Please use the tabs to the left to access heaps of homeschooling resources covering a variety of topics. We will continue to add to this list in the coming weeks.
Being a parent or carer is a special, rewarding and a wonderful experience. Many parents wouldn’t change it for the world.
In day to day life though, with the pressures of work and home, being a parent can be challenging and there are times when you may be unsure who to ask for advice and support.
Here at Services For Education we offer a wide range of guidance and resources that may just answer your questions.
For example questions about things like: emotional health and well-being, Assessment, Early Years (0-5), KS1 and KS2 SATs, Phonics and online safety.
If you regularly visit this page you will see a range of information, resources and support around topical themes.
Working from home, for many, will be a new experience and one that can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not used to remote, digital contact.
So, while it’s important to continue the work, it’s even more important to remain mindful and maintain your mental health and wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of your children.
Below, we have some resources and blogs to help you look after yourself.
Yoga With Adriene These great YouTube Yoga videos for beginners great opportunity to start relaxing and stretching at the same time – with or without your children!
Young Minds Young Minds have developed a range of parents’ wellbeing resources in the knowledge that your child’s mental health is mirrored by your own mental health and well being as a parent.
4 Ways to Stay Mindful Whilst Working from Home In this Services For Education blog post, Emma reminds readers of some of the key, simple things you can do to stay mindful during such a strange time.
Looking after your mental health as we come out of lockdown Mental Health Foundation have put together this insightful blog with tips on some of the main issues we might face when coming out of lockdown.
Young People’s Mental Health Services in Birmingham The Youth City Board, is a group of young people aged 11 to 18 from across Birmingham that meet regularly to discuss their thoughts and feelings and share ideas about local and national issues. The Youth City Board and the Birmingham Children’s Partnership are working together to find out more about Young People’s experience of the Mental Health Services in Birmingham. Please help us to get as many children and young people involved as possible. Their thoughts will help to influence the future of Mental Health Services in the city. Take part in the survey here.
Coronavirus: Guidance for Better Mental Health A useful guide about improving mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pause – Telephone Based Mental Health Service Pause is a fantastic free (NHS funded) drop in mental health facility. It is open access for young people (12 and above) AND all carers / teachers / parents concerned about children & young people.
Youth Sport Trust A range of resources, including the 60 second active challenge series, to support those who still have children at home. The activities, resources and videos are designed to keep you moving, keep you learning and help support your physical, social and emotional wellbeing during lockdown.
Action for Children Action For Children provide a range of resources to assist your skills to support your child’s mental health.
Every Mind Matters Mental wellbeing while staying at home. The tips and advice here are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home.
Keep a Gratitude Journal Encourage children to keep a gratitude journal. Each day, spend six minutes writing about the following: three things you are grateful for, how you plan to make today great, a good deed you will do that day, how you plan to improve yourself and, at the end of it, some great things you experienced that day.
Tallulah the Owlet | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure! A fun yoga story for kids aged 3+ – about learning the meaning of wisdom.
Be the Pond | Cosmic Kids Zen Den – Mindfulness for kids A short mindfulness video for kids.
Spend Time Outside
Buy a skipping rope and do 100 skips every day, play hopscotch or build an obstacle course in the garden and time yourselves completing it.
Compassion Matters Compassion Matters provides a basis for children to explore ethical ideas about compassion and its related concepts.
Services For Education Paid Emotional Health Resources
Something Has Happened – Meet Joe. Something has happened that has upset Joe and he’s not sure what to do. Follow his story and, using the resource pack, explore the ways that Joe can find the help that he needs. This introduces children to recognising what their feelings are telling them, networks of trusted adults, and the skills of persistence and the importance of breaking the rules in an emergency.
Ruby Rafa and Riz. Feel Think and Do – Ruby, Rafa and Riz have lots of things in common and lots of differences. They also each experience something that affects how they feel, what they think and finally what they do. This resource is unique in its approach to showing children how their feelings and thoughts affect the way they behave.
Myg and Me – We all feel anxious at times, and that is OK. This resource will help your child to understand a little bit about their brain and why we all feel anxious at times. The resource will then help you to introduce your child to a wide range of activities and strategies to help them to manage their anxious feelings and to calm themselves when needed.
What to Expect, When? Department For Education This is a really useful document that you can purchase for a small fee. It was made specifically for you as a parent so that you know about how to support your child with their learning and development during their first 5 years in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Pinterest – Serena Caine, Services For Education A ‘Home Learning board’ has been developed by our Early Years Adviser Serena Caine – you can follow her on Pinterest – @serenacaine – www.pinterest.co.uk
The Seven Areas of Learning
In the early years we focus on ‘Characteristics of effective learning’ how children learn, and seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage:
Understood – 5 Social-Emotional Learning Games to Play With Your Child A handful of social-emotional learning activities that can help your child manage emotions and work on social skills—and have some fun with you along the way.
2. Physical Development – Moving and Handling/Health and Self-care
Surrey County Council – Learn with me – child development tips for parents Cards containing tips on how to help your child to become independent, sociable and happy.
Baby Centre Blog post with activities that boost children’s physical development.
Imagination Tree – 40 Fine Motor Skills Activities Here is a collection of 40 fine motor skills activities for young children that are easy to set up and promote a whole range of skills.
Active For Life – 49 fun Physical Activities you can do with children
This list of 49 fun activities for kids is the ultimate go-to for any playdate, home child care setting, or a morning or afternoon with a caregiver.
Family and Childcare Trust – Find Childcare and Family Services in your area Your local Family Information Service (FIS) provides a range of information for parents from details of local childcare and early years provision to family activities in your area.
Spread the Happiness Helping your child to write, please visit Spread the Happiness. Have look at this website as there are lots of useful ideas to encourage your child to make marks which will then help them with their writing. Look at ‘dough disco’ and ‘squiggle while you wiggle’ as lots of schools use these approaches
Make Believe Arts Helicopter Stories is based on the Storytelling and Story Acting curriculum of renowned Early Years practitioner Vivian Gussin Paley. Have a look at their website and look at the clips that are YouTube as Trisha Lee explains the approach. Adapt it for your home learning environment and make your child become a storyteller and actor.
NRich Maths NRich Maths has a range of maths resources, documents and activities for children
National Centre of Excellence in the Teaching Mathematics– NCETM A useful website as it explains the main areas of maths in the Early Years
Foundation Years The Foundation Years website is packed full of useful maths information and resources, including a number of “top ten” lists which highlight the best resources, activities and websites for you.
6. Expressive Arts and Design
The Curiosity Approach Amazing ideas to bring the “Curiosity Approach” into your teaching (from home). Their blog has a wealth of resources which might be of interest.
Out of the Ark Music Out of the Ark Music has lots of ideas to support your child with music at home.
Ooey Gooey Ooey Gooey has fun and practical ideas of learning through play.
Musical Development Matters Musical Development is a guidance document with an accompanying online resource, created by Nicola Burke. The overall purpose of Musical Development Mattersis to support practitioners, teachers, musicians and parents to see the musical attributes of young children and to offer ideas as to how they can support and nurture children’s musical development by offering broad musical experiences.
Association for Science Education The Association for Science Education (ASE) is the largest subject association in the UK. We are an active membership body that has been supporting all those involved in science education from pre-school to higher education for over 100 years. Visit their website for ideas for children from birth to 16+
Cbeebies – Go Jetters Talk to your child about the places that the Go Jetters visit around the world.
Cbeebies – Our Family This is a great resourceto help children learn about different family traditions, cultures and religions.
Early Years Resources Learn about past and present by comparing the then and now.
The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children Completely free for everyone to read online, this extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.
Roald Dahl – Things to Do Indoors Some great activities and resources to distract you, entertain you or just cheer you up.
Free Handwriting and Alphabet Practice Sheets Fun and engaging activities that will help your child learn letter and word formation, build pencil control and establish a solid writing foundation. Download them here.
Love Reading For Kids LoveReading4Kids is the biggest and best recommendation site for children’s books.
The Literacy Shed The Literacy Shed is home to a wealth of visual resources that we have collected over 10 years as a primary school teacher.
