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11 by 11: inspiring young people through culture

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Music

Aurora Orchestra: Immersed sessions

Key Stage: KS2

Curriculum: Music

Aurora Orchestra is one of the only orchestras in the world to perform from memory.  This gives us the opportunity to invite young people to be inside the orchestra and experience music surrounded by the musicians. Complete our form to express an interest in this activity. At Kennedy Hall, Cecil Sharp House. On Wednesday 13 May 2020, we are offering a day of workshops based on Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, consisting of:

Aimed at KS2 (Years 4,5,6) but could be possible for Years 2 or 3
Sessions available: We are offering sessions for 8 classes of children (Immersed experiences for 4 groups of 2 classes). Classes sharing sessions need to be not more than 1 year group apart.

Group 1 

9.45 – Warm up session with workshop leader (in a secondary space)
10.30 – Workshop with orchestra
11.10-11.25 – Chance to discuss the experience and ask questions with workshop leader and a player

Group 2 

10.30 – Warm up session with workshop leader (in a secondary space)
11.10 – Workshop with orchestra
11.50-12.10 – Chance to discuss the experience and ask questions with workshop leader and a player

Group 3 

11.40 – Warm up session with workshop leader (in a secondary space)
12.10 – Workshop with orchestra
12.50-13.15 – Chance to discuss the experience and ask questions with workshop leader and a player

Group 4 

12.20 – Warm up session with workshop leader (in a secondary space)
12.50 – Workshop with orchestra
13.30-13.50– Chance to discuss the experience and ask questions with workshop leader and a player

Contact us to find out more or to book this free activity

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London Symphony Orchestra

Key Stage: SENDKS1KS2

Curriculum: Music

The London Symphony Orchestra is Resident Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, performing 70 concerts a year, including concerts for Schools. LSO Discovery offers people of all ages opportunities to get involved in music-making and to enter the extraordinary world of the Orchestra at the Barbican and at LSO St Luke’s.

  • Enjoy a free 45-minute informal concert at LSO St Luke’s featuring small chamber performances by musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra and the Guildhall School of Music. With introductions from presenter Rachel Leach, and a Q&A session with the performers, these concerts are the perfect opportunity to learn more about music and the instruments of the orchestra. The theme for the Lunchtime concerts is I Got Rhythm.

Dates of performances in the Summer term are:

  • Friday 1 May 11.15am* (Relaxed) and 12.30pm
  • Friday 22 May 12.30pm
  • Friday 12 June 11.15am* (Relaxed) and 12.30pm
  • Friday 3 July 12.30pm

* The 11.15am Relaxed concerts are 30 minutes long and the 12.30pm concerts last 45 minutes.

Some performances are preceded by a Relaxed performance from 11.15-11.45am, which are particularly suitable to groups who feel more comfortable attending concerts in a relaxed environment. Everyone is welcome including people with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities

Contact us to find out more or to book this free activity

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Union Chapel

Key Stage:KS2

Curriculum:MusicPEScienceEnglish

Union Chapel is an architectural treasure in Islington that is home to a working church, an award winning venue, a unique world class organ and The Margins Project. Now running in its seventh year, their highly enjoyable innovative series of creative workshops this year will stretch across the art forms in acoustic composition, creative writing and physical theatre.

Your KS2 class are invited to come and have fun participating in all three workshops on rotation in one morning.

Date One: 2nd June 2020

Schools are required to reach the Chapel by 9.15am for an introduction to the Chapel and organ.

Workshop 1: 9.30am - 10.25am 

BREAK (please bring a break time snack and drink - a bottle of water is advised for the physical theatre workshop)

Workshop 2: 10.50am - 11.45am 

Workshop 3: 11.50am - 12.45pm

Date Two: 8th June 2020

Schools are required to reach the Chapel by 9.15am for an introduction to the Chapel and organ.

Workshop 1: 9.30am - 10.25am 

BREAK (please bring a break time snack and drink - a bottle of water is advised for the physical theatre workshop)

Workshop 2: 10.50am - 11.45am 

Workshop 3: 11.50am - 12.45pm

Details of the Workshops

  1. The Science of Sound / Composition

The organ offers the ideal opportunity to discuss the science of how sound is produced.

Children will explore sound production through games and exercises involving listening, clapping and rhythms, comparing wood and metal pipes and examining the concept of air in pipes. They will also have an opportunity to learn about volume, stops and pedals, and to play the different manuals, using graphic scores they have created. Hannah will also play some famous pieces so they can hear the variety of sounds the organ can produce.

  1. Foundation Physical Theatre

A highly stylised physical theatre workshop exploring the idea of “being played”. Partner work will involve one child taking the role of instrument and the other as player. This will develop into a group piece, visually becoming a full orchestra. The group will also consider the organ and its structure and literally “become the organ”, physically recreating the pipes, blowers, keys, and so on. Children will also examine the sounds of the organ, creating a piece performed to organ backing.

Learning outcomes include imaginative play, multidisciplinary skills incorporating music and movement, rhythm and harmony work, communication and performance skills, and group work.

  1. Creative Writing Workshops

This workshop explores how we write and express ourselves creatively.

After a warm-up, Jared will lead the children to expand their skills out to look at and respond to the space around them. They will develop poetry and stories specifically about the organ, personify it, listen to its voice, and imagine what it may have experienced through its life.;

or - ii) Emotional Literacy and Development.  What happened to the organ when it wasn’t being used? What does it mean to be invisible to others around us, to lose friends, to make new ones. The children will explore feelings around family, community, racism, faith and integration in a creative, compassionate safe and respectful manner. This workshop is designed to deal with issues around bullying and anti-social behaviour, centering on the organ as a symbol of loss, sadness, inner strength, compassion and rebirth.

Complete our form to express an interest in this activity.

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Kings Place

Key Stage:KS2

Curriculum: ArtMusic

Kings Place is an open, multi-arts venue, presenting an adventurous and critically-acclaimed programme, with words and music at its heart.

Kings Place is in the heart of King’s Cross, with a diverse offering of music, spoken word, festivals, comedy and visual art.

Career Talks:

As Kings Place is host to a wide variety of businesses, on occasion it may be possible to range a career session for smaller groups of students (max 10), who are interested in music, spoken word, and event production.

There are limited slots available for this, please make an enquiry and we can explore what may be possible for your group.

Complete our form to express an interest in this activity.

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City University of London, Music

Key Stage:KS2

Curriculum: Music

Situated right at the heart of one of the world's greatest musical cities, the Department of Music combines world-leading research with exceptional teaching in performance, composition and musicology.

1. A workshop for up to 20 students in either:
•Gamelan (Music)
•African Dance and Drumming (Music and Dance)

Date and time to be arranged with the school. Workshops will take place at the Music Department, City, University of London.

2. Assembly talks by students and staff on different areas of music work. Our students can also go into schools to play live music in assemblies.

3. Studio tour and workshop for 10 pupils.  Date and time by arrangement. Location: Music Department, City, University of London. Dance A workshop for up to 25 students in African Dance. Date and time to be arranged with the school. Workshops will take place at the Music Department, City, University of London.

Complete our form to express an interest in this activity.

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Theatre

Little Angel Theatre

Key Stage: EYFSSENDKS1KS2

Curriculum: EnglishGeographyPSHE

Little Angel Theatre is a home for puppetry. Since its doors first opened in 1961 the theatre has been dedicated to creating and sharing inspiring stories. Puppetry is at the heart of this innovative theatre, from igniting the imaginations of the youngest minds to equipping tomorrow’s puppeteers with the tools they need to succeed. As well as an internationally recognised theatre with productions touring throughout the UK and across the globe, Little Angel Theatre also has its roots in Islington, and works with its local, diverse community to break down barriers to arts engagement so all can benefit and enjoy this remarkable art form.

Pinocchio

Suitability: Year 2 – Year 6

Curriculum links

English: Traditional tales/comparing different versions of stories

Topic:  Traditional Toys

Running Time 1 hour approx.    

Step inside Geppetto’s workshop and hear the tale of a puppet that wants to be a real boy, and a puppet maker who wants to be a real father. 

This completely original version of the much loved story offers opportunities to watch as Pinocchio is carved on stage, paint brushes come to life as foxes and the shadow of two saws transform into a giant fish. An element of improvisation adds to the magic, as no two performances are exactly the same.

Puppetry, shadows, illusion and original music combine to create a show that is inventive, witty and has a big heart.

 

Dates available:

Friday 1st May 2020 1.00pm 

Relaxed Performance - Friday 5th June 1.00pm 

 

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Suitability: Nursery – Year 3

Curriculum links:  Traditional rhymes, exploring environments.

Running Time approx.  45 mins

Based on the book written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, Little Angel Theatre’s acclaimed adaptation returns to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Rosen’s beloved book. Brought to life with beautiful puppets designed by Lyndie Wright and original music by Barb Jungr, this production is ideal for brave hunters and bear lovers alike.

A family go on an expedition of a lifetime – running down the grassy bank, wading through the cold river, squelching over the oozy mud, stumbling into the dark forest, then peering into a cave… what will they find there?

Dates available:

Friday 22nd May 2020 1.15pm 

Relaxed Performance - Friday 26th June 2020 1.15pm 

 

Nature Elly

Suitability: Nursery – Year 3

Curriculum links:  Topic: Farms, animals and the environment

Running Time approx.  45 mins

This fun, interactive and tactile show has lots of puppet animals for the children to meet, and lots of slapstick humour.

Elly runs the best little farm in Lincolnshire, but not everything is going to plan. The corn has been trampled, all the apples have vanished and there’s hay everywhere! What could have happened? Come and help Elly and Bob the Pheasant fix the farm in time to save the harvest, and discover the secrets of the mystery animal hiding in the hay-stack.

Nature Elly is full of games and fun, beautifully written original music and a cast of stunning and adorable animal puppets for little ones to meet. Created by award-winning Barmpot Theatre (creators of the theatre show Penguinpig), in association with Little Angel Theatre.

Dates available:

Tuesday 14th July 1.00pm

Relaxed Performance Friday 17th July 1.00pm 

Complete our form to express an interest in this activity.

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Park Theatre

Key Stage:KS1KS2

Curriculum: EnglishHistoryPSHE

Park Theatre is a neighbourhood theatre with a global ambition.

With a mixture of new writing and modern revivals, we deliver world class theatre, collaborating with the finest existing and emerging talent on stage and behind the scenes. We tell accessible, real-to-life stories, whose content resonates and reflects the world around us and the neighbourhoods close by. We produce both in-house and in partnership with the most excellent existing and emerging producers, for whom we endeavour to provide an unparalleled level of support.

With a welcoming and nurturing environment we want Park Theatre to be exemplary in its accessibility to its diverse community and beyond – and through affordable ticket pricing and outreach programmes we aim to engage those with little or no experience of theatre.

Park Theatre tour and drama workshop. This offers an engaging introduction to theatre and theatre-making, led by an experienced Park Theatre facilitator and including a full tour of the theatre and interactive workshop in our Morris Space.

Contact us to find out more or to book this free activity

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Pleasance Theatre

Key Stage:KS1KS2

Curriculum:EnglishPSHE

Fringe venue with 2 theatres and a varied programme of performing arts and comedy.

• Theatre open days for schools (KS 1- 4), providing a tour and introduction to the Pleasance Theatre, based near Caledonian Road tube station.


• Pleasance staff are available for skills development and careers talks in schools, to discuss the many vocational routes and roles involved in backstage theatre production (e.g. Lighting Technicians, Sound Engineers).

Contact us to find out more or to book this free activity

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Yaram Arts

Key Stage: EYFSKS1KS2

Curriculum:HistoryMusicPE English

Yaram work with artists to develop high quality content and of performances, present them to new audiences, and generally foster cultural awareness and social cohesion through music and arts.

Assembly Talks

Yaram evolved to be a Funded BME Arts Organisation from an amateur community football team leader. They are avaible to talk to school groups on topics surroundsing Arts and Sports, and/or Challenges for BME Arts Organisations.

Contact us to find out more or to book this free activity

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Young Actors Theatre Islington YATI

Key Stage:KS1KS2

Curriculum:EnglishHistory

Young Actors Theatre is a vibrant and busy community theatre, drama school and talent agency offering workshops in acting, musical theatre and singing and regular performance opportunities.

Free Drama Workshops - During term time between 1:30 - 3pm at the Young Actors Theatre.

Contact us to find out more or to book this free activity

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Out of Joint

Key Stage:KS2

Curriculum:English

Out of Joint is a mid-scale national and international touring theatre company. We focus on new writing, working with playwrights to develop shows that we can take to audiences around the country.


Work place visits, showing your students our office and rehearsal space. Depending on the production, this could be scheduling whilst we have a show in rehearsals.

Assembly talks by professionals about their job in theatre, or working in theatre in general.

Complete our form to express an interest in this activity.

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The Almedia Theatre

Key Stage: KS2

Curriculum:EnglishMaths

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.

