Education resources

School closures have thrown parents across the land into turmoil. There are loads of resources online and we have focussed on a few here – particularly those that are local to our patch.

It is not possible to get outside for too long but when you do – it makes your really appreciate the nature (however small) on your doorstep.

Start your day with the RSPB’s breakfast birdwatch (Monday to Fridays 8am to 9am). The RSPB also has loads of other info about wildlife including online learning games and even stories to read and listen to with your children.

BTO (the British Trust for Ornithology) are offering people a chance to join for one year for free and get involved in their Garden BirdWatch.

Head down to the coast with the Marine Conservation Society‘s Cool Seas Explorer centre – or simply find out more about marine species.

Orca is the whale and dolphin charity based in Portsmouth which has worked hard to get a learning curriculum online via its YouTube channel and through some worksheets which you can apply to here.

Bird Aware Solent has collected lockdown resoources together including a guide to drawing animals step by step.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is bringing nature to you with a view from some of its reserves. Also online are some species spotting sheets – you can even create your own! And check out Emily Stroud’s Secrets of the Solent Discovery Sessions – ably assisted by some cats!

National Geographic has amazing photos and resources. Primary aged children can access learning sheets on subjects from plastic pollution and climate change to life in the rain forest and volcanoes. By signing up once you get access to a whole range of beautiful resources that explain where they sit in the curriculum for KS1 and KS2.

Transform our World has the home-schooling resources all in one place form coral oceans to packaging and recycling.

From Monday 20 April BBC Bitesize will be publishing daily lessons. In the meantime it has the curriculum covered including these KS1 science resources such as Habitats including What is an Ocean Habitat? and Rockpools.

For the mini-beast lover how about a bit of citizen science? This survey on spiders that you can do in your home may not be for everyone…. Or perhaps look out for bee-flies on your daily walk / exercise.

Portsmouth Water has some great resources for schools labelled up for KS1 and KS2 including this lovely one called Where do Puddles Come from.

And looking globally the UN World Ocean Day (8th June) has an ocean-inspired curriculum.

We know you will have your own favourites and these are just a few that caught our eye. Happy Learning!