Explore the skies, stars and get baking - Monday 4 May

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This newsletter contains lots of exciting activities for you to try with your family or at your school, and to share with your friends. We'll be sending them to help keep you informed and entertained for the duration of school closures due to Coronavirus.

Whether you're at home with your children, working from home or a key worker, there's something for everyone.

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The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Here's a selection of fun activities for you today...


What did the stars look like on your birthday?

Hubble is a giant telescope that's flying through space. It explores the universe 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That means it has observed some fascinating cosmic wonder every day of the year, including on your birthday.

What did Hubble look at on your birthday? Enter the month and date below to find out.

See your birthday stars >

Parent and child

Advice and support for parents from the NSPCC

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has created an online hub of Coronavirus advice and support for parents and carers.

Content includes:

  • Information on keeping children safe from abuse
  • Tips and advice to help parents working from home
  • Ways to talk to a child who is anxious or worried about Coronavirus

Find out more  >


Support for under-twelves from Childline

The Childline website, for under-twelves, has a new page to help primary school aged children make sense of Coronavirus. It contains information, advice and tips for managing emotions along with related games and activities.

Find out more >

RAF Red Arrows

New resources from the RAF Museum

The Royal Air Force Museum has produced some 'family-friendly flight-related activities' for you to try.

Resources for families >

There is a separate page with resources for schools, including work from the children's author in residence, Tom Palmer, who has written a time-travelling short story commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Resources for schools >

Altab Ali

Discover the story of Altab Ali (Key Stage 3)

To keep alive the vital messages about community cohesion in Tower Hamlets, the council announced in 2015 that it would mark Altab Ali Day in the borough on 4 May every year.

This year, the day is being commemorated online. This includes the launch of a free new resource for young people called The Fight for Equality, a teacher toolkit and a short film to watch at home called Altab Ali and the Battle of Brick Lane

More on Altab Ali >


Try this simple Irish soda bread recipe

A special thanks to Alena Damijo, assistant head teacher and early years foundation stage and Key Stage 1 coordinator at St Peter's London Docks Church of England Primary School, for sharing this recipe from BBC Good Food for a simple Irish soda bread.

Get baking >


Coronavirus updates and advice

The council is supporting the nation's efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus, while running our most critical services and supporting our residents, including those that are vulnerable.  

We are regularly publishing advice for residents, local businesses and more at www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/coronavirus 

We are also sharing updates with our subscribers in regular emails, and publishing stories on social media using #TowerHamletsTogether.

Sign up to our 'health and wellbeing - coronavirus' newsletter to get regular updates delivered to your inbox.

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Stay at home

More on staying healthy, happy and entertained at home

In addition to the highlights featured here, the council has put together a whole host of resources to help families and individuals stay happy, healthy and entertained while they spend more time at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

From online Idea Store materials to educational activities, learning a new skill or hobby, taking a virtual museum or zoo tour, keeping fit or just having pure fun, we've got it all in one place.

More activities and resources >

And remember...

Audrey Hepburn

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible!”

Audrey Hepburn

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