Keeping the Kids Busy over the Summer

Six weeks with the children is a daunting prospect for any parent. To plan an itinerary, juggle work, find a sitter, keep everyone happy, and stay sane, is a challenge! So to help parents this Summer, A-lined Tutors has created educational enrichment tours which run every Thursday from the 3rd-17th August 2017.

The enrichment tours are for children aged 8-12 with a key curriculum focus for each outing. The trips start at 8:30 and end at 17:00 from Blackheath Rail Station.

Art and Culture Tour: 3rd August

Children will be taken to The National Art Gallery to attend the take One Picture exhibition based on children’s responses to Rubens’s vibrant ‘Roman Triumph’. Children will explore the National Gallery Collection and break for a snack on Trafalgar Square.

Later the group will head to the nearby National Portrait Gallery to visit the Tudor galleries. Year 5 children study this unique period in History and the works showcase an amazing collection of Kings, Queens and dignitaries of this time. Children will attend a group session exploring BP Portrait Award 2017 and the contemporary collections. Workshops include painting, drawing masterclasses and a chance to learn about judging a portrait competition.

That afternoon children will be taken to Buckingham Palace: The Queen’s Gallery, the Royal Mews and the State Rooms including the special exhibition: Royal Gifts.

History Tour: 10th August

First, children will be taken to The Imperial War Museum where they will attend the People Power: Fighting for Peace exhibition which details events from The First World War to the present day, exploring how peace movements have influenced perceptions of war and conflict. The group will then move onto Parliament Square and attend Churchill’s War Rooms where the children will discover the story of Winston Churchill’s remarkable 90-year life, from his lonely childhood, to his military career, two periods as Prime Minister and beyond. Finally, the group will attend a workshop at  The Guildhall Gallery

Amphitheatre where children will explore a real archaeological site and handle some genuine Roman artefacts under the supervision of a trained archaeologist!

Geography Tour: 17th August

This is a great day for getting outdoors with children attending The London Eye where they will study the London skyline whilst rotating 135 meters above the River Thames! They will then be taken on a Thames River Boat tour with educational live commentary presented by expert guides with highlights that include St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Tower of London and Shakespeare’s globe. The group will then walk down to Millennium Bridge where they will study the history of the local area employing the historical inquiry skills used by archaeologists. On the riverside children will learn about what the Thames is like today and gain knowledge of river geography. Fieldwork on the foreshore involves collecting and identifying historic artefacts as evidence of river use. Or if the weather is bad, attend an indoor workshop where they will identify and date artefacts using specially designed sorting boards. Children will gain a chronological knowledge from pre-history to present day.

If you would like to book a place on one of our tours please email or fill out our online contact form.

Day Tours cost £85 and includes travel costs, entry into galleries, workshops, food and workbooks. Children qualify for 50% discount if they attend with their siblings.

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