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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 / The Crystal with many more to come!

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

London Ambitions Portal

We encourage all primary and secondary schools to sign up to the Mayor’s London Ambitions Portal, giving you access to a fantastic range of careers resources. The Portal is a new website, which makes it easy for schools to connect with outside organisaitions - from local businesses to museums and galleries. For primary schools, it’s all about broadening horizons - finding top quality resources, workshops and trips which will leave even the youngest Londoners feeling exciting about life beyond the classroom. Secondary schools can also explore a range of opportunities to ensure their pupils are prepared for the world of work - from work experience, to careers fairs and apprenticeships. You can contact the team for more info at [email protected]

Upcoming events

The Institute of Imagination presents ‘Lab Learn’

You and your Key Stage 2 class are invited to FREE school workshops at the Imagination Lab exploring science, art, design and digital technologies. These interactive workshops explore the theme 'Future Me’ - how will today’s children live in the future?

Schools can bring two classes (up to 60 children) to take over the Imagination Lab and imagine, explore, tinker and experiment with the future through Invention. Register your interest in a free space here

Workshops run from 10.00 - 14.00hrs

Dates: 5-7, 10-14, 17 & 18 July 2017

To register your interest, complete this form stating your preferred dates. Institute of Imagination will then contact you to confirm your place and with further details.

FREE Painted Ceiling Experience

Between June 2017 and December 2019, the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich is offering an unmissable, FREE opportunity to bring your pupils face to face with the Painted Hall Ceiling for the first time in 300 years. After their safety briefing, pupils will put on hard hats and high-vis tabards and ascend 60ft to our observation deck to marvel at the Painted Ceiling up close. Once on the observation deck, they will become investigators, uncovering the secret messages in the paintings, learning more about how the paintings were made and discovering how conservation will protect our past for the future.

The Painted Ceiling experience can be booked as a stand-alone session or with one of our workshops. To find out more and book a session, visit here

Summer Science Exhibition at The Royal Society

Join The Royal Society at the Summer Science Exhibition on Tuesday 4 July from 5pm – 9pm, and explore the intersection of arts and science at a special evening opening of the Exhibition.

Mingle with scientists at more than twenty exhibits covering subjects from the tools crows use to preventing the spread of bacteria resistant to antibiotics, and gain inspiration for your lessons. Join us in the garden for a packed music programme of science-inspired songs, or drop into their creative zone with poetry and drawing workshops.As part of the evening you will have the opportunity to meet some of the teachers involved in their education programme activities, and talk to their Outreach and Policy teams about how the Society supports science, computing and mathematics education.

The Exhibition is FREE, and open to the public. Please note that it is first come first served and there may be a queue if capacity is reached.

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 the RSPB website.

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!