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Mask wearing exemption card and lanyard

Please use the link to the website called hidden disabilities, provides the public with a mask wearing exemption card and lanyard they can use. I thought I would share it with you in case other parents experience the same issue. They are cheap too :-)

Holiday fun for all

Sheffield Children's University Festival of Fun 2020 - a programme of FREE activities for children, young people and families that spans the WHOLE summer - school holidays sorted!

Download your copy now: 

This year's fantastic Festival of Fun has over 75 exciting and FREE activities for children and young people. To ensure social distancing is maintained, most of our activities are home-based whilst others are self guided walks or trails but we're sure there'll be something to excite you all!

To give everyone a fair chance, booking will OPEN on FRIDAY 10th JULY so get your diaries at the ready! Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for all the latest updates.

Some activities have limited spaces and require booking in advance, and some are available for South Yorkshire Children's University members too. All activities are suitable for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) with adult support. Please do contact the Learning Destination directly to discuss your child's needs.

You will be able to collect 1 CU credit per activity in your Passport to Learning. To do this, you will need to complete a special Festival of Fun Learning Reflection Diary Sheet and return to us at the end of the holidays. Please download and read the leaflet carefully which has all the details you need and start planning your summer 2020 fun!

Summer reading challenge If your child likes reading, why not have a look at this website and work on the challenge with them.

Return to school resources can be found at


The virtual school Oak National Academy has launched a new specialist curriculum for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities today.

The content is free to access and was created in collaboration with over 20 teachers and therapists from special schools nationwide.

The lessons are designed for families to work through with their child, as many pupils with the greatest additional learning needs cannot access online learning independently.

Social Stories

Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital has produced resources for children, young people and families. These include social stories about going back to school, social bubbles at school and hand washing:

The Speech and Language therapy service has also produced short videos to help families help their children talk. These are on You Tube and also promoted by the Parent Carer Forum’s Facebook page:

Episode One - Laundry

Episode Two - Syllable clapping

Episode Three - Breakfast

Episode Four - Digging for Treasure


Everyone worries



BBC Bitesize have launched daily lessons for homeschooling in Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more. The link to the site is:

BBC iPlayer and the Red Button are also hosting Bitesize Daily each weekday for learners aged five to 14, and for families throughout the UK. The link to the site is:


Please be aware that you child may be working at a lower year group than their age and we would advise reviewing the resources prior to starting the lesson. 


New guidance to help children to continue their education


Please find below a list of online education resources that can be used to support your child at home.

Suggested activities from the NEU to maintain your child's love of learning:

Otherwise Educ‚Äčation is offering resources on poetry and creative writing, and primary geography.

Explore More has just launched ‘stories and adventures to spark curiosity and inspire deep thinking through play’.

SteamCo. have announced a ‘#CommunityLockIn’ – three months of activity involving online video events, a UK Arts Takeover and the #Rocket Kids Club, ‘a safe and creative online community for kids and creative carers’.

NRich, have a good record of working to support rich mathematical learning opportunities for learners 3-19. They have made available some of their best resources for online learning, with guidance to parents on how to use them: primary, secondary

Reading, plays and stories

Audible Stores have announced all their children’s audio books will be free to listen to.

Children’s book read every day at 11am for free by David Walliams.

Favourite books read by famous people

Keeping fit and active

Free yoga lessons from Cosmic Kids Yoga.

Free PE lessons everyday with Joe Wicks.


Science experiments at home from the Royal Institution.

Citizen science projects, get involved in real research at Zooniverse.


Geography (and more) from National Geographic for kids.

Arts and crafts

First Bus activity sheets

Creative kids ideas from All Kids Network

Silly games and fun activities

Maths and reading games

Fun activities

Indoor activities to keep toddlers busy

Lego kids games

Activities, games and explore for kids

Learn Sheffield together with Sheffield Star are producing a weekly booklet of ideas and activities. You can find these at Learn Sheffield website

Virtual Excursions

Check out Girl Guiding and Scouts, for a range of fun activities for different ages

There is also a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

·        Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online) 

  • Thinkyouknow home activity packs (these include gaming, online safety, streaming and much more)

·        Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

·        Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

·        LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

·        Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)

·        Thinkyouknow video about live streaming and other usual information about online platforms



Support for emotional wellbeing

Safe hands thinking minds


Eat Well

Feed your family for less

There is a new initiative from Sheffield Council. The initiative provides information on the effects of too much sugar and the tools families need to make informed choices to support their health. You can see the resources at 

    Click here for the FREE downloadable resources