Online learning and activities

This page is packed with fun and educational online learning resources and activities for all ages.

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Online safety

Library services online

For the whole family / all ages

Younger children (0 to 5 years)

School aged children

You can find online learning and activities for young people in the young people's area of the COVID-19 Community Hub.

Library Services online

You can register online for temporary access to:

If you already have a library card, you can:

You can also find resources and links on the library website for:

Summer reading challenge

Rutland libraries are calling for children to read six (or more) books this summer as part of Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020.

The Summer Reading Challenge, produced by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries, asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. 

The theme for the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge is “Silly Squad” – a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter, featuring bespoke artwork from award-winning children's author and illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson.

Visit the library website for information on how to take part in the challenge.

For the whole family / all ages

Learn new skills:

  • FutureLearn - is coronavirus affecting your education or work? Explore online courses to continue studying, build professional skills, and connect with experts

Get active:

Take a virtual tour around these zoos and museums:

Take a virtual trip to far away places through these livestream and webcam links:

Younger children (0-5 years)

  • Visions Children's Centre – lots of fun videos, learning ideas and activities
  • Hungry Little Minds – government campaign, giving lots of tips and ideas about activities, plus useful apps
  • Stories with Julia Donaldson – a weekly series on Facebook, called Julia Donaldson and Friends
  • CBeebies – bedtime stories
  • World Book Day – stories read by different people
  • Twinkl – resources for a range of subjects. Free code for parents is: PARENTSTWINKLHELPS
  • Caribu - 60 days of free access and unlimited usage (valid until 24 May 2020). Interactive video calling with games books and the ability to watch videos together
  • Early Years Story Box – free storybook and activities to help your child through the pandemic 

  • Thinkuknow - activities to help parents talk to their child about online safety

  • NHS Coronavirus resources - Activities and resources to help children and young people understand coronavirus, and support their mental health

  • Department for EducationAdvice for parents and carers of early years children who have not yet started school

School aged children

  • Read government guidance on helping children to learn at home.
  • The Oak National Academy - 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects, for reception through to Year 10

  • The Maths Factor – maths themed resources for children aged 4 to 12 years
  • The Science Museum – science resources for children of all ages
  • Explorify – science resources for children of all ages
  • Edinburgh Science Festival – science resources for children of all ages
  • MET Office - weather themed resources for children aged 7 to 14 years
  • Coding - computer sciences courses for children of all ages
  • Crash Course - videos, activities and resources on a variety of topics
  • BBC Bitesize - videos, activities and resources on a variety of topics
  • National Geographic Kids - videos, activities and resources on a variety of topics
  • Offschool.org - 100s of videos created by teachers that demonstrate fun, quality activities that can be recreated at home.
  • David Walliams - storytime with David Walliams offers a free story every day at 11am
  • Discovery Education - free English, maths and science resources for children in KS1 and KS2
  • Oxford Owl - English and maths resources for children aged 3 to 11 years
  • Twinkl – resources for a range of subjects. Free code for parents is: PARENTSTWINKLHELPS
  • World Book Day – stories read by different people
  • Stories with Julia Donaldson – a weekly series on Facebook, called Julia Donaldson and Friends
  • The National Academy - online lessons for reception through to secondary schools pupils

  • Thinkuknow – how to stay safe online
  • NHS Coronavirus resources - Activities and resources to help children and young people understand coronavirus, and support their mental health
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