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Educational resources

Digiduck Stories (Childnet)

The five stories in the Digiduck series were created to help parents and teachers educate children aged 3–7 about online safety. The collection includes ebooks, PDFs, a poster and an interactive app.

As well as the books, there is a Digiduck Activity Menu for educators.

The 2 Minute Foundation Free Beach Sessions

  • Primary Session ages 4-11 Wednesdays at 9:30 am
  • Secondary Session ages 12+ Tuesdays at 12:30 pm

Join the 2 Minute Foundation on the beach in Bude, and spend your day exploring our beaches, delving into rockpools and discovering our coastal habitats. Sessions will be full of environmental based games and learning, with a whole heap of inspiration. Find out what you can do to protect the oceans!

Meet at the 2minute shop, Crooklets beach, Bude.

To book your free tickets and to find out more, visit The 2 Minute Foundation website.

Prince’s Trust Team Programme

Supporting personal development and building confidence

Free training for 16-25 year olds on a 12 week full-time course. Based in and out of the classroom; this full-time programme teaches leadership, communication and teamwork skills, through hands-on learning. Travel wil be reimbursed.

Earn a Level 1 qualification by joining us in Newton Abbot for:

  • outdoors activities
  • work experience placements
  • team building activities
  • employability development
  • fun community projects

Text 07779 578399 or call 01626 356720.

Email thechangeacademy@youngdevon.org or visit www.youngdevon.org.

National Literary Trust

Family Zone – You will find lots of tips and fun activity ideas for building children’s language, literacy and communication skills from home at the National Literacy Trust. They are all broken down into age categories. Find out more at the Family Zone webpages.

Zone In – For young people over 13 ‘Zone In’ is for you. Get tips on boosting reading, writing, speaking and listening skills on the Zone In webpage.

Books Beyond Words

Books Beyond Words has produced a range of free picture stories and illustrated guides to support people with learning disabilities and autism through the coronavirus pandemic. They include:

  • Love in Lockdown
  • Protecting ourselves
  • Beating the Virus
  • Testing for coronavirus
  • Mental health, end of life and bereavement resources
  • Secure settings resources

To find out more and to access the guides, visit the Books Beyond Words website.

At Home with Aerospace Bristol

Explore a range of fun and educational activities and resources to enjoy at home.

This page is filled with learning activities and information, including:

  • How to make your own airshow
  • Coding challenges
  • Discovering coordinates
  • Careers in engineering

Visit At Home with Aerospace Bristol to find out more.

Life Science Centre Online

Life Goes Online is a new project to bring Life Science Centre into your home and help visitors continue to feel part of the Life community during these challenging times.

Sometimes this content will be videos of science experiments that you can try at home or a science demonstration that can’t be done at home but you can watch to learn something new and be amazed. Other times, the content may be an activity sheet that you can download and print at home.

Go to the Life Goes Online website to find out more.

Leeds Museums and Galleries online exhibitions

Leeds Museum has added podcasts and a vast array of online events, learning resources and activities to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. They include:

  • Sensory storytime
  • Museum from home
  • Minibeast activities
  • Ancient Egyptian activities
  • Explore Stone Age to Iron Age

Visit the Virtual Visit pages to find out more.

Devon Libraries

Devon Libraries are a great resource. You can look at and borrow books, find out information and use library computers, all for free. Libraries also offer free activities for children throughout the year, like ‘The Secret Book Quest’ for example, which is coming soon. This is a reading challenge for children aged 5-12.

The activities are there to support the children and young people in developing a love of reading and gaining confidence, so check in on the website regularly or in person at your local library.

Find out more at the Devon Libraries website.

Met Office activities

The Met Office has added some educational activities to do at home. They include bite-size DIY activities and experiments for young people to work through in their own homes, from ‘making lightning’ to ‘forecasting fact-busters’.

Use the links on the DIY activities and experiments webpage to access the activity sheets and find out more.

