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40+ Virtual School Trip Ideas You Can Do For Free

By Tom Sanderson
Last updated: November 2020
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This is a complete guide over 40 virtual school trip ideas you can use to bring your next school trip into the classroom.

School trips have always been a powerful way to bring learning to life. Not to mention their ability to spark new interests in students and becoming highlights of the school year.

However, planning and booking an off-site school trip to a local museum, gallery, attraction or theatre is unfortunately not possible for many schools right now.

So we’ve brought you over 4300 virtual school trip ideas you can use to bring educational visits into the classroom. Here you’ll find a wide range of online exhibitions, virtual tours and activities, each with their subject links and Key Stage suitability.

There are options for all ages and subjects, with accompanying resources to connect the virtual school trip with the curriculum.

And best of all – nearly all of these virtual school trip ideas can be accessed for free at school or by your students at home.

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Different types of virtual school trips ideas

This is a complete guide to virtual school trip ideas and all the virtual school trip options out there.

Have a look through the whole guide, or you can jump to a venue or type of virtual school trip using the links below.

There’s loads on offer to bring your next school trip into the classroom. Here you’ll find virtual tours, virtual sessions, online exhibitions and online performances that you can stream and use from your classroom.

We’ve also included new COVID-secure in-school workshops. They’re a brilliant way to still interact with a school trip venue but from the comfort of your school.

And finally, a range of teaching resources – all of which you can download and use for free. These are great to accompany a virtual school trip and connect it to the curriculum. Or you can use them as fun teaching ideas and activities whenever you want.

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We’re here to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. If there’s a particular type of virtual school trip or virtual session you need – we can help you find it.

Get in touch via email or through the chat on the site. Let us know what you’re looking for, and we’ll send you back some options. We love helping teachers like you find suitable virtual school trip ideas and resources based on Key Stage, subject or topic – so do get in touch!

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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.

What’s on offer:

  • 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.

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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, with all episodes available on the BBC iPlayer.

What’s on offer:

  • 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.

Ashmolean 

The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology. You can explore their collections online and support with their free teaching resources.

What’s on offer:

  • Online Collections
  • Online Exhibitions
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Art & Design, Early Years, Geography & History

View all of the Ashmolean Teaching Resources.

Take a look at the Ashmolean’s Online Collections.

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Bletchley Park

Take a virtual school trip to Bletchley Park with their new Virtual Learning Sessions.

Once the top-secret home of World War Two Codebreakers, Bletchley Park is a popular destination for school trips. Students learn about the history of the site where technological innovation and human endeavour came together to make groundbreaking achievements that have helped shape the world we live in today.

Their new codebreaking experience includes a virtual tour of Bletchley Park, an Enigma demonstration and virtual workshop session. The unique virtual school trips are tailored for students of all ages with sessions for Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education.

What’s on offer:

  • Virtual Sessions/Workshops

Suitable for: KS1, KS2 & KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: History

Read more about taking a virtual school trip to Bletchley Park.

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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.

The British Museum has also decided to massively expand the capacity of its Samsung Virtual Visits programme. Sessions are offered for students in KS2 and link directly to the history and science strands of the national curriculum. And best of all? It’s FREE! Schools across the country can access their new sessions for free, and they’re currently booking up until the end of the academic year (July 2021).

What’s on offer:

  • Educational Videos 
  • Online Collections
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Sessions/Workshops
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Art & Design, Citizenship, Drama, Early Years, Economics, English, History, Maths & PSHE

See the British Museum’s Teaching Resource Hub.

View the Teaching History with 100 Objects Website.

Find out more information about the British Museum’s Samsung Virtual Visits.

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Battersea Arts Centre

Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) are part of the BBC’s ‘Culture in Quarantine’ series,

Filmed in one continuous take, The Way Out is an immersive journey through Battersea Arts Centre’s labyrinth of rooms and corridors. On a rainy night, a young person escapes into a seemingly empty building and meets a mysterious guide, who offers them an alternative way out.

Follow actor and comedian Omid Djalili (His Dark Materials, The Infidel) as your enigmatic guide, and join Bláithín Mac Gabhann (Penance, Sally Rooney’s Normal People) on a journey of discovery.

Look out for performances from some of the most exciting, diverse artists working in the UK today: Lucy McCormick, Caleb Femi, Botis Seva, Le Gateau Chocolat, The Cocoa Butter Club, Sanah Ahsan, and Too Hot For Candy.

The Way Out is directed and co-written by Suri Krishnamma and produced by Battersea Arts Centre, in partnership with Arts Council England and BBC Arts.

Please note, this performance contains some strong language.

What’s on offer:

  • Free Online Productions

Suitable for: KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Drama & English

Dates available: Ongoing

View BAC’s performance’s on BBC iPlayer.

Bridge Theatre

You can watch the Bridge Theatre’s past production of Julius Caesar through the National Theatre Collection.

The Bridge Theatre also worked in partnership with the BBC to bring Alan Bennet’s Talking Heads back. The series of monologues returns to the BBC with an all-star cast, with all episodes available on the BBC iPlayer.

What’s on offer:

  • Free Online Productions
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Drama & English

Dates available: Ongoing

Find out more about the National Theatre Collection.

Read more about Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads.

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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.

What’s on offer:

  • 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.

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Cirque du Soleil

Enjoy the magical, world-renowned performances of Cirque du Soleil from the comfort of your home with #CirqueConnect. Take a front-row seat and enjoy moments from their awe-inspiring performances.

What’s on offer:

  • Educational Videos
  • Free Online Productions

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Dance, Drama & English

Dates available: Ongoing

Watch Cirque du Soleil’s #CirqueConnect Performances.

Disney’s The Lion King

The Lion King’s ‘Getting Ready to Roar’ documentary gives a unique insight into the intense backstage preparation of the show. The film is perfect for students interested in backstage roles. The documentary is accompanied by supporting education packs for KS3 and KS4.

What’s on offer:

  • Educational Videos
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Drama & English

Dates available: Ongoing

Watch Disney’s The Lion Getting Ready to Roar Documentary.

Donmar Warehouse

You can watch past Donmar Warehouse productions through the National Theatre Collection. You can watch Coriolanus and King Lear – all for free!

What’s on offer:

  • Free Online Productions
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Drama & English

Dates available: Ongoing

Find out more about the National Theatre Collection.

DV8

As a tribute to David Toole (1964-2020), DV8’s film The Cost of Living is available to watch, free of charge, until 13th December 2020.

Please note that this production features strong language and themes that may not be suitable for some students.

What’s on offer:

  • Free Online Productions

Suitable for: KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Drama & English

Dates available: Until 13 Dec 20

Watch DV8’s production of The Cost of Living.

Frantic Assembly

Take a look behind the scenes of the Frantic Method with their new Frantic Digital teaching resource hub. The hub shares insights into the creative and rehearsal process. Also practical, creative tasks and fun, production-related warm-ups.

The site shares educational videos, teaching ideas and resources from past Frantic Assembly productions. Current content includes activities from Beautiful Burnout, Othello and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

What’s on offer:

  • Educational Videos
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Drama & English

Dates available: Ongoing

View Frantic Assembly’s Frantic Digital Hub.

Gate Theatre

Watch the critically acclaimed Gate Theatre productions of Suzy Storck and The Unknown Island. 

What’s on offer:

  • Free Online Productions

Suitable for:

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

Subject links: Drama & English

Dates available: Ongoing

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

Gecko

Award-winning and internationally-acclaimed physical theatre company, Gecko, have made their production of The Time of Your Life available to watch for free.

You can also join their Teacher Facebook Group for free resources and videos to accompany the production.

What’s on offer:

  • Online Productions

Suitable for: KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Drama & English

Dates available: Ongoing

Watch Gecko’s The Time of Your Life.

Join Gecko’s Facebook Teacher Facebook Group.

Find out more about Gecko.

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Hamilton

The smash-hit Broadway production of Hamilton is streaming on Disney+. If you and your students have an account, they can watch this full-length, stage performance as part of the subscription. For those that do not yet have an account, there is a 7-day free trial available for new users.

What’s on offer:

  • Online Productions

Suitable for: KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Dance, Drama, English, History, Music & Politics

Dates available: Ongoing

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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.

You can then extend learning further using the UK Parliament’s free teaching resources. Here you’ll find a range of education packs, educational videos, games and more that all link directly to the national curriculum.

What’s on offer:

  • Virtual Tours
  • Teaching Resources
  • Educational Videos
  • Educational Games

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Citizenship, History, Law, Politics & PSHE

View the Houses of Parliament Virtual Tour.

View all of the UK’s Parliament’s Free Teaching Resources.

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Imperial War Museum

You and your students can take a virtual school trip to 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.

You can then accompany your virtual tour with IWM’s free teaching resources. Their learning hub includes educational videos, teaching resources, and activities to support the teaching of History and all available for free.

What’s on offer:

  • 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.

Take a virtual school trip to the American Air Museum.

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Jacksons Lane

A series of mini-films featuring some of Jacksons Lane’s favourite supported artists. Artists will be posting a demonstration of what they do, followed by a simple, short exercise.

What’s on offer:

  • Educational Videos

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Dance, Drama & English

Dates available: Ongoing

Watch Jacksons Lane’s JL Shorts

Jewish Museum London

The Jewish Museum’s new virtual sessions bring their award-winning workshops into your classroom.

Their workshops are based on a guided exploration experience of their unique collection of authentic, objects enabling students to ask questions about what it means to be Jewish in Britain today.

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.

What’s on offer:

  • Educational Videos
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Sessions/Workshops

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Citizenship, Early Years, History, PSHE & Religious Education

Find out more about the Jewish Museum’s Virtual Classrooms.

See all of the Jewish Museum’s Teaching Resources.

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KidZania

As well as a fantastic education programme on-site, KidZania provides an extensive range of accompanying free teaching resources, activities and lesson plans. And for those schools that are currently unable to take school trips, their new workshops bring a KidZania school trip into the classroom.

Plus if you book a school trip to KidZania before 31st October – then you’ll get one of their in-school workshops absolutely FREE!

What’s on offer:

  • In-School Workshops
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: KS1, KS2 & KS3

Subject links: Art & Design, Citizenship, Computing, English, Maths & PSHE

Read more about KidZania’s Educational Offering.

Kiln Theatre

Kiln Theatre’s ‘Kiln Insight’ is a new programme of ways to learn more about, and get involved in their work. The programme includes exclusive interviews, webinars and filmed content – all accessible for free.

What’s on offer:

  • Educational Videos
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Drama & English

Dates available: Ongoing

Learn more about the Kiln Theatre’s Activities & Resources.

Kneehigh

Kneehigh Theatre Company’s ‘Kneehigh Cookbook’ is a new hub sharing exclusive videos, documents, pictures and plans about their process and work.

For a fun activity, their ‘Windows to the World’ initiative aims to spark your student’s imagination. From puppet making to poetry, one of Kneehigh’s team will demonstrate a creative skill and set you a challenge every weekday at 9am on their YouTube channel.

You can also watch their online production of The Neon Shadow. Filmed in July 2020, The Neon Shadow is new short film created in isolation.

What’s on offer:

  • Educational Videos
  • Free Online Performances
  • Interactive Activities
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Drama & English

Dates available: Ongoing

See Kneehigh’s Resource Hub.

Watch Kneehigh’s production of The Neon Shadow.

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Matilda The Musical

Get an in-depth insight into how to create a hit West End musical with the show’s creators Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly. Their teaching resources, educational videos and interactive games and activities cover character, plot, music & lyrics, dialogue and writing.

What’s on offer:

  • Educational Games
  • Educational Videos
  • Interactive Activities
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Drama & English

Dates available: Ongoing

See all of the Matilda The Musical Teaching Resources.

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.

What’s on offer:

  • Educational Games
  • Educational Videos
  • Interactive Activities
  • Online Exhibitions
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Art & Design, Citizenship, Drama, Early Years, 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.

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National Museums Liverpool

National Museum Liverpool’s brand new virtual classroom workshops are now available to book.

Created for schools for the new academic year, their interactive curriculum-linked workshops – led by museum experts – will bring learning to life and inspire the imaginations of your pupils by engaging them in activities based on real artefacts.

Using feedback from teachers, they designed six live workshops for Key Stages 1-3, each of which are supported by resources and activities that you can use before and after your session.

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

What’s on offer:

  • Virtual Sessions/Workshops
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Art & Design, Early Years, English, Geography, History, PSHE & Science

Find out more about National Museum Liverpool’s Virtual Classroom Sessions.

See the National Museums Liverpool Teaching Resources.