Producing Theatre Workshop

This 90 minute practical workshop takes place in your school and will provide students with an insight into how a show makes its way from initial idea into a production on our stage. Pupils will have a chance to work as a team and form their own theatre company to come up with a pitch for a new production.

Contact us to find out more or to book this free activity

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Dance

City University of London Music Department

Key Stage: KS2

Curriculum:Music

Situated right at the heart of one of the world's greatest musical cities, the Department of Music combines world-leading research with exceptional teaching in performance, composition and musicology.

  • A workshop for up to 25 students in African Dance. Date and time to be arranged with the school. Workshops will take place at the Music Department, City, University of London.

 

Complete our form to express an interest in this activity.

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Sadlers Wells

Key Stage: KS2

Curriculum:Music

The world's No.1 venue dedicated to international dance - presenting dance in all forms from contemporary to flamenco, ballet to hip hop and more.

  • Careers talks to students

Contact us to find out more or to book this free activity:

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Science

Insitute of Physics

Key Stage: KS2

Curriculum: ArtDesignEnglishHistoryScience

At the Institute of Physics, we believe physics can be a passion and a pursuit for everyone. Our new home in King’s Cross has an exciting mix of free exhibitions and events for the whole community.

Class exhibition visits

The Institute of Physics is inviting teachers to bring their class (30 max per visit at one time, there is potential for multiple visits throghout a day) to the Summer Exhibition at IOP in July 2020.

Complete our form to express an interest in this activity.

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London Canal Museum

Key Stage: EYFSSENDKS1KS2

Curriculum: EnglishHistoryPSHEScience

London Canal Museum is located near King’s Cross Station and gives an insight into London’s canals and their influence on the development of the city. At the London Canal Museum you can see inside a narrowboat cabin, learn about the history of London's canals, about the cargoes carried, the people who lived and worked on the waterways, and the horses that pulled their boats. Peer down into the unique heritage of a huge Victorian ice well used to store ice imported from Norway and brought by ship and canal boat to be stored. This unique waterways museum is housed in a former ice warehouse built in about 1862-3 for Carlo Gatti, the famous ice cream maker, and features the history of the ice trade and ice cream as well as the canals.

Free Workshops - Schools can select up to 3 workshops for a maximum of 30 children

KS1 workshops: (up to 16 children) - KS1 workshops can be adapted for EYFS.

•Cargo

•Coronis and Boat Life

•Will we see a Crocodile?

•Floating and Sinking

KS2 workshops: (up to 20 children)

•Exploring Ice Theme Day

•Transport and Invention

•Gauging Rod

•Bridge and Tunnels

•Melting and Keeping Ice

Available dates are 20th May and 8th July

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Caledonian Park Clock Tower

Key Stage:SENDKS2

Curriculum:HistoryScience

The Cally Clock Tower Centre aims to engage schools with the rich history of the Caledonian Road area and the natural environment of Caledonian Park, Islington’s second largest green space. Our Victorian Clock Tower was the centrepiece to old the Metropolitan Cattle Market. Our school’s programmes cover a range of topics including local history, physics and art. The Centre and its programmes are funded with help from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

We are offering free sessions of the following two workshops:

Clocks & Gears –In this STEM workshop learners will discover how the invention of the railways lead to the introduction of standard time. Learners will look closely at how mechanical clocks work, learning how the clock is powered by gravity and how pendulums are used to regulate this power. They will also investigate how gears work, building their own gear trains to solve real world problems. Suitable for upper key stage 2 groups. Duration: 2 hours.

The London Drovers – This activity focuses on the lives of the drovers, Victorian men who drove herds of cattle and sheep across the country from as far as Scotland to the Metropolitan Cattle Market in Islington, of which our iconic clock tower formed the centrepiece. Pupils will take their own imaginary trip from the Scottish Highlands all the way to the Market, identifying along the way, objects that would help them overcome the various obstacles they encounter. Suitable for lower key stage 2 groups. Duration: 2 hours.

Climb the Tower-This is a guided tour up the clock tower, learners will find out why the Cally Clock Tower was build and through our exhibition displays discover what our local area looked like in the past. They will get an opportunity to handle objects from the areas past and see the clock in action. For groups over 10 years old, a stunning view of London awaits at the top! (Please note: due to health and safety restrictions this session is only available to year 4 and up and is limited to 10 pupils per tour. Restrictions apply, please contact us for details). Duration: 1 hour

Date: Schools workshops and tours run on Thursday and Friday mornings, start time 10am

Location: Cally Clock Tower Centre, Caledonian Park

Complete our form to express an interest in this activity.

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Culpeper Community Garden 

Key Stage:KS1KS2

Curriculum:EnglishScience

The award winning Culpeper Community Garden provides opportunities for Islington school children to creatively engage in nature and horticulture. We are experienced in hosting school groups and delivering workshops which contribute to the curriculum.

We have the capacity to offer a three areas of tailored activities by arrangement with schools:
•Exploring and imagining nature around the garden. ‘campfire’ story-telling and story making designed to bring wildlife to life. (Literacy)
•Smell and touch around the garden, sensory based activity for students with PMLD.
•Science-based activities to do with lifecycles, soils, habitats and ecology.

Sessions take place on Tuesdays or Wednesdays and usually last 1 hour and take place between 10am-1pm.

English KS1
•listening to and discussing a wide range of stories and poems at a level beyond that at which they can read independently
•being encouraged to link what they read or hear read to their own experiences
•becoming very familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics


English KS2 (in addition to the above)
•expressing views about a wide range of texts
•discussing the sequence of events in books and how items of information are related
•retelling a wider range of stories, fairy stories and traditional tales
•recognising simple recurring literary language in stories and poetry
•discussing and clarifying the meanings of words, linking new meanings to known vocabulary
•discussing their favourite words and phrases

Science
1. Life cycle of amphibians
2. Life cycle & parts of a plant
3. Soils & soil invertebrates (‘mini-beasts’)
4. Plant variation
5. Habitats
6. Introduction to ecology (classification & keys)

PMLD
•Engaging creatively with new sounds, textures and settings
•Exposure to nature and wildlife
•Being outdoors and in the community.

Complete our form to express an interest in this activity.

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Heritage and Museums

St Bartholomew the Great

Key Stage: EYFSSENDKS1KS2KS3KS4KS5

Curriculum: EnglishHistoryPSHE RE Music

 
Guided Visit to Bart’s
Saint Bartholomew the Great is London's oldest extant church. It was founded in 1123 as an Augustinian Priory and has been in continuous use as a place of worship since at least 1143. It is an active Anglican Church in the Smithfield area.
St Bartholomew the Great is a church built when Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, was King of England. It survived the Great Fire of 1666 and the bombs dropped in Zeppelin raids in World War I and during the Blitz in World War II.
 
Today the Church has a reputation not only for wonderful architecture, but also for traditional formal worship, marvellous music and intelligent preaching.
 
It has appeared in a series of award-winning films including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, The End of the Affair, Amazing Grace, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and The Other Boleyn Girl, and a number of television programmes including Madame Bovary, The Real Sherlock Holmes, Spooks, and The League of Gentlemen Christmas Special. 
 
The church is also home to several pieces of modern art including a statue by Damien Hirst, featuring St Bartholomew, our patron Saint. 
 
Our medieval cloister is a perfect location for packed lunches during a visit. 
 
Ideal group size 30 plus teaching staff
Times: mornings until 12 midday, excluding Thursday. 
 
The church is centrally located between Barbican and St. Paul's tube stations. see our website for more information. https://www.greatstbarts.com
 
Complete our form to express an interest in this activity.

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Caledonian Clock Tower

Key Stage:SENDKS2

Curriculum: HistoryScience

The Cally Clock Tower Centre aims to engage schools with the rich history of the Caledonian Road area and the natural environment of Caledonian Park, Islington’s second largest green space. Our Victorian Clock Tower was the centrepiece to old the Metropolitan Cattle Market. Our school’s programmes cover a range of topics including local history, physics and art. The Centre and its programmes are funded with help from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

We are offering free sessions of the following two workshops:

Clocks & Gears –In this STEM workshop learners will discover how the invention of the railways lead to the introduction of standard time. Learners will look closely at how mechanical clocks work, learning how the clock is powered by gravity and how pendulums are used to regulate this power. They will also investigate how gears work, building their own gear trains to solve real world problems. Suitable for upper key stage 2 groups. Duration: 2 hours.

The London Drovers – This activity focuses on the lives of the drovers, Victorian men who drove herds of cattle and sheep across the country from as far as Scotland to the Metropolitan Cattle Market in Islington, of which our iconic clock tower formed the centrepiece. Pupils will take their own imaginary trip from the Scottish Highlands all the way to the Market, identifying along the way, objects that would help them overcome the various obstacles they encounter. Suitable for lower key stage 2 groups. Duration: 2 hours.

Climb the Tower-This is a guided tour up the clock tower, learners will find out why the Cally Clock Tower was build and through our exhibition displays discover what our local area looked like in the past. They will get an opportunity to handle objects from the areas past and see the clock in action. For groups over 10 years old, a stunning view of London awaits at the top! (Please note: due to health and safety restrictions this session is only available to year 4 and up and is limited to 10 pupils per tour. Restrictions apply, please contact us for details). Duration: 1 hour

Date: Schools workshops and tours run on Thursday and Friday mornings, start time 10am

Location: Cally Clock Tower Centre, Caledonian Park

Contact us to find out more or to book this free activity

Complete our form

 

London Canal Museum

Key Stage: EYFSKS1KS2

Curriculum:EnglishHistoryPSHERE Science

London Canal Museum is located near King’s Cross Station and gives an insight into London’s canals and their influence on the development of the city. At the London Canal Museum you can see inside a narrowboat cabin, learn about the history of London's canals, about the cargoes carried, the people who lived and worked on the waterways, and the horses that pulled their boats. Peer down into the unique heritage of a huge Victorian ice well used to store ice imported from Norway and brought by ship and canal boat to be stored. This unique waterways museum is housed in a former ice warehouse built in about 1862-3 for Carlo Gatti, the famous ice cream maker, and features the history of the ice trade and ice cream as well as the canals.

Free Workshops - Schools can select up to 3 workshops for a maximum of 30 children

KS1 workshops: (up to 16 children) - KS1 workshops can be adapted for EYFS.

•Cargo

•Coronis and Boat Life

•Will we see a Crocodile?

•Floating and Sinking

 

KS2 workshops: (up to 20 children)

•Exploring Ice Theme Day

•Transport and Invention

•Gauging Rod

•Bridge and Tunnels

•Melting and Keeping Ice

Available dates are 20th May and 8th July

Complete our form to express an interest in this activity.

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Islington Museum

Key Stage: KS2

Curriculum:EnglishHistoryPSHE

Islington Museum shares the story of Islington’s heritage with local communities. We have a vision of bringing people in Islington together and helping make Islington a happier, healthier and fairer place to live, through heritage.

KS2 Workshops

Our learning programme offers pupils enriching opportunities to explore the local history requirements of the current curriculum in cross-curricular workshops. Through active engagement with archival documents, artworks, artefacts and costumes, they can creatively explore their heritage and connect to their local community. (KS2 appropriate)

Year 6 Guided Walk 

Islington Guided Walks are offering one heritage walk for Year 6 pupils around Cloudesley Square in Barnsbury. As part of the ‘Tales from the Crypt’ National Lottery Heritage funded project currently underway in Cloudesley Square, this walk will bring to life many of the key Victorian themes explored by Year 6, exploring the stories of the first parishioners of Holy Trinity Church Cloudesley Square and providing a great opportunity to connect children to early inhabitants of Islington.  Maximum capacity for guided walk: 1 class 30 students (Year 6 only)

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Museum of the Order of St John

Key Stage:SENDKS1KS2

Curriculum: EnglishHistoryPSHEScience RE

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

All our workshops involve a tour of the historic site and hands-on exploration. Workshops last for one and a half hours and we will endeavour to provide a lunch space if requested.

Accident and Emergency: St John Ambulance in Victorian Britain

Key Stage 1 and 2, Citizenship, History, English, and Drama

Through role play, costume and object handling, discover what life was like in Victorian Britain and how St John Ambulance came to play such an important role in the nation’s health care.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know what first aid is
  • Understand why St John Ambulance was so important in Victorian Britain
  • Be able to handle and use museum collections to find out about the past
  • Know about the role of St John Ambulance today

Tudor Treasures: Curator for a day

Key Stage 2, History, English, and Maths

Explore the Tudor gatehouse and find out what life was like in the Order’s London Priory, before discovering how their once close relationship with Henry VIII came to a sudden end. Following the tour, students will take on the role of museum curators, using real and replica objects to discover more about this fascinating period of the Order’s history.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the role and influence of religious houses in Tudor England 
  • Understand why Henry VIII started a new religion
  • Know about some of the ways that St John’s Gate was used by Tudor Kings and Queens following the Dissolution of the Monasteries 
  • Understand how historic buildings and museum collections can help us to find out about the past 

All our activities can be adapted for groups from Special schools and SEND Units. Please talk to us about your requirements when you book.

