Easter Enrichment during 'Lockdown'
With lockdown looking likely to last for the whole of the Easter Holidays, your opportunities for cultural enrichment outside of home will be limited. However, many organisations have made available resources for school pupils to benefit from over this period. Please see below a list of some of the best new resources we have found, alongside a few old favourites from the web.
Stay inspired with Firstsite’s artist created activity packs, featuring contributions from some brilliant contemporary artists including Annie Morris, Antony Gormley, Gillian Wearing, Grayson Perry, Harold Offeh, Idris Kahn, Jeremy Deller, Michael Landy, Ryan Gander and Vanley Burke.‘Art is where the home is’ will give you ideas about how to get creative during the Lockdown. Anyone can have a go – there are no specialist materials required, plus it’s completely free to download.
Walkthroughs of historical Greek sites with explanation using the visuals from the game Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The graphics are awesome! Sites include Olympia, Delphi and the Acropolis.
For as long as schools are closed, you can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages on this audio book website. It offers a great mix of education, entertainment, and general-interest titles including Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, and many children’s titles from Winnie The Pooh to Peter Rabbit.
Sir David Attenborough narrates this critically acclaimed series that dives deep into the marine environment of Planet Earth. This series travels from various coasts to the poles to examine watery denizens ranging from the gigantic blue whale to microscopic coral polyps. You will see the world like you have never seen it before. Unforgettable viewing.
Sir David Attenborough presents the science of climate change and potential solutions to this global threat. Interviews with some of the world’s leading climate scientists explore recent extreme weather conditions such as unprecedented storms and catastrophic wildfires. They also reveal what dangerous levels of climate change could mean for both human populations and the natural world in the future. Required viewing for anyone wanting to make an informed contribution to the climate change debate.
This remake of perhaps the greatest arts documentary of all time is currently available on BBC iPlayer, presented by presented by Simon Schama, Mary Beard, and David Olusoga. The 1969 original presented by Kenneth Clarke is also available. Though Clark might come across as a bit old-fashioned, give him a chance and you’ll find he makes a wise and charming guide through the history of Western civilization.
Professor Brian Cox explores some of the most inspirational figures in the history of science in discussion with the remarkable people they inspired.
Let Simon Reeve bring the world into your living room in this compelling travel documentary. Landing among the soaring melting glaciers of Alaska before witnessing the gargantuan oil pipeline which cuts across the once-pristine wilderness of the state, Reeve presents the often unseen, untouristed sides of the destinations he visits. Reeve frequently highlights the local and national impact of global issues like climate change, conservation, and migration. A necessary watch. And if you enjoy this, BBC iPlayer currently has all of Simon Reeve’s previous documentaries available to watch!
Professor Brian Cox explores the dramatic lives of the eight majestic planets/worlds that make up our solar system.
Alastair Sooke explores the extraordinary afterlife of the Greek masterpieces that changed the course of western culture. Succeeding centuries have found in ancient Greek art inspiration for their own ideals and ambitions. Only available until 10th April, so catch it while you can!
This interactive timeline allows you to explore the evolution of English language and literature, from the 11th century to the present day. Scroll through decade by decade to investigate the richness and diversity of our poetry and prose, as well as the many social, cultural and political strands from which our language has been woven.
An entire virtual museum that you can explore online! Explore artefacts and history from all parts of the world and all eras of the past. You’ll find yourself racing backward and forward through time as you scroll along the timeline, and for every item you find, there are images, maps, and an audio description to add to your knowledge.
An updating list of all the major classical concerts and events being streamed online in the wake of coronavirus measures being taken globally. From The Met in new York, to the Berlin Philharmonic, below is an updating list of the organisations live-streaming concerts, and the concerts that are streaming, in the wake of coronavirus measures.
If anyone really wants to take a deep dive into history, this hugely popular podcast series is a great way to do it. Browse through the free archive and you’ll find podcasts on topics from ancient Rome to the 20th century, all of them narrated with great drama and remarkably good at bringing the past to life. This one really will eat through your time – some of the stories go for well over ten hours!
Enough geography related quizzes to see you and your family through Easter and beyond! Even though we might be stuck inside during the lockdown you can still develop a mental map of the world’s continents, countries and landscapes through these games!
This app allows you to capture sounds from around the house and use these 'found sounds' to make your own music. You can see an example here (they're quite annoying but bear with...) and an example from some WLFS students a few years ago here.
Mapzone is a brilliant map skills site to visit, with exciting online games, free maps, wallpapers, competitions and a fascinating trivia section, all from Ordnance Survey (the people who make the maps).
The National Gallery is offering panoramic views of its collections in collaboration with Google Street View. Immerse yourself in Renaissance masterpieces from Northern Italy, the Netherlands, and Germany, including works by Titian, Veronese, and Holbein.
Keeping a nature journal is a great way to record any nature you see, from plants in the park to a spider in your living room. On this site, the Natural History Museum provide simple craft instructions so you can make your own journal, but you could also use an empty notebook or collect the information digitally.
The National Theatre is streaming some of its most popular productions for free on its You Tube channel. The films will be shown at 7pm every Thursday to recreate, where possible, the communal viewing experience. They will then be on demand for seven days. They kick off on 2nd April with One Man, Two Guvnors, a play regarded as one of the most joyously laugh-out-loud shows of the last decade, starring James Corden. Jane Eyre follows on 9th April with Treasure Island on 16th April and Twelfth Night on 23rd April.
Experience our planet's natural beauty and examine how climate change impacts all living creatures in this ambitious documentary of spectacular scope. Sir David Attenborough narrates this visually stunning warning note about the impact of human actions on the natural world.
If you feel like historical fiction rather than documentaries, this is a good place to start. It will take you on a journey through British 20th-century history, with plenty of fun royal intrigue and entertainment along the way. And there’s a new season coming soon, so now is the perfect time to get caught up.
A comedy series set in the afterlife where the characters attempt to define what it means to be ‘a good person’ and therefore who is worthy of spending eternity in ‘The Good Place’.
One of the greatest history documentaries ever made, this 13-episode series recounts the major events of World War II in full colour, combining both original and colourized footage. It covers the Western Front, Eastern Front, North African Campaign and the Pacific War, and is particularly relevant to those currently studying World War II in Year 9.
The Royal Opera House will be offering a free programme of curated online broadcasts, musical masterclasses and cultural insights that get under the skin of both ballet and opera and offer everyone a unique look behind the scenes at one of the world's most famous cultural institutions. This will include the following productions offered on demand and for free via the ROH’s Facebook and YouTube channels: Peter and the Wolf; Acis and Galatea; Così fan tutte and The Winter’s Tale.
Shakespeare’s Globe will put six of its productions online to watch for free while the theatre is closed. Plays including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, will be available to stream at the Globe’s on-demand service for free starting from April 6, with the films rotating every two weeks.
There are a whole host of writing competitions taking place that you can enter, for pupils at all Key Stages. See this comprehensive list from the School Reading List website.