Digital Resources for Schools

Since we collated these digital resources at the beginning of lockdown, the central university have published a fantastic Digital Resources Hub which brings together many of the resources here alongside others. We recommend you consult this alongside our ideas!

Maths:

1. Balliol College’s Online Maths Resources for all Key Stages

2. Resourceaholic is a resource made for Maths teachers.

3. Dr Frost is useful for both students and teachers.

4. The Maths department have uploaded eight undergraduate lectures on to their YouTube Channel which have had over 7 million views. These might be useful super-curricular activity for those in Year 11 or 12 who are interested in taking Maths at university.

English:

1. Balliol College’s Online English Resources for all Key Stages

2. Diseases of modern life is a useful resources for teachers who are exploring 19th century texts with their students.

3. Great Writers Inspire is an Oxford University resource made up of freely available literary resources. It is aimed at students from sixth-form to university, their teachers, and at lifelong learners. It contains lectures, eBooks and contextual essays for reuse by individuals and the educational community. Resources could be included in course packs, browsed for extended project work or in preparation for university study, or set as additional reading around specific central texts. There are thousands of individual items as well as curated thematic and historical collections to help students research and interrogate their literary ideas.

4. Lest We Forget was a National Lottery Heritage Funded project led by the University of Oxford and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission that aimed to collect and digitally archive First World War artefacts stored in bedrooms and attics across the United Kingdom.

5. Teach Shakespeare is a useful teacher resource for those teaching Shakespeare to Key Stages 3-5.

Sciences:

1. Balliol College’s Online Chemistry Resources for all Key Stages

2Balliol College’s Online Biology Resources for all Key Stages

3. Balliol College’s Online Physics Resources for all Key Stages

4. Oxford Sparks has over 100 teaching resources in the form of ‘suggested lesson plans’ for KS3-5 covering science subjects – you can filter by level and subject. They’ve all been checked and approved by the University’s Teachers’ Panel, which include a range of subject teachers from a range of different types of school. There’s also the Just Add Imagination Booklet aimed at parents with children aged 7-11.

5. The Oxford Scientist’s Schools Science Writing Competition for Years 10-13: They’re looking for students to write about a scientific discovery, invention, or advance which still affects the world today. If you have a discovery, invention or advance which springs to mind, they want to hear about it! Send them though a 700-word essay and you’re in with a chance of having your piece published in The Oxford Scientist and winning a £50 voucher. You can take your essay in any way you want… How has the discovery of CO2 affected how we grow crops? How has the lightbulb revolutionised homes? How has the contraceptive pill changed women’s bodies and lives? How have antibodies influenced scientific research? Have turbines solved energy problems? How has the telephone affected communications? Have there been any huge advances which were found by accident or as a seemingly irrelevant by-product? The Oxford Scientist writes on science in all its forms – they want to read about physics, chemistry, maths, biology, medicine, earth sciences, health, psychology, biochemistry, technology, engineering, human sciences and more! This competition is open to all UK students in years 10-13 and their flyer can be found here. The deadline for essay submissions is Friday 1st May. For more information on this competition, please visit the website or email competition@oxsci.org. If your school, sixth form or college would like to subscribe to The Oxford Scientist, please contact editor@oxsci.org.

6. Hertford College’s Unsung Heroes of Science Video Competition: Who has history forgotten? Whose story has been left out of the textbooks? Whose work gets overlooked? Whose story do you want to share? They want you to make a two-minute video celebrating an unsung hero of science! This exciting competition is open to anyone in the UK aged 16-18. The prize this year is spending time behind-the-scenes at the BBC with Fiona Bruce. The shortlisted videos will be promoted by Hertford College and their creators will be invited to an all-expenses-paid celebration day in Oxford. The deadline is Friday 24th April, so start choosing your unsung heroes of science now! For more information, check out the competition webpage.

7. Hertford College’s Unsung Heroes of Science: Hertford College have put together a set of resources for teachers based on the two-minute “Unsung Heroes of Science” videos that were created last year for our video competition. They range from 10-minute activities suitable for form time or science lessons to a full lesson plan. You can find them all here. If you have any questions, ideas or feedback around these resources, they’d love to hear from you – find them at outreach@hertford.ox.ac.uk or on social media at @HertfordCollege.

8. Oxford University’s Science Blog has lots of interesting short blogs on it, the most recent of which include discussions about Covid-19 from academic University staff.

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Free Physics Resources
Isaac Physics https://isaacphysics.org/
Next Time Questions http://www.physicslab.org/Compilations/NextTime.aspx
British Physics Olympiad Question Bank https://www.bpho.org.uk/resources/question-bank
Physics.org (IOP) http://www.physics.org/index.asp 
Purpose Games https://www.purposegames.com/playlist-tag/physics
Science Kids Physics http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/physics.html
Physics Mastery https://www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com/northamerica/masteringphysics/
IOPSpark https://spark.iop.org/
SEPnet resources list http://www.sepnet.ac.uk/outreach/resources-to-support-remote-learning/

History:

1. Balliol College’s Online History Resources for all Key Stages

2. Christ Church’s Oral Hisory Project proposes a different way of doing historical research: by interviewing members of our community (these can be phone interviews). A reading list on oral history is provided and articles can be sent by email to students who are interested.

Geography:

1. Balliol College’s Geography Resources for all Key Stages

Computer Science:

1. For your Year 11 and 12 students who are interested in Computer Science at university, there are lots of super-curricular resources available on the Department’s admissions pages.

2. For Primary School children have a look at Barefoot Computing.

3. For Key Stage 2/3 have a look at Microbit.

4. For A-level students, have a look at ISAAC Computer Science.

5. For all year groups, Bebras (computational thinking), Technocamps (various age groups: aimed at teachers) and Raspberry are all great resources.

6. Christ Church’s Python Challenges are regularly-released challenges for students who want to learn or practise coding.

Engineering:

1. For those interested in taking Engineering at university. Our Engineering Department has created an online hub of resources to help students stretch themselves past their school syllabus which can be found here.

All Subjects/ Recommended Super-Curricular Activities:

1. Curious Minds is from Oxford’s Continuing Education Department. It features hundreds of free resources and there’s a new collection every fortnight. They have a new ‘Tutor Takeover’ every other day, where tutors recommend great resources in their subject.

2. St John’s Inspire Programme website is full of articles/practice questions/etc provided by tutors and teachers. This can be found here.

3. Jesus College recorded several lectures/seminars delivered during their Summer School last August for KS4/5. They can be found on their You Tube channel here. The theme was ‘on earth’s future’ so there are various related topics including the economics of climate change, nutrition, critical risk assessment, and politics.

4. Staircase 12 is a hub of online resources which was created by University College. They have a Reading Bank where Univ students and a few tutors have chosen books which they either read before they came to Oxford, or they wish they had. They also have a Resource Hub which is a collection of resources, mostly completely free, which students can use to explore their subjects and related interests for themselves.

5. Causeway Education have put together a free database of online wider reading resources listed by university subject. Please use these and/or forward them to your Year 12s as you see fit.

6. Oxford University Podcasts contains lectures, talks, videos and podcasts created by University staff in all the subject areas. This is useful for super-curricular activity but might also support remote teaching at this time.

7. Worcester College’s Bookshelf Project involves sharing books that people have enjoyed about their subject. This list is regularly updated so ask your Year 12 students to look out for relevant texts that may be useful for their university applications.