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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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Feature: 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.

Feature: Festival of Social Sciences

The ESRC Festival of Social Science is an annual celebration of the social sciences and a key element of ESRC’s commitment to promote awareness of UK social science research to new audiences. This year the festival will be held from 1-30 November 2021 and will feature exciting and creative events, 12 of which will be run by UoS Academics.

The events shaping our world, from climate change to Brexit and coronavirus, to geopolitical tensions and civic protests, reveal how social science is more important than ever to understanding the world. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all every day – at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, from the personal and local, to the national and global level. The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country’s leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st-century society.

2021 will be the 19th Festival of Social Science and the 3rd year the University of Southampton has taken part. There will be a mixture of virtual and face-to-face events, which will allow everyone to take part in and hear about social science research. For more information and to book onto events, please visit the website:

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.

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.

JAZZ | Ashley Henry at Turner Sims

Turner Sims are delighted to welcome South London pianist Ashley Henry with his trio. One of a new generation of musicians that have been raised with a wide range of influences, Ashley is clearly influenced by hip-hop but has his roots firmly in jazz.

Having recently embarked on world tours with Loyle Carner and Christine & The Queens, Henry has a rapidly growing international profile.

‘My music is a straight-up reflection of who I am; London in all its mixed-up glory. The immigrant in me has musical roots traced back to the 1940’s, so it’s important my music reflects that jazz narrative across different genres and generations.’

Following the success of the 26-year-old’s Easter EP, the genre-blurring pianist heads to Turner Sims with music from his debut album Beautiful Vinyl Hunter.

Book your tickets here, there are reduced tickets for those under 18.

John Hansard Gallery – Digital Exhibitions

JHG has just has kicked-off their new online presence with two new digital artworks by UK artist David Blandy, specially commissioned to reflect on the uncertain times we find ourselves in.

These new ‘tutorials’ show the audience How to Fly and How to Live, indirectly referencing our present moment, while also pointing to new potentials.
The first of two new videos, How to Fly, is available to stream throughout May, with the second, How to Live, showing throughout June at

John Hansard Gallery presents Black Heritage Quilt by members of Black Heritage Southampton

John Hansard Gallery is pleased to exhibit a handmade quilt made by members of Black Heritage Southampton. The quilt was created from workshops led by artist Shoshanna Goldstein in 2008. This creative and social activity involved local people coming together to share stories, whilst using their new skills to reuse fabric to striking effect.

Inspired by Barbara Brackman and her book ‘Facts and Fabrications, Unravelling the History of Quilts and Slavery’, the design uses the Ohio Star. This is a traditional pattern that has its roots in the American Civil War and anti-slavery movement at that time.

Black Heritage is a local charity promoting the welfare of members of the Caribbean community in Southampton. Started in 1988, the group was formed to support older members of the African Caribbean community, providing a place to meet new friends and socialise.

The quilt will be on display at John Hansard Gallery from Tuesday 21 September 2021.

Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 – 17:00

Entry is free and the exhibition is suitable for all ages.

John Hansard Gallery presents: Hetain Patel: Trinity

John Hansard Gallery is proud to present Trinity, the biggest solo exhibition to date by the highly acclaimed artist Hetain Patel. Trinity is also the name for an ambitious new film by Patel, the final part of a trilogy being premiered at John Hansard Gallery. Working with dance, martial arts and sign language collaborators, Trinity represents Patel’s most significant film so far.

Alongside Trinity, John Hansard Gallery is showing the first two films from the trilogy: Don’t Look at the Finger (2017) and The Jump (2015). The exhibition also features a number of related new sculptural works, which incorporate costumes and action figures of characters from the films, as well as a film merchandise ‘Gift Shop’.

On: from 3 August to 30 October 2021
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 – 17:00

This event is suitable for all ages and is free to attend.

John Hansard Gallery presents Mary Evans: Saints and Saviours

For Black History Month, John Hansard Gallery is delighted to have commissioned Mary Evans to create artworks celebrating Southampton’s vibrant diasporic communities and history.

Evans is concerned with identity politics, belonging and separation. She is interested in how the social, cultural and political dynamics of modern Britain are also the legacy of Britain’s imperial past. Her fascination lies in the journey via which people arrive and settle through emigration and Diaspora.

Evans creates installations by making cut outs of pictorial images to create work based on historical or social interest. Her hands-on approach allows her to maintain the handcrafted quality of the work in keeping with the image’s simplicity.

For Southampton, Evans will have work on show at John Hansard Gallery’s in their Mezzanine Gallery, as well as creating a series of site-specific works appearing across Southampton in October.

On: from 21 September to 6 November 2021
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 – 17:00

This exhibition is free to attend and is suitable for all ages.

#JHGflags – YOUR flag: Call for entries

  • Inspired by the work of artist Larry Achiampong, whose ‘PAN AFRICAN FLAGS FOR THE RELIC TRAVELLERS’ ALLIANCE (MOTION)’  currently cover John Hansard Gallery’s windows.
  • Resources for schools, colleges, families and individuals to create and share flags representing a place or community special to them.
  • Share on social media – and you can also submit your work for selection to be displayed later this year as part of our Community Takeover!


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!


SOTSEF Goes Digital!

SOTSEF 2020 is back…with a fresh digital twist, as ‘SOTSEF Goes Digital’!
Although the live events have come to an end, many of the videos, podcasts, blogs and activities are still available – so you can still join us and discover the amazing!


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:



The Supporting Education and Safeguarding Children page provides safeguarding and well-being information and support for professionals, parents/carers and young people for partners to use in their work and share with relevant networks.

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

Southampton from your SOfa!

We may be confined to staying at home and many of Southampton’s great venues are temporarily closed but that hasn’t stopped them bringing the local and global culture to you. From virtual tours and art exhibitions to live concerts and online events, explore this page and discover what’s available right at your fingertips.

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!

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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