Ideas and Activities to Keep You Happy and Healthy and Your Mind Occupied
Apple – if you have an Apple device, Apple have released free ebooks for a limited time; click on ‘Book store’ and then the ‘Free books’ section.
Audible – thousands of educational and children’s audio books available completely free.
Autism Berkshire – Visit their page which is full of things that children and families can do at home and places they can visit online.
BBC Bitesize – free teaching and revision material for primary, secondary and post-16 students, including advice on studying at home during the pandemic.
BBC Bitesize Revision App – for 14-16 year olds, the app includes GCSE Flashcards for Maths, English, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined Science, Geography, History and PE.
BBC Teach – thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos arranged by age group and subject.
Big History Project – Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Boredom Busters – some isolation activities to try at home.
British Sign Language Lessons – learn Beginners BSL.
Cambridge Science Centre – free online resources to inspire and excite children about science!
Chatterpack – a list of free, online, boredom-busting resources.
Codecademy – advice about how to learn effectively at home.
Coding for Beginners – 1 hour tutorials for all ages.
Corn Exchange Newbury – Explore this page if you are between 12 – 25 years old and have an interest in the arts as a career or a hobby. Online sessions available.
Creative Bug – offering free taster craft lessons from knitting to jewellery-making, drawing and origami .
Duke of Edinburgh Award – start you DofE journey with Berkshire Youth. Start Your Bronze DofE video presentation, narrated by Kate from the DofE Scotland team. Get in touch via admin to find out more.
Exposed – a lock-down limited series to help build resilience and cope with the challenges life throws at you.
Fitness Studio exercise videos – take your pick from 24 instructor led videos across aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, and pilates and yoga categories.
Football Stadium Tours – a selection of virtual football stadium tours.
Founders and Coders – young person’s guide to Miro.
Founders and Coders – young person’s guide to Zoom.
Futurelearn – Free access to hundreds of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name. Own account from age 14+.
Geography Games – Geography gaming!
Get Berkshire Active: Activities for Girls – This Girl Can Home Exercise and much more.
Get Berkshire Active: Activities for Young People – a selection of activities and links to help pass some time.
Get Started in Dance (16-25) – virtual one week dance project, street & contemporary dance techniques, create your own performance. Taster day: 20 April; Main programme: 26 – 30 April. Email Pippa to sign up.
Get Started in Podcasting (16-30) – are you interested in developing your skills and confidence in presenting and hosting a podcast? Taster day 13 April; main programme 19 – 23 April. Email for more information.
Gojimo – a revision app that cover 28 GCSE subjects, 20 A level subjects and much more.
Google Earth – the world’s most detailed globe.
Horrible Histories – the funniest, yuckiest and most gruesome bits of history.
iDEA Awards https://idea.org.uk/ – Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Kennet Leisure Centre – Free at home, on demand workouts available. They have loads of great at home workout ideas, plus other ways to keep your body and mind active. Activities include Digital Coach, Boxing Workouts, Home Workouts, Yoga At Home, Yoga for. the Kids and Getting Kids Moving. To keep up to date with information on what’s open and opening times click here.
#MoveWithUsBerkshire Campaign – physical activity can strengthen the immune systemand improve physical and mental wellbeing. Use the GBA Activity Finder to find what works for you.
National Geographic for Kids – information, resources and quizzes.
National Theatre at Home – showings, quiz and collection of 30 world-class productions.
NASA at Home – selection of virtual tours and simulations of NASA areas and space.
Online Exhibitions and Displays – explore Manchester Museum’s current exhibitions an displays.
Openlearn – Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University, but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Open Water Safety: Be Aware – as the temperature continues to rise a cooling swim in rivers and lakes can be appealing. About 400 people drown every year in the UK. Recent data show that 95% of all swimming drowning victims were male and many were teenagers https://www.rospa.com/leisure-safety. Open water is often stronger and deeper than it looks with hazards that can’t be seen #WaterSafety.
Operation Ouch – Dr Chris, Dr Xand and Dr Ronx explore the ins and outs of the human body in a variety of eye-opening experiments.
Paw Print Badges – Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors.
Phet – interactive simulations to help with sciences, earth studies and maths.
PL Kicks Facebook Live flyer – weekly football Kicks sessions every Thursday.
Prince’s Trust – useful advice, guidance and resources so you can continue to upskill by developing your confidence and abilities during this challenging time.
Scratch – Creative computer programming.
Seneca – For those revising at GCSE or A Level. Tons of free revision content.
Shakespeare Learning – resources for plays, live lessons, activity toolkits, and behind the scenes information from the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Shakespeare at The Globe – on-demand free-to-view performances.
Side Quest – New initiative for 13 – 19 year olds to start a rewarding career in the videogames industry. It challenges you to build a game in 7 days, with free software, regular live-streamed masterclasses and supportive online community.
Stairway Learning – a free platform to make the learning of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths); interactive lessons targeted to students studying towards Maths, Physics and Biology GCSEs.
Staying alert and safe – social distancing guidance for young people.
The English National Ballet – a weekly performance hosted on YouTube.
The Hideout – a space for children and young people to understand domestic abuse.
The Maths Factor – Carol Vorderman’s site with free access to maths that follow the National Curriculum for 4 – 12 year olds.
The Mix – feeling bored? 10 fun things you can do at home.
The National Portrait Gallery – over 150,000 pictures online.
The National Theatre – weekly productions.
The Youth Employability Service has produced a great guide for young people during lockdown. It contains ideas and activities to keep you happy and healthy, and your mind occupied during these unusual times.
Thinkuknow – an education programme to help keep you safe both online and offline.
Tinkercad – All kinds of making.
Travel and Leisure – virtual tours of 12 famous museums.
You-COPE: Youth COVID-19 Response Personal Experience Study Information – UCL would like to understand how young people aged 16 -24 in the UK have been impacted by COVID-19 to inform national health and education policy during the pandemic and in the future.
Young Leaders at Home – resources for KS3 focusing on the development of leadership skills and character virtues.
Your Way – 28 virtual tours and experiences.