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Free resources for fun and learning - Early Years to Secondary

As many schools, groups and activities have had to postpone for the time being, we have compiled a list of free resources you can access, to create inspiring and educational days at home. The list has been split into age groups to help you tailor a great day of age appropriate, learning fun, for your children.

 

Early Years

If your child's setting has it's own social media, be sure to give them a follow. They are often posting their own activity ideas and storytimes.

Development
Ways to Help Babies and Children to Talk
Guidance on developing your childs language skills

Hungry Little Minds – Simple fun, activities for kids aged 0 – 5
Activities with a focus on development

Tiny Happy People BBC
Activities to help your childs language skills

Look, Say, Sing, Play - Brain-building tips | NSPCC
Fun and engaging brain building tips and games

Schemas BBC
How children learn through play and repetitive behaviours

Oxford Health
Children’s occupational therapy: activity resources

Join Our Tribe
How to host your own 'tiny baby retreat' at home, create beautiful sensory trays and advice for new mums and dads.

Dance, Music, P.E
4Real Dance & Fitness Company at C4 Studios 
Offering regular dance and fun videos, including 15 minutes of fun to cheesy family tunes

The Body Coach - Youtube
Joe Wicks is going to be providing FREE PE Lessons every weekday from Monday at 9am for all children.

Free Library of Nursery Rhymes
Here are the words and actions to some popular songs and nursery rhymes, with some mp3s to listen and sing along to as well.

Discovery using play
Activities | Nursery World
Wide range of activities for the home and garden

Nature play activity recipes
Whether you’re a parent, playworker or teacher, use these nature play activity recipes to explore nature and help children experience the benefits of connecting with the natural environment through play.  

10 Early Years Science Activities EYFS - First Discoverers
Encourage their natural desire to experiment

10 Sensory Play Activities & Ideas - Early Years Resources
Hands on activities to stimulate senses

CBeebies Radio, Activities to Discover
Listening activities with things to try out

Early Years Resources
Free activities to engage young minds

Food a Fact of Life
Free resources for teaching young people aged 3-16 years about where food comes from, cooking and healthy eating

LEGO Lesson Plans
Explore up to 75 lessons with all of the information you need, from materials lists to building instructions. Everything that you need to give a great lesson

Ways to use Lego for learning
Don't forget that many of these activities could use Duplo too!

Role Play Ideas
Role Play can be one of the most important activities for young children, it not only stimulates their imagination but can helps with their social development.

More Role Play Ideas
Ideas to create a corner in your home using toys you may already have

Garden Treasure Hunt
This activity improves their language development, basic maths skills and social skills

Kids' baking recipes | BBC Good Food
Get baking with the children using our triple-tested recipes for cookies, cakes, puddings and even bread.

LET'S GO LIVE with Maddie & Greg
Garden week activities with television presenters Maddie and Greg

Google's 3D Animals
If you have a smartphone you can google the names of animals and have them come to life in your living room!

Reading and other learning
Audible
All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Just follow the link, no signup required.

Official Cornish Book Fairy
The Cornish Book Fairy is reading some of her favourite stories!

Elevenses with David Walliams
Every day at 11am, you can listen one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun! They stay on soundcloud, so you can always listen to them later on if you miss 11am.

Stories for Kids: Over 300 Free Stories Online 
Free stories for children

LoveMyBooks
With lovemybooks you will find out about wonderful books to read with your child. You will find many creative activities based on each book to make reading even more enjoyable and interactive.

Sooper Books | Free Award-winning Children's Stories
Free stories for children

National Literacy Trust Family Zone
You'll be able to access free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges.

World of Stories Picturebooks
#WorldBookDay chosen audiobooks, for free.

Early Years Home Learning Pack
A free home learning pack with a range of resources aimed at Early Years children.

Early Years Educational Programmes BBC
A range of programmes covering different topics appropriate for Early Years Children.

Hygge in the Early Years Free Learning Pack
Inside the weekly home learning guide you can find creative activity hooks focusing on learning through play. All activities can be carried out in the home or garden without spending any money. 

Early Years, Child Protection, Information / training and advice - TOPEY
Lots of tips, tricks and resources to aid early years learning.

Primary School

Arts and Design
Tate Kids
Play free art games and fun quizzes, find art activities, read about artists and share your art.

#Draw with Rob
Draw-along videos every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am GMT that parents could watch with their kids and create some great artwork.

Hobbycraft Ideas
Craft ideas to engage your children. 

Hobbycraft
Join them on facebook live everyday at 11am for a new craft activity.

Pixilart
Free online pixel art drawing tool

Adobe Spark
Adobe Spark is an online and mobile design app. Easily create stunning social graphics, short videos, and web pages

Design a Wrapper for Kernow Chocolate (11 and Under) 
Head over to our website and pick one of our flavours to use for your chocolate bar. We will select a winner each week and the winner will receive a £10 gift code for our website. The weekly winner will make it through to the final round.

Postcards from the Edge Project
Use any medium/materials of your choice and create something or lots of things that best express your experience / feelings / emotions. Take a photo of your work and email as a JPEG to manager@spaceforyou.biz

Drama and Performing Arts
The Wind in the Willows: Watch the theatre production online for free
As theatres are forced to close their doors, we're making The Wind in the Willows the Musical available to stream online for free. The film was recorded live at the London Palladium in 2017

DramaToolkit
Lots of free resources, including plans for lessons and games.

English and Reading 
Join Cornwall Library Online
Cornwall Library provides members free access to a wide range of online resources. These include electronic books, eAudiobooks, online newspapers and magazines, stream music to your internet device and research information using our online reference library.

Official Cornish Book Fairy
The Cornish Book Fairy is reading some of her favourite stories!

Stories for Kids: Over 300 Free Stories Online 
Free stories for children

Sooper Books | Free Award-winning Children's Stories
Free stories for children

Audible
All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Just follow the link, no signup required.

Elevenses with David Walliams
Every day at 11am, you can listen one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun! They stay on soundcloud, so you can always listen to them later on if you miss 11am.

Storytime from Space
Watch as Astronauts read you a story - all the way from Space!

LoveMyBooks
With lovemybooks you will find out about wonderful books to read with your child. You will find many creative activities based on each book to make reading even more enjoyable and interactive.

English Resources for Kids | British Council
Activities, stories and poems for kids.

Oxford Owl for Home
Free books, dictionaries, stories! Along with creative writing, language and reading support

PhonicsPlayComics
Due to the current situation, this resource has been made free! Use the Username: march20 and Password: home

World of Stories Young Fiction Audiobooks
#WorldBookDay chosen audiobooks, for free.

LitFilmFest Lessons
Choose your path towards purposeful and engaging literacy.

National Literacy Trust Family Zone
You'll be able to access free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges.

Real Heroes Read Books Primary Age Competition
Deadline Friday 22 May 2020. Could you write a Cornish tale about about a myth, legend or historical tale in your local area?  Find out more and how to enter.

Writing Wizardry Competition Years 3 to 6
Closing date: Friday 27 March. Send us a poem or a story of fewer than 500 words and you could see it published in the Writing Wizardry anthology AND win a fantastic prize. Your story or poem can be about ANYTHING you like, so let your imagination run wild!

Food
Kids' baking recipes | BBC Good Food
Get baking with the children using our triple-tested recipes for cookies, cakes, puddings and even bread.

Ready Steady Cook
You could host your own version using a selection of random ingredients from your home. Follow the link to see what was made in the episodes of this hit tv show.

Farm and Country Activity Sheets
Here at the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association we have put together some farm and country activities for you to have a go at with your children.

Food a Fact of Life
Free resources for teaching young people aged 3-16 years about where food comes from, cooking and healthy eating

History and Geography
DK Find Out
What do you want to find out?

Horrible Histories - CBBC - BBC
Watch episodes and clips, play games, and even sing along to your favourite Horrible Histories songs

School History Games
Browse our collection of history and educational games designed to test your history knowledge.

Marine Traffic around the World
View all of the vessels currently travelling the worlds oceans.

Flight Radar - Flight Traffic around the World
Flightradar24 is a global flight tracking service that provides you with real-time information about thousands of aircraft around the world.

National Geographic Kids
From animals and geography to science, nature and history, there are so many amazing facts for kids just waiting to be discovered by young explorers like you!

Google Earth
Explore the entire world!

The Kids should see This
Videos for curious minds of all ages

Explore.org: Live Cameras from around the World
Explore.org is the world's leading philanthropic live nature cam network and documentary film channel.

Virtual Field Trips
Each no-cost Virtual Field Trip comes with a companion guide packed with standards-aligned, hands-on learning activities! You can even visit the Artic Tundra and see the Polar Bears!!

Virtual tours: Buckingham Palace
An iconic building and official residence of The Queen, Buckingham Palace has been the focus of many moments of national celebration

Visit the Great Wall of China 3D Tour
As China's most famous attraction, the Great Wall of China is an essential stop on any trip to China.

Bodmin Keep - 3D Tour of Cornwalls Army Museum
Take an online tour of Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, 'The Keep', Bodmin.

OCEAN3D Tours of Cornwall
Interactive online tours of our local attractions. They also have activities to go along side their videos including treasure hunts. 

Cornish Seal Sanctuary (OFFICIAL)
Live videos meeting their residents. Sister sanctuary SEA LIFE Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary are also doing weekly live sessions for you all to enjoy over on their page.

Languages
Duolingo
Learn languages for free

Nature, Outdoors, Gardening and Play
Eden Project Resources for Everyone
The Eden Project have created a page dedicated to awesome activities to try at home

Your Shore Beach Rangers 
Marine Life Wordsearches, Beach Safety Quizzes, Becoming a Beach Ranger Exercises!

LET'S GO LIVE with Maddie & Greg
Garden week activities with television presenters Maddie and Greg

Badger Forest School
Free educational videos from foraging to mindfullness 

Gwealan Tops
The park is now closed, but they are streaming daily play challenges from 15:00, Monday to Friday. You'll only need some basic household bits and lots of imagination!

Woodland Trust Nature Detectives
Free printables to engage with nature

Inspiring Garden Themes for Children
Ways to involve your child with gardening

Wild At Home with Newquay Zoo
Whether its art or English, science or history, we have a whole range of wildlife themed activities for you to download or watch.

RSPB Family Wild Challenge
You can help wildlife, explore nature and enjoy lots of wild, fun family activities

Nature play activity recipes
Whether you’re a parent, playworker or teacher, use these nature play activity recipes to explore nature and help children experience the benefits of connecting with the natural environment through play.  

ORCA  
To support families at home and teachers, will be producing interactive lessons, activities and Q&A sessions about wonderful whales and dolphins! To sign up, pop your details in the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ORCAlessons and we will send you all further info.

Google's 3D Animals
If you have a smartphone you can google the names of animals and have them come to life in your living room!

Online Learning - All Subjects
Seneca KS2
Uses GIFs and Memes to aid learning. Shows you content again in a different format if you struggle the first time.

Challenge Packs - Pawprint Badges
Each pack contains over 40 activity ideas and with handy hints and tips thrown in for good measure it's never been easier to provide adventure and skills for life.

Twinkl
We've not only created home learning and school closure packs, but have also introduced an offer for all of them to be completely free. 

BBC's Educational Programmes Primary
A range of programmes covering topics from Maths to Landmarks.

Explore Learning 
All the activities in The Club are a great way for you to support your child’s education at home

Personal, Social and Health Education
The Pantry in Bude 
Monday to Friday at 11:00. Bring your kids to sit infront of your pc, phone or tablet and join me for half an hour of learning! I'm not talking equations here, this will be different, fun and educational! And if there is anything your children would like to learn, just let me know and I'll try and make it happen!

Blue Peter Badges
There are so many different Blue Peter badges - learn about how you could get your hands on one!

Self-Care - Anna Freud Centre
85+ self care activities

Breathe KS2
Designed to improve mental well-being, 5 literacy lessons guide your class to write, perform and video their explanation of the benefits of mindfulness and then performing a short meditation

Kids Yoga Cornwall
Live stream Yoga sessions throughout the week!

Nature Space
Immerse yourself in the most vividly detailed natural spaces on the planet, captured in unbelieveably high-res 3D sound. Naturespace is a free app for iOS and Android.

Physical Education PE
The Body Coach - Youtube
Joe Wicks is going to be providing FREE PE Lessons every weekday from Monday at 9am for all children.

Peace Out Guided Meditation Scripts for Kids (5 to 12)– Volume 1
These are FREE to those who need them - just pay what you want if you can afford to support us. Just type 0 in the payment box to download for free. Includes lots of tips on how to deliver meditation for kids so it works!

Kids Yoga Cornwall
Live stream Yoga sessions throughout the week!

Religious Education
RE Online
Search our free, great quality teaching resources

Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths
CREST Awards 
STEM award to complete at home

Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award 
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Blockly - Computing
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

Minecraft: Education Edition
Learn to code in a free Hour of Code lesson in Minecraft: Education Edition. Program the Agent to prevent forest fires. Explore basic coding concepts and learn about artificial intelligence with Minecraft and MakeCode.

LEGO Lesson PlansKS1KS2
Explore up to 75 lessons with all of the information you need, from materials lists to building instructions. Everything that you need to give a great lesson

The DadLab - YouTube
Youtube channel with experiments to try at home

Kids Invent Stuff
The YouTube channel where kids get their inventions made

NASA Website: Space
Explore NASA's online activities, e-books, podcasts and other content. The universe is waiting.

Spot the International Space Station (Until 6 April)
The space station looks like an airplane or a very bright star moving across the sky, except it doesn’t have flashing lights or change direction. 

Horrible Science - YouTube
Join the Horrible Science team, as they uncover all the disgusting facts

STEM Activities for Kids - Science Buddies
Science Buddies free resources help continue STEM learning at home with hundreds of fun videos and activities

STEM Learning
Free resources for home learning. Home to thousands of free-to-access, quality-assured resources to support the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Science Time From Space
Understanding basic science concepts is key to enjoying STEM and the world around you. Astronauts on board the International Space Station have conducted experiments to explore some basic science concepts. Come explore with the astronauts!

The Kids should see This
Videos for curious minds of all ages

Maths - BBC Bitesize
Maths resources

Maths Factor with Carol Vorderman
Following the Government’s decision to implement widespread school closures across the UK to minimise the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will be making The Maths Factor FREE for everyone (usually about £2 per week) to support childrens’ continued learning at home for the duration of the UK Schools closure period. We want to help you and your child as much as we can.

Secondary School

Arts, Gardening and Design
Pixilart
Free online pixel art drawing tool

Adobe Spark
Adobe Spark is an online and mobile design app. Easily create stunning social graphics, short videos, and web pages

Canva
Use Canva's drag-and-drop feature and layouts to design, share and print business cards, logos, presentations, posters and more. An online graphic design tool.

Skillshare
Skillshare is an online education platform with thousands of free classes taught by the world's best practitioners. Classes range from cooking to sewing, graphic design to landscape photography. 

List of UK Arts Competitions
Some require an entry fee, but many are free.

One Drawing a Day
This blog can inspire you to create a new medium of artwork each day.

Postcards from the Edge Project
Use any medium/materials of your choice and create something or lots of things that best express your experience / feelings / emotions. Take a photo of your work and email as a JPEG to manager@spaceforyou.biz

Hobbycraft
Join them on facebook live everyday at 11am for a new craft activity.

Eden Project Resources for Everyone
The Eden Project have created a page dedicated to awesome activities to try at home

Drama and Performing Arts
The Wind in the Willows: Watch the theatre production online for free
As theatres are forced to close their doors, we're making The Wind in the Willows the Musical available to stream online for free. The film was recorded live at the London Palladium in 2017

Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House launches a programme of free online content for the culturally curious at home

The Digital Concert Hall - now free for everyone
The Philharmonie is closed – so we will come to you! Redeem the voucher code BERLINPHIL by 31 March and receive free access to all concerts and films in the Digital Concert Hall.

Sir Patrick Stuart is reading Shakespeare
Head over to his twitter to enjoy a new sonnet each day.

English and Reading
Join Cornwall Library Online
Cornwall Library provides members free access to a wide range of online resources. These include electronic books, eAudiobooks, online newspapers and magazines, stream music to your internet device and research information using our online reference library.

English Resources for Teens | British Council
Activities, articles and teaching tools specifically designed to enhance the learning of teenage students.

BBC Writers Room
We can only promote opportunities and events which are free for writers to enter and don't ask for payment from writers at any stage. 

Real Heroes Read Books Secondary Age Competition
Deadline Friday 22 May 2020. Could you write an original and engaging story for children under the age of five in Cornwall?  Find out more and how to enter.

Tall Tales, Short Stories Competition for 14-18 year-olds
Deadline Friday 27 March 2020. Our Tall Tales, Short Stories competition asks those aged 14-18 to finish one of the stories with a new ending of their own — where will your imagination take you? 

Obooko Teen and Young Adult Free Ebooks
Obooko has been online since 2010 and was created specifically to make quality English-language books available free of charge to anyone, regardless of means. 

LitFilmFest Lessons
Choose your path towards purposeful and engaging literacy.

World of Stories Teen Audiobooks
#WorldBookDay chosen audiobooks, for free.

My Virtual Literary Festival
MYVLF is the free global virtual literary festival, connecting readers with authors. Our online event space gives readers access to the best of today’s literature and fiction from internationally based traditional and independently published authors.

Food
Easy baking recipes | BBC Food
Try our simple recipes for all your favourite bakes.

Ready Steady Cook
You could host your own version using a selection of random ingredients from your home. Follow the link to see what was made in the episodes of this hit tv show.

5 Ingredient Meals | BBC Food
Delicious and filling dinners that use only five ingredients. You can't get recipes any easier than these!

Food a Fact of Life
Free resources for teaching young people aged 3-16 years about where food comes from, cooking and healthy eating

History and Geography
Ocean Explorer
Take a journey into the Earth's oceans and discover whether you've got what it takes to become an oceanographer. Explore ocean depths, currents, temperatures and find out more about the future of our oceans.

Marine Traffic around the World
View all of the vessels currently travelling the worlds oceans.

Flight Radar - Flight Traffic around the World
Flightradar24 is a global flight tracking service that provides you with real-time information about thousands of aircraft around the world.

Geography game: how well do you know the world?
Think you're good at geography? Try this game from The Guardian

Google Earth
Explore the entire world!

Explore.org: Live Cameras from around the World
Explore.org is the world's leading philanthropic live nature cam network and documentary film channel.

National Geographic: 130 Years of Exploration
We’ve been making discoveries—and making an impact—for over 130 years. Now you can explore this fascinating history firsthand with a new, interactive timeline that takes you behind the scenes through rare video footage, photos, artifacts, and inside stories.

Virtual Field Trips
Each no-cost Virtual Field Trip comes with a companion guide packed with standards-aligned, hands-on learning activities! You can even visit the Artic Tundra and see the Polar Bears!!

Virtual tours: Buckingham Palace
An iconic building and official residence of The Queen, Buckingham Palace has been the focus of many moments of national celebration

Visit the Great Wall of China 3D Tour
As China's most famous attraction, the Great Wall of China is an essential stop on any trip to China.

Hadrian: The Roamin' Emperor
Can you piece together strands of historical evidence to work out what motivated the Roman Emperor, Hadrian, to travel so extensively?

History - Interactive Content - BBC
Bring history to life with animated maps, movies, games, picture galleries, virtual 3D tours and programme clips. 

School History Games | KS3, KS4, KS5 Curriculum
Educational history games for teachers, parents, homeschoolers or students. Suitable for KS3 to KS5.

Rome: A Virtual Tour of the Ancient City
Take a guided tour around ancient Rome with expert Dr Matthew Nicholls, using his detailed and award-winning 3D digital model of the city

The Secret Annex 3D Tour
Take a look around and discover the Secret Annex where Anne Frank hid for more than 2 years during WWII and where she wrote her diary.

Online Courses & Revision
Seneca GCSE - Alevel
Uses GIFs and Memes to aid learning. Shows you content again in a different format if you struggle the first time. Over 100 courses to choose from.

Future Learn
FutureLearn courses consist of pre-recorded video lectures and readings that you can work through on a weekly schedule or when it's convenient for you. They also have student discussions on every page of the course. Some have online practice quizzes, homework or assignments. Aimed at higher education, but topics may be of interest to a younger audience.

Open Learning - OpenLearn - Open University
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Lots of topics that again, may be of interest to a younger audience, also a great head start for those already thinking of their future options.

Twinkl
We've not only created home learning and school closure packs, but have also introduced an offer for all of them to be completely free. 

BBC Educational Programmes Secondary
Programmes covering a range of topics, from languages to science.

Personal, Social and Health Education
The Pantry in Bude 
Monday to Friday at 15:00. Anyone aged 16 to 116! Come join me on Facebook live for a general chit chat, talk about worries, ask any questions you may have etc. The main bulk of it will be to hopefully alleviate some worry, support those who may be isolated and lonely, have some fun, maybe a quiz, bingo, chat about movies/tv/ music/ hobbies and also learning some tips to help with your mental health (such as mindfulness).  Under 16's can join another session held each day at 11:00

TedEd Talks
All sorts of engaging educational videos on a variety of topics.

Self-Care - Anna Freud Centre
85+ Self care techniques to try at home

Breathe KS3-4
Designed to improve mental well-being, 5 literacy lessons guide your class to write, perform and video their explanation of the benefits of mindfulness and then performing a short meditation

Nature Space
Immerse yourself in the most vividly detailed natural spaces on the planet, captured in unbelieveably high-res 3D sound. Naturespace is a free app for iOS and Android.

Hidden Stories
FREE Illustrated Book about Invisible Disabilities

Physical Education PE
The Body Coach - Youtube
Joe Wicks is going to be providing FREE PE Lessons every weekday from Monday at 9am for all children.

Religious Education
RE Online
Search our free, great quality teaching resources

Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths
CREST Awards
STEM award to complete at home

Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award 
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

The Bright Ideas Challenge SHELL
What will cities look like in 2050? How will they be powered to be vibrant, healthy and clean places to live? 

STEM Learning
Free resources for home learning. Home to thousands of free-to-access, quality-assured resources to support the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Science with Professor Brian Cox
A full schedule of upcoming programmes to join in with.

NASA Website: Space
Explore NASA's online activities, e-books, podcasts and other content. The universe is waiting.

Spot the International Space Station (Until 6 April)
The space station looks like an airplane or a very bright star moving across the sky, except it doesn’t have flashing lights or change direction. 

LEGO Lesson Plans,  KS3 | KS4
Explore up to 75 lessons with all of the information you need, from materials lists to building instructions. Everything that you need to give a great lesson

Blockly - Computing
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

Maths - BBC Bitesize
Maths learning resources

Perplex: Classic puzzles, past and present
Get ready to be perplexed... try 8 different puzzles and a whole host of daily #maths and #logic challenges from The Open University and UK Maths Trust with these interactive puzzles

The Slow Mo Guys - YouTube
Lots of things - but in slow motion!

The Kids should see This
Videos for curious minds of all ages

OCEAN 3D
3D Tours of locations and attractions in Cornwall

Cornish Seal Sanctuary (OFFICIAL)
Live videos meeting their residents. Sister sanctuary SEA LIFE Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary are also doing weekly live sessions for you all to enjoy over on their page.

ORCA  
To support families at home and teachers, will be producing interactive lessons, activities and Q&A sessions about wonderful whales and dolphins! To sign up, pop your details in the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ORCAlessons and we will send you all further info.

Google's 3D Animals
If you have a smartphone you can google the names of animals and have them come to life in your living room!

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