Covid 19 – School and Family Support
As we live through this pandemic we have collated a wide range of activities and programmes for both children and parents/guardians to take part in at home to promote being Healthy, Happy & Active. Please note that these will be updated on a regular basis.
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Healthy, Happy, Active Support
Roots to Food Healthy Recipes
We have joined with Roots to Food, who many of our schools will know and enjoyed Darren’s exciting cooking lessons with their pupils, to bring you healthy recipes which you can cook and enjoy as a family!
Roots to Food is an independent specialist company delivering healthy eating and nutrition workshops for the education sector. Drawing on over a decade of experience and skill to deliver fun, curriculum focused activity to children, students and parents.
You can find all of the healthy recipes below, but we will also focusing on one recipe each week through our social media channels, so keep an eye out for them! Enjoy!
Change4Life – Smart Recipes
We have more than 20 delicious, easy dinner ideas with step-by-step instructions to help you plan meals for the week, and make quick, healthier family dinners.
NHS: Every Mind Matters
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Mind – Food and mood
Explores the relationship between what you eat and how you feel, including tips on how to incorporate healthy eating into your life.
BBC Bitesize – How to keep a healthy mind
Your mind is like any other part of your body – you need to look after it and keep it healthy. But knowing how to keep a healthy mind might not be as obvious as doing the same for the rest of your body.
We are the UK’s number one food brand. Whether you’re looking for healthy recipes and guides, family projects and meal plans, the latest gadget reviews, foodie travel inspiration or just the perfect recipe for dinner tonight, we’re here to help.
NHS – 8 tips for healthy eating
The key to a healthy diet is to eat the right amount of calories for how active you are so you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use. If you eat or drink more than your body needs, you’ll put on weight because the energy you do not use is stored as fat. If you eat and drink too little, you’ll lose weight.
You should also eat a wide range of foods to make sure you’re getting a balanced diet and your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.
British Nutrition Foundation
BNF’s vision is ‘Everyone can access healthy, sustainable diets’ and it is contributing towards this through its Mission ‘Translating evidence-based nutrition science in an engaging and actionable ways’. In all aspects of their work, they aim to generate and communicate clear, accurate, accessible information on nutrition, diet and lifestyle, which is impartial and relevant to the needs of diverse audiences. They have lots of ideas on how to continue your healthy lifestyle during this time.
MindSpace Stamford – 5 Ways to Wellbeing
MindSpace Stamford is a local charity with a vision to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the whole town, helping people to flourish. In addition to their growing number of community-based groups, we also partner with local organisations and educational settings to encourage local people to support each other, listen better and be able to better manage mental wellbeing with a community approach.
Mindspace will be sharing an activity to do as a family each week, so keep checking back for an updated activity.
UK Government list of online education resources for home education
The UK Government have brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.
These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.
They may be useful for parents in considering how they could support their children’s education, but they should not be used in place of existing resources which schools may be using as part of their continued provision for pupils’ education at this time.
Schools may also wish to explore this initial list of resources as they consider how they continue to support children’s education.
Raising Resilience – Sports Leaders
Sports Leaders specialise in helping preparatory and primary schools promote pupil’s emotional resilience and well-being through fun and interactive workshops for pupils, parents and staff.
YoungMinds is leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.The crisis in children and young people’s mental health is real and it is urgent. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. But for those who take that brave step, help is much too hard to find.
Together, we are changing this. We’re fighting for young people’s mental health.
Time To Change
Time to Change is a growing social movement working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. We’ve already reached millions of people and begun to improve attitudes and behaviour. Despite the progress we’ve made, we know that many people still don’t consider mental health relevant to them. They don’t believe mental health problems are likely to affect them or people they know.
But the reality is that mental health can affect anyone. Statistically, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. That’s why our work is so important. No one should have to fear being treated differently because of a mental health problem.
This Girl Can
This Girl Can celebrates active women who are doing their thing no matter how they do it, how they look or even how sweaty they get. Launched in 2015, we have successfully persuaded nearly three million women to get more active – but our work isn’t done yet.
Women come in all shapes and sizes with all abilities and from all backgrounds. Some of us are expert sportswomen, some of us are a bit rubbish. It doesn’t matter. We’re just happy that you’re getting active. And if you’re still not sure that you can, we’re here to help you to figure out the way of getting active that’s right for you. Our research shows that many women are put off taking part in physical activity due to a fear of judgement – this might be about the way the look when they exercise, that they’re not good enough to join in or they should be spending more time on their families, studies or other priorities.
This Girl Can seeks to tell the real stories of women who get active or play sport in the way that’s right for them using images that show what activity really looks like in all its sweaty, red-faced, jiggly glory. We never judge and we don’t care what other people think.
