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40 Virtual School Trip Ideas You Can Do For Free

This is a complete guide of 40 virtual school trip ideas your school can do for free!

Summer term has always been a brilliant time to take a school trip. School trips provide a fun day out and a unique learning experience. Unfortunately, this year school trips are no longer possible. However, that doesn’t mean we still can’t take advantage of what they can offer.

We’ve gathered 40 shows, online exhibitions, virtual tours and more that you can use to take a virtual school trip with your class. Each school trip idea gives their subject links and Key Stage suitability, plus their accompanying free teaching resources.

All of these virtual school trip ideas can be accessed for free at school or by your students to help them with home learning.

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Interactive Virtual Tours

Take a look at these 16 interactive virtual tours that offer an excellent substitute for museum and gallery school trips.

Each virtual school trip idea comes with free teaching resources, activities and teaching ideas that can be used in the classroom or by students as part of home learning.

These virtual school trip ideas and accompanying resources cover:

  • Art & Design
  • Citizenship
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • Maths
  • Politics
  • PSHE
  • Religious Education
  • Science

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Blenheim Palace

Explore Blenheim Palace’s rooms with an interactive 360-degree virtual tour to experience the beauty and grandeur of the State Rooms from home.

Blenheim Palace also offers fun activities, worksheets and teaching resources.

Activities include:

  • Audio Guide
  • Fun Activities
  • Virtual Tours
  • Worksheets

Suitable for:  KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, History & Science

Learn more about Blenheim Palace’s Activities.

Chatsworth House

Explore Chatsworth House with their free education resources to support home learning. These adapted resources are from sessions they usually deliver onsite at Chatsworth, Bolton Abbey or Lismore Castle.

These activities take place in your home, garden, or when out on a walk.

Their resources are easy to sort by age and Key Stage and also include their direct curriculum links.

Activities include:

  • Drawing/Arts & Crafts
  • Fun Activities
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Tours
  • Worksheets

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, English, Geography, Maths, PSHE & Science

View the Chatsworth House Learning Resources.

Virtual School Trip around Houses of Parliament Virtual Tour

Houses of Parliament

Take a virtual school trip around the historic Houses of Parliament. The virtual tour gives a close-up view of famous rooms, halls and lobbies, including the House of Commons and House of Lords chambers.

Activities include:

  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Citizenship, History, Law, Politics & PSHE

View the Houses of Parliament Virtual Tour.

Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum (IWM) is a group of five museums – IWM London, Churchill War Rooms, HMS Belfast, IWM North and IWM Duxford.

Their learning hub includes educational videos, teaching resources, and activities to support the teaching of History.

You and your students can visit the American Air Museum using their online, virtual tour. The site explores the story of Anglo-American collaboration through conflict and takes you up close to the most extensive collection of American military aircraft outside of the United States.

Activities include:

  • Educational Videos
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, Citizenship, History & PSHE

See all of IWM’s Learning Resources.

Explore the American Air Museum with their Virtual Tour.

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.

Take a virtual school trip around the National Museums Liverpool’s exhibitions, collections and galleries with their six interactive 3D virtual tours. Further student’s learning with their free teaching resources, broken down by Key Stage, venue and topic.

Activities include:

  • Drawing/Arts & Crafts
  • Insights, Facts & Trivia
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, English, Geography, History, PSHE & Science

See the National Museums Liverpool Teaching Resources.

View the National Museums Liverpool Virtual Tours.

Take a virtual school trip around the National Portrait Gallery’s ‘BP Portrait Award 2020’ Exhibition, with their online, 3D virtual tour. 

Also use their specially developed downloadable PDFs, audio, and web-based resources to support learning.

Activities include:

  • Drawing/Arts & Crafts
  • Insights, Facts & Trivia
  • Interviews
  • Online Collections
  • Online Exhibitions
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, English, Geography, History, PSHE & Science

See all of the National Portrait Gallery’s Teaching Resources.

