Home Schooling Resources

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The last few weeks have of course presented many challenges to us all. For many staff and students, one of the biggest of these will be suddenly juggling the role of full-time teacher for their children alongside other work and commitments, a task made all the more trickier by not being able to leave the house.

Fortunately, there is a wealth of online resources available to support you through the challenges and the hard work that the next few weeks and months may present. Below is just a small selection of the sources of help available, both from within LJMU and beyond. If there is anything we have missed that you have been using, please get in touch at j.boulter@ljmu.ac.uk 

In addition to the resources below, LJMU's Wellbeing team have produced information and links on working in isolation, mindfulness, resilience and other related topics - please click here to take a look.

Home schooling – General Resources

BBC Bitesize has a wide range of learning resources, including tutorials, videos and games in multiple subjects, including sections for Primary, Secondary and Post-16. They are also providing new Daily Lessons in English, Maths and various other topics for all age groups.

The Open University have an extensive range of free modules available.

Whilst Liverpool’s Museums and Galleries are temporarily closed, a group of LJMU students have assisted in the creation of a virtual tour of World Museum Liverpool.

A number of other museums, zoos and educational sites are also offering virtual tours, including the British Museum, The Louvre, NASA Mission Operations, and Edinburgh Zoo. A detailed list can be found here. Google’s Arts & Culture pages also offer virtual museum tours and a wide selection of artwork and images

DK Books have made available a wide range of printable learning activities for kids, and a selection for adults.

Imagineering in a Box is a programme provided by Disney offering a combination of lessons in art, storytelling, design, maths and engineering.

Science, Maths and Computing

The Maths Factor provides lessons for children aged 4 – 12, led by Carol Vorderman

The White Rose Maths team has provided five maths lessons for years 1 – 8

Scratch is a program that will already be familiar to many children. It allows the creation of animation, games and interactive stories by teaching coding.

Whilst outside time is currently limited, the iNaturalist app allows sharing and identification of wildlife for those whose daily walks will take them past parks and outdoor spaces.

English, Storytelling and Humanities

The RSC will be broadcasting six of their productions over the summer and will be accompanying these with activities, games and homework help.

English with Holly provides video tutorials and activity sheets every weekday during term time.

A number of authors are offering free content and lessons. Frank Cottrell Boyce is providing Creative Writing lessons for KS2, whilst Neil Gaiman has downloadable activities and book readings. David Walliams has readings of short stories available every day at 11am, and Audible has made a wide selection of full audiobooks available for free.

If you decide that now is finally time for you or the kids to get to grips with that keyboard or guitar in the loft, there are a number of introductory musical apps available, whilst Myleene Klass is providing daily music lessons.

PE and Fitness

Joe Wick's PE Lessons have gained huge numbers of views so far, though if you would prefer an alternative you can try Cosmic Kids Yoga, as well as dance lessons from Strictly’s Darcy Bussell or Oti Mabuse.

With only one outdoor exercise allowed currently it can be useful to maximise your time by getting the running shoes on. The BBC/NHS Couch to 5k app provides an excellent beginners guide for you and your family to get started if you are running for the first time.

Ergonomics

With kitchen tables and bedroom desks across the land being converted into makeshift offices and classrooms, it is important to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible. This short cartoon will help you ensure your work and study place is set up appropriately, and you can find more tips here.

Resilience

Chartered Psychologist, Professor Derek Mowbray, has written a detailed guide entitled “Together Alone” on how to maintain resilience whilst remote working during the Coronavirus situation

The LDF Toolkit has videos and articles available on coping with uncertainty and the road to resilience, whilst British track and field athlete Lynsey Sharp shares her thoughts on how she maintains her own personal resilience.

For families looking for guidance on how to talk to their children about covid-19, Liverpool Learning Partnership and CAMHS have provided a range of resources. Parenting for Lifelong Health has provided similar resources, working with partners including WHO and UNICEF. Finally, for children who may be feeling a little nervous themselves, then The Doctor herself has sent a message of support.


Note: Liverpool John Moores University are not endorsing the links or resources that are provided above and the resources provided through the links are governed by their own terms and conditions of use which you should read before using the resources. Liverpool John Moores University makes no representations or warranties to you of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of the various resources in the links or the information, content or materials included on these links.