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Learning is at the heart of the National Portrait Gallery. The Gallery’s extensive Collection and temporary exhibitions become the ultimate classroom, bringing schools up close and personal with the faces of history and contemporary culture.
National Portrait Gallery Learning offers a wide range of free, specifically designed education programmes, activities and resources for primary school groups. Our main curriculum areas are History, Art, Literacy, and Music and Dance. Our taught gallery sessions and workshops for Reception to Key Stage 2 are led by a specialist freelance team of artists and teachers. We also provide free supporting resources for self-directed visits and material to aid classroom teaching such as online learning resources and publications. CPD sessions and private views for teachers introduce temporary exhibitions and practical art making techniques.
Webquests are innovative problem-solving activities for primary pupils, using nine national museum collections to foster enquiry–based learning in a wide number of curriculum areas. Particular webquests have been linked under session information as follow-up work.
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2 - History
Key Stage 2 - Art
Key Stage 2
SEN schools and units
Free CPD for Primary School Teachers
Data Protection Act 1998: The National Portrait Gallery may take photographs of participants as part of standard gallery sessions. All images will be held securely by the Learning Department. In some cases, these images may be used to publicise the Gallery's services (on the website; promotional leaflets; displays etc.). Under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998 you have the right to object to the use of your image for the above purpose. If further information is needed please telephone the Education Department on 020 7312 2483 (BT's Text Direct: 18001).