Teaching at Home
School Improvement Liverpool
Lots of parents and carers are suddenly becoming temporary teachers, as children stay away from schools to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
Whether you’re home schooling, looking for educational activities or just interested in learning something new, there are lots of resources on our website to keep your brain engaged.
The team at School Improvement Liverpool have helpfully compiled recommended reading lists and maths resources for primary children to use when learning at home, as well as a whole host of local history images which may teach them (and you) a thing or two.
SIL’s Gill Rowlands has put together some ‘words of wisdom’ for parents and carers, to support, signpost and most importantly keep our children and young people happy and inspired to learn and maybe fire up a passion in us all to try something new.
And finally, you can follow the School Improvement team on social media where they will be sharing lots more resources to support home learning.
SIL Facebook: facebook.com/SchoolImprovementLiverpool/
SIL Twitter: twitter.com/si_liverpool
For many, schools have been closed for more days than we can remember now. Hands up those who are finding teaching the kids at home a struggle? That’s right a lot, so you should take comfort in the fact you are not alone. With so many distractions around, it can be hard for young minds to stay focussed and engaged in learning activities. So could BBC Bitesize be your saviour?
Created with the help of education consultants, teachers and education providers, age appropriate content is added to the BBC Bitesize website on a daily basis. With lots of lessons, videos, activities and much more there’s something for ages 3 to 16+. There’s plenty of hints and tips for parents too!
Shakespeare Learning Zone
Unlock Shakespeare’s language with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s free Learning Zone. With a range of materials for home-schooling, explore storytelling, create your own scenes and stories, hear from actors talking about techniques and much more.
Bluecoat have a whole heap of family activities for you, put together by their dedicated participation team and designed so that you won’t need to order any special materials. Some highlights include designing your own jigsaw puzzle using a cereal box, creating a mask from eggboxes or making your own sketchbook from recycled materials.
Recycle for Liverpool
Recycle for Liverpool is an online resource for children and families at home, suitable for Key Stages 1 & 2 and produced by Liverpool City Council’s Recycling Improvement Team.
This pack is designed to help children (and adults) learn about recycling during the Covid-19 lockdown – all whilst having a bit of fun at the same time.
Super Heroes: Words are our Power
Superheroes: Words are our Power is a pioneering four-year project (2019-22) funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation More and Better fund that’s exploring new creative writing strategies for primary schools. Using super heroes as a force for change, Writing on the Wall are helping children use their imaginations through creative writing, play and story creation.
Since the closure of schools, the team have been producing and sharing creative writing challenges and resources online for our superhero schools and any families home schooling. You can find our resources via @wow_superheroes or you can download them from writingonthewall.org.uk/resources.html.
The WoW team also have a weekly challenges from our Superhero Writers in Residence, including Jon Mayhew, Levi Tafari and Marie Basting!
Build a play with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
Liverpool is a city of storytellers, and there’s no better time to start than when we’re all staying at home. Build a play is a new programme from the Everyman and Playhouse, which is suitable for all ages (and designed to meet the Key Stage 2 creative writing aims). It will use all of the experience gained from decades of working with some of the country’s best playwrights.
Each Tuesday and Thursday, the E&P will release a new mission which will give you some writing prompts. These will cover everything from the initial inspiration to the character-building and scenes, until you too are a qualified playwright.
You can find out what tasks have been set so far, as well as all the information you need, by clicking here. Good luck!
Online classes and more with dot-art
Liverpool-based organisation, dot-art, supports visual artists and champions art as an integral part of everyday life
All dot-art’s online courses are led by a talented team of artist tutors, who have been working hard from their homes to turn their teaching expertise digital. The team are sure you will be just as delighted by the results as they are! Some classes will be delivered live and some pre-recorded, but all will be released regularly online, and available to go back and watch at your leisure for 12 weeks. With each session, you will receive a course handout to download and keep. The handouts detail what that session has covered so all the information is there to refer back to at any time. You will also be invited to join a closed Facebook group where you can get 1-2-1 feedback from your tutor, chat with other participants and ask questions at any time. Find out more here.
In addition to this, dot-art are planning a new, online Teachers Corner exhibition to acknowledge and celebrate the fact that many teachers are also artists and give their students the chance to appreciate that. We think it particularly important to give teachers a platform just for themselves at this difficult time. Any teacher, from any school, can submit work here – and it can be work that you have created previously, as we know you have your hands a bit full at the moment!
And if all of the above wasn’t enough, the team have also released a blog on how to get creative at home – head here for your Creative Isolation inspiration.
Liverpool Heartbeat Magazine
Young people across Merseyside are being asked to contribute to a brand new comic magazine created by Liverpool Heartbeat, the charity organisation that promotes healthy, exciting and fulfilling life styles for children of all ages.
The magazine is being compiled by former Marvel Comics editor, Tim Quinn, and you can find out more here.
The University of Liverpool Cultural Hub Resources
The University of Liverpool have produced a range of resources perfect for children and adults learning at home during lockdown. Professor Sarah Peverley at the university is a medievalist, cultural historian, broadcaster, and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker and has produced a number of podcasts and features that are ideal for bringing history, culture and literature to life. Links to these resources can be found below.
- A broadcast talk on The Real Game of Thrones: Power in 15th-Century England
- A clip from the award winning BBC programme Oak Tree, which explains the history of Iron Gall Ink (the ink that most of our history is written in):
For younger students, the university has a range of resources specially for children studying at key stage two.
- Audiobook: The Little Mermaid – A retelling of The Little Mermaid featuring an original soundtrack composed by local composer Alex Cottrell (a University of Liverpool alumni), and one which is a retelling of a medieval werewolf tale called Bisclavret. (You can also view via Youtube here)
- Audiobook: Bisclavret The Werewolf featuring The Liverpool Players. (You can also view via Youtube here)
For older children, teenagers and adults the University also have two recordings which are may be of interest:
- The medieval Chester Noah play, recorded at the Mersey Maritime Museum in 2013 can be viewed on Youtube here.
- The Tudor Interlude of Youth, recorded at Rufford Old Hall in 2014 can be viewed on Youtube here
- A light-hearted take on Hamlet in Three Minutes (and then again in 30 seconds) as performed as part of the Everyman Fun Palace in 2015 is also a fun way of looking at literature when studying.
*Please note, the University of Liverpool resources above are provided by the University of Liverpool and Professor Sarah Peverley and The Liverpool Players).