Learning opportunities including podcasts, Ted Ed talks and stir-fries - Tuesday 19 May

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Here are lots of exciting and interesting activities for you to try with your family or at your school, and to share with your friends.  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 you can do together as a family...


Have you ever tried making a podcast?

If you fancy having a YouTube channel but you are not quite ready to put yourself out there yet, a podcast might be a good alternative. It is easy to get started and there are lots of podcast hosting platforms, most of which have really good guides to explain how to get started. Podcast.co offers a comprehensive guide with no obligation to sign up. Only once you have a recorded, and want to start sharing, would you need to pay to use the platform. You could share your podcasts with your friends as a start.

Start podcasting >

The Day Home

The Day Home – a daily newsletter for households

This is a free, daily newsletter for everyone at home during lockdown, helping to enrich learning with real-life knowledge and skills.. Published at 7am, Monday to Friday, it aims to support academic learning with real-world skills in several ways. This includes a brief guide to the important news of the day, with one topic per day to debate with children and one resource each day for each Key Stage to supplement the curriculum.

Enrich learning here >

Ted Ed Talks

TED-Ed talks - unexpected habits of great thinkers (for adults)

Great innovators are supposed to dream up brilliant ideas. They are supposed to act quickly and decisively to make them a reality, without any fear or doubt. But social scientists have found that original thinkers rarely follow this recipe.

Learn more in this 15-minute video which explores three unexpected habits of original thinkers, including embracing failure.

Be original >


Have you taken your turn at cooking dinner yet?

The humble stir-fry is great for beginner cooks, with only a few instructions. It's speedy, simple and you can pack them full of fresh veg. Here is a quick, colourful and healthy recipe from Change4Life.

Start cooking >


Farming – a BBC Bitesize Geography lesson

Farmers are responsible for a lot of the food we eat, from fruit and veg to pork and beef. They have to select the type of farming which best suits the local physical environment, such as crops, animals or a mix of the two. Learn how the approach our farmers take can impact our environment.

Farming bitesize >

And remember...

Theodore Roosevelt

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

Theodore Roosevelt

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The Healthy Lives Team want to support you with all aspects of health and wellbeing. We will be sending you regular newsletters that will be relevant whether you are at home with your children, working from home or at school. 

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Coronavirus updates and advice

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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 >

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