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Free Resources for Museum & Gallery Family Trips this Summer

As arts & cultural venues start to reopen, we’ve collated the free teaching resources, worksheets and other educational activities that you and your students can take advantage of when visiting over the summer.

Unfortunately, school trips couldn’t go ahead this year, but that doesn’t mean your students still can’t enjoy and learn from these incredible institutions. With these museums, galleries and attractions your students can still gain valuable knowledge as they engage with their free activities and resources.

For those places that aren’t quite ready to open yet, we’ve also included their fun activities and virtual offering so you can still take advantage of what they offer.

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British Airways i360

More the classroom to the skies with British Airways i360! Your students can discover the world around them with a flight to 450ft on their beautiful glass viewing pod. 

They are opening from 4 July, with safety measures in place. Their excellent location on Brighton Beach means plenty of outdoor space on arrival. In the pod, new social distancing and hygiene measures are in place to keep everyone safe.

On a visit to British Airways i360, students can learn more about geography (both physical and human features). Plus engage in activities pre and post-visit to learn about compasses, directions and more.

You can also download a free activity pack filled with fun word searches, colouring in a spot the difference.

Further learning can take place in our free exhibition, ‘British Airways i360: How it was Built’, which charts the pioneering engineering and design that place our attraction at the forefront of British architecture.

Opening: Open
Suitable for: All ages (resources available for KS1 & KS2)
Subject links: Art & Design, Design & Technology, English, Geography, History & Maths

Learn more about British Airways i360.

Read their new reopening measures.

See all of British Airways i360’s Free Teaching Resources.

English Heritage

English Heritage’s 400+ historical places are starting to reopen offering fantastic educational experiences again to their visitors. Their sites date from prehistory to the Cold War, making them brilliantly placed to explain English history.

Their free accompanying resources include education packs, lesson plans, guides and timelines. Their wide range of resources has something for all ages and activities that link directly into the curriculum of a broad range of subjects.

Opening: Various (more info below)
Suitable for: All ages
Subject links: Art & Design, Citizenship, Drama, English, Fashion & Textiles, Geography, History, Law, Politics & PSHE

Learn more about English Heritage’s sites.

Find out the dates that English Heritage’s sites are opening.

Take a look at English Heritage’s Free Teaching Resources.

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KidZania 

KidZania has recently launched a new Time Capsule campaign. The new project encourages kids to write letters to themselves for ten years in the future. They’ll then bury the capsule at KidZania later in the year for digging up in 2030.

This new project accompanies KidZania at Home – their new hub of free resources and activities. Your students can access their fun activity packs, comprehensive resources for KS1-3 and their educational board games.

The site also contains free resources from their partners including PDSA, Pokemon, Team Margot and Water Aid.

Opening: TBC
Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3
Subject links: Art & Design, Citizenship, Computing, Drama, English, Maths & PSHE

Find out more about KidZania’s Time Capsule campaign.

Learn more about KidZania At Home.

See all of KidZania’s Free Teaching Resources.

Museum of London

Museum of London is reopening on the 6 August! Whether you’re visiting this summer or not, their free teaching resources and fun activities will still offer your students a great educational experience.

Their vast library of teaching resources, activities and interactive games are suitable for all age groups and link directly to the curriculum.

Their accompany resources cover a wide range of subjects and History topics. Students can explore the Stone Age, Iron Age, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Medieval Britain, Fire of London, Tudors, Stuarts, Victorians, Edwardians, World Wars, and up to the present day.

Highlights include their Bronze Age and Stone Age Educational Videos, Quizzes and their Pocket Histories series. Museum of London also offers an extensive range of teaching resources, activities and games to help learn more about the Great Fire of London.

Opening: 6 August
Suitable for: All ages
Subject links: Art & Design, Citizenship, Drama, English, Fashion & Textiles, Geography, History, Law, Politics & PSHE

See the Museum of London’s Free Teaching Resources.

National Museums Liverpool

National Museums Liverpool consists of seven sites – Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, International Slavery Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Sudley House and Lady Lever Art Gallery.

The group offer a wealth of free teaching resources, activities and even a virtual 3D tour of their sites.

All of their resources are broken down by Key Stage, subject and topic so you can easily find what you’re looking for. 

Topics include:

Opening: World Museum & Walker Art Gallery are now open. Date TBC on the other sites
Suitable for: All ages
Subject links: Art & Design, English, Geography, History, PSHE & Science

See the National Museums Liverpool Teaching Resources.

View the National Museums Liverpool Virtual Tours.

Thames Clippers

With 23 piers across London including Westminster, London Eye, Tower, Greenwich and North Greenwich, it’s easy to enjoy all the city has to offer as you travel in style by river.

Thames Clippers offer a safe, fun and comfortable means of transport around the city. To ensure the safety of all travellers, they’ve made several changes from new safety measures that aid social-distancing to new ticket options that will help you save money on less-frequent journeys.

As well as a convenient and safe transport link across London, Thames Clippers offer two resource packs for KS1 and KS2 linking to the Maths, Geography, Art, and History curriculums.

Activities include discussions on what pupils might expect to see on the River Thames. The pack includes famous paintings of the river, an exercise to introduce pupils to timetabling and departure times and engaging in real-life scenarios of simple addition and subtraction.

Opening: Open
Suitable for: All ages (resources available for KS1 & KS2)
Subject links: Art & Design, Geography, History & Maths

Learn more about Thames Clippers.

