Ideas for Home Schooling

See the ideas in this Learning Links PDF document, and additionally in the lists below:

I’m running out of ideas! What can I do with the children?

BAREFOOT, Fun and creative activities, built by teachers to help you guide your child through fundamental parts of the computing curriculum without the need for screen time. They include everything you need to get started with activity sheets and accompanying materials.

BBC have done lessons everyday. Each lasts around 45 minutes. There are both Primary and Secondary, so feel free to pick your favourites in the Primary section. 
Bitesize: Scotland, Primary: 1. Maths 1: via @bbciplayer

Rob Biddulph, the children’s book author and illustrator, posts a draw-along video on YouTube every Tuesday and Thursday.  

The BookTrust also has tutorials from illustrators, including Lydia Monks and Ed Vere.

Get cosy and listen to a story. or

Cosmic kids’ yoga – 10-minute yoga classes with themes such as Frozen and Minecraft.

Train with The Ballet Coach. English National Ballet School-trained dancer Sarah Du-Feu is streaming brilliant lessons on YouTube, suitable from age three to right up to adult.

Learn indoor cycle skills. British Cycling has a host of balance-boosting activities to do anytime, anywhere – no bike needed.

Download the app and go on a star walk!

Download the app and help the environment!  

NASA Kids is perfect for space fans. Learn all about the universe we live in by viewing these online videos.

ESA Kids is perfect for space fans too!

Watch science experiments with Colorado University.

Take a virtual tour of the Natural History Museum. 

Travel the world through online videos.

Try the Minecraft Education Edition.

Find out about Harry Potter and Magic.

The UN have created an online game for students from all over the world.  For information:–a-game-changer.html
For the game:

Explore the lives of endangered species with the WWF Together app.

Try some outdoor learning activities.  

Explore nature with an OPAL survey.

The RSPB is running a ‘create a piece of art inspired by nature’ competition for artists 18 or under.  Closing date is 28 August 2020.

The Foyle Young Poets competition is for young people aged 11-17.  Closing date is 31 July 2020. 

UK Robotics is running a competition which asks kids aged 5-7 to ‘draw a robot they’d like to see in the future’. Children aged 7-11 are invited to tell a story about a robot. Closing date is 8 June 20. 

UK only – try a new language!

I’m bored and I’m running out of ideas too!  What’s out there for adults?

Andrew Lloyd Webber is streaming one of his musicals every week on his The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel. A full length performance will be available for 48 hours from 7pm every Friday.

The Royal Opera House is streaming shows on its YouTube channel.

The National Theatre is screening shows every Thursday, which are available for seven days.

Take a virtual tour around the British Museum.

Take a virtual tour through the Vatican.

Take a virtual tour around the National Gallery.

Where can I find useful advice and resources to protect my mental health?

If you are older, you might try Your Mind Matters.

If you are a student, you might try Student Minds.

If you are a young person, you might try Young Minds.

If you are a teenager, you might try STEM4.

Where can I find free Mental Health Apps (for iOS/ Android phones)?

Primary – Flowy/ Chill Panda

Secondary – Mindshift/ Smiling Mind/ Well Mind/ In Hand/ Cove

All – Safe Hands

Those in need – Calm Harm/ Suicide Safety Plan