Academic Materials In The Event of Academy Closure
Should the academy close or partially close over the next few weeks, or should students be absent due to their own circumstances it is important that they have access to academic work.
Students who are studying for an examination course will, wherever possible, be given work that supports coursework or their exam materials.
Where this is not possible, or relevant, students can access a variety of materials:
- Students in Primary should focus on their reading and literacy skills. They will be provided with appropriate reading material.
- Students in the secondary phase of the academy can access the following booklets where they will find subject-based activities linked to practical life skills. They too can also focus on their reading.
Students also have an IXL login where they can access English and mathematics activities. Recently students have been given a Times Tables Rock Stars login and again this can be accessed to help develop skills.
At the end of this post, there is a list of websites available to all students to assist their home learning. Parents and carers would need to look at sections of these to assess their suitability for individual students.
In all cases any examination work issued by the academy takes priority.
At this stage the academy is getting daily updates, and as yet although nothing definite has been put into place, please be reassured that the examination boards are monitoring the situation and will ensure that those students whose studies are disrupted by schools and academies having to close will not be penalised through the examination system. Again as soon as we have full details we will publish these.
Resources for Parents & Carers
Thrive - Thrive have created wellbeing activities that Parent and Carers can do with their children Monday - Friday; involving different Curriculum activities. Click on the links below to download the PDF files.
- Activities for Parents of children up to age 7 - Week One - Download
- Activities for Parents of children up to age 7 - Week Two - Download
- Activities for parents of children up to age 11 - Week One - Download
- Activities for parents of children up to age 11 - Week Two - Download
- Activities for parents of children up to age 16 - Week One - Download
- Activities for parents of children up to age 16 - Week Two - Download
Family Zone - https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/?mc_cid=fced665575&mc_eid=4ae8617532 - Family Zone have developed a comprehensive web portal for Parents & Carers, to support you during this time. Split up by age group, you will find ideas and guidance for simple activities that will engage your children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development. You'll be able to access free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges. Every resource is available for free, although to access some you may need to create a free account.
Medway Youth Service - Delivering online Youth Work sessions, details of what they are providing are available at: www.medway.gov.uk/onlineyouthwork. They have 4 sessions a day, Monday to Friday on a range of subjects – on top of this our team are keeping in contact with specific youth groups. If there are any suggestions for other sessions or you have young people who might need some support or encouragement to access , they can email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of their team will get in contact.
Twinkl - https://www.twinkl.co.uk - This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
Mencap - https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/health/coronavirus?utm_campaign=1353862_Coronavirus%20message%20from%20Edel%20-%20no%20fundraising%20ask&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dotmailer&dm_i=4P14,T0NA,2UTMTC,3HT6B,1 - Mencap have produced an easy read information document to help explain the ongoing Coronavirus situation.
Education City - https://www.educationcity.com/free-resources/ - Education City has released some free resources on their site for Parents & Carers to use during this time.
Signalong - SIGNALONG is committed to empowering children and adults with impaired communication to understand and express their needs, choices and desires by providing vocabulary for life and learning. Signalong are also providing discussion pictures, as part of a series of pictures around the home and out & about to promote this. Each picture will have 12 signs to get you started and can also be coloured in.
- Training Manual - Manual.
- At Breakfast - Download Signs.
- Signalong Song - Download Signs.
- Easter - Download Signs.
Beyond Words - https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/downloads-shop/beating-the-virus - Beyond Words have created a short wordless story, that will help people to understand what to do if you have Coronavirus and how to keep yourself and those who you care about safe. The story also shows how to safely help others who may be self-isolating. Supplementary text at the end of the story gives information on where people can seek help if they are unwell and signposts to other useful resources.
Home Education Resources - https://www.home-education.org.uk/resources-educational.htm - A number of recommended home education websites/resources. Many of them are free.
Education Freedom - https://educationalfreedom.org.uk/free-resources/ - Free resources from a number of organisations including British Heart Foundation, British Legion and Postal Museum.
ASDAN Resources - https://www.asdan.org.uk/resources/free-resources - As an education charity, ASDAN want to support educators, Parents and Carers with home learning and educating as much as they can. The resources, ranging from pre-Entry to Level 2, have been taken from a range of ASDAN courses. They can be used in a home setting and challenges can be adapted to suit home learning.
My 2020 Covid-19 Time Capsule - You are living through history right now. Take some time to filling the pages in the following document link for your future self to look at. Time Capsule Document
Chase the Rainbow - We would like to set our students a challenge of creating a Rainbow for their window! It is part of a national campaign called Chase the Rainbow. This is a country-wide initiative, with the hope that the colourful creations can be enjoyed by families going for a walk to stretch their legs. If you do not have any colouring pencils etc, then a template has been made for you. Please click on the following link, courtesy of The Watford Observer to download the template. Download the template.
