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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the US grade system but it’s mostly common material.
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.
Maths & English
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.
National Literacy Trust
Family Zone – Ideas and guidance for fun, simple activities that will engage your children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development.
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.
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.
Physical Activity & Wellbeing
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 Fresh – Get 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)
Science & Technology
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.
Arts & Craft
Music & Media
Linwood Music Lady
Linwood Music Lady – YouTube playlist
Sam Mason is a music therapist and provides whole class sessions at Linwood once a week. Above is a link to several of the videos she put together during the lockdowns.
Blue Peter Badges
A Blue Peter badge is a special award given to people who appear on the show, or in recognition of achievement. Applicants must be 6 to 15 years old.
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.
Chester Zoo – Virtual Zoo Days
Experience the magical sights and sounds of Chester Zoo… LIVE from your living room! Meet a range of wonderful animals including meerkats, otters, giraffes, penguins, red pandas, lions, komodo dragons, elephants, rhinos, tropical birds, chameleons, pythons, cheetahs, orangutans and even punk rocker pigs! If you can’t tune in live, don’t worry – you can watch them back whenever you want on their YouTube Channel.
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.
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.
If you’re not feeling too overwhelmed already, here is a TOP 20 list of discounted or free resources for home learning recommended by a teacher. Many of them are already listed above.