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If parents/carers need to contact teachers in the event of a closure, their email will be the teacher’s name (no dots in between) followed by @linwood.bournemouth.sch.uk.

Explaining Coronavirus to children

For resources to help explain the coronavirus and to help your child transition back to school, please visit our parent support page.

Printable resources

Educational resources that can be used at each step of a child’s learning journey. Over 525,000 teacher-created resources and new content added every day.

Twinkl Parent Hub
The Parent Hub offers lots of fun activities and games, as well as parent guides on all manner of subjects – from the curriculum to your own well-being. There is also a FREE Resource Pack.

Twinkl Go!
FREE throughout school closures, Twinkl Go! is a collection of thousands of interactive educational resources which can be accessed and completed on any device, with no apps to install.

Go! Collections
Again, FREE throughout school closures, these Go! Collections are ready-made, curated collections of Go! Resources which cover most ages and subjects.

Home Learning Hub
Here you’ll find daily, FREE activities for different age groups and subjects. New content is added each day, including videos, games and activities.

One month free membership
To support during this period, Twinkl is also offering parents and carers access to all Twinkl resources with a One Month Ultimate Membership, totally free of charge. Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS. You will need to set up an account for this.

Brilliant Publications
Brilliant Publications have a large range of free materials and specially chosen books that have printable sheets, making them easy to assign as work to be undertaken at home. Activities have been designed to inspire and motivate pupils such as play activities, activities to promote speaking and listening, activities relating to the weather, and science and technology activities for the outdoor environment.

Elsa Support
Free resources to support a child’s social and emotional learning. Lots of different categories to choose from such as: emotions, managing strong feelings, friendship, self esteem, social skills, bereavement and loss.

Interactive resources


HelpKidzLearn offer free resources that can help keep your child entertained and continue learning. This includes 14 day trials, ipad apps and ChooseIt Maker 3 activities.

NEW Home Access Licence
A Home Access licence has been launched to help parents gain access to HelpKidzLearn during the COVID-19 outbreak.

This new license gives parents the opportunity to subscribe to HelpKidzLearn services on a monthly basis, at a reduced, manageable cost. Students will be able to continue learning with familiar resources, whilst parents are in control and have the power to cancel at any time.

100% OFF Discount Voucher for Games & Activities
If you subscribe to Games & Activities using the Games100 voucher code, you will get FREE access; and your 30 day licence will also be extended to 90 days free of charge.

ChooseIt! Maker 3 activities

You can download the free ChooseIt! Maker app which contains some free sample activities.

Please check with your class teacher to see if they have made some activities. If so, they can share the codes with you, which you can then ‘redeem’ within the app.

This PDF booklet has a collection of 30 FREE pre-made activity share codes for you to redeem from the makers of ChooseIt! Maker. Themes include Christmas, Halloween, Valentines’s Day and more: CM-Share-Codes-2021

Sam Mason – Linwood Music Lady

To view all the songs in the playlist, please click top right of the video.

Useful online resources

Please find below some online learning activities which may be of use to you.
You can follow each of them on Twitter or Facebook and they also have YouTube channels where you can watch videos after they have been shown live.

Bag books – Sensory Stories – Fridays 11am

Dorset Libraries – several Storytimes and Rhymetimes presented to you by Dorset Libraries staff using lots of fun props, instruments and animations.

Dough disco – using fingers to explore playdough with music with Shonette Bason-Wood – Mondays.

Paddy’s Purpose – stories for children on YouTube read by Gemma, a parent of one of our Linwood pupils.

Sensory App House – free sensory apps that can be downloaded onto tablets and ipads.

Sensory ideas from Richard Hurstwood – lots of ideas for children with multi-sensory needs, including suitable sensory equipment and iPad apps.

Sensory Spectacle – making something sensory – Thursdays.

Soundabout – fun interactive music sessions – Tuesday and Saturdays 2-2.45pm.

Story Massage Programme – inclusive story massage for all – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm.

Recommended websites

All subjects

Oak National Academy

Online classroom and resource hub offering 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.

BBC Bitesize

Three new lessons every weekday, with videos, activities and more.

National Geographic Kids

https://www.tts-group.co.uk/home+learning+activities.htmlFree home learning activity books available for download.

Maths & English

British Council

Singing songs is a great way to get better at speaking English and they have lots of great songs for you to enjoy.


Lesson plans, activities, stories and poems covering different topics and themes.

The Maths Factor

Carol Vorderman’s maths school is aimed at 4 to 11-year-olds.

