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 young people
ChatHealth, our School Nurse texting service, remains open Mon-to-Fri even though schools are closed. We are a young person’s (ages 11 to 19) support & advice service and able to provide emotional reassurance and help with general teenage concerns, such as mental health, bullying, self harm, healthy eating, drugs, sex, contraception, smoking, alcohol. The texting service is secure and confidential. Text: 07480 635511
Twinkl offer great printable resources and a free resource pack for parents.
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.
The Kindness Calendar
The Kindness School Foundation issue a weekly Kindness Calendar, which includes a daily kindness activity. New Kindness Calendars are released every Wednesday for the following week.
Below are some useful links for curriculum material & activities.
Many of the websites have teaching resource areas, as well as parent and student sections.
|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.
Three new lessons every weekday, with videos, activities and more.
|The British Library
Subjects include Citizenship, English language, English literature, RE, History, History of Art, Geography, Music.
Free online education resources & games.
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.
|National Geographic Kids
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.
Free lesson plans, activity ideas and resources.
Free home learning packs available.
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Good interactive games for all subject areas. Favourites for teaching about money are the Coins Game and Toy Shop Money Game.
Free home learning activity books available for download.
Maths and English
English and Maths for adults.
Lesson plans, activities, stories and poems covering different topics and themes.
|The Mathematics Shed
Lots of free printable maths activities.
|Mathletics & Spellodrome
Free 48 hour trials of Mathletics and Spellodrome
|Maths is Fun
|Money for Life
|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.
Free Functional Skills and Skills for Life resources.
|Values Money and Me
Exploring what money can and cannot buy.
|White Rose Maths
letter to parents
Listen to 100s of audio books for all ages. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
|Roy the Zebra
Reading website for emerging readers. The reading games are ideal for supporting the development of reading skills.
|World Book Day 2020
Free resource packs and activity sheets for a range of popular books and authors.
|Barclays Life Skills
Physical Activity & Wellbeing
Meditation to help those struggling with anxiety and stress at this time.
|Joe Wicks (The Body Coach)
Every weekday 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.
|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.
|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.
|Big History Project
Multi disciplinary activities which examines our past, explains our present, and imagines our future.
An educational website with activities, resources, and games to teach kids of all ages about Earth’s systems, water cycle, weather and climate.
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Free website with coding courses for children of all ages and levels.
Creative computer programming.
All kinds of making.
Science & Technology
Science awards you can complete from home.
|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.
Free science lessons.
A range of fun, hands-on activities that can be used to engage young people of all ages with science, technology, engineering and maths.
Art & Design
|Access Art sketchbook project/NSEAD
|The Arty Teacher
Art home learning resources and inspirational ideas.
|The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities linked to from this Facebook page.
|The Cultural Learning Alliance
|Draw with Rob
Free drawing lessons for kids from World Book Day illustrator Rob Biddulph.
Music & Media
Free open source audio software.
|INTO Film Resources
List of resources for home learning.
You Tube videos on many subjects.
|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.
Games and activities designed to help children (and parents) learn while having fun.
|Food for Life – Healthy Eating
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!
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
12 free digital educational lessons available for download.
|Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
|Robin Hood Multi-Academy Trust
Home learning projects.
|The Sensory Projects
Links to free sensory activities and resources.
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.
All sorts of engaging educational videos.
A collection of free interactive educational games that can be played on computers, tablets and mobile devices.
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.