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Last Updated 20 April 2021

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 Music

Highbury Opera Theatre 

Key Stage:KS3

Curriculum: MusicEnglish

Highbury Opera Theatre was created in 2011 by our Artistic Director, Scott Stroman and Assistant Music Director, Sarah Wilkinson, supported by a team of artists and local enthusiasts dedicated to staging contemporary operatic works in the local Highbury community. Our charity ethos is to bring together professional artists and community musicians to inspire and entertain local Islington audiences through the medium of opera. 

What makes an Opera Workshop

Highbury Opera Theatre have produced an interactive music and drama workshop in partnership with Music Education Islington about what it takes to make an opera, featuring content from HOT's 2017 production of Fever Pitch.

The digital workshop is available to view anytime.  

What Makes an Opera? (YouTube)

 

 Theatre

Almeida Theatre 

Key Stage:KS3KS4

Curriculum:English

The Almeida exists to launch the next generation of British artists onto the world stage. We make brave new work that asks big questions: of plays, of theatre and of the world around us.

The Almeida is committed to providing a range of opportunities for schools to engage with our productions and gain insights into the theatre-making process. All of our work is designed to ignite and feed a curiosity about theatre and performance and to support those that we engage to realise their creative ambitions. 

Almeida Theatre Digital Productions Resources

Almeida Theatre Digital Productions Resources
Almeida Theatre are offering schools exclusive access to video recordings of their productions of Mike Bartlett’s Albion, and Rebecca Frecknall’s production of The Duchess of Malfi and a new 3 part audio drama As Waters Rise .

  • Video Production: Albion
    Victoria Hamilton gives "the performance of a lifetime" (Daily Mail) in this "powerful piece of theatre" (The Guardian) directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold.
     
  • Video Production: The Duchess of Malfi
    John Webster’s electrifying revenge tragedy is given a “revelatory rewiring” (Time Out) in Rebecca Frecknall’s production about rage, resistance and a deadly lust for power.
     
  • Audio drama: As Waters Rise
    As Waters Rise is a new 3 part audio drama written by Ben Weatherill and created with the Almeida's 14-18 year old Young Company. The drama explores the impact of the climate crisis on young people by imagining a future in which London is flooded. Schools will be able to access all 3 episodes of the drama along with accompanying resources for teachers to use with students to explore each episode in more depth

The films are available on request. Please complete the form below to request the recordings:

Almeida Theatre Form (Google Doc)

Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning

Key Stage:KS4

Curriculum: ArtCitizenshipDesignEnglishMusicPSHE

Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning is a creative alliance between an arts centre and conservatoire, pioneering new models for creative and cultural learning. We turn world-class arts into unforgettable learning experiences for schools and colleges, helping to embed arts and creativity across the national curriculum.

Careers Rewired

Careers Rewired brought together teachers, creative practitioners and employers to co-design a project-based learning programme that inspired Key Stage 4 students from three schools around career opportunities in the creative industries. 

From this, we developed a new learning resource which could help more teachers explore ways to develop students’ knowledge of creative careers and fusion skills. 

Career's Rewired Resources (Website)

 

Estimated Waiting Time - Lauren Reed Productions

Key Stage: Estimated Waiting TimeKS3KS4KS5

Curriculum:EnglishPSHE

A new play available to watch free online anytime

Covid-19 and the current restrictions present significant, unfamiliar challenges to young people. Estimated Waiting Time is a new play with a focus on the well being of your students. The show, together with associated workshops, will give students the opportunity to express concerns surrounding mental health, loneliness and isolation. 

This is available free of charge to all secondary schools and youth organisations across Islington, funded by Arts Council England

Details:

When: Available to watch free online, with accompanying resources

Who: Suitable for 13 years plus (KS3, KS4 and Sixth Form). 

Please note that the script contains occasional strong language and the use of e-cigarettes. 