View the National Museums Liverpool Virtual Tours.

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Take a virtual school trip around the National Portrait Gallery with one of their ready-made virtual tours. You can then find out more about each painting in their ‘Explore Further’ hub. Here you can explore their collection, filtering by artist, sitter and date.

To extend learning, use their specially developed downloadable PDFs, audio, and web-based resources – all available for free.

What’s on offer:

  • 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.

View the National Portrait Gallery’s Virtual Tours.

Take a look at the National Portrait Gallery’s Explore Further Hub.

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National Theatre

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

You can sign up (for free is a UK state school) to the National Theatre Collection and get access to 29 productions – all accompanied by free teaching resources.

Highlights include One Man, Two Guvnors (starring James Corden), Frankenstein (starring Benedict Cumberbatch) and A Streetcar Named Desire (starring Gillian Anderson).

What’s on offer:

  • Educational Videos
  • Free Online Productions
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Dance, Drama, English & Music

Dates available: Ongoing

Read more about the National Theatre Education Offering.

Read more about the National Theatre Collection.

Natural History Museum

Students can explore the Natural History Museum’s collection with the new ‘Virtual Museum’ hub on their website. You can 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.

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

What’s on offer:

  • Online Collections
  • Online Exhibitions
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Art & Design, History & Science

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.

What’s on offer:

  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Art & Design, English & History

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

Pitt Rivers Museum

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

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.

What’s on offer:

  • 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.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Pitt Rivers Museum.

View the Pitt Rivers Museum’s Online Collections.

Take a look at Pitt Rivers Museum’s Online Exhibitions.

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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. 

What’s on offer:

  • Educational Games
  • Educational Videos
  • Online Collections
  • 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.

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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.

What’s on offer:

  • Educational Videos
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Art & Design, Early Years, English & History

See all of the Royal Academy’s Activities.

View the Royal Academy’s Teaching Resources.

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Royal Albert Hall

Over the summer, The Royal Albert Hall created a series of exclusive online sessions. All shows are still available to stream for free and include performances from top names in the music industry.

What’s on offer:

  • Free Online Productions

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Drama & Music

Dates available: Ongoing

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

Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has loads of resources, educational videos and activities that you can use in the classroom for free. 

Studying a particular text? Use their Learning Zone to find resources for specific plays. You’ll find key facts, key scenes, pictures from past productions, videos of actors and directors working on and performing the plays and find out about all the main characters and how they relate to each other.

What’s on offer:

  • Educational Videos
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Drama & English

Dates available: Ongoing

Find out more about the RSC’s Educational Offering.

Take a look at the RSC’s Learning Zone.

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.

What’s on offer:

  • 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’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe has made their 2019 production of Romeo & Juliet available to watch online for free.

Also, take a look at their ‘Teach Shakespeare’ site. The hub offers hundreds of free learning resources, educational videos and activities to bring Shakespeare to life.

What’s on offer:

  • Educational Videos
  • Free Online Performances
  • Facts, Insights & Trivia
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Art & Design, Drama, English & History

Dates available: Ongoing

Watch Shakespeare’s Globe’s production of Romeo & Juliet.

See all of Shakespeare’s Globe’s Free Education Resources.

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Southwark Playhouse

Southwark Playhouse has launched Southwark Stayhouse – a new online streaming service with full-length shows and exclusive video content. The site will be live until they can open their doors again to the public.

Currently playing are their productions of Wasted, Twelfth Night and Bound.

Wasted is a new rock musical about the Brontë siblings in 2018. It’s directed by Adam Lenson with music by Christopher Ash and book and lyrics by Carl Miller.

Their production of Twelfth Night is a fun take on Shakespeare’s classic, set at a music festival.

Bound by Jesse Briton premiered in their old Vault space at London Bridge and went on be nominated for an Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. The show also received five stars from the Evening, describing it as ‘one of the most accomplished pieces of debut playwriting that I’ve seen in a long time.

What’s on offer:

  • Online Performances

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Drama & English

Dates available: Ongoing

Watch Wasted.

Watch Twelfth Night.

Watch Bound.

Read more about the Southwark Stayhouse productions.

St Paul’s Cathedral

You and your students can take a virtual school trip to St Paul’s Cathedral.

Booking is now open for their new Virtual Visits. These virtual sessions will beam a St Paul’s Cathedral school trip directly into your classroom. Currently on offer is London’s Burning (for Key Stage 1) and The Big Issues (for Key Stages 3,4 & 5).

With your booking, you’ll also have access to a Resource Pack containing activities to use pre and post the session. Plus a free Dome climb if your school books an on-site, self-guided visit in the same academic year.

Also, see St Paul’s Cathedral’s teaching resources. Highlights include their timeline exploring the 1,400-year history of the Cathedral, linking it to broader events in London and Britain’s History.

What’s on offer:

  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Sessions/Workshops
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: History & Religious Education

Find out more about St Paul’s Cathedral’s Virtual Visits.

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

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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.

What’s on offer:

  • 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 new virtual offering includes online themed tours, online practical workshops and in-depth online sessions. Sessions cover a range of themes and can be booked to take place throughout the Autumn and Spring terms.

You can also take a virtual tour of The National Gallery, giving 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 have suggestions on how to use the works of art in your teaching.

What’s on offer:

  • Online Collections
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Sessions/Workshops
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Art & Design, English & History

Find out more about The National Gallery’s new Virtual Workshops.

See all The National Gallery’s Teaching Resources.

The New Art Gallery Walsall presents, collects and interprets historic, modern and contemporary art in innovative and challenging ways, welcoming visitors from all over the globe as well as their immediate locality.

Education is at the heart of everything they do, promoting the use of visual arts as an educational tool to inspire, excite, and develop skills, knowledge and understanding. With an aim to provide an excellent model of accessibility to reach the broadest possible audience.

What’s on offer:

  • Online Collections
  • Virtual Sessions/Workshops
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Art & Design

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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 workshops and guides.

What’s on offer:

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

Suitable for: Upper KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Art & Design, Citizenship, Drama, English, Music & PSHE

Dates available: Ongoing

Read more about The Old Vic’s Education Hub.

Unicorn Theatre

Watch the Unicorn Theatre’s Anansi the Spider – a unique digital theatre experience for students aged 3 – 8 years old.

This is their first entirely digitally created theatre experience. It’s being streamed for free in partnership with The Guardian on their YouTube channel and on The Guardian’s website.

The digital experience is Inspired by their 2019 five-star hit show, Anansi the Spider. The show is about the infamous mischief-maker and master spinner of yarns adapted with classic West African and Caribbean tales for Unicorn Online. Made with their film partner, Illuminations, the Unicorn Theatre creatively responded to the current situation – the cast filmed themselves in their own homes so that they can bring them to yours.

This fun online performance, featuring music, song and humour is an exciting new adventure especially created for EYFS & KS1.

What’s on offer:

  • Online Performances
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: EYFS & KS1

Subject links: Early Years, Drama & English

Dates available: Ongoing

Watch the Unicorn Theatre’s Anansi the Spider.

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.

What’s on offer:

  • Educational Videos
  • Free Online Productions
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Art & Design, Drama & English

Dates available: Ongoing

Read more about Vamos Theatre’s Productions & Resources.

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Westminster Abbey

Whether you can visit in person or virtually, Westminster Abbey offers a wealth of great learning experiences.

Their new Virtual Classrooms offer expert-led interactive sessions that you can beam directly into your classroom. There’s something on offer for all students and with a wide range of topics from the exploring Tudors to Christian Belief & Worship. Westminster Abbey also offers dedicated guided virtual tours, especially for Primary and Secondary.

If you’re looking to go ‘self-guided,’ 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.

Also, take a look at their vast library of free teaching resources. Resources cover a variety of subject areas across multiple Key Stages and explore topics from medieval times to the modern-day.

What’s on offer:

  • Educational Videos
  • Online Lectures
  • Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Sessions/Workshops
  • Virtual Tours

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Art & Design, Citizenship, English, History, Law, Maths, Politics, PSHE, Religious Education

Take a look at Westminster Abbey’s new Virtual Classrooms.

See Westminster Abbey’s Virtual Tours.

Find activities in Westminster Abbey’s free teaching resource library.

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Young Vic

You can watch past Young Vic productions through the National Theatre Collection. You can watch A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Yerma – all for free!

What’s on offer:

  • Free Online Productions
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Drama & English

Dates available: Ongoing

Find out more about the National Theatre Collection.

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