Things to do at Home - Useful Links

The following is a selection of online support which will be added to as we find more. If you are a member of the Forum, please feel free to add by using the reply function. 
 
Little Troopers 
Every week day at 0900 we will post an idea, activity sheet, resource that could help you through this time with your Little Troopers at home. Everything is FREE to access. 
Today is Mother’s day prep! This is a free card to make at home activity sheet and you can access here 
 
100+ Indoor Activities 
If you are looking for easy and low cost indoor activities for kids, we have a list of over 100 ideas for you! From simple activities to fun crafts that can keep kids busy during school breaks or on a rainy day. To make it easy we have created a printable list of all 100+ activities for kids. 
 
www.crayola.co.uk 
Make your world more colourful with printable colouring pages from Crayola. Our FREE colouring pages for adults and kids. 
 
Teach Your Monster to Read 
The ground breaking game that makes learning to read fun 
• Covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences 
• Designed in collaboration with leading academics 
• Complements all synthetic phonics programmes used in schools 
• Computer version is 100% FREE 
 
Phonics Play 
A site packed with interactive phonics games, phonics planning, assessments and printables - Currently free to use 
 
Jolly Phonics 
Resource bank for teachers and parents - free to use 
 
Twinkl School Closure 
Twinkl School Closure free access code: PARENTSTWINKLHELPS - This offer is for a free 1 month subscription 
 
Free online preschool game 
Play our free preschool games online to give your kids the coolest ways to learn the lessons teachers say are most important in preschool. 
 
Khan Academy 
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the US grade system but it’s mostly common material. 
 
BBC Learning 
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language to  BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV Licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer. 
 
FutureLearn 
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account). 
 
Seneca 
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of FREE revision content. PAID access to higher level material. 
 
Openlearn 
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some eg: nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people. 
 
Blockly 
Learn computer programming skills – fun and FREE. 
 
Scratch 
Creative computer programming 
 
Ted Ed 
All sorts of engaging educational videos 
 
National Geographic Kids 
Activities and quizzes for younger kids 
 
Duolingo 
Learn languages for FREE. Web or App 
 
Mystery Science 
Free science lessons 
 
The Kids Should See This 
Wide range of cool educational videos 
 
50+ Sensory Play Ideas for Kids 
Lets talk about sensory play, primarily the sense of touch through tactile hands on play. Our favourite sensory activities for toddlers to pre-schoolers include sensory bins, slime (especially taste safe slime), water play, messy play and more. 
 
Scholastic 
A free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities 
 
Education city 
wide range of resources that parents and teachers can set children tasks on and monitor there progress.  
www.educationcity.com 
 
The School Run  
A great website to see how to break down those complicated lessons and also great resources available.   
www.theschoolrun.com 

SPORTS ENGLAND 
are beginning an initial three-month period of significant flexibility to reflect our and your current circumstances. 

Learn in Colour 
A response to “I’m Bored!” if you are stuck indoors 
Grab the free printable! 

Here is the entire list of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to Schools closing, click HERE 

As our children won’t be able to change books on their colour bands at home how about joining the “Oxford Owl” reading site (parents can join free!). There are a number of ebooks on there that the children will be used to like Biff, Chip and Kipper books. They also do interactive games and activities for reading comprehension and this is all FREE! 

Scouts Great Indoors 
While we normally love the great outdoors, we’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas (if we do say so ourselves). Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds). 

A list of FREE online resources for anyone staying at home during this period, boredom-busting resources! 

The home the Academy of Cyber Security is running a free online Cyber School for all children out of school. For Primary & Secondary School Pupils. 
 

  • Two online, live, instructor-led lessons a day (1 hour each) 
  • Coverage on the topics of Cyber Security & Computer Science 
  • 'Cyber Projects' individual assignments Access to hands-on cyber labs 
  • Lessons for keystages 1 - 4 
  • Amazing tutors 
  • Strong community and access to cyber mentors 
  • Access to further free educational resources 

Head to www.cyberschool.ac to register. 

Change for Life - Disney Shake up Games 
Change4Life and Disney have teamed up again to bring you new Shake Up games inspired by Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 4 and Incredibles 2, and Disney's The Lion King and Frozen. These 10-minute bursts of fun will really get your kids moving and count towards the 60 active minutes they need every day! 

Digital Harry Potter Escape Rooms 
During this activity, you will be watching clips from Harry Potter movies, answering questions from the clips, heading into Gringotts where you’ll have to figure out the exchange rate between sickles and galleons, figure out how to do different spells and much, much more! 
 
You will also find other activities here too - kids activities.com 

CBeebies and CBBC 
Things to do indoors with the Kids. 

David Walliams is offering a free audio book every day. https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/ 
 
Teach Spelling and vocabulary the non-boring way – naturally, and without a textbook! Here are 30+ ways to get hands on and creative with spelling words. 

30+ ways to teach spelling without a textbook 

Branching Out 

Looking for book recommendations for children who have been hooked in by a particular series or author and are ready to branch out? From Harry Potter and Tom Gates, to Rainbow Magic and The Worst Witch, we've got you covered with our Branching Out booklists and free, printable display posters. 

DEALING WITH FEELINGS 
Sometimes we can all feel angry, sad or lonely. If you are feeling any of those things, it’s important to recognise that. 
There are any different ways of coping with these feelings that can help you. 
BBC Bitesize 

New Early Years Education Guide made FREE to help families with young children. 
This guide helps parents with children aged 0-5 restricted to home during coronavirus lockdown free to download booklet by University of Chichester and MESHGuides provides ideas on fun and engaging home-learning activities. This Guide relates to learning and development in the Department of Education's early years foundation stage 

Yoga

Ever tried yoga? Well here is an NHS guide to Yoga, all you need to know to get started with yoga, including the health benefits, yoga styles for beginners and finding a yoga class. 

First News 

First News have made their weekly newspaper for 7-14 year olds free to download this week! Follow this link for your copy. The paper is packed with interesting news and activities and you'll also spot a Little Trooper talking about the charity on page 27! 

Bedtime Stories 

Tom Hardy is returning to the UK’s Cbeebies network to give a week of bedtime stories to help get the children to sleep during these difficult times.