Our favourite handpicked websites for kids learning, engagement and fun
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Here's a super selection of stories and poems for lockdown!
(this one is stories being read aloud)
(this one is artists drawing and children can copy them)
Axel Scheffler has produced a book about Covid-19 Coronavirus just for children - and it's available as a FREE download. https://nosycrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Coronavirus_INS.pdf The Gruffalo illustrator worked with consultant Professor Graham Medley, two head teachers and a psychologist to make sure the book got the messages right, answering questions about quarantine, how you can catch the virus and what happens if you get ill. Publishers Nosy Crow have asked, if you are able, for donations in lieu of payment, to go to our fantastic health workers: www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/
AMAZON AUDIBLE BOOKS FREE WHILE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED - GET DOWNLOADING! https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Daily Mass Live Streaming http://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream
https://readon.myon.co.uk/ Access to FREE books for all onlline
Ebooks online from Kent County Council https://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/libraries/ebooks-eaudiobooks-emagazines-enewspapers up to 10 books at a time
Daily Maths Lessons https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/
Kids classroom secrets https://kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk/
Mary Kate RE lessons https://newnationnews.org/lessons/mary-kate-sunday-school-lessons-6488404
Maths Worksheets https://www.math-aids.com/
Phonics Play https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
Purple Mash https://www.purplemash.com/sch/stmarysct5
Speech & Language link https://speechandlanguage.info/parents
Spelling Shed/Maths Shed https://play.edshed.com/
Literacy Shed https://www.literacyshedplus.com/en-gb
Twinkl http://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer use code UKTWINKLHELPS free access for parents
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/search?term=school+closure School closure packs
Full list of free resources http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/
this is constantly being updated
The Week Junior School Mag https://www.theweekjuniorschools.co.uk/
On Sunday 29th March, the official rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary will occur with a moment of prayer planned for 12 noon. Archbishop John has recorded a message which can be viewed at www.rcsouthwark.co.uk . Additional resources can be found at www.behold2020.com. The Diocese of Westminster Educational Service have created some excellent resources for this event as well as a resource pack on the role of Mary in the Catholic Church. https://education.rcdow.org.uk/re-catholic-life/catholic-life/ These links can be shared with families within your school communities.
EVERYTHING FOR EDUCATION, HOME LEARNING, ARTS AND CRAFTS, ENTERTAINMENT, HEALTH AND HYGIENE
With the closure of UK schools and the prospect of further self-isolation for the majority of the UK, KCS have been working incredibly hard to ensure that you are still able to get everything that you need, when you want it. As a result, we are delighted to launch KCS Connect, a place where everybody can purchase a wide range of over 10,000 products: kcsconnect.co.uk Education support: with many children home-bound for the foreseeable future, KCS Connect can supply a wide range of resources from stationery and arts and crafts to curriculum-specific subject materials. We’re also proud to have designed a number of free-to-download, printable resources and activities to keep them entertained, including colouring sheets, cutting guides and class worksheets. Arts and crafts: for the little, and not so little, ones we have a great range of arts and crafts available to nurture those artistic talents. Fun at home isn’t just with an Ipad :-) Entertainment: learning aside, families are likely to have a lot of time indoors! KCS Connect also has a large selection of games, toys, jigsaws and puzzles available to keep young minds active, and if the weather warms up, there are plenty of outdoor play options too. Just don’t forget to order the batteries… Health and hygiene: during these tough times, we are supplying a wide range of products so you can make sure you stay safe and healthy, including toilet tissue and hand towels, cleaning materials, consumables and PPE. Simply visit kcsconnect.co.uk to view and search our entire range, build a basket and confirm and submit your order. Plus, spend over £20 (exc VAT) and you’ll receive free next day delivery too!*
Stock levels are fluid at the moment, as you will expect, with deliveries coming in daily. Our team can advise you on stock levels when you are ready to place your order.
Take care, and we look forward to working together soon.
*Subject to availability. Next day delivery available for stocked products ordered before 2pm. Monday to Friday
KEEPING SAFE ONLINE
Unlimited free online safety guides for your teachers and parents via our website: www.nationalonlinesafety.com/guides
Free digital online safety storybook for children aged 4-8, access here: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides/online-safety-storybook-digital-version
RE LINKS FOR HOME LEARNING AND WORSHIP SITES
Information provided by the Education Commission team for the Southwark Diocese.
