Education Blog

Inspiration for 8-11 year olds. Make the most of time after school and at the weekends by getting stuck into some of the incredible things London has to offer, along with some awesome apps, brilliant books and amazing activities.

By Marieke Audsley


For young Masterchefs, inspired by the Great British Bake Off….
Tea time treats are so much more enjoyable if you have made them yourself and Kate Doran’s wonderful book Homemade Memories is packed with famous childhood favourites, but given a fun twist. Anyone for a banana pecan éclair? Or a triple chocolate caterpillar cake?

Those who prefer ice cream to cake, should pop over to Sydney Street in Chelsea, where you can whip up some real Italian gelato at DriDri’s.

Really adventurous chefs (and their hungry parents!) shouldn’t miss La Cucina Caldesi’s Italian Mama’s Cookery Club, where kids can learn how to make a three course feast. The next workshop will be Halloween themed so get your pumpkins at the ready!


For those who prefer getting creative with paintbrushes and pencils…
London has so many amazing galleries to visit for inspiration and perennial favourites are The National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, The Design Museum and The Dulwich Picture Gallery.

After soaking up images and ideas, kids can make their own masterpieces at classes run by Young Artist, create comics at the Cartoon Museum and design dresses at the fashion illustration classes at Artsdepot.

Also worth a visit is Blade Stamps on Bury Place in Bloomsbury, which has the most incredible collection of stamps and ink.

Strictly fans who are keen to ‘keep dancing’ might like to try some slightly more unusual routines and check out the Kathak (Indian classical dance) classes or Russian ballet classes at Artsdepot. Of course there are more traditional classes on offer by the Chelsea Ballet School and Pineapple Studios.


Something a bit more unusual…
Love animals? Want to be a zookeeper for a weekend? ZSL offer a two day ‘zoo academy’. Designed for 8-10 year olds, the days are jam packed with games, talks, challenges and ‘keeper experiences’

If you are a natural born entertainer and are constantly making your family and friends laugh, then learn how to be a Stand Up Comedian at the Comedy Club for Kids, based at the Soho Theatre in London. To get started, you may want to take a peek at Roald Dhal’s Marvellous Joke Book.

Always wanted to time travel? Well, now’s your chance as The Ragged School Museum offers free Victorian lessons, so you can see what school was like under Queen Vic.


Sit back, relax and be entertained…
There’s loads of great children’s theatre in the capital, and the best place to go for stunning shows are the Little Angel Theatre in Islington, which specializes in puppetry, the Unicorn Theatre in London Bridge, and the Half Moon Theatre in Limehouse.

For films, the Electric Cinema Kids Club is a must and Picturehouse Cinemas’ kids clubs are great too.

When it’s dark and rainy, and you don’t want to venture outside… Educational apps can be a smashing way to have fun and learn at the same time.

Dulolingo is a fantastic language learning app, which is extremely effective and an awful lot of fun. You can use it to help with French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Danish, Polish and many more…

Like Maths? And skiing? Want to do both at the same time? Then Mr. N’s Math Downhill Slalom is the game for you!

Words With Friends is for any Scrabble addicts out there. Go for gold and a triple word score!


New Books

There are some superb recent and forthcoming releases. Highlights include…

  • Old School Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
  • Little Stars by Jaqueline Wilson
  • Geek Girl, All that Glitters by Holly Smale
  • Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  • The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
29/09/2016 News

Will prep school increase my son’s chances of getting a place at a top grammar school?

Vivienne Durham offers her expert advice in The Telegraph. (more…)
Read more
01/07/2016 News

A Testing Time | Ten Top Tips when Preparing for SATs

Why are SATs getting so much negative publicity? Ten Top Tips when Preparing for Exams. (more…)
Read more
06/01/2017 News

Parent Guides to every Year Group | Guiding you Through your Child’s Education

We pride ourselves on being able to support families with all matters of their children's education, every step of...
Read more
22/09/2016 News

Will my GCSE grades affect my application to Oxford University?

Vivienne Durham offers her expert advice in The Telegraph (more…)
Read more
14/06/2017 News

Five Questions to Ask on a School Open Day

Visiting prospective schools can be both an inspiring and intimidating experience, but if you come equipped with the right...
Read more
01/12/2015 News

Christmas Cheer | Promoting Happy Children

A recent study states our children are some of the unhappiest in the world. So how do we put...
Read more
04/10/2016 News

Homework: Working hard or hardly working?

A secondary school in Colchester has opted to scrap the ‘traditional’ approach to homework in order to assign pupils...
Read more
22/09/2015 News

How to Pick a Prep School

Choice: too much usually proves to be problematic, and when it comes to choosing a school endless lists and...
Read more
16/05/2017 News

9 Tips to Help you Achieve your Best in an Exam

Study Skills to help you Succeed By Bella Audsley Click here to download a timetable of GCSE, IB and A level...
Read more
01/03/2016 News

Enjoying Life | Extraordinarily Good Teaching

Former Headteacher of Francis Holland School Regent's Park, Vivienne Durham, reflects on looking at education from the other side...
Read more
01/10/2016 News

Building a Creative Curriculum

How a creative curriculum is key to developing lifelong learners. By Sophie Stead, The Hill Resident (more…)
Read more
22/10/2016 News

A Whole Lot of Half Term Fun

Shakespeare, Science and the Shard - there's a treat in store for everyone this October! (more…)
Read more
One to One Tuition
Enjoy Homeschooling
Relocation Support
Become an Enjoy Tutor

Award-Winning