We will be updating this page as often as possible with new ideas for you to try alongside the other resources we have provided! Any resources that involve social media will require the supervision of an adult.
Free Online Guitar Lessons
Get free online guitar lessons including a complete beginners’ guitar course with audio, videos and text music resource.
Learn various computer programming skills using these online fun and free games.
The National Gallery
Behind the scenes, virtual tours and online exhibitions are all provided at this weblink!
Google Arts & Culture
This site contains links to a variety of different activities and virtual places to visit!
Create your own museum
This project encourages children aged 4-11 to create their own museum from objects in their home.
British Museum Activities
Search more than four million object records online, take virtual tours and visit the school resources pages which cover all areas of the curriculum from ages 3-18!
Check out these 30 activities that can all be completed on the iPad! let us know how you get on…
Buckingham Palace – Virtual Tour
See some rooms you thought you might never see, and learn some interesting facts that you never knew!
How to build your very own bee box!
Bees are an important sign of a healthy ecology. Bee populations have been dwindling in recent years and building homes is just one way of encouraging them to stick around. Follow the steps below to build your very own Bee Box!
Escape from Home – Online Activity
Have you ever wondered what lies on the other side of the wardrobe? There are 3 challenges here that involve solving the clues to escape different worlds…good luck!
The James Dyson Foundation
Can you skewer a balloon without popping it? Coat a nail in copper? What happens when you plug a clock into a potato? Have a go at some of these amazing challenges and send your results to Mr Parkinson!
Create your very own twig heart!
The National Trust have a wide variety of activities on their website, but this activity could be fun for all ages.
LEGO Life Forms – Natural History Museum
The LEGO Group and the Natural History Museum are challenging you to predict what life could look like in other parts of the universe. Every Wednesday for four weeks they will be introducing a new environment, inspired by a real moon or exoplanet in our galaxy!
The Merlin group are sharing some of the magic of their parks on their YouTube Channel. Click the image below to take you there.
Robot Drawing Competition
Draw a robot you’d like to see in the future for a chance to win some fantastic prizes. Your robot could do any task or job you can think of – the only limit is your imagination! When you are drawing your robot idea, think about what it can do, who might use it, how it will behave, and what special parts it will need. Make sure you label your drawing with these important features. You’ll need to wow the judges with your creative idea.
Draw a robot is open to children aged between 5 and 7 years old.
Portable Rainbow Cards
Quentin has created a series of brand new, totally free rainbow e-cards for people to send to loved ones they cannot currently visit, to show they are thinking of them at this difficult time. The ten, individual ‘Send a Rainbow’ e-cards are available to download from the ‘Fun & Free’ section of Quentin’s official website
Click on the image below to download a PowerPoint presentation. Included here are images followed by a range of questions that can be discussed and answered with the children. If you have got the books, that would be great, but you can use the images provided if not.
Mr Dilly – YouTube Shows
Marcus Dilly, who has visited the school on numerous occasions to do live shows, has made some new materials that the children might enjoy! Have a look at his YouTube channel to find out more.
Wallace and Gromit – Cracking Ideas!
There is a wide variety of lesson ideas for the children on this website, ranging from Key Stage 1-4.
Rolls Royce Young Designer Competition!
Click on the link below to find out more about the competition that Rolls Royce have set up!
STEM – Superhero Science!
Why not have a go at one of the activities on these Superhero activity cards? If you complete one or more, why not send your video or pictures to Mr Parkinson? Good luck!
Disney Challenge Cards!
These Disney cards have a large variety of different activities that you might want to try around the house! If you complete one or more, why not send your video or pictures to Mr Parkinson? Good luck!
Why not have a go at this great experiment, and create your own rocket!
Have you ever wondered how a lava lamp works, or wanted to make your own? Take a look at this YouTube video and see what you can create!
Why not have a go at creating your own Time Capsule, explaining to people from the future what it has been like living during this period in history?
Cornish Seal Sanctuary
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary are broadcasting live streams on Facebook and have produced a workbook that the children might really enjoy – click on the link below to access the workbook!
Zoo Live Animal Cameras
Some zoos have webcams that are monitoring the movements of certain species live! If you spot an animal on the camera, maybe explore how that animal lives in the wild online?
Treasure Island Show
Many of the children at Orchards will recognise Mr Dilly from the live shows he has done at the school! Check out Mr Dilly’s show from his feed on Facebook!
Google 3D Animals
Google believes that the easiest way to learn about something is to see it! By seeing things in augmented reality (AR), users can see the scale of an object and also details they might not notice from just a simple picture.
We know the coming days and weeks are going to be difficult for families across the UK. As the experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, we want to do what we can to help.
While we normally love the great outdoors, we’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas (if we do say so ourselves). Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors. Click below for more details!
There are lots of activities and experiments that the children can have a go at using various objects that can be found around the home.
Learn Sign Language
British Sign are offering a significantly discounted online course for sign language whilst the schools are shut.
Prof.Zob Science Lesson!
Come and laugh, learn and enjoy these amazing scientific experiments with Professor Zob!
We will be creating incredible feats with things you can find lying around the house.. So you can try them at home too. Aimed at 5-8 yr olds. (Other activities also included in the link below.)
Virtual Museums Worldwide!
Stuck at home? 12 famous museums offer virtual tours you can take on your couch!
Disney – Imagineering in a box!
Imagineering in a Box is designed to pull back the curtain to show you how artists, designers and engineers work together to create theme parks. Go behind the scenes with Disney Imagineers and complete project-based exercises to design a theme park of your very own! This includes activities related to maths, science, DT and more! Click on the image below to find out more!
Audio with David Walliams
The world of David Williams is releasing an audio story from The World’s Worst Children every day for the next 30 days! Keep the children busy with these daily audio treats, perfect for tea-and-biscuit breaks!
Follow the link below!
Audible by Amazon
For as long as schools are closed, they’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening. Click the link below to find out more!