We have a growing database of resources and external links that you may find useful. Select a category from the list below.Note: Coventry City Council are not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
Information about animals and life in Antarctica.KS3+.
Lots of in depth facts about the animal and plant life, geology and climate.
Site to give you ideas on which name to give your pet, how popular is your pet's name and find out your dog's age in human years plus pet news.
Website for Cats' Protection, the UK's leading feline welfare charity.
A nice site with good pictures but only covers deserts in America.
Some good information on insects, mammals, plants and bacteria.
Simple facts about insects but covers only a limited range.
Factsheets, games and colouring sheets on over 50 animal species around the world.
This is the official website for the famous UK zoo.
Advice on picking and looking after your pet including, cats, dogs, fish, gerbils, birds and reptiles.
Expert Information and advice on keeping reptiles such as lizards, turtles and snakes.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals online.
Lots of link to artists and their pictures. You can search by artist, their works or museums. Search for art and artists worldwide, including artists by name, medium, art movement or nationality and artworks by title.
Online workshops showing how to draw animals, portraits and perspective drawing.
This website uses a detective-style story to explore the work of famous artists and compare their styles.
This covers art from Pre-historic to Surrealism with an A-Z of artists and art movements, biographies, selection of works and links.
Asylum Aid provides specialist legal representation and advice to people seeking asylum in the UK, and campaigns for a fairer and more efficient asylum system.
Coventry Law Centre employs solicitors and paralegals and has legal aid contracts so are able to represent you in court or in tribunal if you are on a low income.
Find out about services for refugees and asylum seekers; including children's services, integration and voluntary returns info.
Information on British authors and illustrators.
A useful site about Charles Dickens. KS3+.
Chicken House publishers with reviews, information on authors and illustrators and much more.
Choose a classic tale and hear it read aloud.
This has writing by children and things to make.
Suitable for very young children
A site by Warner Brothers dedicated to the boy wizard where you can learn to play Quidditch should you so desire.
This site has lots of books to help children through different situations e.g. death, step-families and bullying.
A site about the film version of the trilogy.
Official website of Miffy, a fun, interactive site.
A site dedicated to C.S Lewis and his books with lots of information.
Information on authors and new Penguin and Puffin books for children.
RNIB National Library Service is the largest library in the UK for readers with sight loss. It offers a wide choice of fiction and non-fiction books in audio, braille and giant print for adults and children.
This site includes pages on different authors, e.g. K.A Applegate, R.L Stine, Babysitters Club.
This provides links to different authors' and illustrators' websites.
A site for both children and parents with advice on choosing books and encouraging reluctant readers and also information on numeracy.
Quite a lengthy biography about Charles Darwin.
This site about Albert Einstein may appear quite boring but it has some useful information.
Information on famous painters including Monet, Renoir, Kandinsky, Cezanne, Rubens, Degas and many more.
A short biography of Florence Nightingale
Simple biographies about Brunel, Columbus, Henry III etc which would suit younger children. There are links to other historic figures with games and quizzes for each famous person.
You can find biographies of Mary Seacole, Martin Luther King, Michael Faraday, Gandhi, Walter Raleigh and many more.
Potted biographies of lots of historical and other famous figures.
Information about the monarch that can be searched from a timeline from the Anglo Saxons to the present day.
You can search for biographies on all British prime ministers e.g. Churchill, David Lloyd George from 18th century up to present day.
Biographies on famous physicists and astronomers including Michael Faraday, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton etc.
Information and biography of Mary Seacole.
A very detailed site on the life of Mother Teresa.
Articles on all the Nobel Laureates and their achievements.
Quite a short biography about Pablo Picasso.
A site about Rodin and includes a timeline biography.
A very detailed site and a time line biography on Shakespeare include biography, sonnets, quotes and plays
Information on the life and times of Shakespeare.
A comprehensive site that spans presidents from 18th to 21st Century
Website created by Leicestershire anti-bullying team, has lots of useful information, guidance and resources.
Charity providing an e-mail advice service for children and young people as well as lots of online help and information, for schools as well as pupils.
Provides a 24 hour telephone helpline (0800 1111) for children and young people. Website features help and advice on bullying.
Helpline: 024 7622 4090
National charity dedicated to improving the mental health of children and young people. Website has a number of bullying related resources.
Interactive careers advice and guidance with career suggestions. Need to request username and password but this is instant.
Revision help and careers advice.
Information on volunteering opportunities for young people aged 16 – 25 years old.
Information on volunteering in Britain.
Information on taking a gap year in the UK and 90 other countries including health and insurance advice.
Career guidance for school leavers.
Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for under 10's
Site of the UK Literary Association
A BBC website exploring citizenship including news and issues.
Advice and suggestions for children who are being bullied, children can also e-mail the site.
The Citizenship Foundation aims to promote more effective citizenship, particularly among young people.
Site about developing the world.
Information on teen health issues.
A short history of the BBC, with highlights from radio and television from each decade.
British sign language and alphabet.
Trace back the origins of communication.
A tutorial website that covers cave paintings to the present day digital systems.
This site shows a timeline of the history of communication from the development of the alphabet, first bound books, telegraph line to the internet.
International signals used by ships at sea.
Learn more about Information Technology with the Do I.T. course.
A Government-backed internet security campaign. The website covers issues such as online fraud and viruses and there is also a section for parents and young people on staying safe online.
Hector's World Safety Button can be downloaded for free from the Think U Know website. A Hector's world character will then swim at the top of the screen and if you are confused or frightened by anything you see online.
Information and advice about bullying on the web, by mobile phone and password security.
Area on Stories from the Web about how to stay safe for 7-11 year olds
If something that has happened to you on the internet has upset you, you can call Childline's free 24-hour helpline on 0800 1111. Childline also provide an online advice service for 12-16 year olds.
This site is aimed at children aged 8 upwards and covers texting and online activities. It has been designed by the police Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
Information on different forms of Energy including renewable sources.
A site suitable for teenagers giving recent environmental news.
Environmental news and information from the campaigning organisation.
A site about the environment; join Ranger Rick on his adventures.
Website for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Birds
The official website for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The official website of the Wildlife Conservation Society
The official website of the World Wildlife Fund with lots of information.
British standards website with sections aimed at 7-11, 11-14, 14-19 and higher education.
Read all about the Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century
Projects in textile arts and crafts
Information on design drawing, mechanisms, gears, pulleys and graphics
A site listing E number food additives not suitable for vegetarians
A site about what E numbers really are and what they do.
Official websites of the government body, Food Standards Agency, with information on healthy eating, GM food, salt and fat.
Healthy eating sections for children and young people.
British Nutrition Foundation website including nutritional facts and information
Explore the science of cooking with Information, recipes and activities.
All you need to know about tea!
Website of the UK Vegan Society
Website of the UK Vegetarian Society
Daycare Trust are a national childcare charity. They have been working since November 1986 to promote high quality affordable childcare for all.
English fun aimed at primary age children.
Online articles, suggested reading, author biographies, plot summaries and classic texts.
A website aimed at students whose first language is not English. Free to register, it uses quizzes, games and exercises to learn how to communicate.
A guide to grammar and writing, explaining the use of verbs, pronouns, how and when to use speech marks etc.
Definitions, usage, translation (270 different languages) and a thesaurus.
the 1901 Census returns for England and Wales, charges apply. Search over 400 million people living in England and Wales between 1841-1901 and view images of the original documents
The 1911 census is a record of everyone who lived in England and Wales in 1911. It provides a unique snapshot of the lives of your ancestors. 1911census.co.uk brings this vast resource to you online, so that you can search the census simply and quickly to discover how your family lived in the past. Charges apply for getting information
The main site giving access to the free Birth, marriage and death indexes available throughout the country. Many local authorities are putting indexes on line. Check to see if the one you need is there. Warwickshire births, marriages and deaths are searchable.
