TECH educators from Bradford Council have moved online to offer a virtual resource for teachers, parents and pupils while schools are closed due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Curriculum Innovation team, which supports primary schools with the computing curriculum, has begun making Youtube videos that set fun tasks that children can do at home.

The challenges are aimed designed for primary school aged children to complete at home with everyday technology that they are likely to have around, with some tech free alternatives to use.

Parents are encourages to try the challenges with their children too.

The challenges set already includes creating a treasure hunt using QR codes – the square type of barcode that is read by smart phones. Another asks children to make a digital photo collage showing the signs of spring with pictures taken in their own garden or yard or, if on their daily walk then, of course, by following the latest government guidance on social distancing.

A new challenge will be added every weekday. Parents are encouraged try the challenges with their children too.

Councillor Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for or education, employment and skills, said: “This is a great bit of work from the Curriculum Innovation team, providing activities to keep children entertained and learning while everyone is urged to stay in their homes.

“I am sure the #techawaychallenges will help ward off boredom while schools are closed for the majority of pupils in a bid to tackle the spread of the virus.

“These are challenging times for us all and it is good to see people of our district working together, and in new ways, to help each other through.”

The videos can be found on Youtube by searching using #techawaychallenge or via the Curriculum Innovation team’s Facebook page, @curricinnov or Twitter account, @Innov__Services.

The Curriculum Innovation team works with schools across Bradford District delivering high-quality training and support to staff to help them understand, use and teach new and emerging technologies.