- Think you know (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
- Internet Matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Parent Info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Net Aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)
- http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Home_Fire_Safety/education_hub/Key_Stage_2_Age_7_to_11/ Essex Fire and Rescue have set up an Education Hub which contains some important videos and message about cyber safety
- https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/presentations-for-parents/ has some short videos to support staying safe online which will updated fortnightly
- https://www.gov.uk/guidance/supporting-your-childrens-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_source=cab989cd-0d5a-4ac7-9145-6445159c785f&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate Support for parents with children that may need extra support with their well-being.
- If your child is particularly concerned, then you might want to follow this link to a 'social story' which provides children with an understanding of what is going on. This story has been recommended by the Essex Educational Psychology Team: https://
carolgraysocialstories.com/wp- content/uploads/2020/03/ Pandemics-and-the-Coronavirus.
- https://praacticalaac.org/praactical/praactical-resources-dealing-with-the-covid-19-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR3m4AMWlJgpIXTgNPM53kzwiQbUHeDKRe8MZgp3sdpq__brWOZXTYs_zl0 child friendly information about the virus
- https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/news-and-blogs/our-blog/dealing-with-conflict-at-home This link will support the mental health of yourself and your child during the crisis
- https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/1960/coronavirus-mental-health-and-wellbeing-resources.pdf This is a good resource for mental health support
- https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/#collapse0bb82 Some useful advice and support from Mind
- Child First have put together some information to help support families through lockdown - including mental health support, useful websites and helplines and ideas to stay active
- https://nosycrowcoronavirus.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/Coronavirus_ABookForChildren.pdf This is a lovely illustrated book which helps explain the Coronavirus for children.
- https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/coronavirus-information-and-support The Children's Society has published some very useful advice and resources covering different aspects of mental and emotional wellbeing
- https://www.thenational.academy New government backed learning website
- https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons New BBC online learning resources in all subjects
- https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/ downloadable activities for you and your child
home+learning+activities.html downloadable activity packs for all ages covering all areas of the curriculum with lots of excellent ideas
- https://www.twinkl.co.uk/ are offering free home learning packs linked to all subjects and ages
for-home/advice-for-parents/ fun-ideas-learning-at-home/ have some ideas for activities which could be carried out at home for all ages, including online story tellers reading some favourite stories
campaign.gov.uk/#3 has some useful apps and advice for Early Years children - particularly 'Navigo', 'Phonics Hero' and 'Fonetti'. I believe they are all free or have free trials
coding-for-kids/ has links to coding websites which are free or offer free trials
bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/ articles/z3c6tfr a great website to practise touch typing
- http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/ a very comprehensive spreadsheet with lots of sites offering free access to children of closed schools
- https://podyssey.fm/list/podcast-episodes/id1400-Podcasts-to-Entertain-Your-Kids Child friendly podcasts
- https://purplewatermelon.co.uk/ is a website set up by 4 headteachers. There is a growing range of ideas and activities on here - such as daily exercise, daily learning challenges and advice for parents
- https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/games has lots of games to play - not all educational, some are just fun!
- https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/virtual-tours Take a virtual tour of The National Gallery in London and explore some of the paintings in their collection
- https://firstsite.uk/art-is-where-the-home-is/ Firstsite in Colchester is launching 'Art is where the home is' - Artist created activity packs to get creative at home
- http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Home_Fire_Safety/Education_Hub/ Essex Fire and Rescue have set up an Education Hub which has access to lots of safety videos and activities
- https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/kids-nature-activities-self-isolation/ The Woodland Trust has some nice nature inspired activities to try with your families
- https://www.royalmint.com/kids The Royal Mint has updated its online resources including designing coins and science, maths and art linked to coins
- https://education.rspca.org.uk/home-resources The RSPCA have updated their website with lots of fun activities, resources and games
- https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home Lots of Harry Potter themed magical activities and celebrities reading chapters
- https://www.raspberrypi.org/learn/ lots of resources to help learn coding and how to make websites
- https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/covid-19-resources/support-resources-to-share-with-parents/ The Education Endowment Foundation has some useful resources to help support learning at home
- Don't forget our collection of maths games for KS1 and KS2 which you might like to play at home
- https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ White Rose Maths are creating a large range of online material, including examples and videos to support your child with maths. They will have an online team available to answer questions and share work with every day between 10am and 11am. Click here to view the resources which are being updated regularly
maths-games/hit-the-button an excellent maths game to practise quick recall of key facts for all ages
children have a log in for this (the same as Sumdog)
sign_in children have a log in for this (the same as Times Tables Rockstars)
lots of interactive maths games for all ages
- This maths dictionary may be useful to make sense of some of the maths vocabulary used is school and during home learning.
- https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/ Free Maths and English activities for up to a month.
- https://nrich.maths.org/ Maths activities including lots on practical maths and highly challenging problem solving.
- https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/help-your-child-with-maths BBC resource to help younger children with maths.
As always, we recommend lots of reading and sharing stories for all children!
- https://stories.audible.com/start-listen Audible from Amazon - Free to access audio books whilst schools are closed.
- https://authorfy.com/ Authorfy - Free to access masterclasses from famous authors on how to write a story.
- https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/ The World of David Walliams - free audio book reading each day.
- Essex Library Services offer a wide range of free e-reading and online resources. This link provides more information on what they have to offer and hyperlinks to resources
- https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/books/free-ebooks/ Oxford Owl have a large selection of free eBooks. Follow this link to view their library
home.html has lots of film clips and questions/ideas linked to these to support literacy for all ages
- https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds games to support phonics, spelling and grammar for all ages
- https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/activities/ David Walliams has lots of activities on his website plus audio stories to listen to (live at 11am every day, but you can listen any time)
- https://2simple.com/purple-mash/ Daily activities including grammar.
- https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/ The National Literacy Trust have collated a huge number of resources to help support Literacy at home including links to audio books.
- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7D-mXO4kk-XWvH6lBXdrPw Listen to Michael Rosen reading stories and poems
- Here are 7 Top Tips to help support your child's reading at home from The Education Endowment Foundation
- https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary BBC resource on science activities
- https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-science STEM activities to support science learning at home
- https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/ A great website with lots of activities, games, quizzes and information about all sorts!
- https://www.nasa.gov/nasa-at-home-for-kids-and-families Activities and information linked to space
- https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html more space themed activities and games
- https://sciencebob.com/category/experiments/ experiments using resources generally found at home
- https://www.ase.org.uk/coronavirus-hub-primary-directory has collated a large selection of websites with various activities and learning to try at home, including links to organisations, societies and zoos.
- https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mvsc Boogie Beebies - BBC website for younger children
- https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups NHS activities website to support children to be active for up to 60mins per day.
- https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers BBC website aimed at the older child to get them moving about
- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ Don't forget P.E. with Joe Wicks live every weekday at 9am (you can watch it any time)