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Secondary School resources for young people

Links to a range of resources and activities to help support parents in ensuring their secondary school aged children have access to subject specific learning during the 2021 school closures. This forms part of Together for Families' Covid-19 response.We will continue to add to this page and please give us some feedback on what is useful and what you would like to see. We welcome your suggestions. 

Arts and Design

Free online pixel art drawing tool

Adobe Spark
Adobe Spark is an online and mobile design app. Easily create stunning social graphics, short videos, and web pages

Use Canva's drag-and-drop feature and layouts to design, share and print business cards, logos, presentations, posters and more. An online graphic design tool.

Skillshare is an online education platform with thousands of free classes taught by the world's best practitioners. Classes range from cooking to sewing, graphic design to landscape photography. 

List of UK Arts Competitions
Some require an entry fee, but many are free.

One Drawing a Day
This blog can inspire you to create a new medium of artwork each day

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Drama and Performing Arts

Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House launches a programme of free online content for the culturally curious at home

English and Reading

Join Cornwall Library Online
Cornwall Library provides members free access to a wide range of online resources. These include electronic books, eAudiobooks, online newspapers and magazines, stream music to your internet device and research information using our online reference library.

English Resources for Teens | British Council
Activities, articles and teaching tools specifically designed to enhance the learning of teenage students.

BBC Writers Room
This site can only promote opportunities and events which are free for writers to enter and don't ask for payment from writers at any stage. 

Obooko Teen and Young Adult Free Ebooks
Obooko has been online since 2010 and was created specifically to make quality English-language books available free of charge to anyone, regardless of means. 

LitFilmFest Lessons
Choose your path towards purposeful and engaging literacy.

World of Stories Teen Audiobooks
#WorldBookDay chosen audiobooks, for free.

My Virtual Literary Festival
MYVLF is the free global virtual literary festival, connecting readers with authors. Our online event space gives readers access to the best of today’s literature and fiction from internationally based traditional and independently published authors.

The Shed that Fed a Million Children 
Mary’s Meals charity run school feeding programmes in 19 countries across the world. One of the great pleasures of this work is engaging with pupils and teachers regarding their work. They have produced this workbook for children to understand more about how other children around the world eat.


Easy baking recipes | BBC Food
Try our simple recipes for all your favourite bakes.

Ready Steady Cook
You could host your own version using a selection of random ingredients from your home. Follow the link to see what was made in the episodes of this hit tv show. If you decide to record it, don't forget to show us on our social media pages! 

5 Ingredient Meals | BBC Food
Delicious and filling dinners that use only five ingredients. You can't get recipes any easier than these!

History and Geography

Ocean Explorer
Take a journey into the Earth's oceans and discover whether you've got what it takes to become an oceanographer. Explore ocean depths, currents, temperatures and find out more about the future of our oceans.

Marine Traffic around the World
View all of the vessels currently travelling the worlds oceans.

Flight Radar - Flight Traffic around the World
Flightradar24 is a global flight tracking service that provides you with real-time information about thousands of aircraft around the world.

Geography game: how well do you know the world?
Think you're good at geography? Try this game from The Guardian

Google Earth
Explore the entire world! Live Cameras from around the World is the world's leading philanthropic live nature cam network and documentary film channel.

National Geographic: 130 Years of Exploration
We’ve been making discoveries—and making an impact—for over 130 years. Now you can explore this fascinating history firsthand with a new, interactive timeline that takes you behind the scenes through rare video footage, photos, artifacts, and inside stories.

Virtual Field Trips
Each no-cost Virtual Field Trip comes with a companion guide packed with standards-aligned, hands-on learning activities! You can even visit the Artic Tundra and see the Polar Bears!!

Virtual tours: Buckingham Palace
An iconic building and official residence of The Queen, Buckingham Palace has been the focus of many moments of national celebration

Visit the Great Wall of China 3D Tour
As China's most famous attraction, the Great Wall of China is an essential stop on any trip to China.

Hadrian: The Roamin' Emperor
Can you piece together strands of historical evidence to work out what motivated the Roman Emperor, Hadrian, to travel so extensively?

History - Interactive Content - BBC
Bring history to life with animated maps, movies, games, picture galleries, virtual 3D tours and programme clips. 

School History Games | KS3, KS4, KS5 Curriculum
Educational history games for teachers, parents, homeschoolers or students. Suitable for KS3 to KS5.

Rome: A Virtual Tour of the Ancient City
Take a guided tour around ancient Rome with expert Dr Matthew Nicholls, using his detailed and award-winning 3D digital model of the city

The Secret Annex 3D Tour
Take a look around and discover the Secret Annex where Anne Frank hid for more than 2 years during WWII and where she wrote her diary.

Online Courses and Revision

Seneca GCSE - Alevel
Uses GIFs and Memes to aid learning. Shows you content again in a different format if you struggle the first time. Over 100 courses to choose from.

Future Learn
FutureLearn courses consist of pre-recorded video lectures and readings that you can work through on a weekly schedule or when it's convenient for you. They also have student discussions on every page of the course. Some have online practice quizzes, homework or assignments. Aimed at higher education, but topics may be of interest to a younger audience.

Open Learning - OpenLearn - Open University
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Lots of topics that again, may be of interest to a younger audience, also a great head start for those already thinking of their future options.

We've not only created home learning and school closure packs, but have also introduced an offer for all of them to be completely free. 

BBC Educational Programmes Secondary
Programmes covering a range of topics, from languages to science.

Personal, Social and Health Education

TedEd Talks
All sorts of engaging educational videos on a variety of topics.

Self-Care - Anna Freud Centre
85+ Self care techniques to try at home

Breathe KS3-4
Designed to improve mental well-being, 5 literacy lessons guide your class to write, perform and video their explanation of the benefits of mindfulness and then performing a short meditation

Nature Space
Immerse yourself in the most vividly detailed natural spaces on the planet, captured in unbelieveably high-res 3D sound. Naturespace is a free app for iOS and Android.

Hidden Stories
FREE Illustrated Book about Invisible Disabilities

Your Shore Beach Rangers 
Marine Life Wordsearches, Beach Safety Quizzes, Becoming a Beach Ranger Exercises, also looks at employment and more!

Physical Education PE

The Body Coach - Youtube
Joe Wicks returns for active fun for all the family. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am.

Religious Education

RE Online
Search our free, great quality teaching resources

Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths

CREST Awards
STEM award to complete at home

Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award 
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

The Bright Ideas Challenge SHELL
What will cities look like in 2050? How will they be powered to be vibrant, healthy and clean places to live? 

STEM Learning
Free resources for home learning. Home to thousands of free-to-access, quality-assured resources to support the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

NASA Website: Space
Explore NASA's online activities, e-books, podcasts and other content. The universe is waiting.

LEGO Lesson Plans,  KS3 
Explore up to 75 lessons with all of the information you need, from materials lists to building instructions. Everything that you need to give a great lesson

Maths - BBC Bitesize
Maths learning resources

Perplex: Classic puzzles, past and present
Get ready to be perplexed... try 8 different puzzles and a whole host of daily #maths and #logic challenges from The Open University and UK Maths Trust with these interactive puzzles

The Slow Mo Guys - YouTube
Lots of things - but in slow motion!

The Kids Should See This
Videos for curious minds of all ages

3D Tours of locations and attractions in Cornwall

Google's 3D Animals
If you have a smartphone you can google the names of animals and have them come to life in your living room!