As well as having a dedicated section for each year group, on this page we will also add extra home learning resources that you may find useful for work, rest or play during these challenging times.
Check back from time to time as we will update this page on a regular basis, marking these items as ** NEW ** so you can find the latest and best resources available.
In This Section
*** NEW *** Standing On Custard Competitions – Last Entries extended until 7th June
Apologies for the late notice but if you would like something to fill time between now and Sunday 7th June then Folkestone business ‘Standing On Custard’ (42 The Old High Street) are running three different poetry and art competitions across two different age groups.
*** NEW *** ‘Hold Still’ Portrait Competition
Schools are warmly invited to take part in Hold Still, a portrait of our nation in 2020.
This ambitious community project spearheaded by The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, aims to create a unique photographic portrait which captures the spirit, mood, hopes, fears and feelings of the nation as we deal with the Coronavirus outbreak.
Reflect on your personal experience of lockdown and respond by making portraits on a phone or camera.
One hundred shortlisted portraits will feature in a virtual exhibition on the Gallery’s website and a selection of images will also be shown across the UK later in the year. You can find top tips for making lockdown portraits here and if you would like to enter please forward your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org (the closing date for submissions is before 18th June) so that we can forward your efforts as a ‘school entry’.
*** NEW *** The Ickabog!
JK Rowling has surprised fans with the announcement of a brand new children’s book, which she is publishing in daily instalments on her website for free.
The Ickabog is her first children’s story not to be linked to Harry Potter. She wrote it over a decade ago for her own children and has now dusted it off.
The most exciting part is that she would like you to illustrate The Ickabog for her! If you are one of the lucky winners, you will receive a copy of the published book signed by the author herself and £500 children’s books for a school or public library of your choice!
When the book is published in November, all the royalties will be donated to help people who have been affected by the coronavirus.
SKCC Kidz Church
KIDZ CHURCH online returns from Sunday 26th April. Barney and his team will be running the show every Sunday from 2pm.
Simply find them on the SKCC Facebook page. For this weeks craft you will need a MILK BOTTLE!
Oak National Academy
If you would like additional structured lessons Oak National Academy launched today – they have new lessons being added each day. You can search under each subject per year group.
Our friends at Wildwood have developed a series of FREE worksheets and activities featuring native British wildlife, which are based on the National Curriculum and appropriate for your child’s year level.
Inspired by the animals at Wildwood these education packs are aimed at both KS1 and KS2 level. The booklets are full of puzzles, challenges and many different activities including masks, finger puppets and mobiles.
For older children, please take a look at the ‘Adaptations’ and ‘Habitats’ resources which are aimed at KS2 level.
Music & Fun With Duncan!
Duncan Morris, our KS1 choir teacher is delivering weekly singing, stories, jokes and happy birthday wishes via his Facebook account!
P.E. With Joe
From Monday to Friday I’m going to be hosting a free daily workout aimed at kids LIVE on my YouTube channel.
With the schools closed and with us all spending more time at home, it’s more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive.
Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised, and more optimistic.
The workouts will be fun and suitable for all ages and even adults can get involved.
You don’t need any equipment, just tune in to my YouTube channel at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout.
Make A Miniature Book!
The British Library has provided a fantastic article on the history of ‘Miniature Books’ and how to make your own!
Libraries 4 School
Free Isolation Activities and Resources – We’re aware that, right now, things are a little tough around the world. The current pandemic has meant that a lot of us are having to self-isolate or quarantine, and this can be tough!
Thankfully a number of authors, illustrators, publishers and more have come together to offer free activities and resources for those in isolation, or those who are just practising distancing.
*** NEW *** Creative Folkestone
There are many resources with some video animations now on the Creative Folkestone website.
Royal Albert Hall Family Events
New family events from the Royal Albert Hall to stream at home for free.
Don’t forget BBC Bitesize are now providing daily lessons for all ages.
RE Today are providing parents with RE resources which they can use and share to support with home learning.
They will be adding FREE resources to this page on an ongoing basis so please keep checking the site.
Music From The Royal Albert Hall
Why not bring the music and spirit of the Royal Albert Hall into your homes?
The Big List of Children’s Authors
With kids at home and parents looking for educational activities, many of our favourite authors are offering online read-alouds and activities on social media.
Here is a round-up of over 50 of the best virtual author activities – Read More
Home Worship Resources
Thank you to the Diocese of Canterbury for these fantastic resources to assist families with Home Worship.
Completely FREE packs designed to support parents and teachers with home learning – Read More
A full website with loads of chess games, training etc
Kent Junior Chess Association
Offers three puzzles a day
Churches Together Folkestone
Now that we are unable to gather in our church buildings, did you know that many of the churches in Folkestone, Hythe, Cheriton & Hawkinge are preparing virtual, on-line services?
