Useful resources for lockdown
From health and wellbeing, to activities for children, things for adults and general information - we have put together a list of resources that you may find helpful or of interest during lockdown.
For more information about how Covid-19 is affecting county council services, or if you need help, please visit our dedicated section.
Things for children to do and lessons at home
BBC Bitesize - A vast range of resources to support parents and teachers with online lessons, planning and links to Bitesize across the entire BBC network.
Bloomsbury - Resources to download and links to your favourite authors’ websites.
Book Trust Home Time - Looking for something fun as a family? Free online books and videos, games, win prizes, test your knowledge in book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.
British Trust for Ornithology – Big Garden Birdwatch - Take part in real citizen science and enjoy your garden birds at the same time.
CBeebies - Games for kids and early years activities
Craft Council - Crafts for Home Schooling
DK Stay at Home Hub - Great activities for children of all ages and adults, brought to you by Dorling Kindersley.
Draw with Rob - new #DrawWithRob videos for adults and kids every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am, from illustrator Rob Biddulph.
Elmer the elephant activities - download and print these activities to do at home: Elmer Day Activity Pack (14.18 MB), How to make an Elmer (571 KB) and Elmers Parade Colouring Sheets (8.88 MB).
Empathy Day - Empathy Day is on 9 June, find out more about the day on the Empathy Lab website, you can also download the fantastic Empathy Day Family Activity Pack (1.43 MB) and other great resources: empathy glasses (685 KB), class visit: puffin beak (516 KB) and class visit: body shape (474 KB).
Fun Palaces – Tiny Revolutions - Great ideas for children to connect with their community during lockdown.
Hungry Little Minds - Simple, fun activities for kids up to to five.
Kids in Museums - Links to museums, activities, virtual tours and online learning resources. Everything from The Mary Rose to The Roald Dahl Museum.
National Geographic Kids - Huge range of free videos, quizzes and interactive stuff for kids around history, geography, science and animals.
National Literacy Trust – Family Zone - Ideas and guidance for simple activities that will engage your children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development. Free resources.
National Shelf Service - Daily book recommendations on You Tube from librarians across the Country. You can also search #NationalShelfService on social media
Oak National Academy - an online classroom and resource hub created by teachers, for teachers.
Oxford Owl - Resources to help primary school children learn from home, brought to you by Oxford University Press.
Penguin - Articles, games and activities from Penguin Random House UK
Scholastic Learn at Home - Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing
Shakespeare Week - Kids’ Zone – free activities for children.
Skills Academy – Brought to you by The National Literacy Trust. Free for families and secondary schools during the coronavirus crisis, Skills Academy improves Year 7 and 8 students’ reading, rewarding their progress in a fun and engaging way.
Something Bad Happened - Reading Well for children author Dawn Huebner has published a free reading of her book Something Bad Happened - a great way to approach talking to children about Covid-19 and the stories they might be seeing in the news.
StarLine - Home learning advice direct from qualified teachers and parenting and education experts
STEM Home Support - Activities and ideas for families and teachers in the Science Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects
64 Million Artists - Creative ideas for home schooling and daily challenges.
Seven Stories - Facebook page of the National Centre for Childrens Books, posting weekly virtual story time sessions in partnership with Andersen Press.
The Book of Hopes - Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.
Wild Days - Wild Days is a free service providing around an hour of curated outdoor activities every day, to bring your family closer to nature during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Family Resources pack (2.87 MB) - information and links to information for families.
We also have more information about home education.
Things for adults to do, reading, activities and courses
100 Novels that Shaped Our World - Selected for the BBC by a panel of leading writers, curators and critics.
BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine - A virtual festival of the arts rooted in the experience of national lockdown.
Big Book Weekend - Online literary festival, 8 - 10 May.
The Bookshop Band - A concert of book-recommendations for lockdown reading.
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) information and resources (381 KB)
Future Learn - Free courses from Future Learn.
Learn My Way - Free courses to improve digital skills.
Libraries Connected #LibrariesfromHome - Showcasing the best digital services from public libraries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Libraries at Home - Find your local library service and link to services on offer, including a growing video resource.
The Metropolitan Opera - Daily streaming of previous opera performances.
Museum Virtual Tours - A collection of virtual museum tours from around the world.
The National Theatre at Home - A different performance to stream each week.
Open Learn - Free course across a huge range of topics from The Open University.
The Reading Agency Hub - Ideas, activities and challenges from The Reading Agency to entertain and educate adults and children nationwide. The resources are available free of charge and will be updated regularly.
Reading Friends - Resources to keep you connected from The Reading Agency.
The Royal Academy of Arts - Video tours, interviews, exhibition highlights, revisit popular events and creative inspiration. Watch, Make, Read.
The Royal Opera House - A programme of free, online content.
The Show Must Go On - A full-length musical streaming on YouTube every Friday at 7pm.
The Skills Toolkit - Free digital and numeracy courses to build your skills.
U.S. National Parks Virtual Tour - Take virtual tours of 5 U.S. National Parks.
World Book Night - Resources to celebrate World Book Night (23rd April) at home.
Family Resources pack (2.87 MB) - information and links to information for families.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) information
Childline – Coronavirus page. - Useful information from Childline
Citizens Online - Resources from around the web to help you stay in touch with family, friends or colleagues – or to help you to help others.
Coronavirus Resources from NHS Health Education - Information and resources about the Coronavirus. Easy to navigate, reliable information.
Digital Unite - COVID 19 Guide and Resources.
Guidance for working online and online safeguarding
Gov.uk Coronavirus updates
National Cyber Security Centre - Are running the government Cyber Aware programme on how to stay safe online during lockdown. Easy to do tips on basic cyber safety and lots of guidance on everything from using video conferencing facilities safely (eg a lot of social groups are using Zoom to stay in touch) and security around online gaming, phishing emails and scams.
Net Aware - A bite-size guide to the latest and most popular social networks, apps and games that kids are using. The ‘In the news’ section is packed full of information to support this and focuses on new platforms and online trends to help users keep up-to-date with the online world.
NHS Covid-19 - Up-to-date information from the NHS.
NSPCC Coronavirus pages. - The NSPCC has published a new section on their website dedicated to concerns around COVID-19.
Public Health England - Accessible information and advice available in accessible formats including BSL, Braille, large print and audio.
Staffordshire County Council Information - Coronavirus information and advice from Staffordshire County Council
Staffordshire Libraries - Coronavirus information from Staffordshire Libraries and Arts Service.
Thinkuknow - Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
Trading Standards - Information from Staffordshire County Council Trading Standards about Coronavirus.
UK Safer Internet Centre - Information on safe and responsible use of online technology for young people.
Which? - Coronavirus advice from Which?
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