Children’s wellbeing booklist – The National Literacy Trust All the books on the children’s wellbeing booklist are available from the Literacy Trust to watch or read online for free. Use them to help your child make sense of the changes around them.
Third Space Resources For Parents Third Space learning have put together a collection of free guides aimed at helping parents teach maths topics at home.
Play Strategy Games Have fun! Play battleships, lego, games of strategy, do puzzles together, build a fort, make a newspaper bridge across the living room and think about how to make it strong enough to hold toy cars etc.
Design Your Own Board Game Design your own maths board game, colour it in, make it beautiful and then have loads of fun playing it. Get some inspiration here.
NRICH Maths NRich maths has a wealth of activities and a dedicated primary interactive resource page with games and a whole host of maths fun.
I See Maths Gareth Metcalfe will be offering a series of free daily home maths lessons from Mon 23.3.20 for primary school age children, offering challenges and games and stimulating children to think mathematically.
OxfordOwl OxfordOwl is for children aged 3-11 and includes a selection of maths games, activity sheets and videos.
MathsBot – Manipulatives Use the online counters, coins and xx etc. to help your child solve some addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems you have set for them (or they have set for you!) and ask your child to PROVE their answer is right using the resources too. Play, make patterns and talk about them with the manipulatives.
MathsBot – Loop Cards Generate a set of loop cards for addition or whatever you want to practice, (you can amend the difficulty in the top right hand corner). Print them off, cut them out and share them between you and your child(ren). Whoever has ‘start’ puts that card down. Whoever has the answer at the top of one of their cards, places it next to the first card and play continues until the loop is complete.
You can add competition by playing first person to play all of their cards is the winner or by having the cards face down and players take turns to turn one over and look for ‘start’, then the answer, then the next answer and so on…
White Rose Maths White Rose Maths have prepared a series of 5 maths lessons for each year group (Years 1-8) and will be adding 5 more each week. Every lesson has a video and activity.
Countdown Watch Countdown together and have a go at the numbers round. Generate your own numbers and play without the time limit but discuss your approaches and strategies – what did you notice first that enabled you to reach the answer.?
Paper Aeroplanes Make paper aeroplanes and measure whose flies the furthest. Try to better your distance. Unfold the aeroplane and discuss what shapes you can see, colour them in in different categories ie isosceles triangles in one design, quadrilaterals another.
Star Jumps How many star jumps can you do in 30 seconds? How many do you estimate you could do in 2 minutes then? Test it! Repeat for other activities; how many goals can you score in 1 minute? How long can you hold a handstand for?
Play Cards Teach your child(ren) some of your favourite card games. If you know how to play Newmarket, you could use matchsticks or rolled up bits of paper if you don’t have a jar or bag of pennies to play with.
Skip Counting by 2 Song The fun way to practice your two times tables, from NumberRock
Times Tables Rockstars Times Tables Rockstars are offering affected schools free full access to their platform for multiplication and division – throughout any school closure.
Third Space Maths Hub
Resources to raise maths attainment for all pupils, Third Space now have an area for parents.
STEM Learning This Planet Science collection for parents contains a selection of appealing science-based activities for students and their parents which are designed to entertain and make science an enjoyable activity for all.
WOW Science A child friendly gateway to high quality primary science resources on the internet and beyond. Resources for children to explore either alone or together with their parents.
First Discovers A website that provides parents with science based activities that are ‘hand on’ and fun!
Association for Science Education The Association for Science Education (ASE) is the largest subject association in the UK. We are an active membership body that has been supporting all those involved in science education from pre-school to higher education for over 100 years.
Science Bob – Experiments A variety of science experiments you can do at home!
Sublime Science – 101 Sublime Science Experiments 101 awesomely fun science experiments you can do at home with ‘stuff’ you’ve already got from Dragons’ Den winner and Sublime Science founder, Mad Marc (Wileman!)
Primary Music Resources
BBC Nursery Rhymes and Songs (0-5 years old) Animations of some of the best-known traditional nursery rhymes, mainly sung by BBC Children’s TV presenters, with music that your children will love. Listen now.
