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 to ensure they are both cross-curricular and encourage active enquiry and creative thinking.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Inventors School Workshops: Let your imagination fly (Key Stage 1 & 2)
Throughout 2019, Alexandra Palace is inviting all children in and around Haringey to take part in the Little Inventors Let your imagination fly challenge! The top ideas will be brought to life and exhibited at Alexandra Palace on Inventors Day on 9th November.
Book your Little Inventors workshop between February and September to inspire children to start on their very own inventive journey. The workshops will introduce children to the spirit of innovation of Alexandra Palace, and its past full of incredible entertainers. Workshops will include visiting areas of the Palace, uncovering little known facts and celebrating its unique position overlooking London. Pupils will be encouraged to stretch their creative muscle, draw their invention idea and even prototype it!
Workshop will last approx 90 minutes and will include a 15-minute break
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.
Orienteering plus themed art & crafts activity (Key Stage 1 & 2) – Spring & Summer Terms only
Using basic map reading skills pupils will explore the park to find out about the living things in the Park before completing a themed art & craft activity
Key Stage 2
Birthplace of BBC Television
Curriculum links: English, History, Design Technology, Science, Art & Design & Geography. 1936, the world’s first high definition television programme was broadcast from Alexandra Palace’s BBC studios. Pupils will learn about why the Palace was chosen to be the first home of television and how broadcast technology developed and look at the first ever broadcast of a children’s television programme Muffin the Mule and either make their own Muffin the Mule puppet or storyboard a 2020 Muffin adventure
New Communities arriving at the Palace – First World War
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.
Local History project (Key Stage 1 & 2) – £300
Complete your local history project with 2 or visits to Alexandra Palace charting 150 years of history, pupils will find out why the Palace was originally built, how it was used during the First World War, what changes were made to become the birthplace of the world’s regular high definition television and the future plans for bringing derelict areas of the Palace back to life