Culture Open Library allows anyone to borrow from a large range of books for free. As well as helping to deliver the curriculum and to encourage private reading, this assists book clubs.
Drama The National Theatre online is offering several productions.
Duke of Edinburgh Some useful ideas and links from DofE
Cooking https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/ is a great site
Yoga There are many online courses available. Among the most popular is https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene which offers for free a range of courses in yoga and meditation.
Chess Chess.com includes tutorials, puzzles and allows for the creation of chess leagues.
Music Spotify comprises a vast library of all kinds of music.
Youtube contains a large number of full-length concerts, eg:
If you need support at any stage, do ask us (your Tutor, Div Head, School Counsellor) or there are several online routes:
1. MeeTwo is an excellent and safely monitored app
2. YoungMinds has loads of really good, practical advice.
Phone: 0808 802 5544 (9.30am-4pm, Mon-Fri) – Parents’ Helpline
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people through campaign, research and policy work. They also operate a parent helpline (see above) for any parents concerned about their child’s mental health, and resources for professionals working with young people. They also have a helpful article addressing exams being cancelled. https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/how-im-coping-with-exams-being-cancelled/
Text Shout to 85258
Shout is the UK’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
Shout is powered by a team of volunteers, who are at the heart of the service. We take people from crisis to calm every single day.
4. Samaritans national FREEFONE number is 116 123 (free even when mobiles are out of credit!)
5. Childline: Call 0800 1111.
Practise something that soothes you. Yoga, meditation, mindfulness, prayer, colouring are just some examples
Take a look at the Headspace App which is an excellent source of ideas to help you relax and sleep.
Ask your family members to share with you their favourite memory, book, song. Get them to tell you their Desert Island Discs.
Older members of your family may have some amazing stories to tell; write them down or record them. The RAF have created an Inspiring Stories collection.
Work on your family tree.
Grab a piece of your garden and grow something – sunflowers, tomatoes...
Go for a walk. See how many flowers or trees you can actually name. Try the Plantsnap App to help you.