General education websites
Click here to download an excellent book to help you explain Coronavirus to your children. Illustrated by Axel Sheffler (The Gruffalo), it has been produced with the support of Professors and Consultants to offer a child-friendly explanation of the current situation.
Here is a collection of educational websites that currently have free content and resources. We intend to update this list when more become available.
Home Learning Supplement
Every week, Learn Sheffield and the Sheffield Star will be producing the 'Sheffield Learning Together' supplement. It's full of ideas and resources for families during lockdown. Download your digital copy below:
First News is a newspaper specifically written for children. Click here to download the latest copy.
Click here to download the First News quiz of the year.
Although all library branches in Sheffield are currently closed, you can still access ebooks and audio books via their website. Click on the link below to find details on how to access this content, and join if you are not already a member.
Now Press Play
http://nowpressplay.co.uk/learn-at-home/ All of the children have enjoyed using Now Press Play in school, and now they can use it at home! Click on the link and enter the password: nowpressplay
https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/natural-history-museum A virtual tour of the Natural History Museum in London
https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-t_rfoFrel/ For anyone on Instagram. A series from DK called 'Stay Home Science Lab' - 20 lessons of science using things you should be able to find at home!
https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.com/resources/challenge-cards.html?fbclid=IwAR1i9gDd9uxjhEfyg_9BKF6VclkmQbIzcNuqBAvKec9Nwn_7qwZfcey7SQw Dyson Science and Engineering Challenges!
https://www.okido.com/homeschool-lessonplans/ (Learn Science through play - free lessons and resources aimed at KS1 children - you just need to give your email address)
Click here to download a list of science home discussion topics for each year group.
Geography and History
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjpNMIjkGJ-vxuOhsN2xxTA Sheffield artist Pete McKee will be uploading art lessons for beginners every Wednesday from 12:00pm. Perfect for children!
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYbUsFfT50EI-5luLJ7mBzGIlummnjwby - Learn how to draw like a pro with children's illustrator Rob Biddulph.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLflf8xbnbx65Z2oa2F9uqKZxJJn-4Nynr - How to Draw Disney Characters
https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/mar/23/10-of-the-worlds-best-virtual-museum-and-art-gallery-tours Some excellent virtual tours of galleries and museums around the world.
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=46e6250b3e-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_07_04_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-46e6250b3e-64779473 A collection of resources to support teaching Online Safety, specifically created for learning at home. New packs of activities are added weekly.
https://www.rosettastone.com/freeforstudents/ (3 months free access - choose from 24 different languages)
https://homeschoolpiano.com/give-back/ (free beginners online piano lessons until September - just make sure you have a keyboard or piano!
https://www.youtube.com/user/PianoLessonsForKids (free Youtube piano course for beginners)
https://try.fender.com/play/playthrough/ (free online guitar or ukelele lessons for 3 months!)
https://www.justinguitar.com/ (free online guitar course for beginners)
(A programme of free LIVE opera performances - click the link for dates and times)
https://pobble.blob.core.windows.net/asset-0504d392-8324-4fb8-9925-025f5b1aee15/Non-screen%20activities%20-%20from%20Pobble.pdf?sv=2017-04-17&sr=c&si=bce2194b-15f5-4310-b469-b1066b9c6ed1&sig=yoaO2RgR7qgwVxIegHrN73oQLfDhS%2B%2BJjthKsYZTWiY%3D&st=2020-03-13T11:37:19Z&se=2120-03-13T11:37:19Z&utm_source=Blog&utm_medium=o&utm_campaign=non_screenPDF A list of 25 'screen free' activities to do at home.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/mar/29/learning-apps-for-stir-crazy-kids-while-schools-are-closed?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Gmail A collection of apps to download, including Scratch (computing), Khan Academy Kids (maths), Teach your Monster to Read (Reading - usually £4.99 and now free).
https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home (Loads of free Harry Potter activities from JK Rowling's website)
https://www.dk.com/uk/information/home-learning-for-kids/ A collection of free resources and activities from the author DK, which cover a wide range of the curriculum.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mvsc (boogie beebies for FS1 and FS2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCeo6Q3p7Mc (Oti Mabuse - from Strictly - LIVE every weekday at 11:30am with a dance activity for children)
https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups (Disney themed exercises)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ (Joe Wicks LIVE every weekday at 9:00 am with workouts for children)
https://www.meditainment.com/free-meditainment (A collection of 20 guided meditations, all free once a login is created. Each lasts about 25 minutes and take you on a 'journey' - Welcome Wood is a personal favourite!)
https://www.smilingmind.com.au/ (A big bank of mindfulness meditations for kids of different ages. All free once a login is created)
Click here for some important tips, from the Sheffield Children's NHS, for looking after your mental well-being whilst in lock down.
imoves is a resource that the children use in class. Here, they combine a dance with some writing exercises to help foster a 'growth mindset':
A collection of activity ideas to help children who are feeling anxious can be downloaded here.
A collection of resources from the Barclays 'LifeSkills' programme
A collection of resources and activities for PSHE, suitable for KS1 pupils:
A collection of resources and activities for PSHE, suitable for KS2 pupils: