Children’s events and activities
Libraries from home
An online resource to showcase the fantastic remote services that libraries are delivering to people across the country. The website pulls together some of the excellent rhyme times, story times and Lego clubs to keep children engaged and support early literacy and creative thinking. It also promotes activities to keep adults connected through online library readings and book discussion groups. It supports national literacy and creative events that have now moved online including World Book Night, Get Creative festival and the Summer Reading Challenge.
With the cancellation of physical book festivals many are moving online. In addition to The Big Book Weekend event (which BBC Arts is supporting), the Lockdown Litfest has also been launched. The Hay Festival is also bolstering its online presence and has now published Episode 1 of their podcast, featuring Stephen Fry and Philippe Sands.
National Shelf Service
A new daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from professional librarians. Focusing on helping children and families discover new, diverse reading experiences, the broadcast will run Monday to Friday at 11.00am each day at https://www.cilip.org.uk/nationalshelfservice
The National Shelf Service will feature one librarian and one book recommendation each day. The books will focus on great reading experiences for children and young people, with an emphasis on helping them to discover and enjoy diverse characters and authors from diverse backgrounds. The selected titles will be available to borrow as e-books from local libraries via their websites.
A non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators.
Real Teacher Support in every home covering EYFS to KS4 students
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.
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision.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.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience
Science awards you can complete from home.
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
All kinds of making.
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Listening activities for the younger ones.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
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.
Educational online games
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes