As well as the learning and wellness resources available through this website, on this page, you will find resources for maintaining your engagement and enrichment.
If you know of an enriching resource or link please let us know by filling out the form at the bottom of this page. Once submitted and following our review, we may potentially add it to the list!
Bitesize has 150 new lessons every week to keep you on track with your learning.
You’ll find daily lessons for homeschooling in Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more.
The homeschooling lessons have been created with teachers and other educational experts. They feature a mix of videos, animations, practice activities, quizzes, and games.
Wed 25 March (replay available) – Geography with Steve Backshall
ARE YOU READY FOR A CHALLENGE?
Can you skewer a balloon without popping it? Coat a nail in copper? What happens when you plug a clock into a potato? Dyson engineers, at ‘The James Dyson Foundation’, have designed a set of 44 challenges specifically for use at home or in the classroom. They encourage inquisitive young minds to get excited about engineering. (Link to Challenge Cards)
‘Crash Course’is a fantastic way to educate the whole family on YouTube! From courses like Astronomy to History and Anatomy to Economics, it’s got you covered with it’s wide variety of secondary school curriculum topics.
The Crash Course team has produced more than 15 courses to date and aims to transform the traditional textbook model by presenting information in a fast-paced format, enhancing the learning experience. With hundreds of millions of views on their YouTube channel, Crash Course has a worldwide audience in and out of classrooms. While the show is an immensely helpful tool for students and teachers, it also has a large viewership of casual learners who seek out online educational content independently. There is also a crash course app (which was launched on 1st May) that is ideal for use on a mobile phone (it can be downloaded for free via Google Play and App stores). A YouTube video explaining how the app works and how to download can be found here.
These resources will be updated regularly – please visit often!
Year 11: Transition to Post-16
CGP have produced some fantastic Head Start books that are an ideal way to bridge the gap between GCSE and A-Level. They recap all the crucial topics pupils will need to remember from GCSE, with study notes and examples, plus practice questions to test understanding, and introductions to some of the key topics that will be met at A-Level.
If you were unable to collect a free hardcopy of these materials from your Maths/Science Teacher(s) don’t worry! … Head Start to A-level Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths are all free on Amazon for Kindle – click on the images to take you to the Amazon pages.
|There is also a full list of websites that are offering transition materials for lots of post-16 subjects including Psychology, Sociology, Economics and Finance plus much more! Click here to go to the full list of websites offering resources and materials to support you in your transition to Post-16 study.|
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is offering a great way for everyone to appreciate the scale and magnificence of Edinburgh Castle – by creating a 3D model of the world-famous and iconic fortress. The model gives the virtual visitor an immersive digital tour of the Castle and gives the chance to explore hidden areas.
You can log on and discover 40 different historic areas of the Castle including the historic siege cannon Mons Meg with its 20-inch-wide barrel, the statue of Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig on the famous esplanade and St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh.
HES have been working on the model of the Castle for seven years as part of the Rae Project. The Rae project – named in tribute to 19th Century polar explorer John Rae – is a Scotland-wide project working with cutting edge digital technology to create accurate 3D models of historic objects and historic places. The list of 3D projects also includes Caerlaverock Castle – the only fully intact triangular one of its kind in Scotland – the Poltalloch Enclosure in Kilmartin Churchyard plus many more historic sites.
Developing Cognitive Ability: SharpBrain
SharpBrains is an independent, research- based organisation that is all about the working of our brains. There are a huge amount of resources on the website aimed at developing brain health. There are also 25 Brain Teasers, Puzzles and Games for you, your family and your friends to try.
It is always good to learn more about our brains and how they work… and also to exercise them whenever we can!
TypingClub is a site where anyone can learn how to touch-type, (using all of your fingers to type on a keyboard, without looking at the keys!). From basic lessons on lowercase letters to using capitals, numbers, and even symbols, almost every aspect of standard keyboarding is covered. Directions are relatively simple, and startup is very easy. The website has a full range of experiences from games, videos and different typing challenges to make learning fun.
This is a great skill to learn that could be really useful for everybody and something the whole family could try!
Basic First Aid: How to Be an Everyday Hero!
This free courseoffered by Glasgow University offers the opportunity to start to learn valuable skills for the whole family. You will learn how to recognise and manage emergencies and build a foundation of first aid knowledge and skills to build on. Whether it’s how to help someone who’s choking, helping someone who has passed out, or helping someone with a severe cut, this course will give you the confidence to deal with basic first aid problems.
There are lots of free and exciting ways to virtually-attend productions online and stay connected to Shakespeare’s Globe at this time when their buildings are temporarily closed. You can discover the history of the Globe, find out about Shakespeare’s life, go behind the scenes of a production and even step inside the Globe Theatre itself in a virtual tour.
You can also watch a number of their productions for free, until UK secondary schools reopen. Their production of Macbeth, which originally took place at the Globe Theatre in February 2020, is currently streaming on YouTube alongside information about characters, language, context, and themes.
The International Churchill Society (ICS)
The ICS was founded in 1968 shortly after Churchill’s death, is the world’s preeminent organisation dedicated to preserving the historic legacy of Sir Winston Churchill. Eighty years ago, in the summer of 1940, Churchill rallied the British people and the world against the forces of tyranny. At the height of the Battle of Britain, Churchill said of the aircrew defending the nation, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” The same can be said today for our medical professionals on the frontline of the pandemic.
There are lots of resources and virtual visits that can be accessed via the website. Also, the site is currently running a competition – you can submit up to 300 of your own words to help inspire the world in today’s struggle against COVID 19 for the chance to win a number of prizes. Your submission can take the form of a simple text document or a short 60-second video.
At SciShow, they’re endlessly curious about what makes the universe tick. If you’re passionate about quenching your curiosity about… everything, this is the place to go! You can join them every day, along with their 6.24 million subscribers, to learn about the world around us and beyond through their YouTube channel. Their videos cover a wide range of topics and explore interesting questions such as ‘What does carbonated water do to your body?’, ‘What if the large Hadron Collider made a black hole?’, ‘Are there any unexpected effects of plastic pollution?’ and lots, lots more!!
The Met Office
Weather and climate affect everything, from the way we live, to what we eat, to our personal safety. The Met Office aims to help young people understand the wide-reaching impacts of weather and climate change locally and globally, for people, places and businesses.
Combining world-leading meteorology expertise with a sense of fun and adventure, the Met Office’s programme offers a free set of curriculum-linked resources aimed to spark students’ curiosity in the world around them and help them understand the effects of weather and climate on their community, either as a one-off activity or as part of a wider scheme of work.
You can explore and download lots of resources which cover five key themes that bring learning to life:
▪ Forecasting and prediction – get to grips with the subjects at the heart of weather forecasting and climate prediction
▪ Extreme weather – find out about extreme weather around the world and its impacts
▪ Weather and climate stories – discover who’s most vulnerable to the impacts of severe weather and the people who help communities stay safe
▪ Technology and innovation in weather – find out
how technology and innovation influence weather forecasting, climate prediction, and crucially, how they’re communicated
▪ People in weather and climate – bringing to life the work of the Met Office, and other roles influenced by weather and climate
Harry Potter at Home
The Harry Potter At Home hub is full of quizzes, puzzles, fun videos and features and now includes readings of all seventeen chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Some of the best-loved faces from
global entertainment, music and sport have lent their voices to the story they love by recording videos of
themselves reading the timeless first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone. Each will be reading different sections of this iconic book – with its themes of family, friendship, courage and overcoming adversity – to families around the world. Chapter one is read by Daniel Radcliffe.
The Great Barrier Reef
With these vibrant and stunning photos you don’t have to be a scuba diver – or even know how to swim – to explore and experience six of the ocean’s most incredible living coral reefs. Now, anyone can become the next virtual Jacques Cousteau and dive with sea turtles, fish and manta rays. You can use Google Maps to find a sea turtle swimming among a school of fish, follow a manta ray, and experience
the reef at sunset. You can also find out much more about this reef via the World Wonders Project, a website that brings modern and ancient world heritage sites online.
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