Thrive – Wellbeing Toolkit Resources

Resource categories include:

  • activities for children up to 11yrs
  • activities for children up to 16yrs
  • activities for children up to 7yrs
  • free toolkit of strategies and activities to help you now!

Access all of the above on the Thrive Approach website.

STEM Learning

Home learning support for families.

To support parents and carers STEM Learning’s subject experts have put together a selection of activities and materials, which are free for everyone to access.

These exciting activity collections contain a range of fun, hands-on activities that can be used to engage primary and secondary-aged children with science, technology, engineering and maths.

They require little or no equipment so are suitable for any classroom or home learning.

Find out more on the STEM Home learning support for families page.

Blue Peter badges

If your child would like to earn a Blue Peter badge but doesn’t know which one to go for, there is a quiz to take to find out the perfect Blue Peter badge for you!

Find out more on the Blue Peter badge website.

ICAN’s Talking Point

Talking Point is there to help parents who are concerned about their child’s development. The website has a wealth of information to help you understand and support children and young people’s speech, language and communication.

Find out more by visiting I CAN’s Talking Point.

Digital Library

Devon Libraries have been increasing their catalogue of eBooks and eAudiobooks for children including Beginner Reads collection. This means that families who do not currently have access to books from school can find new things to read via their laptops, tablets, eReaders or smartphones.

For the grownups in addition to eBooks there’s free access to eMagazines, newspapers and other digital resources such as Ancestry Online.

You will need to be a library member to access these resources but joining online is free and easy using the Devon Libraries website.

Landy and Friends

Free Landy and Friends teaching resources for schools and home schooling.

Download the teaching packs, which include a huge selection of resources ideal for key stage 1 on the Landy and Friends website.

ROOTS & SHOOTS

ROOTS & SHOOTS are a community group offering creative, exciting and unique learning opportunities for primary-aged children in Devon.

They are based in Chagford on Dartmoor, and particularly offer opportunities for children to learn from professional local arts and crafts people.

Their aim is to nurture and inspire the adults of the future with workshops and ongoing groups that encourage children to explore their interests in a safe, non-competitive setting. They encourage cooperation, self-reliance and a lifelong love of learning.

They are all about empowering children in their skills and abilities and working with them to achieve their goals. They aim to support children to feel safe and comfortable in a community of other small people, whether for a day, a week or a year.

STAR SEND Toolkit (Childnet International)

The Childnet International STAR SEND Toolkit is an extensive teaching toolkit to support educators with the relevant knowledge they need to help young people with special educational needs and disabilities to manage the internet and its risk.

The resources are aimed at young people with SEND in key stages 3 and 4 and can be adapted for the needs of different young people and settings.

The Wave Project

The Wave Project started in 2010 and became the world’s first ‘surf therapy’ course funded by a government health service.

It continues to support young people and its mission is to enable those who are struggling to prove to themselves that “I can do it!”.

The Wave Project created a number of activity books that were intended to keep you and your children busy through lockdown. Each is filled with recipes, crafts, games, books and movies.

Go to the Activity Books section on the Wave Project website to download the activity books and access the archive of previous books with even more fun activities to do,

StayWise

This public access version of StayWise brings together many educational resources from the emergency services and voluntary safety organisations. It is designed so you can easily find trusted resources to help with home schooling linked to age groups, themes and curriculum areas.

In these difficult times they have tried to group their resources to help, so you can use the filters to search by age or subject or even by the type of resource you need.

For example, you could select, Maths, for seven to eight-year-olds, and work sheets, and let the system do the rest!

Go to the StayWise website to find out more.

Tailfeather TV

TailfeatherTV follows the early years foundation stage framework for learning and development, so children can explore and engage with fun topics through dance, singing, signing, learning, and playing.

All episodes are co-written and presented by brilliantly talented young adults with learning disabilities, including dancer Andrew Self.

To find out more go to TailfeatherTV on YouTube.

National Marine Aquarium

The National Marine Aquarium delivered free live lessons using YouTube.

You can see recordings of these if you tune into the Aquarium’s Youtube Channel or for more information, go to the National Marine Aquarium website.

National Literacy Trust

The National Literacy Trust’s ‘Words for Life’ site is packed with free, fun activities to improve reading and writing skills for ages 0-12 years to try at home. Activities can be filtered by age group and include chat, play, read, watch, listen, write and make.

To find out more, please go to the National Literacy Trust ‘Words for Life’ webpage.

NASA Kids Club

A place to play games, complete activities and learn about NASA and space. Examples of the activities included are ‘Tracking the International Space Station’, ‘Spot the Difference’, ‘Making  Paper Mars Helicopters’ and ‘Decoding Secret Messages’ but there are loads more to try out.

To find out more, please go to the NASA Kids’ Club webpage.

Orchard Toys

Orchard Toys are currently offering a range of free, printable worksheets and activities that are fun, educational and perfect for pre-school and school-age children learning at home.

They include numeracy and literacy activity sheets, craft ideas, colouring sheets and recipes. They add to these every day, but if you sign up to their emails you will get them sent to your email inbox the night before they are released.

To find out more, please go to Orchard Toys Free Activities webpage.

Free Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler home learning packs

Is your child a fan of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s wonderful picture books? Now you can download a range of home learning activity packs to complete as your read the books! Stick Man, Zog, The Highway Rat and more.

For more information on the free Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Home Learning Packs go to this Scholastic webpage.

Disney on Stage

Fun activities to do with your family at home.

Many families and young people will be learning at home for a while, so over the coming weeks, Disney on Stage will be showcasing some of the most popular parts of Disney Theatrical’s free education programmes. There will be activities from The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, Frozen, and a selection of Careers in Theatres videos and podcasts.

For more information and to bookmark the page, so you can keep checking back for free activities, resources and videos, go to this Disney On Stage Education Resource webpage.

The World Has Turned Upside Down

Coronavirus and lockdown turned the lives of children and their families upside down. This wonderful story highlights the impact of recent changes and uncertainty on autistic children – but the experiences will resonate with all families. You can download Ambitious about Autism’s ‘The World Has Turned Upside Down’ story on your own devices, see below.

Following the success of ‘The World Has Turned Upside Down’, two worksheets have been produced for children and young people to help them work through their own perceptions of lockdown. Working in collaboration with two special education teachers, they see the return of the story’s much-loved characters created by Kes Gray and illustrator Chloe Bachelor.

The worksheets have been created with autistic children and young people in mind, but just like the story, can be enjoyed by anyone. To download, edit digitally, or print out the worksheets go to ‘The World Has Turned Upside Down’ Ambitious about Autism webpage.

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize offers lessons, videos, quizzes, and downloadable timetables, along with practical advice from primary age to post-16.

A full range of subjects can be accessed at a click of a button from Literacy and Numeracy to Spanish and Art and Design.

You will also find the daily Newsround bulletin where you can catch up with the latest news stories around the world.

Find out more on the Bitesize website.

ZOO discovery from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL)

The site offers access to animal activity sheets for ages 3 all the way up to 16, along with educational activities from animal art and bug hunting to brushing up on keeper counting skills.

Who said learning can’t be fun? Take a look at the ZSL website to find out more.

Also, London Zoo provides links to some of the webcams, live streams, animal antics and behind-the-scenes updates at the zoo. You can access these at Virtual London Zoo.

The Institute of Engineering and Technology

Free STEM resources for primary and secondary school children.

Engage your child and keep them busy and learning at home with the available home learning teaching resources and activities for 4-16 years old (key stages 1 to 4) including lesson plans, handouts and videos.

Oak National Academy

The online classroom offers free access to teachers delivering video lessons, quizzes and worksheets. Available for both primary and secondary, it covers a range of subjects. The lessons are ordered so your child can learn along a clear plan. There will be new lessons and resources each week.