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Natural History Museum

Students can also explore the Natural History Museum’s collection with their virtual tours. Take a deep dive into the life of a blue whale and even get a guided-tour from Sir David Attenborough. Students can also see behind-the-scenes of films shot in the museum, including Paddington and The Mummy.

The Natural History Museum’s new ‘Try This At Home’ site also includes fun activities for all ages. The site consists of a Dino Directory, arts & crafts, projects to do in your back garden and more.

Their accompanying teaching resource library supports the teaching of Science and nature with topics from the dinosaurs, to habitats and evolution.

Activities include:

  • Drawing/Arts & Crafts
  • Educational Videos
  • Fun Activities
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, History & Science

Visit the Natural History Museum’s Try This Home Learning Site.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Natural History Museum.

See all of the Natural History Museum’s Teaching Resources.

Old Royal Naval College

Get up close to the Old Royal Naval College’s newly restored Painted Hall. Painted in the early 18th Century by Sir James Thornhill, the hall features 40,000 square feet of walls and ceilings. The surfaces are covered in striking paintings depicting 200 figures including kings, queens and mythological creatures.

You can also test your students’ knowledge with their fun quiz.

Activities include:

  • Quizzes
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, English & History

View the Old Royal Naval College’s Painted Hall Virtual Tour.

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Pitt Rivers Museum

Take a virtual school trip around the Pitt Rivers Museum with their online learning hub, virtual tours and educational videos.

Students can explore the museum through their virtual tour and then learn more about the individual objects of their collections.

For teachers, their education hub includes primary and secondary resources to extend learning. Resources explore their objects and History topics such as Stone Age and Iron Age Britain.

Activities include:

  • Drawing/Arts & Crafts
  • Educational Videos
  • Online Collections
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, Geography, History & Science

See all of the Pitt Rivers Museum Learning Resources.

Roman Baths

Explore the History of the Roman Baths with their online collection, virtual tours, activities, quizzes, and more.

Students 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.

The Roman Baths also offer educational games, activities and resources to teach the History curriculum through their objects. 

Activities include:

  • Drawing/Arts & Crafts
  • Educational Games
  • Fun Activities
  • Online Collections
  • Quizzes
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, Citizenship, Design & Technology, English, Fashion & Textiles, Geography, History, Maths, PSHE, Science

See all of the Roman Bath’s Virtual Tours.

See the Roman Bath’s Free Teaching Resources.

Royal Academy of Arts

Take a virtual tour, create arts & crafts and learn more about British Artists with documentaries you can stream online for free.

For more in-depth activities, students can have a go at making stop-frame animations and explore the stories of the Royal Academy’s collections.

Also take a look at their Teacher Resource Hub for education packs and more teaching ideas, inspired by past exhibitions.

Activities include:

  • Drawing/Arts & Crafts
  • Educational Videos
  • Interviews
  • Quizzes
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, English & History

See all of the Royal Academy’s Activities.

View the Royal Academy’s Teaching Resources.

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Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh consists of four sites in Edinburgh, Benmore, Dawyck and Logan. 

Their new ‘Virtual Spring’ site will give your students an up-close view of nature, complete with descriptions and explanations of the flowers. 

Their teaching resources and online ‘Marley’s School of Garden Magic’ explores the weird and wonderful world of plants and nature.

The home learning activities are aligned with the Scottish curriculum. Topics cover Science, expressive arts, health and wellbeing and many more.

Activities include:

  • Drawing/Arts & Crafts
  • Educational Videos
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3
Subject links: Art & Design, Citizenship, Geography, PSHE & Science

View Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh’s Virtual Spring Website.

See all of Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh’s Teaching Resources.

St Paul’s Cathedral

Students can take a virtual school trip around St Paul’s Cathedral with their virtual tour. Students can learn more about the Grand Organ, the monuments, Alter and features of the building.

Also see St Paul’s Cathedral’s teaching resources that can be adapted and used for home learning. Use the timeline to explore the 1,400-year history of the Cathedral, linking it to broader events in London and Britain’s History.

Activities include:

  • Teaching Resources
  • Timelines
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: History & Religious Education

See all of St Paul’s Cathedral’s Teaching Resources.

Tate Virtual School Trip Idea - Virtual Tour

Tate

Follow Nick Grimshaw and Frances Morris on a whistlestop virtual school trip around Tate Modern’s Blavatnik Building.

You can also download their free teaching resources that link their works with a wide range of Art & Design topics.

Activities include:

  • Drawing/Arts & Crafts
  • Online Collections
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design

See all of Tate’s Teaching Resources.

Explore Tate Modern with their 360 Virtual Tour.

Take a virtual school trip to The National Gallery’s Rooms and Galleries. Their virtual tour will give your students an immersive experience of their Renaissance masterpieces from Northern Italy, the Netherlands, and Germany.

For further study, their teacher notes include useful background information about paintings from their collection. Resources also include suggestions on how to use the works of art in your teaching.

Activities include:

  • Drawing/Arts & Crafts
  • Online Collections
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, English & History

See all The National Gallery’s Teaching Resources.

Westminster Abbey

Students can take a virtual school trip to view the treasures of Westminster Abbey with their virtual tour. The tour explores the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor, the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, the High Altar and the Coronation Chair in unprecedented detail.

Westminster Abbey also has a vast library of free teaching resources covering a variety of subject areas across multiple Key Stages. Learn about events from medieval times to the modern-day with their educational videos, activities and education packs.

Activities include:

  • Educational Videos
  • Online Lectures
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, Citizenship, English, History, Law, Maths, Politics, PSHE, Religious Education

Read more about Westminster Abbey’s Teaching Resource Library.

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Online Collections & Exhibitions

Take a look at these six interactive online exhibitions and collections that offer an excellent substitute for museum and gallery school trips.

Each virtual school trip idea comes with free resources, activities and teaching ideas, used in the classroom or by students as part of home learning.

These virtual school trip ideas and accompanying resources cover:

  • Art & Design
  • Citizenship
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • Maths
  • Politics
  • PSHE
  • Religious Education
  • Science

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Ashmolean 

The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology. The new online resource hub opens up their collections to support home learning.

Activities include:

  • Colouring Sheets
  • Interactive Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Online Collections
  • Online Exhibitions

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, Geography & History

View all of the Ashmolean Teaching Resources.

Students can take a virtual school trip inside the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, exploring their art and history galleries.

The Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s home learning hub also includes information and activities from their education programmes. All the resources help you explore learning at home, including their Inspire 20 Art competition and their Kitchen Science experiments.

Activities include:

  • Competitions
  • Fun Activities
  • Learning Resources
  • Online Collections
  • Science Experiments
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3 & KS4
Subject links: Art & Design, Geography, History, Science

British Museum

Fancy a virtual school trip to the British Museum? Explore the museum’s 60 free galleries online, complete with images, facts and highlights. The British Museum also offers a range of teaching resources supporting a variety of subjects for early years, primary and secondary.

Students can also explore their new ‘Teaching History with 100 Objects’ website. The site hosts 100 objects from museums across the UK with resources, information and teaching ideas to inspire your students’ interest in History. The website is also supported by the Department of Education.

Activities include:

  • Drawing/Arts & Crafts
  • Educational Videos 
  • Online Collections
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, Citizenship, Drama, Economics, English, History, Maths & PSHE

See the British Museum’s Teaching Resource Hub.

View the Teaching History with 100 Objects Website.

Jewish Museum London

The Jewish Museum London’s online exhibition, Jewish Britain: A History in 50 Objects, showcases highlights from their collection. Explore themes such as Charity & Welfare, Family & Home Life, Kindertransport and more. The exhibition is free to view online and offers explanations of objects to learn more about their historical context.

The Jewish Museum London also offers educational resources, videos and podcasts for students of all ages. Primary resources cover a wide range of subject areas from learning about the Torah, tallit, kippah and other aspects of Jewish life. Their GCSE and A-Level resources include specific exam board related questions and topics.

