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RESEARCH-INFORMED RESOURCES

Learning at home: Supporting twice-exceptional learners

Strategies for helping to support the home-based learning of gifted students who have one or more co-existing learning challenges.

Taking action: A short guide to cybersafety for parents

The most important steps you need to take to keep your children safe online, with links to a number of useful cybersafety tools and resources.

How teachers can support student engagement in online learning

How teachers can develop the conditions and practices online to support student engagement.

Learning at home: Supporting children with Special Education Needs

Some specific ideas to help parents establish routines and support their children’s learning at home.

Home learning: Developing a structure for your day

While the research base is rather limited on structuring a day for home learning, there are some underlying principles based on research about effective learning and human behaviour, that might be useful.

Fun learning activities

Build a balloon-powered lego car

Build and race lego cars with this idea that invites plenty of design and engineering and encourages a variety of different possible solutions

Story time! Great stories available as audiobooks for your children

Reading books with your child is an incredibly powerful way of supporting your child’s learning. We’ve put together a list of stories that are available as audiobooks (one for each day of the week) that we think make for great listening

Ice sculpture

Playing with ice offers children a lot of potential for exploration, experimentation and physical manipulation and the fun lasts until the ice is all melted

Playdough many different ways!

A staple for play, playdough appeals to a wide range of ages and has unlimited potential for creative expression.

Edible float and sink experiment

A fun activity for predicting and experimenting as well as an opportunity to explore some complex scientific concepts, and afterwards, you get to eat the materials!

Find my plant

A fun game to play while out exploring nature that will really get your child observing!

I notice, I wonder, it reminds me of…

Get outside and into nature regularly, with nature study ideas to focus your observations and learning.

Scrape painting

A simple idea for applying paint which can inspire lots of experimentation and creativity!

We’re going on a bear hunt!

Take part in a community initiative and get some exercise in the process!

Gloop!

This kind of gloop is a fascinating medium which has a unique texture, a mixture that is part liquid and part solid. Children of all ages enjoy exploring its properties, and playing with gloop is relaxing and calming.

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WELLBEING INFORMATION

Supporting wellbeing and resilience

Simple but effective ways for parents and caregivers to enhance wellbeing and build resilience in children while on lockdown.

The importance of play for wellbeing and learning at all ages

An introduction to the different types of play and their extensive benefits for children’s emotional wellbeing and cognitive development.

USEFUL WEBSITES FOR THIS AGE GROUP

A social story about Covid-19

Why we like this: This is a useful way to explain to young children what covid-19 is and what it means for them and the world more generally.


Daily stories read by Oliver Jeffers

Why we like this: These are wonderfully entertaining and engaging stories (between 15 and 30 minutes each) and there’s an opportunity for parents to then talk with their children afterwards about the story.


Chris Field – Serial Disruptor

 

Why we like this: Each day Chris Field interviews people with cool jobs. For example, a wildlife vet, firefighters, artists, sports stars and more. Interviews vary in length between 15-45 minutes.


Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Why we like this: Daily drawing tutorials (20-30 minutes, which are really engaging for children, and there are opportunities to extend the activity beyond the length of the tutorial.