Learning resources for schools

These resources for primary and secondary schools are designed to support learning and engage students on site at Southbank Centre or back in the classroom.

Uncovering Classics: Bernstein's MASS

To commemorate Leonard Bernstein's centenary celebrations, Southbank Centre staged a special performance of Bernstein's MASS featuring hundreds of non-professional performers in 2018. This pack includes films and resources to support secondary schools and interested individuals in exploring the music, composer and political context of the work.

The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl: Teacher Resource

This educational resource explores Roald Dahl’s process as a writer, and particularly how he drew inspiration from the world around him. The detailed lesson plans include activities to help your students learn about archives and to explore Roald Dahl’s use of Ideas Books.

What You Need to Know about Classical Music

This resource on Alban Berg's opera Wozzeck was created to accompany the live session and is jam-packed with additional reading suggestions, online videos, playlists and short abstracts from the expert speakers.

Letters Home

This resource offers young students a chance to discover alternative approaches to poetry introduced during the First World War. To find out more or book a Letters Home session at The National Poetry Library email us.


Word Search

TrailWords and poetry are all around you to be discovered. Students are encouraged to become poetry explorers, and to search out words everywhere at Southbank Centre, then use them to make their own poem. This booklet was developed by Southbank Centre working in partnership with poet Joelle Taylor, Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Lemn Sissay, and teachers from primary schools in Lambeth and Westminster.

Make Your Own Mandalas

The Mandala is a geometric pattern representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism. Designing mandalas in the classroom can help you to explore visual arts, design and mathematics with your students. This resource was inspired by our annual Alchemy Festival.

A Young Person's Guide to Banner Making

Banners show to the world the best face of causes and campaigns. Learn how to create your own trade-union style banners to promote debate and conversation in the classroom. This resource was created Southbank Centre in partnership with artist Ed Hall, inspired by WHY - What's Happening for the Young Festival.

Uncovering Classics: Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

To commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War in November 2014, Southbank Centre staged a special performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem featuring hundreds of young performers. This pack includes films and resources as an exciting springboard to spark your exploration of the piece of music.

Southbank Centre's Adventures in Moominland

This educational resource pack is for primary school teachers working with pupils aged 7 – 11. The resource explores the work of Tove Jansson, particularly how she drew inspiration from the world around her and provides activities which can be incorporated into your own lessons.

Southbank Centre Sculpture and Heritage Trail

This self-guided trail leads you to discover Southbank Centre's on-site sculptures and some of our heritage artefacts. In a series of short activities and games, you'll discover the hidden stories of Southbank Centre's rich heritage. Suitable for pupils ages 7 – 12.