I’ve collated a list of useful websites and resources for primary science activities, primarily for parents to use with children whilst self isolating/social distancing/supporting schooling at home during the coronavirus situation, but they may also be of use to teachers providing content in schools and online.

Firstly, I’d like to let you know that it’s OK. We’re all in this together. There will be a vast array of ways to deal with this from letting your children entertain themselves, to scheduling every minute of their day. Do what works for you and your family. Try and keep some degree of normality but above all ensure there is lots of love and fun for your children. I saw this post on the Paediatric Mental Health Association Facebook page, which I think sums it up nicely (let’s try and make this a magical time for our children):

Dr Jo Science resources

I’m starting to make a few #ScienceFromHome videos too so have a look at my Dr Jo Science YouTube channel and follow me on these social media platforms where I will also be posting lots of ideas, including a daily STEM activity:

There are also lots of kitchen science investigation ideas in this Dr Jo Guest Blog post I wrote for a home education community during British Science week.

Online Science Club

I’m running a digital online science club! Weekly videos and bumper investigation activity packs direct to your inbox. Click here for more info and FREE mini sample.

The links below are mostly science-related but there are a few cross-curricular and other ideas in there too.

Useful websites

Activities and things to do

Virtual tours etc

TV programmes

Either on Freeview, watch again or YouTube

  • David Attenborough documentaries – go back to the beginning for classic and nostalgic natural history programmes
  • Operation Ouch!
  • NumberBlocks
  • National Geographic Kids
  • How It’s Made
  • The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures
  • Educational YouTube channels (compiled by Paul Tyler)
  • Yoga and mindfulness from Cosmic Kids on YouTube
  • The Kids should See This – smart videos for curious minds
  • TedED

Daily stuff

Magazines and things to buy

Other lists of resources and things to do

  • 30 day Lego challenge (source unknown):

Coronavirus resources

The Curiosity Box has curated some resources for children on coronavirus, including explanations, Q&A and help for worried children.

Twinkl have made a Dr Dog story book explaining coronavirus and the importance of staying home and washing your hands to help everyone stay safe.

Playmobil have made a video explaining what its all about and why we’re staying inside – including looking down a microscope!

There’s also a section on The Week Junior Science and Nature website.

Stuff for free

  • Mary Anning Fossil hunter e-book (limited time only)
  • Neil Gaiman free stuff for children
  • Principles of design free downloads for children of all ages
  • There are lots of educational companies offering free resources during the coronavirus school shutdown, here’s a list
  • TTS (educational supplies) are offering these free downloadable activity booklets
  • Carol Vorderman’s The Maths Factor is now free for parents during school closures
  • 5 day First Aid challenge

This list is by no means exhaustive (and apologies if I’ve left any fabulous ones out), but I think that’s enough to be getting on with! Have lots of fun – make it memorable, experience-led and not worksheet heavy! I can’t take responsibility for content of external sites. Stay safe – and wash your hands!