The window for schools to apply for Spring term activities is between Monday 30 September and Monday 14 October.

See the list of free activities available through 11 By 11. Contact us to find out more about each activity and to discuss your requirements.

All activities are free to Islington schools.

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11 by 11: inspiring young people through culture

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Music

Key StageCurriculumActivity
KS2
Music

Aurora Orchestra: Immersed sessionsFully Booked

 
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.  
 
On Friday 20 March 2020, we are offering a day of workshops based on Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphonyß, consisting of:
  • an introductory music workshop
  • a workshop with the whole orchestra, playing Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony from memory
  • a debrief workshop to talk about the experience and ask questions
Location: King's Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Capacity: 8 school classes of up to 60 students per session total
 
Timetable
  9.45am - 11.25am Group 1 (2 classes, 60 children)
10.30am - 12.10pm Group 2 (2 classes, 60 children)
11.40am - 13.15pm Group 3 (2 classes, 60 children)
12.20pm - 13.50pm Group 4 (2 classes, 60 children)
 
Aurora’s Immersed events through ’11 by 11’ are provided free of charge for schools. In the event that your school has to cancel with less than two weeks notice, a cancellaion fee will occur.
 

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KS2
English

 

Poet in the CityFully Booked

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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KS2

 

Music

 

City, University of London: Music Depatment

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 25 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.

 

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KS1
KS2
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Music

 

London Symphony OrchestraFully Booked

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.

All concerts start at 12.30pm. Dates of performances in the Spring term are:

Fri 10 Jan
Fri 7 Feb
Fri 6 Mar
Fri 20 Mar

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

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Theatre

Key StageCurriculumActivity
KS2

 

  

 

English

Almeida Theatre

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.

  • We are offering a series of Offstage Careers Workshops. 
  • Students will meet members of the Almeida’s Technical Team, receive a backstage tour, and find out how a show makes its’ way onto our stage by taking part in a theatre producing workshop.

Please note that we can accomodate one class of 30 pupils from each school. If you have two classes, we may still be able to accomodate them both depending on our capacity, but the classes will need to visit on different days.

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KS1 (Y1)
KS2 (Y4) 
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English
PSHE 
PE
Music

 

Angel Shed Theatre 

Fully Booked

Angel Shed is an inclusive theatre company based in the City and Islington College. We deliver high quality performing arts provison to all children and young people regardless of their ability of financial status.

  • Free assembly talk about careers in theatre, the benefits of theatre and the arts and how it can enrich your life

These assembly talks are focused on the arts, how they benefit children and YP, focusing on team work, enriching creativity within all children, allowing children to be creative with no wrong answers.

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KS1
KS2
EYFS
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Geography 
English
PSHE 

 

Little Angel Theatre: The Pixie and The PuddingFully Booked

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.

  • A meet the puppets and Q&A session after our shows.  If you are bringing a class to one of our productions at either our theatre or studios spaces and would like to stick around for a bit longer to find out more about the puppets in the show and maybe even ask the performers some questions then we can arrange this.  All sessions should be pre-arranged.

The Pixie and the Pudding
Suitability: Reception – Year 6
Curriculum links
English: Folk stories from around the world.  Mythical creatures, myths and legends.
Topic/Geography: The seasons, life on the farm.
Running Time 50 mins

This brand new musical brings a tale from Scandinavian folklore to life with puppetry, original music and a sprinkling of pixie magic.
It’s Christmas Eve on the farm, and the chickens, pigs and cows are fast asleep. Inside the farmhouse, the fire is roaring and a delicious, steaming pudding is left out on the windowsill…
When Charlie and her dad move to the farm from the city, everything seems to go wrong. Dolly the cow’s in a grump, there’s not an egg to be found, and even the cockerel has stopped crowing! If only they’d paid attention to the mysterious note left on their windowsill about a curious pixie and the pudding she likes to eat on Christmas Eve…

Dates available:
Thursday 9th January 2020 1.00pm
Relaxed Performance* - Thursday 16th January 1.00pm

*Relaxed Performances are provided for pupils who would benefit from a more relaxed environment, or are uncomfortable with sudden lighting changes or loud noises, including those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory or communication needs or a learning disability. During these performances we have fewer people in the audience and may adapt the show to lower the sound levels and keep the lighting at a higher level so that you are not sitting in darkness.

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KS1
EYFS
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Geography 
English
PSHE 

Little Angel Theatre: MeFully Booked

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.

  • A meet the puppets and Q&A session after our shows.  If you are bringing a class to one of our productions at either our theatre or studios spaces and would like to stick around for a bit longer to find out more about the puppets in the show and maybe even ask the performers some questions then we can arrange this.  All sessions should be pre-arranged.

Me
Nursery - Year 2
Curriculum links: English/Geography: Describing environments, landscapes and weather.  Living things and their habitats.
PSHE: Relationships, staying safe and living in the wider world
Running Time approx. 40 mins

This early year’s favourite is a lovely and touching story about a parent and their love for their child by much loved children’s author Emma Dodd.
The world is a very big place, especially for a tiny baby penguin who is just finding her feet. The shimmering stars and glistening snow spin around our little hero, while the mountains tower high and the wind rushes to and fro. And although baby penguin may be small, her family know she’s the biggest thing of all.

Dates available:
Friday 10th January 2020 1.15pm 
Relaxed Performance* - Friday 17th January 2020 1.15pm

*Relaxed Performances are provided for pupils who would benefit from a more relaxed environment, or are uncomfortable with sudden lighting changes or loud noises, including those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory or communication needs or a learning disability. During these performances we have fewer people in the audience and may adapt the show to lower the sound levels and keep the lighting at a higher level so that you are not sitting in darkness.

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KS1
EYFS
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English
PSHE 

 

Little Angel Theatre: The Pixie and The PuddingFully Booked

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.

  • A meet the puppets and Q&A session after our shows.  If you are bringing a class to one of our productions at either our theatre or studios spaces and would like to stick around for a bit longer to find out more about the puppets in the show and maybe even ask the performers some questions then we can arrange this.  All sessions should be pre-arranged.

The Paper Dolls
Suitable for age 3-7
Running time approx.40 minutes

From the award-winning author of The Gruffalo: When a little girl cuts out a string of paper dolls she takes them by the hand and together they go on a fantastical adventure whirling through their home and garden. Ticky, Tacky, Jackie the Backie, Jim with two noses and Jo with the bow fly through time and tear across worlds of fun and excitement. They face the jurassic clutches of a toy dinosaur and the snapping jaws of the oven-glove crocodile, and then a very real boy with very real scissors threatens to snip their adventure short…

“As magical a theatrical experience for children as one could wish for” - Julia Donaldson on The Paper Dolls
Adapted from the acclaimed book by Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson, this magical tale is brought to life through puppetry and music in this new co-production between Little Angel Theatre and Polka Theatre.

Dates available:
Friday 7th February 2020 1.00pm
Relaxed Performance Tuesday 31st March 2020*

*Relaxed Performances are provided for pupils who would benefit from a more relaxed environment, or are uncomfortable with sudden lighting changes or loud noises, including those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory or communication needs or a learning disability. During these performances we have fewer people in the audience and may adapt the show to lower the sound levels and keep the lighting at a higher level so that you are not sitting in darkness.

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KS2 (Y4-6)
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PSHE 

 

Little Angel Theatre: The Wolves in the WallsFully Booked

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.

  • A meet the puppets and Q&A session after our shows.  If you are bringing a class to one of our productions at either our theatre or studios spaces and would like to stick around for a bit longer to find out more about the puppets in the show and maybe even ask the performers some questions then we can arrange this.  All sessions should be pre-arranged.

The Wolves in the Walls
Suitable for year's 4-6
Running Time approx 1 hour

When Lucy hears noises from behind the walls, she tries to warn her family that there are wolves lurking inside their house. Her family doesn’t believe her however, claiming that if the wolves come out of the walls, it’s all over. Then one day, the wolves come out, evicting Lucy and her family to the bottom of the garden. But it’s not all over. Instead Lucy gathers her courage, as her battle against the wolves is only just beginning.

Neil Gaiman’s spooky and hilarious tale comes to thrilling theatrical life in this brand new production. A troupe of performers bring to life the story of brave Lucy who must face her fears to save her family from the greedy wolves. Gaiman’s witty text combines with inventive stagecraft, shadow-play, original songs and a cast of highly articulate puppets inspired by Dave McKean’s textural illustrations.

Dates available:
Wednesday 26th February 1.00pm
Relaxed Performance* Friday 3rd April 1.00pm

*Relaxed Performances are provided for pupils who would benefit from a more relaxed environment, or are uncomfortable with sudden lighting changes or loud noises, including those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory or communication needs or a learning disability. During these performances we have fewer people in the audience and may adapt the show to lower the sound levels and keep the lighting at a higher level so that you are not sitting in darkness.

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Upper KS2

 

  

English

Out of JointFully Booked

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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KS1
KS2

 

English
PSHE 
History 

 

Park TheatreFully Booked

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.

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KS1
KS2
English
PSHE 

 

Pleasance Theatre (The)

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

  • Pleasance Theatre are also have occasional ticket offers for primary and secondary schools
  • 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).

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KS1
KS2
History
English 

 

Young Actors Theatre IslingtonFully Booked

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

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Dance

Key StageCurriculumActivity
KS2

 

Music

City, University of London: Music DepatmentFully Booked

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.

 

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KS2 (Y6)

 

 

English
Music
Art and design

Highbury Roundhouse

This offer is suitable for Year 6 only.

Highbury Roundhouse delivers a project called  H.Y.P.E which provides a space which young people can use that is a safe, secure environment through a peer-led programme incorporating centre based open access sessions and targeted youth projects.

Creating opportunities for young people to learn new skills that will support the personal social and emotional development to build resilience to risks; and to foster healthy ambition, determination and a sense of community amongst the young people.

  • Free taster workshops in October 2019. Schools can choose either a dance or craft workshop and can visit Highbury Roundhouse’s site*, or Highbury Roundhouse can visit the school.
  • Assembly talks on the activities that students can get involved in at Highbury Roundhouse

 

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Upper KS2

 

English
Music
Art and design
Maths
PE

 

 

Arts & Media School IslingtonFully Booked

Dance Performance and Primary Steps Festival

Arts & Media School Islington is a secondary school near Finsbury Park which has a strong emphasis on creativity and the arts. We are keen to share our expertise and facilities with Islington Primary Schools.

1. Performance:  December- Date TBC
Upper KS2 Classes from Islington primary schools are invited to AMSI’s Autumn Term  Dance Production,
inspired by famous artworks.

2. Primaries Develop their own Dance Work: Spring 2020
Each class can then choose an artwork of their own to devise their own piece, which they can rehearse and develop over the Spring Term at their school. The artist and piece that you choose as a stimulus could be chosen to complement primary school schemes of work in which children explore the work of an artist, such Van Gogh or Picasso. Additional resources will support teachers to use this project to cover other parts of the curriculum, such as mathematics (shapes) and literacy (storytelling.)
Support: The development of the dance will be led by the class teacher in each primary school. AMSI will offer a choreography CPD for teachers at the start of the Spring term, to give them ideas and tools for whole-class choreography. A dance teacher from AMSI can also visit one of your classes to help you to progress your dance piece and to get it ready for the festival.

Primary Dance Festival: Summer 1 2020 Date TBC
In Summer, AMSI will invite all schools back for a showcase of their final dance work at the Primary Steps Festival.

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Science

Key StageCurriculumActivity
KS1
KS2
EYFS

 

English
PSHE 
History 

London Canal MuseumFully Booked

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

Available dates are 12 Feb and 1 April 2020 

 

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KS2
SEND
History 
Science

Caledonian Clock Tower

The Cally Clock Tower Centre is an HLF funded learning centre located in Caledonian Park, Islington’s second largest green space. The centre provides access to the historic Cally Clock Tower which was the centerpiece to the old Metropolitain Cattle Market. We offer a range of learning programmes that link to History, Art and STEM subjects.

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 gravity provides the power to drive the clock and how pendulums are used to regulate this power. They will also discover how gears are used to increase or decrease speed / power.

  • 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, 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.


