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COVID-19 CLOSURE - LEARNING SUPPORT MATERIALS

On this page we aim to give parents a range of information on how to support children during the school closure. The page is regularly updated and there are a lot of resources and ideas so please keep scrolling down to find something that suits you!

Here is some brief advice on how to support your child's home learning. Click here.

  

Early Years (Nursery & Reception)

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT EARLY YEARS TEACHERS ARE SENDING DAILY SUGGESTED LESSON PLANS ON SCHOOLPING

Now Press Play

now>press>play is an immersive audio resource that engages primary school children in the curriculum through emotion, imagination and movement. Immersed in sound, your child will become the main character in a story, meeting people, discovering places and solving problems on an educational adventure they’ll never forget!

 

http://nowpressplay.co.uk/learn-at-home/

Password: nowpressplay

 

Click here for the range of experiences available to Early Years.

The Philosophy Man

While schools are shut, they will put up lots of resources each week to get kids thinking and talking with their parents on this page, or with each other and teachers for those still in school. The resources will change every Friday. Games, questions, stories, riddles. Solutions to riddles will follow the next week.

 

https://www.thephilosophyman.com/brainsqueezers 

Creative Steps

Weekly creative dance lessons for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

 

https://creativesteps.co/courses/remote-learning/​

Alphablocks

BBC CBeebies children's show. Watch as the letters of the alphabet tell stories and make words using phonics. Play the learning game, watch clips and print colouring pages.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks

Bedtime Stories

BBC CBeebies children's show. A different story read each night just before bedtime. For more stories, head over to the CBeebies Storytime app.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b00jdlm2/cbeebies-bedtime-stories 

Easy Peasy

Get inspired with playful activities to help your child develop skills for school and life.

 

https://www.easypeasyapp.com/

Playdoh 

For some playdoh recipes and ideas, click here. 

Julia Donaldson

The author of the Gruffalo has done some illustrations to explain to parents why it is important to stay at home.

 

Music with Corin!

Yes our Corin has his own music channel on YouTube. Here are some of his songs ...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qny4c7FaQ8I (I Like Bananas - with Sign) 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZUMrfL6j8c&t=62s (How To Be Happy in Isolation Part 3)

Movement and Dance Videos

Videos to move and dance to.

 

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)

Now Press Play

now>press>play is an immersive audio resource that engages primary school children in the curriculum through emotion, imagination and movement. Immersed in sound, your child will become the main character in a story, meeting people, discovering places and solving problems on an educational adventure they’ll never forget!

 

http://nowpressplay.co.uk/learn-at-home/

Password: nowpressplay

 

Click here for the range of experiences available to Key Stage 1.

The Philosophy Man

While schools are shut, they will put up lots of resources each week to get kids thinking and talking with their parents on this page, or with each other and teachers for those still in school. The resources will change every Friday. Games, questions, stories, riddles. Solutions to riddles will follow the next week.

 

https://www.thephilosophyman.com/brainsqueezers 

Creative Steps

Weekly creative dance lessons for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

 

https://creativesteps.co/courses/remote-learning/​

BBC Bitezise - KS1 English

English activities for children in KS1.

  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zgkw2hv

Twinkl Resources (currently unavailable)

Twinkle have teamed up with BBC Education and have created engaging videos for 5 -11 year olds covering curriculum subjects and Twinkl's produced content to support teaching from home.

 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/1fgkpw 

ICT Games

Phonics, spelling, letter formation, reading, writing, common exception words, etc.

 

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/literacy.html

 Purple Mash and Serial Mash 

Free access to both Purple Mash and Serial Mash for the duration of school Covid-19 closures.  

 

Sign up if you are currently not a subscriber to Purple Mash. Access to 1000s of cross-curricular resources.

 

https://2simple.com/blog/using-purple-mash-when-school-closed/ 

Home Learning

 

A piece of home learning about Easter.

A piece of home learning about Allah.

A piece of home learning about sharing and visiting the Gurdwara.

Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)

Now Press Play

now>press>play is an immersive audio resource that engages primary school children in the curriculum through emotion, imagination and movement. Immersed in sound, your child will become the main character in a story, meeting people, discovering places and solving problems on an educational adventure they’ll never forget!

 

http://nowpressplay.co.uk/learn-at-home/

Password: nowpressplay

 

Click here for the range of experiences available to Key Stage 2.

The Philosophy Man

While schools are shut, they will put up lots of resources each week to get kids thinking and talking with their parents on this page, or with each other and teachers for those still in school. The resources will change every Friday. Games, questions, stories, riddles. Solutions to riddles will follow the next week.

 

https://www.thephilosophyman.com/brainsqueezers 

Creative Steps

Weekly creative dance lessons for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

 

https://creativesteps.co/courses/remote-learning/​

BBC Bitezise - KS2 English

English activities for children in KS2.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f

Twinkl Resources (currently unavailable)

Twinkle have teamed up with BBC Education and have created engaging videos for 5 -11 year olds covering curriculum subjects and Twinkl's produced content to support teaching from home.

 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/1fgkpw

 Audio Books

Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows, Railway Children, Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Black Beauty. In Word, pdf and audiobook formats. A few pages missing here and there in audio format.

 

https://www.researchify.co.uk/audiobooks.html

Literacy Trust

Children's author and illustrator Cressida Cowell has created some fantastic resources for primary school pupils, packed full of writing tips and inspiring ...

 

https://literacytrust.org.uk/free-resources/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvKfVtLSL6AIVibTtCh01fQAgEAAYASABEgLS-_D_BwE

Purple Mash and Serial Mash 

Free access to both Purple Mash and Serial Mash for the duration of school Covid-19 closures.  

 

Sign up if you are currently not a subscriber to Purple Mash. Access to 1000s of cross-curricular resources.

 

https://2simple.com/blog/using-purple-mash-when-school-closed/ 

Home Learning

 

A piece of home learning about Easter. 

A second piece of learning about Easter. 

A piece of home learning about Judaism.

A piece of home learning about the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi.

A piece of home learning about Judaism.

Phonics

Read Write Inc. Phonics 

Ruth Miskin Phonics are scheduling free Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on Facebook (Miskin Education) (currently unavailable) and YouTube for children to watch at home; three short Speed Sound lessons with one of their trainers every day for the next two weeks. Films will show at the times below and be available for 24 hours.

 

-  Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am

-  Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am

-  Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am

 

They will also release a film of a teacher reading a poem for Reception and Year 1 children to join in with at 2.00 pm every day. The poems will be available to watch again and again on YouTube. A great opportunity for children to learn these by heart!  Parents can sign up to either on their Facebook page (currently unavailable) or their YouTube channel.

 

Extra information for parents - Two films which explain about RWI phonics. These are on YouTube.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXOJUPNVnLc  and  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjlPILhk7bQ

 

They now have a hotline for parents and carers helping children learning to read at home with Read Write Inc. Phonics.  You can email homereading@ruthmiskin.com with any queries.

 

https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/?mc_cid=71ef745098&mc_eid=8851bf28a2

Reading

Accelerated Reader

Reading and testing activity.

 

Globe Key Stage 2 Challenge

 

Hello Readers in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6, 

 

I hope you are still reading everyday as part of your home-schooling routine. Great news ... you can now log onto Accelerated Reader and take reading and vocabulary tests at home. You will need to login at this URL/web address so type this into the web address bar:  

 

https://ukhosted4.renlearn.co.uk/1893647 (currently unavailable) 

You should have books from school that you can read and quiz. If you have read them all, you can access more books from these locations and see if they are AR books and quiz them. You can even listen to books and quiz on those!  

 

Logon onto: https://readon.myon.co.uk/ and access the thousands of different titles available, both fiction and non-fiction. Read the books online or listen to them and complete the different activities on the side. Then don’t forget to take a quiz for the same book on AR. 

 

We will look at what you have been reading and make a top 10 word count per week for each year group. Can you get your name on the leader board? 

 

Try accessing these resources to ensure you have loads of books to read and listen to. 

 

Keep on reading! 

Tower Hamlets  Libraries

Members can access free ebooks from the London Libraries Consortium: Kids at:

 

https://llc.overdrive.com/library/youth/account/ozone/sign-in?forward=%2Flibrary%2Fyouth%2F%23action%3Dborrow~801627&showIdcSignUp=false  

 

Children need to:

  • Click on Tower Hamlets Libraries
  • Enter the name on their library card
  • Enter their library PIN

 

If children  are not Tower Hamlets Libraries members they can join at https://www.ideastore.co.uk/about-us-join-today then access  London Libraries Consortium: Kids.

Audible Stories

For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.  All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.  Explore the collection, select a title and start listening. It's that easy.

 

https://stories.audible.com/discovery

CBBC Stories

View books turned into TV series, including The Worst Witch, Tracy Beaker, Deadly 60, Hetty Feather, Hank Zipzer, The Demon Headmaster.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/cbbc

BBC Storytelling

For younger viewers, using videos and read alouds.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007t9wg/clips

Blue Peter 

Videos on author writing tips, who to read next, Blue Peter Book Awards, story dice challenge, author chats, story challenge wit Matt Haig, Cressida Cowell and more …

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/blue-peter 

Book Trust

Here you can find lots of lovely interactive books to read online or watch with signing. Also, free, fun kids' games to enjoy online. Whether you want some number games, puzzle games, colouring or the Shape Game, you'll find lots of interactive activities to try.

 

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games

Oxford Owl eBooks

For home – Advice and support for parents, Educational activities and games, Free eBook library for 3- to 11-year-olds.  You must register to access the ebooks.

 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/     

Storytime with Nick
From Monday 20th April, we are releasing Storytime with Nick; films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer and a wonderful storyteller. See him in action here.

 

Three stories will be published each week on our YouTube channel and are ideal for Nursery, Reception and KS1 children. So far, we are filming stories by Jeanne Willis, Tom Percival, Jill Murphy, Cressida Owen and Claire Freedman.

 

Most films will be available for the period of school closure.

 

Stories Read by Laura our Librarian

Laura our Librarian 

Listen to Laura our Librarian as she reads her favourite stories. 

 

Pirate Red  https://youtu.be/KxwoHDoTICw

 

The Strange Sound  https://youtu.be/YzZT00N91UA

 

The 1001 Nights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm6ZI2BrccQ

 

Scheherazade  https://youtu.be/4jo3HabaNZ8

 

Sinbad’s First Adventure  https://youtu.be/zm6ZI2BrccQ

 

Sinbad’s Second Adventure  https://youtu.be/wUHTLgie0Lg

 

Clever Gretal https://youtu.be/pTw7S52tFJU

Writing

ICT Games

Phonics, spelling, letter formation, reading, writing, common exception words, etc. (Key Stage 2)

 

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/literacy.html

Literacy Trust

Children's author and illustrator Cressida Cowell has created some fantastic resources for primary school pupils, packed full of writing tips and inspiring... (Key Stage 2)

 

https://literacytrust.org.uk/free-resources/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvKfVtLSL6AIVibTtCh01fQAgEAAYASABEgLS-_D_BwE

Pobble 365

Daily writing and grammar challenges.

 

www.pobble365.com

Visuwords

This website freely does what it says on the tin: creating interesting graphic visuals for your word choices.

 

Visuwords.com

Describing Words

This website has a simple premise: punch in a noun and you get countless descriptive words, with a helpful sort for ‘frequency’ and for ‘uniqueness’.  Very useful for story writing. 

 

Describing Words

A Line Art 

Fancy writing a poem about your home? This is a 5-minute programme where Anna Bruder and Arji Manuelpillai from A Line Art share interactive arts, crafts, activities, stories, poems and games for the whole family to make and try at home.  This episode is about writing a poem about your home. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jUh54K2s3A&feature=youtu.be

Resources 
All subjects and all resources are currently free and you don't have to be a member.

 

Maths 

 PLEASE REMEMBER THAT TEACHERS ARE SETTING WEEKLY ONLINE MATHS FOR CHILDREN ON MATHLETICS

Cool Maths

Maths for Key Stage 1 & 2.

 

https://www.coolmath4kids.com/

Prodigy Maths 

Maths for Key Stage 1 & 2.

 

www.prodigygame.com 

The Maths Factor

Maths for Key Stage 1 & 2.

 

https://www.themathsfactor.com/ 

Top Marks

Maths games - Hit the Button.

 

-https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Top Maths

Daily 10 for Maths.

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10

Maths Chase

A completely free home online learning tool where children can play times tables games, along with many other mathematics skill-based games!  The site features many simple learning games which children can play at home.

 

https://www.mathschase.com/ 

All subjects and all resources are currently free and you don't have to be a member (English and Maths)

https://uk.ixl.com/promo?partner=google&campaign=1167&adGroup=Mathematics+-+keywords&gclid=EAIaIQobChMImMHmt4H36AIV0eHVCh0KGw5WEAEYASAAEgINUPD_BwE#curriculum

Other Subjects

The School Library Service has been busy creating the Ultimate List of Free Online Resources, helpfully organised by subject and type. This includes subjects beyond just English and Maths and is constantly being updated http://www.towerhamlets-sls.org.uk/links/

BBC Bitesize - Science
Starting daily science lessons from 20th April.  I know you are compiling a list of useful websites, you can add this if you want.  This site is also packed full of learning fun which include games and videos.

Espresso  - Making teaching at home easier

As a school, we are signed up to the award-winning, curriculum-centred primary teaching resource made by teachers for teachers. During these difficult times, we are hoping to help you save time, deliver high quality education and inspire your children.  

 

Suitable for your whole school from Foundation to Year 6, you will find a wide range of videos, games, resources and activities for all curriculum areas as well as a daily news feed.

 

Link - https://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/what-we-offer/discovery-education-espresso

Student login - student35409 

Password - bangab 

National Geographic Kids

Activities and quizzes.

 

www.natgeokids.com/uk

The Artful Parent (currently unavailable)    

Free art activities.

 

www.facebook.com/artfulparent 

The Imagination Tree

Creative art and craft activities.

 

https://theimaginationtree.com

Duolingo

Learn languages for free.

 

www.duolingo.com 

BBC School Radio 

Learning resources for primary age offering video, audio and downloads for Early Years, KS1 and KS2.

 

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes 

Blockly 

Learn computer programming skills, fun and free!

 

https://blockly.games 

Scratch

Creative computer programming.

 

https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/ 

Geography Games

Geography gaming.

 

https://world-geography-games.com 

Science Sparks

Science-based activities.

 

www.science-sparks.com

Crash Course Kids

You tube videos on many subjects.

 

https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids

Fun Kids Live

Stuck at Home is the daily kids entertainment show from the UK’s children’s radio station Fun Kids. Presenters from across the UK give you interesting and fun things to keep you entertained and we hear what’s happening on the radio. There’s celebrity interviews, stories and more.

 

https://funkidslive.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6f41e16bfcddd3b98b60272be&id=17b42dbbef&e=c38a8da465

Table Tennis

How to play table tennis at home without the usual table tennis equipment!

 

https://tabletennisengland-comms.co.uk/38NL-10SZE-7GCDKW-MUUKI-1/c.aspx

STEM Learning

Materials to help parents and guardians to engage children in science, maths, computing and design and technology activities.

 

https://www.stem.org.uk/home-learning/primary

Typing

A program to teach touch typing.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr 

Virtual Tours 

Google arts and culture to take virtual tours around the world.

 

https://artsandculture.google.com/

Doctor Who

A celebration of Dr Who's 50th anniversary.

 

https://www.google.com/doodles/doctor-whos-50th-anniversary

Microsoft Programs

Word, PowerPoint, Publisher - it is always good to learn new skills on these.

5-a-Day

Exercise your body while learning Spanish.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_Clwq4osEQ&t=72s

Study Ladder

Mathematics, English, Science and more! A comprehensive program of online educational activities for students aged 4 to 12, mapped to the curriculum.

 

https://www.studyladder.co.uk/

DebateMate

Keep up to date with current debating topics.

 

https://debatemate.org/student-zone/

The British Museum 

Explore the museum at home. 

 

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/how-to-explore-the-british-museum-from-home/

Minecraft 

Microsoft has made some of its educational Minecraft games freely available. The educational version is a specialised version of the hit block-building game that was designed for classroom use and will be available to download for free from the Minecraft Marketplace until 30 June, 2020. The educational content lets players explore the International Space Station though a partnership with NASA, learn to code with a robot, visit famous Washington D.C. landmarks, find and build 3D fractals, learn what it’s like to be a marine biologist, and so much more.

 

https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/marketplace

Rights Respecting Schools

Rights Education 

 

Here are some useful links and activities to help you continue with your children’s rights education at home.

 

 

More details on the quiz and a support guide can be found https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/kahoot-online-rights-games/

 

  • Take part in the World’s largest lesson and find out about the Global Goals through a wealth of resources including comics and animated films.


For animated films click on:  https://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/animated-films/

Stories and comics about helping our planet can be found  https://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/using-the-power-of-comics/

 

 

After Easter UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools will be launching a new weekly resources pack called Article of the Week. This pack will contain lessons, activities and project ideas linked to rights to help you keep children’s understanding of rights fresh and up to date. We will send you more details of this when it is launched.

Competitions!

This Hidden Island

Writing Competition - Closing date Friday 15th May 2020.

 

http://www.towerhamlets-sls.org.uk/cwc20/

The Wilbur Smith Adventure

Writing Prize - Closing date 5th May 2020.

 

www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org/awards/intro

 The Handwash Challenge

They are asking primary school children to share their creative ideas to help encourage frequent hand washing. Children could make a poster, film a video, record a song, do a science experiment or write a poem about hand washing.

 

https://www.medicspot.co.uk/handwash 

Spirited Arts & Poetry

Competition - Closing date 31st July

 

RE themed - Click here for details.

IntoFilm

Encourage young people to write a review of any film they watch in 100 words or less. Then, simply send us a photo of their review on Twitter or Facebook, and include the entrant's age, and the winner will receive a £20 Amazon voucher. A winner will be awarded every two weeks - just remember to tag us in each post and use the hashtag #Review100

 

https://www.intofilm.org/news-and-views/articles/review-100-competition?utm_source=Into+Film+-+Master&utm_campaign=4b9ef2d06e-home-learning-4-ah&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a1465a9b17-4b9ef2d06e-139406259

Religious Education

Home Learning

 

A piece of home learning about Easter - Key Stage 1

 

A piece of home learning about Allah - Key Stage 1

 

A piece of home learning about sharing and visiting the Gurdwara - Key Stage 1

 

A piece of home learning about Easter - Key Stage 2

 

A second piece of learning about Easter - Key Stage 2

 

A piece of home learning about Judaism - Key Stage 2

 

A piece of home learning about the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi - Key Stage 2

 

A piece of home learning about Judaism - Key Stage 2

Health and Wellbeing

Coronavirus: Advice on staying safe and what you can do if you are worried.

BB News Round

Advice provided by Psychologist Laverne Antrobus.


1. Don't bottle up your worries - Talk to a trusted adult
2. Find different ways to stay in touch with elderly relatives - either by telephone or video call
3. Get your information from trusted sources - like Doctors, NHS and Newsround
4. Don't worry about what you cannot control - Do what you can to control the spread of the virus, Wash your hands and follow the advice of Doctors
5. Do things you enjoy and keep yourself busy - you could try reading a book, playing a board game or doing some arts and crafts.
6. If your school has closed and you are at home - Your school can provide you will all the schoolwork and revision materials you need
7. Organise your day - Try to ensure that you have time to study, but also time to relax.
8. Follow the NHS advice about staying in your home - The NHS website advises that you should stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading, but they do say that you can do one form of exercise per day, for example a run, walk or cycle alone (inform parents) or with members of your household.

