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Website(s) of the Week

Activities and Games

Adventures at home Activities for all ages created by Girlguiding. Adventures at Home

Artful Parent 
Provides creative activities to do with your kids at home. facebook.com/artfulparent

BBC Bitesize 
are publishing online lessons daily for all ages. They also have a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of interesting videos on iPlayer.  BBC Bitesize

BrainPOP 
An educational resource centre covering a variety of subjects and ages globally. Free access during school closures.  brainpop.com

Busy Toddler 
Forty indoor activities for toddlers. Busy Toddler Activities

CBeebies Radio 
Listening activities for the younger ones.  CBeebies Radio

Chess 
Education charity Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) have teamed up with ChessKid to get a million primary school children playing chess this year. Schools can apply for free ChessKid Gold subscriptions.  chessinschools.co.uk

Classroom Secrets 
A range of free resources for primary school aged children. kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk

Create your own museum 
National Museums Liverpool has launched a special project, My Home is My Museum, encouraging children aged 4-11 to create their own museum from objects in their home. My Home is my Museum Website

Creativebug Offers free trial membership to view online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more. creativebug.com

Explore more This innovative website gives children a story structure which is a springboard for further creative activities. The first three chapters of the first story, Troll Hunters, are free but those who want to access the next chapters and upcoming new stories will have to join for £10. 
explore-more.org

Great Indoors A wide range of indoor activities brought to you by the Scouts. Scouts Website

Keeping Early Years Unique A good digest of materials and ideas for the 0-5's which won’t overwhelm your printer  Keeping Early Years Unique Website

Lanes for Drains A game you can print at home, Pipes & Ladders is a board game with an educational twist that teaches young people about fatbergs and plastic pollution. 
Pipes and Ladders Game

Lego games Lots of videos and activities. Lego Games

Otherwise Education Resources on poetry and creative writing, and primary geography. otherwiseeducation.com

Oxford Owl for Home Lots of free resources for primary school age.  Oxford Owl

Pobble 365 One free resource every day of the year. With beautiful images and photographs to inspire discussions and activities covering a variety of subjects. Pobble 365

Steam Company Steam Company have unveiled #CommunityLockIn – three months of activities involving online video events, a UK Arts Takeover and the #Rocket Kids Club, “a safe and creative online community for kids and creative carers” steamco.org.uk

Tate  a dedicated website about art from Tate for ages 5-13. Here kids can play games, do quizzes, watch videos about art and be inspired to make their own creations at home. There are exciting interactive activities and kids can share their own artwork with other children around the world in the online gallery. There are also crafty activities to do offline in the Make section. 
Tate Website

TedEd All sorts of engaging educational videos. Ted Ed Website

Storytime

BBC Sounds More than 100 short stories are available to listen to for free as well as many books such as Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson and Silas Marner by George Eliot. There are also 15 children’s stories, including The Children’s Joke by Louisa May Alcott and Finn and the Scottish Giant by Harold F Hughes. bbc.co.uk/sounds/category/audiobooks

Neil Gaiman Author Neil Gaiman reads his books including The Graveyard Book and Coraline.  mousecircus.com/videos

Streaming Not sure where to look for a film or programme you want to watch? This website, which also offers an app, helps you locate it. reelgood.com

 

Music

Grammy Museum
Concerts, interviews, exhibitions, and films from and about Grammy award-winning musicians past and present. A schools programme for teaching music history at home is also available.  https://grammymuseum.org/museum-at-home/category/exhibits/

Montreux Jazz Festival
More than 50 festival concerts available to stream for free, including performances by Ray Charles, Wu-Tang Clan, Johnny Cash, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Deep Purple, Carlos Santana and more. Available for free for 30 days from registration. https://www.montreuxjazzfestival.com/en/50-concerts-to-stream/

OperaVision
The European Commission supported OperaVision is supplying free opportunities to watch top tier performances filmed at the highest quality level, with new shows released weekly on top of a massive back catalogue. http://operavision.eu/en

Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House has created a schedule of live broadcasts and on-demand opera and ballet productions. https://www.roh.org.uk/tickets-and-events

Social Distancing Festival
A directory of all concerts, readings, lectures and events being live streamed from around the world. https://www.socialdistancingfestival.com/live-streams

Stay at Home Fest
A central hub and schedule for music events happening online during the pandemic. Sign up for daily updates. https://www.stayathomefest.com/

 

Art

Draw with Rob
Award-winning book illustrator Rob Biddulph is sharing draw-along videos Tuesday and Thursday on his Twitter feed @RobBiddulph

 

Museums and Tourist Sites

Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House has a fabulous suite of online resources, including a series of gripping dramatised video diaries.  annefrank.org/en/museum/web-and-digital

Art UK
Every publicly owned artwork in the UK, digitised. artuk.org

British Museum
Search more than four million object records online, take virtual tours and visit the school resources pages which cover all areas of the curriculum from ages 3-18. britishmuseum.org

Google Arts & Culture
Take virtual tours of hundreds of galleries around the world, watch videos and look at works of art online. artsandculturegoogle.com

National Gallery 
The gallery is home to 2,300 publicly owned paintings, watercolours, drawings and other European art from the 13th to the mid-20th century. There are seven exhibition spaces of Renaissance art to
explore as well as the Central Hall in the 360-view virtual touring pages, from portraits to large dramatic altarpieces. nationalgallery.org.uk

Other sites offering virtual tours include:

Buckingham Palace, London - royal.uk/virtual-toursbuckingham-palace

Egyptian Pyramids - tripsavvy.com/virtual-field-trippyramids-1259200

Guggenheim, Bilbao - guggenheim-bilbao.eus/en

The Louvre, France -  louvre.fr/en

Machu Picchu, Peru - youvisit.com/tour/machupicchu

National Archaeological Museum, Greece - namuseum.gr/en