Ancestors going to USA mid 19th century – 1830-1892 – supplements Ellis Island. Free searches.
There are currently over 4 billion records available to search. From historical censuses and parish records, to military records and passenger lists, your family's past is waiting to be discovered. Ancestrylibrary.com is available free from Coventry library computers.
Free birth, marriage and death indexes – not complete.
British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, we aim to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research.
Facsimiles of Charles Booths' notebooks and maps of London which he compiled as part of his survey into poverty in London c1890-1902. Details of streets, life and social conditions including costs of food, diet, clothes.
The Coventry Blitz Resource Centre - Here you will find information about various Coventry air raids including Operation Moonlight Sonata, and a lists of Coventry Blitz Victims, along with supplementary research findings
Cyndi's List. world wide information
Your genealogy starting point
ancestors going to the USA c1890 onwards entered through Ellis Island. This site contains the names of all who came into the USA through that route. FREE at the moment. Also history and examples of the immigration process – with photographs
Free searchable indexes for births, marriages and deaths in Warwickshire
a first step to finding out what is available – county by county information with a lot of useful background information on where records are, what may be available on line for a county, useful addresses, photographs, background on towns and villages.
An excellent website on the history of Coventry
This website includes online wills (to 1858), Death Duty indexes, WW1 medal cards, National Register of Archives. The catalogue search 9,000,000 items and specialist index searches are free but downloads of original documents are charged for.
1710 - 1911
Nominal Annual Earnings for various Occupations in England and Wales
Source: Williamson, 1982
wages in history – from labourers to domestic servants – from surgeons to merchants
Official Government website for ordering your birth, marriage and death certificates online
A database – if you have clergy in your family this might help you. Incomplete but plans to have all dioceses and clergy from Reformation onward online.
About the workhouse — its buildings, inmates, staff and administrators, and even its poets.
Victoria County History online entry for Foleshill
articles and information from the period
Warwickshire Family History Society
This has lots of information on Chinese New Year including history, symbols and traditions.
Information and activities
Find out information on Chinese New Year and what which Chinese sign you are in the calendar.
A site all about Diwali with information on the history, traditions and food.
Facts, activities, crafts and information about the origins of Easter. Aimed at young children.
Dates of many religious festivals
Information about life in four African countries, good pictures and how to make masks.
This contains pictures and information about Amazon Rainforests which could be helpful with homework queries.
Search by country or by world map, lots of geographical information.
A great interactive site which lists different activities based around the subject of Geography to suit different ages from 4-11 years old.
Well presented information on atmosphere, climates and earth structures.
National Geographic website with articles, puzzles and cartoons
Maps and geography homework help.
A link to kid's information on the rainforest, its animals and people.
The British Youth Council - the voice of young people in the UK.
Government website with lots of useful information on it.
Political issues, news and information.
NHS Choices puts you in control of your healthcare.
This website has been developed to help you make choices about your health, from lifestyle decisions about things like smoking, drinking and exercise, through to the practical aspects of finding and using NHS services when you need them.
It draws together the knowledge and expertise of:
the National Library for Health,
the Information Centre for Health and Social Care,
the Healthcare Commission and many other organisations
A very good site with lots of information. KS2.
Information about Egyptian life, gods and goddesses, mummies and pyramids.
Lots of information about Early Man.
This site covers many areas about Aztecs civilization with good pictures and simple text for younger children.
Fun site for younger children on Aztec history and life.
BBC website aimed at 9-12 year olds all about Ancient Greece with lots of facts.
Lots of really useful information.
BBC site on Roman History.
BBC site with lots of information on Vikings for 7-9 year olds.
BBC website that has lots of facts and aimed at 7-9 year olds. Children in Victorian Britain.
A simple site about what it was like growing up during WWII as a child.
The official website all about Black History Month.
Lots of good information on Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night.
Good coverage of all eras in history and timeline of monarchs.