 

 https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51896156

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep!

Clinical psychologist Dr Claire Halsey provides her top tips for getting a good night's sleep -

 

1. Be active and busy during the daytime
Get outside (The NHS recommend that you should only leave the house for one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle- alone or with members of your household). You can also build a Den or kick a ball around. Inside you can have a dance off in the living room, set yourself an obstacle course or act out your favourite story.

 

2. No napping during the daytime
Sleeping during the daytime may make it harder to sleep at night because your body may have had all the rest it needs. Try to stay awake till bedtime

 

3. No lights, no noise
Keep the light out and block any noise too, your brain will find it easier to switch off if you keep the curtains closed and have done your best to block out extra noise.

 

4. Slow Down
Pick quiet games in the hour before bedtime by choosing puzzles, board games and reading and to turn off tablets and TV's.

 

5. Use your imagination
Try thinking of something a bit boring will help you switch off- e.g. think of fluffy white sheep jumping over a fence over and over again.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/47580764 

Nuffield Health

They have created a well being journal filled with challenges and activities to keep children happy, healthy and active whilst at home.

 

http://www.nuffieldhealth.com/kidswellbeing

NHS

Do you need some ideas about how to reduce your child’s sugar intake?  Reaching for sugary snacks and treats might feel very tempting while staying at home, so try swapping items for some healthy alternatives

 

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/food-facts/sugar/sugar-swaps-for-kids  

Joe Wicks - The Body Coach

To help maintain your physical fitness, Joe will be live streaming ‘PE with Joe’ every morning at 9am on YouTube.  Previous episodes will also be accessible on his YouTube channel and each episode is 30 minutes long.  It is quite high intensity, but  a lot of fun!  And you can always start by just doing 10 or 15 minutes and then building up. There is a long introduction in the first episode which you may want to skip.

 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvQafyve889qVcPxYEjdSTl  

Cosmic Kids Yoga 

To support your mental and physical wellbeing, you may find this relaxing and calming. The clips are of varying lengths, but are all fairly short.  You can access Cosmic Kids Yoga on their YouTube channel.  You will find yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed especially for primary school aged children, but there’s nothing to stop adults benefitting as well!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKmRB2Z3g2s

Mental Health 

See guidance on supporting you and your children with your mental health.

 

Mind.org - Coronavirus and your wellbeing  

Anna Freud Centre - Supporting young people’s mental health during this period

Childline

You might not be able to speak to all the people you normally turn to for support. But it can help to talk to people at home, your friends online or to Childline. Talking about what’s happening and how you’re feeling can help you realise you’re not alone.

 

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/coronavirus/  

NHS

Fitness videos for children of Primary and Secondary school age, and their parents.

 

Take your pick from 24 instructor-led videos across aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, Pilates and yoga.  These workouts have been created by fitness experts Instructor Live and range from 10 to 45 minutes. 

 

https://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/  

Mindfulness

 

What is Mindfulness?

Mindful Breathing

Special Educational Needs and Disability

Books Beyond Words

A free downloadable book to explain the coronavirus to children with severe learning difficulties. They specialise in explanatory texts that don’t require words. 

 

https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/downloads-shop/beating-the-virus

Widgit Online

Lots of free resources if you use the promo code WIDGIT.

 

https://widgitonline.com/offer?utm_source=Widgit+Centres&utm_campaign=3585be410c-WO-PROMO-WC&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a61d674378-3585be410c-501160877&mc_cid=3585be410c&mc_eid=3003036ace

National Autistic Society 

A wealth of resources, activities, guidance, games, videos  and online community support for those children who are autistic or who are living with a family member who is autistic.  There is also lots of useful information for how to deal with the change and disruption of such an unprecedented situation. 

 

There is also information which details some of the issues that autistic adults and children might come across at this time and some tips and links to online resources to help combat these difficulties. 

 

The full guidance can be found at this link:

https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus/resources/tips.aspx

 

There are also lots of ideas and resources to support those who are the sibling of someone who is autistic:

https://www.autism.org.uk/about/family-life/siblings.aspx

 

Many parents are wondering how they can explain the coronavirus to someone who does have autism, so here are several resources which are suitable for all ages:

 

This guidance sheet from Mencap has simple explanations and pictures with information about coronavirus and what it is, the symptoms and what to do if you think you have any of them.

https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/Information%20about%20Coronavirus%20ER%20UPDATED%20130320%20SD%20editsAH.pdf

 

This is a story titled, “My Story About Pandemics and the Coronavirus” by Carol Grey.  It’s a simple and straightforward way of explaining what it is and what is being done to manage the situation, as well as how it is affecting the whole world.

https://carolgraysocialstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Pandemics-and-the-Coronavirus.pdf 

COMPLEX NEEDS

Here are some really useful, fun and educational websites for parents of children with complex needs to access during this period of school closure.

 

BBC Schools

Website for music, dance and sign. This site uses BSL rather than Signalong, but many are similar and the songs are fun.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/bring-the-noise

 

HelpKidzLearn 

The home of accessible software, enabling children of all abilities to play, develop and achieve.

https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/

 

Stephen Hawking Primary School - Home Learning 

Visit their Home Learning Page to find some useful resources for parents to access.

https://www.stephenhawking.towerhamlets.sch.uk/

 

Also check out their Music Therapy songs and videos.

https://www.stephenhawking.towerhamlets.sch.uk/page/?title=Music+Therapy+Songs&pid=83

https://www.stephenhawking.towerhamlets.sch.uk/page/?title=Classroom+Songs&pid=79

 

Ian Bean

Classroom Songs/videos

https://www.ianbean.co.uk/ss_playzone/

 

Cause and Effect 

Accessible activities to use online –

http://www.thesensoryprojects.co.uk/covid19-resources

https://sensorystoriespodcast.com/free-special-stories/

https://sensorystoriespodcast.com/covid-virus/

https://sensorystoriespodcast.com/video-jukebox/

http://thesingingwalrus.com/

 

BBC Schools

Lots of songs and videos to access. Educational songs about animals, days of the week, numbers, friends and much more. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/bring-the-noise

 

BBC Schools website for music, dance and sign. This site uses BSL rather than Signalong, but many are similar and the songs are fun.

 

How to make home-made play dough

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVkL60Jm0Nw

 

Messy Play Ideas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rjk-F8Q0hcY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc2MWKXzIVQ

 

Sensory Bottles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7zp7KbxbKY

Stephen Hawking School 

A special thank you for this activity.

 

Massage Stories 

Music Making 

To make your own music, click here.

Celebrity Home Learning!

Daily Teach

For those of you who like a bit of structure in your lives; here's what various celebrities are offering you and your kids for free daily to help with their education while schools are closed:

 

09.00am - PE with Joe Wicks https://youtu.be/6v-a_dpwhro
10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman www.themathsfactor.com
11.00am - English with David Walliams https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
12.00pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver) https://www.jamieoliver.com/features/category/get-kids-cooking/
2.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days) https://tv.historyhit.com/signup/package
4.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri) https://www.instagram.com/theocooks

Drawing Tips 

illustrator Nick Sharratt has illustrated almost 250 books - including Tracy Beaker! They range from board books for bab to novels for young teenagers. Sharratt has worked with a wide range of authors including Julia DonaldsonJeremy StrongMichael RosenGiles AndreaeKaye UmanskyKes Gray and Dame Jacqueline Wilson.  Sharratt was also the official illustrator for World Book Day in 2006 and he has a Gold Blue Peter badge!

