Last review: 22 January 2021
Please find below some useful links for you to get the best out of learning online.
We have included links related to wellbeing, motivation and activities and ideas for younger children that people may find useful.
Home learning resources
Breaking News English
Worksheets and lessons based on recent news topics – range of levels from entry upwards.
The Daily Rigour
A weekly numeracy newspaper with video worked solutions also available.
A whole list of free online courses along with articles and reference material.
Udemy is an online platform for students and adults, who are currently offering lots of free courses.
Free videos, guides, activities, games and quizzes for a range of levels and subjects
Future Learn offer a range of online courses – a number of these are free. They are generally produced by universities and specialist organisations and may be of personal interest or for stretch and challenge.
An online careers tool. Students may wish to use Kudos to research careers information. If they have not yet registered they can do so by following these steps:
1. Enter licence code: workpost76 and click on ‘Sign up’.
2. Create their own username and password (they will also need to supply Kudos with an email address)
Developing critical thinking
30 ways that Google Search can be used to develop critical thinking in the classroom. These ideas may help students to evaluate the validity and currency of information sources, find original source data, widen or narrow searches, compare different methods of searching for information.
EC Resources have made all their downloads free for the moment.
Mental health and wellbeing
BBC Health – Coronavirus: how to protect your mental health
Some tips on protecting mental health.
PHE – Healthy Eating
Linking healthy eating to English, maths and science.
Downloadable app that promotes self-motivation. When you want to remain focused on a project, you set it to grow a virtual tree over a 30 minute countdown. If you exit the window and try and surf elsewhere, the tree withers and dies. With every tree that grows, you begin to build a “forest of progress”.
An app that plays relaxing soundscapes that simulate different environments and you can pick and choose which sound loops to have active. Use for background noise when trying to concentrate or relax. It also includes also binaural beats which are scientifically proven to stimulate creativity.
The Coping Calendar has 30 suggested actions to look after ourselves during the current situation.
Support for young people on managing anxiety around Coronavirus
Looking after your mental health
Some suggestions on protecting your mental health
Activities and ideas
Brain Blast/Todd Finley
A range of infographics on different topics with quick and easy suggestions of things to do.
The Computer School
Thousands of resources from very basic to advanced.
Available for all students and staff – password is nc232
The Scouts have put together lots of activities to keep children occupied.
Virtual museum tours
10 of the best virtual museum tours
A number of livestreams of animals from different zoos.
Now is a good time to see what wildlife you can spot in the garden with the help of these wildlife spotter sheets.
Look up certain animals on Google and observe a 3D version in your lounge. See the link for a list of animals this is available for.
Useful social media accounts to follow
Follow on Twitter for links to a range of useful resources, blogs etc.