COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 and Your Wellbeing – #Coping Guides for Children, Young People and Families

Over the past few weeks, the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has caused major disruptions to family life, through the introduction of social distancing, school closures and now effective lockdown.

In difficult times like these, looking after our mental health is just as important as taking care of our physical health. It’s normal for everyone to feel anxious at the moment, and children and young people of all ages are just as affected as adults by the worry and stress coronavirus can cause.

Families may also be overwhelmed by the constant influx of information and misinformation, online and elsewhere. Yet helping children and young people to build their resilience and to deal with change and uncertainty has never been more vital.

Children and young people are having to cope with sudden change in their social lives, daily routines and access to education while families face challenges associated with spending extended periods together at home.

To support the wellbeing of children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic, East Berkshiore Clinical Commissioning Group have put together three concise guides for parents and carers and for children and young people themselves.

The guides list some of the best reliable and free sources of information and advice to help children and young people and their families to cope with life under lockdown.

To download these guides and for more information, click here 

COVID-19 and your Wellbeing - Further Mental Health & Wellbeing resources

Free Home Learning Resources

Barclays LifeSkills- a free employability programme

Student hub

Parent support hub

Home Learning Resources from The British Army 

Explore Resources


STEM Mode In: On Lockdown with the Stemettes


Carol Vorderman free website really useful for up to 12 year olds.....


Kahoot and IntoFilm have just made many of their premium resources free to all to use for home learning:


Audible are offering free access to all children's books and this include teens. The link:


Also, World Book Online are offering free access to 3000 books online to read. The link:


The Red Cross have released Coronavirus activities for free here 


here's a link to the online Baylis library, Eclipse   which can also be found on the Baylis website under portals. 

Generic log-in  user name: baylis and password: baylis, all in lower case. 


From the home page you can access 'Links' which gives links for both students and teachers to some useful websites.

You can access 'Search' which will let you search the whole library catalogue. Two useful icons are;

"Globe" which will give you access to over 12,000 useful weblinks to curriculum support resources. 

Also; "Meet The Author movies" which will access over 100 videos of popular authors talking about their work.

Additionally, Renaissance UK (Accelerated Reader) have made available a selection from their MyOn eBook collection free to browse on this link;   which is also available via 'Links' on Eclipse. 

Gareth Malone's Virtual Choir:

 Virtual tours of art galleries:

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Cultural Enrichment Project

To continue to develop your Cultural Enrichment you should take part in the activities below alongside your academic curriculum. 


Choose what interests you and upload your evidence with your NAME on it to your year group/form group Cultural Enrichment folder on Teams.

All evidence can count towards you achieving your Enrichment award and this will continue from home. 


Art task: choose one of the following influential artists and create your own version of their work

Andy Warhol

Pablo Picasso

Vincent van Gogh


Henri Matisse

Jackson Pollock

Edvard Munch

Claude Monet


Classic Film review task: Watch and review a classic film from the list below

The Wizard of Oz

Singing in the Rain

The Sound of Music


Bond-any Bond

All Quiet on the Western Front 

Schindlers List

Forrest Gump


Cookery task: create a healthy family meal, you can VLOG your process or take photographs on your phone as you go. Add your VLOG/ photographs to your folder with a review from a family member. 


Cultural Enrichment visit: Visit one of the following virtual tours and take screenshots of your experience and write a 250 word review. 


Young Scientist Task: Choose one of the science experiments from the website and film/photograph your experiment



Music Task: Research one of the following genres of music, create your own interpretation either by singing in that style or composing your own piece of music





Rhythm and Blues  

Join the online choir and share your video:


Creative writing task: write a short story, play, poem or song from one of the following themes


Good vs. evil

Coming of age

Power and corruption


Courage and heroism



Leadership task: Watch an announcement from the House of Commons. Write/Record a response that you could deliver as a member of the Youth Parliament 


Nature all around you documentary task: Create a VLOG or BLOG documenting chosen feature of nature around you







News article review and journalist task:

Read and analyse an article from the following newspaper publications:

Create your own report on the topical issue that most interests you, this can be in the form of a broadcast video/Vlog or a written article with a photograph.


Short Film task: create a short film (10mins) from one of the following genres 




Drama Historical 



Science fiction



Sport Task: create a 10minute exercise video that teenagers can do at home and in their garden or a workout timetable to incorporate 20 minutes of exercise in your daily routine.


Influential Literature task-read and review a book on the list below or a Classic book from



Key Stage 3


Year 7 - Age 11-12 Years


1. Tracy Beaker Series by Jaqueline Wilson 

2. Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney

3. Gangsta Granny by David Walliams 

4. Wonder by R. J. Palacio 

5. Matilda by Roald Dahl 

6. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 

7. Holes by Louis Sachar 

8. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

9. Alex Rider series by  Anthony Horowitz

10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Year 8 - Age 12-13 Years


1. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling 

2. Watership Down by Richard Adams

3. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by john Boyne

4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

5. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo 

6. Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

7. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

8. Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet

9. Looking For JJ by Anne Cassidy 

10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


Key Stage 4

Influential Literature:

Recommended Reading for DEAR time 


Year 9 - Age 13-14 Years


1. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins 

2. The Curious incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

3. Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve  

4. Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin 

5. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 

6. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

7. Lord of the flies by William Golding

8. Forever by Judy Blume

9. The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman 

10. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith


Year 10 – Age 14-15 Years


1. The Maze Runner series by James Dashner 

2. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman 

3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

4. The Hobbit and The Lord of the rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien  

5. Discworld series by Philip Pullman

6. The Fault in our Stars by John Green 

7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

8. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

9. Auggie and Me by R. J. Palacio

10. The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter


Year 11 - Age 15-16 Years


1. Divergent series by Veronica Roth 

2. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen 

3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

4. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brasheres

5. The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London 

6. Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngoxi Adichie

7. The Color Purple by Alice Walker 

8. Anita and Me by Meera Syal

9. The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer 

10. My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell 


Key Stage 5

Influential Literature:

Recommended Reading for DEAR time 


Sixth Form - Age 17-18 Years


1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin 

2. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

3. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks 

4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

5. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 

6. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

7. 1984 by George Orwell

8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

9. Emma by Jane Austen 

10. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller


students are to document this momentous unprecedented event by every week, day or month making a diary entry or a drawing documenting how they feel, what they are doing during this time.
The History department will then, when we come back, put a selection of the best into a Baylis time capsule so future Baylis students can learn about our experience showing that we are all a part of History and are living and making it