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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.

Royal College of Music Explorers Course

25th Oct-27th Oct
9:45am-12:30pm
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This three-day course for children aged 8–11 focuses on creative music-making, storytelling, arts and crafts, instrumental playing and singing. The theme explores items from the RCM Museum collections, which will be visited and explored as part of the course.

Drop-in Design: Build a Prop!

26th Oct-28th Oct
11am-4pm
V&A
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Take part in this drop-in workshop for families and create your own giant cardboard prop. Design and create your own giant cardboard prop to add to a large-scale stage designed by prop maker Isobel Irwin. Think like a designer and transform ordinary material into a magical setting for your story.

Digital Kids: Character Animation for Musicals

26th Oct-29th Oct
11am-5pm
V&A
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Invent a character and get creative thinking about where they live, their hopes and dreams, and how they dance, sing and perform their story. Then animate your drawings with easy-to-use animation tools and with a chance to bring your character to life! This free event is drop-in but entry tickets must be booked.

South Ken Kids Festival

13th Nov-20th Nov
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Institut français
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The South Ken Kids Festival is celebrating its 25th birthday with some of the most talented children’s writers and illustrators who will be holding a range of exciting events at the Institut Français. Brilliantly bilingual throughout, the festival is an occasion to highlight children’s writing, illustration, translation: books in all their glory!

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Universum.Mensch.Intelligenz

19th Sept - 14th Oct
Mon - Fri (10am - 4pm)
Goethe-Institut
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The exhibition is dedicated to cutting-edge research in Germany. Through images, films & research projects, the interactive exhibition tells of the great mysteries of humanity & the achievements of scientific thinking.

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.

Cancer Revolution: Science, Innovation and Hope

25 May - Jan 2023
10am-6pm
Science Museum
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From busting myths about the causes of cancer to exploring how the latest cancer science, early detection technologies, and immunotherapies are advancing cancer care today. This exhibition shows how far we have come in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.

Dippy Returns to South Ken

Until 2 Jan 2023
10am-5:45pm
Natural History Museum
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Don't miss your chance to see Dippy, the first Diplodocus to go on display anywhere in the world, when it returns to the Museum for a short visit. Now you can see Dippy's memories of UK landscapes and hear how nature inspires different communities.

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

Daily
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
Science Museum
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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
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The Royal Society of Sculptors is pleased to provide free downloadable teachers’ resources to support classroom art activities. Have fun!

Mission to Mars: LEGO® Explorers Workshop

Term Time
Lasts 1 hour 45 mins
Natural History Museum
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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.

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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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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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.

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

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.

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
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.

Natural History Museum Resources

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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!

V&A Schools

Special event dates vary
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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.