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John Wesley House and the Museum of Methodism

Key Stage:KS1KS2SEND

Curriculum:EnglishHistoryPSHE RE

Step back into 18th century London at John Wesley’s House & the Museum of Methodism, the site is also home to Wesley’s Chapel, built in 1778. We offer a year-round programme of free events plus engaging outreach for schools and community groups. Free Museum Outreach Sessions.

Site visit – Museum and Chapel (2-2.5hrs)

A Day in the life of our Church

Are churches only used on Sundays? What goes on there for the rest of the week?

Explore the Chapel to seek out its features, then learn about what happens at the Chapel during a Sunday service. In the Museum, pupils will find out more about John Wesley and how the Methodist Church began.

The session also includes a 15 minute Q&A with one of our ministers to find out about their job and what happens at the Chapel for the rest of the week.

Changing the World Workshops

Part of our ‘Changing the World’ week in partnership with Benjamin Franklin House and New Unity, we invite Year 5 and 6 students to each of our historical sites to visit, learn about the history and take part in workshops exploring our connected histories of ‘Changing the World’ through activities that meet the needs of the English curriculum.

John Wesley was an 18th century preacher and one of the main founders of Methodism. He used his position to speak out about issues of the day such as social inequality and poverty; he was also a supporter of the abolition movement. During this workshop, students will be introduced to the subjects John Wesley spoke about using objects from the Museum. Students will also use the handling collection to explore themes such as the transatlantic slave trade, women’s rights and social inequality in the 18th century. As a group we will think about the skills needed for public speaking, then, using the objects that have been investigated as inspiration, students will compose a short speech about an issue that is important to them.

Sessions available: Mon 8th PM, Weds 10th x 2 (am and pm) and Fri 12th x 2 (am and pm), 30 max per class
Week of the 8th June only 

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Benjamin Franklin House 

Key Stage:KS2SEND

Curriculum:EnglishHistoryPSHE

 

Changing the World Workshops

Part of our ‘Changing the World’ week in partnership with New Unity and Wesley’s House and the Museum of Methodism we invite Year 5 and 6 students to each of our historical sites to visit, learn about the history and take part in workshops exploring our connected histories of ‘Changing the World’ through activities that meet the needs of the English curriculum.

Benjamin Franklin is best remembered as a scientist and one of Founding Fathers of the United States. Although Franklin worked hard to improve relations between England and America during the 16 years he spent at 36 Craven Street in London, he ultimately supported American independence from British rule. Franklin was an advocate of several other causes including the introduction of inoculations and the abolition of slavery. Having started his career as a writer and printer, he frequently expressed his views in the newspaper he published, The Pennsylvania Gazette. During their visit to Benjamin Franklin House, students will learn more about this influential 18th century polymath, try their hand at lino cut printing and plan a newspaper article about an issue that is important to them. 

 

Week of the 8th June only.

Availability:

Monday – morning
Tuesday – morning and afternoon
Wednesday – morning
Thursday – morning

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New Unity

Key Stage:KS2SEND

Curriculum:EnglishHistoryPSHE RE

 

Changing the World Workshop - Newington Green Meeting House: Revolutionary Ideas Since 1708

Part of our ‘Changing the World’ week in partnership with Benjamin Franklin House and Wesley’s House and the Museum of Methodism we invite Year 5 and 6 students to each of our historical sites to visit, learn about the history and take part in workshops exploring our connected histories of ‘Changing the World’ through activities that meet the needs of the English curriculum.

At the Meeting House, we are offering visits and workshops throughout the week in AM or PM slots. Learners will get a chance to go on a tour of the newly-renovated building with a guide, use our audio guide to hear the voices of Mary Wollstonecraft and Richard Price and other important historical figures connected with Newington Green and its radical history. Then they will be invited to a poetry workshop developed with poet Dr. Simon Jenner on how to write their own ‘protest poems’ to change the world they live in, for the better.

2 tours and workshop visits per day (AM/PM) max. 30 children each session 

Week of the 8th June only

 

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London Metropolitan Archives

Key Stage: EYFSSENDKS1KS2

Curriculum: ArtDesignEnglishHistoryScience

London Metropolitan Archives offer the unique opportunity to work with primary source material in a dedicated education space. From bespoke sessions to in-depth exploration of themes, students will be inspired by working with original local history resources and learn through first-hand experience of documents, behind the scenes tours and practical activities.

In Your Own Backyard:

Exploring your local area is an exciting and fascinating way to discover history and the changes which have taken place in your local area over time. Find out what stories lie behind local landmarks and discover the different people who lived and worked in your community. Maps, documents, plans and prints provide the evidence.

All school workshops have history, geography and citizenship embedded within them and provide numerous links to other subjects. Art, storytelling, guided walks and STEM activities are used to deliver exciting sessions linked to the National and London Curriculums.

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The Charterhouse

Key Stage:KS1KS2

Curriculum: ArtDesignEnglishHistoryRE

The Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since 1348. In that time it has served as a monastery, private mansion, boys school and an almshouse, which it remains to this day. The aim of our learning programme is to inspire creativity through the stories of the Charterhouse and to inspire curiosity about the people who have lived, worked and studied here.

The History of Portraiture, KS2 

This session is a 90-minute-long workshop focusing on the history of portraiture. The workshop deals with the development and importance of portraits throughout time and emphasis on exploring portraiture in England, especially in the Tudor period. 
The History of Portraiture will comprise a 35-minute tour, and a 35-minute hands-on workshop for the other half of the class. They will then switch. 
The tour portion of the session explores the broader history of the Charterhouse but concentrates mainly on the Tudor past of the site. This will allow for pupils to experience the grand opulence and lifestyle of the Tudor-age. The guided tour will end in the Great Chamber where students will be introduced to our portrait collection and will participate in an activity reading the paintings for historical information. 
Those taking part in the hands-on activity will be focusing on the history and significance of portraiture and will have the chance to dress up and pose for their own Tudor portraits.  

Portraits and Identity, KS2

This session is an hour-long exploring the relationship between portraiture and human identity. The program has two objectives: 1) to explore the ways in which identity has been captured and expressed throughout history and 2) have students engage with their own identity and experiment communicating it through creative means. 
Portraits and Identity will comprise of a 20-minute introduction that utilises the Charterhouse’s portrait collection, and a 40-minute creative workshop where pupils will create their own self-portrait. 
The introductory portion of the session will begin outside the museum entrance (or in the Chapel Cloister in adverse weather conditions). This will acquaint the group with the general history of the site and its many phases. The session will move to the Great Chamber where students will discuss the concept of identity and will engage with some of the portraits in the room. 
The second half of the workshop allows for children to consider their own identity and life and to craft a unique self-portrait.  
Portraits and Identity has the potential to touch on British Values because it focuses on individual identity, which we can build on and connect to the themes of individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.


Fit for a Queen (KS1 & KS2)
Queen Elizabeth I has arrived at the Charterhouse on the way to her coronation. Enjoy an audience with royalty as a costumed interpreter brings her to life in her very first throne room. But, don’t forget, the house needs to look it’s best — from food to laundry, dress to décor, lend a hand to ensure the Charterhouse is fit for a queen!
 

Black Death (KS2)
Explore one of London’s only surviving plague pits at the Charterhouse. Created by Sir Walter Manny during the 1348-19 Black Death, the Charterhouse is home to the largest mass grave in London. Hear about the epidemic before discovering causes, cures and consequences in this exciting session.
 

Hands on Tudors (KS2)
The Reformation under King Henry VIII forever changed life at the Charterhouse. Explore our former monastery and hear all about medieval monks before discovering Henry’s VIII’s personal reasons for a new religious order. Then, discover Tudor food, architecture and décor alongside the stories of those charged with keeping a grand Tudor mansion running.

Enjoy an object handling session to consolidate your learning.

TIMES: All sessions take place in the morning with groups advised to arrive at 10.15am. The latest we can start is 10.30am. Sessions last for two hours.

LUNCHROOM: Free 30-minute lunchroom booking available.

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Museum of London

Key Stage: EYFSSENDKS1KS2

Curriculum: ArtDesignEnglishHistoryMathsScience

The Museum of London has a year-round booking system for their free schools opportunities and their opportunities are booked directly with the box office on a first come first served basis. Therefore, rather than applying for their opportunity through the 11 by 11 ‘Complete Form’ button, please go straight to the  Museum of London’s booking form.

The Museum of London tells the story of the capital from its first settlers to modern times. We have immersive galleries and engaging educational programmes at the Museum of London in central London and at the Museum of London Docklands in a 200-year-old warehouse close to the river Thames.


•Museum gallery visits:  filled with inspiring objects and interactive displays.

•Interactive sessions on topics including prehistory, the Romans, the Great Fire of London, the Victorians the Second World War, Regeneration, Migration, Votes For Women and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

•‘At your school’ sessions and shows for secondary and SEND groups.

•Live streamed shows and sessions that you can participate in from your school hall or classroom.

•Learning resources including 3D objects, games, videos and subject guides.

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Visual Art, Crafts and Design

Cubitt

Key Stage: SENDKS1KS2

Curriculum:EnglishHistoryMFL

Cubitt is an artist-led organisation based in Islington, London. Founded by a group of artists in 1991, Cubitt consists of a non-profit gallery, 32 artist studios and a locally focused education programme.  The gallery programme is made up of exhibitions of contemporary art that last between four to six weeks.

Cubitt can offer Assembly Talks to:

• introduce Cubitt

• discuss what art is and what an artist does

• take the form of a Q&A

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October Gallery

Key Stage:KS2

Curriculum: ArtDesignEnglish

The October Gallery’s Education Department aims to communicate some of the rich stylistic diversity of contemporary art from around the world through schools, families and community workshops and long-term projects.

Our Literacy Arts Project is a partnership Literacy and Art endeavour with local primary schools in economically disadvantaged areas, and the October Gallery. It is aimed at raising children's attainment, confidence and enthusiasm towards writing. We would like to offer free school workshops to schools that may not have visited the gallery before, to establish new relationships and offer support to local schools.  Our exhibitions often use letters, symbols and language in their work and we will use the art as stimulus to support the literacy curriculum, targeting Lower Key Stage 2 to give them confidence in their reading and writing through art making, poetry and storytelling. These workshops will provide opportunities for children to explore contemporary art and develop Literacy skills through hands on activities. The project will culminate in a collaborative responses, which can be celebrated and presented as part of the Education Exhibition at October Gallery.

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Crafts Council

Key Stage:SENDKS1KS2

Curriculum: ArtDesignHistory

The Crafts Council is responsible for advancing craft in the UK. We harness the power of craft to champion new makers, empower new making and inspire new audiences. Our Learning Team works with partner organisations across England to give children and young people the opportunity to discover a talent for making.

The Crafts Council can offer:

Craft Club training session for primary teachers and teaching assistants.

Your school can avail of a free annual training session for minimum of six teachers, to be hosted at a lead primary school, covering presentation on the role of craft in the primary classroom, guidance on how to register your Crat Club, and free resources to help you get started.

Support setting up your Craft Club:

A visit from member of Crafts Council learning team, to give guidance about setting up a Craft Club and share resources (max. 8 per year)

Support with Artsmark:

Use our Artsmark resource to shape your school’s Artsmark plan (https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/content/files/Craft_for_Artsmark_Schools.pdf)

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Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

Key Stage:SENDKS1KS2

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.

Free admission for students to the museum, including free 20 minute guided tours and drawing activities for groups of up to 30 pupils.

Free Education Evenings are held to view new exhibitions, pick up resources and  find out about their education offer.

Assembly talks

- Introduce the Estorick Collection

- Discuss different roles of working in a museum and gallery

- Open Q and A

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The Courtauld Institute 

Key Stage:KS2

Curriculum: ArtDesignEnglishHistory

The Courtauld Institute of Art is a centre for the study of art history and home to the Courtauld Gallery. The Courtauld’s Public Programme offers free art and art history workshops, assemblies, and talks in eligible schools and sixth form colleges. As the gallery is currently closed for redevelopment, as part of the major Courtauld Connects project, all workshops are delivered in your school.

We can offer free workshops, assemblies and talks.

By inviting young people to challenge how they think about the world, our workshops aid student’s ability to document and record their ideas and responses to visual cultures, build new skills, develop critical and analytical skills, imagination and conceptual thinking – the soft skills future employers are looking for.
 
‘Art History in Practice’
Our practice-based workshops offer young people opportunities to develop a variety of drawing and sketchbook skills and practical approaches, encouraging new ways of looking at, questioning and responding to the world via a chosen theme.

‘Art History in Context’
Critical contextual workshops are a blend of practical and discursive exercises, encouraging young people to develop visual literacy, share and test their own ideas, build research and presentation skills, and explore the connections between art history and contemporary visual cultures.

See online for a range of suitable themes and to access: https://bit.ly/2UkKWyH

Talks and Assemblies
We can arrange talks and assemblies with arts professionals, supporting students to become global citizens by helping them to identify the different pathways and careers available to them in an ever-changing world, learning about diverse roles within a cultural organisation as well as university courses, empowering them to make knowledgeable decisions about their futures.

