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Useful resources for children and young people

A collection of interesting websites to help with home schooling and activities to keep children and young people entertained.

Books, stories, writing and drawing

Bloomsbury (Facebook) - activities every day at 8am and midday to support learning from home so children stay engaged and entertained.

BookTrust Home Time - competitions, storybooks, games and quizzes

British Library - brilliant activities and discoveries at the British Library

Cressida Cowell - reading 'How to Train Your Dragon' and sharing magical ideas on YouTube

Tom Palmer - extracts, videos and literacy resources

Michael Rosen - poems and stories

Robin Stevens - activities from the 'Murder Most Unladylike' series

Lovereading4kids - book recommendations

Children's books sequels - guides on what order book series come in

Mark Crilley - artist Mark Crilley has how-to-draw videos on YouTube in a mix of styles, like manga and real life

Tom McLaughlin - learn to draw with Tom McLaughlin

SingingHandsUK - songs and stories with Makaton

Authorfy - 10 minute challenges for young authors

Once Upon a Picture - using images to unlock literacy

Jonny Duddle - drawing on YouTube

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems - Mo Willems teaching how to draw

Pobble 365 - words and picture starters for stories

Fun activities

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust - reconnect with nature and get wild at home

Girls Who Code - coding activities to do at home

Harry Potter: A History of Magic - online tour of the Harry Potter History of Magic exhibition from the British Library

MIT App Inventor - website developed by MIT to help you learn how to build android based apps

Creative Quarantine - creative adventures and activities for people with time to spare (young and old)

BBC Tiny Happy People - simple activities and play ideas for the early years

Scratch at Home - ideas for engaging in creative learning activities using the free Scratch coding environment

Help with learning

A2Z Homeschooling - a vast resource of links to other websites

Every School - a vast collection of links to other websites

Freddie's Mummy UK - a collection of home schooling websites

Stonewall - home learning packs

Off School - ideas for home schooling and fun activities

National Literacy Trust Dream Big at Home - literacy charity who work with schools and communities

Literacy Trust Words for Life - support for families at home

Twinkl with the BBC - BBC resources offered through Twinkl for free including worksheets, quizzes and BBC educational videos

BBC Remote Learning - how to use the BBC to help you study during lockdown

Myleene's Music Klass - learn about music on Myleene Klass's YouTube channel including some live classes each week.

Made With Music - virtual early years music class.

Classroom Secrets - free resources for home learning.

ICT games - educational games aimed at children between 5 and 8 years old.

BBC Bitesize - revision topics for the national curriculum and daily activities while schools are closed. Aimed at 3 age groups: primary, secondary and 16+.