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The information on Coronavirus on these web pages has been written and compiled by West Sussex Parent Carer Forum and Reaching Families using trusted local and national resources. Given the picture is changing daily we cannot take responsibility for the information or any actions taken as a result. We will be adding more information as and when we receive it so please keep visiting these pages to stay up-to-date.
West Sussex County Council have produced this document with advice, reassurance and education resources for families.
Although library buildings are closed, there are still lots of services you can access whilst you’re at home. West Sussex Libraries – Family Corner Facebook group is a new facebook group for families from the library service.
Compass Card have compiled a web page called Leisure, Learning & Lock-down which provides useful information on things to do whilst coronavirus prevents us moving around freely.
The Government has published a list of online resources that they have had recommended by leading educational experts.
If your child’s school is closed, or if you find yourselves having to isolate, you might find the following resources helpful.
Thanks to Fordwater School for producing the initial list which we have added to. It isn’t definitive and not all sites are appropriate for all children, but there should be something for everyone…including siblings!
Fordwater School have produced this lovely social story which helps to explain the Coronavirus to children with SEND.
General advice on leisure, learning and the lock-down.
Preparing Autistic and SEND Children for going back to school, (when we don’t know when that will be)
Practical help and resources to help you prepare your Autistic and SEND children to go back to school when the time comes.
It has short video for each topic
Activities and resources for life at home
If you have any further suggestions, do let us have your ideas and we’ll put them up here!
Here are a few links to on-line resources that you and your children might find interesting over the next few weeks. The list is not exhaustive and not all sites are appropriate for all children – but there is something for everyone!
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors.
This site is run by the Woodland Trust. A lot of these activities can be done in the garden or in a remote forest location if you can get to one! Please note that, as of 16th March, the way the website is run has changed, and you may have to become a member to access many of the resources.
Online Educational Games
Listening activities for younger children.
Activities and quizzes.
Interactive educational games designed for the primary classroom.
Educational games for american primary ‘grade’ kids but the content is transferable.
Arts and Crafts
Easy arts and crafts for little ones.
Good, free art activities.
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It’s used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything!
Audible are offering free audio story books for children whilst schools are closed. Available categories are ‘Littlest Listeners’, ‘Elementary’, ‘Tween’, ‘Teen’, ‘Literary Classics’ and ‘Folk and Fairy Tales’.
West Sussex Libraries’ current offering of online resources
English and language learning
Resources for English language learning.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Geographical quizzes and games!
Lots of activities and quizzes for younger children.
Science awards you can complete from home.
Free science lessons!
This is in US grades, but it’s good for UK Primary age.
Revision and exercises for GCSE and A level Physics and Maths
Programming and web design
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Creative block-based computer programming.
Broader Educational Resources
The BBC Bitesize website will begin lessons on Monday 20th April from 9am, and offers lots of learning and activities appropriate to age or key stage.
You Tube videos on many subjects.
You tube videos for a younger audience.
A great site for all things relating to home education.
Free to access 100s of courses. You can pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name. Children can have their own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account.
This site is especially good for maths and computing for all ages and for other subjects at Secondary level. Please note that this site uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.
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.
Lots of free resources for Primary age children, including e-books.
A wide collection of free, curriculum-linked activities to educate and entertain children at home.
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Learning packs to print out, there’s LOADS of them and each pack can be tailored to different learners.
All sorts of engaging educational videos.
Wide range of cool educational videos.
They are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures. They also offer resources for children with special needs – look up SEN Resources on their website. Use the code UKTWINKLHELPS