During the peak of lockdown, Fitness coach, Joe Wicks became the UK's PE teacher by running free classes every weekday for you and your parents to keep fit while self-isolating! His workouts are still available on Joe's YouTube channel.
Teenagers might be pleased to learn that Les Mills Workouts (Body Pump, Body Combat, Body Balance, etc) are also free to enjoy online at the moment too.
Alternatively, you can try some quick 10 minute exercises recommended by the NHS to keep fit whilst at home:
Keeping busy...remember, every day is a school day!
Many children and young people have started to return to school and education. Here are some other ways to keep learning!
- BrainPop - offers animated movies on topics in maths, science and English
- Tynker - offers coding lesson for kids from ages 5 upwards
- Creative Bug - offers craft lessons, from knitting to jewellery-making, drawing and origami
- BBC Bitesize offers lots of resources that are clearly divided into subject and age categories
- YouTube's Free School offers a range of videos looking at subjects as diverse as coral reefs and the solar system
- Twinkl is the trusted home of teacher-created planning and assessment materials and teaching resources – and it has just offered free access to its resources for a month with a simple guide for parents
- TED-Ed is full of lessons worth sharing from teachers around the globe
During these times it is really important to allow space for self-care. Try to view this time as a challenge and not a crisis. Use it to make a positive difference to your life by enjoying pastimes you don’t usually have the opportunity for and to catch up with those tasks you are always meaning to do. Some ideas to get you started:
- Reading books- Hampshire Libraries have resources online
- Listening to music
- Cooking/ Baking
- Organise virtual gatherings with your friends using online platforms such as Zoom or House party
- Playing games- board games, games on your phone, puzzles (e.g. Sudoku)
- Organise your home – Team TOMM have a boot camp where you can follow the method to totally blitz your home - https://www.theorganisedmum.blog/2017/06/26/1-week-boot-camp-for-when-youve-lost- control-of-the-housework/
- Do the jobs you have always been meaning to do – organise photos, sort out the drawer you have been meaning to organise
- Do your nails, take a long bath and the other things you never get chance to do in your normal busy life
- Learn a craft on YouTube – knitting, crocheting, needle felting
- Singing – many choirs are meeting online – e.g. Monday - 8:00pm Pop Choir free on Mama Tribe on Facebook or the Sofa Singers free on a Friday at 11:00am
- Gratitude journal/ focus on positives
- Bullet Journaling - https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/a25940356/what- is-a-bullet-journal/
- Watch boxsets – Netflix, amazon prime, order some dvd’s online
- Honest Guys guided sleep meditation on YouTube are great for relaxing and helping with sleep
Click the link if you are looking for information on benefits and tax credits that parents and carers could be entitled to if caring for children during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Click the link if you would like advice on what the Emergency Coronavirus Bill means for disabled children and their families. You can also call 0808 808 3555 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm) for information and advice.
Visit Cruse Bereavement Care for resources to support people around bereavement as a result of Coronavirus.
Hampshire County Council guidance for sending children to school
Hampshire County Council have produced a handy flowchart that will help you understand more around the COVID-19 symptoms and whether or not to send your child to school or keep them at home. Click here to download the sending your child to school flowchart.