethe-Institut
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The workshops promote the concept of STEM teaching combined with German and are linked to core subjects which are part of the curricula in England. They inform students about the recent research projects of German scientists, showcase future prospects and focus on the topic of studying in Germany. Suitable for secondary school pupils who are in their 3rd year and above of studying German. Separated into small groups (speed-dating principle), they learn about new experiments and simultaneously study the German language.

Creative Quarter at the Royal Albert Hall

22nd Nov
1pm
Royal Albert Hall
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As part of Creative Quarter, the Royal Albert Hall are offering free A Day in The Life tour, which show the insider perspective on how we run one of London’s most iconic and versatile venues. 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! To book a free one hour tour please email education@royalalberthall.com. The tour has a maximum of 20 places available .

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.

Hyde Park for Secondary

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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.

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.

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
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.

Set French Days

Various dates
10.30am
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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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.