In this post we will explore lots of different school subjects and what help is available while the schools are closed. We will also share some useful sites we have found and the ever popular celebrity subject sites!
Maths with Carol Vorderman.
Carols maths website is usually £2 a week, but is free while the schools are closed, and it is aimed at children age 4-12 years old. It is matched to the national curriculum and has a times tables checker where you can even print your own certificates!
There are games, daily sessions and rewarding targets. Its all about making maths fun! The kids can win virtual medals and trophies in the 30 day challenges. Click here to go to the site.
Another great website for downloadable maths work is Oxford Owl. I love how simple and easy to use this website is. It has clear age categories, has other subjects and looks fun. Follow the link here and check it out.
I have come across this fabulous website called BrainPOP!
BrainPOP are giving FREE access while the schools are closed and have some great resources, particularly for English.
They cover a broad range of subjects and aim to make learning fun with videos, worksheets and more.
Check out the picture of my screenshots. User friendly, plenty of options and fun cartoons.
Click here or the picture to go to their website and get started!
Dan Snow's History Hit
Dan's History Hit is the UK’s most successful history podcast, with almost a million listens every month. Dan travels the length and breadth of the country to keep up with the cutting edge of history, talking to experts, historians, and the people who were actually there.
It’s both Dan’s mission and passion to give you the history behind the news, and the context you need to understand the modern world. Click here to go to the podcast.
For the children (and big kids) we particularly love Horrible Histories in our house. I was first introduced to these books by my grandfather and have been hooked ever since! From the Vile Victorians, to the Terrible Tudors! They have developed in to TV shows and feature length films, now even a blockbuster cinema hit earlier this year! They really capture children's imaginations with humour and some adult wit in there too (and if you ever need a fact like 'which King died when he fell off the toilet?' - I'm your girl!).
Click here to visit the YouTube channel to view old episodes and learn more about history in a fun way!
Keep Cooking & Carry On, is a new cooking show with Jamie Oliver on channel 4. with more and more people off at home we are trying new foods and baking more. Get new and fresh ideas or hone your skills or even just learn quick and easy meals with Jamie.
To view his YouTube channel click here, where you can see his past and future shows
Cooking is a fun way to practise lots of the children's skills, from maths for weighing out the ingredients and portioning things up, to hygiene and keeping their work station clean. It also works on their social skills, working together in the kitchen and being creative. Children love to feel in control and chose a recipe to try, this also may help with fussy eaters? Lots of recipes can be altered to accommodate different dietary requirements too, including low fat, gluten free etc.
Last week we made samosas...not spicy...or fried, ok it was a kind-of samosa 🙂 but the kids had fun folding the pastry!
Geography & Environmental Studies with Steve Backshall
Streamed at 9.30am, every Wednesday
Bring the wild into your living room with naturalist and TV presenter Steve Backshall! He'll be answering all of your burning questions about animals, conservation and the environment with his live Q&A broadcast across Facebook and YouTube.
Follow the link here to his YouTube channel.
For avid fans of wildlife there is the documentary series Blue Planet, presented and narrated by David Attenborough, exploring the planet's oceans. To view this magnificent series again through iPlayer click here.
School children get 3 months FREE access to Rosetta Stone!
Rosetta Stone is a London based language company who have been going for more than 25 years. This is a fabulous offer and will enable particularly the older children to carry on with their language studies while the schools are closed.
- They’ll learn through immersion, making their new language accessible. whether they are in kindergarten or prepping for college
- They’ll get instant feedback on their pronunciation
- You’ll be able to see how they're coming along with progress data and printable reports
They can help with French, German, Spanish, English, Italian, Polish, Arabic, Greek, Russian & many more
Click here to visit their website.
Science with Maddie Moate and Greg Foot, streamed at 11am, daily
Join Maddie Moate from CBeebies every day for a science lesson with a twist, all from the comfort of your own home! Let's Go Live features quirky garden activities, craft ideas and plenty of fun facts to keep little brains busy.
Click here to visit the YouTube channel!
Also for science we have the Prof Brian Cox series of experiments. Click here to visit the YouTube channel of The Royal Society to check them out. Really interesting stuff.