Please find below a selection of additional resources for learning that have been shared on our Facebook page:
The Body Coach
It’s important to break up your study and in these times of social distancing exercising at home is a great way to keep fit and healthy. Check out The Body Coach TV for great workouts suitable for the whole family.
Audible UK are offering children everywhere a chance to stream hundreds of audio books, in six languages, absolutely free. No accounts are needed and all stories are free to stream to your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. There is a whole section specifically for teens as well as lots of literary classics and poetry to choose from.
Parents and carers can find free primary and secondary activities, tools and advice to support learning at home - including sample homes school planners, primary reading and maths support, access to free eBooks at secondary, and much more.
Computer science skills help students collaborate, create and make nearly every subject seem more relevant. Blockly Games is a series of educational games that teach programming and is designed for children who have not had prior experience with computer programming.
TED-Ed is working with expert educators and TED speakers throughout the world to create and share interactive, video-based lessons on a daily basis, for free.
Sign up to have a handful of engaging lesson plans organised by age group that span all subjects delivered to your inbox every day.
For extra GCSE maths revision resources visit https://www.mathedup.co.uk/gcse-maths-takeaway/.
Choose topics from the menu that you feel you need to work on. Do the questions, use the videos if needed and mark your work. Once you feel you are ready you can take the quiz.
Twinkl are offering free resources:
National Literacy Trust
National Literacy Trust has launched literacyfamilyzone.org.uk to help ease the burden and provide a place for parents to go to find genuinely useful, educational resources for their children during school closures. You will have to create a free online account to access the resources.
Celebrity Masterclasses for young people studying at home:
1.00pm: Music at home with Myleene Klass (no instrument required!)
2.00pm: History class with Dan Snow (free subscription for 30-days)
3.00pm Art Class with Noel Fielding - head to his Twitter for a new art challenge every day!
4.00pm: Adventure Class with Ben Fogle.
Amazing project ideas from STEM Learning as well as great resources for home learning: https://www.stem.org.uk/homelearning?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_term=&utm_content=Browse%20here&utm_campaign=Hom%20learning%20activities%20update%2025.03.20
The Scouts have pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas to keep young people learning new skills and having fun all in #TheGreatIndoors.
Follow on Facebook for live Big Assemblies. Discover how medics explore and examine your heart, lungs and blood – demos using real medical kit!
The Kid Should See This
Smart videos for curious minds of all ages. Short videos guaranteed to inspire, interest and amuse all ages!
Big History examines the past, explains the present and imagines the future. Journey through nearly 14 billion years of history in this self-guided, six-hour version of Big History. There are great activities to test your learning.
Go Ape Adventure Stories
Go Ape are asking students to get involved in the hope of winning some fab prizes for them and their class - including a class trip to Go Ape! Students are asked to write a story about an adventure they’ve been on OR anywhere their imagination has taken them; between 100-500 words, which can be typed or handwritten.
The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest poetry competition for 11-17 year olds in the world. Enter your creative writing at the website below:
Cinemagic is looking for imaginative and original films made by young people to be screened as part of Cinemagic Young Filmmaker 2020. The films can be about anything at all! Fact or fiction, comedy or drama, news programme or documentary.
Get free access to thousands of e-magazines, e-comics and newspapers on your PC, tablet or mobile phone - all you need is your library card.
There are a wide range of popular magazine titles as well as hundreds of comic and graphic novel titles from Marvel, Disney, IDW and Dark Horse - with fantasy, manga, horror, science fiction and superheroes galore!
To download these publications you will need your library number (found on your library card), or you can join Essex Libraries for free.
Feeling a certain amount of concern or worry is natural when we encounter difficult or unsettling times. Practising mindfulness at times like these can help to rewire the brain to work in calmer and more positive ways. Click the link below for an introduction to some mindfulness techniques that you can practice at school or at home and are suitable for teachers, parents and young people.
The Royal Academy of Engineering's Power Up project looks at different types of energy, energy in engineering, the importance of electricity and how it is generated. Download the student guide to investigate different types of renewable energy sources through a number of hands-on practical activities.
Download the Royal Academy of Engineering LightSaver Project for fun and engaging activities to explore the role that engineers and scientists have in developing new technologies to save lives.
Learn languages for free. Duolingo offers short daily lessons in French, German, Spanish, Japanese and lots more. Web or app.
German language skills
Enhance your German language skills with an interactive programme suitable for GCSE German students but also useful for students in Year 7, 8 and 9 too.
Natural History Museum
If you're missing getting out and about why not delve into the Natural History Museum from home with a virtual self-guided tour of the galleries. There's an interactive experience about Hope the blue whale and audio guides narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Virtual Field Trips
Visit fun places around the world without leaving the house. There are virtual tours available of places all over the globe; zoos, landmarks, famous museums and even outer space!
Imperial War Museum
Tune in every Wednesday at 2.00pm for 'Adventures in History' with the Imperial War Museum. Hear IWM experts telling their favourite stories and sharing surprising perspectives you might not hear elsewhere!
Drawing inspiration from the national curriculum, these new videos will help viewers explore a wide range of fascinating subjects - from spies, submarines and life on the Home Front, to key historical events such as D-Day and VE Day.
Test your knowledge of capital cities, world flags and mountain ranges with these online geography games.
Careermag for Graduates focuses on providing inspiring insights into a range of careers, helping students and graduates to gain an awareness of how the graduate labour market operates and inspiration on a range of exciting careers - and you can read it for free online.
From how technology is impacting the world of work to careers of the future; decoding what employers are looking for; and tips to help you land your dream job – Careermag for Graduates is packed full of information and guidance.
Success at School
Help celebrate the amazing #CrisisCareersHeroes who are helping us get through the Coronavirus outbreak and learn more about the things they do in their jobs.
If you're interested in pursuing a career in one of these vital roles you can find comprehensive guides and key information here:
Nature - Steve Bagshall
Steve Backshall is hosting a live lesson and Q&A every Wednesday at 9.30am - check out his Facebook and YouTube channel.
Take virtual journey around the world from your home! The Ancient City of Petra, Tokyo at night, the Milky Way above the Sahara Desert, diving in Cuba and the national parks of China are just some of the amazing places you can explore through spectacular 360 degree photography and videos.
Science World - Vancouver
At the Science World Vancouver there are a range of films to watch for free with subjects such as Coral Reefs, Dinosaurs and Space
Draw, paint, sketch or digitally create artwork capturing plant and animal anatomy for a chance to be awarded a set of drawing pencils, a certificate and £25. The winners' schools will also each receive £100!
The Nancy Rothwell Award celebrates specimen drawing in schools and highlights the benefits of combining art and science.
Dyson Foundation Challenges
Find some simple but engaging science and tech challenges that can be done at home, on the James Dyson Foundation website:
BBC History Revealed Competition
If you’re aged between 6 and 13 years old, BBC History Revealed magazine would love you to write a postcard, pretending that you are a historical character living in a historical lockdown.
The 10 winners will have their creations published in a future issue of BBC History Revealed and will receive a t-shirt, water bottle and framed picture of their postcard.
Speakers for Schools - Live Talks
Speakers for Schools are hosting a Virtual Talks programme. Click below for this week's line up including Josie Rourke, Film and Theatre Director; Lady Nicola Mendelsohn, Vice President for EMEA, Facebook; Sereena Abbassi, Worldwide Head of Culture & Inclusion, M&C Saatchi and Ed Couchman, General Manager for Snapchat/SNAP INC.
No logins are required and all attendees can stream the talks without downloading Microsoft Teams. Links should be opened in a browser that is not Internet Explorer. Students can view by clicking WATCH LIVE TALK HERE and then clicking ‘Watch on web instead’ and sign in anonymously. The speakers will appear at the set times e.g. 10am and 2pm.
Tuesday 12th May 2020: Would you like to keep a one-day diary for Mass Observation?
'Mass Observation' asks people to write a diary entry of things they have done during the day (every year, on 12th May). You can write about friends; hobbies; school work and family - although you mustn't include names. You might also write about why today hasn't been a normal day! Siblings or parents/carers might even like to join in too, as anyone can take part!
One day, people will read back over these diary entries. School children might even study them in the future, during history lessons.
For more information and to download the diary template visit http://www.massobs.org.uk/write-for-us/12th-may
Geometric Art tutorials
Learn to draw amazing geometric art with these simple online tutorials:
TinkerCad - 3D Design
Tinkercad is a free online collection of software tools that help people all over the world think, create and make. An easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding, it's used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to make anything your imagination can dream up! It's free and works on any computer with internet connection.
DKfindout! allows you to search, learn, and explore information on a safe and secure site. Perfect for help with homework, DK’s clear, reliable, and highly visual content covers all curriculum subjects.
There are quizzes, videos and animations, and new content being added all the time to engage and fascinate you.
The Brilliant Club
Literacy Planet's WORDMANIA competition is back!
Alec Hunter did really well in last year's competition. It would be fantastic to see our students on the leader boards again.
Remember it is not just the highest scores but participation that counts, the more of us that play and the more games we play the higher up the leader board we go.
The aim of the game is to create as many words as possible in 3 minutes from the selection of letters you are given. Your logins for literacy planet are still active for WORDMANIA, please email Mrs McEvoy if you need a reminder of your login.
WORDMANIA can be played on computers, phones and tablets just download the free app.
The dates for the competition are below.
Competition Round: 25 May 2020 – 19 June 2020
Final Round: 24 June 2020 – 26 June 2020
Tower of London Tour
Take a tour of the iconic Tower of London with Yeoman Warder Scott Kelly and learn about it's history:
Explore magic, nature and joy in some of Shakespeare’s most famous stories this month: Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest.
Book today and join from home via Zoom.
If you want to have a go at making crêpes and win prizes for your school, why not enter the Défi Crêpes (Pancake Challenge)? Throughout June students of all ages and from any school anywhere in the world are invited to take part. Students are encouraged to tweet pictures of their crêpes with the #DefiCrepes hashtag (or you can email your MFL teacher the pictures which they can share on Twitter if you prefer). The challenge will be open throughout June and 3 winners will be selected and announced early July. The 3 students in question will win Linguascope gift vouchers for their school (£100, £75 and £50 respectively). Tempted? Download the recipe sheet to get started: http://shopresources.linguascope.com/resour…/defi_crepes.pdf
12 Minute Athlete
If you're missing taking part in regular sports classes at school or wishing you could still visit the gym check out our ideas for at-home workouts.
First up is '12 Minute Athlete' - a HIIT workout regime consisting of incredibly short, effective workouts you can do in just 12 minutes a day with minimal equipment.
Doyouyoga provides everything from power flows and pilates, to tips for great posture. The site has something for everyone and videos can be filtered by style, focus and level of ability.
Sign up for their 30 day free trial for access to a variety of classes.
If you're looking for inspiration for your home workouts visit fitnessblender.com for hundreds of professional workouts, healthy recipes and informative articles - all for free.
The site features hundreds of workout videos for every level, including strength training, HIIT workouts, core workouts, fat burning and more.
Darebee is an independent, global fitness resource featuring workouts and thoroughly researched information. The site is non-profit and ad-free and is free to access (although you can add a donation if you wish). You can download and print anything (they have great inspirational posters) – everything
is provided in its entirety with no strings attached.
Popsugar Fitness - Hip Hop Fit
If you fancy trying something a bit different give the 30-minute Hip Hop Fit workout with Popsugar Fitness a go - a fun workout for everyone and guaranteed to work up a sweat!
Sweaty Betty - Ballet and Yoga Sculpt fitness
For full body workouts with ballet, yoga and sculpting techniques check out the Sweaty Betty website. Free and easy to follow they can all be done at home.
Resistance Training for Teens app
If you're interested to learn more about resistance training have a look at the Resistance Training for Teens (RT for Teens) app. Designed for secondary school students, RT for Teens aims to help teenagers develop the skills and confidence to engage in foundational resistance training activities.
West Yorkshire Sport
For free, fun PE activities for the whole family to enjoy together check out the #ThisIsPE two-minute videos. Each video, delivered by PE teachers, will help children
and young people to continue their skill development in PE and will focus on a different aspect of the National Curriculum.
This Girl Can
Stairs, chairs and household objects can be used to create your own indoor circuit class. Check out the ThisGirlCan website for ideas and simple exercises to try at home.
Relaxation and Meditation
Relaxation and Meditation MP3s are available from therapist and coach Andrew Johnson to help you sleep, reduce anxiety and remain positive.
Andrew's three most popular recordings 'Stress Free', 'Positivity' and 'Deep Sleep' are available for free on Sound Cloud.
For Parents and Carers of SEN students:
Please find below a link to the National Autistic Society website where you will find information and resources about COVID-19.
If you are looking for a social story to help explain Coronavirus to your relative or the person you support, Carol Gray has created one:
Mencap easy read information about COVID-19