There are many sources of help, assistance and support for home schooling during this extended period of lockdown and schools closure. This list is not comprehensive by any means but can hopefully act as a stimulus to ensure children are still benefitting from education at home and avoiding boredom.
Coronavirus (COVID 19): list of online education resources for home education
The Government has brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.
These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.
The list includes subject-specific resources for:
They are currently being offered for free here
Fun things to do at home. If you or your children are feeling bored and lacking inspiration? Why not try an activity (or two…or three…) here.
Please make sure that when completing these fun activities, children do so safely and ask for an adult’s help if they are unsure. Staff in school can be contacted by epraise if you or your children need advice!
Accessing epraise for Whitstone Students: click here
Make the Sunshine
Creative Activities to Keep Everyone Inspired During Lockdown.
Some of the activities have been inspired by companies that have been part of our creative theatre programme here in Shepton – performing in the park and local community.
Make the Sunshine have created a resource sheet with loads of information about some of the South West’s most exciting theatre companies, with different arts and creative resources you can find online and lots of free theatre shows. You can download the full resource pack here for free.
Activities are divided into 8 sections:
- Music, Dance and Make Believe
- Learning about Famous Artists from Home
- Theatre Making and Puppets
- Creative Ideas
- Art and Drawing Lessons Online
- Drama andTheatre Games
- Resources from Theatre Companies
- Watching Live Theatre from
There are links here to relevant websites, great resources and music
Activities are tailored for different ages. While most are suitable for all some content is only suitable for older viewers or adults.
Daily lessons are here!
School shut? The BBC are bringing you three new lessons every weekday, with videos, activities and more for Primary, Secondary and Post-16 children.
Bitesize is the BBC’s free online study support resource for school-age pupils in the United Kingdom. It is designed to aid pupils in both schoolwork and, for older pupils, exams.
The Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 along with GCSE section covers a range of subjects. In Key Stage 1, 17 subjects are available, including Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, English, Geography, History, Maths, Music, Physical Education, PSHE, Citizenship, Religious Education, Science, and Modern Foreign Languages. The Key Stage 2 site covers 23 subjects, Key Stage 3 section contains 33 subjects, and the GCSE section contains 49 subjects across several exam boards.
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Teach from Home
A temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis provided by Google, UNESCO and the International Society for Technology in Education. Teaching from home is going to require a different approach and this site is filled with a wealth of helpful advice and many resources.
For a step-by-step guide, download the Teach from Home Toolkit here
A resource for families with children of different ages and areas of interest
As schools around the world close their buildings and families find themselves at home, we want to ensure that learning together continues. So we’re partnering with learning creators to bring parents and families resources and activities. These resources are not meant to replace homework assigned by teachers, but meant to complement that work.
Click here for 10 nature activities for kids if you’re self-isolating at home
We’re all going to be spending a lot more time at home in the coming weeks and months due to the coronavirus crisis. With schools now closed, we know many families are looking for ideas to keep children entertained. To help, we’ve pulled together some simple, nature-based activities you can enjoy together at home or in your garden.
If you’re not self-isolating, you can also get some exercise in your local wood. But please don’t travel unnecessarily and always follow the Government’s social distancing advice to keep yourselves and others safe.
During these strange times the RSPCA prevention and education team is aiming to provide teachers, parents and carers with engaging activities that will get young people thinking and debating animal issues.
Learning new things is always fun and it is good to take the focus off ourselves and explore topics that could really change things for the better for both animals and the planet.
There is a lot more to think about than you would imagine – dip into some of these suggested activities and resources, you’ll be surprised what little changes we could make to improve the lives of animals.
Somerset Wildlife Trust
Great educational resources to find fun nature activities to do with children. Everything from being a wildlife and fungi detective to spotting birds, baby animals and butterflies. Here you can find how to make a bee hotel and what it takes to attract butterflies to your garden.
For downloadable illustrated guides to help protect and attract wildlife to your garden or patch of ground. Click here
P.E. With Joe Wicks
Joe Wicks started the Body Coach TV with a goal to offer free home workouts to everyone, no matter what their fitness levels.
The lessons called “PE with Joe” are streamed live on Wicks’ YouTube channel at 9am, Monday to Friday. There’s no need for any equipment with Wicks’ lessons designed to be done in living rooms using only bodyweight. With schools closed, there is no PE so Wicks’ sessions can provide relief for parents who are indoors with children all day.
Get your kids moving and feeling energised, positive and optimistic.
Go to The Body Coach TV Channel here
Change 4 Life
This great NHS website has a host of ideas to keep children active. Loads of sports and activities, plus loads of Disney inspired indoor games and 10 Minute Shake Up challenges to help them stay active while everyone’s at home.
Mr Cleave’s Home Sports
Home activities and challenges to keep students, family and friends active in these times of self-isolation and social distancing.
A wide range of imaginative sporty activities ranging from football to rounders, games and novel exercises.
Visit the YouTube Channel here
Safety for children of all ages online
Get expert support and practical tips to help children benefit from connected technology and the internet safely and smartly.
From age-specific online safety checklists to guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, you’ll find a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world.
For Older Teens & Adults
Click here for 20 free apps selected by The Observer newspaper