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Christopher Hatton

Home Learning: Creative Ideas

Competition for Jacqueline Wilson fans
Jacqueline Wilson, author of Hetty Feather, is one of the Foundling Museum's biggest supporters and because they’re closed to the public, Jacqueline has started a new story which she'd like school children to complete.
Inspired by the true story of the foundlings, Jaqueline's writing features two small children arriving at the Foundling Hospital, with their foster mother. We are asking children (particularly Hetty Feather fans) to continuing the story by sending their creative writing and illustrations. 
Every week we will choose a page of writing to move the story forward, from those sent to us, along with an illustration. Week by week they will be added to our website resulting in a collaborative Jacqueline Wilson story. I've attached the instructions, some useful creative writing tips by Jacqueline and the start of the 
The competition is running for 10 weeks and we would like as many children as possible to take part.
British Library - Discovering Children's Books

Explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with Discovering Children's Books. For children, teachers and book-lovers of all ages

Jewish Museum - In the Classroom

Delve into their extensive video, audio, and object portal specially designed for students and teachers

House of Illustration - Free Primary Teaching Resources

Key Stage 2 resources designed to help you use illustration techniques in the classroom to support teaching and learning in science and humanities, while developing art and design skills

British Museum - Sessions and Resources

A number of classroom resources which can be used at school or home, organised by Key Stage and then cultural area

Tate Kids

The Tate Kids website has loads of ideas for art at home, as well as fun games and quizzes. Here are some great ones to get you started, but make sure you spend some time exploring the website yourself.

Create art like Van Gogh 

Make your own string installation

Create drawings inspired by music and movement 

Rob Biddulph ( @RobBiddulph ) 

An illustrator posting draw-along videos via Twitter every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. All videos he creates are also available permanently on his website.

Play Like Mum - Junk Modelling

This website has lots of good ideas for junk modelling, where you can create new 3D objects out of things found around the house that would normally go straight into the recycling.

Noel Fielding Art Competition

Noel Fielding is running art competitions for children on Twitter. Follow @noelfielding11​ to find out when the next one is and what the theme will be. All you need to do is take a picture of your entry, tagging him and including #artclub 


Contemporary visual arts organisation Firstsite have made an activity pack in collaboration with lots of UK artists including Antony Gormley. 

'Art is where the home is' has loads of fantastic ideas from different artists about how to get creative at home. Importantly, there are no special materials needed!

Drawing activities related to your reading ​

My favourite character: Draw a picture of your favourite character from your book and label their important features.

Wanted poster: Draw a ‘wanted’ poster for the 'bad' character in your reading book. Make sure you make it clear what they are wanted for, and what the reward for turning them in is!

Draw a comic strip: Choose 8 key events from your book and draw a comic-book strip about them. Remember to use speech bubbles to show what’s happening! A comic strip template can be downloaded here