Coronavirus

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The Coronavirus epidemic has placed huge demands on schools, carers, social workers and children both practically and emotionally. We hope these resources will help to support our children and young people and those who support them at this very challenging time. As always, please check the resources to ensure that they are appropriate for the age and maturity of your youngsters.

Please note:

Some of the following websites may be offering a free trial period. Do not sign up for any free trials unless you are fully aware of the terms of the free periods, cancellation terms etc, as failure to cancel those free subscriptions before they expire, may AUTOMATICALLY enrol you into a monthly or annual subscription as per the terms of the agreement. 

Supporting Children's Emotional Well Being

  • Elsa Support
    A free downloadable ebook about Coronavirus and a printable poster about hand washing

  • Goats and Soda
    An online comic about the Coronavirus for children created by NPR, an American news network. Translated into various languages and also has recreated as a video.

  • BBC Newsround
    A series of short videos, many featuring TV Doctors Chris and Xand, explaing various aspects of the Coronavirus and it’s effects.

  • Brainpop
    Short animated video about Coronavirus.

  • Little Puddins
    A booklet about Coronavirus which can be downloaded and printed. It is intended for parents/carers of children with autism to share with children help them deal with the changes and anxiety around what is happening. However it is likely that many children may find this a reassuring resource.

  • Ebug
    Ebug is operated by Public Health, England as a resource about microbes and antibiotics for schools. It’ includes a section on coronavirus with printable resources for all ages.

  • Young Minds
    This website is dedicated to supporting the mental health of young people. It includes advice on coping with anxiety about Coronavirus and looking after mental health while self-isolating.

  • Resources produced by Young Minds 360 Schools – you can sign up for free to receive their newsletter and access resources.

    10 wellbeing tips for school staff

    How to support your child if they are feeling anxious about Coronavirus

  • Childline
    Includes advice on dealing with anxiety about Coronavirus and 24 hour support line for children

  • Anna Freud - National Centre for Children and Families
    The Anna Freud Centre has produced a document for schools and colleges around ‘supporting the mental health and well being of pupils and students during periods of disruption’ and a series of videos for parents/carers, school staff and children and young people. They also provide a selection of ‘self care’ resources which both adults and children would find useful to help look after their own mental health.

  • Dudley Young Health Champions Blog
    Dudley Young Health Champions continually aim to support young people through providing accurate information on health related issues, whilst promoting resilience across the community of young people.

  • Let’s Get Healthy Dudley
    Let’s Get Healthy Dudley is a service in Dudley that provides an integrated, community centred lifestyle service. The Starting Well section has information on children's emotional and mental health support for school age children.

Online Learning Resources

All ages

  • BBC Bitesize
    Comprehensive range of curriculum based learning resources for all ages
  • Twinkl
    Teacher created resources including lesson plans and home learning tasks. A month of free access to parents  (use promo ‘UKTWINKLHELPS’ from BBC Bitesize).

  • National Geographic (Kids) 
    A range of high quality resources including games, videos, fun-facts, crafts and activities relating to animals, countries, science and world events and features.

  • Geography Games
    Free geography games for all ages.

  • New York Philharmonic Orchestra Kids Zone 

    Great fun is to be had on this site. It includes listening to different orchestral instruments playing the same tune, composing simple tunes and various games using different musical instruments.

  • Planet Science 
    Free & fun Science resources for children, young people, teachers and parents.

  • Tate Kids 
    Tate Kids will bring art to life for your children aged 4-13 with its exciting and interactive activities. There are also crafty activities to do offline in Tate Create. Tate Kids supports aspects the art curricula in the UK, but also has relevance to English, Design and Technology and ICT.

  • Blockly
    Learn all about computer programming. 

  • Duolingo
    Learn languages for free with short easy to follow modules. (NB does not work in Internet Explorer)

  • The Kids Should See This
    Educational videos on a wide range of subjects for all ages.

  • Mystery Science
    Free science lessons aimed to inspire primary age children to love science! Older children might enjoy these as well.

Primary

  • Up to Ten 

    A range of colourful educational games and activities for early years children.

  • CBeebies
    Colourful interactive educational activities for younger children.

  • Cbeebies Radio
    Inspiring and stimulating listening activities for Primary age children.

  • The Imagination Tree
    Ideas for creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

  • Toy Theater
    Educational online games for Primary age children

  • Oxford Owl for Home
    High quality reading, english and maths resources for for children aged 3 to 11. Includes and extensive library of free ebooks and guidance for parents and carers.

  • Paw Print Badges
    Free challenge packs and other printable resources to use indoors and out.

  • Brainpop Junior
    Free  access during school closures to a range of educational topics using games, quizzes and a variety of activities.

Secondary and Above

  • Mangahigh 
    Mangahigh's scientific maths games bring maths games to life! Try them now and find out what all the fuss is about. Fun problem solving maths for secondary age children.

  • Scratch 
    Site which enables users to program their own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share their creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

  • Alice 
    Alice is a 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is freely available and allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.

  • Englishbiz 
    Useful resource for supporting GCSE English. Englishbiz is an educational web site created, written and run by an English teacher. It consists of a series of web pages that provide up-to-date help. The focus is on the skills of analysis and writing, rather than on individual texts.

  • Big History Project
    A free online course on the 'History of the Universe'. Covers history, geography and science and is made up of high quality video material backed up with short quizzes as students progress through the modules. Appropriate for secondary age children.

  • British Council
    Resources covering a range of current ethical and social topics including communication skills, renewable energy, Shakespeare, first world war and self esteem

  • iDEA Awards
    The Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA is an international programme that facilitates the development of digital, enterprise and employability skills for free. Suitable for secondary age and above.

  • Ted Ed
    A range of engaging educational videos backed up with multiple choice questions and links to additional resources for each topic.

  • Crash Course
    Videos on a range of subjects across the curriculum for secondary age pupils and above. The videos are hosted on Youtube but can be downloaded for use offline. (NB The videos are big files and take up a lot of space on your device).

  • Brainpop
    Free  access during school closures to a range of educational topics using games, quizzes and a variety of activities.

National Guidance