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WAES offers free family learning workshops designed for parents and children to work together.

Learn practical ideas and things to do with your children to help them get ahead with their own learning.

Upcoming Workshops:

Helping Your Child Learn Creatively

Fun and creative Family Learning sessions designed to help adults understand how children learn in school, and gain ideas for supporting your child’s learning in the home through art and crafts.

Course code: FL0113GJ

WHEN: Mondays 9.30–11.30am (runs 3 June – 1 July)

ESOL - English Course

A beginner’s level course designed to improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. You will also learn basic grammar, develop vocabulary and use a simple dictionary.

Course code: ES0835GJ

WHEN: Mondays & Wednesdays 6–8pm (runs 3 June – 3 July)

Exploring London's Neighbourhoods

History and Architecture: Exploring the past is exciting. Join us on this ten-week course focusing on local history and the architectural styles of different local buildings (including St Mary Magdalene Church), how they relate to each other, and discover their hidden secrets.

Course code: GI7330GJ

WHEN: Tuesdays 6–8pm (runs 4 June – 2 July)

Tea and Textiles

Heritage Inspired Art and Craft course: Get creative, be inspired on this five week art course: using a mixture of different textile and craft materials you will create a unique piece of textile art for your home. Introductory course.

Course code: AD0131GJ

WHEN: Tuesdays 1–3pm (runs 4 June – 2 July)

Mindfulness for Wellbeing

An introductory course focusing on staying free from depression, stress, anxiety and pain. You will learn how to breathe and move toward a mindful body and mind.

Course code: FY0023GJ

WHEN: Mondays 11:30am–1pm (runs 3 June – 1 July)

Yoga for Wellbeing

A beginner’s course focusing on strength, flexibility, balance and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. Yoga supports sleep by reducing stress, anxiety and increasing happiness.

Course code: FY4201GJ

WHEN: Mondays 1:30–2:30pm (runs 3 June – 1 July)

Claymation: A stop motion animation workshop

Create and design a simple cardboard set, build a plasticine character, and film a mini animated clip.

Course code: WF0050GJ

WHEN: Wednesday, 29 June 2019 10:00am - 3:00pm


Book by visiting one of our centres or call us, quoting the course code, on 020 7297 7297
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Examples of previous workshops

Bumblebear workshop, April 2018

WAES Family Learning team ran a Bumblebear workshop for families with young children in April 2018 at Maida Vale Library. The workshop was based on the book The Bumblebear by Nadia Shireen. Families had a wonderful reading of the story by Hatty of Westminster Libraries, followed by learning a lot about bees, honey and conservation. Everyone made a Bumblebear Hat and read their very own copy of the book.


Sock Puppets workshop, April 2018

This Easter our Family Learning team worked with parents and children in Westminster to design and create wonderful sock puppets.

Here are some of the results!

sock puppets made by parents and children at WAES


Another sock puppet beautifully designed and made by parents and children


Sock puppet made by parents and children


Puppets made by children and parents at WAES


“It’s great to know that making a sock puppet can help us express our feelings. Thank you for having such a wonderful activity for families to go to for free during holidays”    - Caroline

During February half-term, WAES held a Family Learning clay animation workshop for parents and children. Click here to read about it and to watch the resulting video compilation of animations.

The latest family learning workshops will appear on this page – please check back for new workshops throughout 2018.



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