information and resources for schools

Update For Schools – April 2020

We wanted to send a message to teachers and school staff to say thank you for all the great work you are doing to keep children engaged at this time.

Services For Education remain committed to supporting you and your pupils through the next few months. Please feel free to contact us on and we will do our best to support you in any way we can.

Using the tabs to the left, you will be able to access a wealth of teaching resources for you and your pupils. We will continue to add to this list in the coming weeks.

Here are some general Coronavirus resources to read and share with parents:

Coronavirus Information and Updates

Below you will find a collection of sources, information and updates to find out the latest updates for schools on Covid-19. We will keep updating this page with anything and everything we think would be important to you so please keep an eye out.

Impact of Covid-19 on Primary School Starters Project
This project will explore how teaching practices and schools logistics during the Reception year might have changed as a response to the pandemic.

Project Aims:

  • To understand the experiences of children attending reception in the academic year 2020/2021
  • To give an indication of the factors influencing socio-emotional wellbeing and educational outcomes, including experience of the pandemic, home learning activities, family demographics and child socio-emotional wellbeing.

The deadline to sign up for this project is 1st April 2021.

Nuffield Early Language Intervention
After a successful EEF trial, the Department for Education has made up to £9 million available for the delivery of the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) this academic year.

Teachers and Teaching Assistants would receive a newly developed online training programme in early January, following the identification of target pupils in the Reception year and distribution of the programme materials in late autumn.

The Department for Education are registering schools’ interest now. Schools who express an interest will be contacted with further details during the first half of the autumn term. In the event of over-subscription, schools will be prioritised based on their percentage of FSM eligibility.

High demand for the programme is expected so we would encourage you to register early.

Reporting on low levels of Covid-19 transmission between pupils and teacher
As schools prepare to welcome all pupils back from September, a leading scientist has said it is “extremely difficult” to find evidence of any teachers having contracted coronavirus from a pupil anywhere in the world.

Misleading petition about reforms to the early years foundation stage
The petition suggests that children will be deemed as failing if they do not reach particular milestones at ages four and five. This is untrue.

Proposed changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2021​
Ofqual is holding a consultation on proposed changes to the way some GCSEs, AS and A levels should be examined in summer 2021. Teachers’ and students’ views are welcomed and you are asked to respond by 16 July.

An evidence report on Covid-19 and children’s play
This report summarises emerging evidence on the effects of play restrictions in terms of a) reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the population and b) the detriments to children resulting from the restrictions.

Restore Our Schools: Providing a restorative perspective
Curated by a restorative collective of researchers, practitioners and school leaders in the light of COVID-19.

Birmingham Updates

General GOV Updates

Governor Updates

Tools to Help You Interact With Pupils and Families

These resources are specifically aimed at teachers to help you to get a little more interactive with children while they learn at home:

Socrative allows teachers to create simple quizzes that students can take quickly.

Learning by Questions.
Learning by Questions offers 60,000 questions, allowing pupils to deepen their knowledge and revise key facts.

Quizlet can be used to create keyword flashcards online.

Super Movers
Super Movers is an initiative from the BBC and the Premier League, intended to help primary school teachers motivate children to become more active.

A great app for generating timed quizzes is

Poll Everywhere
Poll Everywhere is a useful tool to elicit feedback

Brainpop has a great set of videos, freely available for pupils.

Seneca Learning
Seneca Learning offers many online courses for pupils.

Young Writers
Great for building creativity –  Young Writers.

How to share videos:

  • Zoom – great for videos, webinars and sharing resources.
  • Flipgrid everyone involved can record and share short videos.
  • Screencastify is a free screen recorder  allows you to capture, edit, share screencasts, animations of presentations and give feedback to pupils.
  • Screencast-O-Matic is one more free and simple screen recorder. You can capture any area of your screen and add narration and video from your webcam.
  • Periscope allows users to share ‘live’ videos and to interact within them.
  • Google Hangouts/Meet – is a communication platform for messaging, video chat and for audio/ photo sharing.
  • Microsoft Teams offers a wide range of resources – including video collaboration.

Please note: teachers should safeguard themselves at all times: consider your personal and professional safeguarding obligations before contemplating online technology to connect with your pupils. Work within school policies at all times. See our Safeguarding tab to the left to see some online safety videos you can share with parents. 

Online Training and CPD For Teachers

This year we launched our new range of online courses to suit educational professionals who are passionate about their CPD, but don’t necessarily have the time to take even half a day out of the classroom. Flexible and affordable, our video-lead courses can be completed at your own pace, paused and restarted and re-watched as many times as you like.

We have also created a variety of free webinars and podcasts for you covering RSE, NQT Support and Safeguarding. Feel free to browse, watch and have a listen below.

Please visit our Digital Resources page here, to browse our online courses and resources.

We are happy to announce that we will now be hosting our training courses online for the foreseeable future.

You can browse and book our courses as usual below or via our training page.

Assessment Information and Updates

Update 29th June 2020

Due to the challenging circumstances faced by schools in the context of the covid-19 pandemic, statutory introduction of the RBA has been postponed to Autumn 2021. Instead, schools have the opportunity to sign up to the RBA Early Adopter year.

Participation is optional, even after signing up. Data gathered from the Early Adopter year will not be used for the purpose of the progress measure.

The RBA is an activity-based assessment of pupils’ starting point in:

• language, communication, and literacy
• mathematics

The recruitment window for schools to sign up opens on 25 June and closes on 24 July 2020. Schools who choose to participate will receive assessment materials shortly before the October 2020 half term, with the optional assessment window opening for six-weeks after the October half term.

Update 18th March 2020

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.

Education and Attainment data – read here
This page contains key information for schools around the collection and analysis of assessment data. The focus will be on the statutory collections for Phonics.

Key stage 1: administering the phonics screening check to year 2 pupils – read here
This guidance is for schools administering the phonics screening check to year 2 pupils during the second half of the 2020 autumn term.

School reports on pupil performance: guide for headteachers – read here.
Guidance for schools on writing statutory end of year reports for parents.

Reporting to parents at the end of key stages 1 and 2 – read here.
Government guidance for schools on writing statutory end of year reports for parents.

Awarding qualifications in summer 2020 – read here.
Information for schools, students and parents on how GCSE, AS, A level, vocational and technical qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020.

How GCSEs, AS & A levels will be awarded in summer 2020 – read here.
Ofqual sets out details for schools, colleges, students, parents & carers on how GCSEs and A levels will be awarded following the cancellation of this year’s exams.

Awarding qualifications in summer 2020 – read here.
Information for schools, students and parents on how GCSE, AS, A level, vocational and technical qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020.

Letter to students – summer 2020 grading – read here.
A message for all GCSE, AS and A level students this summer.

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.

Safeguarding Training and Resources

SWGfl – Video Conferencing for Kids: Safeguarding and Privacy Overview
Here you’ll find information about the most popular video conference services. SWGfl have collected and compiled some of the technical and policy details published by each of the services so you can more easily see which of these are the most suitable for you.

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.

DSL Two Day Training and Updates
For the foreseeable future, all of our safeguarding training, including the two-day course and updates, will take place digitally. You can still sign up via our website and exactly the same content will be covered as the face to face courses.

Internet Safety Resources

While many children learn from home, maintaining internet safety is of paramount importance at the moment. Please see the resources below and share them with parents so they are aware of the risks of internet activity.

The Parents’ Guide to Teaching your Teen Online Safety – My Tutor
A practical guide for parents on how to keep teens safe online, including useful summaries of popular internet apps as well as the types of threats teens, could be exposed to online.

Interactive Anti-Bullying Information Tool for Parents and Carers
What is bullying? Check out this interactive informational tool for parents, created by Anti-Bullying Alliance.

NSPCC and BBC Videos on Internet Safety

Jessie & Friends: Online Safety Education for 4-7s

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.

General EYFS Information and Updates

Nuffield Early Language Intervention
After a successful EEF trial, the Department for Education has made up to £9 million available for the delivery of the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) this academic year.

Teachers and Teaching Assistants would receive a newly developed online training programme in early January, following the identification of target pupils in the Reception year and distribution of the programme materials in late autumn.

The Department for Education are registering schools’ interest now. Schools who express an interest will be contacted with further details during the first half of the autumn term. In the event of over-subscription, schools will be prioritised based on their percentage of FSM eligibility.

High demand for the programme is expected so we would encourage you to register early.

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 parents and covers how to support a 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 –

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:

Nancy Stewart Interview: The Characteristics of Effective Learning
Blog about how children learn.

1. Personal, Social and Emotion Development

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.

A Fine Parent – Part of the Positive Parenting FAQ series
100 ways for parents to be silly and playful with their children

The Handinhand Blog
Useful advice for ‘playful’ parenting

The National Literacy Trust
A variety of literacy and wellbeing resources, including a list of books that can be read with you children to support their emotional wellbeing.

The School Run – Personal, social and emotional development in EYFS
Useful ideas for all ages – the school run – free 14 day trial

Action For Children – Things to Do With Your Child
A list of inexpensive and easy activities you can do with your children.

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.

Family Lives – Why Play Matters
The importance of how children learn through play.

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.

NHS information about toilet training
How to potty train – Your pregnancy and baby guide

Stem Learning – Healthy Eating Ideas
These resources have been provided by the British Nutrition Foundation.

Early Years Staffroom
When the Unthinkable Happens. What should you do at home during self-isolation for a long period?

3. Communication and Language – Listening, Understanding & Speaking

Tiny Happy People
Parents and carers, Tiny Happy People can help you develop your child’s communication skills. Explore simple activities and play ideas and find out about early development. 

DfE Hungry Little Minds
A Parent App devised by the Department for Education to support children’s communication.

Words for Life
Words for Life is a website for parents to help their children develop vital communication and literacy skills from birth to age eleven.

Communication Trust
A great website with lots of useful information for parents about the importance of communication.

Surrey County Council – Talking with our child
Ideas for talking  with you child – for 0-5 year olds.

A great blog about Playful ways to encourage  children’s’ speech and language development –  10 top tips for developing children’s speech

Nursery World
Useful article about how to support our child to develop their speaking skills.

Literacy Trust
Lot of useful ideas to support your child with speaking and listening.

I CAN charity helps children to communicate and provides parents with useful ideas.

A calendar of  fun ideas for speaking and listening.

4. Literacy – Reading and Writing

Ideas and clips about how to read with your child.

BBC Bitesize
Top tips for reading with your child.

Happy You Happy Family
48 All-time best picture books.

Surrey County Council
Reading tips – for parents with children ages 0-5

Reading ideas at home.

Communication Trust
Have fun reading ideas.

Teach your monster to read
Ideas to support you children at home to read

BBC Skillswise
Visit to share ideas about reading with our child at home

My Kids Time
Reading apps for children.

The Literacy Shed
The Literacy Shed provides ideas for parents on reading and writing for their children

Practical ideas for reading.

BBC Schools
Online resources

Early learning HQ
Ideas and information about phonics – ( Please note – Letters and Sounds – Phase 1 – Nursery/ Phases 2-4 – Reception/Phase 5 Year One and Phase 6 Year 2).

Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds provides resources for teaching phonics. (Please note I advise the teaching of Phase 1 – Nursery, Phase 2-4 Reception, Phase 5 Year 1 and Phase 6 Year 2).

Blog for parents about writing in the early years.

Surrey Council
Write with leaflets  for parents for different ages 0-5.

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.

5. Mathematics

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

I See Maths
Useful information about mathematical concepts in the early years.

White Rose Maths
Some great ideas of how to use picture books for learning about maths.

Oxford Owl
Information about learning maths for all ages.

National Numeracy
Maths ideas for children.

Parents in Touch
Support parents in helping their child to learn mathematics at home.

Third Space Learning
Third Space Learning has ideas for maths games at home.

Mathematics Shed
Ideas for maths at home

Outdoor Classroom Day
Ideas for ‘messy maths’ outdoors

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 Matters is 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.

Nursery World
This is a great article with useful ideas: EYFS Best Practice: Be Specific … Expressive Arts and Design.

Early Years Educator Eye
A range of practical articles and expert features that cover expressive arts and design to help you develop these skills and overcome challenges you might encounter.

Teaching Cave
Fun ideas for teaching your child about dance.

Teach Early Years – How Dance Boosts Development in the Early Years
Article about the importance of dance and ideas too.

Pacey – Getting to grips with loose parts play
Find out more about “loose parts play” and how it can benefit your child.

Twinkl – Design and Technology
Twinkl has lots of idea, but this link is specifically for design and technology in the eyfs.

7. Understanding the World

Family – EYFS Focus – 9 Activities To Help Kids in Understanding The World
Read the blog and subscribe to a booklet of 50 ideas.

Early Years Educator
Really useful information and ideas  about ‘What is understanding of the world in the EYFS?

Play England
Ideas about the importance of play for children.

Woodland Trust
The Woodland Trust have shared 10 great nature activities for children who are self-isolating.

Insect Lore
Insect Lore is the top provider of high quality live caterpillars, butterfly gardens, kits, live insects, insect habitats, toys and gifts for kids.

First Discoverers
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. 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 resource to help children learn about different family traditions, cultures and religions.

Early Years Resources
Learn about past and present by comparing the then and now.

Let’s Count! website
Flexible and time-saving resources will support your school through COVID-19, to re-engage children and families in learning and to celebrate local community, as part of your recovery curriculum. They’ve been designed to teach children both in the classroom and at home. You’ll have access to best practice video lessons from MEI that can also be used for remote learning. Registration is now open, here.

Maths Week England
This is a grassroots movement to share the joy of mathematics with everyone. Their vision is to provide young people in England with a positive image of mathematics, and to contribute in a small way to changing the national attitude towards this vital and beautiful subject. Find out more here.

International Maths Day – 14th March 2021
In 2021 the theme of the IDM is Mathematics for a Better World. Create a poster that shows one way to make the world a little bit better using mathematics. Instead of words, use pictures combined with numbers, formulas, geometric shapes, and other mathematical elements to express your idea.

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 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 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.

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.

National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics
Support for parents and carers helping children with maths. Registration is free.

BUPA Foundation Scrapbook of Hopes
The National Literacy Trust, the Bupa Foundation and Bloomsbury Publishing are working in partnership to gift 15,000 copies of The Book of Hopes to 5,000 primary schools. Here you can find activities and resources on using your books to support the hard work you’re already doing to engage your pupils in reading and writing and support their wellbeing. Also, find out how your school can enter our exclusive competition open to the 5,000 schools receiving copies of The Book of Hopes. It’s also available for parents to read online for free, here.

Nuffield Early Language Intervention
After a successful EEF trial, the Department for Education has made up to £9 million available for the delivery of the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) this academic year.

Teachers and Teaching Assistants would receive a newly developed online training programme in early January, following the identification of target pupils in the Reception year and distribution of the programme materials in late autumn.

The Department for Education are registering schools’ interest now. Schools who express an interest will be contacted with further details during the first half of the autumn term. In the event of over-subscription, schools will be prioritised based on their percentage of FSM eligibility.

High demand for the programme is expected so we would encourage you to register early.

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.

BookTrust – Getting Children Reading
BookTrust transforms lives by getting children and families reading. This blog is worth a read: Tips and Advice on Reading With Your Child

Free children’s books for you to download – including PDFs and audiobooks.

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.

Brian Cox School Experiments
The experiments are designed to support teachers to carry out experimental science in the classroom, and relate it to real world experiences. Creative and experimental approaches are particularly important for keeping students interested and engaged in science, and for equipping them well for the future, whether or not they pursue a career in science.

Simple STEM activities to do at home
STEM Learning have got a variety of different activities and resources to use during this time, including the “padlock challenge.

National Geographic Kids
This child-friendly website is great to teach and inspire children and is filled with fun and unique activities – like How to Make a Paper Bowl Jellyfish!

NASA Kids’ Club
A place to play games and learn about space. These games support national education standards in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Why and How? Primary Science Teaching Trust
This website offers a variety of different resources covering many topics, including things like “Titanic Science,” “Growing Music” and “Garden Watch.”

5 Science Experiments You Can Do At Home
Make science fun with these fantastic experiments! 

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. 

63 Easy Science Experiments for Kids to Do at Home – Mommy Poppins
You can actually do some pretty mind-blowing, hands-on science experiments at home using stuff you probably have lying around the house.

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.

Focus on Sound Pro
Designed for school teachers, Music First are offering FREE use of this cloud based platform during this period of school closure.

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.

BBC Bring the Noise – Five songs in British Sign Language (BSL)
BBC Bring the Noise have produced five films with songs in British Sign Language (BSL). Learn to sign and dance-a-long to the songs.

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.
Free online music theory lessons.

Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall presents The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Charanga Rap Competition
Aspiring rapper? Check this out: Writing a rap: free VIP resources and competitions.

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 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.

Mini Moog
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.

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.

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.

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 to support the widening of provision in your school with some year groups returning from 01 June. The resources below should be used in line with Government and statutory guidance and are focused on the principles and practicalities of delivering PE and sport under current restrictions.

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.

P.E With Joe
Joe Wicks The Body Coach hosts a live 30 minute kids workout daily at 9am on YouTube.

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.

General Activities For Families

Try This Teaching – Offline Learning
Offline learning resource: non-screen activities you can do at home.

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.

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.

The Education Hub – sharing resources for all children at home
Due to the current situation with coronavirus (covid-19), home educators are now sharing their resources for all children at home.

Department of Education – My Activity Passport
An editable activity checklist for children under 11, giving young people the opportunity to try new things and develop new skills can be hugely beneficial. Click here for supporting resources.

Hungry Little Minds
Simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five.

Time Magazine
The Secret to Keeping Your Kids Happy, Busy and Learning if Their School Closes Due to Coronavirus – read the article here

Try Out These Recipes
Our 2020 Cookathon featuring Michelin Star Chef Glynn Purnell took place on Tuesday 11th February 2020. You can use our video and recipe below.

Download Glynn Purnell’s Winter Vegetable Soup recipe 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.

Download our Root Vegetable Recipe here.

And the Homemade Bread Recipe here.

You could even get the children to help you out with the household chores…

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