School Closure – Online Learning

School Closure – Online Learning


As you are aware, we have been providing work for students in all Year Groups since the closure of the school via the Caldew School Website. There are links for each year group to each of their subjects where work has been set by teachers and will continue to be set on a weekly basis. We recommend that students follow their normal timetables and complete the work accordingly. I would also like to draw your attention to the variety of online learning resources that students and parents/carers can make use of.


Government Produced Online Learning Resources

The government released a list of online learning resources which can be found at We have also included links to a number of these sites on our website below.


Oak National Academy

In the governments briefing on 19th April 2020, Gavin Williamson as Education Secretary announced the launch of the online platform Oak National Academy. This will deliver 180 hours of lessons a week for every year group from Reception through to year 10 to support teachers, parents and students across the country. The enterprise which has been set up by teachers and is funded by the Department of Education, will provide video lessons for students, with each lesson coming with a corresponding quiz and worksheet. Each lesson will last one hour and the portal will provide the equivalent of four hours of lessons a day for secondary students. As a school we are hoping to incorporate some of the resources on here into the work we set online. Please do have a look at this! To access the Oak National Academy resources, go to their official website


BBC Bitesize Daily

The BBC has also launched its own star-studded education service today, which features David Attenborough, Oti Mabuse, Sergio Agüero, Danny Dyer, as well as lessons from 200 real, working teachers. BBC Bitesize Daily is available to access at


Please find below a non-exhaustive list of websites that will help students work from home:

Note: Caldew Website gives you access to resources that are owned, managed and provided by Third Parties. Resources made available through the lists are subject to Third Party Terms and Conditions and copyright law. Caldew’s Resources list is a list of currently free online educational resources which have been assessed as reasonably likely to have overall educational value and which could be reasonably used by schools to support students. Anyone using it must exercise their own judgement in evaluating the content of particular resources and its suitability as a teaching tool for their own particular purposes. Please see our website for more “Internet Safety” advice under the “Safeguarding” section.


Audible KS3 & KS4

All children’s audiobooks are available for free while schools are closed. Registration is not required.


BBC Bitesize KS3, KS4 and KS5

Beginning Monday 20 April, BBC Bitesize will publish daily online lessons for all ages. They also have a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of educational video on iPlayer.


Big History Project KS3, KS4 & KS5

Multi-disciplinary activities. You need to sign up using an email.


Bowland Maths Resources KS3 & KS4 

Downloadable assessments on a range of subjects, including sample answers and assessment tips.


Corbett Maths KS4

A range of videos and downloadable questions categorised by topic and predicted grade.


Cumbria Libraries KS3, KS4 & KS5

Cumbria Libraries are offering free temporary online membership of their borrowbox service. There are loads of free ebooks and audio books, and you can download a free app.  It only takes seconds to join.


Duolingo KS3, KS4 & KS5

Learn languages for free. Website or free app.


English Mastery KS3

Downloadable resource books providing 12 weeks of activities covering writing and poetry.


English and Media Centre KS3 & KS4

Downloadable resources covering a range of texts. GCSE resources are categorised by examination board.


Exact Editions


FREE access to the following magazines, whose subject matters span science, geography, politics amongst others, until October 2020: Chemistry World, New Internationalist, Geographical, Prospect, The Biologist, Resurgence & Ecologist, BBC History Magazine, BBC Music Magazine, BBC Science Focus Magazine & The World Today.

To Log in:

·         Click on the link

·         Select the “library card” option in the top right-hand corner.

·         Enter your six-digit code (038963) into the “card number” bar and log in.


Fitness Blender KS3, KS4 & KS5

Videos featuring a range of exercises and workouts. You can choose exercises by: degree of difficulty, type, gender and whether equipment is needed or not.


Geography Games KS3, KS4 & KS5

Geography gaming!


iDEA Awards KS3, KS4 & KS5

Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online. You have to sign up using an email.


Leaders Award – If you were an engineer what would you do? KS3, KS4 & KS5

This project has been created both for parents/carers/guardians to deliver at home to children and young people in their household. Once registered, you will be given access to online resources, guides and information on the upcoming engineer interviews via the resources area. Everyone will have the opportunity to delve into the fun world of engineering and put their creativity to the test.


Mathigon KS3 & KS4

interactive maths resources that allow parents to track student progress and set activities.


Maths Kitchen KS4

An interactive GCSE revision website. Resources are categorised by topic, including video lessons and practice questions.


Mathematics Mastery KS3

Downloadable guidance and resource packs for parents and students.


Nrich KS3 & KS4

A range of activities. Some are interactive and some are to be completed offline. Activities are categorised by age range.


Pobble 365 KS3 and KS4

A new image is published each day as a basis for creative writing. Story starters, questions and drawing ideas are provided.


Poetry by Heart KS3 & KS4

A wide selection of poetry covering different topics. Registration: not required to view poems, but it is required to access teaching resources.


Seneca KS4

For those revising at GCSE or A level. Lots of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.


STEP Support Programme KS5

The STEP Support Programme is offered by the University of Cambridge to help university applicants develop their advanced mathematical problem-solving skills and prepare for STEP mathematics exams. Assessments are downloadable.


Ted Ed KS3, KS4 & KS5

All sorts of engaging educational videos! There are also discussion questions, information and tasks to complete.


The Children’s Poetry Archive KS3 & KS4

An archive of spoken poetry recordings. Students can listen to poems being read aloud.


The Day Newsletter KS3, KS4 & KS5

A daily newsletter for parents and carers at home with children, helping to enrich learning with real-world knowledge and skills. Registration: is required.


Top Marks KS3

A range of interactive maths games categorised by age group.


Twinkl KS3 & KS4

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.


Underground Maths KS5

A range of interactive tasks and questions linked to the A level maths and further maths curriculums.


White Rose Maths (home learning) KS3

Presentations and downloadable workbooks which are easy to use for parents. New material is being released each week.


#ThisIsPE KS3 & KS4

Videos delivered by teachers focussing on the PE curriculum which are accessible on YouTube.



Students benefit from an education which enables them to move on to further success when they leave.

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Pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is effective.

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Students make good progress because of the typically strong standard of teaching.

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The support for pupils with an education, health and care (EHC) plan is matched to their specific requirements. Consequently, these pupils typically make good progress and move on to next steps in education and employment.

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Leaders have reviewed the curriculum, so that the courses offered match pupils’ needs and interests and prepare them for their next steps in education or employment effectively.

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