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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BBC Learning This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision.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
Our English Teachers have been reading lots of teen fiction over the Easter Holidays so that they can provide you with recommendations. The first one is ‘Counting by 7s’.
‘Counting by 7s’ tells the story of Willow Chance, a twelve-year-old genius who is obsessed with diagnosing medical conditions and finds comfort in counting by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that has not kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now. Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.
Below is a list of astronomical sightings which students may want to keep an eye out for over the next month: