Useful Websites

Please make sure whichever device your child is on; internet safety is key. Do not leave your child unattended on the internet for long periods and aim to engage with the activities that they are doing.

Please click on the links below.


Activities available through the library service this summer.

On Tuesday 14 July we’ll be welcoming children’s author Ali Sparkes who will be hosting a Zoom session to talk about her experiences aa writer.  Ali’s sessions are always hugely entertaining and we hope that this virtual opportunity will reach new audiences. This is a great opportunity for children to meet a real life artist and perhaps discover new reading choices.   This is a FREE event and booking is on Eventbrite (link – )

If you would like to ‘bring’ classes to the event, please book a place for your school and we’ll get in touch after the event to find out how many children attended. 


The Summer Reading Challenge continues online and will run until September. 

·       Children register and set their own target for their challenge 

·       They read or listen to books, comics etc. that make them happy! 

·       Adding each completed book to their online profile will give a reward of online badges, games and videos 

·       When their challenge is complete children download their certificate  

·       Children can take part using our digital lending services, or what they have at home.  When libraries reopen, they’ll be able to borrow library books.

o   eBooks and audiobooks  

o   Digital comics 

·       Children who are not library members can join online for instant access to our digital services; they will be sent a library card when libraries reopen. 

  • We’ll be inviting children to submit a drawing for inclusion in a short animation as part of our drawing challenge – more information to follow.
  • Storytelling with Mama G will take place on Tuesday 11 August.  This Zoom event will be bookable on Eventbrite
  • We’ll have regular activities on our Facebook page throughout the summer holidays including creative activities, Storytime, Lego challenges, author blogs and more.
  • Arts Award Discover, administered by Trinity College London is available to all children aged 5+.  This introductory qualification in the Arts is designed to get children and young people engaged with and excited about the arts in the broadest sense. The attachment ‘Discover at Home’ is a guide for parents, which takes them through each stage of the award.  Taking part through Dorset Libraries if FREE, we ask that families contact us  to register and we will be able to guide them through the process as required, moderate their work and order their certificates. All of the activities outlined above could be included in Arts Award Discover.


DORSET READING PARTNERS– A short YouTube video created by Dorset Reading Partners encouraging parents to continue reading for pleasure with their children at home.

DRP reading for pleasure at home


MATHS – Carol Vorderman’s maths for 4-11 year olds is free for the duration of the UK Schools closure period. – Maths games designed for 6-11 year olds.




Twinkl – Just a quick reminder that Twinkl are offering a free membership for a month! Twinkl is an amazing learning resource which offers educational games, PowerPoints and printable learning sheets. To sign up, please follow the steps listed below

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Enter the code you have received, or CVDTWINKLHELPS if you have not yet been given a code

Step 3: Share the offer code and website link with anyone who could benefit– Play free games and quizzes, find art activities, explore homework help and share your art with Tate Kids. The best art website for kids.– Illustrations, digital art and animation to stimulate discussion and develop vocabulary, as a prompt for creative writing and/or a reading comprehension activity – Dorset Council Stay at Home Ideas – Inspiring films, writing tips and creative resources for aspiring authors and illustrators of all ages. Includes workshops run by the writers such as Matt Haig and Cressida Cowell.– Register to find author videos, book extracts and cross-curricular schemes of work based on different children’s books. Lots of new titles along with some old favourites. Suitable for children in Key Stages 1 and 2.


LITERACY – A  beautiful and inspirational collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures that has contributions from more than 100 children’s writers and illustrators.  – Children’s classic storiessuch as Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy and Owl Babies.  Children can watch the stories or join in with the books as they read aloud. -Enter the username: and password: Parents20! to access a range of free eBooks. Click on the ‘Collins Big Cat’ tab to view a selection of fiction and non-fiction eBooks for children in Key Stages 1 and 2. Turn the pages to follow the book as it is read aloud. Remember to pause and mute the eBook if you would like your child to read it themselves. Click on the yellow icon on the right to complete a task linked to the text.

Read Write Inc Phonics Lessons at Home – (NB: this takes you to You Tube.) – Spellings.  Look, Cover, Write and Check – great for practising spellings and spelling rules.

Five-A-SideReading_Challenge_Star_Wish_and_Wonder (1)– Reading and writing.   A star, a wish and a wonder.– Talk for Writing Home-School Booklets– Phonics Play. A site packed with interactive phonics games. To access all their phonic resources and fun games, all you need to do is log on using the following details: Username: march20   Password: home



READING – Oxford Owl – Free eBook library

David Walliams –  David Walliams is currently releasing daily audiobooks. Please find them on his website. – Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.  All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. – Online audio stories for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 primary school pupils. Stories cover a broad range of primary topics. They are grouped by theme and Key Stage and are typically about 5 minutes long. Ideal for fostering speaking and listening skills and stimulating children’s imaginations. New stories added week by week. – Stories and poems by classic authors such as Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde and Charles Dickens. – A selection of videos featuring some familiar faces reading a collection of popular children’s books. – A collection of illustrated short stories, fairy-tales, rhymes and poems that are free to view online.



BBC Bitesize – Circuits

Build your own circuits – Play with and build circuits on this website– Great for science– Lots of ideas for experiments and videos to watch

Butterfly Conservation– Narrated presentation about butterflies and moths and their lifecycle, with a bit about the Barberry Carpet project 


HISTORY England’s History