Home Educators

Home Educators 

Whether you are exploring STEM subjects, history, literacy, art or geography, Tower Bridge can support your teaching and learning outside of the traditional classroom setting. 

To sign up to our Home Educators mailing list please email learning@towerbridge.org.uk.

On-site workshops

Visit Tower Bridge and take part in one of our special Home Educators workshops. 

Raise Tower Bridge workshop

Raise Tower Bridge

Discover how this iconic structure opens to passing boats, and how technology has changed in its lifetime.

Students will work together in small teams to build a model of Tower Bridge to understand the Bridge's engineering and how modern-day coding can be used to make it open. The workshop culminates in pupils writing and inputting the code required to raise the roads of a miniature Tower Bridge!

Suitable for children aged 7 - 11.

Design the Skyline

Design the skyline

Challenge your child to design London’s future skyline. Taking on the role of architects, children will visit the high level walkways to critically analyse the current London skyline before designing new landmarks using professional 3D design software, SketchUp.

Students will also be introduced to 3D printing and a 3D printed version of their design will be sent out to them following the session.

Suitable for children aged 9 - 15.

Virtual workshops

Book onto our new virtual sessions for home schoolers, which support learning in coding, history and geography.

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Raise Tower Bridge with Scratch!

This virtual session includes a live 20-minute introduction to Tower Bridge and its engineering by a member of the Learning team, followed by a 45-minute self-led activity on writing and debugging code to control an animation of Tower Bridge using Scratch.

The Scratch activity is supported by instructional films for pupils.

Suitable for children aged 7 - 11.

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Why does Tower Bridge open?

This virtual session includes a live 15-minute introduction to Tower Bridge and its history by a member of the Learning team, followed by a 15-minute self-led geography activity looking for objects from around the world in your own homes.

Suitable for children aged 6 - 11.

Planning a visit to Tower Bridge?

There's nothing quite like visiting Tower Bridge in person. A trip to see inside the iconic Bridge provides a fun and inspiring focus for your homeschooling. You can find all the information you need to plan your visit on our Families page.

Plan a family visit

Visit resources

Why not enhance your visit using our Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 visit resources? These contain hints and tips for making the most of your visit, along with activities and worksheets for your children.

KS1 resources KS2 resources

Activities and resources

Explore a rich range of curriculum-linked and creative resources on our learning resources page or see our top picks for home educators below.

Tower Bridge without bascules

Make a moving Tower Bridge picture

Tower Bridge is famous because it opens for passing boats.

Have a go at making your own moving Tower Bridge picture, perfect for the Make a stop motion film activity below!

Curriculum links : DT, Art 

Making stop motion animations

Make a stop motion film

Learn how to make a stop motion film and use the technology in your pocket to bring your favourite story to life.

Curriculum links: Art, Computing, History, Literacy

Family inside Tower Bridge

Go on a scavenger hunt

Take part in our Tower Bridge themed scavenger hunt around the home, garden or outside on a walk.

Curriculum links: Geography, Maths (counting), Literacy (writing)

Children practicing semaphore

Learn Semaphore

When Tower Bridge is about to open, the Bridge Driver needs to speak to the ship to make sure it's ready. Before radio, they used semaphore signals.

Discover more and have a go at sending a semaphore message with this activity!

Curriculum links: DT, History, Literacy (spelling)

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Tower Bridge topic resources

Discover the what, when and why's of Tower Bridge using film, historical images and worksheets.

The next best thing to visiting Tower Bridge yourself! 

Key stages: 1 - 2
Curriculum links: History, STEM
Topics: Bridges, Rivers, London