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Shakyra, Oct. 20, 2021

As schools and the wider community begin to return to normal, we know that parents may be looking for safe and interactive ways to keep their children entertained over the Half Term holidays. Below are ten recommended activities, designed to be both educational and fun.

  1. A virtual tour of the British Museum

Visit the British Museum website where you can scroll backwards and forwards through time and travel across the world learning about different artefacts from across the ages:


2. Shakespeare’s Globe online storytelling events and workshops

Throughout October, the Globe Theatre is running a number of events for a variety of age groups. These include storytellings and workshops exploring A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, The Merchant of Venice and Macbeth:


3. Halloween Science fun

Visit the Science Sparks website for instructions on how to do a number of spooky science experiments at home:


4. Anansi the Spider Re-Spun

Log on to explore these classic West African and Caribbean tales, retold in by Unicorn Online for Black History Month. Designed for children 3 - 8 years old, the Anansi videos are accompanied by free creative learning resources and a family activity pack for home learning.


5. National Geographic Website

Featuring much more than just geography, the National Geographic website is full of fun facts and games:


6. London Symphony Orchestra

An incredible opportunity to explore the world of classical music through dynamic and interactive performances by the world renowned LSO.


7. Treasure Trail

Download a treasure trail and learn new facts about your local area. I’m particularly excited about the ‘Haunted Hitchin’ treasure trail and ‘Secrets of St Albans’ spy mission:


8. The Big History Project

Complete five chapters of online videos, games and activities to discover 14 billion years of history!


9. Wildlife Trusts’ Wild Cameras

Become a part of the secret life of animals across the British Isles, with webcams provided by Wildlife Trusts throughout the country. From nesting puffins to dolphins leaping in Cardigan bay, this is an unrivalled opportunity to observe and learn about the rich tapestry that makes up our natural world!


10. Reading list for the Half Term

In order encourage students to explore different writers, styles and genres, as well as help them develop a love of literature, our lead English tutor Milda has compiled a list of 12 book recommendations for each year group from Year 3 to Year 11. The books on the list range from timeless classics to recent releases. As they go through the list, students will become familiar with the work of world-famous writers and meet iconic book characters.

Students have received printed copies of these in Week 4; you can also download the Reading Recommendations here: