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Enrichment Resources

At Corby Technical School, we are committed to ensuring that our students receive a well-rounded education, which includes a wide range of activities beyond their academic studies.

Therefore, we have put together some suggested resources to enable students to be able to access more creative tasks and experiences, life skills and exercise within their home learning schedule.

Little box of friendship

Why not create your own ‘Little Box of Friendship’? This is a small hand-made box, colourfully decorated. This box could contain some sweets, messages of encouragement, photos of the natural world or a little note.

Take a photo of your box and send to as we would like to share some of these through Twitter and Snapshot. Then deliver to the doorstep of a friend or neighbour to show them that you care.

Click here for a PDF template that you can use to make your box.

Astronaut Q&A

Calling all home schoolers… Tune in for FREE every Tuesday for Space to Learn, an inspirational hour with an astronaut, for all children studying at home or in school. Hear the best space stories from a different guest astronaut each week with a LIVE 45 minute Q&A.

Every Tuesday there will be a live show broadcast at 14:00.

Join NASA astronaut and International Space Station Commander Steve Swanson for a LIVE Q&A about life on the Space Station and having fun in space. 

Astronaut Steve Swanson says “Just like many people on Earth right now, astronauts live in self-isolation on the International Space Station. Tune in to learn how I made Space fun and ask me your favourite ‘space’ question”.

Indoor Adventures

The Scouts have teamed up with Bear Grylls to create a list of 200 activities you can do indoors. These can be sorted and filtered to find the perfect adventure for you!

Life Skills

Now would be an excellent time to learn some important life skills.

Here are some ideas of things that you could do together at home:

  • Cook/Bake - check out BBC Good Food for some ideas and recipes
  • Do the gardening or if you don't have your own garden, create a mini garden on a windowsill - BBC Gardening with Kids has lots of ideas of both indoor and outdoor projects that you could try. One involves growing plants from food waste!
  • Learn sign language - the School of Sign Language have lots of videos to help you to learn British Sign Language on their youtube page.
  • Use the washing machine
  • Iron
  • Sew/fix garments
  • Learn how to manage personal finances

Exercise at home

There are many youtube channels with exercise programs, we have chosen a few that all offer something different:

The Body Coach - Joe Wicks is offering daily PE lessons at 9am for the family

The Fitness Marshall – work out to popular chart tunes

Popsugar Fitness channel - It is divided up into categories so you can find just what you're looking for -- including workouts for beginners, vigorous high-intensity interval training (HIIT) videos

Yoga with Adriene - If you're brand-new to yoga, check out their Yoga For Beginners and Foundations of Yoga series. These are designed to give you the tools to build a happy, healthy at home yoga practice. If you're ready to work up a sweat, try the Yoga for Weight Loss or Total Body Yoga playlists

Creative ideas

  • For those of you who enjoy singing, why not sign up and take part in the Great British Home Chorus by Gareth Malone. He will be providing resources for people to learn songs, and upload them to create a virtual choir. Sign up here.
  • Ollie Tunmer from Beat Goes On, will be doing daily body percussion workshops where you can practice and develop your rhythmic skills with no instrument required! Click here for the playlist on his channel.
  • If you have a musical instrument at home, now is a great time to practise. There are some great learning tutorials on youtube to help you for free.
  • Northants Fire and Rescue have made an educational request for children & young people up to the age of 16, whether at home or in school to send in some artwork showing a Firefighter in action. They would like young people to think about the tasks Fire & Rescue do then come up with some art work and send to them by e-mail. The artwork can be in any form the young person prefers. They plan to feature as many entries as possible via their social media platforms. For further details click on the link here.
  • Daily drawings are a great non-screen based way to pass the time! All you need is a pencil and some paper. You could do a portrait of someone in your house, or for more ideas on what to draw, check out this daily list here.
  •  Why not learn a new craft? Origami is a cheap and fun activity to learn. Check out Origami Fun for some printable instructions with videos available too.

Cultural Experiences

Lots of art galleries and museum have free virtual tours and interesting online resources.

  • Palace of Westminster: Take a virtual tour of the Houses of Parliament.  Explore fourteen spectacular rooms, including the House of Commons chamber, St Stephen's Hall and the Royal Gallery. The Central Lobby, with its magnificent vaulted ceilings, is especially well-rendered.
Art Galleries
  • The Louvre: You don't have to book a ticket to Paris to check out some of the famous pieces in the world's largest art museum. The Louvre has free online tours of three famous exhibits, including Egyptian Antiquities.
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: The works of Pablo Picasso, Piet MondrianJeff Koons, and Franz Marc are just some of the 625 artists whose work are a part of the Guggenheim's Collection Online.
  • Van Gogh Museum: You can get up close and personal with the impressionist painter's most famous work thanks to Google Arts & Culture.
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: Madrid's must-see art museum has the works of some of the continent's most celebrated artists like Rembrandt and Dali available online.
  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: Six virtual exhibits are available online from this museum named for the "Mother of American modernism."
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: The Golden Age of Dutch art is highlighted in this museum which includes the work of Vermeer and Rembrandt.
  • MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art): New York's extensive collection is available for view online.
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Move at your own pace through the 360-degree room-by-room tour of every exhibit in the museum.
  • The Vatican Museum: The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and Raphael's Room, are just some of the sites you can see on the Vatican's virtual tour.
  • British Museum, London: The Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies are just a couple of things that you're able to see on a virtual tour of the museum.
  • NASA: Both Virginia's Langley Research Center and Ohio's Glenn Research Center offer online tours for free. Also, you can try some "augmented reality experiences" via The Space Center Houston's app.
  • National Women's History Museum: Have a late International Women's Day celebration with online exhibits and oral histories from the Virginia museum.
  • National Museum of the United States Air Force: You can't take a ride in Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential airplane, but you can check it out, in addition to other military weapons and aircraft, online in the Air Force's official museum.
Zoos and Aquariums
  • The Cincinnati Zoo: Check in around 3 p.m., because that's the time the Zoo holds a daily Home Safari on its Facebook Live Feed.
  • Atlanta Zoo: The Georgia zoo keeps a "Panda Cam" livestream on its website.
  • Georgia Aquarium: Sea-dwellers like African penguins and Beluga Whales are the stars of this aquarium's live cam.
  • Houston Zoo: There are plenty of different animals you can check in on with this zoo's live cam, but we highly recommend watching the playful elephants.
  • San Diego Zoo: With what may be the most live cam options, this zoo lets you switch between koalas, polar bears, and tigers in one sitting.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium: It can be Shark Week every week thanks to live online footage of Monterey Bay's Habitat exhibit.
Theatre and Arts
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber is sharing lots of live musicals on 'The show must go on' youtube on Friday evenings.
  • The Royal Opera House will be sharing past performances on their youtube channel.
  • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre have a selection of shows that you can pay to watch online, as well as some free content on their Globe Player website.