Learning activities for children
Activities for staff with children at home
If you or others you know have young children currently out of school and you want to help them with science, take a look at Reach Out Reporter, a partnership between Imperial and Tigtag which offers an online science news service. Reach Out CPD has also been developed with Imperial and is designed to help those teaching the primary science curriculum. Both online resources are free.
The NHLI has its own Breathing Together Play and Learn Activity Guide and includes ideas for fun and creative ways to explore breathing and the lungs
The Stemettes are joining you online – to keep you inspired, motivated and learning. Each week they’ll run three events from HTML programming to Nanoscience! The Stemettes are a social enterprise working across Britain and beyond to inspire and support young women into STEM. These activities are suitable to all children across a range of ages and their guardians.
Two Imperial PhD students have created a free networking service to connect those requiring home-schooling help with those with the time to volunteer. They want this service, called kotikoulu, to be a community where you can get help with quadratic equations, have guided science experiments, or debate Victorian poetry, all without leaving your home. More information and a free signup form can be found at kotikoulu.co.uk.
Other resources for learning activities
- The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities and David Walliams is releasing a new audio story every day (for the not-so-squeamish)
- Stories read aloud for kids on Storyline Online
Daniel Radcliffe and others will be reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone from their sofa's and Potter fans can explore the wonders of the British Library's exhibition on Harry Potter: A History of Magic
- Carol Vorderman’s The Maths Factor is now free and has a range of maths activities for children aged between 4-12
- Free science materials from Whizz Pop Bang - Whizz Pop Bang is a kids’ science magazine, bursting with hands-on experiments, facts and fun. They've compiled some hands-on science experiments and science reading comprehensions to help you entertain, excite and educate your child at home
- The National Geographic is sharing home education activities on their webpages
- Steve Backshall is doing live Q&As for aspiring young naturalists on his YouTube channel
Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre are starting a 10 week education course. This is of course, based on primates, and covers evolution, biology, conservation and welfare, but they have put together activities and worksheets to cover other, more artistic sensibilities too!
- The Royal Opera House are streaming previous performances in April
- 60 minute special from Cirque du Soleil
- Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber is releasing a full-length, smash-hit musical once a week (every Friday) for you to watch for free on 'The Shows Must Go On' on YouTube.
- The Royal Opera House has launched their Create and Learn Programme, a weekly programme of activities for children and young people learning at home
- The Royal Academy are encouraging you to make your own paintbrush or you can sign up to their Families Newsletter.
- Make your own puppet show at home with the Little Angel Theatre
- Family fun for May half term from the Southbank Centre including videos and podcasts of performances.
- Classical for Kids: Enchanting Cello - from the Royal Albert Hall
PE and getting active
- Sadlers Wells are launching a range of dance classes online for kids
- Joe Wicks is broadcasting a live PE lesson every week day at 9am via YouTube suitable for all fitness levels (including adult!)
- This June, join thousands of people taking part in The Wildlife Trust's annual nature challenge, 30 Days Wild!
Other activities and general learning
- Jamie Oliver has simple recipes to cook with help from miniature sous-chefs
- Free teaching resources and 'Learn Live' sessions from the Government
- For children aged 4-7 Twinkl has a resource pack to print to help with daily phonics practice and CBeebies Alphablocks provides videos and guides to assist home learning
- SecEd provides a list of links and resources by subject for secondary school aged children
- Have a printer and want to make your home learning environment look more like a classroom? Sparklebox provides free printable content to help organise teaching and learning for primary aged children
- Celebrity lessons to enjoy whilst at home - including music, dance, doodles and storytime
- Podcasts for kids recommended by the BBC and also Wired
- Scholastic day-by-day projects for kids to learn at home
- BBC Teach Live Lessons for primary schools
- e-learning for kids from Founding Dreams
- Classroom Secrets free home learning packs
- Scouts 'The Great Indoors' ideas and activities