For teachers

Teacher or professional working with young people

Welcome to Culturepool, a website for teachers, school staff and professionals working with young people. Culturepool is a resource to help you find arts and cultural education activity and opportunities. It aims to make it easier for you to take advantage of exciting local offers from Liverpool City Region’s diverse arts and cultural sector, so you can give pupils the chance to experience these.

The Ofsted framework specifically refers to the importance of ‘cultural capital’. Art and culture helps bring the curriculum to life, making it broad, rich, well-balanced and locally relevant. It can focus learning on the real world, having an impact on quality of education, pupils’ character, resilience, behaviours and attitudes, personal development and leadership skills.

Have fun looking for opportunities and we welcome feedback and comments!

If you would like to upload your own community or arts and cultural celebration events, please do so via the offer form

You can also find a broader perspective of cultural education offers across the North West on the Curious Minds Culture Hubs website.

View offers for teachers/professionals working with young people.

Latest offers for teachers

Mandela8

Mandela Week – My 67 Minutes

Cost: FREE

Mandela8 is marking Mandela Day this year by encouraging schools and the public to take part in a whole week…

Mandela8 is marking Mandela Day this year by encouraging schools and the public to take part in a whole week of activities. These aim to promote community cohesion and highlight those who have been affected by the ongoing pandemic. Amongst the suggested activities for the public to get involved in are calls for community choirs to entertain residents in lockdown (whilst engaging in social distancing) as well as litter picking and planting trees - we're looking for any acts of kindness. Participants are encouraged to spend 67 minutes of their day taking part in their chosen act of kindness - one minute for every year of Mandela's public service - as part of this #My67Minutes campaign, sponsored by Torus Foundation. Mandela Week - 13th to 21st July, 2020

Art & design Citizenship Dance Drama History Music

free Mandela8
Digital/online activity or resource
EY - Key Stage 5

As Creatives Connect

Socially Distanced Outdoor Maths and Literacy…

Cost: £395.00

With research suggesting that Covid-19 transmits significantly less in open spaces than indoors, many schools are seeing the power of…

With research suggesting that Covid-19 transmits significantly less in open spaces than indoors, many schools are seeing the power of Outdoor Learning – as its approaches allow children to work in “bubbles”. Our Outdoor Learning programmes have long been both popular and successful – and are ideally suited to the current situation, providing children with fantastic opportunities to place curriculum areas in context, to enjoy all the myriad benefits of being outside and to engage in social (but safe) behaviour. All of them exist in age-differentiated formats from EYFS to Year 6  - and allow us to work with a number of groups in a single day. Outdoor Maths Outdoor spaces provide wonderful opportunities to explore how numbers and shapes create both the built and natural worlds. So our engaging (and very active!) outdoor maths workshops, utilising our specially designed portable Outdoor Maths Trail, feature a range of tried and tested al fresco activities, bringing home the relevance of numeracy to our everyday lives – and providing lots of scope for problem solving too! Outdoor Literacy From The Gruffalo to Alice in Wonderland, many of the “greats’ of children’s literature, of course, are set wholly or partly outdoors – inspiring our exciting and engaging Outdoor Literacy workshop - CSI: Bookmark … The Book Review Competition at Little Podmore Library received record entries this year – but someone snuck in before judging was complete, and jumbled up all the entries! In a series of age-differentiated workshops, your children will work in “bubbles” on a carousel supporting them in realising just how much they know about literature. And, as they explore to the full their creative connection-making skills, we’re sure they’ll be able to make sense of it all! Purchase Your Own Outdoor Maths Trail Our Outdoor Maths Trail comprises ten durable, waterproof bags, each containing age-differentiated Outdoor Maths questions, challenges and activities - together with all required resources (plus a Teacher's Guide) - all contained in one easy-to-carry box. Available in formats for both primary and secondary schools, the Trail focuses on a whole range of mathematical areas including additive reasoning, multiplicative reasoning number patterns, fractions, percentages, properties of 2D shapes, properties of 3D shapes, money, positional language, multi-stage problem solving and logic problems. Get in touch for more details.

English Maths

395.00 300 As Creatives Connect Yes
Visit into school
EY - Key Stage 5

As Creatives Connect

Outdoor Maths Trail

Cost: £450.00

Our Outdoor Maths Trail comprises ten durable, waterproof bags, each containing age-differentiated Outdoor Maths questions, challenges and activities – together…

Our Outdoor Maths Trail comprises ten durable, waterproof bags, each containing age-differentiated Outdoor Maths questions, challenges and activities - together with all required resources (plus a Teacher's Guide) - all contained in one easy-to-carry box. Available in formats for both primary and secondary schools, the Trail focuses on a whole range of mathematical areas including additive reasoning, multiplicative reasoning number patterns, fractions, percentages, properties of 2D shapes, properties of 3D shapes, money, positional language, multi-stage problem solving and logic problems. Get in touch for more details.

Maths

450.00 300 As Creatives Connect Yes
Digital/online activity or resource
EY - Key Stage 2

As Creatives Connect

As Creatives Whole School Digital Maths…

Cost: FREE

As schools begin the process of re-opening their doors to pupils, initially from selected year groups, we know teachers are…

As schools begin the process of re-opening their doors to pupils, initially from selected year groups, we know teachers are looking once again for the high quality and engaging creative learning programmes that As Creatives can offer – but in the knowledge that safety is paramount. Therefore for the new school term we are making available digital versions of some of our most popular maths programmes, allowing you to run these in school yourselves, without running any of the risks associated with hosting external visitors. Programmes include: The Benefactor, The Race into Space and The Riddle of the Sphinx - all delivered by our sister company As Creatives Connect. We’ll also be making many more programmes available digitally in the coming months – so from the autumn term onwards you can also buy A Taste of the Times, CSI: Michaela Maths and CSI: Goldilocks! Our digital programmes can be enjoyed by anything from a single class to a whole school, so represent fantastic value for money. As the current situation, though, places limits on the number of pupils in schools at the moment, we’re able to provide them at the Introductory Offer of £145.00 per programme. And although this offer will end on August 31st 2020, you can, of course, make purchases now to use in the autumn term (or beyond).

Maths

free As Creatives Connect Yes
Digital/online activity or resource
EY - Key Stage 2

Liverpool John Moores University

Lockdown Labyrinth Arts Activity

Cost: FREE

This arts-based research project centres around labyrinth activities. The labyrinth is an ancient archetype that has re-emerged in recent decades…

This arts-based research project centres around labyrinth activities. The labyrinth is an ancient archetype that has re-emerged in recent decades and is often used in educational as well as health and well-being settings. The aim is to explore how arts activities can be useful during epidemics. In particular, how can children and teenagers process, reflect and capture their experiences of lockdown by engaging with labyrinth activities? As the COVID-19 pandemic left us adjusting to a very different way of life - many of us home schooling for the first time - the arts sector is playing a huge part in devising imaginative ways to help reduce social isolation and manage the mental health and well-being of communities. If you are interested in taking part and want to find out more, please access all the resources and information here and contact Elaine McNeill if you have any questions: e.mcneill@ljmu.ac.uk 07782 482 733

Art & design Citizenship History Maths

free Liverpool John Moores University Yes
Digital/online activity or resource
Key Stages 1–4

Movema

Dancing Around the World

Cost: FREE

Movema’s youth dance project ‘Unlock the Box’ brings you four 30 minute dance sessions, each from different parts of the…

Movema's youth dance project 'Unlock the Box' brings you four 30 minute dance sessions, each from different parts of the world. Dance in the comfort of your own home, classroom or...anywhere! Sessions include information about culture, language, music and are accessible for all- no previous dance experience necessary, just pop onto our Youtube channel and learn at your own pace! Ties in brilliantly with PE, Music, Dance, Geography and PSHE. YouTube - Movema Dance

Dance Geography Music PSHE

free Movema Artsmark Arts Award Yes
Digital/online activity or resource
EY - Key Stage 5

Mandela8

Mandela Week – My67Minutes

Cost: FREE

This year, the Mandela Week My67 Minutes programme will: enable people to remember their loved ones lost to Covid-19; provide…

This year, the Mandela Week My67 Minutes programme will:
  • enable people to remember their loved ones lost to Covid-19;
  • provide a space for organisations to recognise the work their staff and volunteers have done to help people during Covid-19.
This memorial space will be hosted on a dedicated page on our website here – mandela8.org.uk/covid-19-memorial-tributes The week will also be a chance to reflect on current affairs, the rising tensions and the impact of racial hatred on our lives. It will enable people to celebrate the positive contribution Black people and people from other cultures around the world bring to society, and how we must work together to bring about lasting change and healing. As we have said many times before: ‘We stand on the shoulders of giants’ in our community. In times gone by, greats like Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King would have been a voice for Black communities:, protesting for justice, speaking for those who live in daily fear, calling on leaders to ‘Do the Right Thing’.  Our actions speak louder than words. Aptly, Nelson Mandela himself was in lockdown for 27 years, and came out of it to ask for peace and reconciliation; our programme this year is one of remembrance, recognition, hope and healing. We would like: People to post a picture on our dedicated website page – click here – of a loved one they have lost to Covid-19 and tell us something about them so we can remember them with you. Organisations to celebrate the achievements of their staff and volunteers at this time. Communities to come together. This could be through a whole host of activities, but here’s some ideas to get you started:
  • Litter Picking
  • Choirs – singing for residents in care homes during lockdown
  • Quote for Mandela – post a quote from Nelson Mandela or another leader that has inspired them, using the hashtag #MandelaWeek and #Mandela8My67Minutes
  • Plant for Mandela – whether it’s a new tree in your community, a plant in your garden, or some veg on your windowsill, take a photo and post it using the hashtag #MandelaWeek and #Mandela8My67Minutes
  • Chalk a quote – an inspirational Mandela quote in a park or on a pavement in your community
Remember to take pictures of videos and post them to social media using the hashtags. Please use our resource booklet on the website and give consideration to whatever you do complying with social distancing guidelines and digital solutions. MANDELA Week will take place 13th – 21st July, 2020. www.mandela8.org.uk

Art & design Citizenship Dance English History Music

free Mandela8
Digital/online activity or resource
EY - Key Stage 5

Rob Keeley

Virtual author workshops and PDF writing…

Cost: £150+ (but negotiable)

During the lockdown/phased return to school, I am making my author workshops and Creative Writing sessions for young people available…

During the lockdown/phased return to school, I am making my author workshops and Creative Writing sessions for young people available virtually, via Zoom or Skype.  These can include almost everything that a face-to-face workshop would include, and are available at the same affordable rates. Original face-to-face offer now available via Zoom or Skype I also have a two-week writing course aimed at young people - Rob Keeley's Story Starters.  This is a PDF booklet based around the daily writing prompts I wrote while Children's Writer in Residence at the Stay at Home Literary Festival, and is suitable for Key Stages 2 or 3, and for school or homeschooling.  This is available for just £10 per copy. For more info, contact me at wordsmithrk@hotmail.co.uk, or visit www.robkeeley.co.uk or twitter.com/RobKeeleyAuthor.

English

150+ (but negotiable) 200 Rob Keeley Yes
Digital/online activity or resource
Key Stages 2–3