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One of the greatest impacts of the policy to curb the spread of Covid-19 has been the closure of schools and nurseries. Overnight parents and carers are having to take on the role of teachers, supervising lesson time, creating art and drama projects, encouraging physical activity and dealing with the stress and anxiety these children are under.
Publishers, charities and authors have been quick to respond and there are already a wealth of resources and support systems available online and you can find links to some of these below. We will keep this page updated as new resources become available.
There is also a selection of books below that you might find useful to ensure children keep reading for pleasure plus we have reading lists for all Key Stages, Reading Schemes and a selection of recommended titles arranged in topics.
And we have published a blog this week featuring a number of books and resources that might help younger children deal with the emotional repercussions - you can find them here: Anxiety - Helping Young Ones Cope.
Good luck, and be kind to yourself and if nothing else good comes from this global catastrophe, we will certainly be appreciating our school system and our fantastic teaching army when normal life starts again.
The CLPE - Centre for Literacy in Primary Education has a massive store of free resources to give children the opportunity to explore their creativity through drawing and supporting them to learn through picturebooks, has a direct and positive impact on children’s literacy.
Day Out With The Kids has 100 Great Indoor Activities to do at home to keep the kids and you sane, including some great craft ideas, easy science experiments that you can do indoors and word games to help reading skills.
Chatterpack has helpful plans, ideas and templates to help you create your own classroom. Plus homework booklets for all key stages, a huge collection of maths worksheets and science resources from videos and revision workbooks to lab bench activities. A total inspiration!
The Booktrust website has a great collection of videos, stories, games and quizzes - all with a book theme. www.booktrust.org.uk/hometime Book Trust
Make your home a science lab with the The Royal Institution at-home science activities for children. Suitable for 4-11, there are a range of fun and easy chemistry and physics experiments that you can do at home, through video tutorials and information sheets. Make a fizzy bottle rocket, a homemade parachute and get that wine glass to sing! www.rigb.org
The World of David Walliams is releasing an audio story from The World’s Worst Children every day for the next 30 days! Keep the kids busy with these daily audio treats, perfect for tea-and-biscuit breaks? Head to bit.ly/AudioElevenses each day for the latest story!
World Book Day have video books for younger children, activity packs and lots of booky resources for toddlers to YA readers. There are writing masterclasses from some of our best authors including the Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell, Eoin Colfer, Matt Haig and Malorie Blackman. You can also find book quizzes, creative ideas and tips on setting up an virtual book club for teens. Find all of this and more at www.worldbookday.com
Joe Wicks, the fitness guru, is holding live and lively PE classes every weekday to keep kids fit whilst the schools are closed. You can find his live stream on his Youtube channel The Body Coach, from Monday to Friday at 9am, the lessons last about half an hour.
Visit the Drama Geezers and you'll find 10 online classes with drama games, techniques and ideas for activities you can try at home. Lively and fun, the episodes include sessions on character sculpting, storytelling and ways to fire children's creativity and imagination. You can find The Drama Geezers on youtube.
If you're looking for some screen-free options Audible, the audio book company from Amazon, have made hundreds of their titles available completely free. There are books available in English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian. To access the free titles, just visit stories.audible.com and the experience is completely free – no log-ins, credit cards, or passwords required. Just click, stream and listen. Thanks Audible!
BBC Super Movers has fun curriculum linked resources to get your children moving while they learn. Aimed at Key Stage 1 & 2, there are dance routines and songs to help kids learn their timetables, grammar rules, spellings and fun facts about the solar system.
topmarks.co.uk has learning games, charts and resources in all the core subjects from English, Maths, Languages, Music, Science and Humanities for all school aged children up to A'level. It is an awesome collection. Plus there are ideas for projects - All About Easter has information on the Easter Story, the traditions around the festival and lots of brilliant craft ideas too,
Teach Handwriting is a comprehensive guide with help for parents to support children learning to write and also resources to help children who are struggling with writing. There are ideas and tips for teaching handwriting, with patterns to follow, letter formation and holding your pen or pencil correctly. There are also suggestions to overcome handwriting difficulties. A very comprehensive site.
Why not enter a poem for the LoveReading4Kids Poetry Prize, open to all children aged 7-11. We are looking for exciting, stimulating, original and beautifully written poems and if you need a helping hand, we have a brilliant poetry workshop from award-winning poet Joshua Seigal with some top tips and ideas. Find out all about it here.
Abi Elphinstone, author of Rumblestar, The Dreamsnatcher Series and a firm favourite here at LoveReading4Kids has a wealth of resources and fun stuff on her website www.abielphinstone.com You can watch a Creativity Masterclass and download reading guides to all of her books. Plus you can listen to the whole of Rumblestar, unabridged, at www.worldbookday.com/stories/rumblestar-by-abi-elphinstone
For a daily dose of creativity and fun, check out authorfy.com '10 Minute Challenges', which are set by bestselling authors and illustrators including favourites Swapna Haddow, M.G. Leonard and Guy Bass. There is a new challenge added every single day! And for more author videos and free resources, check out their Classroom page with masterclasses from Anthony Horowitz, Tom Mitchell, Michael Rosen and Cathryn Constable and more. Each class is graded to age/Key Stage, with a video to watch and extracts to download and study. Perfect for the home or classroom.
Escape into the Harry Potter books which are so familiar to thousands of children. Bloomsbury has created a series of excellent Reading Guides for all the books, useful in the classroom or home, to encourage exploration of the text and inspire children's own creativity. You can download them at harrypotter.bloomsbury.com which also has a lot fun Harry Potter activities too.
Aimed at slightly younger readers, Harry Potter At Home is designed to help children, parents, carers and teachers add a touch of Harry Potter magic to their new daily lives. There are magical craft videos, quizzes, puzzles and an ABC to Reading for Pleasure. Find out more at www.wizardingworld.com
There are many apps and online classes for languages - here's a selection..
Duolingo is a brilliant free app offering lessons in over 40 languages. The lessons feel more like a game, with success awarded with points. Suitable for 11-18 year olds.
For beginners' level French visit Talk French. With word games to help children practice vocabulary and grammer, with subjects including food & drink, hobbies and the family.
GCSE Spanish is part of the Modern Foreign Languages offering on BBC Bitesize. Divided by Exam Board, students can continue the syllabus they were following at school. There are also lessons in German, Mandarin, Irish, French and Welsh.
To find more reading, writing and drawing activities to keep you busy search Twitter using #FreeBookResources.
And don't forget we have a great selection of videos, activities, competitions and downloads on our LoveReading4Kids KidsZone.
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