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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. This gives you access to a fantastic range of careers resources.

The Portal makes it easy for schools to connect with outside organisations - 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 information at [email protected]

Upcoming events

FREE resources to teach your students about money

Join over 15,500 teachers who use MoneySense to teach their students about money!
MoneySense is a free, curriculum-linked, impartial financial education programme from NatWest which provides you with everything you need to teach 5-18 year-olds about money. The programme is accredited by Young Enterprise and has received the Financial Education Quality Mark. Schools can request bank employees to help run free interactive workshops which allow students to solve real life, money related issues. But don’t just take their word for it, research shows 82% of 8-12-year olds believe their knowledge and understanding of money has improved since using the MoneySense programme. Sign up here today
 

Visit Architectural Models of London’s Future

Did you know New London Architecture and The City Centre are home to unique scale models of central London? Fully interactive these models show every building that exists now as well as many new developments that are under construction or planned for the coming decades. Introduce your students to the future of their city’s Built Environment on an inspiring trip to these venues. They can support your classroom teaching with FREE facilitated model talks and taught sessions delivering the London Curriculum lesson plans you’re already using. Get in touch with the Head of Learning, Lettie Mckie to find out more.

‘All of Us’: FREE PSHE/Citizenship workshops for Primary and Secondary Schools

All of Us is a new ground-breaking campaign aiming to tackle the global rise in cultural and religious intolerance.

The Women’s Interfaith Network (WIN) has teamed up with award-winning animators, Animage Films, to bring a brand new short-film and workshop series to all schools. Suitable for KS2, KS3 and KS4+, each hour-long workshop involves a screening of the film and a range of activities led by trained ‘All of Us’ facilitators. 
The themes covered in the workshops link directly to the PSHE and Citizenship curricula, and cover topics such as identity, discrimination, conflict prevention and conflict resolution.

To request free workshops for your school, or to view the film and workshops trailer, please visit the All of Us website

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 the Old Royal Naval College Greenwich website.

Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) FREE sessions!

MOLA are delighted to announce their Time Truck Schools Programme which offers a range of completely FREE archaeology-based sessions to KS2 pupils, is taking bookings from London Curriculum schools in the boroughs of Newham, Lewisham, Southwark, Lambeth, Tower Hamlets and Hackney for Spring 2018.

Sessions are delivered from the innovative Time Truck – a 7m trailer housing an interactive, flexible pop-up education space. The sessions not only introduce students to archaeological methods and concepts, but also offer an opportunity for students to learn more about the history of the local area and what their immediate environment looked like in the past.

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]

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!