Haggerston Library Challenge
We have put together interesting challenges to help ease some of the stay-at-home jitters, while still staying safe. So fight the boredom at home and join in to have some fun. There is no obligation to participate in all the challenges. Simply choose what fancies you the most and send us your entries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
London learning at home
The Mayor has launched London Learning at Home to bring together the city’s free learning and cultural resources that children can access from home.
Parents, carers and teachers can easily search for resources by age range, subject, key stage and level of adult supervision needed. The new initiative will help young Londoners to still feel connected to the incredible people, places and culture of their city.
- If you are a student or teacher (K-12 or college), go to downdogapp.com/schools to get free access until July 1st.
- If you are a healthcare worker, you can visit downdogapp.com/healthcare to get free access until July 1st.
Audible are giving free access to hundreds of audiobooks for children:
The Hackney Safer Schools App
The Hackney Safer Schools App is free and includes useful advice about making your home and
devices safer. It provides information about social media and how to block, mute and report anything that
either you (or your child) may find worrying – from images to comments from online bullies. The App will
also help you create healthy media habits, limit screen time, learn about scams and keep your personal
data safe. It will complement the information your child’s school will have made available via their
communications with you and your child. For more information, click here.
Advice for those working in schools – The British Psychological Society
The British Psychological Society have a useful blog and news page on their website. You can find guidance and advice for teachers and other professionals during these difficult times.
Young Hackney coronavirus update: Online hub and useful resources for parents and children
Young Hackney’s online hub is live Monday – Friday, 3pm-5pm. You will find a packed programme of virtual activities to get stuck into. There are junior sessions for ages 6-12 and senior sessions ages for 13-19, as well sessions and support available over the phone for young people with SEND and for targeted groups including young carers and their parents.
You can visit the online hub to see what activities they have planned.
Online cook alongs for the £15 free school meals budget
The Bite Back 2030 Team – a youth led movement – has launched a daily online cookery class run by a leading chef at the Jamie Oliver Cookery School and supported by the Laidlaw Foundation.
EEF resources to support home learning
In response to the unprecedented closure of schools to most pupils, the EEF has produced a set of resources designed to be used by schools and parents/carers to support home learning. Free to read and download, these are all based on the evidence-based recommendations and also include practical tips, including suggested text messages and emails schools can send to promote shared reading, home learning routines, and maths at home.
There also some interesting and insightful blogs and articles related to home learning including ‘Distance Learning’.
New virtual cyber initiative for teenagers
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced an online initiative that aims to inspire school pupils to work in the cyber security sector through a range of extracurricular activities including online classes. This provides the opportunity to learn and develop the important skills required for future jobs in areas like cyber security from home. Full details of this announcement and the resources available can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-virtual-cyber-school-gives-teens-chance-to-try-out-as-cyber-security-agents-from-home