Coronavirus

Advice and Information

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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.

Printable Resources

You can access a selection of resources that you can download and use offline. This includes:

  • Love to Learn, the Virtual School Bulletin to support carers. 
  • Family quizzes
  • A range of resources which can be printed to use with children and the whole family when learning at home.

Please note

Some of the websites listed here 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. 

Online Learning Resources for all Ages

  • BBC Bitesize
    Comprehensive range of curriculum based learning resources for all ages

  • Khan Academy
    Especially good for maths and computing for all ages and other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but most material is relevant to the UK curriculum.

  • Seneca Learning
    Free curriculum based content covering a range of subjects from year 3 upwards. Higher level content requires a subscription. Useful for revision or those wanting to fill gaps in their learning.
  • 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.

  • Crest Awards
    For a small fee (between £1 and £10) children of all ages can sign up to take part in challenging and thought provoking STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Projects.

  • Blockly
    Learn all about computer programming. 

  • Tinkercad
    Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. For children of all ages it can be used to to imagine, design, and make anything!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Maths Chase
    Games to practise times tables with optional time limits and the opportunity to improve on your previous records.

  • Corona Virus – A book for Children by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts (in consultation with Professor Graham Medley, professor of infectious disease modelling at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine).

  • Dudley Library Online Resources
    Access to a range of resources including Encyclopaedia Britannica, ebooks, newspapers and magazines and music streaming. Anyone can join Dudley Libraries as long as they can provide proof of address.

  • Dudley Museums
    Try out some local history and geology activities on the  Dudley Museums Learning Programme.

     

Online Learning Resources for Nursery and Primary Age Children

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Crash Course Kids Primary
    Short video-cartoons on a range of science subjects. New videos added regularly.

  • Hungry Little Minds
    Supported by the DfE – activities and ideas for parents/carers to engage in with children from birth to five years old. Includes  links to a variety of other Early Years online resources including apps for phones and tablets.

  • Dogonalog 
    Printable resources for struggling readers- downloadable

  • Five Minute Mum
    Set up by a Mum, this site has lost of fun ideas for developing speech, language and numeracy skills for children aged 1 to 5. She also provides an outline of how parents/carers could structure their day. In addition, she is planning to provide a video a day on what games to play.

  • Teach Your Monster to Read Early Years
    Award winning phonics’ and early reading game. Promoted and used by Oxfordshire schools. Free to register.

  • Prodigy Maths
    Uses the US grades but good quality materials for UK Primary age.ICT Games
    Maths and English games and printable resources developed by a teacher and based on the UK Primary curriculum.

Online Learning Resources for Ages 11 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.

  • 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.

  • Open University - 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. 

  • Quizlet
    Interactive study materials and games for a range of curriculum subjects. One feature is where children can use a selection of flashcards for each subject to reinforce learning or create their own. Includes a dedicated login for parents.

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. They also run a Crisis Messenger service for children and young people who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

  • 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.
  • Action for Happiness- 10 Keys to Happiness
    Based on research the authors of the site list 10 'keys' for 'Happier Living'. Suitable for children and adults the site includes a set of printable posters which could be a useful resource for nurturing emotional well being.

  • Mind
    Advice and guidance for all on mental health and wellbeing. A section dedicated to supporting children and young people during the Coronavirus includes easy to understand explanations of terms and advice on a range of specific topics that children might worry about. 
  • Think Ninja
    This is an app developed by Healios to provide 
    self-help knowledge and skills to children and young people (10-18 years old) who may be experiencing increased anxiety and stress during the crisis. The website has links to download the app and a selection of the resources from the app can be access on this web page.

  • AC Education Youtube Channel
    A series of videos designed to support parents, carers and educators supporting children with emotional well being.

Arts, Creativity and Discovery

The West Midlands Virtual Schools are delighted to bring you Connect & Create:

Connect & Create is a new online feature of our Artslink programme, which provides at-home arts & cultural activities specially selected and commissioned for care experienced children & young people. We know that the arts can present a hugely important opportunity for connection and creativity for care experienced CYP and their key adults during this isolating time, as well as helping to continue their learning.

So we hope you will dive in and give it a go – creative challenges, artist demonstrations, career pathways and a gallery to showcase some of the work produced. We’ll be updating activities regularly, so the site will grow in content, and you can sign up to receive updates.

Online Resources to Support Creativity and Discovery
  • Tate Kids 
    Tate Kids will bring art to life for your children aged 4-13 with its exciting and interactive activities. Tate Kids supports aspects of the art curricula in the UK, but also has relevance to English, Design and Technology and ICT.
  • The Imagination Tree
    Ideas for creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
  • Nature Detective
    Ideas and activities from the Woodland Trust based on the natural environment. Can be carried out in the home but with inspiration from the garden and whilst exercising in local open spaces.
  • Blue Peter Badges
    Apply to earn a Blue Peter Badge or enter a competition to win one. Access to a stamp and post box required
  • The Artful Parent
    Lots of fun and creative ideas for art activities for all of the family.
  • DK Find OutColourful and realistic illustrations support this compendium of interesting facts about a range of topics from nature to computing, space to music and more. Great for the inquisitive minded.
  • Twinkl
    As well as teacher resources this site also provides  ideas for indoor activities including cooking, arts and crafts, printable resources and much more.
  • AC Education Youtube Channel
    Vanessa from AC Education has produced a mini-series of arty ideas to do at home with children and young people to keep hands busy and minds calm.
  • Dudley Performing Arts (DPA) have lots of free music lessons on the group’s YouTube channel.
  • Bloom Creative Wellbeing
    A kind and creative not-for-profit social enterprise, dedicated to supporting people and communities to grow and bloom through creativity, have tons of wonderful ideas. Cake making, squidgy rainbows and lots of paint! 

E-Safety Resources

When supporting children to access online learning resources carers and parents are advised to follow guidance on supporting children’s safe use of the Internet. Further links to guidance and resources are provided below.

  • Have regular conversations with your children about their online activities;
  • Make use of the wealth of online resources to stimulate those conversations and remind children of how they can keep themselves safe;
  • If you haven’t yet done so, consider setting up a home/family agreement relating to children’s online activities;
  • Ensure parental controls (filtering, monitoring etc) are applied where appropriate – your Internet Service Provider (eg BT, Virgin Media, Sky) should provide parental controls and be able to advise you on setting them up;
  • Be aware that gaming devices and mobile phones can also access the internet;
  • Share any concerns you have with the child’s social worker, school or Virtual School as appropriate.

Online Resources

  • Dudley Safe and Sound
    Provided by Dudley’s Community Safety Partnership, a range of safety resources including links to community based organisations.

  • ThinkuKnow 
    Resources for children of all ages, parents/carers and other professionals run by the National Crime Agency and CEOP. Includes free downloadable resources for children, parents, carers and educators.

    Thinkuknow are now providing Activity Packs for parents and carers. They consist of 'Help Sheets' for parents/carers and a range of 15 minute age appropriate activities to do with your child(ren). 

  • Childnet
    A comprehensive range of learning resources and activities for all age groups. Includes guidance on setting up a family/home Internet Agreement including examples.

  • Digizen 
    Run by Childnet, Digizen, provides information, for parents/carers and young people about the responsibilities of being a digital citizen. Includes advice and resources on issues such as social networking and cyberbullying.

  • Get safe Online 
    Advice and guidance for adults and children on all aspects of online activity.

  • BBC- Own It
    Encourages constructive and positive use of the internet as well as advice on what to do if things go wrong. Includes challenges and activities for young people and simple guidance for adults.

  • UK Safer Internet Centre 
    Includes online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.
  • NSPCC 
    Advice on e-safety from the NSPCC for parents and carers. It provides a free advice line and the following useful guides on children's use of social media.

    Share Aware
    Advice and resources around children’s use of social networking media.

    Net Aware 
    Produced in collaboration with O2, a guide to the latest social networking apps used by children and young people.

  • Childline
    Tips for children on staying safe online and what to do if things go wrong.

  • Netz Smart Kids 
    Fun videos, games and activities for primary age children.

  • Internet Matters 
    Technical advice and resources for parents/carers and children when accessing the internet. Includes guidance on setting up parental controls on a range of devices and systems.