Click here to find who is doing what and when, and how to access them. There’s something for everyone!
Harbour Community Church
Another link to ideas for worship – Harbour Community Church have a kids YouTube channel for this season with stories, games and crafts to join in with.
Home Learning Resources
The zoo community have produced some great resources to keep children engaged and educated during lockdown.
Ancient Egypt Activities
Each week the Schools and Young Audience team at the The British Museum will be bringing you resources and ideas for Home Learning focusing on an area of their collection.
Here they are looking at all things ancient Egypt using different ways of learning.
Chill Panda is for children and adults who want to learn how to manage stress, relax and feel better.
It uses your phone’s camera to measure your heart rate and suggests playful tasks to suit your state of mind. Tasks include simple breathing techniques and lighter exercises to take your mind off your worries.
Happy Not Perfect
Happy Not Perfect is a toolkit for your mind.
Backed by science Happy Not Perfect enables you to play the daily happiness workout to reduce stress and improve sleep.
Learn breathing techniques, let go of negative thoughts, practice a positive mindset, meditate, set goals and track progress.
Cove lets you create music to capture your mood and express how you feel.
Instead of using words, create music to reflect emotions like joy, sadness, loneliness and anger.
You can store your music in a private journal with text or send it to someone when you are struggling to express yourself through words.
My Possible Self
The My Possible Self app aims to help you take control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
Use the app to help manage fear, anxiety and stress, and tackle unhelpful thinking.
*** UPDATED *** Don’t Forget – Other Free Online Resources
Below is a list of free online resources which you may find useful:
*** NEW *** The Reading Realm
Free online lessons, books, challenges, quizzes, games and stories written by children for children!
*** NEW *** Classic Children’s Books
Selection of books and audiobooks
Free children’s audiobooks across all devices whilst schools are closed.
Elevenses With The World Of David Walliams
David Walliams is reading daily “Elevenses with David Walliams”
Kids’ Poems & Stories With Michael Rosen
Weekly poems and stories from Michael Rosen’s YouTube channel.
Literacy Shed +
Provides teaching resources for literacy, book studies etc
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Book readings, activities and workshops from ‘The National Centre for Children’s Books.
Teach Your Monster To Read
The groundbreaking reading and phonics game
*** NEW *** Crash Course Kids
YouTube Channel – Science with a side of awesome!
*** NEW *** Stem
Range of family activities to try at home.
Science awards you can complete from home.
Free science lessons
NASA Kids’ Club
Games, latest news about satellite launches, photos from space and interviews of astronauts.
The Royal Institution: Science Lives Here
ExpeRimental: A series of short films making it fun, easy and cheap to do science experiments at home with your children.
Art & DT
Good, free art activities
Art Projects For Kids
Great daily blog with full tutorials.
Make and create, art games and quizzes.
Lunch Doodles With Mo Wilems
Best selling US children’s author Mo Willems is teaching drawing on You Tube.
All kinds of making.
Let’s Get Outside!
Nature-based educational materials for lesson plans and fun activities
Kent Wildlife Trust
Simple ideas for things you can do at home to help wildlife
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
*** NEW *** My Mini Maths
Key Stage 2 – Huge resource of free learning packs
*** NEW *** Bond Bonanza
Free App helping children to move away from counting numbers up to 20 to turn them into instantly recallable number bonds.
Free non-screen math activities
Cool Maths Games
Free online math games, cool puzzles and more
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.
Daily routine games – American but monsters teach you math!
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
99 Club Mental Maths Quiz App
The 99 club is a weekly mental maths quiz used in UK schools.
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Creative computer programming
Learn touch typing for free
*** NEW *** BBC Languages
Archived page but still lots of resources.
Resources for English language learning
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
One Third Stories
10 free resources for kids to learn French.
National Geographic Kids
Information and games for children.
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
The London Mususum
100 objects from museums across the UK with resources, information and teaching ideas to inspire interest in history.
*** NEW *** The Kids’ Kitchen
Free online cookery classes and recipes for kids.
Free educational games, math games, language arts games, and more!
Free online study support resource designed to help with learning, revision and homework!
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.
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
Animated educational website for many subjects
Interactive games, video tutorials and downloadable home learning packs
You Tube videos on many subjects
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
Introduce children to a new way of learning with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).
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).
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
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.
All sorts of engaging educational videos
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
Educational online games
Giving parents free access for a month to lots of resources
Wimpy Kid Club
Specially created resources for fun, focused, curriculum-linked lessons (Key Stage 2)