Ideas and Activities to Keep You Happy and Healthy and Your Mind Occupied
An Insight Into – exciting workshops for young people aged 16-25 creating an opportunity for young people to learn from industry professionals across a wide range of sectors.
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.
Architecture around the World – virtual tours of the most amazing architecture and monuments the world had to offer
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 to 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.
BBC Young Reporter – encouraging young people aged 11 to 18 to share their stories and get their voices heard.
Berkshire County FC Inclusive Sessions – Berkshire County FC Disability Football Club is a new initiative designed to inspire boys and girls aged 12 – 18 with any disability or unable to attend mainstream football, to get involved.
Big History Project – aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
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.
Comparethemarket.com have compiled this online exercise guide.
Corn Exchange Newbury – explore this page if you are between 12 and 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.
CTC Tennis Coaching – Shinfield Tennis Club and Binfield Tennis Club have a range of sessions running again. Anyone who hasn’t had lessons with CTC Tennis Coaching before can book a free trial session – booking in advance essential. Please visit their website for further information or contact Courtney Marsden (07771 517545) and Tony Williams (07980 844487) for further information. Half term camps available!
Duke of Edinburgh Award – start your 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 lockdown limited series to help build resilience and cope with the challenges life throws at you.
Famous Landmarks and National Parks of Wyoming – visiting Wyoming promises to be a thrilling excursion
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!
Geography Games and Virtual Travel Through the USA – virtual field trips across the United States.
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.
Google Earth – the world’s most detailed globe.
Horrible Histories – the funniest, yuckiest and most gruesome bits of history.
iDEA Awards – digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Incredible things you will only see in Dubai – 12 cool and unique things you will only see in Dubai.
Interactive virtual field trips – get ready to understand history in an entirely new way!
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.
Loveholidays have produced a free guide for keeping your children safe on a family holiday.
#MoveWithUsBerkshire Campaign – physical activity can strengthen the immune system and 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 – shows, 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 and 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.
Screen Education Edinburgh are hosting a BFI Film Academy Crafts Skills Residential in Edinburgh.
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 to 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.
Staying alert and safe – social distancing guidance for young people.
The Body Coach – fun activity pack for kids.
The English National Ballet – a weekly performance hosted on YouTube.
The Maths Factor – Carol Vorderman’s site with free access to maths which follow the National Curriculum for 4 to 12 year olds.
The Mix – feeling bored? Ten fun things you can do at home.
The National Portrait Gallery – over 150,000 pictures online.
The National Theatre – weekly productions.
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 to 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.