Estimated Waiting Time Play and Resources (Website)

Email culture@Islington.gov.uk for a password to view the performance

 

Fourth Monkey 

Fourth Monkey is a drama school established to challenge the status quo and provide a dynamic alternative to traditional conservatoire training methods, Fourth Monkey create bold, fearless and innovative actors and theatre makers, through our four core pillars of training – Act. Make. Move. Collaborate.

Digital resource for Drama Teachers - Access to the Arts Resource Pack

A new digital resource for Drama Teachers from Fourth Monkey – the “Access to the Arts Resource Pack” launches for February 2021!

It’s finally here – a one-stop shop digital toolkit and resource pack for drama teachers and students alike, Fourth Monkey’s “Access to the Arts Teachers’ Resource Pack” has launched for February 2021!

Aimed at providing insights, advice and guidance about drama school and professional actor training, we hope it will prove to be “essential reading” for Year 12 and 13 teachers as well as other mentors and coaches who are supporting students who are interested in applying to and auditioning for drama school for 2021 intake.

Covering that all-important first step into a student’s drama school journey, the first edition of the Resource Pack, “Volume #1 – Getting Started”, offers top tips for choosing the right school and training course, submitting an application and preparing for an audition, plus first-hand insights into actor training in the shape of interviews with Fourth Monkey students and alumni, and is available now via our website.

Upcoming volumes of the “Access to the Arts Resource Pack” will take a deep dive into student life at drama school and where training can take a student after they graduate – keep your eyes peeled for these volumes being launched in the coming weeks! 

Volume #1 of the Access to the Arts Teachers’ Resource Pack​ (Online Presentation)

 

National Theatre

Key Stage:KS3KS4

Curriculum:English

How We Made It: Filming 'Death of England: Delroy' live on stage at the National Theatre

The incredible National Theatre team film the opening and closing night of Death of England: Delroy with a live audience, just before England entered a second national lockdown, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This is their story.

This video is a great resource for students to understand how a production is put together.


 

National Youth Theatre

Key Stage:KS3KS4KS5

Curriculum: English

The National Youth Theatre give young people aged 14-25 free and affordable theatre opportunities.

Downloadable Theatre Education Resource Packs

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Heritage and Museums

The Liliesleaf Trust UK

Key Stage: KS2KS3

Curriculum: HistoryScienceCitizenshipDesignEnglishPSHE

Nature and Community Activity: Cultivate a Garden 

The Liliesleaf Trust UK is creating a Centre of Memory and Learning at 28 Penton Street, Islington - the former headquarters of the African National Congress (ANC). The Centre will be dedicated to the heritage of the South African liberation struggle, international solidarity with racial injustice and anti-apartheid activism. 

The Centre has a mission to highlighting the contributions of Black, Asian and people of mixed heritage to the struggle is central to the Trust’s mission as is supporting learning from and about diverse and inclusive histories. As part of Islington’s Black History Month 2020 celebration, the Trust has created two family craft and design activities that invite you to help design a new community learning garden for the borough. 

This activity is suitable for Years 6-9, or ages 10+, and can be completed by younger children with support.

All you need is a few sheets of paper and some recycled material/ items commonly found around the home. 

Islington Museum

Key Stage: KS3KS4KS5
Curriculum: CitizenshipHistoryPSHEScience English

Islington Museum logoIslington Stories: resource packs produced by Islington Heritage Service. 

Discover inspiring local figures and key moments in local history using these Islington Heritage Service resource packs. Designed to be used flexibly across the key stages, these packs provide a short history of a local person, location, or event, alongside discussion prompts, related external links, and a bank of printable archive materials including photos, maps and text. 


This project is ongoing, so look out for future additions and visit https://friendsofim.com/learning/ and https://callypark.london/ to discover more.

If you have any suggestions of figures or themes you'd like to see covered, get in touch via islington.museum@islington.gov.uk

 

Museum of the Order of St Johns

Key Stage: KS3

Curriculum:EnglishHistory

Located in a Tudor gatehouse, the Museum and its collections tell many fascinating stories spanning a period of almost one thousand years.

Whilst the Museum is working hard to welcome you back in 2021, they have developed teacher resources to support you in exploring the Museum's hirstory and artifacts with your students in school. 

New Key Stage 3 lesson pack: To Jerusalem and Back Again: Objects of the Crusades

We have created this pack to support teachers and help Key Stage 3 pupils to learn about the crusades using real medieval objects from our collection. Resources include a full lesson plan, presentation and activities which can be downloaded below.

This lesson pack has been created in partnership with Dr William Purkis of the University of Birmingham and draws extensively on new research undertaken as part of the Bearers of the Cross: Material Religion in the Crusading World, 1095–c.1300 project, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.This project has been funded by the University of Birmingham.

The resources below can be used both in the classroom and online as part of digital home learning:

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Visual Art, Craft and Design 

The Creative Dimension Trust 

Key Stage:KS3KS4

Curriculum:ArtDesign

The Creative Dimension Trust offer online craft workshops for young people aged 14+

Visit the website to access online workshops 

Creative Dimension Trust Online Tutorials (Website)

  • Puppet Making with Sian Kidd
  • Architectural Model Building and Paper Folding with Adam Williamson
  • Mask Making with Emma Brassington
  • Grisaille (monochrome optical illusions) with Sarah Hocombe
  • Eco-Fashion Upcycling with Jose Hendo
  • Eggshell Mosaic Inlay with Rian Kanduth
  • Building Up A Thematic Composition with Rene Gonzalez
  • Geometric Drawing with Adam Williamson

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

Key Stage:SENDKS3

Curriculum: ArtDesign

A Grade II listed Georgian town house holding an art collection known internationally for its core of Futurist works, as well as figurative art and sculpture dating from 1890 to the 1950s. Our broad exhibition programme addresses artists and movements across fine art, photography, graphic design and fashion that questions our understanding of Italian art and culture.

School and Family Art Activities Resources

Estorick Activity Resources (Website)

 

House of Illustration

Key Stage:KS3

Curriculum:ArtDesign

We aim to develop a diverse community of illustrators of all ages through high-quality teaching and creative collaboration. We welcome everyone who wants to learn to illustrate. All our workshops, courses, projects and programmes are taught by professional illustrators who share their expertise and passion.Whether you’re a student, teacher, family, lifelong learner or practicing illustrator yourself, we have a learning opportunity for you to develop your skills, confidence, knowledge and practice.

Download our resources for Key Stages 3.

Key Stage 3 Resources: Use comics to teach core English skills.

Shemza Digital 

Key Stage: SENDKS3KS4

Curriculum: ArtDesignHistoryCitizenship

We are delighted to invite you to take part in Shemza Digital, a new online project where you can create your own digital painting based on the work of Pakistani modernist painter Anwarjalal Shemza. Created by Aphra Shemza & Stuart Batchelor. 

The artwork invites the public to create their own computer art painting using elements such as style, forms, colors and aesthetics from Aphra's grandfather's work, the well-known modernist British/Pakistani painter Anwar Jalal Shemza.

This project is accessible for all ages and can be used to explore topics such as immigration, heritage alongside art and design.

If you are unable to access any of the resources below, please email culture@islington.gov.uk 

Resources

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 Literature 

The Reading Agency

Key Stage: KS3KS4

Curriculum: English

Shelf Help 

Reading Well for young people (named Shelf Help) recommends expert endorsed books about mental health, providing 13 to 18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams. The books have all been recommended by young people and health professionals, and are available to borrow for free from public libraries. Find out more below: 

Shelf Help Book List (Website)

Reading Hack resources

Our Reading Hack resources page has booklists and activites for 13-24 year olds. Your can find our resources aimed at young people below:

Reading Hack Resources (Website)
 

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Outdoor

Arsenal Community Schools ProgrammeArsenal Community

Key Stage:KS3KS4

Curriculum:PSHEEnglish Maths

Home Learning Resources

The team at Arsenal in the Community have created some great resources for use at home for primary and secondary aged students. Resources are linked to the curriculum as well as physical education. and options across the Key Stages are available. 

Arsenal Home Learning Resources (Website)

 

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