From now until 19 July, young East Riding residents are being urged to keep calm and carry on reading, with the Big Spring Read-In. The aim is to encourage children to read every week and submit online reviews.
The Big Spring Read-In is mainly for children aged between 4 and 11 years, but is open to others as well. To take part, the child must be a member of East Riding Libraries, and each week fills in an online review form, to say what they thought about what they have read that week. They simply include their email address and the location of the East Riding Library they usually visit. They can read anything, whether books, eBooks or eAudiobooks. After submitting 5, 10 or 15 reviews, each child will receive a certificate to print at home. Participants are asked to submit one review a week.
Visit https://www.eastridinglibraries.co.uk/thebigspringreadin/ to get started. All the details and links are on this page to join the library, find out how to download eBooks and eAudiobooks and how to submit reviews.
East Riding Museums have lots of online activities for under 5s and families to do:
There are lots of educational resources now free online.
The Messy Mum has put a great list together here.
Even the celebs are getting involved! We’ve been loving doing the Joe Wicks sessions, every morning at 9am on his You Tube cannel.
Over the coming weeks Hull Truck Theatre will be releasing a programme of great drama and creative activities to keep audiences and communities entertained and inspired whilst we are all at home. On the week commencing Monday 6 April they will begin releasing a stream of engaging and accessible content, all of which can be found on their new webpage here.
Hull Truck Theatre have made all their Education Resource Packs from previous productions available to be downloaded online for use by teachers and home-schooling families. Packs from Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Treasure Island, Oliver Twist, Peter Pan and TWO are available here.
Plus lots more including: Writing Workout with Tom Saunders: Daily tasks for writers of all ages and abilities, 3 Minute Theatre and Screening past productions. Find the full details and story on Mumbler here.
Many of our much loved local classes, activities and organisations are moving to online options so here’s a roundup of those too:
Be Amazing Family Choir: 4 week Virtual Choir for anyone and everyone with a love of singing to get involved with. 4 x 1 hour long sessions. Working with a professional musical director, all participants will have the opportunity to learn lots of warmups and vocal techniques before learning a new arrangement of the song ‘Lean On Me’ originally by Bill Withers. At the end of the four weeks, we’re inviting all participants to video record their performance of the song so we can put together a ’supercut’ featuring everyone’s performance! No previous experience required – just a love for singing! Participants will be ‘on mute’ for lots of the sessions so there’s no need to be shy! £12 per household. More information can be found on our website, as well as the Be Amazing Arts Facebook and Instagram pages.
Play with Phonics: Have recorded sessions for anyone to watch on YouTube. They are aimed at toddlers and pre-schoolers, but anyone is welcome to watch for FREE. They are in the Letters and Sounds order and are interactive and give craft activity ideas too. She will be posting 1-2 videos a week on YouTube, so subscribe to her channel here, or keep up to date with new videos on her facebook page.
Flex Dance: Musical theatre and street dance classes, usually held across East and West Hull. Now you can join in online (existing students and new students), via a facebook group link. Contact Sam for more info on 07921 222710 or message their facebook page here .
Cook Stars Hull East and Holderness: Are putting on virtual classes via Zoom to cook along together with myself and other club members. Each week they are going to cook 4 different dishes/meals (1 x lunch, 2 x dinner and 1x breakfast). Book here or for more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07555575605.
Music with Mummy (Beverley, Kingswood and Surrounding Areas) – Booking is now open for our new Online Term! You will get TWO sessions per week! One recorded session to watch over and over again and one live and interactive session every week!! Classes are split into 3 age groups – Jolly Babies (small babies to walking), Music with Mummy (walking to 3yrs, Three Four Time (3 to 5yrs). Term runs for 5 weeks and costs just £17.50 for all 10 sessions included. This price is per FAMILY! You will have access to all age groups of Music classes So if you have more than one child at home you will have music for everyone and only pay once! If you are now or have been a customer before or if you are new to my classes – everyone is welcome!! Drop Kelly a message to book – email@example.com
Other Music with Mummy – Anyone in the rest of the local area interested in singing from home can contact Mun Wah on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our Facebook page Music with Mummy – Hull / Swanland / North Ferriby / Brough. All the same songs you know for all 3 music stages Jolly Babies, Music with Mummy, Three-Four Time brought to parents online for them to interact meaningfully with their children during these stay-at-home times.
Bring Your Baby Fitness: Leanne will be posting fitness videos to do with your baby, see her facebook page for details.
#WeMadeThis : Do you / your (grand) kids / friends / family like a bit of crafting? Think you might go spare if you have to mostly be at home with not much in the way of social contact? Then we’ve got a project for you! We Made This next community craft project, Postcards from Hull, was meant to be a traveling exhibition built around our monthly Maker Days, but we’ve tweaked it and turned it into a virtual one – that everyone can add to! Join us over at the Postcards from Hull Facebook group for more details – get crafting, get chatting, stay connected!
