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 and 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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
Physical Activity & Wellbeing
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.
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 & Design
Music & Media
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.
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!
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.