Activities include:

  • Educational Videos
  • Online Exhibitions
  • Podcasts
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Citizenship, History, PSHE & Religious Education

See all of the Jewish Museum’s Teaching Resources.

View their Jewish Britain: A History of 50 Objects Online Exhibition.

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Museum of London

Museum of London has a vast library of teaching resources, activities and interactive games to help teach History. Resources are suitable for all age groups and link directly to the curriculum.

Students can take a look at their free online exhibition exploring the Suffragette movement.

Their accompany resources cover a wide range of History topics. 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 explain the Great Fire of London.

Activities include:

  • Drawing/Arts & Crafts
  • Educational Games
  • Educational Videos
  • Interactive Activities
  • Online Exhibitions
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, Citizenship, Drama, English, Fashion & Textiles, Geography, History, Law, Politics & PSHE

Take a look at the Museum of London’s Suffragettes Online Exhibition.

See the Museum of London’s Free Teaching Resources.

Museum of Natural History

Take a virtual school trip around the Museum of Natural History’s online collections. Students can explore their talks, museum stories and virtual tour. Their learning zone also includes supporting teaching resources exploring animals, fossils, insects, rocks, minerals and other fun activities.

Activities include:

  • Drawing/Arts & Crafts
  • Educational Games
  • Fun Activities
  • Online Collections
  • Online Events
  • Quizzes
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, Geography, History & Science

See all of the Museum of Natural History Resources & Activities.

Online Productions

Take a look at these 18 places you can watch shows online for free that offer an excellent substitute for theatre school trips.

Many of these virtual school trip ideas also come with free resources, activities and teaching ideas. You can use these in the classroom or by students as part of home learning.

These virtual school trip ideas and accompanying resources cover:

  • Art & Design
  • Citizenship
  • Classics
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • English
  • History
  • Music
  • PE
  • Politics
  • PSHE

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Actors of Dionysus (aod) free productions for theatre virtual school trip ideas

Actors of Dionysus

Actors of Dionysus (aod) are one of the UK’s leading theatre companies in the field of Ancient Greek drama. Their productions have been seen by over 750,000 people in theatres and arts festivals across the UK and Europe.

You can now stream their full productions of Lysistrata, Antigone and Medea online for free.

Activities include:

  • Free Online Productions

Suitable for:

  • Antigone & Media – KS3, KS4 & KS5
  • Lysistrata – KS5

Subject links: Classics, Drama & English
Dates available: Ongoing

Watch aod’s production of Antigone.

Watch aod’s production of Medea.

Watch aod’s production of Lysistrata.

Read more about the work of aod.

Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads

Talking Heads is a series of 12 monologues written by Alan Bennett. The series of monologues returns to the BBC with an all-star cast, airing throughout June and early July. All episodes are also available on the BBC iPlayer.

Activities include:

  • Free Online Productions

Suitable for: KS4 & KS5 (though dependent on monologue)
Subject links: Drama & English
Dates available: Ongoing

Read more about Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads.

Battersea Arts Centre

Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) are part of the BBC’s ‘Culture in Quarantine’ series. Share the BAC’s innovative theatre, dance and spoken word with your students. All easily accessible on the BBC iPlayer.

Activities include:

  • Free Online Productions

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Drama & English
Dates available: Ongoing

View BAC’s performance’s on BBC iPlayer.

Bristol Old Vic

‘Pilot Season’ is the Bristol Old Vic’s inaugural collection of streamed work. The season features acclaimed Bristol Old Vic productions and will run until 3 July. Currently available is The Grinning Man.

The hub also includes three more free productions – Ice Ice Baby, T**k You and The Tinderbox.

Ice Ice Baby is the interactive activity hub for EYFS using sound and music from their innovative show for ages 0-4.

T**k You is performed by the Bristol Old Vic Young Company and is a newly devised piece of contemporary political theatre. The show explores the relationship between youth and power.

Also performed by the Young Company, The Tinderbox is an adaption of a short story by Hans Christian Andersen, written by Silva Semerciyan. The production explores a range of themes from brutality and reasons for war, to the valuing of women based solely on their appearance. The show is also accompanied by activities and resources.

Students of all ages can also get involved in crafts, games, competitions and learning materials with Bristol Old Vic’s Family Arts Hub. 

Activities include:

  • Competitions
  • Drawing/Arts & Crafts
  • Educational Games
  • Family Activities
  • Free Online Productions
  • Podcasts
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, Drama & English

Dates available:

  • Family Arts Hub – Ongoing
  • Ice Ice Baby – Ongoing
  • The Tinderbox – Ongoing
  • Mr Maglump – until 19 June
  • The Grinning Man – until 3 July

Watch The Grinning Man

Watch The Tinderbox.

Watch T**k You.

Take a look at the Ice Ice Baby Activity Hub.

Learn more about Bristol Old Vic’s Pilot Season.

Bush Theatre

Bush Theatre has launched a series of Monday Monologues. The series brings new work from some of the most exciting UK and Irish writers, including Travis Alabanza, Natasha Brown, Shaun Dunne, Sophie Ellerby and Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu.

Written and recorded during the lockdown, the monologues will be released fortnightly and will be available to watch for the next 12 months. The films are free to watch on their YouTube channel.

Activities include:

  • Free Online Productions

Suitable for: Dependent on the monologue. See their website for details.
Subject links: Drama & English
Dates available: Ongoing, with a new performance every two weeks.

View the Bush Theatre’s Monday Monologues.

Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre’s new ‘At Home’ hub includes a range of activities for your students and their families to get creative.

Activities include:

  • Drawing/Arts & Crafts
  • Interactive Activities
  • Short Play Competition
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, Drama & English

Take a look at Chichester Festival Theatre Home Learning hub.

Gate Theatre

Watch the critically acclaimed Gate Theatre productions of Suzy Storck and The Unknown Island. Both productions are free to stream – available until 30 June.

Activities include:

  • Free Online Productions

Suitable for:

  • Suzy Storck – KS4 & KS5
  • The Unknown Island – KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Drama & English
Dates available: Until 30 June

Watch the Gate Theatre’s Suzy Storck and The Unknown Island.

Hamilton playing on Disney+ to make a virtual school trip to the theatre

Hamilton

The smash-hit Broadway production of Hamilton will be streamed on Disney+. If you and your students have an account, they can watch this full-length, stage performance from 3 July.

There is also a 7-day free trial available for new accounts.

Activities include:

  • Online Productions

Suitable for: KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Dance, Drama, English, History, Music, PE & Politics
Dates available: From 3 July

Learn more about Disney+.

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National Theatre

The National Theatre offers a wealth of free online productions, teaching resources, educational videos, insights and activities.

National Theatre At Home is a way of seeing some of the NT’s famous work from the comfort of our homes, each Thursday from 7pm. The series kicked off with their hit production of One Man, Two Guvnors. Continuing with Jane Eyre, Treasure Island, Twelfth Night, Frankenstein, Antony & Cleopatra, Barber Shop Chronicles, A Streetcar Named Desire, This House, Coriolanus, The Madness of George III and Small Island.

Currently showing is The London Theatre Company’s immersive production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare’s romantic comedy featuring Gwendoline Christie and Hammed Animashaun. Les Blancs, The Deep Blue Sea and Amadeus has also been announced. 

In addition to the weekly performances, UK state-funded schools have access to the National Theatre Collection. The Collection brings the best of British Theatre to all state-funded schools for free. From Shakespeare and Greek tragedy to contemporary literary adaptations, the Collection supports the primary and secondary curriculum. Teachers can get access to high-quality recordings of 24 world-class productions, plus a range of tailored learning resources.

Activities include:

  • Educational Videos
  • Free Online Productions
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Dance, Drama, English, Music & PE

Dates available:

  • National Theatre At Home – A new performance each Thursday for 1 week
  • National Theatre Collection – Ongoing

Watch the National Theatre At Home production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Read more about the National Theatre Collection.

Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall is bringing exclusive sessions online. All shows are available to stream for free and include performances from top names in the music industry.

The Royal Albert Hall’s ‘For Kids’ sessions are an accessible way to introduce younger students to different styles of music. Their programme includes ‘Classical for Kids’, ‘Jazz for Kids’, and ‘Opera for Kids’.

All sessions can be watched live or streamed on-demand in full. 

Activities include:

  • Free Online Productions

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Drama & Music
Dates available: Current sessions have been announced up to 20 June

View all of the Royal Albert Hall’s Upcoming Sessions.

Royal Court

The Royal Court’s new ‘At Home’ site includes free productions, writing exercises and resources.

The theatre has also teamed up with BBC Bitesize to create GCSE Drama Resources. Activities explore a range of GCSE Drama topics including Devising, Theatre Design and support for exams.

Activities include:

  • Educational Videos
  • Free Online Productions
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Drama & English

See all of the Royal Court’s At Home Activities & Resources.

Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has launched ‘At Home with Shakespeare’. The hub includes free online streams of their past performances, fun activities and learning resources.

Their accompanying live lessons give students an in-depth look into classic Shakespeare plays. Their lessons on Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth are still available and can be watched on-demand through their YouTube channel.

Activities include:

  • Educational Videos
  • Free Online Productions
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Drama & English
Dates available: Ongoing

See all of the RSC’s Home Learning Teaching Resources.

Sadler’s Wells

Sadler’s Wells has launched ‘Digital Stage’, streaming full-length dance performances and workshops online. Productions feature companies from across the world, highlighting many different styles of movement and dance.

Activities include:

  • Educational Videos
  • Free Online Productions

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Dance, Drama, English & PE
Dates available: Ongoing

View Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’ Museum From Home’ website gives an insight into the life and work of Shakespeare.

Activities are suitable for all ages, ranging from colouring in Shakespeare’s house to interviews and Shakespeare Shorts.

Activities include:

  • Drawing/Arts & Crafts
  • Educational Videos
  • Free Online Productions

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, Drama, English & History
Dates available: Ongoing

See all of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Museum From Home Activities.

Image of Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe’s ‘Teach Shakespeare’ site offers hundreds of free learning resources, educational video and activities to bring Shakespeare to life.

Activities include:

  • Educational Videos
  • Facts, Insights & Trivia
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, Drama, English & History
Dates available: Ongoing

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Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is producing a range of talks, discussions and content to view for free online.

Their Learning Resources site also includes teaching resources, activities and exercises to explore different styles and genres of music.

Activities include:

  • Free Online Productions
  • Online Content
  • Talks & Lectures

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Citizenship, Drama, English, Music & PSHE
Dates available: Ongoing

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The Lowry

The Lowry’s blog includes creative activities, specially designed to be done online and at home. The site also includes insights into some of their artists and companies work. 

Activities include:

  • Educational Videos
  • Free Online Productions
  • Fun Activities

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, Dance, Drama, English & PE

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The Old Vic

The Old Vic has launched a new education hub providing resources for teachers, students, parents and young creatives. 

The new hub includes behind-the-scenes insights, careers advice, education packs, educational videos, online workshop and guides.

The Old Vic is also streaming their past work. Next up is Mood Music, streaming for free for 7 days from 7pm on Wednesday 8 July.

Activities include:

  • Career Advice
  • Educational Videos
  • Free Online Productions
  • Online Workshops
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: Upper KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, Citizenship, Drama, English, Music & PSHE

Dates available:

  • Education Hub – ongoing
  • Mood Music – 8-14 July

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Vamos Theatre

Vamos Theatre, the UK’s leading full mask theatre company, has made an extensive range of content, videos and their performance of DEAD GOOD available to teachers for free.

The vast library of free educational videos and learning resources include everything from character development to storytelling.

Activities include:

  • Educational Videos
  • Free Online Productions
  • Practical Exercises
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Art & Design, Drama & English
Dates available: Ongoing

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