BBC Primary Music – KS1 / KS2 Primary Music takes a cross-curricular approach, with music objectives explored in relation to popular infant topics or related areas of the curriculum.
BBC Physical Education / Music KS1: Dance with the Elements Dances for each of the four element have been choreographed to different pieces of classical music including JS Bach, Karl Jenkins, Aaron Copland, Johann Strauss, Claude Debussy and John Adams.
BBC Bring the Noise – KS1/KS2 5 musical ideas to try with children at home. If you’re self isolating or caring for children at home with schools closed these simple ideas will help keep little ones occupied while encouraging them to explore and learn about music.
BBC Ten Pieces (7-11 years old) Explore the stories and secrets hidden in these classical pieces of music. For each piece you will find free teaching resources, exciting short films, lesson plans, arrangements and more. Get started.
KS2 BBC Bitesize (7-11 years old) Exploration of the main musical elements and key concepts with examples. Find out more.
Royal Opera House : Hansel and Gretel Immersive KS1/KS2 Join CITV presenter Luke Franks as he visits the Royal Opera House and meets a host of young singers who introduce him to the opera Hansel and Gretel.
Twinkl – KS1 Music Learn about different instruments, musical genres and basic composition with our Primary Music Resources for Key Stage 1 students.
Out of the Ark Music (5-11 years old) To help with the rhythms and routines of your new daily life, Out of the Ark Music are releasing seven songs, one for each day, all with challenges and activities related to each song.
The Beat Goes On (5-11 years old) Beat Goes On is a collection of body percussion videos. The founder of this company, Ollie Tunmer (a former cast member of the hit show STOMP) will be streaming a live body percussion workshop every day at 11am on his YouTube channel. No instruments required!
Secondary Music Resources
BBC Music KS3 / GCSE: Music technology A series of clips aimed at informing and enabling music students to understand the techniques and technology involved in music making.
Berliner Philharmonie – Digital Concert Hall The venue may be closed but Berliner Philharmonie is bringing the music to you at home with free access to all concerts and films.
The Beat Goes On (KS3) Beat Goes On is a collection of body percussion videos. The founder of this company, Ollie Tunmer (a former cast member of the hit show STOMP) will be streaming a live body percussion workshop every day at 11am on his YouTube channel. No instruments required!
Introduction to Music Technology (KS3 and KS4) Introductory videos to music technology applicable to both KS3 and KS4 students.
Writing a rap – FREE resource and competition (KS3) Practical resources for writing a rap and how to generate ideas. Also includes details of how to enter a competition.
BBC Ten Pieces (KS3) Explore the stories and secrets hidden in these classical pieces of music. For each piece you will find free teaching resources, exciting short films, lesson plans, arrangements and more.
SEND Music Resources
BBC Bring the Noise – SEND music teaching guides and tutorials A series of short films demonstrating different techniques for teaching music activities to SEND pupils.
Bloom (App) Bloom creates a relaxing ambience that is visually pleasing. Makes drone like sounds by tapping on a colourful screen. It can motivate students to sing or hum over the top and sounds particularly cool with metal percussion (this could be improvised using household items !)
Loopseque/Loopseque kids (App)
Create a beat by touching light up squares on a screen. Loopseque can be used to teach rhythm and pulse by getting students to move/tap or play in time. Can also motivate them to improvise over the top and can encourage students to sing if they have a funky beat to back them.
Thumb Jam and Garage Band (Apps) Both give access to a variety of high quality instrumental sounds .Can play expressively using dynamics(loud and soft) . Both apps have the ability to record and layer up tracks which encourages creativity and allows students to listen back and reflect.
Skratch (App) Skratch is a simple pad instrument that you can record 4 different sounds into. Could be instrumental,vocal or everyday sounds. Press the coloured pads to make some music. Could also make up games of trying to copy the sequence or press the correct colour.
Bla Bla Bla (App) Faces move when a sound is made. Bla Bla Bla can help motivate students to make a sound or they could interact by trying to imitate the faces.
