If you are looking for opportunities to learn more, learn new things or simply have some spare time that you and your family would like to fill we have gathered some information below which may appeal. Please note that some of these resources are always available but some have been specifically provided for the lockdown period. We hope you find something here to enjoy and if you know of any other resources that we could include please do let us know.
BBC Bitesize is a free online study support resource designed to help with learning, revision and homework. It provides support for learners aged 5 to 16+ across a wide range of school subjects and also supports children and young people’s wellbeing and career choices. Currently Bitesize will be publishing daily lessons to help students across the UK with home schooling. Please follow this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons
The BookTrust HomeTime
Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy storytime with free online books and videos, play games, test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters. Please note the Book Trust sometimes link to third party sites, including YouTube, so children should not use HomeTime unsupervised. Follow this link to find out more: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/
Canal and River Trust – Explorers – Learning from Home
Explorers is the Trust’s education programme aimed at children aged 5-11. They inspire children’s learning by connecting you to the UK’s canals and rivers. For now, the Trust has moved from a face-to-face learning programme to a digital one and will be sharing activities that encourage children to watch, read, do, play and create as they learn about canals and rivers from home – bringing the magic of the waterways to you! They will be sharing learning resource bundles, with activities and ideas to keep children engaged, on a range of topics through their social media pages. Follow this link to learn more: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/explorers/learning-from-home
Learn more with Chester Zoo’s free resources for at home and school. Follow this link to find out more about animals, birds and insects: https://www.chesterzoo.org/schools/resources/
The Co-op has a community site with resources “to help people make good things happen in communities” This may be anything from finding help with homeschooling, to locating an online or local activity, to seeking help and support. Please follow this link: https://co-operate.coop.co.uk/
Kids-country.co.uk – Home Activities
Each week, they will introduce a new theme with exciting hands-on learning resources for children around food, farming and the countryside, such as Busy with Bees, Minibeast Madness, Farmland Birds, Happy Chicks, Pigs, Sheep and Cattle. Follow this link to find out more: https://www.kids-country.co.uk/home-activities-resources/
The National Literacy Trust
The National Literacy Trust has a Family Zone available during this time of school closures full of free activities and ideas to keep your child busy at home, whilst also benefiting from their reading, writing and language development. There are three age groups to choose from. Please follow this link https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/
Northamptonshire Adult Learning Service
There are now a range of online courses available and they are working hard to develop online learning opportunities to support those whose learning has been interrupted or are looking to learn a new skill. They will be releasing more online courses throughout June and July. Please follow this link https://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/children-families-education/adult-learning/Pages/default.aspx
The Open University OpenLearn
Dive in and start learning! Everything on the OpenLearn site is free to everyone and gives you free access to course materials and expert opinion. Choose from a range of subjects and get inspired. Please follow this link https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
The Open University Pollinator Watch
Can you imagine not having strawberries, apples or even chocolate to eat, or coffee to drink? Much of the food we eat including fruits, nuts and beans are pollinated by insects. These insect pollinators are essential for many flowers, carrying pollen between plants so enabling seed production. Following on from Springwatch 2020 the OU invites you to share your observations and photos of insect pollinators, find out how to identify them and learn why they are so important and need our help. Follow this link to find out more https://nquire.org.uk/mission/oupollinatorwatch/contribute
Plantlife is a British conservation charity working nationally and internationally to save threatened wild flowers, plants and fungi. Are you looking for some fun but educational activities for the kids during lockdown? Follow this link to find out more: https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/discover-wild-plants-nature/lockdown-activities-for-kids
The Reading Agency
The Reading Agency Hub has free activities and resources for all ages and abilities. The page on this link https://readingagency.org.uk will be refreshed every two weeks so do keep going back to access more free toolkits and activities.
The Northamptonshire Libraries Rhymetime provision is online. Please follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2ouq9dvlOGwIOV11Jvm8Vw/videos
RSPB Fun and Learning
Explore nature and get closer to wildlife and the outside world. There are loads of great ideas and resources to help kids and families connect with nature, from simple activities to do at home or at school, to wild clubs, fun articles and family-friendly reserves and events. Follow this link to find out more https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/
The Skills Toolkit
Want to learn a new skill whilst at home? Lockdown has made life difficult for many, but if you can find the time, grab this opportunity to build up your existing skill set and discover new talents. Free digital and numeracy courses to build your skills are available on this link: https://theskillstoolkit.campaign.gov.uk/
50 ways to explore England while staying at home. Follow this link and take virtual tours of England’s top attractions, visit the Puppetry Festival, sing along with the Wind in the Willows and so on… https://www.visitengland.com/things-do-to-at-home-bored
The WEA has been discussing possible sessions and workshops that could be held at Buckby Library & Hub and other libraries in the county when we re-open. However, they have now launched an online learning service during the lockdown to give a taste of what you might be able to do in the future.
The range of courses will be increased over the coming weeks and will include activities, lectures and short courses. They can be accessed at www.wea.org.uk/liveonlinelearning. Offers accessed through this website are free.
The Wildlife Trusts
Go wild in your garden! Large or small, ledge or yard, your garden can be an amazing home in a wider network of natural havens linking green spaces with nature reserves and the countryside. Follow this link and consider a whole host of wild ideas and features – or just pick one and then sit back, enjoy the view and see who visits: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/gardening
The Woodland Trust Nature Activities for Kids to do at Home
Summer is just about here, here is their final blog for nature activities for kids to do at home, they run through some fantastic summertime activities for kids to enjoy. Some can be done indoors for bad weather days, while others are perfect for when the sun is shining, follow this link https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/06/nature-activities-for-kids-to-do-at-home-part-8/
WWF Educational Activities to Enjoy from Home
If you are a parent seeking ways to make the most of time at home with your children, WWF want to help. Each week, they will be providing engaging ways to connect with nature and learn more about our amazing planet. Themed weeks will include live learning events, an opportunity to participate in fun and insightful webinars with WWF experts, and links to educational materials. And in case you miss any of these live events, you can revisit and access all content as and when you need to. Find more information here: https://www.wwf.org.uk/get-involved/families
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