Coronavirus Resources for Schools
We hope that you find the following resources helpful as we all adjust to new ways of working. We will continue to post new resources on this page so please check back regularly.
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- Join Oak National Academy’s weekly collective worship sessions, led by Church of England’s schools and in partnership with those of other faith traditions. Suitable for those of all faiths and none. Click here….
- Diddy Disciples offer worship and Bible storytelling by Sharon Moughtin-Mumby: Anglican priest, Bible scholar, writer, and mother. They are streaming Bedtime Prayers (Compline), led by children, from the Diddy Disciples Facebook page every evening.
- Fischy Music write songs supporting the social, emotional and spiritual well being of children. They are live streaming musical assemblies on Monday mornings. Find out more at the Fischy Music Facebook page.
- Worshiping with Children have a mission to help worship planners and leaders create congregational worship that is child friendly – without ruining it for the adults. They are offering worship outlines and reflections on the lectionary passages via the Worshiping with Children Facebook page.
- Messy Church is a fun way of being of church for families. They are designing sessions which can be used by families at home – for example, this breaking bread – fun family prayer time exercise.
- The children’s workers from St Matts Church Exeter are providing a series of you tube videos of children’s activities linked to bible stories. Watch here.
- Download Tim Watson’s Socially Distant collection of poems, prayers and postures for free. Find out more….
- Prayer Spaces in Schools have created prayer activities for families to use in the home. Find out more….
- A Daily Examen for the Family an ancient tradition taken from Ignatius Loyola a 16th Century Spanish Saint.
- The Diocese of Bristol are sharing their ideas for continuing Reflective / Spiritual times and meditation at home.
- Worship at Home has been created by the Diocese of St Albans. Here you will find weekly worship at home resources. These include creative activities, think pieces and prayers that can be used at home or at school. Find out more….
- St Christopher’s Multi Academy Trust are sharing daily Christian collective worship videos, for use by schools and families while schools are closed. Watch here.
- Engage Worship are publishing daily prayers and worship activities which families can engage with together, using movement, interaction, craft, play and more. Find out more….
- The Church of England have partnered with Oak National Academy to provide separate weekly collective worship sessions led by schools, which is accessible to those of all faiths and none. The sessions will be streamed through TES from 10am every Thursday.
- Black Lives Matter Collective Worship: There is a lovely powerpoint presentation with accompanying notes written by Canterbury Diocese. It is for an act of worship to raise awareness in our schools of the Black Lives Matter protests. Many people have been heard saying ‘all lives matter’ so why are people only focusing on black lives? The parable of the Lost Sheep has been used to illustrate that all the sheep are precious to the shepherd, but the one that is lost needs his help more!
- Some great resources from NATRE, to give you inspiration to teach socially distanced RE. RE Today advisers have put together some lesson suggestions for NATRE – some free and some exclusive for NATRE members! Check them out….
- Free resources for schools and families. This series of reflection pieces is designed to support all staff in our schools and academies to explore further the distinctiveness of church schools and the difference they can and do make to the lives of our young people.
- Home–resources for Collective Worship.
RE Today is supporting NATRE (the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education) by providing ALL teachers with resources which they can use and share with parents to support with home learning.
Resources are available for all key stages and can be downloaded free of charge from the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education website.
TrueTube (KS1-5) is a multi award-winning website for schools that provides short films for RE, PSHE and Citizenship. You can access their films at their website.
Goodness and Mercy: A website hosting a selection of RSHE resources written primarily for Church of England schools. The resources are written to meet both the mandatory requirements of the 2020 Department for Education guidance for RSHE, the Church of England Education Office Charter and the Section 48 Statutory Inspection and Methodist Schools expectations. Find out more….
- The Department for Education have produced an initial list of online educational resources to help children who are being home educated. There is support and resources for pupils of all ages. Find out more….
- Pearson are providing schools with free access to a range of teaching and learning resources. To access these resources you will need to complete the online request form:
- Children can become Nature Detectives, by following trails of mysterious smells, strange sounds and interesting textures. There are a number of websites providing booklets, downloadable activity sheets and colouring sheets.
- National Trust
- Devon Wildlife Trust
- Woodland Trust Nature Detectives
- Plantlife Family Activities
- Hello Trees
- Tree Activities for Children OPAL
- Butterfly Conversation
- Nature Watch
- 10 Hands-On Nature Activities for Kids
- Fun Nature Activities for Kids
- 15 Easy Indoor Nature Activities for Kids
- 20 Super Simple Nature Activities for Toddlers
- The National Library of Scotland have made the first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica available to schools and families.
- Explore More Stories have been created by education professionals inspired by the wonder and curiosity of young people. This resource allows children of all ages to work and have fun together. Find out more….
- I See Maths are offering daily home maths lessons hosted by Gareth Metcalfe. Find out more….
- The National Theatre are offering 30 world-class production, plus a range of tailored resources to all UK state-funded schools for free.
- The Guardian have released a list detailing out 10 of the world’s best virtual museum and art gallery tours. You can access the list here.
- The Medical Education Team at Babcock Prime have compiled a range of resources that aim to help support the learning needs of children and young people. Find out more….
- Picture News are offering all schools access to their weekly and current news packs. The pack includes ideas doe home discussion, written tasks, information to read, a mini paper and visual aids for younger learners. Click here.
- RCPCH & US have created some fun activities to do whilst children and young people are at home. Click here.
- Looking for a creative way to channel your children or young people’s concern for others and the world around them while the schools are closed? Join in with Letters for Creation.
- Enter the 2020 Spirited Arts & Poetry Competition: Pupils and their teachers are invited to join in! Spirited Arts welcome entries from January of each year and closing date is 31st July. Click here to find out more.
- School Exclusion Risks after Covid-19: A report that looks at potential new and heightened risks for school exclusions caused by the recent Covid-19 pandemic. Find out more….
- Mental Health and Wellbeing: A list of useful mental health and wellbeing resources. In particular we would like to draw your attention to Barry Carpenter and Matthew Carpenter’s Recovery Curriculum which sums up many of the key considerations you will need to provide in September.