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Events and Activities

The London Curriculum offers a variety of events and activities as part of the programme. 

London Curriculum Lates

We want all the teachers we work with to feel excited and well-equipped in using London to inspire learning and to have the opportunity to share ideas with others.

Our London Curriculum Lates – sociable and informative evening sessions at top London venues – achieve just that.

To date, we have held London Curriculum Lates at: The National Theatre / National Portrait Gallery / Tower Bridge / The British Library / The Royal Geographical Society with many more to come!

If you're interested in hosting a Late at your venue, we'd love to hear from you! Please get in touch with us by emailing [email protected]  

Upcoming Events

Your invitation to a London Curriculum Late at The Crystal

If you’re looking for fresh ways to inspire your students, the London Curriculum can help. It’s available for free and puts London at the heart of teaching the national curriculum.

To find out more, join us at The Crystal in the Royal Victoria Docks E16 1GB on 2 May from 5.30pm to 7.30pm

We’ll be launching a new key stage 3 computing resource, ‘The Connected City’, the latest of our 9 STEM resources.

You’ll learn all about computing software, Python and Scratch, plus you’ll have the chance to visit the largest exhibition on the future of cities in the world's most sustainable venue! 

Book your free place by emailing [email protected] and discover how the London Curriculum can enrich your teaching.

#IAMLONDON Schools Competition

To tie in with Historic England’s I AM LONDON exhibition at City Hall, the Heritage Schools Programme is launching a competition for schools to submit their own photographs of places in London that are special to students.Simply take a ‘Selfie’ in front of a historic building or place that's means something special, answer a few questions and send it all in to Historic England. Winners will recieve £50 of gift cards!!

To find out more and register for the competition, contact Helen Spencer by email: [email protected] with your name and school address by Friday, 5th May 2017. 

Good luck! 

'Speak Its Name'- Teachers Seminar exploring gender, identity and LGBT+ history

In the lead up to Pride Festival 2017 join The National Portrait Gallery to explore ways to use portraits from their Collection to inclusively teach LGBT+ history across the curriculum. Key speakers from the LGBT+ community talk exclusively to teachers about their work, raising questions and offering strategies and lines of enquiry for bringing LGBT+ history to the classroom.

The Gallery is pleased to be able to offer this event for free. Please note that to cover costs there will be a charge of £20 per head for no shows or cancellations made after 10am Monday 12 June. To book visit here.  

Barnes Children's Literature Festival

Rolling in to their third year here as London’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival – find out a little bit more about what's planned for beside Barnes Pond on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May 2017.

They’ve got two days chock full of fun events and activities with some of your favourites like Michael Rosen and Nick Sharratt, a few famous faces like Clare Balding and David Baddiel and a couple that are nothing short of national treasures like Barnes’s best known resident Judith Kerr and Floella Benjamin!

For fans of Harry Potter and Roald Dahl they’ve got some amazing new shows, the chance to get creative with Aardman Animations and loads of other opportunities to read, write, learn, laugh, draw, create, act, play and partake! Some of it’s free too!

Don’t forget to keep your eye on Facebook @BarnesKidsLitFest and Twitter @kidslitfest for all the latest Festival news.

Visit here to get your ticket!

Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) FREE sessions!

MOLA’s brand new Time Truck is offering a limited number of FREE day deployments to Primary Schools within London, which includes bringing the Time Truck to your school and a full day of Time Truck classroom sessions led by their Community Archaeology team.
For general enquiries, to make a booking, or for an informal chat regarding this offer, please contact either: Ashley Almeida 07713 710 276, Magnus Copps 07801 572 848 or email [email protected]

FREE outreach sessions to Primary Schools

The Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB) is currently offering free outreach sessions to primary schools across London in order to develop strong links between children and the natural world. The day begins with an interactive presentation, followed by taking a class outside to explore and find nature in your school grounds. There are three different session types available each designed to help children develop their curiosity for the natural world, and studies show that time spent meaningfully bonding with nature helps children sharpen their focus and attentiveness when back in the classroom. RSPB can cater for up to 90 pupils, or 3 classes, in one day. For further details, resources, and to book a session, please visit here 

As an added bonus for schools registered with the London Curriculum, RSPB are offering a free packet of wildflower seeds, which you can plant in your school to help attract nature to the grounds.

Past Events

Children's Festival 2016 

We launched the London Curriculum for Primary schools on 29 September 2016 at a very special London Curriculum Children’s Festival at City Hall as part of the Totally Thames Festival and in partnership with the Thames Festival Trust and A New Direction. 

It was a fun, educational day for around 450 pupils and their teachers. There was an array of high-quality educational activities in tents on Potters Field. The event ended in performances in The Scoop – and we had some special guests too! It was a chance to thank and celebrate our cultural, heritage and scientific partners. This event showcased successfully some of this exciting learning and highlights the huge potential of London as a living classroom.

Enjoy the highlights from the festivities in our Flickr gallery including a mass selfie with Sadiq.

Schools competition 

As part of the pilot of Going Underground, we got some healthy competition going and ran a competition with schools. Teachers submitted students’ work, completed as part of an activity from the learning pack, for the chance to win prizes including an iPad and £100 worth of Amazon vouchers!

We were so impressed with the quality of all the entries. They ranged from a short film about poetry on the underground, poems about London, wall displays on crime and punishment in London and labyrinth designs.

We are delighted to announce that the winners were:

  • 1st Prize: Newport Primary School for a film created by the children, showcasing a range of their work completed from Going Underground.
  • 2nd Prize: Roe Green Strathcona School for very imaginative Labyrinth designs, lovely poetry work encouraging children to reflect on what London means to them and some excellent Roman diary entries

All schools that entered were presented with a certificate in recognition of the high quality of work received. Congratulations to all involved!

London Curriculum Festival 2015

On 10 July 2015, we launched new resources in dance (PE) and in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

This was the first London Curriculum Festival, a day of celebration that offered schools registered with the programme, the chance to explore the fantastic array of cultural and heritage venues we have around City Hall, all for free! Dancer and choreographer, Wayne McGregor was also there to help launch the new units

Students were each given a new River Explorer's Trail with an accompanying Guide for teachers and parents.

Activities included tours of Tower Bridge, The Shard, HMS Belfast, The Golden Hinde and the chance to mud-lark on the foreshore of the River Thames and get creative in an array of wonderful art workshops led by The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University. It was a fantastic day of London-inspired learning for pupils.

We hope the activities offered provided a platform for students to learn more about the people, places and events that have not only shaped our city, but have had an impact on a global scale, after all, that is what the London Curriculum is all about!