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.
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.
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.
You can download the calendar here: https://www.kindness-school.org/kindness-calendar
Suggested activities to keep children busy:
- Begin to learn a new skill perhaps touch typing, a new language, an instrument etc.
- Use your household recycling in order to create a junk modeling sculpture.
- Bird watch out of your window and see if you can identify the birds online.
- Play some family games such as charades, cards or board games.
- Build a tower using playing cards.
- Research a famous landmark, build it out of lego.
- Learn how to do a new household job such as loading the washing machine, folding laundry, preparing food or dusting.
- Have a telephone call with a family member or friend who you have not seen in a while.
- Watch a film and write a review of it.
- Read a book and write a review of it.
- Write an email to your teacher about what you have been doing during the time off.
- Plant a seed and help it to grow.
- If you could invent something what would it be? Draw and label your new invention – you could even create a prototype out of junk modelling/arts and crafts materials.
- If you have a pet, teach it a new trick.
- Create a den out of blankets and pillows.
- Use a torch and put on a shadow puppet show.
- Make up a dance routine for your favourite song.
- Have a karaoke night and rate your family out of 10.
- Do some yoga – there are some fantastic videos on you tube to follow along with.
- Create an art gallery at home and fill it with drawings/paintings/models.
Here’s a list of websites for home learning that may be useful for all parents and learners. These are often used by parents who are home schooling as well as some we use to plan lessons. Perhaps pick a few subjects a day and do something on them but break it up with practical tasks from our home learning pack.
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities linked to from this Facebook page.
Free, open source, cross-platform audio software.
Listen to 100s of audio books for all ages. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
Fun activities for Primary, Secondary & Post-16 levels for all subject areas.
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.
English and Maths for adults.
Big History Project
Multi disciplinary activities which examines our past, explains our present, and imagines our future.
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Body Coach TV
Daily exercises with Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) for children of all ages and fitness levels.
Resources for English language learning.
List of resources for home learning.
An educational website with activities, resources, and games to teach kids of all ages about Earth’s systems, water cycle, weather and climate.
Free website with coding courses for children of all ages and levels.
You Tube videos on many subjects
Science awards you can complete from home.
Free online education resources & games.
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Good interactive games for all subject areas.
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).
Interactive Maths & English games.
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
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.
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos.
12 free digital educational lessons available for download
Free science lessons.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
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.
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.
Roy the Zebra
Reading website for emerging readers. The reading games are ideal for supporting the development of reading skills.
Creative computer programming.
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
To help develop essential skills such as listening, speaking, team work, problem solving, staying positive, creativity.
Free Functional Skills and Skills for Life resources.
A range of fun, hands-on activities that can be used to engage young people of all ages with science, technology, engineering and maths.
All sorts of engaging educational videos.
All kinds of making.
Good interactive games for all subject areas.
Favourites for teaching about money are the Coins Game and Toy Shop Money Game.
Educational online games.
Art & Design
Access Art sketchbook project/NSEAD
Royal Academy of Art Young Artists exhibition – competition entries by 24th April 2020
The Cultural Learning Alliance