Met Office Activities
The Met Office have added some educational activities to do at home. They include bite-size DIY activities and experiments for young people to work through in their own home, from 'making lightning' to 'forecasting fact-busters'.
Click on links on the DIY activities and experiments webpage to access the activity sheets and find out more.
Thrive - Wellbeing Toolkit Resources
Resource Categories include:
• Activities for children up to 11yrs
• Activities for children up to 16yrs
• Activities for children up to 7yrs
• FREE toolkit of strategies and activities to help you now!
Access all of the above at the Thrive Approach website
Home learning support for families
To support parents and carers STEM Learning's subject experts have put together a selection of activities and materials, which are free for everyone to access.These exciting activity collections contain a range of fun, hands-on activities that can be used to engage primary and secondary aged children with science, technology, engineering and maths. They require little or no equipment so are suitable for any classroom or home learning.
To find out more, please go to the STEM Home learning support for families page.
Virtual School Library
The Oak National Academy and National Literacy Trust have come together to launch a Virtual School Library to help keep children reading during lockdown.
Every week, a popular children’s author will become ‘Author of the Week’ and provide a free book or audiobook, along with exclusive videos and activities. These will be aimed at primary aged children and are available by going to Virtual School Library at the Oak National Academy.
For example, the 'Author of the Week' for the week beginning 8th March is Will Mabbitt, and you can read his book 'The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones', illustrated by Ross Collins completely FREE.
Blue Peter Badges
If your child would like to earn a Blue Peter badge, but doesn't know which one to go for, there is a quiz to take to find out perfect Blue Peter Badge for you!
Find out more on the Blue Peter Badge website
ICAN - Talking Point
Talking Point is there to help parents who are concerned about their child’s development. The website has a wealth of information to help you understand and support children and young people’s speech, language and communication.
Find out more by visiting I CAN's Talking Point
Devon Libraries have been increasing their catalogue of eBooks and eAudiobooks for children including Beginner Reads collection. This means that families who do not currently have access to books from school can find new things to read via their laptops, tablets, eReaders or smartphones.
For the grownups in addition to eBooks there’s free access to eMagazines, newspapers and other digital resources such as Ancestry Online.
You will need to be a library member to access these resources but joining online is free and easy via the Devon Libraries website
Landy and Friends
Free Landy and Friends Teaching Resources for Schools and Home Schooling.
Download the teaching packs, which include a huge selection of resources ideal for Key Stage 1 on the Landy and Friends website.
The 2 Minute Foundation Free Beach Sessions
Join the 2 Minute Foundation on the beach in Bude, exploring our coastlines and its inhabitants and learning how to protect them. The fun beach experiences delivered by qualified teachers, start on 19th April.
Meet at the 2minute shop, Crooklets beach, Bude.
09:30-11:30 Home Educated
13:00-15:00 Grown Ups Only
15:30-17:00 7-12 year olds
15:30-18:30 12-16 year olds
For further information, to register your interest along with your preferred date(s) and times, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Covid regulations at the time of delivery and social distancing will apply.
ROOTS & SHOOTS
ROOTS & SHOOTS are a community group offering creative, exciting and unique learning opportunities for primary-aged children in Devon. They are based in Chagford on Dartmoor, and particularly offer opportunities for children to learn from professional local arts and crafts people.
Their aim is to nurture and inspire the adults of the future with workshops and on-going groups that encourage children to explore their interests in a safe, non-competitive setting. They encourage cooperation, self reliance and a life-long love of learning.
They are all about empowering children in their skills and abilities and working with them to achieve their goals. They aim to support children to feel safe and comfortable in a community of other small people, whether for a day, a week or a year.
STAR SEND Toolkit (Childnet International)
The Childnet International STAR SEND Toolkit is an extensive teaching toolkit to support educators with the relevant knowledge they need to help young people with special educational needs and disabilities to manage the internet and its risk. The resources are aimed at young people with SEND in Key Stages 3 and 4 and can be adapted for the needs of different young people and settings.
The Wave Project
The Wave Project started in 2010 and became the world’s first ‘surf therapy’ course funded by a government health service.
It continues to support young people and their mission is to enable those who are struggling to prove to themselves that:-
“I can do it! "
The Wave Project have created a number of Activity Books to keep you and your children busy through lockdown. Each is filled with recipes, crafts, games, books and movies.
A new activity book is shared every week. Go to Activity Books Wave Project to download the latest activity book and access the archive of previous books with even more fun activities to do,
This public access version of StayWise brings together many educational resources from the emergency services and voluntary safety organisations. It is designed so you can easily find trusted resources to help with home schooling linked to age groups, themes and curriculum areas.
In these difficult times they have tried to group their resources to help, so you can use the filters to search by age or subject or even by the type of resource you need.
For example, you could select, Maths, for seven to eight year olds, and work sheets, and let the system do the rest!
Go to the StayWise website to find out more
TailfeatherTV follows the Early Years Foundation Stage framework for Learning and Development, so children can explore and engage with fun topics through dance, singing, signing, learning, and playing.
All episodes are co-written and presented by brilliantly talented young adults with learning disabilities, including dancer Andrew Self.
To find out more go to TailfeatherTV on YouTube.
National Marine Aquarium
Every Friday for 7 weeks, starting Friday the 15th of January, The National Marine Aquarium delivered FREE live lessons via YouTube!
Each week there will be two sessions. The first 'Deep Science' (1:00pm to 1:20pm) will see their schools team using aquarium exhibits and their AquaLab to explore the science behind the animated ocean exploration tv series ‘The Deep’ (CBBC @12pm on weekdays during lockdown). Expect fascinating facts and real time experiments, as well as ideas to follow up with at home!
The second will be ‘Mermaid Tales’, which will air from 1:30 – 1:45pm and will involve a short story narrated by their resident mermaid, Marina - perfect timing before an afternoon nap, or as a gentle, relaxing start to the afternoon.
National Literacy Trust
The National Literacy Trust's "Words for Life" site is packed with free, fun activities to improve reading and writing skills for ages 0-12 years to try at home. Activities can be filtered by age group and include chat, play, read, watch, listen, write and make.
To find out more, please go to the National Literacy Trust 'Words for Life' webpage.
NASA Kids Club
A place to play games, complete activities and learn about NASA and space. Examples of the activities included are 'Tracking the International Space Station', 'Spot the Difference', 'Making Paper Mars Helicopters' and 'Decoding Secret Messages' but there are loads more to try out.
To find out more, please go to the NASA Kids' Club webpage.
Orchard Toys are currently offering a range of free, printable worksheets and activities that are fun, educational and perfect for pre-school and school age children learning at home. They include numeracy and literacy activity sheets, craft ideas, colouring sheets and recipes. They add to these every day, but if you sign up to their emails you will get them sent to your email inbox the night before they are released.
To find out more, please go to Orchard Toys Free Activities webpage.
FREE Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Home 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 your read the books! Stick Man, Zog, The Highway Rat and more.
For more information on the FREE Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Home Learning Packs go to this Scholastic webpage.
Disney on Stage
Fun activities to do with your family at home.
Many families and young people will be learning at home for a while, so over the coming weeks, Disney on Stage will be showcasing some of the most popular parts of Disney Theatrical’s free education programmes. There will be activities from The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, Frozen, and a selection of Careers in Theatres videos and podcasts.
For more information and to bookmark the page, so you can keep checking back for free activities, resources and videos, go to this Disney On Stage Education Resource webpage.
The World Has Turned Upside Down
Coronavirus and lockdown have turned the lives of children and their families upside down. Routine, structure and predictability have been thrown out the window and every day brings uncertainty. This wonderful story highlights the impact of recent changes and uncertainty on autistic children - but the experiences will resonate with all families. You can download Ambitious about Autism's 'The World Has Turned Upside Down' story on your own devices, see below.
Following the success of 'The World Has Turned Upside Down', two worksheets have been produced for children and young people to help them work through their own perceptions of lockdown. Working in collaboration with two special education teachers, they see the return of the story's much-loved characters created by Kes Gray and illustrator Chloe Bachelor.
The worksheets have been created with autistic children and young people in mind, but just like the story, can be enjoyed by anyone. To download, edit digitally, or print out the worksheets go to 'The World Has Turned Upside Down' Ambitious about Autism webpage.
BBC to broadcast lessons on television
The BBC will show curriculum-based programmes on TV from Monday 11th January. They will include three hours of primary school programming every weekday on CBBC, and at least two hours for secondary pupils on BBC Two.
The primary programmes, which will be broadcast on CBBC from 09:00 every day, will include BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily as well as Our School, Celebrity Supply Teacher, Horrible Histories and Operation Ouch.
BBC Two will cater for secondary students with programming to support the GCSE curriculum, including adaptations of Shakespeare plays alongside science, history and factual titles.
Bitesize Daily primary and secondary will also air every day on the red button as well as episodes being available on demand on iPlayer.
BBC Bitesize offers lessons, videos, quizzes, downloadable timetables, along with practical advice from Primary age to Post 16.
A full range of subjects can be accessed at a click of a button from Literacy and Numeracy to Spanish and Art & Design.
You will also find the daily Newsround bulletin where you can catch up with the latest news stories around the world.
Click here to find out more
ZSL - Zoological Society of London
The site offers access to animal activity sheets for ages 3 all the way up to 16, along with educational activities from animal art and bug hunting to brushing up on keeper counting skills.
Who said learning can’t be fun? Click here to find out more
Also London Zoo give links to some of the webcams, live streams, Animal Antics and Behind-the-scenes updates at the zoo. You can access these by clicking here
The Institute of Engineering and Technology
Free STEM resources for primary and secondary school children
Engage your child and keep them busy and learning at home with the available home learning teaching resources and activities for 4-16 years old (Key Stage 1, KS2, KS3 and KS4) including lesson plans, handouts and videos.
Click here to find out more
Oak National Academy
The online classroom offers free access to teachers delivering video lessons, quizzes and worksheets. Available for both primary and secondary, it covers a range of subjects. The lessons are ordered so your child can learn along a clear plan. There will be new lessons and resources each week.
Oak National Academy will fit alongside other resources such as BBC Bitesize. Together, these can offer a structure to the day for children until schools fully reopen.
The Specialist classroom has lesson plans for Occupation Therapy, Speech and Language, Physical Therapy and lots more.
Find out more here
The Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is offering free virtual tours from its website.
Click here to find out more
The British Library
The British Library have their extensive collections available online, which should prove a great resource for students trying to research at home.
Click here to access the Library
The Tate Gallery
The Tate Gallery has a 360-degree virtual tour online.
Click here to find out more
Explore learning videos by age or subject and take trips across the world watching National Geographic’s 360-degree underwater world or dive with Giant Manta Rays
Click here to find out more
Dyson Challenge Cards
Dyson engineers have designed these challenges specifically for children. Ideal for home or in the classroom, they encourage inquisitive young minds to get excited about engineering.
Can you skewer a balloon without popping it? Coat a nail in copper? What happens when you plug a clock into a potato?
Click here to find out more
Royal Mint ‘Kid’s Hub’
Lots of quizzes, games and educational tools – brought to life through iconic coins, and popular children’s characters such as The Gruffalo and Wallace and Gromit. Ideal for families and children staying home and looking to fill their time with fun, factual and coin-related activities. This page is updated with new activities weekly.
Children of the Forest
Children of the Forest run sessions called 'Free to Learn' for Home Educating children to attend, without their parents / carers, every Weds & Thurs in term time. The Forest School is based in 3 acres of private woodland in Uffculme, near Cullompton (EX15 3FJ)
They are an Ofsted registered childcare Forest School run by two former teachers, Gemma & Lewis. They run according to true forest school principles, giving children connection to nature, freedom in their play and confidence in their skills. Activities can include bushcraft skills, campfire cooking, arts and crafts, drama, group games and much more - all following children's interests and own choices. To find out more and join the waiting list, click here to visit their website.
The 2 Minute Foundation Beach Sessions
**Coming soon** Bringing the Beach School to you
With the lockdown situation, Beach School sessions have currently paused. Therefore, they have decided to bring the beach online instead! Introducing the launch of The 2 Minute Virtual Beach School.
Within the next 2 weeks, they will bring you the first of a series of environmental lessons, and from there lessons will be available weekly. These lessons will include downloadable activities and a video to be used as a teaching resource. The sessions will come with an accompanying brief to make your Beach School experience as fun, straightforward and informative as possible.
Keep your eyes peeled for a live Q&A broadcast straight from the beach too!
If you have any questions, would like to know more or would simply like to get in touch you can email Helen here
Action for Stammering Children Interactive Website
Action for Stammering Children have just launched a new interactive website with info, fun facts and games all to do with famous people who stammered! (Stormzy, Winston Churchill, Ed Sheeran and many more....)
The new site, created by the Action for Stammering Children Youth Panel, can be accessed here
Hakeford Woods Forest School
Hakeford Woods Forest School is a social enterprise based at a beautiful woodland site only ten minutes from Barnstaple. The Forest School run a group for home educated children on Fridays from 10:30 til 14:00. The possibilities for activities are endless because they have a permanent Forest School site.
The activities that take place in an individual session will be determined by the season and the weather, as well as by the age and abilities of the young people.
Click here to access the website in order to find out more about Forest School and how to contact them.
Dyspraxia Foundation Youth Cookbook
A selection of favourites from both youth and young adults with dyspraxia for you to try at home. The book has featured recipes, hints and tips for baking and cooking and is introduced by the Masterchef winner from 2019 – Irini Tzortzoglou.
Click here to download a copy
Beach Schools South West
Beach Schools South West (BSSW) can offer families beach school opportunities on a short or long term basis. It can become timetabled into your educational programme, or it can just be a one-off half day in the week or holidays. BSSW are a community interest company dedicated to outdoor learning for children wherever they are, but particularly by the sea.
They are passionate about getting children outside and work with schools and parents to take lessons out of the classroom and onto the shoreline.
Click here for more information
CSW Group offer to current Year 11 students
CSW Group are able to support Young People in Year 11 if they have an EHCP or are at risk of becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training).
CSW support these young people by providing impartial information, advice and guidance to help them understand their post 16 options and make informed decisions.
If you would like to refer a young person please email David Roe
Petroc College Free Courses
There are lots of Level 2 courses available free of charge, including:
Awareness of Mental Health Problems
Children and Young People Mental Health
Understanding Behaviour that Challenges
Understanding Nutrition and Health
Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties
And many more.
Find out more and register for a course, click here
TLC Live - Online Tutoring Experts
Whether you’re a teacher, parent or guardian TLC LIVE is a cost effective way of providing high quality, measurable support for children aged 6 to 16. Lessons are focused and tailored to your child’s needs and skill gaps.
Click here for the website and more information.
Forestry English have a FREE Beginner's Guide to Stargazing
In the forest at night in a whole new light! Written in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine and packed with fantastic activities for all the family, get your hands on this free guide to learn about constellations, try star navigation, play night-games and become a Forest-Star.
On the Edge
Free downloads, activities and stories based around colourful characters of animals which are on the edge of extinction: http://www.ontheedge.org/fun-and-games