Resources

Stuck at home? These online resources will keep you and the kids happy and healthy.

Now we’re all unexpectedly spending a lot more time at home we’re going to need all the help we can get to stay active and entertained.

Luckily there’s a whole world of free online resources out there ready and waiting to be used.

From health and wellbeing websites to cooking classes, mental workout apps and educational resources for the kids, there’s something for everyone during the coronavirus lockdown.

Here is our pick of some of the best to stream, surf and play.

Primary school children

It can be tricky keeping the younger members of your family entertained while at home. Once they’re finished playing in the garden, why not try out these online resources?

Edinburgh Zoo

Why not explore the wonders of the natural world with this live stream from Edinburgh zoo. You can check out what the pandas are doing on the Panda Cam, the tigers on Tiger Cam and the penguins on  Penguin Cam.

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Oxford Owl

Get your youngsters reading with this free e-book library from Oxford Owl. For ages 3-11. 

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The Maths Factor

Created by Carol Vorderman, the Maths Factor website will help four to 12 year-olds with their maths skills. 

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Purple Mash

Purple Mash helps youngsters learn computing and digital skills across the whole national curriculum with award-winning teaching and learning software for KS1 and KS2. It is currently offering free 14-day trials to teachers and parents. 

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Premier League Primary Stars

For soccer mad youngsters the Premier League Primary Stars website offers a wide collection of free, football-themed, curriculum-linked, activities including maths, English and health and wellbeing, to educate and entertain children at home. 

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Cosmic Kids Yoga

Looking for ways to gets your children to exercise? Try the Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube channel

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Secondary school children

Looking for something more challenging to occupy older children at home? Check out these fun and educational challenges, apps and websites while they’re not at school.

James Dyson foundation

Aimed at budding engineers aged seven and above, download these Challenge Cards featuring 44 engineering and science challenges from the UK’s most famous inventor James Dyson. How many can you complete? 

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French Teacher

Take the time to brush up on your French with these free study packs aimed at everyone from Year 7 beginners to A-level students. 

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The Body Coach

He’s the nation’s PE teacher and millions are tuning in to get their daily exercise fix with Joe Wicks’ live workout very morning. Join in here. 

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Expeditions App

Journey around the world without leaving your front room with this free virtual reality augmentation app for all ages. Includes hundreds of destinations including Mount Everest and The Louvre. 

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iDea

Take part in iDea -  an international programme that helps older children develop/demonstrate their digital, enterprise and employability skills for free using fun activities.

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Working from home

Working from home will be a new experience for many. These resources should help make it a more productive, less stressful, experience.

Cisco Webex

Stay in touch with colleagues with Cisco Webex, a videoconferencing software app.

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Office 365

Microsoft has announced it’s making the basic version of its Office 365 enterprise suite of productivity tools such as Word and Excel free for six months to organisations, giving users access to the premium version of Microsoft Teams.

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RescueTime

The app allows you to track the time you spend on various websites, working in the background of your laptop, phone and tablet to show you exactly how long you spend on certain sites. Essentially, it helps you cut down on your bad browsing habits. 

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Trello

Trello is a website and app that acts as a real-time bulletin board, enabling you to organise your working day as well as your team.

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Dropbox

A good way to store and transfer files or large documents. Users can save their files and share them with other members if needed to let them edit or add new stuff. 

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Health and wellbeing

It’s more important than ever that everyone at home stays fit and healthy right now. These websites and apps will help you and your family do just that.

The Body Coach

He’s the nation’s PE teacher and millions are tuning in to get their daily exercise fix with Joe Wicks’ live workout very morning.

Visit here

ClassPass

ClassPass Live brings a variety of workouts to your home that make you break into a sweat as much as you would at a real world gym class. The instructors break down each move into easy to follow actions so you can jump in at any fitness level – and push yourself as far as you want to go. 

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Down Dog App

The Down Dog App helps you create a personalised yoga practice where you can pick your own your time, level, focus, instructor and music to exercise to. Use the lockdown to perfect your downward dog or dolphin poses.

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FitBit Premium/Coach

FitBit Premium/Coach is supporting people during the pandemic by offering 90-day free trials of its Fitbit Premium and Fitbit Coach services. The premium service includes more than 150 workouts, while Fitbit Coach allows users to stream workout videos on phones or computers. 

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Headspace

Try the Headspace website to learn about meditation, sleep, and movement exercises to enhance your wellbeing. 

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Streaks

Streaks is a to-do list app that helps you form good habits and pushes you towards reaching your goals. The app allows you to track up to twelve tasks you want to complete each day including everything from walking the dog to flossing your teeth. The goal is to build a streak of consecutive days. 

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General

Bored? Need something to take your mind off being stuck at home? Try these cooking, reading and mental challenges to keep you occupied.

Bootstrap Cook

Need some inspiration to turn those odds and ends you have in the back of the fridge into a hearty family meal? Then tune in every day at 5pm on Twitter to tweet home cook Jack Monroe and she will recommend a recipe to use them. 

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Scribd

Explore the “world’s largest digital library” and immerse yourself in a good book at Scribd – which has just opened its library free for 30 days free of charge. 

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Football Manager

Fancy being the next online Jurgen Klopp or Jose Mourinho? Then try your hand at the perennial favourite Football Manager game. Developers Sports Interactive Games have made the game free to ply until April. 

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Wordfeud

Keep those little grey cells working with Wordfeud.  Much like Scrabble, Wordfeud is a puzzle game where you challenge friends to find high scores when landing on a double letters, double word, triple letters or triple word tiles. Play with friends or be matched up against random opponents. 

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