05 Jun 2020
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Mental Health & Wellbeing
- Dudley Academies Trust Learner Wellbeing Advice 31/03/20.
- Kooth.com is a web based confidential support service available to young people. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people. Avaliable Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm, Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm
- Mind - The mental health charity, MIND, have some great information to help with keeping your Mental Health in top form.
- PE with Joe - Daily online P.E. lessons from Youtube star Joe Wicks (The Body Coach)
- Little Puddins - What is Coronavirus?
- Local Authority Educational Psychology Community Support flyer
- Send wellbeing pack issue 1
- Dudley Learning Support Service – SEND advice and support’
- Speakers for Schools are excited to present their weekly Virtual Talks (VTalks) covering everything from various pathways to career progression.
Mind To Be Kind
Every week we will make live a presentation based around one of our 5 key values. These values include 'Dreaming Big', 'Rewarding Effort', 'Leading Together', 'Respecting each other and our world' and 'Learning that inspires'. Each week we will pick a different theme for these presentations. During the COVID-19 Academy closure these will be based around improving the mental wellbeing of our learners.
- Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council have made various resources, help sheets and fun activities available via their websites.
- Learners, Parents and Carers can download the Dudley Virtual Learning School’s Guide for Home Learning to Support Carers & Families.
Note: for official Local Authority guidance or safeguarding information, please visit the 'COVID-19 Updates' tab.
- The British Museum has made its online collections free to the public.
- The Natural History Museum has free virtual tours.
- The Tate Gallery has a 360-degree virtual tour online.
- View the latest exhibitions at The National Gallery virtual tours.
- The Vatican has opened up its digital tours so the Sistine Chapel can be viewed.
- NASA Kids is perfect for space fans. Learn all about the universe we live in by viewing these online videos.
- Watch The Wind in the Willows stage production online.
- Minecraft: The Education Edition is popular with children already – these resources all have an educational purpose.
- Look at nature all around the world with Explore.
- Audible Stories has made all of its classic children’s stories free.
- Watch science experiments with Colorado University.
- For music lovers, there is a 21-day free trial to learn an instrument with Prodigies Music.
- Explore the world with videos capturing activity all over the planet with Project Explore.
- On Twitter, Patrick Stewart (@sirpatstew) is reading a sonnet a day.
- Julie Dawn Cole, who played the original Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (and Tes mental health columnist), is reading the book it was 3 based on – Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – aloud one chapter a night at 6pm on her Facebook page.
- News Mag Media have made their content free. Great for supporting children with their non-fiction reading.
Please note all of the above are subject to availability from the source.
Free Tools and Resources
- White Rose Maths (have sections for Secondary and Primary)
- Maths Factor Carol Vorderman
- Spelling & Grammar App — Sir Linkalot
- Rosetta Stone Languages free for 3 months
- Free online piano lessons with HomeSchoolPiano until September
- The Great Indoors
- Free Audible books from Amazon while schools are shut.
- Physics and Chemistry website (video clips, reading, activities and quizzes)
- Cambridge Resources - 90-Day Extended Trial
- Looking Back Podcasts (History Podcasts)
- NASA at Home (Free E-Books, Tours, Online Lessons & Podcasts)
- Free Home School Safari
- Stream Shakespeare Plays for Free every fortnight
- How BBC Bitesize will support you while you're learning from home
- BBC Bitesize - Brian Cox Science Lessons
- ExactEditions (click 'Library Card' above the login box and enter 028094)
- PEARS Revision Website 1 | PEARS Revision Website 2
- Free Digital Psychology Course
- Free online periodic table interactive resources
Aspire to HE (higher education)
In order to support learners during school closures, Aspire to HE is developing weekly newsletters for learners. Each newsletter contains some sector information, some advice on how to look after wellbeing during this time and also activities and resources around a particular theme linked to progression to higher education. Newsletters and resources will be uploaded weekly and further resources will be uploaded to the Aspire to HE Google Drive which is accessible through the newsletter. Learners can then use the resources to help them to explore and make decisions about higher education.
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