Schools programme

Our formal learning programme is linked to the national curriculum and draws upon the varied and eclectic history encompassing the entrepreneurial spirit of our Victorian founders. Based on feedback from teachers our workshops have been reviewed over the summer to ensure they are both cross-curricular and encourage active enquiry and creative thinking.

Following successful pilots of Key Stage 1 activities, two new workshops have been developed which now form part of our core programme. Dates for school workshops will be fixed until 2018 when the Learning Zone opens in the East Court. There is very limited availability so please do try and book as soon as possible.

If you would like any further information on how your school or group can be involved in any of our exciting offerings this term, please contact learning@alexandrapalace.com.

Core Learning Programme booking form September 2017

Essential Visit Information 2017

October

Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th

November

Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th & Friday 9th

December

Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th

Key Stage 1
Victorian People’s Palace.

Curriculum links: English, History, Design Technology, Art & Design & Geography. Using primary sources pupils will discover why the Palace was originally built, why it was named after Princess Alexandra of Denmark and the events and activities that made it the home of “rational recreation and education”. Inspired by Victorian programming, pupils will make their own Alexandra Palace thaumotrope and consider why the Palace is still significant today to local people.

Storyboard to Broadcasting: BBC.

Curriculum links: English, History, Design Technology, Art & Design & Geography. Looking at early footage and photos, pupils will consider how television is different today and uncover the technological advances made at the Palace. The importance of narrative in programming will be introduced through an early Muffin the Mule story. Pupils will then make their own Muffin puppets and create their own stories to perform back to the class.

Key Stage 2

Past, Present & Future.

Curriculum links: English, History, Design Technology, Art & Design & Geography. Pupils will gain access to an area of the Palace not normally open to the public, where they will look at giant murals to find out why Victorian Londoners visited in their thousands. Reviewing the current “What’s On” pupils will consider whether today’s events fit in with the Victorian notion of education and entertainment. Considering the current regeneration plans for the East Wing pupils will work in teams to design a banner for the refurbished East Court thinking how the Palace’s past inspires it future.

Palace of Leisure & Entertainment.

Curriculum links: English, History, Design Technology, Art & Design & Geography. Throughout the Palace’s history leisure and entertainment has been central to attracting audiences from 1863 to the present day. Pupils will chart the development of music hall and variety performances in the Theatre, the innovation of moving images in silent cinema to the world’s first regular high definition television service in 1936. Pupils will use the development of popular entertainment at the Palace create their own card or board game.

Arrival of BBC Television

Curriculum links: English, History, Design Technology, Science, Art & Design & Geography. In 1936, the world’s first high definition television was broadcast from Alexandra Palace. Reflecting on the new invention primary sources will be used to prepare for a debate about the move from radio to television. Exploring the technological advances in television whilst based at Alexandra Palace pupils will plan a programme and pitch their ideas to the rest of the class.

New Communities arriving at the Palace

Curriculum links: English, History, Design Technology, Art & Design & Geography. During the First World War the Palace was used as first a refugee camp for Belgians before becoming home to 3,000 non-naturalized German men. Looking at newspaper articles, letters and diaries pupils will uncover why these two groups arrived at the Palace, what daily life was like and how local people reacted to the new arrivals.