South Kensington for Schools online

There is lots of information online for educators from the cultural and educational organisations in South Kensington, including events, workshops and resources, available for you to try in your classroom!

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Hidden Histories of Exploration

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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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When we think about the history of exploration, we often imagine it as the work of exceptional individuals in extraordinary circumstances. Men and women venturing forth on some incredible journey, a fundamentally collective and shared experience. This wonderful online exhibition draws on images of exploration since 1800.

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Make a Volcano

Natural History Museum
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Volcanic eruptions are one of the most powerful natural forces on our planet. Making your own miniature erupting volcano is a great, safe way to start learning about these incredible geological features.

Bringing Science to your Living Room

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The Science Museum has joined forces with the BBC to bring you Bitesize Daily. Experience the wonders of science at home with exciting experiments and demonstrations carried out using exhibits at the Museum's Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery in London.

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Explore the Natural History Museum from your home

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The Natural History Museum's virtual tour allows you to explore 14 exhibitions and access 300,000 specimens. Zoom in on the tiny details of the main hall's gilded ceiling or take a closer look at the marine reptiles discovered by Mary Anning. Enjoy a day at the Museum without even having to leave your home!

Science Museum - Kitchen Science Booklet

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Follow step-by-step instructions for science activities and experiments that are safe and easy to do in the classroom or at home.

Shipwrecked Ceramics

Asian ceramics have been the subject of international and inter-Asian trade for over one thousand years. Transported by sea through dangerous waters, many of these ceramics never made their final destination, but not all have ended up on the ocean's bed.

Imperial's COVID 19 Response Team Across the Globe

Imperial College London
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Imperial’s COVID-19 Response Team has been working with health services and governments around the world to help plan responses to the pandemic. Since January, the team have been working relentlessly to model the pandemic in real-time, providing policymakers and health leaders around the world with the latest estimates of the scale of outbreaks.

Weddell Sea Resources

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Bringing together world-leading experts in polar and marine exploration, the expedition aimed to solve unanswered questions about one of the most remote and least-studied wilderness areas on our planet. From Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5. ,

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Try this at home

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Can't get out far to explore nature? The Natural History Museum has got lots of fun activities and ideas to occupy you and family at home, in your garden or local outdoor space.

Pandemic Objects

During times of pandemic, a host of everyday, often-overlooked ‘objects’are suddenly charged with new urgency. Pandemic Objects is one of many thought-provoking articles written by V&A bloggers.

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RBKC Libraries online

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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RBKC libraries have a fantastic online library to keep you entertained and uplifted. There is a vast selection of journals, comics, books, audiobooks, language-learning platform, reference books and much more!

Five Brilliant History Resources for Home Schooling

Kensington Palace
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Stepping into a teacher's shoes, even for a short time, may be daunting, especially if it feels like centuries since you were in the classroom yourself. But don't panic! Historic Royal Palaces has lots of ideas and resources online to help your children continue exploring history without having to step outside the front door.

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NHM Collections: 80 million specimens

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Of the Museum's 80 million specimens, only a tiny fraction ever go on display. Uncover colourful stories behind the specimens, meet collectors and curators past and present and read about their contributions to our understanding of the natural world.

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Hang out with the NHM Nature Team

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Hang out with the Nature Live Online team on Tuesdays at 13.00 for interactive talks featuring topical discussions with the NHM scientists and cutting-edge research.

Stories of Everyday Technology

Science Museum
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From light bulbs to motorways and cups of tea to concrete, discover the extraordinary science stories behind familiar objects and technologies we encounter every day.

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Geography in the News

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Resources to support recent geographical stories in the press. Suitable for Key Stages 1-5.

Curated datasets

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The RGS has created ten curated datasets, on a variety of topics, to help teachers guide students in the use of open datasets. The principles behind these resources can be applied by teachers and students to other relevant open datasets. Suitable for key stages 3, 4 and 5.

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RGS online exhibitions

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Get immersed in the stories behind the RGS' Collections from the comfort of your home.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year From Home

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Natural History Museum
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The NHM is inviting all you budding photographers to explore nature on your doorstep. It could be from your balcony or in your back garden. Share your snaps with them on Instagram and inspire others - and stay safe! #WPYFromHome.

