We have put together some links and ideas for additional learning and activities you can do with your child or your family whilst at home. There are also links included for parents who need to take a moment to themselves. We will keep adding to the list over the coming weeks.
Letters and Sounds
The DfE have put together a 12 week programme of support for their Phonics Programme Letters and Sounds. This is a series of online learning videos on Youtube which your child can do at home.
BBC Bitesize launch their daily lessons starting on Monday 20th April
Oak National Academy launch their online platform starting Monday 20th April
This will be a useful teaching and home learning resource for those pupils in Secondary East. You can access the website here via this link.
The Celebrity School
For anyone struggling with home schooling children whilst trying to work, here’s what various celebrities are offering you and your children for free, daily, to help with their education during school closure.
9.00am PE with Joe Wicks
Maths with Carol Vorderman
English with David Walliams
Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver)
Music with Myleene Klass
Dance with Darcey Bussel
History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days)
Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri)
Non-daily events include:
Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests
Wellbeing and Mental Health
Supporting neurodiverse children in challenging times
Children and adolescent mental health support resource
Meditation/relaxation and sleep resources
Self help resources for mental health issues
Online resource for skills building
Coronavirus and Your Child’s Wellbeing
- Autisitica – coping with uncertainty for autistic people and their families – https://www.autistica.org.uk/what-is-autism/coping-with-uncertainty?dm_i=4U0R,BB4Y,2UR4W7,18O1Z,1
- The Anna Freud Centre – supporting young people’s mental health during periods of disruption – https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus
- The Mental Health Foundation – talking to your child about scary world news – https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/talking-to-your-children-scary-world-news
- Young Minds – blogs aimed at young people on wellbeing and Coronavirus – https://youngminds.org.uk
Online learning support resource for GCSE/KS2 and KS3
Maths Learning support
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material
Ted Ed: All sorts of engaging educational videos
The Kids Should See This Wide range of educational videos
Crash Course – You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids for a younger audience
Prodigy Maths – U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age
Cbeebies Radio – Listening activities
British Council – Resources for English language learning
DfE’s validated phonics programmes are:
- Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters
- Jolly Phonics
- Letterland Phonics
- Letters and Sounds (supplemented by closely matched and fully decodable books)
- Phonics Bug
- Phonics International
- Read Write Inc.
- Sound Discovery
Some fun ways to learn at home and engage your children
BBC Learning – This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer
National Geographic Kids – Activities and quizzes
Nature Detectives – A lot of these can be done in a garden
Toy Theatre – Educational online games
DK Find Out – Activities and quizzes
Free online puzzles
Complete online free music concerts
Online theatre productions
Online plays and theatrical performances
Sport and Physical Exercise
Yoga you can do with the kids, to chill them out?
Joe Wicks PE Workout – Daily at 9am
NHS 10 Minute Workouts
NHS Gym Free Workouts
Move to Learn
Shape up with Spurs Abdominal Workout:
Shape up with Spurs Interval Session Tutorial:
Artistic exploration website
Learn new languages online
Duolingo – Learn languages for free. Web or app
Tinkercad – All kinds of making
Blue Peter Badges – If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent – Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art – Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree – Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Bug Club – School online Reading Library
Online sci-fi books
Audible stories and audio books free for kids
Oxford Owl for Home – Lots of free resources for Primary age
Computing and Science
Blockly – Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Scratch – Creative computer programming
Mystery Science – Free science lessons
Minecraft creating and exploring online worlds
Geography Games and gaming!
Crest Awards – Science awards you can complete from home.
iDEA Awards – Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online
Resources to help at home
Widgit Symbols – Widgit is used to make visual symbols and schedules to support communication. Widgit is offering free online service during school closures: Use code WIDGIT30
Paw Print Badges – Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
Twinkl – This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
Free colouring books to download and print
FREE Makaton download resources available until 30th March
Resources and support for activities available on the PECS website https://pecs-unitedkingdom.com/support-at-home/
A range of useful ideas to support therapy interventions with your child
OT Scheduling from home – Tips and Advice https://www.griffinot.com/homeschooling-during-coronavirus-19-tips-for-parents/
Learn about sensory processing disorders and challenges https://www.griffinot.com/sensory-processing-disorder/
Supporting Challenging Behaviours at Home
The Challenging Behaviour foundation has issued guidance and resources to support parents and carers who now have a young person at home who displays behaviours which challenge. You can read the guidance at the link below.
Resources to help your child cope with challenges of COVID-19
The National Autistic Society has produced resources and information regarding coronavirus which can be accessed here: https://www.autism.org.uk/
The World Health Organisation have produced videos on coronavirus and washing hands:
Easy reads and social stories during COVID19 https://www.dimensions-uk.org/
Detailed guidance and booklet put together by colleagues in Community Family Psychology, Neurodevelopmental Team and Children’s Occupational Therapy in Cardiff which gives lots of ideas and practical activities and information to supporting your child during these times. You can read this guidance here.
The Government and DfE have put together a list of online learning tools and resources to help with home learning. They have also added an SEND section. You can access this via the link.