Creative Resources during School Closures

23rd March 2020 - Susie Newton

Creative Resources for teachers and parents during school closures and reduced timetables

IVE recognises that this is a very challenging time for the creative sector, schools and families. That’s why we are sharing a selection of resources that teachers and parents might find useful for creative inspiration.

If you are creating online content for children and young people during school closures, please download our safeguarding and quality guidance, Working with Children and Young People Online.


Art John’s youtube channel

Literature / Literacy

Centre for Literacy in Primary Education – Power of Pictures resources – great for working with mixed-age groups


Northern Ballet’s Digital Dance platform – Spree

MoovBank by BalletBoyz

From Monday Joe Wicks, body coach, is doing a 30min workout for kids every weekday at 9am, on his YouTube Channel


Hull Truck Theatre have made their Education Resource Packs available online, as well as offering live screenings of past productions, and a daily Writing Activities blog for all ages

Ideas for drama games 


Music Mark’s recommended Primary Resources

Opera North watch Online


We have made our Applied Creativity Labs (ACLs) available online for families, student groups and young people. ACLs aim to give children and young people the creative behaviours and thinking skills they need to develop innovative solutions to real world challenges.

We’re sponsoring the Primary category for the Business of Science Conference’s Innovation Awards 2020. Primary and Secondary categories can win financial support into STEM in their school. Deadline to enter is Sept 4th.


Scratch Programming – great for creating stories, games and animations

Hope Scotch – bite-sized coding

The InnovateHer blog – recommends a number of digital and coding resources


Nrich – Maths games, investigations and interactives

An oldie but a goodie – BBC bitesize covers the whole curriculum


BFI Player – Free archive films

Heritage / History

Google’s Cultural Institute

The Leeds Curriculum and a wealth of other resources on My Learning

British Museum Resources – by key stage

Home Learning 

HomeLearningUK – A curated resource led by educators who have come together to offer time and expertise to support colleagues, parents and students in the UK and beyond.

Safeguarding Online Video Chat

Fantastic advice and resources are available on the LGfL website, including posters and daily activities for young people and educators, parents or guardians here. 

We recognise the value of apps like Houseparty and Zoom for young people’s emotional wellbeing during this time. However, please make sure you encourage safe and supervised use of them. Talk to your child to make sure they protect themselves. We advise:

The bottom line is, your child should not use video chat on any app, unsupervised.

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