Created on: 17 Apr 2020 | Last modified: 09 Dec 2021
Education Scotland has developed a range of resources and supports for teachers to support blended and remote learning.
These resources can be accessed here - https://education.gov.scot/education-scotland/news-and-events/education-scotland-update-regarding-covid-19/
Members may also find the following websites helpful in sourcing appropriate resources to engage children and young people in learning at this time.
BBC Bitesize – a range of daily lessons focused on literacy - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Oxford Owl - https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ - the website provides information for parents about developing reading and comprehension skills at the Early Level. There is free access to e-books from reading schemes used in schools with related activities.
The Book Trust - https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/fun-at-home-with-authors-and-illustrators/ - a list of age related fun literacy activities, including videos of authors, such a David Walliams and Andy Stanton, reading from their books. Also top tips on from illustrators on how to draw your favourite characters.
The Literacy Shed Plus - https://www.literacyshedplus.com/en-gb/resource/a-cloudy-lesson-ks1-activity-pack - a range of resources with a given stimulus to assist talking and listening, and writing activities as well as comprehension. There are linked fun activities which can be done outdoors, eg. from a story about a boy making clouds, activities are suggested around cloud spotting and finding shapes in the sky, linked to work on the water cycle.
Scottish Book Trust - https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/learning-and-resources - a range of resources, with recorded interviews and readings by well-known authors, such as Michael Rosen.
Pobble 365 - https://www.pobble365.com/ - a new image each day to inspire writing. This can be used for story starters or to inspire, talking, listening and writing activities.
Education City - https://www.educationcity.com/ - fun interactive games to develop literacy.
‘Teach your monster to read’ – use the website https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/ - The website is a free resource whereas you have to pay for the App. This focuses on phonics and blending and is designed for those in the early stages of reading. Children get to design their own monster!
Elevenses with the world of David Walliams - https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/ - daily free audio stories read by David Walliams.
Elaine C Smith reading The Glasgow Gruffalo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq8zxYnWRW8
Sumdog – https://pages.sumdog.com/ - a range of engaging and progressive maths games, tailored to each stage.
Education City - https://www.educationcity.com/ - fun interactive games to develop numeracy.
BBC Bitesize – a range of daily lessons focused on numeracy - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Numberblocks - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks
Nrich - https://nrich.maths.org/ - games and challenges to develop problem solving and mathematical thinking.
BBC Bitesize – a range of daily H&W lessons - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Childline - https://www.childline.org.uk/ - ideas and online resources offering practical support to support good mental health for children and young people.
Cosmic Kids Yoga - https://www.cosmickids.com/ - fun yoga videos for learners of all ages, set in engaging contexts.
Workouts with Joe Wicks - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ
Storyberries (Feelings and Emotions) - https://www.storyberries.com/category/feelings-and-emotions/ - a range of online stories covering different emotion
See Me - https://www.seemescotland.org/ - resources to support positive mental health.
Mind - https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/for-children-and-young-people/understanding-my-feelings/ - resources to encourage young people to explore their feelings and talk about the supports they need.
Mental Health Foundation - https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/ - activities to support positive mental health.
Mentally Healthy Schools resource – Looking back and planning ahead toolkit : Mentally Healthy Schools
World Mental Health Day Toolkit - WMHD toolkit (mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk)
Book Trust - https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/recipes/#!?q=&sortOption=MostRecent&pageNo=1 – have some fun using these recipes to bake cakes linked to famous books – whether it’s a Gruffalo cake or Nadiya Hussain’s Rainbow Fudge from her book, ‘Bake Me a Celebration Story’, there are lots of ideas to link with literacy and numeracy.
Cbeebies - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/my-world-kitchen - find out about food from all over the world as young cooks show how to make their favourite dishes.
Cooking with Jamie Oliver - https://www.jamieolcom/features/category/get-kids-cooking/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbpwB792UfmrY9JeQ2nk5Iw - Steve Lenton giving us some great draw-a-long ideas linked to characters in books for primary school children.
http://www.claire-powell.com/lets-make-art-for-fun - daily art activities at 10am every day from Claire Powell, a children’s books illustrator -activities are on Instagram or Twitter so will need an adult to engage.
https://pippapixley.co.uk/ - Pippa Pixley is an author-illustrator and she provides draw-a-long and paint-a-long sessions suitable for primary school children.
Music - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ - Music with Myleene Klass (1pm daily).
Music - https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ten-pieces - BBC Ten Pieces.
Music - https://www.musicmark.org.uk/resources/home-learning-resources/ - Music Mark
Music - https://www.benedettifoundation.org/resources - The Benedetti Foundation.
Music - https://www.youtube.com/user/Fischymusic - Fischy Music Assemblies (every Monday morning).
Music - https://www.outoftheark.co.uk/ - Out of the Ark Music.
Music - http://resources.bcmg.org.uk/creating-music-at-home/ - Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Music - https://wemakemusicdoorstepsamba.weebly.com - MEPG Doorstep Samba Project
Music - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpKffHOzsdGY_IpZwgRoKPbEWcWJ6i00n. - Benedetti Foundation
Music - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1VamygZtyJkAJ0Cf3upZ7swublnP_kgzp?usp=sharing - Miss Minto’s Musical Moments
Music - https://www.benedettifoundation.org/primary-music - Teaching Primary Music Ages 4-11 - Lessons Plans and Resources for Primary Class Teachers
Dance - https://twitter.com/diversedancemix/status/1241098264373592065 - Dance with Darcy Bussell (1.30 pm daily).
Dance - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – Dance with Oti Mabuse (11.30 am or anytime).
Dance - https://www.thisgirlcan.co.uk/activities/disney-workouts/ - Disney Dance-Alongs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_Clwq4osEQ – Using the Spanish Five a Day Programme, learn new Spanish words to dance and music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVhfIgghOPw – Using the French Five a Day Programme, learn new French words to dance and music.
Children's Parliament wants to celebrate making rights real for children across Scotland as we see the incorporation of UNCRC into Scots Law. They have published a virtual Party Bag - UNCRC Party Bag - Children's Parliament. They are asking people to host a party during the week of March 15th using their Party Bag as a starting point. In the Party Bag there is a selection of activities including ideas from Starcatchers and Together to get people singing, dancing, and having fun.
Education Scotland’s online database of online learning resources covering all CfE subject areas: https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/supporting-online-learning-links-for-practitioners/
GLOW digital learning for parents, teachers and learners: https://glowconnect.org.uk/
Local Authority Remote Learning Hubs, online resources: https://wakelet.com/wake/60094859-26ad-4034-82a7-6bfaca607667
TES Elements, resources for teachers, parents and guardians to support home learning (usually a premium service, but now free – registration may be required but this is also free): https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/tes-elements/free-home-learning-resources?fbclid=IwAR0YTOxukZtbk53KObYbPFvnbTsyotANiHMy4rr37AJmpFlhjsuQ1HZCFmo
Parent Club is a website to support parents and carers with learning at home, as well as supporting their children’s health and wellbeing during the crisis. Also, a platform for the latest advice on school closures and those who are eligible to access learning hubs: https://www.parentclub.scot/topics/health/coronavirus
The Glasgow Science Centre has provided a comprehensive round up of their digital resources that are free to access.
Learning for Sustainability.
STEM Nation: AimHi virtual lessons - Click here to book now:
20th Jan – 7pm – Understand the climate crisis in 45 minutes.
27th Jan – 7pm – What’s the future of our food and farms?
3rd Feb – 7pm – Rewilding: should Scotland bring back wolves and lynx cats?
Education Scotland has produced resources to support learners with complex additional support needs and they can be accessed here.
Note in relation to the use of online resources
Where online resources have been referenced, access to the resource is currently free. In some cases, this may be for a limited period and members should monitor their engagement on this basis. All online references have been selected on an illustrative basis for the relevant potential learning activities. There may be other websites and platforms which will provide similar activities. In referencing these websites, the EIS does not endorse any advertisements shown on the page, the views of those presenting or the wider content of the website.