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Summer Reading Challenge!

The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest annual reading promotion for children aged 4 to 11 and this year’s Challenge has gone digital. The Challenge encourages children to keep reading over the summer and this year will launch early as a way of helping parents and carers find fun, family-activities, maintain literacy levels and connect children with their peers.

Children and their families are being asked to join the Silly Squad, a group of animals out to have fun and read anything that makes them happy - whether that’s stories, comics, joke books or factual books. The books can be in digital or print format and can either be books that your children have at home or can borrow from Derbyshire Libraries’ e-lending platforms. Please note that children do not need a library card to join the challenge. 

The build-up for this year’s Challenge began on 1 June 2020 with the official virtual “Let’s Get Silly” launch on Friday 5 June 2020. This will include celebrity and author events for the whole family to enjoy, along with the launch of a new Silly Squad website to support the Challenge. The website will be free to access and feature games, quizzes, digital and downloadable activities to encourage children and their families to take part in the Challenge at home. As libraries are currently closed, it is not possible to borrow physical books but Derbyshire Libraries will be supporting the Challenge with lots of virtual activities including story and rhymes times, book reviews and craft activity ideas alongside its eBook and eAudiobook lending services. 

To promote the Challenge to your children and their families, more information is available on the Summer Reading Challenge website at

National School Sport Week at Home!

For 2020, National School Sport Week will become National School Sport Week at Home. The annual National School Sport Week campaign is powered by children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust. It takes place in the last week of June every year to celebrate the important role of Physical Education and school sport in enhancing young people’s wellbeing. This year, the Youth Sport Trust has teamed up with Sky Sports to run a national campaign to use sport to unite the country; bringing families, schools, sport and businesses closer together, even during isolation. The UK-wide campaign will challenge people to take on their families, friends and neighbours in virtual sporting challenges – helping them to connect in an unprecedented period of school closures and social distancing. It will build on the Youth Sport Trust’s #StayHomeStayActive campaign which has been supporting schools, parents and young people with free resources to get young people moving and enjoying PE whilst at home. We are fully aware that young people’s wellbeing is suffering and the closure of schools has made it harder for them to benefit from the power of sport. Right now, young people are missing their friends and missing the sense of connection they get from enjoying sport and play. YST National School Sport Week at Home 2020 will give families, communities, schools and sports clubs the opportunity to engage in a series of virtual sporting challenges which help young people capture the enjoyment, competition and camaraderie they are missing out on. It will support parents and schools to demonstrate to children the positive impact sport and play can have on their wellbeing. Follow the link below to register for resources and updates ahead of the start date!

FREE online education resources.

A non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators.

Khan Academy
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

BBC Learning
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

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.

Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

Creative computer programming

Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

British Council
Resources for English language learning

Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
Geography gaming!

Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities

Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater
Educational online games

DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes

This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.



You can also access online:




Purple Mash


Other ideas:

Don't forget you can read, read, read! Use this time to enjoy lots of stories and if you are feeling creative, write your own!

You can revise your times tables, division, number bonds and improve your handwriting. 

Exercise! Joe Wicks is streaming online PE lessons for children.

Get creative by drawing or painting.


Most importantly - stay safe!!

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