Domestic Church: Supporting Families
"We want to respond to the virus pandemic with the universality of prayer,
compassion and tenderness. Let us stay united." Pope Francis, March 2020
At this time of great uncertainty, it is important that, as Catholics, we don’t lose sight of
the solace found through participation in the rich tapestry of prayer and liturgical
traditions within the Church. This time of great uncertainty provides us with a wonderful
opportunity to support parents/ carers in their vital role as source of the domestic
church. Catholic Digest http://www.catholicdigest.com/faith/201302-2720-ways-toteach-children-to-pray/ provides a simple listing of ways to pray and be part of the
wider Catholic community while remaining in the home. Youtube is also a wonderful
source of videos where children and adults can pray along. A search for Rosary,
Stations of the Cross or Praying with Children all yield a large number of videos.
There are also many livestreams of Mass and communal prayer times. Here are a few
resources of livestreamed Mass and liturgy.
%20Stream%20Broadcast%20of%20Mass%20in%20Parishes.pdf Parish in our Diocese
which livestream Mass.
https://www.catholic.org/covid19/ Catholic Online have created a dedicated page for this time of
isolation and home-schooling. Many of the resources are free to use.
http://www.wednesdayword.org.uk/ A UK based site which supports the printed versions
of the Wednesday Word. There are many free to access resources.
https://teachingcatholickids.com an American based site with some free to use
resources. There is an option for a paid subscription, but parents and teachers can sign
up to the free newsletter which has a variety of resources.
When I can’t get to Church: The Salesians (Order of John Bosco) have created a
wonderful liturgy resource which can be used by families or individuals who are unable
to celebrate Mass. https://www.salesians.org.uk/news-articles/featured-news/when-i-cant-get-to-church.html
Resources: Newer listed first
Please see these resources which can be used as guides for parents/carers or to create
your own virtual lessons.
Key Stage 3 RE from BBC Bitesize and NATRE
There are 22 new film and content packs available which match the KS3 general RE syllabus.
This includes content about many how of the world’s religions and belief systems view moral,
ethical and philosophical issues. All sections contain a brief quiz.
This is a site which offers free resources which support the RECD content for ages 11-19.
They have created a free to download colouring book for primary aged pupils based around Be
the Change. https://www.mccrimmons.com/library/files/BTC-Colouring-v3.pdf
They have adapted many of their workshop resources for families to use at home. This includes
a version of the Stations of the Cross.
They are offering a selection of free resources for prayer and worship leading up to and
including Holy Week. https://www.emmausproductions.com/special-feature/spiritual-comfortfor-troubled-times-holy-week-2020/
The Catholic Education Service
They have some good resources and will also have valuable information and links
Catholic Children’s Society
The Good Samaritan Mass due to be held on 21st
April 2020 in St George’s Cathedral has been
cancelled. The Catholic Children’s Society Southwark Crisis Fund are continuing to work in
many ways to support the most vulnerable children in our diocese throughout the current
pandemic measures. They also have a range of services available to schools and families to
support in the regard to mental health and bereavement, the national Rainbows programme is
based here. https://www.cathchild.org.uk
Mission Together/ Missio
The website https://missiontogether.org.uk/ has a wonderful selection of activities for children to
do at home with their families. The Good Shepherd Liturgy 20th May 2020 has been cancelled.
There are free to download ideas for primary schools and secondary schools. CAFOD have
indicated that they will update the materials weekly.
Aid to the Church in Need:
They have a large selection of resources which can be used in school and at home.
All of these sites regularly update their resources and include activities for all phases.
‘Come and See’ and ‘They Way, the Truth and the Life’
The online resources for both schemes are available as they always have been. Please
download and adapt to the needs of your pupils. Do not send parents directly to the sites and
please do not share your passwords with them.
Ten: Ten Free Prayer Resources
All teachers can sign up for free and will be given access to the resources. As with the Come
and See, please don’t share your password with parents/caregivers. The PowerPoints and
resources can be downloaded and sent out by teachers and chaplains or placed on learning
platforms. There is also a Sunday Liturgy resource for parents and caregivers. This follows the
order of the Sunday Mass leading to a ‘Spiritual Communion’. These resources will be updated
weekly. Prayers for Home link: https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/primary-subscription/prayersfor-home
Ten: Ten have also made extended their free trial period for the ‘Life to the Full ‘ programme
for both primary and secondary schools. Their home learning platform for secondary will be
launched Summer Term 2020 and is available to all schools who have subscribed.
NATRE: National Association for Teachers of Religious Education
There are resources for a great many world faiths including Christianity. They are not Catholic
specific but still very valuable.
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