COVID-19: Resources and downloads for schools
We've put together some useful resources for schools to use during the Coronavirus pandemic. This page will be regularly updated as new resources become available.
On this page:
- Collective Worship
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Bereavement and loss
- Children's and Family Ministry
- Young Leaders Award at Home
Coronavirus - a book for children
This free digital information book for primary school age children helps to explain the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it.
It answers lots of questions in a child-friendly way, and aims to both inform and reassure. Published by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, the text had expert input from Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and also two headteachers and a child psychologist.
The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown
Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.
Everybody Worries: A picture book for children that are worried about Coronavirus
Even the bravest of the brave and the coolest of the cool worry. Worrying is normal when so much has changed. Free online book for younger children, by Jon Burgerman
Church of England as part of its Faith at Home work in conjunction with Oak National Academy have produced some excellent resources covering Christian values; these can be used by school leaders to share Collective Worship with those in school and at home.
The Big Start Assemblies team has made available one complete series, consisting of thirteen assemblies; all built around the specific theme entitled ‘Giants of Faith!' These assemblies will help children engage on the topic of faith whilst meeting SIAMS and Ofsted guidelines on Collective Worship. You can access these 13 free assemblies here: https://bigstartassemblies.org/free-assemblies/
iSingPOP have launched a new series of seven weekly Classroom Worship resources for the Summer Term. It follows the SIAMS Church of England’s requirements for Collective Worship and is partnered with Prayer Spaces In Schools for his resource. Each worship time involves a song, bible story and a prayer activity designed specifically for each key stage along with the Lord's Prayer: https://isingpop.com. To download the free taster pack visit: https://wayopay.com/p/classroom-worship-free-trial-week-by-isingpop
Our School: Together-Apart: The Diocese of Guildford has created these 'collective' worship ideas for this extraordinary time when the vast majority of children are doing school at home called Our School: Together-Apart. These will be added to on a weekly basis.
Collective Worship at Home: The Diocese of Canterbury has written a resource to support pupils and their families in exploring worship at home, whilst schools are closed. Both books are freely available on their website and can be downloaded and used by all.
- Book 1 – William and Lucy explore worship at home
- Book 2 – William and Lucy tell Bible stories.
Fischy Music works with children in schools, churches and community settings, locally and nationally, singing, writing and listening to songs. They support adults who work with, or care for children by equipping them with musical resources and appropriate training and they provide online digital musical resources for schools and churches. They have updated their work to include:
- Monday morning assembly on YouTube: Tune in and join us for our weekly online assemblies, 11AM on Mondays at www.youtube.com/fischymusic
- FischyTunes: music video website for children www.fischytunes.com
- Spotify (and other streaming platforms): “Twenty Years of Fischy Music” album on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music or wherever you stream your music.
NATRE / RE Today: RE Today is supporting NATRE by providing ALL teachers with resources which they can use and share with parents to support with home learning. Visit the NATRE website to access free resources.
Teach:RE: Free Self Study Module Religion and Worldviews: Subject knowledge for teaching. This self-study module is designed for anyone who wishes to develop their subject knowledge of one or two religious or non-religious worldviews. Visit the Teach:RE website for more details.
TrueTube: Free resources for RE, PSHE and Citizenship. Registration is currently free. Visit the TrueTube website for more details.
Prayer Spaces in Schools: COVID-19 prayer activities
Diddy Disciples have set up some bedtime prayers and compline for children aged 8 and over. This is a good resource for children of this age to be able to pray on their own or to lead the prayer session. Bedtime Prayers (Compline) for 8+ year olds is also being led by children live-streamed @DiddyDisciples on Facebook at 6.45pm every evening.
Prayers published by the Church of England: including prayers about the outbreak, personal prayers, prayers with children and a pattern of daily prayer. Download the prayers.
Navigate is a brand new resource that builds emotional resilience and helps pupils and staff come to terms with life after lockdown. The resource consists of 6 x 1 hour sessions. Each session is facilitated by a series of bitesize videos, hosted by the Founders of Imagine For Schools. The videos run alongside teacher-led activities specifically designed and resourced for Navigate. Visit the Imagine for Schools website for more details.
Mentally Healthy Schools is a free website for primary schools, offering school staff information, advice and practical resources to better understand and promote pupils’ mental health and wellbeing. They are producing fortnightly toolkits to support school staff and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the Mentally Healthy Schools website.
School Wellbeing: Coronavirus advice for settings and families, with a set of tools and free resources to support children’s wellbeing for schools, as well as resources for parents/carers.
Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity that provides counselling and mental health support and training in UK schools. They have produced some activity ideas for teachers to use to boost pupils’ wellbeing, particularly if they are finding the evolving situation around Coronavirus unsettling.
YoungMinds: Mental health advice and support for children and young people and their parents. Visit their Coronavirus advice page for those struggling with self-isolation, coronavirus and the impact on mental health.
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families: Help for school leaders and teaching staff who are working to support the mental health and wellbeing of their pupils. They have provided specific advice for schools during this time of disruption, and a guide for supporting the mental health and wellbeing of school staff.
B Kinder: The B Kinder Foundation is an initiative that several of our schools have become involved which focusses on how everyone has the power to make a difference through human kindness. These free resources have activities that can encourage children to talk about the coronavirus and focus on their hopes and feelings.
Each coloured activity set is suitable for the following age ranges:
- Yellow (2.5MB): 5 – 7 year olds (KS1)
- Red (2MB): 8 – 11 year olds (KS2)
- Orange (2MB): 11 – 15 yer olds (KS3)
Our School Advisor, Heather Tetchner has written a letter to headteachers and staff who access our website about resources on loss and bereavement. In addition to this, our Bereavement Policy and other suggested resources are available below:
- Letter to headteachers and staff about resources on loss and bereavement, from Heather Tetchner.
- Bereavement Policy document
- Information Sharing Pathway for schools when dealing with a death
- Bereavement and Loss resources - these books are held at the Diocese Education Department offices. In normal circumstances, we are happy to lend these to schools, however, due to current restrictions in movement this is not possible. Please feel free to use this document as a list of suggested resources.
- Never the same: a School Leadership Resource for Grief, Bereavement and Loss from the Church of England. Please also read the accompanying guidance letter from Heather Tetchner.
Supporting those who are grieving
- Find your local church minister to talk to
- Cruse Bereavement Care: Coronavirus: Dealing with bereavement and grief
- Journey through grief, involving children in funerals
- Winston's Wish: Supporting grieving children
Prayers and reflections from Diocese of Bristol
- A collection of bereavement resources
- A simple reflection at home on the day of a funeral you can’t attend
- Wherever you are, funeral prayer card
- Ideas to help children explore a sense of loss, by J Tibbs
Visit Saltshaker, our Children's and Family Ministry website for resources to use at home, including:
- Pilgrimage at Home - a journey learning something more or something new about God and about yourself around your home.
- Blogs from children’s perspectives: Where is God? – Easter thoughts from an 8 year old; God is old now – thoughts of a 7 year old; I Wonder – a story of new beginnings
The Archbishop of York Youth Trust is offering free resources to help develop pupils' leadership skills and character virtues throughout this unprecedented time.
The Youth Trust team have created the YLA at Home for KS1, KS2 and KS3 pupils, to be used in the classroom or at home. The resources are teacher and parent friendly, and are free to download and share.
The YLA at Home hub is full of creative and fun resources to try at home exploring how your pupils and children can be Young Leaders during this challenging time and beyond.