In this section of the website, you can find links to different resources recommended by our staff and students that can be accessed during our extended periods of social distancing, quarantining and lockdown.
If you have any recommendations to add to our lists, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lots of home schooling resources from Gresswell Libraries at Home
BBC Bitesize Resources starting 20th April:
|Exploring The World Without Leaving Home |
Arts & Culture
In recent years, countless galleries and museums have been slowly digitising their experience. You can view high definition pictures of classic art, view 3D mockups of ancient artefacts and even take a virtual tour inside many of the buildings themselves! Here are a few of our favourites: The British Museum The Museum of Modern Art The Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel
While nothing compares to getting in the field, you can take a virtual trip to surprising number of places online with apps like Google Earth and Google Maps. Make sure you don’t miss: The Grand Canyon The Great Barrier Reef
History is often pieced together from collections of artefacts and the online environment lends itself well to exploring many tangents in an interactive way. We’ve been exploring:
The Anne Frank House The National History Museum
One of our most poular trips takes schools to the NASA Space Center in Houston. They also have an amazing mobile app that lets you explore the entire centre including inside cockpits with a full virtual tour. You can download the NASA Space Center app here.
You may also want to check out the exhibits on the Natural History Museum for a slightly more earth-bound experience.
BBC launches daily educational shows to keep children studying:
Activities and Boredom Busters
Escape to zoos, live performances, museums and faraway destinations from the comfort of your settee! Cultural Experience Challenge with all the website links you need, now available here. Something for everyone!
Have a go at the James Dyson Foundation’s challenges that you can complete at home:
Check out the Heath House Competition Twitter
(https://twitter.com/Heath_Housecomp) for the Easter Egg Decorating Competition!
Do your daily diary entry about Life in Lockdown. Miss Roberts will send a Classcharts prompt out every day and you can email her anything you want to share at email@example.com.
Free audio stories from David Walliams – one a day for 30 days: https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
As part of the BBC’s plans to keep bringing arts to audiences during the Coronavirus pandemic, you will be able to watch six of the RSC shows from the comfort of your own home over the next few weeks:
- Macbeth (2018), directed by Polly Findlay with Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack
- Hamlet (2016), directed by Simon Godwin with Paapa Essiedu
- Romeo and Juliet(2018), directed by our Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman
- Much Ado About Nothing (2014), directed by Christopher Luscombe
- Othello (2015), directed by Iqbal Khan with Hugh Quarshie and Lucian Msamati
- The Merchant of Venice (2015), directed by Polly Findlay
The World Cultures gallery showcases National Museums Liverpool’s huge collections from Africa, The Americas, Asia and Oceania. Explore the gallery virtually below.
Mental Health Support
North West Boroughs Healthcarehttps://www.nwbh.nhs.uk/ has upgraded its existing 24/7 mental health crisis lines to Freephone numbers. This means they are now free to call from both landlines and mobile phones.
The new dedicated phone numbers are:
0800 051 1508 for people living in Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and Warrington
The crisis lines provide support 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people of all ages, including children and young people, who need urgent mental health support. You do not need to be known to our services to contact our crisis lines, they are available for existing patients and the public.
Please be assured, anyone who dials the original local numbers will still reach our mental health crisis teams first time, without the need to be diverted. However, calls made to the original numbers will be charged.
A wealth of resources to support all aspects of mental health during the pandemic can be found at
Resources from The Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-involved/teaching-resources/kindness-resource-list
*Webinar Wednesday 1st April only* The British Dyslexia Association are holding a webinar for managing anxiety during school closures:
Young Minds are operational and are providing telephone support to parents concerned about their child’s mental health.
Young Minds Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544 (Monday – Friday 9.30-4pm)
They also provide a 24/7 Crisis Text message service.
Parents need to text: ‘YM’ to 85258 and they will be texted back.
Links for Parents
Sustrans Outside In provides fun ideas and inspiration for parents to bring education, health and wellbeing activities into their home.
DragonFly On Track
Here’s what DragonFly have been doing to support parents:
- We are releasing daily videos in our Facebook group for parents to provide links between the 5 ‘Ways to Wellbeing’ adopted by the NHS and the curriculum.
- We’re also providing advice for parents who children have ASD/ADHD and ‘Top Tips’ for those whose children are difficult to keep motivated and focused!
- The main ethos of the group is to foster a mentoring community, where friends or other members of the school community known to the parents video call with their child each day to check in with how things are going. To guide the mentors, we suggest coaching questions and encourage them to talk about our ‘daily challenge’ with their mentees.
Some examples of the resources available in the group are attached and the group can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dragonflyontrack/
Careers action plan:
Help for parents:
Health & Fitness
Davina McCall is giving free access to her fitness site for a month, whilst everyone is staying home.
Worth signing up, if you want to maintain your fitness or even improve your fitness whilst on lockdown. There are no payment details needed and is completely free: