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MASTERPOST OF EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Please note that this is a collection of resources recommended from other sources and designed to create an easy resource bank for learners and teachers, not an official recommendation from the college.

The resources on this list vary from Primary - University level.

For suggestions of super curricular exploration compiled by the university, please visit https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/files/publications/super-curricular_suggestions.pdf

 

INTERNET ARCHIVE
https://archive.org
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

ARTS AND CULTURE STREET VIEW
https://artsandculture.google.com/project/street-view

Virtual tours of museums from around the world!

Khan Academy
https://www.khanacademy.org
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Futurelearn
https://www.futurelearn.com
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

Seneca
https://www.senecalearning.com
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Openlearn
https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

Blockly
https://blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

Scratch
https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/
Creative computer programming

Ted Ed
https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
https://thecrashcourse.com
You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Tinkercad
https://www.tinkercad.com
All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
https://www.prodigygame.com
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedete.../
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

British Council
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Resources for English language learning

Big History Project
https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Geography gaming!

DK Find Out
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/?fbclid=IwAR1w1Y2xmVFfvuhZ_ybcITzmDgC13uSl_0wJh-yzinreORpM_818rJrHnNg
Activities and quizzes

Twinkl
https://www.twinkl.co.uk
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.

Science and Plants for Schools
https://www.saps.org.uk/secondary/science-club-activities?fbclid=IwAR3uwZtGfIxfDVNlXHcYeKFO6nYC49c1ewZyXyBquTbuWyDVUO5VA7ttDqg

JWP BLOG
https://jwpblog.com/
Educational resources and blog for Secondary English

PE WITH JOE
https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
YouTube-based PE lessons every morning at 9am.

GCSE Pod
https://www.gcsepod.com/
GCSE resources across subjects.

ACTING AND THEATRE THEORY
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4cj9rlyj402jmic/AACaJlBCuPnrYTz6KTcQ0Lfia?dl=0&fbclid=IwAR0QIeTPqjNo3FKPCBNYziLABaR4KCVPrPBnkwR8f5Ln0Hrur1uQzWnTzto
A collection of theatre resources.

SKILLSHARE
https://skillshare.com
A number of resources for creative skills including Creative Writing, Art & Design and Web Development.

APPROACHING SHAKESPEARE
https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/approaching-shakespeare

A collection of podcasts exploring elements of Shakespeare. Aimed at higher levels.

ACTIVITY VILLAGE
https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/school-closures
A variety of activities and colouring packs for younger children.

THE MATHS FACTOR
https://www.themathsfactor.com/
Maths lessons from Carol Vorderman for ages 4 - 12.

THE GREAT INDOORS
https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors
A variety of activities from the Scouts, typically for Primary ages. 

OXFORD SPARKS
https://www.oxfordsparks.ox.ac.uk/
Videos and podcasts on scientific topics. 

CHESTER ZOO
https://www.chesterzoo.org/schools/resources/
A collection of learning resources, predominantly aimed at primary ages.

SHAKESPEARE WEEK KIDZONE
https://www.shakespeareweek.org.uk/kids-zone/
Shakespeare-themed resources and activities for younger children.

 

LINKS TO OTHER MASTERPOSTS

RESOURCES MADE AVAILABLE DUE TO CORVID-19
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-eP8jUfqolty8LZ1LcpvSCweyqsVAHLgfolyXo927xQ/edit?usp=sharing
A collection of academic resources with open access currently. Mainly targeted at higher levels (A Level/University level)

DIGITAL RESOURCES TO SUPPORT ONLINE TEACHING
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hDboeabRp1Kh3d8zLskACymyR2EM4psxq0Rd0xN05tU/edit?usp=sharing
Higher level (University level) resources.

CHRIST’S COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE SUPRA-CURRICULAR ENRICHMENT
https://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/sites/www.christs.cam.ac.uk/files/2019-09/Supra%20Curricular%20Enrichment%20Guide%202019-20.pdf
Enrichment resources for supra-curricular exploration for prospective Oxbridge applicants.

KIDS ACTIVITIES BLOG MASTERPOST OF FREE SUBSCRIPTIONS
https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/?fbclid=IwAR0zhrfg8j6FK87E3CbGwWg8M4hQjgRZWJ6O93MHnBOoApX4UC5Y8qYwymM
Masterpost of free subscriptions, predominantly younger ages.

CHATTERPACK
https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home
A wide variety of resources, typically for arts and/or educational entertainment.

ST JOHN'S INSPIRE DIGITAL SUPER-CURRICULAR RESOURCES
https://sjcinspire.com/students/resources/super-curricular-material/
A variety of Super-Curricular resources from St John's College Oxford.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS TO RESOURCES/RESOURCE THREADS

THE QUEEN’S COLLEGE OXFORD OUTREACH TEAM’S RECOMMENDED RESOURCE THREAD
https://twitter.com/QueensOutreach/status/1240233185117601792
A number of resources for GCSE/A Level students across a number of subjects. The thread is being updated daily.

KKNTeachLearn’s GCSE History Resources
https://twitter.com/KKNTeachLearn/status/1240322781058871297
165 GCSE History Resources

The Artful Parent
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/
Good, free art activities linked to from this Facebook page

DistanceLearnEn Secondary English Resources
https://twitter.com/DistanceLearnEn
KS3-5 English resources

THEATRE IN THE AGE OF CORONA
https://facebook.com/groups/763596610836546/
Informal group posting videos of theatre productions.

#CLOSURERESOURCES
https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClosureResources
A Twitter thread with numerous teachers sharing resources.

MrsBpriSTEM
https://twitter.com/hashtag/MrsBpriSTEM
A different science activity or challenge every day of school closures.

National Lottery Heritage Fund #HeritageFromHome
https://twitter.com/hashtag/HeritageFromHome

Various Heritage resources.

Upcoming events

For information about Upcoming Events please visit the 'Open Days and Events' section of the website.

Area link scheme

School students looking at exhibits in the Old Library

 

As part of the University of Cambridge’s Area Link scheme, St John’s works with six local education authorities in particular – Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton, Rochdale, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and Lambeth.

The Area Links Scheme enables Cambridge Colleges to build effective relationships with schools and colleges across the UK. It gives the schools a direct way of staying in touch with the University, and for the Cambridge Colleges involved, it offers an opportunity to get to know specific regions and the local educational environment.

School visits

An academic speaks with some students

 

We are very keen to welcome groups of students into St John’s, or to visit your schools, particularly in our Link Areas. To arrange a visit, please email AccessOfficer@joh.cam.ac.uk .

Visits from February - March 2020 will be reserved for Year 10-12 students, and bookings will open in the near future. 

Schools can participate in both day and residential visits, and we can provide presentations and workshops covering a range of topics, including life at St John’s and Cambridge, advice about choosing a course and a college, information about the admissions process, and student finance. In addition, it is possible to organise other educational and social activities in and around the College.

Contact

If you would like to book a visit to St John’s, arrange for someone to come and visit your school, or if you have questions about our access events, we would love to hear from you. Please contact:

The Admissions Team
Admissions Office
Old Divinity School
St John’s College
Cambridge
CB2 1TP
Tel: 01223 338703

Email: admissions@joh.cam.ac.uk