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Welcome teachers and educators! Please find below our current online resources offer for Primary Education (Years 3-6, KS2), including lesson plans, project templates, videos, podcasts, forums, CPD and more! We’ve also included a few things that you as teachers might find interesting, like our public lectures, MOOCs and podcasts. This is the current offer from the UoS and our partners – we are curating our favourite engagement resources from around the world here.

All our resources for teachers have been created with partner teachers from local schools and colleges – if you’d like to share your knowledge and expertise and work with us on creating future resources, or there’s a particular area of the curriculum and beyond that you’d like us to create resources for, we’d love to hear from you! Email, call 023 8059 7521, or complete this simple form.

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Featured: Pupil Voice for Promoting Inclusion in Schools 


Dear all,

Please, join us in this in- person event to find out how to reach out to all learners in schools by focusing on student voice. For more information and details on how to register, please, see attached flyer.



Featured: Family Fun Day

Join us for a morning of creative activities!

Throughout a morning of trail finding, artwork making and sticker-collecting, explore the gallery like never before!Follow our trail map to find new activities, or ask our friendly gallery assistants some questions to earn stickers! Explore the exhibitions and work alongside a local artist to expand your artistic skills!

Join us from 10:30am for the whole morning, or come and go as you please!

To book a free space through Eventbrite click here.

For any questions, please email or

Featured: JHG Collective

JHG Collective is a free programme open to anyone aged 14–19 years old.

JHG Collective invites young people aged 14-19 to explore all things art!

We are looking for young people to make art and an exhibition inspired by JHG’s latest show Ayo Akingbade’s Show Me The World Mister.

Join us every other Saturday for our free youth programme, led by artist Flora Duley.

Explore, develop and expand your creativity with sessions running every other Saturday!

Interested in coming along to a session? Email Florence to find out more…or just turn up!

Sessions: 2:30 – 4:30pm

5 August, 19 August, 2 September

Featured: Space to Create!

Saturday 5 August

Using Ayo Akingbade’s notion of industrialisation within her work, get your graphic design skills warmed up for a workshop designing and creating your own magazine cover! Take inspiration from Ayo’s work in Gallery 3 to get you started! What will your magazine be about? Who would you like to be on the front cover?

Saturday 12 August

Design a print for fabric! Taking inspiration from the colours, clothes and textures in Ayo Akingbade’s Faluyi, explore printmaking on textiles! What kind of print would you like to wear? What fabric will you print on to? Watch the film to get some inspiration!

Saturday 19 August

Join artist Flora Duley explore our current exhibitions through making! Flora will delve into Ayo Akingbade’s film Faluyi looking at the ideas of home, place, community and journeys. Explore these ideas with block printing!

Saturday 26 August

Come and see Oozing Gloop’s wondrous takeover of John Hansard Gallery! Create fantastic monsters and step into a world of curiosity, intrigue and delight!

For more information, or any accessibility questions, please contact


Green Stories have just published an anthology of climate solutions wrapped in short stories called No More Fairy Tales: Stories to Save Our Planet. Each story links to a webpage where readers can find out more how to make the solutions a reality. We compiled it originally to inspire COP27 delegates. The anthology made the ‘Top of the COP’, newsletters, and we contributed to several sessions about the role of storytelling in raising understanding of the climate crisis. However, the stories are great reads in their own right, and so we have made it available more widely. The anthology and associated website might be a useful resource for those teaching sustainability.

Welcome to the autism transitions project. This project is a collaboration between The University of Southampton and Aviary Nursery, Eastleigh.

Together, we are finding out more about the experiences of transition of autistic children from preschool to primary school.

Young autistic children are amongst the most scrutinised and assessed in their everyday lives, often leading to characterisations and descriptions that focus on their difficulties (commonly termed ‘deficits’) and challenges rather than on their abilities, strengths and positive experiences.

This project is about changing the way we think and talk about autistic children in order to develop a more holistic understanding of who they are as a person. We do this through the creation of Digital Stories with children, families and staff members.

Digital Stories are short videos that focus on the child’s perspective. The stories show the child doing the things they like doing, and how they interact and communicate with others. Children’s voices and views are, therefore, at the centre of the research.