Toca Band (App)
Create your own band using cute colourful characters, with Toca Band. Can just enjoy jamming and experimenting with different characters or use it as a backing track for other activities such as dancing , feeling the beat or doing actions.
Musical Autoharp (App) A nice sounding instrument that is easy to play by swiping a finger up and down the screen. Musical Autoharp could be used to improvise or do musical activities such as going up and down, playing and stopping or fast and slow.
Bebot (App) Bebot is a robot synth that moves and makes faces while you play. A lot of fun and could be used in a similar way to the autoharp. Also able to change the settings so it plays in a different key or makes a slightly different sound.
Korg iKaossilator (App) A sophisticated synth app in which you can have a lot of fun making music and recording loops. Has rhythms already loaded onto it and is visually pleasing . A great tool to sing, rap or play over the top of or just have a good old boogie !
General Resources and Activities
Classics For Kids Find out about composers, play games and download activity sheets via this fun website “Classics for Kids.”
London Symphony Orchestra – Resources For Teachers Use these digital resources created for teachers to help plan and deliver creative, fun and educational music activities at home.
Keezy Keezy is a musical instrument (app) for toddlers, professional musicians, and everyone in between! Looks like great fun.
Learning Synths On this website, you’ll learn the basics of using synthesizers (or synths). No prior experience or equipment is required; you’ll do everything right here in your browser.
Chrome Music Lab Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.
Musical Contexts Tried and tested music resources for teachers which can be adapted for home learning.
The Minimoog Model D App is a mobile transmutation of the world’s first portable synthesizer, the Minimoog Model D®. Check it here.
SFE Music School
At Services For Education, we firmly believe that music has the power to encourage, transform and inspire, like no other art form can. Research shows that these changes can come in the form of improving well-being, instilling confidence, increased intellectual development, creating friendships, to name but a few. Find out more here.
Peacemakers Ideas and activities that you can use in circles – to help build relationships and explore the social and emotional impacts of pupils’ experiences of lockdown.
NATRE (National Association of Teachers of Religious Education) RE Today is supporting NATRE by providing all teachers (and parents) with free resources which they can use to support with home learning.
New RE films from BBC Bitesize BBC Bitesize have created 22 RE short films for 11-14 year olds, covering a range of topics and religions.
Hussain Manawer’s Poem in tribute to coronavirus victims It was three months ago that the first person in the UK passed away from coronavirus. For families grieving throughout this pandemic they’ve had to mourn at a social distance and haven’t been able to say the goodbyes they wanted or hug their loved ones. To pay tribute, BBC Breakfast commissioned Hussain Manawer to write and perform a poem.
While We Can’t Hug – A YouTube Video
Hedgehog and Tortoise want to give each other a great big hug, but they’re not allowed to touch. From the creators of the internationally adored The Hug, Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar, we are thrilled to bring you a new story: While We Can’t Hug.
Splice – Video Editor & Maker Simple yet powerful (and really fun), Splice makes it easy to create fully customized, professional-looking videos on your iPhone, iPad.
Cook Dinner Together Get children to help cook the dinner – teach them how to safely chop an onion and make a spaghetti bolognese or other basic, everyday dinner dishes. There are plenty of websites with child friendly recipes including The Great Grub Club.
Teach your child to make an omelette or be creative with scrambled eggs to individualise theirs for flavour. Add chives from the garden, ketchup, cheese or think of other salt free ways to add flavour.
Scouts – The Great Indoors The Scouts have pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas. Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.
Gardening With more “free” time, it’s a great opportunity to get on top of your gardening, especially now you have some full time little helpers too. Check out these YouTube videos for inspiration.
Tree Tools For Schools The Woodland Trust provide lots of ideas, activities and worksheets for identifying and working with nature, wood, fungi and wildlife to help you get outside into the garden or a nearby forest or park if possible.
Herb Garden Pick overgrown herbs from your garden and dry them. Make labels for jars and plan recipes you could cook with them.
The Lego Challenge If you live with LEGO fans, issue them a 30-Day LEGO Challenge and let their imaginations run wild! Download the resource here.
On 23rd October, our Health For Life schools took part in a cookathon to promote healthy living. The cooking is demonstrated by award winning chef Marcus Bean. You can watch the video and download the recipes, below.
You could even get the children to help you out with the household chores…
Safeguarding is the process of protecting children (and vulnerable adults), and providing safe and effective care.
Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and schools have a legal duty to ensure that all of their staff receive regular training in Safeguarding.
Most schools deliver this training at the start of every school year.
Recently more and more organisations that work with children, such as sports clubs, scouts, youth clubs, have tightened their Safeguarding procedures, including ensuring that staff:
Are safe to work with children
Understand their duties with regard to Safeguarding
Know what action they need to take if they believe a child is being harmed or at risk of being harmed (Child Protection)
Safeguarding is a fundamental part of being a parent or carer. This page will look at information, advice and resources that can help you to be more informed.
Safe Travel Yr 6 Police Resources
West Midlands Police have put together some resources to help your students feel confident to travel and also how to behave responsibly and safely while travelling to and from school. The resources can be covered in class or as an independent activity for students to complete at home.
Services For Education – Online Safeguarding Course Do you work with children on a paid or voluntary basis? Perhaps you run a club or help out with extra-curricular activities? Services For Education is a trusted provider of safeguarding training in the UK, offering online, face-to-face and bespoke options for organisations and individuals. We have created an online safeguarding course for anyone who works with children, enabling them to stay up to date and show that they are fulfilling their duty of care.
Safeguarding Questions For Parents and Carers Draft Guidance– December 2018
This draft guidance from the Department for Education, is non-statutory. It is intended to be a voluntary resource to help parents and carers who choose to have their children attend out-of-school settings (OOSS) understand what a safe environment looks like.
This fantastic set of animations from the CEOP Education team is aimed at children between four and seven years old and will help protect them from sexual abuse and other risks associated with being online.
Parenting Group – UCB
An informal drop-in group for parents with concerns about their child or teenager and any of these issues.
Important: cancellation of 2019/20 national curriculum assessments
We regret that, following the announcement by The Secretary of State for Education (on Wednesday 18 March), the 2019/20 national curriculum assessments will not now take place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a result, all early years foundation stage, key stage 1 (KS1) and key stage 2 (KS2) assessments, have been cancelled.
Video One: New pre-key stage standards in primary schools As recommended by the Rochford Review of assessment arrangements for pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum, from the academic year 2018/19 primary school teachers will use new pre-key stage standards for key stage 1 and key stage 2. In this video, Diane Rochford and Janet Thompson tell us more about the pre-key stage standards.
Video Two: National curriculum tests (SATs) at key stage 1 Information for parents of pupils in year 2, typically aged 7, about assessments in May.
Video Three:National curriculum tests (SATs) at key stage 2 Information for parents of pupils in year 6, typically aged 11, about assessments in May.
Leaflets: Key stage 1 and 2 National Curriculum Tests
Information leaflets for parents about end of key stage assessments (often referred to as SATs) for 7 and 11 year olds.
We have just launched a series of free English and Maths videos for Elective Home Educators which aim to provide strategies, approaches and resources to best develop your child’s skills and understanding. The courses are focused for those home educating children in the primary age range and include practical exercises and materials to use at home.
Written and presented by our English and Maths experts, each video is about 20-30 minutes long, and most include a downloadable ‘workbook’. You can listen as many times as you like to videos which are designed to help enhance your skills and confidence in supporting your child in these key areas.
Following the latest government update (March 16, 2020), Services For Education is postponing all Area and Central Ensemble rehearsals and concerts and events until Sunday 19th April with immediate effect. Please help to circulate this important message. Any updates will be posted on our website, social media and Facebook page each Friday at 12, noon.
Please feel free to contact us should you require further details on Ensemble postpone on:
At Services For Education, we believe that the ensemble experience is absolutely crucial to any high-quality musical education.
That’s why, every year we bring together over 2,000 young musicians from across Birmingham, to form over 70 ensembles, which are free to join, and are specifically designed to cater for all genres and abilities.
We run two types of Ensembles in Birmingham; Central Ensembles which require an audition and Area Ensembles which do not.