Coronavirus: A book for children

A free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, produced by Nosy Crow illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.

Made with Music early years virtual music classes

Virtual music classes by the organisation who run music activities for families

Live storytimes with Oliver Jeffers

Join Oliver on Instagram at 6pm every day for a live reading of one of his amazing picturebooks.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. If you post your art to social media, be sure to hashtag it with #MoLunchDoodles! New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.

Drawing with Sarah McIntyre

Learn how to draw some of your favourite characters from Sarah’s popular picture books. Regular episodes via YouTube.

Booktrust Hometime

Enjoy storytime with free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.

British Science Week Resources

Try our these free activity packs and watch science unfold from your living room!

Free educational content on Minecraft

If you head over to the Minecraft Marketplace, you will find some of our favourite lessons from Minecraft: Education Edition in a brand new Education category. These educational worlds can be played on your own, with your kids, parents or friends. From the comfort of your home, you can tour the International Space Station or even explore the inside of a human eye, explore renewable energy, marine biology, Greek history, and more! The worlds include lesson plans like creative writing activities, build challenges, and tricky puzzles.

Girls Who Code: Code at home

Free code from home activities for everyone.

YouTube Makers Club. By kids for kids.

STEAM making ideas and tutorials made by kids for kids. By playful Leeds.

STARS

STARS are continuing to provide support to schools and settings during this time of school closures. There’s a range of resources linked to the current situation on this website.

MindMate

Emotional wellbeing and mental health support for young people.


Supporting children and young people with a visual impairment

These online support activities are primarily aimed at children and young people with a visual impairment, many of these will be adaptable and suitable for children with complex needs. These resources are for pupils aged between 0-25 and were compiled by the Leeds City Council Visual Impairment Team.

Positive Eye’s Idea Machine

Positive Eye have set up a Facebook page to share conversation and resources, and are posting free online classes three times per week via Facebook live (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4pm). They also have lots of ideas on their website.

Look – Supporting families living with visual impairment

Look at putting out lots of content via their website, Facebook page and YouTube channel and are hosting regular webinars for parents and other age groups via Zoom. Check out their platforms for details. They are looking to bring people together to help create content, including VIT professionals.

Guide Dogs Children’s Service

Continues to run through this time, and are working with others including sensory support services to offer support at this time. Call our their advice line on 0800 781 1444 for information and guidance for families with children with a vision impairment.

Free eAudio from Audible

Audible have opened the whole collection of audio books for free.

Living Paintings

Living Paintings are continuing to run tactile and audio books and do not want anyone to worry about overdue lending during this time.

Amber Trust

Amber Trust have resources on the website for music and VI learners

RNIB Bookshare

RNIB Bookshare opens up the world of reading in education for learners with a print-disability, including those with dyslexia or who are blind or partially sighted.

New Life

Newlife offers advice, a free helpline for parents, and the free loan of specialist toys to families who have disabled and terminally ill children. Their Play Therapy Pods are self-contained and are delivered direct to the family’s door.

Doorway Online Games

Doorway Online is a collection of free and highly accessible educational games that learners will find easy to use independently. Each activity has a range of accessibility and difficulty options.

Seeing Ear

An online charity where you can download free books.

Life hack films

Tips, tricks and tech for living with a visual impairment. These short Life Hack films aim to support those living with sight loss to lead a more independent

Willow Sensory

Offering free resources for generic sensory ideas and tips.

View – various resources

The professional association of the vision impairment education workforce have pulled together a list of resources for educators and parents.

Objective Ed – free distance learning tools

Their distance learning tools have now been made free for all teachers and their students.