Extra Home Learning Resources

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.


In This Section


Lessons From The National Marine Aquarium

Calling all Teachers and home educating parents! Every Friday for the next 7 weeks we’ll be delivering FREE live lessons from our Aquarium via YouTube!

Each week there will be two sessions; The first ‘Deep Science’ (1:00pm to 1:20pm) will see our schools team using aquarium exhibits and our AquaLab to explore the science behind the animated ocean exploration tv series ‘The Deep’ (CBBC @12pm on weekdays during lockdown). Expect fascinating facts and real time experiments, as well as ideas to follow up with at home!

The second will be ‘Mermaid Tales’, which will air from 1:30 – 1:45pm and will involve a short story narrated by our resident mermaid, Marina – perfect timing before an afternoon nap, or as a gentle, relaxing start to the afternoon. For more information head here: http://bit.ly/AquariumLessons


Winter Reading Challenge!

The Winter Reading Challenge

Create a free profile to keep track of your books, reviews, and all of the special rewards you unlock along the way. You’ll also find heaps of activities, quizzes, videos, games and more to keep you entertained at home.


Oak National Academy

If you would like additional structured lessons Oak National Academy – have new lessons being added each day. You can search under each subject per year group.


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

Have you tried one of the now famous Joe Wicks’ workouts? Just go straight to the latest workouts.

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 are fun and suitable for all ages and even adults can get involved.


Make A Miniature Book!

The British Library has provided a fantastic article on the history of ‘Miniature Books’ and how to make your own!


Creative Folkestone

There are many resources with some video animations now on the Creative Folkestone website.


BBC Bitesize

Don’t forget BBC Bitesize are now providing daily lessons for all ages.


RE Resources

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.


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.


Teacher’s Pet

Completely FREE packs designed to support parents and teachers with home learning – Read More


Try Chess

Lichess
https://www.lichess.org/learn#
A full website with loads of chess games, training etc

Kent Junior Chess Association
http://www.kjca.org
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. 


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.


Mindfulness Apps

Chill Panda

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

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. 


Don’t Forget – Other Free Online Resources

Below is a list of free online resources which you may find useful:

Literacy

Audible
https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Free children’s audiobooks across all devices whilst schools are closed.

Classic Children’s Books
https://www.researchify.co.uk/audiobooks.html
Selection of books and audiobooks

Elevenses With The World Of David Walliams
https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com
David Walliams is reading daily “Elevenses with David Walliams”

Kids’ Poems & Stories With Michael Rosen
https://www.youtube.com/user/artificedesign/videos
Weekly poems and stories from Michael Rosen’s YouTube channel.

Literacy Shed +
https://www.literacyshedplus.com/en-gb/free-resources
Provides teaching resources for literacy, book studies etc

Oxford Owl for Home
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Seven Stories
https://www.facebook.com/7Stories
Book readings, activities and workshops from ‘The National Centre for Children’s Books.

Teach Your Monster To Read
https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com
The groundbreaking reading and phonics game

The Reading Realm
https://thereadingrealm.co.uk
Free online lessons, books, challenges, quizzes, games and stories written by children for children!

Science

Crash Course Kids
https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
YouTube Channel – Science with a side of awesome!

Crest Awards
https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home.

Mystery Science
https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons

NASA Kids’ Club
https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub
Games, latest news about satellite launches, photos from space and interviews of astronauts.

Stem
https://www.stem.org.uk/home-learning/family-activities
Range of family activities to try at home.

The Royal Institution: Science Lives Here
https://www.rigb.org/families/experimental
ExpeRimental: A series of short films making it fun, easy and cheap to do science experiments at home with your children.

Art & DT

Artful Parent
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent
Good, free art activities

Art Projects For Kids
https://artprojectsforkids.org
Great daily blog with full tutorials.

Tate Kids
https://www.tate.org.uk/kids
Make and create, art games and quizzes.

Lunch Doodles With Mo Wilems
https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems
Best selling US children’s author Mo Willems is teaching drawing on You Tube.

Tinkercad
https://www.tinkercad.com
All kinds of making.

Let’s Get Outside!

Disney Nature
https://nature.disney.com/educators-guides
Nature-based educational materials for lesson plans and fun activities

Kent Wildlife Trust
https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/actions
Simple ideas for things you can do at home to help wildlife

Nature Detectives
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

Numeracy

Bedtime Math
http://bedtimemath.org/fun-math-at-home
Free non-screen math activities

Bond Bonanza
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bond-bonanza/id1434300125
Free App helping children to move away from counting numbers up to 20 to turn them into instantly recallable number bonds.

Cool Maths Games
https://www.coolmathgames.com 
Free online math games, cool puzzles and more

Khan Academy
https://www.khanacademy.org
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.

Mes Games
https://www.mes-games.com 
Daily routine games – American but monsters teach you math!

My Mini Maths
https://myminimaths.co.uk
Key Stage 2 – Huge resource of free learning packs

Prodigy Maths
https://www.prodigygame.com
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

99 Club Mental Maths Quiz App
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/the-99-club-mental-maths-quiz/id1437411869?l=nb
The 99 club is a weekly mental maths quiz used in UK schools.

Computing

Blockly
https://blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Scratch
https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games
Creative computer programming

Typing Club
https://www.typingclub.com
Learn touch typing for free

Languages

BBC Languages
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages
Archived page but still lots of resources.

British Council
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Resources for English language learning

Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app.

One Third Stories
https://onethirdstories.com/10-awesome-free-resources-for-kids-to-learn-french/
10 free resources for kids to learn French.

Geography

Geography Games
https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Geography gaming!

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Information and games for children.

History

Big History Project
https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

The London Mususum 
http://www.teachinghistory100.org
100 objects from museums across the UK with resources, information and teaching ideas to inspire interest in history.


General

Arcademics
https://www.arcademics.com 
Free educational games, math games, language arts games, and more!

BBC Bitesize
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Free online study support resource designed to help with learning, revision and homework!

BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch
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
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

Brain Pop
https://www.brainpop.com
Animated educational website for many subjects

Classroom Secrets
https://classroomsecrets.co.uk
Interactive games, video tutorials and downloadable home learning packs

Crash Course
https://thecrashcourse.com
You Tube videos on many subjects

DK Find Out
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk
Activities and quizzes

Expeditions
https://edu.google.com/products/vr-ar/expeditions
Introduce children to a new way of learning with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

Futurelearn
https://www.futurelearn.com
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).

iDEA Awards
https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

National Geographic Kids
https://idea.org.ukhttps://www.natgeokids.com/uk
Activities and quizzes for younger ages

Openlearn
https://www.open.edu/openlearn
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
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Ted Ed
https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos

The Kids’ Kitchen
https://www.facebook.com/TheKidsKitchen
Free online cookery classes and recipes for kids.

The Kids Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos

Toy Theater
https://toytheater.com
Educational online games

Twinkl
https://www.twinkl.co.uk
Giving parents free access for a month to lots of resources

Wimpy Kid Club
https://www.wimpykidclub.co.uk/teachers-resources
Specially created resources for fun, focused, curriculum-linked lessons (Key Stage 2)

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