In response to Covid-19, The Linking Network has developed a library of over 100 resources for Home Learning that focus on developing well-being, hope, curiosity and resilience, whilst finding ways to connect with others and take part in social action.
These resources use the four questions below, to support families and pupils in exploring ideas that build understanding of identity, diversity, community and equality:
Who am I? Who are we? Where do we live? How do we all live together?
Activities have been designed with accessibility and inclusivity in mind. Many include the use of common household items, whilst others feature bilingual voice overs, so that a child hears a spoken explanation to mimic what they might hear from a teacher in a classroom.
These resources are currently available to download from www.thelinkingnetwork.org.uk. The resources are also shared with a network of 28 local authorities across England, whose schools are engaged in Schools Linking.
Examples of Home Learning Resources
The home learning resources offered by The Linking Network help children and young people to explore identity, celebrate diversity, promote community and champion equality. Below are some examples of the home learning resources currently available on The Linking Network’s website:
- Who am I? – Helps children to explore who they are and celebrates the things that make each of us unique;
- Who are we? – Helps children to discover the things that we have in common as well as celebrating our differences;
- Where do we live? – Helps children to explore and appreciate nature in their garden, or close to where they live;
- How do we all live together? – Helps children to learn how we get along together;
- Staying Connected – Offers ideas on how to stay digitally connected to friends and family;
- It’s Good to Talk – Helps children and families to talk about their feelings and experiences;
- Intergenerational – Features activities and ideas to help families stay in touch across different generations.
The Linking Network also provides Secondary Resources that feature learning activities aimed at secondary school students working at home. These tutorial style materials have been developed in a way that makes them suitable for schools to adapt and distribute. These secondary resources include:
- The Linking Network’s Guide to Social Distancing – A home learning resource for secondary pupils, highlighting the importance of staying home and staying safe;
- Seeing the bigger picture- Avoid the trap of Fake News! – A session that explores why it is good to be sceptical about what you read on the web;
- Reflecting on the death of George Floyd and the importance of Human Rights – A session that reflects on the Black Lives Matter movement, the death of George Floyd and the importance of human rights for all;
- Looking after our mental health during Covid – A resource that signposts places to get help students are finding it hard to cope.
Looking to the future
The Linking Network is now looking towards the new academic year and are in the process of creating an exciting and engaging virtual schools linking programme that can continue to connect children and young people in programmes across the country, whatever levels of social distancing measures may be required.
Anyone wanting to find out more about linking with the network, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.