Community Counts

There have been many fantastic ideas of websites and resources circulating within the BH@Home community and we would like to share these with you. #BetterTogether.

It is crucial to note that safeguarding remains at the heart of all that we do and the resources below are suggestions from our community. These are designed to help parents keep children entertained, active and happy during these unprecedented times, we highly recommend an adult checks all of these links before use.

Please be aware that the YouTube video links may contain advertisements at the start. You may need to wait a couple of seconds and  click “skip ads” at bottom right of screen before the content you expected appears.

The vast majority of these links offer free resources (at least on a trial basis) however a few require a subscription.

If you have any suggestions you would like to share here, or if links have changed or been taken offline, please email

Home Learning

English and Phonics




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Book Titles Recommendations For May 2020

How NOT to go to school – tips from a child who is always home schooled

Parsley Nimblewood Saves The World Again – How to go BACK to school

BHLibrary@Home Book Recommendations By Age – frequently updated

The Library Full Of Worries

0-5 Years
Paolo, Emporer of Rome by Mac Barnett is a lovely story about a Mouse exploring Rome and here is a nice link to postcard writing activity that goes with the book
5-7 Years
A nice little video by popular children’s author, Harriet Muncaster, author of the Isodora-Moon series of books, talking about her top tips for story writing
8-10 Years
Jungledrop by Abi Elphinstone is a great new book in her eco-themed series. Follow the link for some great  background videos of the author talking about the book and the themes behind it.
11-13 Years
Older children might like to listen to Neil Gaiman reading from a selection of his spell-binding tales like Coraline and The Graveyard Book at
If you can’t get to the library, and don’t have an eReader, books can be an expensive investment. Here are some of the best secondhand book shops on line.
AbeBooks is one of the best websites that I have found to shop for second hand books in the UK. The other great thing is that they operate the Easy Fundraising donation system which means you can donate up to 5% per purchase to Barrow Hills School.
World of Books
Other popular sites which also have an Easy Fundraising option are;
Music Magpie – books

I have noticed one of the most popular sets of books for children to dip in and out of in the BHS Library is The Guinness Book of World Records (GWR).

We are lucky enough, following a number of kind donations to the library, to have an almost complete set from 2007 to 2020. These are particularly popular titles for sharing and discussing in pairs and groups during Lunchtime Library Club and Form Times, so I am including some links and ideas for children to follow who may be missing these opportunities whilst away from School.

Guinness World Records

GUINNESS World Records 2020 YouTube clip

Follow the hashtag on Twitter

Or look at the latest news on – GuinnessWorldRecords

There is even a GWR App in the Google Play store

Keep Moving!

Activities and Arts & Crafts

Activities from BH@Home

Enjoy some creative ways to have fun in lockdown, bought to you by our Barrow Hills children.

Culture, History, Music and Media

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For adults too…

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Online Safety

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Thinkyouknow – advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online

Internet matters – support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

Parent info – support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

LGfL – support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

Net-aware – support for parents and careers from the NSPCC

King Edward’s Witley Community Counts

Our partner school, King Edward’s Witley, would also like to share the many great ideas, activities and initiatives circulating within their community.

King Edward’s Witley Community Counts

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