Oak National Academy will fit alongside other resources such as BBC Bitesize.

The specialist classroom has lesson plans for occupation therapy, speech and language, physical therapy and lots more.

Find out more on the Oak National Academy website.

The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is offering free virtual tours from its website.

Click here to find out more

The British Library

The British Library has its extensive collections available online, which should prove a great resource for students trying to research at home.

The Tate Gallery

The Tate Gallery has a 360-degree virtual tour online.

The British Museum

The British Museum has made its online collections free to the public to view.

You can access an interactive experience of the Museum or go straight to The British Museum website.

YouTube Learning

Explore learning videos on YouTube by age or subject and take trips across the world watching National Geographic’s 360-degree underwater world or dive with Giant Manta Rays.

Dyson Challenge Cards

Dyson engineers have designed these challenges specifically for children. Ideal for home or in the classroom, they encourage inquisitive young minds to get excited about engineering.

Can you skewer a balloon without popping it? Coat a nail in copper? What happens when you plug a clock into a potato?

Go to the Dyson Challenge Cards website to find out more.

Mintlings by The Royal Mint

The Royal Mint has put together a collection of quizzes, games and educational tools – brought to life through iconic coins, and popular children’s characters such as The Gruffalo and Wallace and Gromit. Ideal for families and children staying home and looking to fill their time with fun, factual and coin-related activities.

Children of the Forest

Children of the Forest run sessions called ‘Free to Learn’ for home-educating children to attend, without their parents or carers, every Wednesday and Thursday in term time. The Forest School is based in 3 acres of private woodland in Uffculme, near Cullompton (EX15 3FJ)

They are an Ofsted registered childcare Forest School run by two former teachers, Gemma and Lewis. They run according to true forest school principles, giving children connection to nature, freedom in their play and confidence in their skills.

Activities can include bushcraft skills, campfire cooking, arts and crafts, drama, group games and much more – all following children’s interests and own choices. To find out more and join the waiting list, visit their Children of the Forest website.

Action for Stammering Children interactive website

Action for Stammering Children has just launched a new interactive website with information, fun facts and games all to do with famous people who stammered! (Stormzy, Winston Churchill, Ed Sheeran and many more)

Take a look at the Stamback in time website.

Hakeford Woods Forest School

Hakeford Woods Forest School is a social enterprise based at a beautiful woodland site only ten minutes from Barnstaple. The Forest School runs a group for home-educated children. The possibilities for activities are endless because they have a permanent Forest School site.

The activities that take place in an individual session will be determined by the season and the weather, as well as by the age and abilities of the young people.

Dyspraxia Foundation Youth Cookbook

A selection of favourites from both youth and young adults with dyspraxia for you to try at home. The book has featured recipes, hints and tips for baking and cooking and is introduced by the Masterchef winner from 2019 – Irini Tzortzoglou.

Download a copy of the cookbook.

CSW Group offer to current year 11 students

CSW Group are able to support young people in year 11 if they have an EHCP or are at risk of becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training).

CSW support these young people by providing impartial information, advice and guidance to help them understand their post 16 options and make informed decisions.

If you would like to refer a young person please email Leon.Hackworthy@cswgroup.co.uk.

TLC Live – online tutoring experts

Whether you’re a teacher, parent or guardian TLC LIVE is a cost-effective way of providing high-quality, measurable support for children aged 6 to 16. Lessons are focused and tailored to your child’s needs and skill gaps.

Forestry English – free beginner’s guide to stargazing

In the forest at night in a whole new light! Written in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine and packed with fantastic activities for all the family, get your hands on this free beginner’s guide to stargazing. You can learn about constellations, try star navigation, play night-games and become a Forest-Star.

On the Edge

The On The Edge website offers free downloads, activities and stories based around colourful characters of animals that are on the edge of extinction.