Recommended online resources

Please click on the images below to be directed to the web pages.

Evidence shows that the arts and culture, to people and society, has a positive impact  on our economy, health and wellbeing, society and education.

Furthermore,the creative industries are the fastest growing sector in the UK economy, with the potential to unlock even more significant growth.  If we want to get our children ready for their future  careers,  we will need to recognise creative education and skills development as a foundation for growth.

The 12 sub-sectors that make up the creative industries:

Advertising and Marketing Publishing
Architecture Museums, Galleries and Libraries
Crafts Music, Performing and Visual Arts
Design  (Product, Graphic, Fashion) Animation and VFX/SFX (Visual and Special Effects)
Film, TV, Video, Radio and Photography Video Games
IT, Software and Computer Services Heritage

Please press on the links to be directed to cultural activities:

Cultural Form

What you will be able to do?


Access Art Weekly videos of art activities for children as well as advice for parents and carers


Isolation Art A 30-day sketching/drawing/painting challenge on Facebook for people who are self-isolating due to Coronavirus. Each day has a new theme


Firstsite gallery has created an artist activity pack with contributions from established UK artists. Sign up for a free download 

Art, Craft, Dance, Music & Literacy

Fantastic for Families Craft, dance, music & literacy videos for families


Culture Fix Online activities, exhibitions and performances from cultural organisations in one place


One Dance Resource List


How to make animations and games online


Website for the virtual tours of some museums across the world including the British Museum.


Garage Band for Parents and Teachers


Music making through coding, can be linked to Raspberry Pi


Multitrack audio editing software


Eastbury Community School Music Dept



Activities, videos and lessons

Stories with Phil and Will  - they have provided fantastic recordings of music and stories for children in lock down to ease them and give them a grin.


Weekly challenges for households to turn their house to a performing theatre space

Visual Art, Fashion, Writing

Activities and Masterclass briefs developed by Saturday Club tutors and industry experts

Visual Art

Artist created resources – normally for paid members only; but have a good COVID section for free

Visual Art

Rijks Museum, Amsterdam – host of online resources for their collection (including  The Nightwatch).

Here are some of the exciting things that are happening in our borough.

Michael Feld Children’s Creative Writing Competition

Primary competition For Years 4 to 6 (Age 8 to 11 years) and For Years 7 to 9 (Age 11 to 14 years)

The closing date for all our competitions has been extended to 25 September 2020.  Please press here for more information

There are two categories:

  1. For children who live or go to school in Barking and Dagenham
  2. For those who live elsewhere

Young people can enter no more than 1 entry from each of the following forms of writing:
1. Poetry - Write a poem in any form such as a RAP, Haiku, ballad, sonnet, rhyming couplet or blank verse.

2. Non-Fiction - Write about an international news story that you have learnt about at school, seen on the news, heard about on the radio or read about on the internet.  Tells us what you have learnt about it, write about how it makes you feel and the reasons why you think it was important enough for you to choose to write about it.

3. Fiction - Write a story starting with the line: ‘I always wanted to be just like my neighbour…’
You must write an exciting new story, please remember to give your story a title! (The word count does not include the starting line.

For the full terms and conditions go to and email entries to

Write On! Extra

Write On! Extra is a co-created, online, creative writing magazine by local authors and residents.

They are looking for submissions.  If students, who would like to submit their work to be added to our website, send an email to If they have enough students, they will seek to dedicate a page a week to stories from our young people.

Children’s Book Talk

Join in with a virtual book talk in collaboration with the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation with Chris Wakeling who has co-written an adventure book with Wilbur Smith called Cloudburst Free Audio download, £3.33 e-book, £4.89 paperback.  He was coming to visit Beam -  but they had to change plans!

They are looking for written or video questions from children. The session is most suitable for children in school years 5,6,7 (9 to 14 year olds) If anyone is interested and wants more information, you can contact 

Wishing you all the best of health and stay safe 😊