My Baby Can Dance : The fun class for 0-4 year olds has moved online via Zoom! They’ve set up a facebook group for you to join in with class info on there, free for anyone to use.
Dancestars: Tots dance classes are now being done online, check out their facebook page for details.
Paint Tots: will be doing free ‘Home Challenges’ for 1-5 year olds with a chance to win craft sets sent by post, on their facebook page here.
Culture Tots: are running interactive music and sensory classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers online via Zoom. See the Culture Tots Facebook group for the current schedule and details of how to join in, or contact Anna at email@example.com or 07946 746 967.
Us Mums Hull: are running their fitness sessions for pregnant mum and new mums and their parents & tots dance sessions online. Weekly timetable and sessions to join for free are on their facebook page.
Kip McGrath : Facebook group you can join which aims to support and share information such as daily learning activities and guidance for parents/students.
I will be adding to this list as more are sent in so keep checking!
I’ve been home-schooling my 2 children for weeks now and have found these websites to be life savers! All free to use (some you need a code):
BBC Bitesize – easy to use, split by secondary and primary, age, topic then lessons for children to watch and read online. Also some fun educational games too. Find it here.
Twinkl – we have been downloading and printing off loads of activities from here, it’s unlimited access at the moment with code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS. Login here.
ASE (the Association for Science Education) – Science lessons by year group across Primary age, easy to watch and loads of topics. Find it here.
Phonics Play – ideal for my 5 year old, this is great for all KS1 children. Usage is free with username March20, password home. Login here.
Reading Eggs – good lessons for Primary age children, split by age and ability in phonics and maths. Codes vary but most give either 2 weeks or 4 weeks free access. Find it here.
Hit the Button – free to use website with lots of quick maths questions, to see how many you get in a minute and try to beat it. We’ve been doing times tables on it but there are other maths tasks, all categorised by year group. Find it here.
Oxford Owl – tips for parents on how to teach their children, activities and reading resources, all free. Find it here.
The NSPCC Pregnancy in Mind service is for pregnant women who are experiencing anxiety and/or depression. We know that pregnancy can be an anxious time for many women and that the current circumstances are likely to be causing additional stress and uncertainty.
We usually run a group work programme but as we are currently unable to offer this we are offering a remote one-to-one service. The service will offer approximately 4 x weekly sessions. The focus is around reducing anxiety/improving mood and providing techniques and strategies to manage this. Once you’ve contacted us a worker will be allocated and they will be in touch to have a chat with you about your needs so they can make sure the sessions offer you the support you need.
Contact will be by phone initially but then if you prefer we can use alternative media to support video contact. Please get in touch to find out how we can offer you support by calling 01904 232800 or emailing YSCAdminTeam@york.nspcc.org.uk. If a worker isn’t immediately available then someone will get back in touch as soon as possible. Please leave your name, contact number and email address.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has teamed up with 14 other authorities across the region to launch a new website for families. Relationship Matters is a new partnership which offers information, tips and advice on how to overcome tensions, remain calm and where you can go to get further help.
The COVID-19 restrictions have led to big changes in the way people lead their everyday lives, and the new website www.relationshipmatters.org.uk is aimed at people in relationships where things are mostly respectful, equal and cooperative but they are experiencing difficulties.
Relationship Matters aims to help everyone recognise the signs where conflict may be having an impact on families and children.
Every MONDAY MORNING at 9am, The Deep will be posting some of their Deep themed resources for you to enjoy at home on The Deep Facebook Page. Resources are both educational and fun, from colouring sheets, to puzzles and informative quiz sheets.
All of the resources from each week can also be found on their website page here.
Hundreds of MUSEUMS around the world throw open their (virtual) doors to visitors. Google Arts and Culture has teamed up with over 500 – take a look at the whole collection HERE. These are some of the best known –
There are loads of online resources and virtual tours, videos etc aimed at getting kids up close to different ANIMALS. Here are a couple of the Mini Mumblers’ favourites:
Google 3D Animals on your smartphone – See 3d life sized animals LIVE in your home (be warned they do make noise!) Just search in google for an animal, and if the option is available for that animal you should be able to see a 3d image of them where is says “Meet a life size (insert animal) close up” to click “View in 3D”. You can choose to view the animal in your own room, adjust the size of the animal and take screenshots for later. We then did a bit of learning about each animal. We saw a tiger, horse, shark, pug, cat, Octopus, wolf and a Giant Panda.
Google Arts and Culture allows you explore iconic destinations in 3D.
Discovery Education provides a range of virtual Field Trips – it’s an American resource so is US based but includes a polar bear experience and a look into the life cycle of new medication.