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Activities for children and young people

Schools which are closed due to coronavirus are continuing to support children's learning at home with links to online lessons and some are producing lesson learning packs. If your child is finding it difficult to access online learning please contact their school directly for advice.

When children are taking a break from learning there are lots of ideas available to help parents keep them occupied and make the most of their time at home.


BBC 'Teach'

BBC Teach features lots of ideas and resources to support teaching from home including 'Live Lessons' which are free, interactive programmes linked to the curriculum and streamed live to help bring subjects to life.

BBC 'Bitesize'

BBC Bitesize is a free online study support resource designed to help with learning, revision and homework and is publishing ‘Bitesize Daily’ online lessons for children aged 5 to 14.

Bitesize Daily lessons are also available to watch on television on the BBC's interactive red button on weekdays from Monday to Friday from 9am to 11am and again on the iPlayer. Each 20-minute lesson will cover a different age group. View the BBC's red button schedule.

Literacy and language skills

Hungry Little Minds has a range of activities for children aged up to 5 to help families support their child’s literacy and language skills.

Our library service offers free access to books, magazines and magazines. Our library staff also host an online story time every Monday on our libraries Facebook page from 10am.

Find competitions, story time and online quizzes with the Book Trust with prizes up for grabs.

National Literacy Trust has lots of ideas and guidance to keep your child busy with free reading, writing and language development resources.

Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) has free teaching sequences for reading and poetry and videos of authors and illustrators reading their books aloud.

The Poetry Society offers poetry learning resources for teachers, parents, carers and students.

Children can stream a free collection of stories across 6 different languages from Audible for as long as school are closed.

Free lessons and fun activities based around the stories of popular children's author Roald Dahl.

English Mastery has a selection of free printable booklets for children which feature weekly reading, writing, grammar and spelling tasks.

Off School has free activities and hundreds of videos created by teachers with educational activities that can be recreated at home.

STEM Learning has free resources for home-learning, family activities and continuing in-school delivery.

Jarrett Lerner has drawing and writing prompts for children in the form of comic books to encourage children to use their imagination and creativity.

Premier League Primary Stars has a collection of free, curriculum-linked resources to educate and entertain children at home.

Special educational needs

SENict Resources are free resources to engage and motivate children with additional needs.

Maths

Maths Through Stories uses storytelling to engage children in their maths learning.

TES has booklets of problem solving and reasoning questions aimed at KS1, KS2 and KS3 children and free to download.

NRICH has free problem solving and reasoning activities for children and young people aged up to 18.

White Rose Maths has a series of maths lessons from early years to year 8 with videos explaining how to help children complete each activity.

NatWest MoneySense has free financial education resources for children aged from 5 to 18.

Maths Games have a collection of free maths related games and activities.

Oxford University Press features free maths activities including an e-book library, activity sheets and videos.

The free Maths for Parents e-book is split into primary and secondary sections with downloads, printouts and videos to help parents support their child’s learning.

Daily Sudoku has online puzzles which can also be downloaded and printed out with a section aimed at children.

ICT and computing

Barefoot offers 60 cross curricular lesson plans resources and jargon-free guides to help children learn about computer science.

Cyber Smile offers free educational resources for young people, parents and schools.

Teach Computing has a range of online activities, resources and contacts to support children, parents and schools.

Raspberry Pi Foundation has code-along videos to walk learners through projects from the foundation’s free projects collection.

Science

Take part in The Great Bug Hunt competition challenging primary school children to see what bugs they can find in their garden.

Dr Chip has science, engineering and computing activities to try at home with live lessons every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10am.

Think U Know have created some fun children’s activities as well as support to help parents keep their children safe online.

Other subjects

Derbyshire Music Education Hub has weekly activities, ideas and resources for continuing music learning at home for all ages and stages of education.

Ordnance Survey has developed ideas to Get Outside Inside to help people keep connected with the outdoors.

The Geographical Association has free educational resources available for all age groups during lockdown.

National Association of Teachers of Religious Education offers free online resources to support parents and children with religious education activities.

National Geographic Kids have resources for subjects across the curriculum including history, science, geography, English, maths and art.

Brain Pop features interactive videos, resources and challenges across the curriculum.

DK Find Out has an online encyclopaedia to find out about almost anything with quizzes, videos and fun facts.

Spread the Happiness is a free downloadable e-book to help make staying indoors fun for families.

That Brick Life is a 30 day Lego play calendar to challenge children to create something new every day with their Lego bricks.

Fun Kids has live radio shows and podcasts from presenters across the UK designed to give children interesting and fun ideas to keep them entertained.

Using YouTube safely

It's likely your child will be spending more time on YouTube having fun and learning new things. This helpful video can help you make sure that your child is using YouTube safely.

Children's centres

Our children's centres have some great ideas on their community Facebook pages to help keep children occupied.

Scouts – The Great Indoors

The Scouts have pulled together some indoor activity ideas to keep kids entertained while schools are closed.

Shape Learning Partnership

The Shape Learning Partnership sets a range of creative challenges with a deadline to help keep children occupied while they're not in school.

Children's Commissioner

The Children's Commissioner has published a guide for children including ideas about how to help them make the best of their time at home.

Change4Life

The NHS Change4Life health programme has created a range of indoor activities and '10 minute Shake Up' games to give children bursts of fun activity which count towards the 60 active minutes they need every day.

Youth Sport Trust

The Youth Sport Trust has produced some home learning activities to improve children’s health and wellbeing.

Active Derbyshire and Sport England

Active Derbyshire and Sport England offer fun sporting and keep-fit activities for all the family.