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useful links during social distancing

27 March 2020

useful links during social distancing

Hi there! We have put together a list of useful resources for children to make the most of whilst they are no longer at school. The links provide a wide range of learning tools suitable for children of all ages, feel free to check them out!


online safety at home

#OnlineSafetyAtHome packs are available for different age groups to give you 15 minute activities by Think U Know.

age ranges are 4-5, 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, and 14+




national theatre shows- watch at home, for free.

The National Theatre is offering free streaming of some of its productions over the next weeks.

Each production is released to watch from 7 pm on Thursday (first one today) and then available for 7 days.  The first 4 being shown are:

National Theatre at Home launches with One Man, Two Guvnors this Thursday, followed by Jane Eyre, Treasure Island and Twelfth Night, with more titles to be announced.

The link for more details is below:

National Theatre



learning at home – kew gardens




children’s recipes – flower cookies





https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home — Online learning guide with virtual tours and live webcams

www.topmarks.co.uk – find education resources by subject and age group

www.oxfordowl.co.uk  Reading, English, Maths and activities (suitable for ages 3-11)

www.nrich.maths.org – Maths and English Games

www.prodigygame.com  free maths app.

www.technologystudent.com  website for science, design and technology, information pages as well as printable worksheets. Good for those who like hands on learning.

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize  – Offers a range of education resources, including revision, games and CV writing for those preparing to leave college or looking for part time jobs. Ages 4 to 18.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers  interactive learning website for all subjects including times tables, PSHE, science, English

https://www.sunshine-support.org/covid-19-downloads downloadable Covid-19 specific support for those with SEND.

www.plprimarystars.com  videos, games & worksheets for maths, English and health and wellbeing.

http://www.natre.org.uk/about-natre/free-resources-for-you-and-your-pupils/ Religious Education resources

www.themathsfactor.com Maths with Carol Vorderman

https://www.jamieoliver.com/features/category/get-kids-cooking/ Cooking with Jamie Oliver

https://quizlet.com/ – remote teaching and learning for all ages

https://www.kew.org/learning/learning-at-home — Learning at home — Kew Gardens




phonics and early reading


www.phonicsbloom.com KS 1 & 2 Game

www.teachyourmonstertoread.com  free website, cost for app




school subscription services, various subjects (free during school closure period)

www.twinkl.co.uk  – provides a daily schedule and offering free subscription during school closures.


www.whiterosemaths.com  – maths planning and activities.

www.tes.com/teaching-resource/covid-19-home-learning-pack-coronavirus-12267191  free resource pack to complete for all ages.

www.robinhoodmat.co.uk/learning-project activities planned over 7 weeks for each learning group



mindfulness and keeping active

www.gonoodle.com  movement and song interactive videos.

www.bbc.co.uk/newsround Child-friendly news website.

www.elsa-support.co.uk/category/free-resources  Support for emotional well-being & a guide to explaining Coronavirus to children.

https://www.cosmickids.com Cosmic Kids – free yoga for kids, with interactive storytelling









Here are some resources that you can use to help your time indoors.

I can calm down

Things I can do at home

Washing your hands

We have to stay at home (social story)

Lockdown Journal

Covid-19 Time Capsule



25 indoor activities to keep the children entertained over the holidays: https://bit.ly/34nWq9B


This page has been created to support parents during Covid-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, they release new home activity packs with simple 15-minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will be spending more time online at home: https://bit.ly/3bWyKfg




join live
9.00am – PE with Joe Wicks https://youtu.be/6v-a_dpwhro
11.00am – English – Storytime with David Walliams https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
4.00pm – Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri) https://www.instagram.com/theocooks



Always Heard Helpline

The Always Heard helpline service is open and available to all children in care, care leavers or the adults referring them, that live in England. They can answer any questions about the services children are entitled to and offer information on how to get an advocate who will help to guide them through the social care system.

Freephone: 0808 800 5792

Email: [email protected]

Text/Whatsapp: 07758 670369





links and resources to support mental health during the pandemic



https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/looking-after-children-and-young-people-during-coronavirus- covid-19-outbreak/

Ten straightforward tips to help parents and carers look after the mental health of children in their care. Includes links to a range of resources.


https://www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk/patients-and-parents/coronavirus-resources-for-children-and-families/ Scroll down for a great set of downloadable pdf documents on mental health and emotional wellbeing.



A set of steps for adults, tailored for the pandemic – using principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy



https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health/depression-anxiety-mental-health/ ‘Talking to a child worried about coronavirus’ includes tips on

  • talking about feelings,
  • keeping in touch with family and friends,
  • creating structure and routine and
  • giving children a sense of control.



This is a dedicated section for parents and carers covers working from home with children, co-parenting, coping with family tension and looking after your own mental health.



young minds

https://youngminds.org.uk/starting-a-conversation-with-your-child/activities-and-conversation-starters-during-the- coronavirus-pandemic/

Activities to do together to reassure and reduce anxiety, with conversation starters which allow you to ‘check in’ with how your child is feeling.


https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/supporting-your-child-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/ Advice on supporting your child if they are anxious and supporting the wellbeing of your family, plus how to get further help.


Young Minds Parents Helpline offers advice and support to parents and carers worried about a young person under 25 on 0808 802 5544.


mental health foundation


Excellent advice on a range of topics: how to maintain quality time together and alone; recognising and managing stress; celebrating success and staying positive; managing conflict and talking about coronavirus. Plus how to reach out for further support.

A link takes you to a ‘Time for Us’ activity pack to download. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/talking-to-children

Tips on open and honest conversations which can help minimise the negative impact of the pandemic on children.




A range of games and a ‘calm zone’ with activities to help cope with anxiety and stress.


save the children


Tips covering areas including relaxation techniques, self-care and coping with stress.

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