The idea for the Stories came about because we wanted to find a way for all children to contribute their views, experiences and perspectives to educational decision-making. We drew upon previous work funded by the ESRC that provided insights into the experiences, contexts, and culture of learning experiences for children with autism.

This project is from the ACoRNS group.


ACoRNS has collaborated with illustrator Sam Davies, Tracie Raufi (Assistant Headteacher-Curriculum and Head of Art and Design) and autistic students at New Forest School to co-produce a comic about the transition to secondary school. The comic tells the story of Lee Mouse who is getting ready for his first day at secondary school The storyline reflects the voices and experiences of autistic students, as well as some of the strategies that they identified that support their well-being at school. These include having positive and understanding relationships with staff members, a safe space to go to decompress, and an opportunity to talk through worries and fears.

Ask the Expert (ATE)

We’re constantly increasing the number of ways in which you and your pupils can engage directly with our researchers and subject experts in the community – the latest are below!

(ATE) Acoustical Engineering: Ever wondered how dolphins communicate underwater? Why some cars are louder than others? What’s making all that noise when you boil water in a kettle and why it changes? Now’s your time to ask our researchers from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) and find out! Ask questions via twitter to @ISVRSouthampton – and check out their YouTube channel for video responses plus virtual tours of their spooky Anechoic and Reverberation Chambers, demos and more!

  • ‘The ISVR Shed’ – YouTube playlist containing videos of fun experiments and activities for you to try at home, while learning about the science of sound at the same time!


(ATE) Ecology, Nature & Biodiversity: The Dinosaur on Your Window Sill

  • Talk directly to our researchers, students and a diverse community of ecology enthusiasts!
  • Share photos, videos and questions plus daily challenges!
  • Stay engaged with nature from your home.


(Virtual) Arcade by WSA #WSAgames

  • Support our Games Design students at Winchester School of Art – and see where art and computing can take you!
  • You have the very first opportunity to play games from the next generation of creative game makers!
  • The games will be updated regularly on the virtual Arcade until mid June (when we have a special live stream showcase).
  • Your feedback on the projects will enhance each project.


Aurora Zoo – Citizen Science

  • Help our scientists analyse images and short video clips of the Aurora!
  • Support real, current research into this mysterious phenomenon which effects our weather, satellites and more.
  • Learn about the science behind the Northern Lights.


Bite-Sized Lectures

At the University of Southampton, we’re very lucky to have some truly inspirational speakers visit us! During the lockdown response to the covid-19 pandemic in 2020, many of these lectures were edited into bite-sized videos for you to watch from home!

You can also explore our archive of full-length public lectures, on a range of topics and with a diverse cast of distinguished speakers, here.


Bug Power: Energy & More from Waste

Try these Circular Bioeconomy puzzles, to find out how we use living things to help us make energy and new products from rubbish! These are based on research from out Water and Environmental Engineering Group, and partners in the Environmental Biotechnology Network.



Stay well from your own home with free courses led by our Sports and Wellbeing instructors!


Education in the Green Space (EIGS)

  • The EIGS Guide Book aims to help teacher take the classroom outside into the green space.
  • Teachers can find worksheets to use that fit in with the National Curriculum for both Primary and Secondary phases.
  • Additional help and support for teachers in other areas to make it as easy as possible to take the classroom outside.


#ForOurFuture from LifeLab

A comprehensive toolkit for supporting young people including educational, cultural and wellbeing activities, information, advice and guidance.


George’s Marvellous Medicine Primary Science Day

  • Provides resources enabling primary school teachers to host a George’s Marvellous Medicine Primary Science Day of their own, making it easier to bring science into the classroom.
  • Direct links to primary school curriculum including Grannys’s Cup of Tea (Properties and Changes of Materials) and Electrocuting Granny (Electricity).
  • Online interactive activities for pupils to follow-up their learning from the day.


God’s House Tower exhibitions

Southampton’s newest arts and heritage venue, God’s House Tower, has an exciting exhibition schedule which you can view here.

There is something for everyone to enjoy – with many events free of charge.


John Hansard Gallery upcoming events


Space to Create! 


Our weekly family friendly sessions encourage creativity within the gallery! Come along on a Saturday between 11am-1pm for these free, drop-in family workshops!

Upcoming exhibition programme – this document has our upcoming exhibitions with how each show could link to the curricular.