Date: Schools workshops run on Tuesdays or Thursdays
Time: 10am – 12.00pm or 12.30pm – 14.30pm
Location: Cally Clock Tower Centre

 

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KS1
KS2

 

English 
Science

  

Culpeper Community Garden Fully Booked

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.

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

 

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KS2
Art and design
History 
English 
Science

 

Institute of PhysicsFully Booked

 

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.

This year, we are looking for teachers and primary schools to help us trial and test workshops and activities linked to the national curriculum. The aim of each workshop is to develop students’ curiosity about the world we live in and build on their scientific skills.

We’re looking for schools to offer:

  • KS2 classes to trial the sessions (Spring and Summer 2020). This will take place in your school.

 If you are interested in working with the Institute of Physics in the Spring Term, please indicate this on the form below and we will update you on their offer once it is confirmed.

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Heritage and Museums

Key StageCurriculumActivity
KS1
KS2

 

Art and design
History 
English 
Religious Studies

 

The Charterhouse Fully Booked

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.

Workshop Group Size: Up to 35 pupils


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.

Our participation is generously supported by The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity

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EYFS
History 
PSHE 
English 

 

Islington Museum Fully Booked

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.

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.

 

This term Islington Museum has 4 free storytelling adventures on offer for under 5’s.

Join Storyteller Dani as she takes you on an adventure into Islington’s history. An immersive sensory session featuring sounds, fabric, scents and movement.

One session each month, running 10.45-11.35 at Islington Museum.

  • Friday 17th January: Discover the stories of Islington’s Fire Fighters
  • Tuesday 11th February: Beastly Islington: explore the stories of Islington’s animals
  • Friday 13th March: Water: discover Islington’s water stories
  • Tuesday 7th April: Discover Islington in World War II

Session can be combined with time to play and explore in the museum.

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KS1
KS2

 

History
PSHE 

 

John Wesley’s House & the Museum of Methodism

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.


Great Georgian Bake Off

The session uses this popular concept to explore life in 18th century London and John Wesley’s role in helping his local community.

 Session includes:

  • What is the 18th century?
  • Links to history study
  • Introduction to 18th century character profiles
  • ‘Food week’ bags containing objects and facts linked to 18th century food & society
  • Guess the object ‘Technical Challenge’; students get to handle real and replica kitchen objects


John Wesley’s Guide to Staying Healthy in the 18th Century

John Wesley, a local to Islington, is probably best known for his role in the growth of Methodism. However, he was also interested in healthy living. In this interactive session students will learn about what life and healthcare was like for people from different walks of life and what it is to be healthy today.

 Session includes:

  • Who is John Wesley, what does it mean to be healthy today?
  • What was London like in the 18th century? (local history study)
  • Group activity – exploring 18th century character profiles
  • Staying healthy in the past
  • Hands-on cures and ailments game with sensory flash cards

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KS1
KS2
EYFS
SEND

 

Art and design
History 
English 
Science

  

London Metropolitan ArchivesFully Booked

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.

 

  • Free Workshop: 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.

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

Complete Form

KS1
KS2
EYFS
SEND

 

 

Art and design
History 
English 
Science

  

Museum of LondonFully Booked

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.

Beasts of London at the Museum of London

Your school can see the city like never before for free. Beasts of London explores the fascinating role animals have played in shaping the city. Be guided through time, from the Roman era through Medieval London and right up to present day, narrated by the beasts themselves. The experience will allow you and your pupils to immerse yourselves in the capital as seen through their eyes.


You'll begin your chronological journey before the city of London was created, and be guided through to the present day by a variety of animal narrators with unique views of London life. Through immersive digital technologies you'll experience the iconic moments in the city’s history - such as the arrival of the Romans and The Plague - like never before.
To find out more about the experience, created in partnership with Guildhall School of Music and Drama, visit the Beasts of London page:


Group size: 1 adult for every 5 students (for Key Stages 1 and 2);

1 adult for every 10 students (for Key Stages 3 and 4)

Please check this availability list to see which dates can be booked and then contact the Box Office on 020 7001 9844 to book. If you have difficulty using the telephone, please visit the museum accessibility page for assistance. Tickets must be booked in advance. 


‘Great visual, eye-catching, fun experience. Pupils learnt lots about animals and London’s history. They will write and draw about their favourite beast back in class.

KS1 Teacher

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

Complete Form

KS1
KS2

 

 
History 
PSHE 
English 
Science

  

 

Museum of the Order of St John

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

All of our workshops involve hands-on exploration and encompass a range of topics including:
 
  • Accident and Emergency: St John Ambulance in Victorian Britain -  Citizenship, History, & English (KS1/KS2)
  • Tudor Treasures: Curator for a day -  Citizenship, History, English, and Maths (KS2)
  • Mystery at the Museum: Conservation in Action - Key Stage 2 and 3, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (KS2&3)
We can also offer:
  • Schools assembly talks about career opportunities within Museums and Galleries, covering types of role, experience and qualifications needed
 

Our participation is generously supported by The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity

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

Complete Form

KS1
EYFS

 

Maths

 

Postal Museum (The) Fully Booked

Teachers and primary schools needed to help The Postal Museum develop, trial and test a new interactive Maths session. This is a great CPD opportunity for teachers.

Sort It! will be a new maths learning programme for Early Years and KS1 children. The aim is to develop a fun and engaging interactive session to put maths learning into a real-life context.

Sort It! aims to use the real-life context of the post to support National Curriculum aims to develop curiosity and enjoyment for Maths. In the 45-minute session children will build numeracy skills by taking on the role of postal workers to sort and deliver the post.

Sort It! session will link to a visit to Sorted! The Postal Play Space. https://www.postalmuseum.org/visit/for-schools/sorted-schools/

We’re looking for schools to offer:
1. Maths-lead teachers to consult on the programme development (Autumn term 2020). This will involve attending a PAID focus group and reviewing activity ideas.

2. EYFS Reception/KS1 classes to trial the sessions (Spring 2020). This will take place in your school.

Autumn term 2019
The focus group will be in November 2019.
The trial sessions will be developed with teachers.

Spring 2020
Trial sessions tested in Islington primary schools

September 2020
Sort It! offered as part of a visit to The Postal Museum.

Teacher consultation
• We’re particularly looking for Maths lead teachers to advise on the content development. 
• We’re looking for EYFS Reception/KS1 classes to take part in sessions in the Spring term. 
This trial programme will take place in your school. We will provide a risk assessment, and guidelines about how to prepare for our visit. 

 

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

Complete Form

Teachers
 

Postal Museum (The) 

Teacher Tours

Thinking about a school visit to The Postal Museum? Take a teacher tour to find out more.

Book a free place on our monthly teacher tours. Led by our Schools Team, find out about our sessions, visit our exhibition galleries, ride Mail Rail and step into Sorted! The Postal Play Space.

Tours can be booked by teachers of all key stages to find out what we can offer you.

The Postal Museum is 2019 winner of Accessible attraction of the year. We aim to work with schools make our site as accessible as possible for students with all learning needs.

Mail Rail Ride: There is restricted access to the Mail Rail ride for people who cannot walk unaided. It may also be unsuitable for people who are sensitive to dark small spaces, loud noises and motion. Visit our website for more detailed information. postalmuseum.org

Monthly tours take place on a Tuesday or Thursday. Visit our website to find out 2019 – 2020 dates and book your place:

https://www.postalmuseum.org/visit/for-schools/teacher-events/

KS1
KS2
EYFS

 

Music
PE
History

 

Yaram Arts

Yaram Arts work with artists to develop high quality content and performances, present them to new audiences, and foster cultural awareness and social cohesion through music and arts. We present concerts, soirees, touring and workshops in London and UK regions

  • Assembly Talks about how we evolved from an amateur community football team leader to be a funded BME Arts Organisation. You may also suggest Topics and themes on arts & sports 
    Time: from 8am
    Location: London

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

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Visual Art, Crafts and Design

Key StageCurriculumActivity
Upper KS2

 

Art and Design
D&T
English 
History

 

 

The Courtauld Institute of Art

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.

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

Complete Form

KS1
KS2
SEND
Art and design
Science 
D&T

 

Crafts Council

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. 1X 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: 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)

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

Complete Form

KS1
KS2
SEND
History
Languages
English 

CubittFully Booked

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

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

Complete Form

KS1
KS2
SEND

 

 

Art and design

 

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

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 in ways that change 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.
  • Education Evenings are held to view new exhibitions, pick up resources and  find out about their education offer.
  • Assembly talks about the Estorick Collection, or about working in the arts and specifically musesums.

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

Complete Form

KS1
KS2
SEND
Art and design
Science 
D&T

 

Jacky Oliver: Mixed Media Art WorkshopsFully Booked

This opportunity is subject to artist’s funding which will be confirmed by 8th November. Please express interest in the project by completing the 11 by 11 form, and we will be in touch to confirm that the project will go ahead in November.

Working mainly in metal, I utilize a range of techniques and processes to create small hand held objects through to large-scale architectural pieces, creating work for commissions, residencies and exhibitions. I have a broad and open approach to exploring various themes that my projects have led to. I then select the appropriate technique, materials and scale to create a well informed considered final outcomes.

Mixed media workshops
The groups will have the opportunity to see the working process of an artist, the development and final sculpture that will be exhibited in Somerset House in February 2020. The project is looking at the carbon footprint of fruit and vegetables. Working with the theme the workshops will allow the participants to work with a variety of materials to creative outcomes. These could include:

  • Sculpture: Small scale three dimensional sculptures based on vegetables or the plants that they grow on. Particpants will use wire, mod roc, recycled materials (Suitable for KS1 & KS2)
  • Collage/ Bookmaking: Looking at maps, where fruit and vegetables are grown, both in the UK and around the world. Participants will use drawing collage and text and rubber stamps to recreate their own final outcome – a 2D drawing/Collage.
    • For KS1 -  Developing and working through ideas, then refining these to create a final outcome
    • For KS2 -  Creating a simple book structure, developing ideas and creating a final collage.

Cuttlefish Casting (KS2 only)
Participants will be introduced to the technique of casting using pewter in a cuttlefish bone.

  • Half Day workshop: Drawing ideas, carving in cuttlefish, heating and pouring pewter
  • Full Day workshop: Drawing ideas, experimenting with casting using clay and plaster, refining ideas. Carving cuttlefish, heating and pouring pewter.

Please note: This session makes use of either a hotplate or small gas torch. Participants will be working under careful supervision with molten metal, therefore sessions are limited to 15 participants. This session needs to be undertaken in a well ventilated space, as the cuttlefish bone is burnt by the molten metal which creates the odour of burnt fish. Previous sessions have taken place in rooms with a number of opening window, in covered areas in playgrounds, or large workshops.

The workshops could be adapted to work with group with medical or behavioural SEN.Sessions can be adapted discussing the needs of the group. The workshops could focus on the tactile qualities of the theme, working with fruit, vegetables and packaging, participants could make impression in clay and cast these to crate plaster cast low relief ‘tiles’. These can be painted.


I would be happy to discuss with staff how the workshops can be adapted to encompass key aspects of the curriculum.

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

Complete Form

Upper KS2

 

Art and design
Science 
D&T

 

New London Architecture

New London Architecture is an architecture gallery and centre of debate and discussion about London’s built environment. www.newlondonarchitecture.org 

We offer free workshops for schools, as well as extracurricular workshops for young people throughout the year:

Introduction to Architecture 
  
This insight morning is an opportunity for pupils to grips with the who, what and why of architecture. What does an architect do? What does the daily life of an architect really look like? How does somebody become an architect? Do you have to be good at maths? These and many other questions will be answered by real architects in this workshop designed to give pupils their first taster of the discipline. Students will learn through hands-on creative participation and be inspired by the City of London model to complete their own group design challenge. 

This is an introductory session and is recommended for all levels and subject areas.

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

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KS2

 

English 
Art and Design

October Gallery Fully Booked

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.

Literacy Arts Project (Available to take place up to December 2019 only, due to funding)

Our 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.
 

Spring 2020

We would like to offer free taster school workshops to schools that may not have visited the gallery before, to establish new relationships and offer support to local schools. 

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

Complete Form

Lower KS2 
SEND
Art and Design
Science 
D&T
PSHE 

Southbank CentreFully Booked

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre. We present great cultural experiences that bring people together by providing the space for artists to create and present their best work and by creating a place where as many people as possible can come together to experience bold, unusual and eye-opening work. We want to take people out of the everyday, every day.

Free Visual Arts Workshop Day for Y3 & Y4

Hayward Takeover: Spring Exhibition
Tuesday 31 March 2020
10.30AM-2.30PM
Hayward Gallery

Primary school classes are invited to explore Hayward Gallery through the eyes of their fellow students in a half-day of peer-led activities.

For each exhibition at Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre works with schools to empower primary school children – our Arts Explorers – to explore the artworks on display and then design activities to share their knowledge with their peers.In this Primary School Takeover, bring your students to learn about our Spring Exhibition which will encompass themes of nature, environment, and climate change.

Fully accessible to a range of special needs. Please let us know details of your circumstances upon booking.

This event is devised entirely by primary school pupils in the weeks leading up to the event, so it’s a bit up in the air, but we anticipate you’ll be exploring themes related to:
- Earth and environmental science
- PSHE
- Philosophy for Children
- Art
- Design and technology

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

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Film and Digital

Key StageCurriculumActivity
KS1
KS2
EYFS
SEND

 

Art and design
History 
English 
Science

  

London Metropolitan ArchivesFully Booked

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.
     
  • Free Workshop: 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.

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

Complete Form

KS2
SEND
History
English 

Into FilmFully Booked

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.

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

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Literature

Key StageCurriculumActivity
KS1
KS2
Languages
PE

 

Arsenal in the Community

Arsenal Football Club is a professional football club based in Islington, that plays in the Premier League, the top flight of English football.

  • Arsenal Double Club Languages is an innovative award-winning educational programme combining football and language learning. Aiming to inspire and motivate pupils at primary and secondary level, the programme uses Arsenal and football to show pupils that language learning can be achievable, rewarding and, above all, fun
  • Schools must sign up as a Digital Member through the Arsenal Double Club website and make use of the free, multi-level MFL resources in school. Participating groups then have the opportunity to come on a language-themed tour of Emirates Stadium.

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

Complete Form

KS1
KS2
English 
Science

  

Culpeper Community Garden Fully Booked

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.

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

 

Complete Form

KS1
KS2
EYFS
SEND

 

 

History
English 
Music
Languages

 

Islington Libraries    

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

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

Complete Form

KS1
KS2
EYFS
SEND

 

Art and design
History 
English 
Science

  

London Metropolitan ArchivesFully Booked

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.

 

  • Free Workshop: 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.

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

Complete Form

 

English

 

Poet in the CityFully Booked

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.

 

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

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Outdoor

Key StageCurriculumActivity
KS1
KS2

 

Languages
PE

 

Arsenal in the Community

Arsenal in the Community cannot always guarantee availability for 11 by 11 schools. Please indicate that you are interested in working with Arsenal by completing the form, and we will put you directly in touch with Arsenal to discuss the earliest available dates.

Arsenal Football Club is a professional football club based in Islington, that plays in the Premier League, the top flight of English football.

  • Arsenal Double Club Languages is an innovative award-winning educational programme combining football and language learning. Aiming to inspire and motivate pupils at primary and secondary level, the programme uses Arsenal and football to show pupils that language learning can be achievable, rewarding and, above all, fun!
  • Schools must sign up as a Digital Member through the Arsenal Double Club website [link: https://www.arsenaldoubleclub.co.uk/get-involved/teachers/sign-up/intermediate/] and make use of the free, multi-level MFL resources in school. Participating groups then have the opportunity to come on a language-themed tour of Emirates Stadium.

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

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KS1
KS2
SEND

 

 

English 
Music
Science
D&T
PE

 

Awesome Adventure Playground

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.

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

Complete Form

KS1
KS2

 

English 
Science

  

Culpeper Community Garden Fully Booked

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.

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

 

Complete Form

Upper KS2

 

PE

 

Islington Boat Club Fully Booked

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

 

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

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KS1
KS2
EYFS
SEND

 

PE

 

Islington Football Development Partnership (IFDP)Fully Booked

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.

 

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

Complete Form

KS1
KS2
SEND

 

Music
Science
D&T
PE

Islington Play Association Fully Booked

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.

 

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

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