 

http://www.nicksharratt.com/drawing_tips.html 

Diversify

Are you looking to spend this time learning to dance? Star of Diversity Ashley Banjo and the 20DV dance team have decided to make access to their classes and tutorials completely free.

 

https://20dv.co.uk/

Dance like DDMIX with Dame Darcey Bussel

Former Strictly Come Dancing star and Royal Ballet Principal, Dame Darcey Bussell is now the founder of DDMIX. Her team will be streaming short routines for free each day at 1.30pm on Facebook Live. The team have also produced a seated routine for all abilities.

 

https://www.facebook.com/diversedancemix/

Be the Greatest Dancer with Oti Mabuse

 Strictly Come Dancing and The Greatest Dancer star Oti and her husband Marius Lepure are putting on free daily dance classes each morning, with many aimed at children. The routines include inspiration from The Greatest Showman, Oliver, Frozen, High School Musical, Mary Poppins and Trolls. They also include beginner classes for salsa, jive and the paso doble.

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC58aowNEXHHnflR_5YTtP4g

Cookery

Royal Academy of Culinary Arts

Learn to become a great chef!  

 

Adopt a Chef Children's Pack 

Recipes 

Make some classic dishes - but with a twist!

 

Balloon cake pop recipe

Bear on toast

Caterpillar salad

Crunchy rainbow pasta salad

Egg mayonnaise sandwiches

How to make lemonade

Little Red Riding Hood snacks

Magic wand fruit kebabs

Owl on toast

Theatre

Half Moon Theatre at Home

Enjoy world-class theatre whilst we’re closed. 

 

Half Moon Theatre is offering families access to some of its content online. A selection of recent much-loved productions for young people will be made available free, for everyone over the coming weeks, as well as access to backstage interviews and useful information about virtual things to do.

 

Half Moon Theatre Live - https://www.halfmoon.org.uk/live/

Globe Home Learning Packs (packs that have been sent to families)

Early Years 

Home Learning Pack Number 2

Home Learning Pack Number 3

 

Early Years Special Educational Needs Additional Pack Number 2:

 

English Home Learning Pack Number 3

Time Capsule Booklet in Learning Pack Number 3

Nelson Mandela Class

Home Learning Pack Number 2

Home Learning Pack Number 3

Time Capsule Booklet in Learning Pack Number 3

Year 1 

Home Learning Pack Number 2

English Home Learning Pack Number 3

Time Capsule Booklet in Learning Pack Number 3

Home Learning Pack Number 3

Year 2 

Home Learning Pack Number 2

 

Year 1 & Year 2 Special Educational Needs Additional Pack Number 2: 

Rosa Parks Class

Rosa Parks Year 1 Home Learning Pack Number 2

 

Rosa Parks Year 2 Home Learning Pack Number 2

Year 3

Home Learning Pack Number 2

English Home Learning Pack Number 3

Time Capsule Booklet in Learning Pack Number 3

Home Learning Pack Number 3

Year 4

Home Learning Pack Number 2

English Home Learning Pack Number 3

Time Capsule Booklet in Learning Pack Number 3

Home Learning Pack Number 3

Year 5

Home Learning Pack Number 2

English Home Learning Pack Number 3

Time Capsule Booklet in Learning Pack Number 3

Home Learning Pack Number 3

Year 6  

Home Learning Pack Number 2

English Home Learning Pack Number 3

Time Capsule Booklet in Learning Pack Number 3

Home Learning Pack Number 3

Parent Support

 For a list of services available to Tower Hamlets parents please click here.

Free School Meal Vouchers during School Closure

Here is a leaflet explaining the system and answering frequently asked questions. 

 

For more information click here .

Advice if you are Renting your Home

Useful information regarding renting, evictions and people's rights during the Covid 19 pandemic.

 

Leaflets from Tower Hamlets

 

Coronavirus Update: Information for parents and carers who live in Tower Hamlets

An update on coronavirus from Tower Hamlets.