The Royal Parks are Coming to You!

Hyde Park
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Not everyone can come to the Royal Parks right now, so they want to bring the Royal Parks to you. Be prepared to escape into the nature, heritage and beauty of these incredible green spaces from the comfort of your own home.

Young Design Museum for Schools

Design Museum Kensington
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Inspire students' creativity and passion with the Design Museum's fantastic range of ready made lessons. Make a wiggle side chair, redesign your kitchenware or design your own environmentally friendly packaging - with everyday materials and household objects.

Total Darkness

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Discover more about how science and maths affect the world around us with the Science Museum's free games, and apps. Spring your way through 30 obstacle levels on Launchball or test your own all-terrain space rover.in Rugged Rovers. For early learners through to KS4.

Bottle Tops & Bubbles

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The Science Museum's Learning Resources is bursting with interesting and fun experiments. Bring the wonder home and explore science and maths with their hands-on activities the whole family can do together.

The Great Exhibition Virtual Tour

Hyde Park
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Take a virtual tour of the magnificent Crystal Palace and experience its innovative design and beauty. Constructed in 1851, it defined Prince Albert's ambitions to showcase the best of Victoria's reign.

Table Top Sculpture

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The Royal Society of Sculptors has teamed up with ArtUK for a creative challenge - sculpture inspired by architecture. Look at books & photos for inspiration from unusual buildings, or explore the internet for ideas from around the world. Then use anything recyclable around your home and start creating!

Shaping Science

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In the Science Museum’s new Shaping Science series, meet the artisans who are using a mix of traditional and modern techniques to create beautiful hand-made scientific instruments from a replica seventeenth century globe to a brass sundial and clock wheel.

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Resources for Schools online

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Geography teachers and students: now that your lessons have moved online, why not check out RGS' fascinating case studies and articles that link directly to key stages and course content? From the carbon and water cycles to geopolitics and development, they have a resource to help you learn.

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Cosmonauts: birth of the space age

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Turning their eyes towards the sky, the Russian people pioneered space travel, becoming the first nation to launch satellites, animals and humans into orbit. Their early achievements were seen as a challenge by America, and created fierce competition between the two nations. Delve into a fascinating world of exploration and discovery..

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Waste Age Schools Workshop

Until 18 February 2022
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Design Museum Kensington
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Drawing on the 'Waste Age: What can design do?' exhibition, these creative, design-led workshops will inspire and encourage students at Key Stage 3 - 5 to rethink how we design, become better informed consumers and more responsible future designers.

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What you can do to help the planet: an illustrated guide

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The future of humanity depends on the natural world. But we are facing a planetary emergency. We're losing green spaces, animals and plants to deforestation, exploitation, urbanisation and global warming. But hope isn't lost. If we act together, we can make a  positive difference. Here's how to do your bit to protect nature.

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!

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Wreck Your Tech

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Taking apart gadgets such as a travel alarm clock, disposable camera, headphones, propelling pencil or a tv remote control is a great way to explore beneath the surface of objects, to find out and question how something works or how it was made.

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Beetle-mania

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Learn about insect body parts by looking at the uk’s largest invertebrate: the stag beetle! Rebuild the beetle by drawing its pieces in the correct places. Suitable for ages 5-11.

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Great object hunt: out and about

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Science Museum
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Find something you couldn’t live without; create an interesting shadow. Students can follow their curiosity and work together to complete the challenges while exploring the fascinating world around them.

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Learn about Nature

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The Royal Parks
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With the climate crisis more urgent than ever, The Royal Parks’ Learning team and partners are playing a vital role in raising awareness and encouraging individuals to do all they can to be a hero for nature.

The Great Exhibition²

Great Exhibition Road Festival
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The Great Exhibition² is an innovative new STEM project, delivered by Imperial College London and Big Ideas, inviting young people across London to enter their own ‘Incredible Innovations’ for a chance to showcase them at The Great Exhibition Road Festival.