Take a look at their new safety measures.

View their Free KS1 Teaching Resource.

View their Free KS2 Teaching Resource.

The Golden Hinde

The Golden Hinde is a full-size reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake’s historic ship. Just like the original which circumnavigated the world in 1577, the reconstruction of The Golden Hinde has sailed the circumference of the earth and has travelled over 100,000 miles in total.

Now berthed near to Shakespeare’s Globe, The Hinde serves as a Living History Museum and an exciting educational resource.

Their programmes are all designed to breathe life into history, encouraging students to step back in time and imagine life at sea over four hundred years ago. Written to complement in-class learning and the national curriculum, The Hinde offers a range of workshops, tours and immersive experiences for students of all ages.

The Golden Hinde isn’t quite ready to open yet. However, your students can still access their free teaching resources. They offer interactive presentations for KS1 & KS2, a wide range of educational videos, a fun activity pack and even an informative podcast.

Opening: TBC
Suitable for: All ages (resources particularly suited to KS1-KS3)
Subject links: Art & Design, Drama, English, Geography & History

See all of The Golden Hinde’s Teaching Resources.

Learn more about The Golden Hinde’s Education Offering.

The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths, at the heart of the City of Bath World Heritage Site, is one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe. You can see the remarkably preserved remains of one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world.

Visitors can explore the Roman Baths, walk on the original Roman pavements and see the ruins of the Temple of Sulis Minerva. The museum collection, located next to the bathing complex, includes a gilt bronze head of the Goddess Sulis Minerva, and other Roman artefacts.

The Roman Baths’ Teaching Resources & Activities

The Roman Baths offer a wealth of teaching resources, worksheets and activities you can download and use for free. They also offer fun educational games plus arts & crafts activities suitable for all the family.

Their Mosaic activities are also very popular. During the visit, your students can spot some remains of mosaics and can then have a go at making their own at home.

For those that can’t make it to the site, you can explore and learn about their objects in their virtual tours. Tours explore the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and finds from Roman Bath.

Opening: Open
Suitable for: All ages
Subject links: Art, Citizenship, Design & Technology, English, Fashion & Textiles, Geography, History, Maths, PSHE, Science

Find out more about The Roman Baths.

Take a look The Roman Bath’s Virtual Tours.

See all of The Roman Bath’s Free Teaching Resources.

Up at The O2

Up at The O2 offer a fantastic way to learn more about London’s skyline. Zip up your climb suit. Pull-on your boots. Hook up your harness. This is a 90-minute experience you won’t forget.

They are opening from 4 July, offering a more intimate and memorable experience than ever before and with enhanced health and safety measures in place. In line with social distancing guidelines, each climb has been reduced to less than half the capacity previously in place (from 30 to 10 people), giving a more exclusive experience to visitors.

Up at The O2 also offer companying teaching resource packs for KS2 & KS3 Geography. The education packs can be used before and after your student’s visit to explore the local Geography. Further resources relating to Business Studies and STEM are also in development.

Opening: Open
Suitable for: All ages (resources available for KS2 & KS3)
Subject links: Geography

Learn more about Up at The O2.

Read their new reopening measures.

View their KS2 Geography Education Pack.

View their KS3 Geography Education Pack.

Westminister Abbey

Westminster Abbey’s Learning Department can offer a wide range of opportunities and experiences for those who are unable to visit the Abbey in person.

Opening: TBC
Suitable for: All ages
Subject links: Art & Design, Design & Technology, English, History, Maths, Music, Religious Education & Science

Video Conferences

These offer a combination of presentations, virtual guided tours of the Abbey, and new for September, costumed sessions with characters such as a Puritan from 1647, an Anglo-Saxon from 1066, a medieval pilgrim, and the director of the Coronation BBC footage in 1953.

These last between 40 minutes and an hour and offer a fun and interactive way for students to engage with the Abbey, even if they cannot visit in person.

Learn more about their Primary Video Conferences.

Learn more about their Secondary Video Conferences.

Virtual Tours

These allow you and your students to explore the Abbey, visiting all areas. There are several different tours available covering topics such as Abbey Life and Worship, The Nation’s Memory and Building the Abbey.

Learn more about Westminster Abbey’s Virtual Tours.

Outreach

For schools in London, the Abbey is widening the scope of their Outreach sessions to encompass all boroughs! 

More information on Westminster Abbey’s Outreach programme.

Free Teaching Resources

Westminster Abbey offers a wide range of free downloadable resources, including complete lessons for all key stages.

See all of Westminster Abbey’s Free Teaching Resources.

Family Activities

When lockdown started, they created an Abbey A-Z, which contains a wealth of fun activities for families to try at home.

Over the summer holidays, they’ll also be offering a range of virtual family learning events from virtual tours to Facebook Lives. Check out the website site for details over the next few weeks.

Take a look at their Abbey A-Z Activities.

Find out more about Westminster’s Abbey’s Virtual Family Learning Events.

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Take a virtual school trip!

Looking for more arts & cultural ideas? See our complete guide of 40 Virtual School Trip Ideas You Can Do For Free. The list features virtual school trips broken down by subject, Key Stage and opportunities.

See the full list of 40 Virtual School Trip Ideas You Can Do For Free.

For more free resources, educational activities and teaching ideas take a look at our free teaching resource library with over 200 resources broken down by subject and Key Stage.

See all the Free Teaching Resources.

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