Reading & Phonics


Listen to 100s of kids’ audio books. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Stories include Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Secret Garden, Winnie the Pooh and Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter.

Letters and Sounds

Free resources to help support the DfES Letters and Sounds phonics programme.

Phonics Play

Phonics Play is free to use during this period. No subscription is needed.
To access their resources, log on with username: jan21 password: home

Roy the Zebra

Reading website for emerging readers. The reading games are ideal for supporting the development of reading skills.

Ruth Miskin Training

Free phonics lesson videos for children.

Sounds Write

Online course detailed at the bottom of the page: ‘Help your child to read and write’. The course is in two parts – and the first part is free! It’s aimed specifically at parents and carers who are interested in putting their children on the first steps to literacy.

The World of David Walliams

Listen to a story read by David Walliams every day at 11am.

Physical Activity & Wellbeing


Meditation to help those struggling with anxiety and stress at this time.

Cosmic Kids! Yoga and Mindfulness for kids

Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.


GoNoodle encourages kids to dance, stretch, run, jump and also unwind! There are many different channels, including:

Blazer FreshGet down, get funky & get schooled with this edutaining hip hop trio! Banana Banana Meatball is a big hit with our kids!

Flow – to help kids relax, think positive, and flow with mindfulness exercises.

You can also check out their free apps: GoNoodle – Kids Videos (for iOS and Android) and GoNoodle Games (for iOS only)

Joe Wicks (The Body Coach)

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am, Joe Wicks (aka ‘The Body Coach’) is live-streaming a 30-minute PE class on his YouTube channel for free. If you can’t tune in then, don’t worry – you can watch them back whenever you want. If your kids are getting restless, this is a great way to get them burning off some energy while they’re stuck indoors, and a fun way to start the day if you’re home-schooling.

Mr Higgins Indoor Inclusive PE

Simon Higgins – Head of PE and Sport at Victoria School is doing a live stream of inclusive activities every day at 5pm. He will go through a few activities and hopefully it will be good fun and inclusive.

Youth Sport Trust

The Youth Sports Trust has made these PE resources available for free from their website. The Youth Sports Trust have a range of innovative resources to help students enjoy the benefits of PE and Physical Activity both in and outside of school.

They also have a YouTube channel for their After School Sport Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5pm.

Outdoor Learning

Oxford Owl
Oxford Owl – Outdoor Learning Ideas

5 short videos giving ideas on how to take learning outdoors.

RHS Campaign for school gardening

Ideas to get potting, identify trees or design a secret garden

Woodland Trust – Nature Detectives

Some simple, nature-based activities you can enjoy together at home or in your garden.

Arts & Craft

The Imagination Tree

Fun creative activities and resources for kids.

Red Ted Art

Hundreds of craft ideas and free printables.



CBeebies helps young children learn whilst they play fun games, watch clips, sing songs and make things with their favourite CBeebies characters and shows. Also, there are several CBeebies apps such as Go Explore which helps kids expand their world, and Storytime for building early reading and comprehension skills.

Chatter Pack

List of resources for home learning.

Climate Kids

Helping children understand about climate change with a range of activities, videos and games.

Crash Course Kids

Crash Course is all about “Science with a side of awesome”, looking at Earth, Habitats, Space, Chemical Reactions, Engineering, and much more. New uploads every Tuesday and Thursday.

DK Find Out!

A general interest site with fun facts, quizzes, galleries, games, videos and activities. Includes a wide variety of topics such as dinosaurs, space, animals, nature & more.


Learn a language for free. Also available as an app.

Family Learning

Games and activities designed to help children (and parents) learn while having fun.

Holiday Pirates
https://www.holidaypirates.com – 10 virtual museum tours

Tour the collections of 10 famous museums from around the world all from the comfort of your sofa!

https://www.holidaypirates.com – 13 zoos with live streaming

Watch some really cute animals in 13 zoos and aquariums from around the world offering live streams… yes, there are meerkat cams!

The Kid Should See This

A collection of over 4,500 free kid-friendly videos covering history and culture but with a special focus on STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art, and maths. It celebrates curiosity, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, kindness, and other essential themes for all ages. Enjoy around 10 to 15 newly-added videos every week.


18 free digital educational lessons available for download.

Robin Hood Multi-Academy Trust

Home learning projects.

Skills Builder

To help develop essential skills such as listening, speaking, team work, problem solving, staying positive, creativity. Each skill is broken down into teachable, measurable steps.

Toy Theatre

A collection of free interactive educational games that can be played on computers, tablets and mobile devices.

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