Home school help

News | Posted on Wednesday 27 May 2020

A range of home schooling resources developed by staff from academic departments across the University are available for teachers and parents to use during the Covid-19 lockdown and beyond.

The high-quality resources are on topics ranging from the Vikings, Shakespeare and neutron stars to puzzles, symmetry and how to make Stone Age cheese. The resources, which are suitable for a range of ages, are from departments including Archaeology, History, English, Language and Linguistics, Maths, Physics and Chemistry.


The Physics outreach team, in collaboration with the Departments of Chemistry and Biology, is offering a weekly newsletter that will highlight websites, apps, videos and hands-on activities suitable for ages five to 18.

The University’s Humanities Research Centre is also regularly tweeting more resources as well as videos, podcasts and virtual music recitals via @HRCYork with the hashtag #HumanitiesatHome.

Dr Steve Ashby, from the Department of Archaeology, said: “With many parents and carers taking up the role of home educator, it can be a challenge to find high-quality resources that keep children interested and learning. While many of the University’s resources are aimed at schools and classroom learning, we hope that home-schooling parents will also find them useful during this unsettling time.”


Vicki Burge, a teacher at Manor Church of England Academy in York, is using the resources. She said:"Thanks so much for this, it's brilliant - going to use the Formation of the Solar System resources with my KS3 next week.

And a local York student added: “As a student in my final year of A-level, it’s been difficult to cope with the sudden news of the cancellation of the exams I’d been working towards for so long. However, the newsletter has given me many things to read and do; it gives me links to activities related to physics which keeps me motivated and excited for my plans for university. It certainly distracts me from what is going on right now and allows me to focus on physics and look forward to the future.”

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