Lego Challenge - We would like to share with you a LEGO challenge, that has two different levels (30 day month & 31 day month). Click the links for the PDF versions. Lego Challenge 1 & Lego Challenge 2.
Paw Print Badges - https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk - Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
English & Drama
Amazon Audio Books - https://stories.audible.com/discovery - Amazon Audio Books have made many of their books free for children to listen to.
British Council - https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find - Resources for English language learning.
Oxford Owl for Home - https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ - Lots of free resources for Primary age.
Teach Your Monster to Read - https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com - series of games which helps children to master the key first stages of reading.
David Walliams Audio Books - https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/ - David Walliams will be releasing daily audio books of his short stories, from his book ‘The World's Worst Children’.
Phonics Play - http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk - Fun, interactive phonic phase focused games.
Greg James & Chris Smith: Kid Normal - https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Kid-Normal-Audiobook/B07531DMM6 - The two authors have released the audiobook version of their first book, Kid Normal, for free on Audible.
The National Theatre - The National Theatre - The National Theatre are streaming some of their top shows live every Thursday for the next few weeks.
Maths at Home - https://www.themathsfactor.com/ - Let Carol Vorderman teach your child Maths during this difficult period. The Maths Factor will be making their service FREE for everyone (usually about £2 per week) to support continued learning at home for the duration of the UK Schools closure period. The resources are matched to the National Curriculum.
Times Tables Rock Stars - https://ttrockstars.com/ - Students can have access to Times Tables Rock stars which improves students’ knowledge on multiplication and division facts. Your child's maths teacher has given your child log in details and should be in their planners.
Prodigy Maths - https://www.prodigygame.com - Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Make Your Own Wormery - By taking part in a 7 day project, you could create your own wormery and learn all about nature. If this sounds like something you want to get involved with, then click on the links below.
- Making A Wormery and Observing Worms Project - Word Document
- Making A Wormery and Observing Worms Project - PDF Document
Mystery Science - https://mysteryscience.com - Free science lessons
Nature Detectives - https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/ - A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Crest Awards - https://www.crestawards.org - Science awards you can complete from home.
Zoo Live Webcams - https://www.holidaypirates.com/travel-magazine/13-zoos-that-offer-live-streams-see-giraffes-koalas-pandas-tigers-penguins-more_35765 - Holiday Pirates have created a list of live webcams of zoo animals around the world. These include penguins, giraffes, rhinos, monkeys, plus many more.
Real PE - https://home.jasmineactive.com/login - This programme is great for family play and fun as well as improving your child's physical wellbeing and their emotional and mental health, especially in such testing times for all of us. We hope that the ideas help support you and your family to stay fit and healthy in the coming months. Here are the details to access 'real PE' at home:
The website address is: home.jasmineactive.com
Parent email: email@example.com
Blockly - https://blockly.games - Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
Scratch - https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/ - Creative computer programming.
Cloud Stop Motion - cloudstopmotion.com - Cloud Stop Motion is free to use and allows you to create stop motion animations quickly and easily, all you need is a phone or tablet (or a computer and webcam) and something to animate.
Kent Music - https://www.kent-music.com/news/keep-music-education-going-at-home/ - Kent Music has created a list of free music apps and programmes for Parents & Carers to use at home with their children.
National Geographic Kids - https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ - Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Geography Games - https://world-geography-games.com/world.html - Geography gaming!
Ben Fogle Talks - https://www.instagram.com/benfogle - Ben Fogle, Wilderness expert, is doing Instagram Live talk sessions about his time on different expeditions.
Big History Project - https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home - Aimed at Secondary age. Multidisciplinary activities.
Virtual Museum Tours - https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/virtual-museum-tours - Thrill List have created a list of museums and art galleries that provide virtual tours of their buildings and artefacts.
Languages (Modern Foreign Languages)
Duolingo - https://www.duolingo.com - Learn languages for free. Web or app.
The Artful Parent - https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/ - Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art - https://www.redtedart.com - Easy arts and crafts for little ones.
Adobe Drawing - https://twitter.com/adobedrawing?lang=en - Many artists are giving free drawing lessons for children.
The Imagination Tree - https://theimaginationtree.com - Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Tinkercad - https://www.tinkercad.com - All kinds of making.
Art Hub for Kids - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5XMF3Inoi8R9nSI8ChOsdQ - Many of videos lessons for making an array of art projects.
Art Is Where The Heart Is - https://firstsite.uk/art-is-where-the-home-is/ - Stay inspired with Firstsite’s artist created activity packs, featuring contributions from UK artists including Annie Morris, Antony Gormley, Gillian Wearing, Grayson Perry, Harold Offeh, Idris Kahn, Jeremy Deller, Michael Landy, Ryan Gander and Vanley Burke. ‘Art is where the home is’ will give you ideas about how to get creative at home. Anyone can have a go – there are no specialist materials required, plus it’s completely free to download.
I Like To Make Stuff - https://iliketomakestuff.com/shop-class/ - Bob has made a shop class for children, which includes projects in woodworking, metalworking, electronics, 3D printing, prop making and more! These videos hope to inspire and empower others to make the stuff that they want to have. Hopefully you'll see something here that will inspire you to make something that you're passionate about! Please make sure that you have a Parent or Carer with you when taking part in any of these activities.
Kids Invent Stuff - https://kidsinventstuff.com/ - Kids Invent Stuff is the YouTube channel (as seen on The One Show, BBC News Online and Tomorrows World Live) where 4-11 year olds have the chance to get their invention ideas built by real engineers. The organisers do this to give more primary school kids the chance to engage with real engineering projects.
TES - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/covid-19-home-learning-pack-coronavirus-12267191 - PSHE / SMSC / Citizenship / English / History - 30 Page Student Activity Pack.
TES EC Resources - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/pshe-home-learning-pack-12268315 - Collection of free PSHE workbooks for the new 2020 Guidelines, suitable for home learning.
PSHE Association - https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources - Many free and some member resources that are suitable for home learning.
Barclays: Virtual Work Experience - https://barclayslifeskills.com/i-want-virtual-work-experience/school - Virtual Work Experience gives you a unique opportunity to gain work experience in a company that you might not normally get access to while highlighting the essential skills you might need. You’ll get to see the inner workings of Freeformers, a ‘digital transformation’ agency, and actively work with different departments on one project, helping them to solve problems and complete real-life tasks.
Learn Live - https://learnliveuk.com - Learn Live seeks to inspire the next generation through engaging and interactive live broadcasts direct into the classroom. With FREE access to a wide variety of live interactive broadcasts and video on demand with live chat support, you can educate your class on careers and health education. The Learn Live technology is free to schools and colleges and doesn’t require any additional equipment to be purchased or procured to interact with the live broadcasts. All broadcasts can be viewed via interactive whiteboards or projectors using IE or Google Chrome browsers on existing laptops, PCs or via an app on tablet devices.
National Careers Week: The WOW Show - https://www.thewowshow.org/news/ - The WOW Show breaks down the walls between the classroom and the workplace – and creates memorable encounters with inspirational people. Their award-winning film-makers capture on camera people and workplaces with a journalistic eye changing the way the real-life world of work is presented to young people. You can view all the broadcasts from National Careers Week and more on their website, including specials on Healthcare and Construction.
Go Construct - https://www.goconstruct.org/learn-about-construction/find-the-role-for-you/ultimate-quiz/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrZ2b95em6AIVAuDtCh3h1QuDEAAYASAAEgLPlvD_BwE - Go Construct have a range of on line resources including their ‘Ultimate Quiz’ which is aimed at students under 16 and explores what ‘construction personality’ the participant is. The Go Construct website showcases the many career opportunities available in construction and the built environment.
NHS: Health Careers - https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk - There are over 350 different NHS careers so there will be one for you, no matter what your qualifications, skills or interests. Answer some simple questions, and we'll help you find the career for you.
Skills for Care - https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Home.aspx - Have you got what it takes to work in social care? Take the Question of Care quiz. There are lots of different roles in social care depending on what you want to do, who you want to work with and where you’d like to work.
BBC Bitesize: Careers - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers - BBC Bitesize is well known for its online teaching and learning resources but it also has a dedicated careers section!
General Education Videos
Ted Ed - https://ed.ted.com - All sorts of engaging educational videos.
The Kids Should See This - https://thekidshouldseethis.com - Wide range of cool educational videos.
Crash Course - https://thecrashcourse.com - YouTube videos on many subjects.
Crash Course Kids - https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids - As above for a younger audience.
BBC Learning - http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/ - This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Cbeebies Radio - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio - Listening activities for the younger ones.
Blue Peter Badges - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges -If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
BBC Teach - https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach - The BBC has a whole website dedicated to helping Parents & Carers who are teaching their children at home. These include videos and interactive lessons.
BBC Bitesize - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize - The BBC had lots of free videos and helpful topics on a number of topics.
Toy Theatre - https://toytheater.com/ - Educational online games.
General Education Websites
STEM Learning - https://www.stem.org.uk/home-learning - their subject experts have put together a selection of resources - all of which are completely free for everyone to access.
Khan Academy - https://www.khanacademy.org - Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.
Futurelearn - https://www.futurelearn.com - Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
Seneca - https://www.senecalearning.com - For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
OpenLearn - https://www.open.edu/openlearn/ - Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
iDEA Awards - https://idea.org.uk - Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
DK Find Out - https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/?fbclid=IwAR2wJdpSJSeITf4do6aPhff8A3tAktnmpaxqZbkgudD49l71ep8-sjXmrac - Activities and quizzes.
Quizlet - https://quizlet.com/en-gb - Free education resources for KS1 – KS4.
Websites for Kids - From ABCs to ACTs have created a poster with free educational sites for children during this period, to help Parents and Carers with teaching from home.