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I'm a lockdown homeschooling mum.... get me out of here!

Homeschooling 2:0




Ooh my goodness! Here we go again. Homeschooling for at least 6 weeks. Your child will be sent work home from their school but the content and abundance of this will greatly vary depending on area, age and school and of course as we all know our children learn differently, have different interests and attention spans.


We know that many of you are also juggling younger children and work commitments too.


As a result we have put together a handy guide to some of the best online resources to aid with home schooling with a mix of local and national resources.


National Resources




Twinkl- is a resource that primarily was for teachers, however last lockdown they made all their resources FREE to all with Instant access to inspirational lesson plans, schemes of work, assessment, interactive activities, resource packs, PowerPoints, teaching ideas at Twinkl! There are still some great free resources on Twinkl or you can upgrade to gain full access.


BBC Bitesize – From Early years to post 16 studies there is a wealth of information here Home - BBC Bitesize with lessons full of videos and practice questions to guide you along the way.


The Home Learning Hub is another hidden gem particularly if you are looking to inject some fun into your home schooling. The Good Play Guide's Home Learning Hub helps parents and families, and anyone involved with children's development find fun ways to promote learning - think of it as hiding the veggies in the pasta sauce.


The Oak National Online Classroom has Nearly 10,000 free video lessons, resources and activities, covering most subjects, from Reception to Year 11.


We all love Orchard Toys here and now we’ve an extra reason to love them a little bit more as they have released a range of free online activity sheets.


Reading Eggs

Free Homeschool Resources. Here you'll find free downloadable resources designed by experienced educators that support home learning.


Arts and Crafts


Local Company The Mill House based in Hertford have made all their downloadable art packs FREE. From craft ideas and colouring to more learning based opportunities such as story cubes these packs are a real hidden gem of a resource to get us through.


Hobbycraft have some great ideas for school projects. You'll find craft ideas inspired by the current National Curriculum, with detailed instructions and advice on how to make them at home. There's a mix of craft projects here to make, and I recognise many of them from my own children's recent school topics, as they're based in the National Curriculum. Each project includes a list of what you'll need, how to make it, and some helpful documents or software to download and keep, like templates to make the projects. Projects to make include a Coat Of Arms, Tudor Rose, Viking Longboat, Egyptian Mask, Solar System, Clay Volvano, Medieval Castle and lots more. Each uses common craft items that you may already have around the house, or that can be easily and cheaply be bought online, so you can get the kids inspired to create at home.


There is also a FREE online art class courtesy of Simon Hethering every Monday and Thursday throughout lockdown


Animals


Ranger Stu’s Virtual Zoo- Hertfordshire Zoo owner Stuart Short (and husband of my PA Kayleigh) launched an amazing Free resource last lockdown which he has also made available this time around. With blogs on curriculum based topics and fun activities to complete together there is something for all ages and fun youtube videos to accompany them.




Virtual activities


Until the 16th January there is a live online planetarium show presented by an astronomer from the Royal Observatory Greenwich. The Universe is a vast and intriguing place, and this show explores our own little corner of it: the Solar System. Starting from our home planet, the Earth, we'll travel through our celestial neighbourhood, visiting objects like planets, moons and asteroids, and ending with a fly-out to view our galaxy, the Milky Way. Ages: 7+ . £5 per household.


There is an online Spellathon activity every Friday on youtube for key stage 2-3.


Lets Go Live with Maddie and Greg Every week day at 11am Maddie Moate and Greg Foot go LIVE for some fun and informative learning.



And of course PE with Joe is back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday,



The world is your Oyser



Why not take the opportunity to visit some where new in the world (virtually of course) such as The San Diego Live Zoo or an African Safari perhaps or how about a NASA Virtual tour?


So there we have it- we hope that these resources may help you during these challenging next few weeks. Just remember good enough is good enough, you aren't expected to be super human, you can only do your best. You can do this.

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