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COVID-19: learning resources and activities

With schools now closing to most children due to the COVID-19 situation, take a look at the articles on this page to get ideas for learning and activities to do at home.

Barnardo's Short Breaks Activity Book

Have a look at the activity book designed by the Barnardo's short breaks staff based on the activities they do with young people in the clubs HERE

Activity Ideas for Children with SEND

Veryan Cranston is an experienced Special Needs Teacher and has kindly put the attached information together for any parent carers wanting some ideas on fun and cheap activities to try at home, including free apps! Click here to take a look.

Veryan is also happy to offer support and advice over the phone. If you would like to make contact please call/text Veryan on 07769 228572.

Home bucket activity

See Gina Davies doing a simple bucket type activity for home - [click here] to view.

Here are some other ideas to go with it:

  • Anything you can spin (plates, balls, saucepan lids)
  • Anything that flashes (torch, running lights)
  • Things that turn on and off (an old phone that you can set different alarm sounds on, electric toothbrush, toys belonging to big brothers and sisters (as children can look but not touch)
  • Old leftovers from Christmas/birthdays(party poppers, a balloon, crackers, birthday candles to light and blow out)
  • Small electric fans, Hand fans or even a newspaper that you can flap to make a breeze
  • Things that make a good noise (drop rice/pasta etc into a saucepan, jangly keys, a stiff brush that makes a noise when you brush it on carpet, a bike bell or horn,)
  • Things you can drop with good effect (flour sprinkling through a sieve, a floaty
  • Scarf, spoons onto a baking tray)

Other resources/ activities for young people with SEND

[BBC Newsround]: helpful information for children about the coronavirus, including explainer videos. They also have a 'happy news' section to brighten the day

[Childline] has a 'calm zone', with videos, activities, games, and calming activities to help children who are worried about anything

[Calibre Audio Library]: UK charity that lends audio books and streams books online for anyone who struggles to access print, including children.

[Living Paintings (UK)]: Free postal library supporting blind and partially sighted adults, children and young people. They make tactile versions of pictures that come to life when fingers feel them.

[BBC CBeebies for special needs]: Resources and help for children with additional needs from the BBC, including Mr Tumble!

[ITV Signed Stories]: Signed Stories help improve the literacy of deaf children from infancy upwards. The website also provides useful advice and guidance for parents, carers and teachers of deaf children, and for the deaf parents of hearing children.

Twinkl has lots resources and ideas to stimulate and entertain children of primary school age. And the [Twinkl SEND resources] are worth checking out for fun stuff to do at home.

[Singing Hands on YouTube] has videos of songs signed in Makaton. And they will be doing live sessions on YouTube at 10.30am.

Bumble bee physio London are doing live physio for children who are wheelchair users at 10am on their [Facebook page].

[David Walliams] is releasing a free audio story every day for 30 days!

[Storyline Online], streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children's books alongside creative illustrations.

If your children are into animals and the natural world, [National Geographic Kids] on You Tube has lots of fantastic, interactive videos.

[Khan Academy Kids] is an educational app for children aged two to seven. Animated characters guide children through educational materials. It's an American app but lots of relevant activities.

And here is an [article with tips for games and activities] to do with children with special educational needs, that are not screen based - many of them indoors.

9am PE Lessons with Joe Wicks

Catch up on this week's online [PE lessons] with Joe Wicks. You can access the recordings at any time.

Free Les Mills Workouts

Thanks to Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre, you can access free workout videos by [Les Mills]. The videos also include yoga, breathing and mindfulness for those seeking some tranquillity and ‘Born to Move’ children’s workouts for 4-16 year olds.

Thrive activities

Here are some creative activities that you can use with your child to support their emotional development at home. Play releases lots of feel good chemicals that help us feel calm, steady and connected. If possible, look to do these activities for as much as 20 minutes or more each day.

Thrive activities for children

Message and activity resources from Aiming High, Swindon

Good afternoon,

In light of the current outbreak of Covid-19, we will not be issuing the Aiming High Spring Newsletter as it stands. Since collating the information, many of the planned activities and events have since been cancelled or postponed until further notice. As you will know, the picture is changing every day, however we are currently seeking the latest information and will send an email with any updates.

Please see the Social Distancing Timetable from Active & Inclusive Swindon. This timetable is a little bit different, it offers activities for the 7 days of the week but offers suggestions for activities outside of physical activity.

Kind regards,
Kylie Cohen, Inclusion & Outreach Officer

(This timetable supports the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ by using activities that look after your mental wellbeing at what might be an anxious or lonely time. We will be staying active, learning new things, connecting with nature, ourselves and others, giving our time to others and taking notice of how we are feeling.)

Lots more learning resources and things to do!

[Blockly] - Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

[Scratch] - Creative computer programming.

[Ted Ed] - All sorts of engaging educational videos.

[Duolingo] - Learn languages for free. Web or app.

[Mystery Science] - Free science lessons.

[The Kids Should See This] - Wide range of cool educational videos.

[Crest Awards] - Science awards you can complete from home.

[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.

[Cbeebies Radio] - Listening activities for the younger ones.

[The Artful Parent] Facebook page - Free art activities.

[Red Red Art] - Easy arts and crafts for little ones.

[The Imagination Tree] - Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

[Toy Theatre] - Educational online games.

[DK Find Out] - Activities and quizzes.

Chatter Pack - Online Resources While You Stay at Home

[Chatter Pack] have compiled a list of resources from virtual tours of museums to free concerts to maths tests to health and wellbeing guides and much more. A bit of a one-stop-shop to dip into when you need some inspiration.

Scouts - The Great Indoors

As the experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, the Scouts want to do what they can to help.

While they normally love the great outdoors, they’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas. Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoor -

Corona Virus Social Story

Social Stories are a social learning tools that supports the safe and meaningful exchange of information between parents, professionals, and people with autism of all ages.

Take a look at the below Corona Virus Social Story by The Autism Educator which may be helpful to children with Autism but also other children with hidden disabilities such as ADHD/Speech and Language Difficulties: [Social Story - Corona Virus]

Corona Virus Stories by ELSA Support

Take a look at the below two stories to share with your children. They are from the [ELSA Support] website which has a wealth of information and resources for parents and schools:

[Corona Virus - Children's Story]

[Story - Why is my school closed?]

A Social Story - Pandemics and the Coronavirus

A social story that you might find useful - social story

Free Online Autism Course

The University of Bath is offering a free online autism course for parents and professionals. The course will run for four weeks, starting on Monday 30th March, and will benefit parent carers and educators working with children and young people with a diagnosis of autism. The first online course begins with a forum for people to share tips with each other on being at home with a child or young person with autism.

[Click here] to find out more.