On this page, you can find a range of different learning resources for all different ages and abilities. We have even included some teaching materials for school and university staff.
Southampton's cultural venues are not able to reopen yet but there are a number of fun online Easter activities for all the family to keep the children entertained during the holidays. See upcoming activities below:
Spring is here! So hop online and join Mayflower Engage for some inspiring, fun-filled workshops, from Musical Theatre to story-telling for families. We have drama and dance for young people, and adults are invited for an Easter parade in our ballet workshop. There’s something for everyone, please visit the website for more information and to book your place go here. See upcoming workshops in April below.
Head to the Southampton Cultural Services YouTube channel for fun, educational and entertaining content about Southampton City Art Gallery, SeaCity Museum and Tudor House. Learn about what lies beneath Tudor House, the sculptures in Southampton City Art Gallery, the secrets of Southampton Civic Centre and much more!
You can also visit SeaCity's Learning Deck or the Tudor House online resources page for fun ways for children to learn about Southampton's history through free activity packs and other downloadable materials which will keep you and the children entertained and learning throughout lockdown. See links below:
The perfect online course for any child interested in art. These fun and creative online sessions led by local artist Ali Eales, cover artists, art movements and themes, through drawing challenges, games and projects! This course is aimed at children aged 6-12, although children of other ages may enjoy it and adults accompanying their children are welcome to participate in the fun. Find out more and book here.
Discover Southampton’s past in fun and interactive weekly sessions, exploring different historical themes with fascinating facts, activities, stories and crafts. Learn why Romans thought Dormice were so delicious, or how talking too much could have gotten you in trouble. These online sessions are designed for 7 - 12 yrs, although other ages may also enjoy them, book here.
Learn to draw portraits with Abi Kremer
Four-week course every Monday starting 15 March.
Join artist and tutor Abi Kremer on a four-week course where you will work from photographs, not creating exact copies, but trying to capture inner qualities with students' chosen images. Find out more and book online here.
(Image: Portrait by John Biggs © The Artist)
The Southampton Music Hub is offering virtual music lessons - From total beginners to experienced players, and even those a little out of practice: anyone can enjoy learning a musical instrument in a safe, virtual environment. Thanks to an experienced team of music teachers, Southampton Music Services can help you pick up a musical instrument and get playing.
Lessons last 20 minutes and cost £95 for ten weeks. Lessons can be for individuals of any age, or groups from within a household. Families can even learn together.
With a wide range of instruments on offer (including brass, guitar, keyboard, percussion, singing, strings, ukulele, woodwind, and more) you can choose an instrument that feels right for you. With affordable instrument loans, many of these are available to borrow for just £30 a year. Get in touch, and the team will help you get started, including a free taster lesson (where possible).
Starting from 12 January a number of classes from The Point’s dance class programme will be available to join online via Zoom. These include:
Retrospectif Class, Tuesdays 1.30pm
A dance class for older adults with a passion to learn. Sessions focus on contemporary technique as well as experimenting with the dancers own creativity.
Adult Tap, Tuesdays 7.30pm
Learning and improving tap dancing skills, focusing on fun and enjoyment. For the time being, we are running a mixed ability class, for beginners and those with a little more experience.
Dance For Parkinson’s Online, Thursdays 1.30pm
A social and uplifting movement class designed specifically for the symptoms of Parkinson’s, helping to increase general mobility, confidence and emotional wellbeing. Family and carers can attend for free.
We Create! Inclusive Class, Fridays 1.30pm
A lively, fun session for adults with learning disabilities, exploring drama, dance, movement and creativity.
For more information on the classes and how to join visit The Point’s dance class pages.
Whether you are a beginner trying out something new or looking to develop to the next stage and develop your learning, the classes are catered for the individual.
Find out more and book your classes here. If you book for more than one class you’ll also enjoy a 20% discount. This can be for you or a family member – contact email@example.com for more information.
The team at the Public Engagement with Research unit (PERu) at the University of Southampton has collated some of their favourite online courses, free for everyone to access and join. Explore them all here. Why not try:
Exploring Our Ocean
Explore the half of our world covered by deep ocean, and how our lives affect the hidden face of our planet.
Four-week course - find out more here.
Jane Austen: Myth, Reality and Global Celebrity
Discover the fascinating story of author Jane Austen, from her own life in Hampshire to what she means to a global audience today.
Three-week course - find out more here.
Teachers can find a variety of resources on this page, but below are the sectors teachers may wish to explore:
The University of Southampton has also been working hard on their 'Ask the expert' videos. They have produced videos for all ages; from 2 min introductions to hour-long lectures, in subjects ranging from the Glorious Galapagos to the Russian Revolution!
Solent University is working on ways to bring people together and provide online resources and information on a number of different areas and topics, like the Five ways to wellbeing video below. Head to their virtual knowledge exchange page here to find out more.
Solent University is hosting a series of free interactive lectures called: ‘Virtual Insight Series’ for the local community, staff, students and alumni to get involved with from home. Staff will share projects, passions and knowledge in specific areas, with a variety of topics covered.
Previous lectures include: