Storyline Online streams Children’s Books and it’s free!

A favourite website of ours is Storyline Online which streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading beautifully illustrated children’s books.

What makes this site so special is that the illustrations are creatively animated. Storyline Online is used in classrooms all over the world and each book has teacher-created activities aimed at educators. Most books are suitable for children from 4 to 8 years of age.

We think it’s an ideal site for children during the lockdown particularly when access to books may be limited.

Free ebooks from Oxford Owl

Oxford Owl are expanding their range of free ebooks for the duration of the UK school closures so children between the ages of 3 and 11 can be supported at home with their reading.

All parents need to do is to register on the Oxford Owl website to access the books. With some books with multiple stories only a selected story is accessible, but there is certainly a worthwhile range of texts available when children are unable to bring reading books home from school.

A selection of ebooks from Oxford Owl
A selection of ebooks from Oxford Owl

Great Home Learning Resources

We’ve come across some super free home learning resources for primary-aged children. The first consists of several age-related Home-school booklets from Talk for Writing.  Each unit has a text around which the activities are based. All the texts are also available as audio files.

The second free home learning resources which we want to recommend are activity packs from Maverick Publishing. We have long been fans of their beautifully illustrated early readers but they have now produced activity packs aimed at accompanying the books. However, even if you don’t have the books you can still use many of the well constructed printable worksheets.

Try a poetry competition – Too Good To Go

Get involved with this fantastic new poetry-writing contest, called the Save The Food Poetry Competition!

Launching this Monday 10 February, it’s hosted by Too Good To Go, the social impact group and app which strives to fight food waste and aims to educate consumers on the environmental issues food waste causes.

Too Good To Go logo

This exciting poetry-writing competition is all set to get children inspired around food waste issues, and fire them up with creativity as a learning tool around the wider message.

Too Good To Go was founded to connect consumers with suppliers who have unsold, surplus food. The app was created in 2016 and has 2.5m registered users in the UK. This contest is supported by Defra.

Save The Food Poetry Competition

Jamie Crummie, TGTG co-founder, said: “We are truly excited to be launching the first food waste poetry competition in the UK. Poetry is the most accessible of art forms and we want everyone to be able to join in. We’re inviting all primary school children to try their hand at writing a poem at school or at home and we can’t wait to see the creative results.”

Too Good To Go - fighting food waste

Getting involved
– The competition is open to all primary school children across the UK
– It’s open from 10 February to 31 March 2020
– Entrants are encouraged to balance good knowledge of the food waste issue with creativity, and can submit any style of poem, from rhyming couplets to haikus
Find out more now

And what about prizes?
✔️ The winner will receive £100 in book vouchers for personal use, a £200 book voucher for their school library and a food waste fighting pack!
✔️ Two runners up will receive £50 of book vouchers!
✔️ Jamie Crummie, Co-Founder of Too Good To Go will also visit all three winning schools to host fun food-waste-fighting workshops!
See full t&cs here.

So what are you waiting for…? We hope your young learners will enjoy this fun challenge!