We ask that schools book a minimum of four weeks in advance to ensure we have capacity to deliver. Minimum 10 students per session. We can accommodate multiple classes on the same day with advance notice.

These workshops provide excellent cross-curricular opportunities for learning, depending on the workshop theme selected: Art & Design, Textiles, English Literature, History, Politics, Photography, Classics.

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Barbican Guildhall 

Key Stage:KS2SEND

Curriculum: Art

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.

Students under 14 years can visit these exhibitions for free, alongside free exhibition tours which are suitable for both primary and secondary school groups. A discounted group booking applies to all school groups of 10 or more:
 

Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory (Until Sun 26 Jul 2020)

The first-ever UK exhibition by Nigerian-American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola, this epic cycle of new work will explore an imagined ancient myth, with an immersive soundscape by artist Peter Adjaye.

Toyin Ojih Odutola, recognising the pen as a ‘writing tool first’, plays with the idea that drawing can be a form of storytelling. Working exclusively with drawing materials including pastel and charcoal, she approaches her process of drawing as an investigative practice.

Ojih Odutola proposes speculative fictions, inviting the viewer to enter her vision of an uncannily familiar yet fantastical world. Working like an author or poet, she often spends months creating extensive imaginary narratives, which play out through a series of works to suggest a structure of episodes or chapters. Drawing on an eclectic range of references, from ancient history to popular culture to contemporary politics, Ojih Odutola encourages the viewer to piece together the fragments of the stories that she presents.

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography (Until Sun 17 May 2020)

Through the medium of film and photography, this major exhibition considers how masculinity has been coded, performed, and socially constructed from the 1960s to the present day.

Examining depictions of masculinity from behind the lens, the Barbican brings together the work of over 50 international artists, photographers and filmmakers including Laurie Anderson, Sunil Gupta, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Isaac Julien and Catherine Opie.

In the wake of #MeToo the image of masculinity has come into sharper focus, with ideas of toxic and fragile masculinity permeating today’s society. This exhibition charts the often complex and sometimes contradictory representations of masculinities, and how they have developed and evolved over time. Touching on themes including power, patriarchy, queer identity, female perceptions of men, hypermasculine stereotypes, tenderness and the family, the exhibition shows how central photography and film have been to the way masculinities are imagined and understood in contemporary culture.

Please note, you will need to request in advance if you would like a free exhibition tour as part of your visit.

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Film and Digital

Into Film

Key Stage:SENDKS2

Curriculum:EnglishHistory

Into Film puts film at the heart of the educational and personal development of children and young people across the UK.

Free film clubs including access to catalogue of over 3000 titles, downloadable resources and printable materials.

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Literature

Islington Libraries

Key Stage:EYFSSENDKS1KS2

Curriculum:EnglishHistoryMusicMFL

Islington’s 10 libraries all have a children’s area offering books, story CDs, toys and micro:bits for loan plus games, holiday events, homework clubs, Lego clubs, a STEM club and reading challenges during the summer and winter. We also have rhyme and story times for pre-school children. Schools, nurseries and playgroups can arrange to bring classes to visit any of our libraries and children can get a special class visit ticket to borrow books. Schools can also access library user skills sessions. Visit:
 

  • Archway Library N19 5PH
  • Central Library N5 1PF
  • Cat and Mouse Library N7 0JN
  • Finsbury Library EC1V 4NB
  • N4 Library N4 2DW
  • Lewis Carroll Library N1 0ST
  • Mildmay Library N1 4NA
  • North Library N7 6JX
  • South Library N1 2SL
  • West Library N1 1BD

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Out of Joint

Key Stage: KS2

Curriculum:English

Out of Joint is a mid-scale national and international touring theatre company. We focus on new writing, working with playwrights to develop shows that we can take to audiences around the country.

•Work place visits, showing your students our office and rehearsal space. Depending on the production, this could be scheduling whilst we have a show in rehearsals.

•Assembly talks by professionals about their job in theatre, or working in theatre in general.

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Poet in the City

Key Stage:KS2

Curriculum:English

Poet in the City brings poetry to life beyond books, producing classic and contemporary poetry performances and commissions taking on major ideas, issues and people. We showcase biopics, use poetry to animate moments of cultural and social change, and create dramatic poetry experiences in major arts venues and unusual spaces.

Inspirational talks to young people about poetry, verse, lyrics, and event production. Poet in the City works with the best poets and poetry educators to engage young people with the art form.

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Culpeper Community Garden 

Key Stage:KS1KS2

Curriculum:EnglishScience

The award winning Culpeper Community Garden provides opportunities for Islington school children to creatively engage in nature and horticulture. We are experienced in hosting school groups and delivering workshops which contribute to the curriculum.

We have the capacity to offer a three areas of tailored activities by arrangement with schools:
•Exploring and imagining nature around the garden. ‘campfire’ story-telling and story making designed to bring wildlife to life. (Literacy)
•Smell and touch around the garden, sensory based activity for students with PMLD.
•Science-based activities to do with lifecycles, soils, habitats and ecology.

Sessions take place on Tuesdays or Wednesdays and usually last 1 hour and take place between 10am-1pm.

English KS1
•listening to and discussing a wide range of stories and poems at a level beyond that at which they can read independently
•being encouraged to link what they read or hear read to their own experiences
•becoming very familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics


English KS2 (in addition to the above)
•expressing views about a wide range of texts
•discussing the sequence of events in books and how items of information are related
•retelling a wider range of stories, fairy stories and traditional tales
•recognising simple recurring literary language in stories and poetry
•discussing and clarifying the meanings of words, linking new meanings to known vocabulary
•discussing their favourite words and phrases

Science
1. Life cycle of amphibians
2. Life cycle & parts of a plant
3. Soils & soil invertebrates (‘mini-beasts’)
4. Plant variation
5. Habitats
6. Introduction to ecology (classification & keys)

PMLD
•Engaging creatively with new sounds, textures and settings
•Exposure to nature and wildlife
•Being outdoors and in the community.

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The Reading Agency

Key Stage: EYFSSENDKS1KS2

Curriculum: English

We bring reading to people of all ages and backgrounds, so everyone can read their way to a better life.

