We have pulled together a list of exciting online learning resources, collated from many of our museums and galleries across the UK that have been helping to keep young people entertained and support learning at home and school during lockdown.
Museums are using a variety of approaches including, putting their amazing collections online via their websites, developing and posting content and learning resources on social media such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram as well as collaborating with partner organisations. They offer creative activities for children and young people to try at home including downloadable resource packs, quizzes and games to stimulate their curiosity, learning and enjoyment. Topics cover broad areas of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and interdisciplinary learning as well as specific subjects like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), arts and creativity, climate change and health and wellbeing.
Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum
Aimed at primary school age children and in line with the CfE, Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum have created a digital birthplace cottage tour and a series of resource packs that explores Old Dunfermline and the legacy of Andrew Carnegie.
Culture Perth and Kinross
Recognising that the pandemic and associated restrictions are impacting on the experience of services for children and their families, Culture Perth and Kinross have developed a brand-new website full of activities, short films, top tips and creative ideas to keep everyone entertained.
The website also offers a rich resource for schools, nurseries and out of school care clubs who are not able to make their usual visits to the libraries, archives and museums run by Culture Perth and Kinross.
Elgin Museums Galleries Scotland
The museum shares activities, insights and star objects with audience via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. There are links to activity sheets, colouring and documents that support learning and engagement. All activities are linked to the Curriculum for Excellence. Example – Carved symbol Soaps (Suitable for ages 5 plus with some adult help).
Glasgow Museums have pulled together learning resources that support teachers in the classroom! Check out this link to access notes, worksheets and information of a variety of topics!
The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) have collated lots of fun activities during lockdown on their blog
Follow them on twitter @museum_learning to keep up with new resources being launched!
Glasgow Women's Library
Vote 100: The Moving Story is a free multimedia toolkit created by Glasgow Women's Library exploring the history of suffrage. The toolkit is aimed at students aged 14-16 and has a range of activates designed to help fully engage with the resources and topic.
The Hunterian has created a series of home learning resources called Learning from Objects. The resources feature items commonly used in school engagement events. The museum also has interactive resources on the Antonine Wall, including Ebutiius' Dilemma, an storytelling app about a Roman soldier living at the wall.
The learning resources page contains online activities that kids can do at home https://www.vam.ac.uk/dundee/info/schools The museum also invites schools in Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross and Highland regions to take part in their new Schools Design Challenge. For S1 and S2 pupils, the challenge involves using design as a tool for social change. Pupils will work in teams to find solutions to challenges that directly affect them. Participants can call free on their Design Busters phoneline to hear the latest challenge, and help find solutions!
National Museums Scotland
Museum at Home is a collection of fun ways in which families and educators can continue to interact and enjoy the collections of the National Museum of Scotland.
National Mining Museum of Scotland
The museum offers resources online to support pupils' learning journeys at home. They have specifically created three learning resource packs to support families and pupils learning at home, using materials you can find at home. Each resource contains facts sheets, hands-on activities and wellbeing check-ins. Learning at Home with the Mining Museum! All activities can be linked to Curriculum for Excellence and STEM. Key themes are STEM, social studies, literacy, arts & crafts and outdoor learning.
The museum offers online activities for schools on Facebook and Twitter Challenge for P4 - 7 e.g. ‘Myths and Magic’. Children were encouraged to create their own fabulous artwork taking inspiration from ‘Masque of Love’ by John Duncan (1866–1945).
The McManus, Dundee
The museum offers online learning using their collections of fine art and whaling material to help understanding of the Polar Regions, also offering a visual record of these fragile landscapes via Facebook Their exhibition ‘Among The Polar Ice’ offers a great way to support learning in schools, groups and families to understand the Polar Regions and about climate change. #AmongThePolarIce #climateMW #climatechange #Arctic #Antarctic #creativelearning
National Galleries of Scotland
National Galleries for Scotland offers online content and activities for kids and families on Facebook, #HomeArt on Twitter and Instagram. The museum also hosts weekly Art Competition for Schools and families on their website posting five creative activities that have been designed for children of all ages to explore at their own pace. Adults are also encouraged to join in too – especially with the mid-week activities for the entire family!
Scottish Maritime Museum
The museum offers online activities via their website to keep children active and engaged while their parents are working from home.
Scottish Fisheries Museum
The museum runs a digital learning and engagement programme which can be accessed via their social media channels @scotfishmuseum on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. It includes lots of ideas for activities such as an online school art competition based on their #Sea Change exhibition.
Historic Environment Scotland
Enjoy learning, play and creativity inspired by Scotland’s heritage – welcome to #LearningWithHES online! Whether you like to Draw and Colour, Make and Create, Play Games, Explore or Investigate, our downloadable activities can help you travel through time. Discover people, objects and places that shine a light on Scotland’s past and connect with our lives today.
Dundee Science Centre’s home learning portal contains a variety of fun activities updated weekly for children and young people.
Glasgow Science Centre brings science into people’s home every day at 10am to help keep everyone inspired in these challenging times. Anyone can join in with #GSCAtHome.
The learning page includes a variety of digital learning resources for use at home or in school, based on the mysterious carvings and beautiful stained glass windows at the famous Rosslyn Chapel. Primary school pupils can explore Knights and Dragons and the Natural World using the downloadable fact sheets and activity ideas. There is also a topic for Religious and Moral Education and resources to support pupils studying National 5 Graphics Communications.
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
Birmingham Schools resource online offers a wide ranging and diverse learning programme that has been designed to be accessible to all ages and abilities.
Birmingham museums for kids (BMAG for Kids) is an online resource for families and teachers. The interactive website is a great place for children to make some exciting discoveries, also contains downloadable printable resources e.g. The School at Home: Kitchen Science Experiments - videos for fun ideas to try at home. Free downloadable resources for families and schools e.g. from
Managed by Leeds Museums, MyLearning.org is a free learning resources portal from arts, cultural and heritage organisations.
Leeds Museum offers activities for kids to explore a regularly update range of downloadable resources for children including weekly creative challenges. The museum learning team also post #Museumfromhome videos of collection boxes for children, adult and anyone who wants to find out about their museum collections.
The Museum Distance Learning Repository, is a truly simple, one-stop shop for distance learning programs and resources, built with a Google Form, a Google Sheet, and a Google Site, and enhanced with the sorting features of Awesome Table
World Awareness Children’s Museum offer free online programming for families to access anytime, anywhere! With workshops, classes, interviews, crafts and more, this page will be full of fun things for you and your whole family to do in the comfort of your own home!
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Marley's (The Cat) School of Garden Magic's is an interdisciplinary programme that leads children through a range of age-appropriate activities designed to educate and foster wonder about the natural world. Topics range from science, mathematics to arts and health & wellbeing. All courses are aligned with the Curriculum for Excellence.
Poppy Scotland VE Day 75 Schools Pack
Poppy Scotland learning have loads of inspiring, highly informative, fun activities and learning resources which you may find helpful when thinking about developing your ideas and planning your learning programme and activities. All activities are aligned with the Curriculum for Excellence.
Scotland’s curriculum – Curriculum for Excellence – helps children and young people to gain the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for life in the 21st century. Education Scotland recently published a refreshed narrative on Scotland's curriculum, which sets CfE within the current context. It is available in both English and in Gaelic. The agency also has additional resources to support parents with providing learning at home, and to deliver continuity for learners across Scotland. The Improvement Hub has helpful resources to support practitioners in developing online opportunities for learning at home. s a range of ideas and suggestions of activities to help parents, carers and practitioners support learning at home. The published weekly, also contains suggestions for learning at home activities which should be linked with the class learning where appropriate including hints, tips, links and ideas.
Kids in Museums
Kids in Museums have put together some of the fun digital activities to keep children (and adults!) entertained while at home.
There are other resources including tips for welcoming families to your venues on reopening.
BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons
The Beeb provides home schooling options including a daily lessons programme as part of BBC Bitesize offering Mathematics and English lessons for every year group, as well as regular classes in history, science and geography. Explore BBC Bitesize's daily lessons.
Science Museums Group’s Learning at home
The Science Museum Group's corporate partners offer a range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning resources to ignite curiosity from home, whether through exploring their amazing collection online, browsing their museum websites, through videos and 3D models, discovering activities to try at home or simply having fun playing with their online games and apps.
The resources cover a wide range of ages and interests and are perfect for supporting parents and carers getting to grips with home-schooling.
The virtual VE day 75 Festival - Many UK museums joined the VE day 75 festival with variety of fun and learning activities for children and families in lockdown. The website has loads of resources and activities for people of all ages including from heritage organisations.
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