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YouTube channel resources



As well as working with schools, The Education People and Children's University staff are committed to supporting children, young people and their families with home learning and enrichment opportunities.

We appreciate that this is an uncertain time for families but we hope that these home learning resources help you enjoy your time with your children, even in times of social distancing, self-isolation and possible lockdown.  Making happy memories, whilst learning during this time, will be very important to all.

These links have been given to us by a variety of partners including The Education People Advisors, Children's University Managers, Learning Destinations and partners such as the Kent Libraries.  

This section of our website will be updated each day so do come back every now and then to see what's new.  Do click on the subject links on the left tab for more specific resources available to schools and families.


Animate Arts

  • Animate Arts will host at-home workshops for families.  

    You'll need toilet roll tubes (who has those??!), egg cartons and cardboard packaging - so don't throw them in the rubbish! Save your resources and keep tuned for further details about our online Easter fun.


Cardboard Capers

  • Cardboard Capers is a weekly family craft challenge set by Animate Arts Company CIC.  It is free to take part in and uses families' imaginations and materials destined for the recycling bin.  The Challenges launch every Friday morning at 9am on YouTube. 


CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) YouTube playlists

  • The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education is a charity working with all those involved in teaching literacy in primary schools. Their work raises the achievement of children by helping schools to teach literacy more effectively and showing teachers how quality children's literature can be placed at the heart of all learning.  This link includes videos for: authors reading their books aloud, draw alongside an author/illustrator and poets performing their poetry.


Dance with Strictly Come Dancing's Oti Mabuse

  • Strictly Come Dancing champion Oti Mabuse is providing dance classes for children and adults on her social media platforms, with help from her husband Marius Lepure.   Mabuse's kids dance classes are being streamed to her FacebookInstagram and YouTube accounts at 11:30am every day until at least 30th March.  The classes are saved onto Mabuse's YouTube page after the livestream has finished, so they can still be enjoyed even if you aren't available at the exact start time.


How to draw a Minion!

  • Children can have minion-tastic fun joining Chris Meledandri (Co-Founder and CEO of Illumination) and Brad Ableson (Co-Director of Minions: The Rise of Gru) as they show us how to draw a Minion. Share creations online by using the hashtags #creativity&confidence and #myminion.


Into Film - family-friendly films with educational value

  • With cinemas closed and many children at home, chilldren and young people may be in need of some quality films to watch. Into Film will be regularly recommending their top picks across a variety of genres and categories. All of their choices are available to stream within the UK, come with recommended viewing ages and talking points, and many have additional educational resources too. 


Mylene's Music Klass

  • Curriculum based and most importantly, fun. There's no need for instruments or to feel intimidated. Any age, any ability welcome. Music helps to look after our children's minds and souls, especially at a time when they need it most plus, we may even find the next Elton or mini Mozart!


National Theatre at Home

  • Enjoy world-class theatre whilst we're closed.  Join us every Thursday for much-loved National Theatre Live productions, free to stream on YouTube for seven days.



  • PE WITH JOE (Joe Wicks, the Body Coach) starts on Monday 23rd March at 9am on his YouTube Channel.  These sessions will take place Monday to Friday and are suitable for all children, young people and their families.


Steve Backshall's Live Wildlife

  • Live Lessons every Wednesday morning 9.30am UK time on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.  


Turner Contemporary

  • Art Rebels is a new online workshop series designed to engage young creatives at home. Each week we will be uploading a new video from one of our sponsored artists who will show you how.

The Walker Books YouTube Channel

  • This is the YouTube channel for Walker Books, one of the world's leading independent publisher of children's books. You'll find exciting book trailers, videos of our fantastic authors and illustrators, as well as videos of some of our events.  Lots of videos - book readings, book animations, book trailers. This link includes videos for: Michael Rosen reading "We're going on a bear hunt"


YouTube live story books

  • These channels include:
  1. Jez Alborough reading "Where's My Teddy?" and "Albert and Little Henry"
  2. Eric Carle reading "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
  3. B. J. Novak reads from "The Book With No Pictures"
  4. Drew Daywalt's "The Day the Crayons Quit"
  5. Andy Stanton reading all of his second Mr Gum book: "Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire"
  6. David Walliams reads an extract from "Gangsta Granny"