Resources & activities

With everyone stuck and home and no school for the kids, we’re putting together some resources to help us get by. We will keep adding to this page as we find more resources, so please do check back. If you have ideas or resources to share, please do get in touch Up to date information from the NHS.  Up to date information by BSL.

National Deaf Children’s Society advice on COVID-19

BBC – my Web My Way– advice on how to change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse to be more accessible.

Specifically with deaf children in mind…..

RedBubble – hearing impaired stickers

NDCS – Your Community – sign up to this online forum; a safe place to get tips, ask questions, share experiences and connect with other parents and carers of deaf children and young people.

The Buzz – website for deaf young people from the NDCS

Yoga with Cosmic kids. Three BSL videos with moves suitable for 3-5 year olds.

Free speech and language resources Chatter Pack

Author Cece Bell talks about her latest book El defo on Instagram @cecebellbooks and on YouTube .

BSL stories on the Frank Barnes School Facebook page

The Book Trust– Here you can find lots of lovely interactive books to read online or watch with signing.  John Tracy Clinic resources The Elisabeth Foundation’s Let’s Listen and Talk programme ITV have an app with signed stories in both BSL and ASL.

Something Special Cbeebies – Follow Justin and Mr Tumble using Makaton

Magic Hands – Cbeebbies – Signed poetry

Signing hands – Makaton sign classes Learn BSL online – SPECIAL OFFER “pay what you can”

Free kids information book to download on Coronavirus illustrated by Axel Schiffer and featuring an implant wearer.

Download a speech to text app to help you communicate with a deaf person in writing. Really helpful if you are wearing a mask and they can’t lip read. There seems to be two versions; Live Transcribe by Google for Android phones and another non-Google version for Apple Smart phones also called Live Transcribe. Both allow real time translation with the ability to change the text size.

Deafinitely Theatre –Deaf theatre group with youth activities

Pragmatics: Everyday communication

Pragmatics is the skill of using language socially and being able to adapt it to different situations. It’s key to being able to take part in conversations and interactions in socially acceptable ways. See this information from the NDCS

Games to build your child’s vocabulary   NDCS – parenting and family life

Deaf Animation World  – Animated BSL stories and songs on Youtube 

Other resources and fun ideas …….

Lessons added daily to  BBC bitesize

Live lessons and videos

Free Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Home Learning Packs – Scholastic

Free lessons and resources from The Oak National Academy including a virtual school library created with the National Literacy Trust

3 local mums & teachers giving super simple ideas for home education during this crazy time. @lockdown_learning

Get the kids moving with Joe Wick on YouTube PE with Joe

Get active with curriculum linked videos

Maths with Carol Vorderman

Cooking with Jamie Oliver

Free children’s audio books

Make a miniature book with The British Library