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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. You can access this here.  

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!

If you have any further suggestions, do let us have your ideas and we’ll put them up here!

Social Story – ‘My School is Closing’

Fordwater School have produced this lovely social story which helps to explain the Coronavirus to children with SEND.

Other Resources

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!


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’.

BBC Learning

This is an old site and is no longer updated, but there is a lot that is still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision.

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. 


Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

British Council

Resources for English language learning.

Big History Project

Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Blue Peter Badges 

If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

Cbeebies Radio

Listening activities for younger children.

Compass Card

General advice on leisure, learning and lock-down.

Crash Course 

You Tube videos on many subjects.

Crash Course Kids

You tube videos for a younger audience.

Crest Awards 

Science awards you can complete from home.

DK Find Out

Activities and quizzes.


Activities and resources for life at home


Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Education Otherwise

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.

Geography Games

Geography gaming!

iDEA Awards 

Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Khan Academy

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.

Mystery Science

Free science lessons!

National Geographic for Kids

Lots of activities and quizzes for younger children.

Nature Detectives

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.


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.

Oxford Owl for Home

Lots of free resources for Primary age children, including e-books.

PL Primary Stars

A wide collection of free, curriculum-linked activities to educate and entertain children at home.

Paw Print Badges 

Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors.

Prodigy Maths 

This is in US grades, but it’s good for UK Primary age.

Red Ted Art

Easy arts and crafts for little ones.

Schudio TV

Preparing Autistic and SEND Children for going back to school, (when we don’t know when that will be)

Would you like practical help and resources to help you prepare your Autistic and SEND children to go back to school when the time comes?

Enrol for Free

It has short video for each topic


Creative computer programming.


For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Teaching Packs

Learning packs to print out, there’s LOADS of them and each pack can be tailored to different learners.

Ted Ed

All sorts of engaging educational videos.

The Artful Parent 

Good, free art activities.

The Imagination Tree 

Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

The Kids Should See This 

Wide range of cool educational videos.


All kinds of making.

Toy Theatre

Educational online games.


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