PsychPoint- Kids Worksheets
PsychPoint offers a library of therapeutic worksheets for licensed mental health professionals to use with their clients. We provide a resource for people who need help and for the therapists who are here to help them.
Mental Health Foundation- Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak
Here are some tips we hope will help you, your friends and your family to look after your mental health at a time when there is much discussion of potential threats to our physical health.
Twinkl – EYFS Reception School Closure Home Learning Resource Pack
Use this handy pack of EYFS resources to keep your early years child busy and learning in the event that their school is closed. The pack contains a range of fun, engaging and challenging activities that encourage children to practise the skills they have been learning in school.
FREE Virtual Tours Of Museums, Zoos, Landmarks & More
School trips were cancelled even before the school closures because of the Coronavirus outbreak, but learning at home means children can still learn with museums, zoos and other visitor attractions through free online virtual tours. Dozens of sites offer virtual tours along with learning content, so that you can take explore museums, zoos, landmarks and attractions all over the world from your home.
As well as the virtual tours many zoos and aquariums offer free live streams of their animal attractions so that you and your family can watch the animals up close online.
The Maths Factor
The Maths Factor is Carol Vorderman’s online maths tutoring site for primary school-aged children. The Maths Factor is currently FREE for everyone (usually about £2 per week) to support childrens’ continued learning at home for the duration of the UK Schools closure period.
Top Gear’s Department of Education is open
School’s out, you can’t play Call of Duty forever and you’re sore from press up challenges/Tik Tok dances. Don’t panic – Top Gear is here to help! Because exams won’t be taking place this year, we’d like to provide you with the opportunity to showcase your skills and celebrate the next generation of automotive talent.
Welcome to the #TopGearChallenge!
Over the next few months we will be setting a different #TopGearChallenge every week to allow the future engineers, designers, writers, photographers and filmmakers from around the world to showcase their abilities.
HomeSkool Beatbox Adventures with Shlomo
Kids and their grownups worldwide will be learning incredible beatboxing skills, finding their true voice and creating songs of their own. It’s a global experiment in music and technology! We’re also aiming to raise £2,500 for the NHS Together COVID-19 Appeal – because together we can make music, make history, and make a difference!
We have superstar guests to inspire you every week including Basement Jaxx, Bastille, Bill Bailey, KT Tunstall, Jason Mraz and BBC Radio 1’s Dr Radha.
Get Creative is a campaign that shines a light on all the great cultural activity that takes place on a regular basis in local communities and encourages people to try their hand at something new and creative. This year, we are using the #GetCreativeAtHome campaign to highlight and promote some of the amazing participatory creative activities that are being developed to help people to express themselves creatively during a time of unprecedented change.
At this extremely challenging time, we believe that the power of creativity to unite people and support them to maintain good mental health and connection with others is more important than ever.
inspire+ Fitness Videos
inspire+ fitness videos are a fantastic way to keep active, whilst in schools, with your friends and family at home. The videos show viewers how to do the exercises at different levels varied abilities.
Take the inspire+ Champions Challenge!
A Healthy Happy Heptathlon using your imagination and PE skills to challenge world record holders and to strive for your personal best. Remember to have self-belief and determination.
Add a little teamwork “to make the dream work” and encourage a family member to have a go too
Secondary School Personal Challenges
Priory Ruskin Academy have set their students a weekly challenge and they have kindly allowed us to share them with you. You don’t need a fitness suite or equipment to train and keep fit. To get fit you just need enthusiasm and a few ideas. The Ruskin PE Department always believe that a challenge and ideas will help, so they thought if people are going to be stuck at home for a period of time why not take on the challenge of seeing how fit you can get.
Sport England’s ‘Join the Movement’
Sport England’s ‘Join the Movement’ campaign gives people fun and creative ideas on how to get active at home and encourage them to share their own experiences and join the movement online. You can share images of the creative ways you’re getting active at home using the tag #StayInWorkOut on social media channels, with the best efforts being shared by Sport England and even used in its campaign advertising!
At the campaign’s website Stayinworkout.org you’ll find a range of home workout options – including existing free exercise content and advice from organisations such as the NHS, and workouts from popular fitness brands and influencers such as Les Mills on Demand, Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) and FiiT, many of whom are offering free content and extended trials to help people get easy access to home exercise.
WheelPower release 10 NEW Inclusive Workouts for Young Disabled People during Lockdown’
WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport, is delighted to announce the forthcoming release of 10 new online workouts, aimed specifically at primary and secondary aged disabled children. WheelPower hope that these videos will assist parents and teachers with the provision of PE during Lockdown 3.0, and provide new and exciting opportunities for disabled children to stay fit and healthy during this challenging period.
The 10 new workout videos will be split into two age groups. five will be primary focussed, and five secondary focussed, and each comes with its own unique theme, meaning that every workout is different and varied. The videos will be available on the WheelPower website and their YouTube Channel and can be accessed for free at a time that suits your needs.
The Body Coach UK – Joe Wicks
Starting Monday 23rd March, I’m going to be hosting a free workout aimed at kids LIVE on my YouTube channel.
With the schools closed and with us all spending more time at home, it’s more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive. Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised, and more optimistic. The workouts will be fun and suitable for all ages and even adults can get involved.
You don’t need any equipment, just tune in to my YouTube channel at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout.
Change4Life – Activities
Kids need to be active for 60 minutes a day. From our fun 10 Minute Shake Up games to information about active hobbies and sports, here’s everything you need to get your family moving.
Sport England – How to stay active while you’re at home
To help Sport England have compiled into one place some of the handiest exercise ideas that are out there for keeping active in and around your home.
The FA SuperKicks App
Supercharge your children’s play and learning. It’s the app that gets your playing outside! Try a challenge, earn points & badges, and customise your in-app experience with Kicker. There are 100s of active and creative challenges to get your kids active. Whether your child is new to football or plays for a club, there are different levels making it easy to get involved.
The app is FREE to download and there are no in-app purchases. In addition, it’s a private network, so there’s no social sharing to safeguard your children.
BBC Teach – Super Movers
Super Movers Day celebrates active schools and empowers pupils to take the lead to get their peers moving.
See some of our bespoke resources in an exciting new 20-minute active learning programme designed to be used at school or at home.
Premier League Primary Stars – For Families
We have a wide collection of free, curriculum-linked activities to educate and entertain children at home. You can find lots of ideas for helping your children get active, as well as fun videos, games and worksheets for Maths, English and Health and Wellbeing.
HSBC UK Ready Set Ride
Riding a bike gives you a great sense of freedom – and we think every child in Britain should have the chance to learn. That’s why we created HSBC UK Ready Set Ride, with free, quick and easy games to help you teach your child how to pedal – having lots of fun along the way.
Kids can start at any age and there is no pressure to start pedalling on your first go. In fact, you don’t need a bike or any cycling knowledge to get started. Plus, we have lots of helpful information about bikes, knowing when your child is ready to ride and how you can use household items to play any of the games in your own home.
Active Kids Do Better – Active Home
Grown-ups also needs support to help them get active with their kids. Today in the UK, only one-fifth of girls and a little more than that of boys get the recommended 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity they need each day. Therefore, we want to remind families how much fun it is to spend time being active with each other.
25 Exercise Games and Indoor Activities to Get Kids Moving
We’ve put together a list of 25 easy indoor exercise ideas to do with kids at home. It’s a really simple way for a family to integrate movement and exercise into any day. Most of these can be done right in your living room and will even work in tight city apartments (or hallways). We promise everyone will be tired and laughing after attempting just a handful.
15 ways to keep kids active indoors (even if you don’t have much space)
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Active for Life
Active for Life is a Canadian not-for-profit social initiative founded by B2ten. We are a national initiative created to help parents give their children the right start in life through the development of physical literacy.
Create Development – Jasmine your real learning platform
Jasmine is Create Developments primary PE digital platform to support teachers and pupils in their real PE and real gym lessons, and real play sessions. Create Development are offering ALL schools FREE access to realPE at home for family use during school closures.
For Schools to access this please email the following address firstname.lastname@example.org
If you require access to use from home, please contact your child’s school where they will be able to request a parent login and forward details on
Carres Outreach Team
Carres Outreach team are posting daily and weekly challenges that you can get involved with on their social media sites. They are great to pass the time and get active at the same time, so why not give them a go…
funetics activity videos
England Athletics and funetics have fast forwarded the launch of our new funetics activity videos, originally planned for launch this Autumn as part of our public launch of our new funetics programme. The videos demonstrate parents and children (aged 4-11) taking part in FUN activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing.
Funetics is a programme that has been designed to reflect the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2. At this time when our children are currently schooling at home, we hope that these video activities will support the need for education to continue at home.
YST Free Home Learning Resources
The Youth Sport Trust is a national children’s charity, on a mission to pioneer new ways of using sport to improve children’s wellbeing and give them a brighter future. Whether you’re a teacher, a parent or a carer, we want to work with you. We have a range of innovative resources to help more children enjoy the benefits of PE and physical activity both in and outside of school.
Get Set 4 PE – Resource Bank for Active Families
Creative home learning – from the Royal Opera House, to your house!
Whether you’re looking for simple activities, a creative home-schooling project, or theatrecraft fun, Create and Learn invites you to explore the magical world of the theatre from home. All of our new resources are free to access and do not require you to login.
Each week we’ll bring you fun, new activities to get you singing, dancing and making. There will also be a ‘Challenge of the Week’, which we invite you to share with us on social media using #ourhousetoyourhouse.