Resources for parents and students during the pandemic
General Home Learning
UPDATES for January 2021:
Orchard Toys : https://www.orchardtoys.com/dept/things-to-do_d0127.htm
A range of free printable worksheets and activities which will keep children busy for hours.... numeracy, literacy, arts, crafts, colouring and recipes.
Free Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Learning Packs:
Is your child a fan of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's wonderful picture books? Now you can download a range of home learning activity packs to complete as you read the books via the following link:
Widget Software - Widget have given a code to enable their resources to be accessed for 30 days for free. Please use the following code when accessing the link "JAN2021". It is case sensitive.
BBC Bitesize and CBBC are providing on-line lessons that can be accessed either live, through the "Red Button" or via BBC IPlayer. Please see the following link for the weekly timetable.
Previous Resource links:
Twinkl have a wide range of resources and are offering a 1 month free membership for parents during this period. Please visit www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the offer code CVDTWINKLHELPS to create your account. When you have created your account there is a ‘Parents’ section on the tab list which contains resources designed for use at home.
Other Online companies offering free subscriptions : https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/
Information about how to access Surrey Library Resources from home: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/libraries/news-and-events/library-news/coronavirus/libraries-from-home-for-children-and-young-people
The School Libraries Association has put together a great list of resources to support parents.
Creative Isolation give a lovely roundup of activities and learning from a range of organisations.
ThinkUKnow have a range of advice for parents about keeping children safe online and activities for young people of ages to learn more about internet safety.
Chatterpack blog with home learning list for schools and families: https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/resources-list-for-home-learning
Autism or SEN Specific learning Resources
NAS Top tips for lockdown: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus/resources/tips.aspx
Speech, Language, communication and SEND resources for schools and
parent/carers including free SLT, OT resources, entertainment, movement and
exercise, anxiety, behaviour and emotional support
Widgit Online are offering free access to their symbol writer and range of resources, including COVID-19 symbols and fun things for learning from home
Brain Parade - a visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture-choosing games, for children with autism and special needs: http://www.brainparade.com/products/see-touch-learn-free/
HelpKidzLearn - a collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages. It includes provision for school closure: https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/
Visuals2Go - an all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties. For verbal and non-verbal learners: https://www.visuals2go.com/
Speech and Language Kids - a range of education and therapy resources for speech and language problems. A podcast is also available on iTunes for verbal and non-verbal children: https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com/free-speech-language-resources/
BBC SEND Toolkit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zh9v382
Surrey Local Offer has a great list of local and national resources available to help: https://www.surreylocaloffer.org.uk/kb5/surrey/localoffer/advice.page?id=s8d0Hl3q3O0
Action for Carers support information: Phone: 0303 040 1234/07714 075993 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On The Gruffalo's Facebook page, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have published pictures of the The Gruffalo and other characters from their books, explaining COVID 19 and social distancing.
The Gina Davies Autism Centre have created some videos of Attention Autism sessions themed around COVID19:
Staying home to stay safe from germs: https://youtu.be/BVx1fzt3F14
Young Minds: What to do if you're anxious about coronavirus.
Exercise and Wellbeing
GoNoodle website www.gonoodle.com – free sign-up for active videos, mindfulness activities and games. Search GoNoodle on YouTube to see their range of short videos.
Quell provide free emotional wellbeing support for young people with SEN: https://www.qwell.io/
PE with Joe Wicks – https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1YouTube search
Yoga for the classroom with Adriene (10-35 minute yoga sessions).
YouTube search – Glenn Higgins fitness (range of 5 minute superhero workouts).
YouTube search – Classroom meditation for all ages with Adriene (6 minutes).
Youtube search – Justdance workouts for kids (range of videos)
Youtube search – Zumba kids (short videos)
Daily Fine motor skills activities on Griffin OT: https://www.griffinot.com/
Boredom-busting online resources for anyone staying at home including arts &
culture, learning, well-being, music, entertainment, literature
Change4Life has lots of games and activities. https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/activities
Text line for secondary-aged young people to talk a school nurse if anxious:
07507 329951 https://childrenshealthsurrey.nhs.uk/ChatHealth
Literacy and numeracy
David Walliams is reading chapters of his books, which you can listen to on his website: www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses
The Literacy Trust: https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/
Carol Vorderman has now made her maths website completely free while schools are closed. Her Website is www.themathsfactor.com
30Nrich – a range of free Numeracy activities and resources: https://nrich.maths.org/
Oxford Owl – free eBooks following the Oxford reading tree banded scheme: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/
White Rose Maths – free Numeracy resources: https://whiterosemaths.com/
Topmarks – free educational resources from a wide range of different areas and a ‘parents resources’ area with on advice activities that can be completed at home: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/parents/
Amazon have canceled the subscription of books and audio stories for children and students of all ages as long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet using the following link: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Children's author, Oliver Jeffers @oliverjeffers, will be reading a story on Instagram live every day at 6pm and talking about his book ideas.
Shakespeare Week has lots of themed activities in their Kids' Zone. There is a printable booklet to track what children have been doing.
Michael Rosen has an amazing website of him reading and performing his poems, plus more resources.
Project Gutenberg – the website for books out of copyright – has a range of books for children.
Book publishers Penguin offer a range of quizzes based on some of your favourite children's characters from Peppa Pig to Wimpy Kid.
BookTrust Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy story time with free online books, play games, win prizes, or test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes.
Bookstart have interactive stories and games on their website, as well as suggested reading.
Sumdog can help children age 5–14 years-old, practise maths through games. Free access gives you six different games for children to use. You can also sign up as a member.
Science and Topics
Experiments and activities to teach about health issues: https://www.globalhealthhomeschool.org/
Jamie Oliver has opened a kids category to encourage children cooking
Dan Snow is offering 30 days free sign up to his history website- full documentaries and video footage ( parental supervision is advisable initially). https://tv.historyhit.com/signup/package
Just set a reminder to cancel so you do not get charged after the 30 day period!
Science with Professor Brain Cox, Robin Ince and guests
YouTube Search: Operation ouch – Science videos for kids
The kids should see this – Child-friendly Science videos: https://thekidshouldseethis.com/
Geography with Steve Backshall
Sporcle website – a range of quizzes including Geography and History: https://www.sporcle.com/
BBC Newsround – daily news, quizzes and short videos on topical issues: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround
National Geographic kids – activities and quizzes: https://www.natgeokids.com
DK find out – games and quizzes: https://www.dkfindout.com/
Intofilm – range of activities exploring different films: https://www.intofilm.org/
This is a list of all the zoos and aquariums who have live webcams of their animals: https://www.disability-grants.org/animal-and-aquarium-web-cams.html
The Surrey History Centre have put together on-line educational and fun activities for all ages: https://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/on-line-educational-and-fun-activities-for-all-ages/
The British Science Week website has downloadable 'Diverse Planet' activity packs for early years, primary school and secondary school children.
Scratch coding website has a range of tutorials for different coding activities.
The Royal Society has resources, activities and videos for science learning at home
STEM Learning offers a wealth of structured learning around Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths that can be done from home.
Outdoor Learning and Art
Nature detectives – outdoor activities that can be done outdoors as a family: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/nature-detectives/
Paw prints badges – Free downloads of 'challenge packs' with craft activities: https://pawprintfamily.com
Blue Peter badge challenges: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
The imagination tree – crafts to do at home: https://theimaginationtree.com/
Red Ted Art – Arts and crafts for younger children: https://www.redtedart.com/
Muddy puddle teacher – outdoor learning activities: https://themuddypuddleteacher.co.uk/