A history of the English Monarchy with profiles of the most interesting monarchs.
Lots of detailed information on why the holocaust happened, stories of survivors, concentration camps and timeline.
Information for younger children with activities and colouring pages.
Discover all about Ancient Egypt, Hieroglyphs, Kings and Queens.
Encyclopaedia Britannica site with facts on dinosaurs.
This site also has other aspects of history.
Information on life in Ancient Egypt, including a Hieroglyphs section which translates words and numbers.
A very detailed site with maps, memoirs, battlefields and a Who's Who and covers many topics around WWI.
Gunpowder Plot information and news from The Gunpowder Plot Society.
The information is limited but has lots of different topics.
Famous people in history, speeches and eras from Tutankhamen and dinosaurs to ancient Rome and events happened this day in history.
Plenty of facts and information on everyday aspects of life for Egyptians, Tudors, English Civil War and many other eras.
Find out information on the Gunpowder Plot, Monarchs, The Great Fire of London and much more.
Comprehensive site with timeline, glossary, about the camps and lots of facts.
Imperial War Museum site with lots of pictures and information about WWI, evacuation, rationing etc. KS2.
Lots of information on World History.
Find about the people, Gods and Goddesses and the pyramids built by the Mayans including a useful timeline.
For younger children, a site detailing festivals, temples, daily life and lots more.
This covers different topics on the Middle Ages.
Heroes, gods and monsters in Greek Mythology. This site includes a section explaining how characters from Greek Mythology appear in everyday speech.
Information on the Norman Conquest.
BBC site with information on cavemen.
Personal accounts from survivors of the concentration camps. This site has eye witness accounts from survivors of the holocaust, and also gives information about non-Jewish victims.
A very comprehensive site on Roman history.
Talk to a dinosaur expert, take a quiz, build a dinosaur and more!
Stuart is listed and a biography of each. KS2+.
BBC website that covers many aspects of UK multicultural history with many useful links.
Lots of good information covering all subjects including PSHE, Citizenship, Science and History. Aimed at 5-16+.
Suggested learning resources from the BBC. Covers all subject areas studied at school and all keystages from KS1 to GCSE.
This is a database of essays of GCSE and A Level standard on a variety of subjects. The quality of the essays vary.
A site covering the whole curriculum from KS1-KS4 aimed at parents, gives good advice on helping their children! Includes tips on studying styles, preparation and planning.
This covers many subjects with activities aimed at KS2+.
Lots of links to a wide variety of topics including Dinosaurs, Astronomy, Health, Art and Technology.
Includes lots of links for homework help or fun and crafts.
Has links to lots of information on educational topics, games and activities.
Revision help and careers advice for young people.
Links to over 1700 useful sites based on UK curriculum requirements.
Information on the rights of children and young people.
Website for the Children's Rights Alliance.
Information on the rights for people of different ages, gender, disabilities, race and religions.
Official site for this children's charity.
Oxfam website with information on children's rights.
Official website on the worldwide children's charity.
Official website on the worldwide organisation.
Adult education courses in Coventry
Useful resource for learning English and Maths skills - aimed at adult learners.
Website for the Centre for Lifelong learning at the University of Warwick
City College Coventry website
Coventry University's website
FWT are dedicated to helping all women in Coventry and the surrounding areas through our Social, Health and Economic programmes.
We offer education, training, healthcare and employment opportunities for all women, and this website contains information about courses, events, stories, and much more!
Government website with information about learning opportunities.
Website for Henley College in Coventry
Learndirect courses can be done at your local centre or from home or work if you have access to the Internet. Courses are broken down into bite-sized chunks, so you can learn at your own pace whenever and wherever it suits you.
The Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry is the principal family history society for the counties of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
Coventry Family History Society specialises in research in the Coventry area and can supply a wide range of books and CDs to help with your research.
An interesting website produced by local Cov Kid Rob Orland featuring plenty of history on Coventry with maps, photos and links to other local sites to visit.
History of the County of Warwick, Walsgrave-on Sowe
Map of Henley ward dating from 1887 from Coventry Walks.
This site, provided by the National Archives aims to help you find the government records and other sources you need for your family history research
Nuneaton and North Warwickshire Family History Society website
Warwickshire Family History Society
Established in 1986 to help people everywhere conduct research into their Warwickshire ancestors. They cover the entire county and are the only Family History Society devoted solely to the whole of Warwickshire.
Information about Woodway Lane, Walsgrave by David Fry.
Info on fractions, fractions, geometry, equations and mental arithmetic.
Games and activities on all sorts of maths topics.
Games, facts and activities for maths and numbers.
A site that lets you work through maths problems and get the answer. There are step by step explanations and tutorials for you to follow.
This is a webpage that explains how to understand those long written maths questions with examples to follow.
Covers maths topics such as decimals, fractions and square roots.
Information on percentages, angles, measurements with a handy maths dictionary.
Easy to use site which shows you how to solve different maths problems.
This site has mathematical solutions and puzzles, covering 5-19 year olds.
Maths website suitable for KS1 and KS2.
Good site with examples to help with mathematical problems.
Online Newspapers - the worlds largest online newspaper directory Thousands of Newspapers on the Web
Searchable index to international newspapers. Claims to have links to 5,310 newspapers. Foreign language newspapers can be translated for a small fee.
Information about school admissions in Solihull Local Authority
Information about school admissions for Warwickshire schools
U.S site with lots of funny poems, things to do and competitions. Poets include Kenn Nesbitt and Bruce Lansky.
This has poems by children and adults, ideas for writing, jokes and games. Plus children's poems by famous poets and you can send in your own work.
A nice site by Kenn Nesbitt with lots of funny poems.
A fun site about this group of poets. Read some of their work and learn about the authors.
A great tool to use when writing poems and can't find words to rhyme
A2A is part of the UK archives network. The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held locally in England and Wales and dating from the eighth century to the present day.
Book Trust is a charity which promotes reading, and is an independent voice for readers. Young Book Trust focuses and children's reading and, among other things, administers many children's literature prizes, including the Smarties Children's Book Award. It also co-ordinates the Bookstart books for babies project and produces a wide range of information and publications for readers both old and young.
Bookgroup is a website dedicated to reading groups, based on the reviews of a Brighton reading group. It features an archive of books previously discussed by the group, adding a new title each month, as well as profiles of reading groups and advice on setting up new forums.
Mormon Index (or IGI) contains Births, marriages and a few death from Parish registers. Use with care and always check in originals but a good starting point. Also contains some FREE censuses – 1881 for England and some for Canada and the USA
Free census site not complete 1841 to 1891
Opening the Book's website focuses on reader development. It produces a range of resources and has designed a programme of courses to help library professionals reach out to new readers.
Quick Reads are brilliant, short books by bestselling writers and celebrities.
These exciting, dramatic and funny stories are ideal for people who've stopped reading or find reading tough, and for regular readers who want a short, fast read. Quick Reads have helped hundreds of thousands to pick up books and enjoy reading again.
Reading Agency works to develop library practice in reading development for adults and children
This site is primarily an online bookseller but it also has lots of useful information about forthcoming books, reviews, book group discussions, literary prizes and UK literary events.
Recommended Reads section from picture books to teenage books.
Mrs Mad reviews and rates children's books.
A great website for finding out about your favourite authors and the books you love to read.
This site has links to all types of books and authors; you are able to search under genres such as School Life, Fantasy and Graphic Novels.
Provides current books read out in sign language and subtitles for children with hearing difficulties. Very visual, with books ranging from under 5's to teenage.
Visit Stories from the Web and read stories, e-mail authors, write reviews and more.
Religious education information plus tests.
BBC website with many facts on religions such as Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Atheism.
Dates of many religious festivals and holidays
Site on Christianity covering all you need to know. Covers keystages 1-4.
Explore the Human Body, organ by organ!
BBC site about different areas of Science
Explore the Universe without leaving home!
Weather information and facts.
A simple site with lots of information and diagrams with sections on vertebrates, plants, cells and animal systems.
Activities and movies all about Science.
Some good information about different types of cells with plenty of diagrams. KS2+.
Easy to understand articles on Chemistry.
This site offers a lot of good basic information about Astronomy.
Informative site aimed at KS3+.
This has lots of fact and may suit older children better.
This site covers everything from Fossil Fuels to Wind Power. KS3
This site covers mainly Physics but has information about Earth and the Elements.
The Human Body Online site with lots of information, some of it interactive. KS2 and KS4.
American site about health and active living.
Information about the moon, planets, asteroids and comets.
All about the Human Body and staying healthy for kids and teenagers.
This site includes historical weather events e.g. great storm of '87 and links to other sites.
Information on America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Follow the links to Naas Kids' Club for fun and games.
Help with Physics homework problems and examples.
This has facts, games, information, news and resources about Science.
A site with information about electricity, currents, circuits and how to use electricity safely.
A good site aimed at KS3+.
Lots of information on different topics including life processes, health, human body, reproduction etc. Aimed at 5-19 year olds.
Information from the Science Museum about the Human Body.
Lots of information but not very child friendly.
Great site featuring information games and pictures.
Help with physics problems including motion, friction, gravity, speed and velocity.
All about road safety with games, advice and information.
Weather facts and forecasts around the world.
Earth and space science with a section on Myths and Mythology. Different levels of information.
A bit silly at the start but it has some useful information.
Gross experiments and yucky fun!
Information on Physics, Biology and Chemistry. Aimed at KS3.
Information about the Facebook page for Coventry Inspiration Book Awards.
Link to the Facebook - Coventry page
Follow the Council on Twitter.
Information about the C-Card in Coventry.
Information about the Facebook page for Coombe Country Park.
Information about the Facebook page for Coventry Library and Information Service.
Information about the Facebook page for St. Mary's Guildhall.
Information about Coventry City Council's Flickr page.
Information about Coventry City Council's Friendfeed page.
Information about Coventry City Council's YouTube channel.
How to use Facebook's privacy settings.
UK hotline for reporting criminal online content.
Guide to performers and ballet companies.
All the latest news about matches, players and interviews from the Coventry City website.
Information on cricket information and news.
Official website of England and Wales cricket. Similar to the FA site with lots of information on the cricket board, teams, fixtures and playing the sport.
Official website of English hockey
Official website of English netball with lots of information on the sport, news, games fixtures and how to play the sport.
Official website of English rugby league.
The history and science of skateboarding.
Keep up to date on news from the world of football.
Official website of the Olympics movement with lots of information on sports, the organisation, news and updates
Find out about Ancient and Modern Olympics.
Official website of English rugby union with lots of information on the sport, teams, games, fixtures and links to women's rugby.
Official website of Scottish hockey, you can still navigate some parts of this site without being a registered member.
Official website of Scottish rugby union
For everything on football's FA Cup and competitions, the latest on women's football, plus plenty on the English national side.
Official website of the Welsh rugby union
Advice and collaboration opportunities for supplying the London 2012 Games
The official site of the European Union for larger contracts across the EU.
Information and advice on writing music, singing in a band or becoming a music DJ.
The Society of British Theatre Designers
National Museum of the Performing Arts at the V&A.
Website of the National Youth Theatre, one of the UK's largest arts organisations for young people.
Site for Coventry's Performing Arts Service with information about groups around the city whether you are interested in dance, drama, singing or playing instruments.
Government website including details of accident statistics, road works, public transport and the Highway Code.
Site of the London Transport Museum detailing 200 years of London's transport history including horse and electric trams and underground trains.
The history of Britain at sea on the National Maritime Museum site.
Discover Coventry's transport heritage from the earliest cycles to the land speed record breaking Thrust2.