Please find below some useful links for you to get the best out of remote working at this time.

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.
https://breakingnewsenglish.com/index.html

The Daily Rigour
A weekly numeracy newspaper with video worked solutions also available.
https://www.cdmasterworks.co.uk/the-daily-rigour/

Chatterpack – home learning resources
All ages/levels – range of free resources on lots of different topics.
https://6npbk1r419dfjy1i-8867971123.shopifypreview.com/blogs/blog/resources-list-for-home-learning

Open University
A whole list of free online courses along with articles and reference material.
https://www.open.edu/openlearn/

Udemy
Udemy is an online platform for students and adults, who are currently offering lots of free courses.
https://udemyfreecourses.org/

Scholastic
Projects to keep children reading, thinking and growing.
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

BBC Bitesize
Free videos, guides, activities, games and quizzes for a range of levels and subjects
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Future Learn
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.
https://www.futurelearn.com/courses 

Kudos
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)
https://kudos.cascaid.co.uk/#/ 

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.
https://www.teachthought.com/technology/30-innovative-ways-to-use-google-in-education/

Tutorial resources
EC Resources have made all their downloads free for the moment.
https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EC_Resources

Tomorrow’s Engineers
Engineering activities.
https://tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/careers-resources-activities/download-activities/ 

Mental health and wellbeing

BBC Health – Coronavirus: how to protect your mental health
Some tips on protecting mental health.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799 

Digital wellbeing
Blog from JISC.
https://www.jisc.ac.uk/blog/looking-after-your-own-and-others-digital-wellbeing-08-jan-2020

PHE – Healthy Eating
Linking healthy eating to English, maths and science.
https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/topics/healthy-eating/overview
https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/topics/healthy-eating/resources 

Forest
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”.
https://www.forestapp.cc/

Atmosphere
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.
https://appadvice.com/app/atmosphere-relaxing-sounds/1259186300

Coping calendar
The Coping Calendar has 30 suggested actions to look after ourselves during the current situation.
https://www.actionforhappiness.org/coping-calendar

Young Minds
Support for young people on managing anxiety around Coronavirus
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/

Looking after your mental health
Some suggestions on protecting your mental health
https://www.tes.com/news/coronavirus-7-way-protect-your-mental-health

Activities and ideas

Chatterpack – boredom-busting
A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources.
https://6npbk1r419dfjy1i-8867971123.shopifypreview.com/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home   

Brain Blast/Todd Finley
A range of infographics on different topics with quick and easy suggestions of things to do.
http://www.todd-finley.com/

The Computer School
Thousands of resources from very basic to advanced.
Available for all students and staff – password is nc232
https://www.thecomputerschool.net/smartcart/scart_skillsindex.php?logname=111116&logtype=2

World Book Reader
Range of e-books available for free
https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/index.htmlusertoken=Mjk5MzQ6MTpJUjA5MjAxNjoyOmNsaWVudDE2OTc6MTY5NzoyMjE2Mjg4OjE6MTU4NDM4MDExMzA2Mjp1cw== 

Audible
Audible are offering a range of children’s audiobooks for free while schools are closed.
https://stories.audible.com/discovery?site=3582&ref=269979&awc=14444_1584702948_8529605b14603eb03300a65fe23e4f89&source_code=AFNORBN1028159032

Scouts
The Scouts have put together lots of activities to keep children occupied.
https://www.scouts.org.uk/activities/?size=Individuals,Pairs&setting=Indoors 

Spotting fake news
Tips on identifying fake news articles.
https://www.easybib.com/guides/ evaluating-fake-news-resources/

Virtual museum tours
10 of the best virtual museum tours
https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/mar/23/10-of-the-worlds-best-virtual-museum-and-art-gallery-tours?CMP=share_btn_tw 

Animal livestreams
A number of livestreams of animals from different zoos.
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/10-animal-livestreams-to-enjoy-during-social-distancing/

Wildlife spotter
Now is a good time to see what wildlife you can spot in the garden with the help of these wildlife spotter sheets.
https://www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/wildlife-spotting

3D animals
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.
https://inews.co.uk/news/technology/giant-panda-3d-google-interactive-animals-list-augmented-reality-500493?amp

National Theatre at home
The National Theatre is streaming productions on YouTube free every Thursday and on catch-up with productions available to UK Teachers and pupils at home.
https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/at-home

Useful social media accounts to follow

Impact Wales
Follow on Twitter for links to a range of useful resources, blogs etc.
https://twitter.com/ImpactWales

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