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COVID-19 guidance and updates

Guidance and support

For support, guidance and the latest updates in North East Lincolnshire visit COVID-19 Guidance and support.

For the latest national information and guidance on COVID-19 visit GOV.UK – Coronavirus.

Our response to COVID

Read about what we have been doing to help during this time on Our response to COVID-19.

Information to help you and your family through COVID

Supporting your family through these times can be really difficult. There is lots of support out there to help you and your family to talk about the situation, manage feelings and anxieties, as well as online learning and fun activities.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)- Looking after your feelings and your body

Keep Safe UK- Easy read COVID posters and audio guide

World Health Organisation – Helping children cope with stress

Childmind – Talking to kids about the coronavirus

BPS – Talking to children about coronavirus

Incredible years – Articles for parents

Place2Be  – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing

Young Minds – Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing

Covibook – An interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic

COVID Lockdown and staying at home– Stay at home easy read picture guide and large print guides

Easy Read posters and audio of COVID guidance

National Autistic Society – Guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff.

Mencap – Easy Read guide to Coronavirus.

Autism educator – A social story about coronavirus that talks about the effects of social distancing (for example not being able to go to favourite place).

Carers UK – Guidance for carers.

Amaze – Information pack for parents.

Public Health England – An easy read version of their advice on the coronavirus for places of education.

OCD UK – Information for those struggling with OCD.

Young Minds – General information for young people about managing their mental health.

Sensory integration – Information for those with sensory difficulties who struggle with handwashing.

Out of nursery and school activities

Top tips with 10 activities that can be done with your children during this period of time off nursery/school: Here are some preparation top tips:

1. Setting Up a Family Meeting – calling a family meeting is important to set ground rules and expectations for the duration of this situation. Ask all to participate and look into what is their understanding of the situation, what this means and why are we doing this…it will give everyone a sense of purpose and meaning. Validate emotions as children may feel like things are not fair. Write together a poster with ground rules, decide on the ground rules together, like how many hours of devices and games for example, chores, cooking and ask for everyone’s contribution to the family household.

2. Setting Up a Schedule – Having a calendar or a schedule outlining different activities will help create a routine and establish predictability. It can be done visually using colour coded signs, see picture above. Although not necessarily needing to be equally dispersed across the day, deciding on a schedule together will help family functioning.

3. Deciding on Different Activities – When discussing different activities, it is important to ensure that all family members’ needs are met. For younger children, they may need play and unstructured times, as for older children, it may mean learning online with structured educational activities set by the school. For parents, it may mean the need to have some time to work and communicate with colleagues. Remember it is also important to allow for self-care and time for you, like putting the oxygen mask on you before someone else! What activities can we do from home? You may think it will be a long haul! On this page there are lots of ideas of different educational, cognitive and creative activities that can be done at home.

Practical activities for home

1. Setting Up a Den in the house or a Camp in the garden – This activity can be useful to create a safe place for children and a place they know they can have some quiet time, such as, reading a book, playing with little people, teddies or puppets. You can ask them to contribute to set it up with you, make decorations, put up lights and a sign. Children will find this fun and different. It can create an imaginative world for the child.

2. Setting Up a Learning Place in the house and Do Learning Together – It is important that children feel they have an allocated space in the house where they can concentrate and focus on learning. It does not have to be a big space and can even be a shared space. It is more about how we use this space and what we do when we are learning. Setting up some ground rules for this will also be helpful. With a schedule, allocate time to learning in short and fruitful bursts, it is more about the quality and the positive experience of learning rather the quantity and speed at which we do these learning tasks. When you are noticing that learning is no longer fruitful, have a short break, a snack, a glass of water, some movement breaks. Family learning can be rich as we can all learn together and share understanding, problem-solving and information.

3. Cooking Together – Cooking is great as it also includes literacy and numeracy tasks, such as, reading recipes or counting and measuring ingredients. Involving children in cooking can be fun and full of joy as they are involved in producing a tangible product at the end. You can also ask the children to finish off the cookies, cake, etc. by decorating them, lots of time can be spent on this.

4. Puzzle, Lego, Visual-Spatial Activities – These activities tend to be calming as the brain focuses on putting things together rather than verbal or emotion demanding tasks. Offering these activities in the house will be of benefit to everyone as it will help all involved to be grounded and calm.

5. Setting Up a Fun Project – It is important to vary activities, like a carousel. Start with one and move on to the next. When activities are designed to promote different areas of development, children will find this more engaging than if it is tapping into the same type of skills so it is important to also have something creative, a fun project you will enjoy doing together. A fun project could be: making a scrapbook of different drawings, paintings, making characters out of modelling clay, picking up leaves from the garden and finding the name of the tree online, taking photographs of wildlife in the garden such as birds, animals, painting rocks with emojis on them, drawing a cartoon strip or writing a collection of short stories, inventing characters and drawing these, so many things that can be done. Some children may like the challenge of a research project.

6. Starting a Collection, Playing Board Games – Stamps, stones, leaves, labels and lots of other things can start collections. Board games, such as snakes and ladders, can be made using templates on the web.

7. Sending Messages, Letters and Postcards to Family and Friends – Keep in touch with your social networks via different communication modes either video call or messaging.

8. Learning a New Skill Together and/or Teaching a New Skill – There are lots of youtube videos nowadays that can teach skills step by step. Learn to say words in a different language, learn how to do sewing, knitting, crochet, slime, scrapbooking, photography, design a webpage together or design cards online.

9. Implementing Routines for Self-care and Mindfulness – It’s ok for all involved to feel this is not a normal situation. It is important to keep communicating, being transparent, responding to questions, presenting the facts as well as not bombarding with facts. Children are curious and like to find out about the world so it is a good opportunity to open their thinking by sharing information, exploring maps, countries. It is also important we are aware of feelings and able to recognise sensations, feelings and actions. Implement some self-care activities together such as doing a calming activity together, reading a book, relaxing, watching a film.

10. Exercising – Don’t forget to move and for the full family to move. You can set up some an obstacle course in the garden for example. This can be done using household items like a skipping rope, bottles, a ball. Like do 10 jumps, 10 skips, 10 hoops in the basketball hoop, knock 3 bottles down, etc. You can set up a challenge and time them going through the course. Walking the dog and playing with an animal can also be part of the routine

Have fun at home!

GoNoodle  – videos designed to get kids moving.

Seusville  – lot of activities, crafts and games based on the world of Dr Seuss

Thinking games  – this website has links to a whole host of games designed to improve logical thinking skills

Highlights Kids – a popular US magazine for children, this site has lots of ideas for craft activities, recipes and an ‘explore’ section covering science questions and experiments

Art for Kids Hub – this Youtube channel shows you how to draw a variety of things from animals to cartoon characters and even cars

The Imagination Tree – Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

The MET Office – Discovering maths, science and more through weather and climate.

RSPB – Fun activities for kids

Paw Print Badges – Free challenge packs and other downloads

Online lessons

BBC Bitesize – Primary TV schedule
CBBC will include BBC Bitesize Daily, as well as other much-loved shows with an educational twist, such as Our School, Celebrity Supply Teacher, Horrible Histories and more.

BBC Bitesize lessons

BBC Teach– Home to thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos, arranged by age-group and subject. (EYFS/KS1/KS2/KS3/KS4)

Oak National Academy – Provides online Classrooms: Supporting every teacher to support every pupil.

White Rose Maths Resources – EYFS to Year 9 daily online maths lessons and resources EYFS/KS1/KS2/KS3)

BBC Bitesize by age– Videos, quizzes and activities


TES Resources– Everything from EYFS to key stage 5. All home learning packs have been made free. EYFS/KS1/KS2/KS3/KS4 and A-Level    

Adobe Education Exchange– Free resources, workshops and teaching materials. (EYFS/KS1/KS2/KS3/KS4)

Seneca Learning– Online learning platform with free access to range of online lessons and quizzes (KS3/KS4 and A-Level)

Twig and TigTag education– Free science resources for students aged 4-16.

Khan Academy– Free resources for children aged 2-18.

CGP – Provided learn-at-home resources for Primary and Secondary including free online tests to downloadable practice papers

Futurelearn– Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).


Talk for Writing – Free English activity booklets to download and free English units for remote learning 

Clicker 8 and Clicker Writer   

Classroom Secrets – Resource packs to support reading, writing, grammar and maths from EYFS to Year 6.

Twinkl Planner Tool – Create lessons that can be shared with children  

  • Twinkl Go- Free access to over 500 games, videos & audiobooks
  • Twinkl Home Learning Hub – A full timetable of age-appropriate content which is updated daily

BBC Bitesize by age– Videos, quizzes and activities

BBC Bitesize- Parents’ Toolkit SEND -SEND resources, activities and tips for parents

TES Resources– Everything from EYFS to key stage 5. All home learning packs have been made free. EYFS/KS1/KS2/KS3/KS4 and A-Level   

Oxford Owl – free ebooks, English and Maths activities 

Adobe Education Exchange– Free resources, workshops and teaching materials. (EYFS/KS1/KS2/KS3/KS4)

Phonics Play– Free access to phonics resources

Topmarks – Links to a range of online games to support teaching of phonics. (EYFS/KS1)

Primary Resources – a range of resources covering all curriculum areas and work for EYFS, KS1 and KS2

National Education Union– Reading, Writing, Music, Art resources

Twig and TigTag education– Free science resources for students aged 4-16.

Khan Academy– Free resources for children aged 2-18.

BrainPOP– Cross-curricular resources using topics and themes.

Plan Bee – home-learning packs free of charge. (KS1/KS2)

CGP – Provided learn-at-home resources for Primary and Secondary including free online tests to downloadable practice papers

Classroom Secrets -Resource packs to support reading, writing, grammar and maths from EYFS to Year 6.

Scholastic- free home learning to download. Printable activities (EYFS/KS1/KS2)

  • EYFS
  • KS1
  • Lower KS2
  • Upper KS2

The Body Coach daily workouts – Joe Wicks  

Woodland Trust– activities that can be done at home all around nature

Communication and Interaction

COVID-19 Support | Widgit– COVID support materials produced using symbols e.g. social stories, free downloadable activities with symbol-supported instructions

Tips for autistic people and families (– National Autistic Society website support and guidance for families and adults. Follow the link and scroll down to the bottom of the page to find some free downloadable resources e.g. things to do indoors

Lots of information and subject-related ideas on how to support the CYP with ASC broken down into age groups


Teach your monster to read

Phonics Play – phonics games which follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. Pick the phase the child is currently on using the menu at the side. Phonics Play is currently free for all users during the school closure period.

  • Username: march20
  • Password: home


Storyline Online – a catalogue of videos featuring celebrities reading children’s stories

Unite for literacy – a US online library which provides free access to over 400 original picture books


CoolMath4Kids – interactive games covering the four operations (+ – x ÷) and fractions

Pet Bingo is an app for practising the four operations, children get to earn pets and care for them. Download on Apple apps or Android apps.

Snappy Maths – maths worksheets for quick mental arithmetic sessions, like doubles & halves, number bonds and times tables


Science Museum Group – Videos, activities and facts on lots of different science topics for all key stages

Science for Kids – A New Zealand based site with lots of science experiments and games for kids

Switch Zoo – the idea started from creating new animals by switching parts, includes lots of information about habitats, biomes, feeding animals and animal sounds

Mystery Science

Crest Awards – Science awards that can be completed at home

Topics (History, Geography, Art)

Travel and leisure – Museums with virtual tours

Hello giggles – Museums with virtual tours

Big History Project

National Geographic Kids – covering animals, science, history & geography, a website full of fascinating facts.

3D Geography – free paper templates for making models, plus lots of geography information and resources

Geography games


Tynker – marketed as ‘coding for kids’, this website is currently offering free access to its premium content – founders of the ‘Hour of code’ tutorials, this website offers computer science courses for students from reception through to A-level

iDEA Awards – Digital award scheme that can be completed online


Scratch games


Duolingo – a free platform for learning languages. You can learn from a computer, or download the app.

Teachit languages have a range of resources for secondary school students.

Setting up your home learning

Get some help setting up your home learning on zoom, google classroom and teams by reading and watching the Remote learning guides.

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