In partnership with Islington’s libraries, the Reading Agency delivers a wide range of reading programmes. This includes encouraging young people to volunteer to support the Summer Reading Challenge

Many schools engage with the Challenge each year via their local library, with shared celebration events, cross promotion and activities, etc. Libraries often run events, schemes and other initiatives across the summer and during term either side of the holidays to support reading for the Challenge, and additional material, content and engagement is available through our dedicated Summer Reading Challenge website: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ 

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Outdoor

Awesome Adventure Playground

Key Stage:SENDKS1KS2

Curriculum:DesignEnglishMusicPEScience

Awesome is a community interest company and manages six adventure playgrounds in the borough. We work alongside communities providing fun and challenging places where Children & Young People can positively develop through play. Our Adventure Playgrounds function as safe, welcoming spaces operating with a strong sense of local ownership and social purpose. Our facilities are freely available for all children in Islington.

On Wednesdays during term time, at either 11.30am - 12.30pm or 1pm- 2pm, we can offer one Adventurous learning taster session per school at any of the six adventure playgrounds (managed by Awesome Cic):

 
•Barnard Adventure Playground: Copenhagen Street, N1 0JF
•Cape Adventure Playground: Crouch Hill, N8 9EG
•Cornwallis Adventure Playground: Cornwallis Road, N19 4LP
•King Henry’s Walk Adventure Playground: N1 4NX
•Three Corners Adventure Playground, Northampton Road, EC1R 0HU
•Waterside Adventure Playground, Dame Street, N1 7FR

Please note that bookings will have to be made 3 weeks in advance.

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Islington Boat Club

Key Stage:KS2

Curriculum:PE

Islington Boat Club offers a range of activities and courses for young people. Based in the City Road Basin, entered via Graham Street, London N1 8JX.
An RYA approved training centre and staffed with Canoe England registered instructors, we offer many accredited courses for young people aged 9 to 19 years

Free taster sessions for up to six young people from each school. We can accommodate reasonably able bodied young people who would require minimum assistance to get into a boat when on the water. Please contact the club directly for further advice/information

Session duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
Location:
Islington Boat Club, City Road Basin London N1 8JX

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Islington Football Development Partnership

Key Stage: EYFSSENDKS1KS2

Curriculum:PE

Islington Football Development Partnership (IFDP) is joint organistation (Islington Council, GLL/Better & Arsenal in the Community) who provide accessible and affordable football to local communities, school and teams.

2 FREE after-school or lunchtime sessions, delivered on-site at school.

Outcomes following sessions could be in form of:

• Pathways in to female football via local team Islington Borough Ladies FC

• Continuation of session

• Students engaged in our local football sessions

 

Sessions delivered by FA qualified, DBS checked, male and female coaches. Possibly in the form of:

Fun sessions

• Games/tournaments

• Skill development sessions

• Girls only sessions

• Team training

We can run female-only, male-only or mixed sessions. We can accomodate 18 students in each session. However, this number may need to be smaller depending on pitch space, age of children, the member of our staff delivering etc.

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London Canal Museum

Key Stage: EYFSKS1KS2

Curriculum: EnglishHistoryPSHEScience

London Canal Museum is located near King’s Cross Station and gives an insight into London’s canals and their influence on the development of the city. At the London Canal Museum you can see inside a narrowboat cabin, learn about the history of London's canals, about the cargoes carried, the people who lived and worked on the waterways, and the horses that pulled their boats. Peer down into the unique heritage of a huge Victorian ice well used to store ice imported from Norway and brought by ship and canal boat to be stored. This unique waterways museum is housed in a former ice warehouse built in about 1862-3 for Carlo Gatti, the famous ice cream maker, and features the history of the ice trade and ice cream as well as the canals.

Free Workshops - Schools can select up to 3 wokshops for a maximum of 60 children

KS1 workshops: (up to 16 children) - KS1 workshops can be adapted for EYFS.
•Cargo
•Coronis and Boat Life
•Will we see a Crocodile?
•Floating and Sinking

KS2 workshops: (up to 20 children)
•Exploring Ice Theme Day
•Transport and Invention
•Gauging Rod
•Bridge and Tunnels
•Melting and Keeping Ice

Dates 20th May & 8th July

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Islington Play Association

Key Stage: SENDKS1KS2

Curriculum: DesignMusicPEDesignScience

Islington Play Association have been supporting children’s right to play (article 31 UNCRC) in Islington for over 40 years.  Our Adventure Playgrounds are situated across the borough, each one serving hundreds of local children and their families.  They are exciting and inspiring places for children to play, spaces where children have a greater sense of freedom, control and ownership.  We know that play is important for children’s happiness and positive development and that in play, children are the experts!

Trained staff work with children to create a space where children’s play can thrive. Our Adventure Playgrounds are free, for all children to attend.
•Toffee Park Adventure Playground, Ironmonger Row EC1V 3QS
•Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground, Market Rd N7 9PL
•Crumbles Castle Adventure Playground, N1 0DP
•Timbuktu Adventure Playground N19 4EJ

The sessions will be facilitated in part by a staff member at Islington Play, with some time designated for children to freely roam around during their visit. Schools will need to provide adequate staffing ratios during their visit.
School teachers will discuss the content of the visit with Islington Play. Please specify whether you are interested in having a music, heritage, or craft experience when you apply.

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Culpeper Community Garden 

Key Stage: KS1KS2

Curriculum:EnglishScience

The award winning Culpeper Community Garden provides opportunities for Islington school children to creatively engage in nature and horticulture. We are experienced in hosting school groups and delivering workshops which contribute to the curriculum.

We have the capacity to offer a three areas of tailored activities by arrangement with schools:


•Exploring and imagining nature around the garden. ‘campfire’ story-telling and story making designed to bring wildlife to life. (Literacy)
•Smell and touch around the garden, sensory based activity for students with PMLD.
•Science-based activities to do with lifecycles, soils, habitats and ecology.

Sessions take place on Tuesdays or Wednesdays and usually last 1 hour and take place between 10am-1pm.

English KS1
•listening to and discussing a wide range of stories and poems at a level beyond that at which they can read independently
•being encouraged to link what they read or hear read to their own experiences
•becoming very familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics

English KS2 (in addition to the above)
•expressing views about a wide range of texts
•discussing the sequence of events in books and how items of information are related
•retelling a wider range of stories, fairy stories and traditional tales
•recognising simple recurring literary language in stories and poetry
•discussing and clarifying the meanings of words, linking new meanings to known vocabulary
•discussing their favourite words and phrases

Science
1. Life cycle of amphibians
2. Life cycle & parts of a plant
3. Soils & soil invertebrates (‘mini-beasts’)
4. Plant variation
5. Habitats
6. Introduction to ecology (classification & keys)

PMLD
•Engaging creatively with new sounds, textures and settings
•Exposure to nature and wildlife
•Being outdoors and in the community.

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