Useful websites (home learning)
With many children and young people not attending school we understand that these are challenging times for families and carers and you may be wanting to access online resources to help your child to continue to learn and keep busy whilst they are at home with you.
We have put together a list of websites and activities that you may find useful to do with your children; some educational and some just for fun. We all know how difficult it can be to keep children entertained but we hope these may go some way to helping keep little minds busy.
Twinkl are an online learning support organisation who in the current situation are offering FREE home learning resources for parents/carers to access from home
EYFS - Click here...
KS1 - Click here...
KS2 - Click here...
Phonics Play (click here) have made their website free to access during the coronavirus situation. You can login for free using
Oxford Owl have a FREE e-book library which includes Biff, Chip & Kipper and Project X books Click here...
The Body Coach Joe Wicks is currently streaming live PE lessons each morning at 9am on his You Tube channel - not just for the children, why not have a family PE lesson and see who gets out of breath first?!
Active at home - here are some links to help keep kids and families active over the coming weeks Click here...
This is a lovely idea... Join the Rainbow Hunt ! Children can paint a picture of a rainbow and put it in a window in the house where it will be seen by passer-bys. Take a walk with your children, practising safe social distancing, and see how many you can spot.
You may find this video helpful for your child which explains the Coronavirus in Makaton
Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service
We wanted to let you know what Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service is offering to schools, families and parents at this current, challenging time.
Key Stage 1 – Welephant Club - aimed at 4 to 8 year olds. Details are below.
Key Stage 2 – Safe + Sound (events at fire stations are currently suspended and we will let you know when we start delivering again) We are currently developing a Virtual Safe+Sound to support children, families and parents to stay safe and sound at home. Please watch this space for more details – we hope to have something ready to launch at the beginning of May.
Have you heard of the Welephant Club?
Free to join, the Welephant club offered by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, provides fire safety and prevention activities to engage 4-8 year olds in topics including fire safety in the home, water safety and road safety.
Upon joining each member will receive a welcome pack full of activities and freebies, including a welcome newsletter to introduce them to the key characters and safety themes.
Members will also receive a quarterly newsletter enabling children to explore seasonal safety advice through activities, quizzes and games. We’ve attached our current newsletter so you can take a look.
We are keen to spread the word about the club as it could be of interest to parents looking for free activities to keep children occupied at home. Would this be something you would be willing to promote through your existing communication channels to parents? Any assistance you can give us with this would be greatly appreciated.
To quickly summarise, the Welephant Club is free for 4-8 year olds and each member will receive:
- A welcome pack full of activities and freebies linked to key safety topics
- A quarterly newsletter with seasonal safety advice and activities
- A card on their birthday
Parents/guardians can register children for free at https://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/your-safety/young-people/the-welephant-club/
If you have any queries or would like more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Lets Talk Makaton is inspiring people to get signing by learning the Word Of The Week via a short video. This week's word is Games Console. Why don't you have a try and learn together at home....
Wellbeing For All
Avanti are hosting free online yoga classes, Monday - Saturday 10am - 10.30am on YouTube. The classes are designed for people of all abilities and are live and recorded so can be accessed at any time.
To join the classes simply subscribe to Avanti Schools Trust YouTube page:
Free Activity Packs from YMCA
These are available from their website (details below) and are delivered to your door. They have a booklet inside with lots of activities and resources to do them with including paper plates, tissue paper, coloured card, googly eyes, salt dough, cress seeds and bag of soil.
You just need to go to ymcans.org.uk - then click Community Response - Family Support Services - page down to Activity Packs and then answer a few questions to request a pack.
Mental Health Awareness Week 18th - 24th May
Check out this website www.loudmouth.co.uk who have created a brand new video - 5 Ways to Wellbeing to help support pupils during the Covid-19 pandemic. They also have lots of other resources available on mental wellbeing.
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Wildlife Trust have loads of online resources that can help - YouTube videos, activity and spotter sheets, to information for your wildlife explorer on UK wildlife and landscapes. Check out the website - www.wildlifetrusts.org
Get Set To Eat Fresh - Created in Partnership with Team GB and Aldi, Get Set to Eat Fresh offers free resources for 5-14 year olds in developing cooking skills, knowledge of nutrition and healthy habits, including a new Home Learning Hub. Check out the website - www.getseteatfresh.co.uk
FunKids is the UK's children's radio station and part of their mission, as well as entertaining kids across the country, is to help them learn. Check out the website below for free resources:-
These are some resources which have been sent to us to share:-
Please click to view Everybody Worries Book:-
Please click on the link below to view Social Stories:-
The Duchess of Cambridge to lead an online assembly on mental wellbeing among children
On Thursday 18th June the Duchess of Cambridge will lead an online assembly for the Oak National Academy during which she will speak about the importance of mental wellbeing among children. The theme of the Duchess' assembly is 'spread a little kindness' and is based on a lesson plan which is available on the Mentally Healthy Schools platform. This platform was developed in collaboration with children's mental health charity Place2Be and encourages children to explore ways in which they can show kindness and recognise the benefits of kindness to others.
The Mentally Healthy Schools platform can be accessed here:
National School Sport Week At Home 20th - 26th June
There are only 3 days to go until the start of our first National School Sport Week at Home supercharged by Sky Sports. To register please click on the link below:-
The Children & Young Peoples Autism Service are running some interactive workshops for parents/children. For more information please click on the link below:-