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Key Stage 3 resources
FREE online education resources
A non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus.
Khan Academy especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.
BBC Learning This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Futurelearn Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
Seneca For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Openlearn Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Blockly Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Scratch Creative computer programming.
Ted Ed All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Duolingo Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Mystery Science Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This Wide range of cool educational videos
Crash Course YouTube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids As above for a younger audience
Crest Awards Science awards you can complete from home.
iDEA Awards Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
Tinkercad All kinds of making.
Prodigy Maths Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Cbeebies Radio Listening activities for the younger ones.
Nature Detectives A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
British Council Resources for English language learning.
Oxford Owl for Home Lots of free resources for Primary age.
Big History Project Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Geography Games Geography gaming!
Blue Peter Badges If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Toy Theater Educational online games
DK Find Out Activities and quizzes
Twinkl This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
David Walliams is releasing a daily audiobook – something that may be nice for Year 7 and Year 8 students in particular to enjoy.
Free books are available via https://readon.myon.co.uk/
You can also gain free access to books by joining your local library online and downloading eBooks or if you prefer audiobooks try here https://www.allyoucanbooks.com/
Various celebrities are offering you and your children free daily resources to help with their education while schools are closed, why not try some of the following:
Cooking with Jamie Oliver https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eJLA2RlZNq4&list=PLcpoB2VESJme7lSxXEcXyVtFPsMI78lcL
Dance with Oti Mabuse https://www.facebook.com/OtiMabuse/
Dance with Darcey Bussell https://twitter.com/diversedance…/status/1241098264373592065
English with David Walliams https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
English from David Walliams https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/activities/
Enrichment West Mercia Search & Rescue are running a FREE water safety online course. It should take around 20 – 30 minutes to complete and can be done in bitesize chunks. Once completed students can receive a certificate and best of all come away with a thorough understanding of the hazards of water; a knowledge of associated safety precautions and rescue techniques – https://westmerciasar.org.uk/homeanddry/free-water-safety-online-course/
History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days) https://tv.historyhit.com/signup/package
Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri) https://www.instagram.com/theocooks
Maths with Carol Vorderman www.themathsfactor.com
Music with Myleene Klass https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ
PE Starting Monday to Friday at 9am from his YouTube channel, The Body Coach TV – https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1. Jo Wicks will be the Nations PE Teacher, performing follow along PE sessions. We encourage our students to get involved to help maintain their physical activity during the school closure.
Science with Maddie Moate https://www.youtube.com/maddiemoate
Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests https://cosmicshambles.com/stayathome/upcoming-schedule
Ms Barnett and the English Department
At Sir John Talbot’s school, reading is an extremely important part of what we do. Our school day includes a 20-minute period dedicated to the enjoyment of books. This engagement in reading is something we are determined to maintain. Furthermore, reading is hugely beneficial for our mental health and wellbeing. According to research from Oxford University Press, reading sends “rocket boosters” to our brains, which in turn boosts our mental health. To help us at this time, our librarian has compiled a useful help sheet to guide families in accessing books from home.
Students in Y7, Y8 and Y9 can continue to take reading (AR) quizzes from home and the English team are monitoring results and uptake. This is an extremely useful tool that allows students to get instant feedback on their reading and enables their teachers to keep track of progress.
If your family needs any further support with reading at this time, please contact any member of the English team.
Ways to keep reading at home
It is important to keep reading whilst you are not at school so here are a few suggestions for ways in which you can keep reading without access to the school library. Do not forget to do quizzes on your books if you can at https://ukhosted48.renlearn.co.uk/2247381/
If you want to find out if a book is on Accelerated Reader you can search for it on the AR Bookfinder at https://www.arbookfind.co.uk/
You already know about Myon but just to remind you that you can access lots of short fiction and non-fiction in a very user friendly way on the Myon website. It’s very easy to use so do not be put off if you are a bit of a reluctant reader. Access it here https://readon.myon.co.uk
Join the public library
If you are not already a member of Shropshire public library you can join online. All applications by under 16’s have to be endorsed by a parent/carer but membership is free and instant, you do not have to take proof of your address in to a library (even though it says you do – I have checked that out for you!). This gives you access to a huge collection of child and young adult fiction e-books and audio books to download, all for free. Many of the books are on Accelerated Reader so you can quiz on them as well. Membership also gives you free access to online newspapers and magazines. Apply here https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/libraries/join-the-library/
Existing Amazon Prime Members
If your family subscribe to Amazon Prime it includes access to the following reading materials:
Kindle Owners’ Lending Library gives Prime members access to borrow one book per month at no additional cost
Kindle First gives Prime members early access to download a new book every month at no additional cost from the Kindle First picks.
Prime Reading: You can borrow books, magazines, and more from the Prime Reading catalogue and read them on your Fire tablet, Kindle e-reader, or the Kindle reading apps for iOS and Android.
The National Literacy Trust Website
The National Literacy Trust family zone has activities, free book downloads and audio book downloads, Go to https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/. Currently they have a free e-book version of The Kick Off by Dan Freedman available. Download it here https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/9-12/dan-freedman-football-challenge/read-kick/
Authors often put ‘tasters’ of their books on their websites for you to read. Most authors have a website which you can google so see what you can find if you search for some of your favourite authors. I found these two:
J K Rowling
J K Rowling has a free to read new book on her website called The Ickabog. Read it here https://www.theickabog.com/read-the-story/
Tom Palmer’s website has free downloads of extracts from all of his books. Some of you will remember he writes about sport and war stories, often both together! Go to https://tompalmer.co.uk/free-reads/
The Book of Hopes
Here is a link to a free book for all children and their families. It’s an extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures and 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, Jacqueline Wilson – and Katherine Rundell, who edited it. The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals. https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/9-12/book-hopes/
Free audio books
If you can’t access any books to read yourself these websites are useful for free audio books so you If can listen to someone else telling the story: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Free audio books – very user-friendly – just click, stream and listen. No accounts or passwords are needed. https://www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/
A few audio books here, just click on the title to hear the book https://nosycrow.com/nosy-crow-book-bedtime/
A chapter a day is released in audio form of their book at bedtime. Current read is Baby Aliens Got My Teacher by Pamela Butchart. Light hearted year 7 reading.
If any of you are stuck for ideas of what books to read don’t hesitate to ask me for suggestions at email@example.com