Laura the Librarian’s Story Time!

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin!

Join Laura, a University of Southampton graduate and now a much-loved librarian for Tower Hamlets School Library Service, for a series of tales from around the world – and don’t forget to join in with the actions!


Lifelong Learning Podcast Library

Our Lifelong Learning team curate a diverse series of courses through which anyone can learn directly from our experts in a range of areas. Many of the talks have been recorded as podcasts which can be enjoyed for free via the link above!


National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) Courses

Many of the NCCE CPD sessions for teachers are already available online, and more are being added regularly.


National Cipher Challenge – New Weekly Challenges!

  • Help Harry crack the codes and discover the secrets!
  • Open to all ages and abilities.
  • Join or create a team or individual entry to submit your answers for live marking – or have a go at past challenges in your own time and reveal answers to check your own work.
  • Great way to engage with Maths and Computing.
  • Developed with IBM, GCHQ and other cipher/code-breaking experts!


Nurse Dotty Books by Molly Watts (UoS Graduate)

We’re so proud of our graduate student, now Nurse at Southampton General Hospital, who has created these wonderful books to help explain difficult topics such as Coronavirus (covid-19) to young children, giving them, “information without fear”.

Read/download ‘Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirus’ here for free.

See Molly’s work featured in Nursing Times and BBC News!



Sounds Are All Around


Southampton Cultural Education Partnership


As part of their ongoing commitment to support writers of all ages and at all stages of their creative development, most of ArtfulScribe’s services have migrated to online platforms and are free to attend! With regards to children and young people, they are offering creative writing sessions as follows:



There are also useful additional updates, information, materials and resources given regularly through the Safe4me News E-bulletin. Sign up and contribute by emailing


Southern Universities Network (SUN) Resources

Resources for schools from our local partnership the SUN include careers and student resources, webinars and information for parents and carers to support their young people’s future decision making.

Southampton Young Archaeologists’ Club

  • Suitable for ages 8-16.
  • Different activities to get involved in.
  • Investigating archaeology sites.

Special Collections – Online Exhibitions

The University Hartley Library Special Collections Gallery was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund primarily for the display of material from the collections to encourage public awareness and access. The exhibition programme focuses on themes within the collection and links in with University academic activity including celebrations of research, conferences and contributions to national and international events and commemorations – and many have parallel online exhibitions which can be viewed via the link above!


Turner Sims: Cordelia Williams, playing the Steinway Piano

If you are craving serenity, watch the first in a series of four stunning films from pianist Cordelia Williams, in which she plays the beautiful Turner Sims Steinway piano in the concert hall at Highfield campus. In this initial film, Cordelia serenades us with Mozart’s Rondo No 3, K511.


Wincester Science Centre – Science @ Home

Educational, inspirational and fun resources from Winchester Science Centre, from weekly Curiosity Challenges and DIY science videos to spectacular science demonstrations and fun and fascinating facts!


The Universi-tea Podcast!

Make yourself a soothing cup of tea and tune in for a series of interviews with staff and students from around the university, from The Designer in Pyjamas to The Real Indiana Jones! Watch the short trailer videos, and listen to episodes on SpotifyListen NotesPodchaserApple Podcasts or other podcast providers.


University of Southampton MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)


University of Southampton Research Videos

Ever wondered what goes on in a jet propulsion lab? How we study Saturn’s rings? What it’s like to hear for the first time thanks to a cochlear implant? How researchers fight cancer or understand the effects of plastics in the ocean? Explore all these things and more, with these short videos of some of the world-changing research taking place at Southampton – we hope they inspire the researchers of the future!

UoS Campus Tours 

Check out our campuses in these campus tours, linked in a playlist on our Youtube channel! Find out what it is like to study with us by looking at the wonderful facilities available.

X-Polli:Nation Project

This National Geographic project shares (or ‘cross-pollinates’) approaches and tools between members of the public, scientists, technologists and educators in order to support pollinators, people and the practice of citizen science.

The resources and work programme are designed for registered schools in the UK and Italy, however, the project warmly welcomes everyone to get involved in the activities. All you need is an area of outdoor space (as small as 1m2) where you can create a small patch of habitat and a plant seeds suitable for pollinators.


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