External links and resources

We have a growing database of resources and external links that you may find useful. Select a category from the list below.

Coventry City Council are not responsible for the content of external internet sites.


Animal websites for children


Information about animals and life in Antarctica.KS3+.

BBC Nature

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.

Cats Protection

Website for Cats' Protection, the UK's leading feline welfare charity.

Desert USA

A nice site with good pictures but only covers deserts in America.

Earth life

Some good information on insects, mammals, plants and bacteria.

Kids planet

Factsheets, games and colouring sheets on over 50 animal species around the world.

Pets and kids

Advice on picking and looking after your pet including, cats, dogs, fish, gerbils, birds and reptiles.

Reptile expert

Expert Information and advice on keeping reptiles such as lizards, turtles and snakes.


Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals online.

Art and artists' websites for homework


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.

Arty factory

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.

Asylum seekers

Asylum Aid

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

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.

Refugee Council

Find out about services for refugees and asylum seekers; including children's services, integration and voluntary returns info.

Authors - books and reading for children


Information on British authors and illustrators.

Charles Dickens

A useful site about Charles Dickens. KS3+.

Chicken House publishers

Chicken House publishers with reviews, information on authors and illustrators and much more.

Classic fairy tales

Choose a classic tale and hear it read aloud.


This has writing by children and things to make.

Fun with Spot

Suitable for very young children

Harry Potter

A site by Warner Brothers dedicated to the boy wizard where you can learn to play Quidditch should you so desire.

Healthy books

This site has lots of books to help children through different situations e.g. death, step-families and bullying.

Lord of the Rings

A site about the film version of the trilogy.


A site dedicated to C.S Lewis and his books with lots of information.

Penguin books

Information on authors and new Penguin and Puffin books for children.

RNIB National Library Service

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.

UK children's books

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.


Albert Einstein

This site about Albert Einstein may appear quite boring but it has some useful information.

BBC - Florence Nightingale

A short biography of Florence Nightingale

BBC- historic figures

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.

British monarchs

Information about the monarch that can be searched from a timeline from the Anglo Saxons to the present day.

British prime ministers

You can search for biographies on all British prime ministers e.g. Churchill, David Lloyd George from 18th century up to present day.

Famous physicists

Biographies on famous physicists and astronomers including Michael Faraday, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton etc.


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.

US presidents

A comprehensive site that spans presidents from 18th to 21st Century

Bullying advice and support

Beyond Bullying

Website created by Leicestershire anti-bullying team, has lots of useful information, guidance and resources.

Bullying Online

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.

Terence Higgins Trust (GYGL)

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.


Fast tomato

Interactive careers advice and guidance with career suggestions. Need to request username and password but this is instant.


Revision help and careers advice.

volunteering opportunities

Information on volunteering opportunities for young people aged 16 – 25 years old.

Year out group

Information on taking a gap year in the UK and 90 other countries including health and insurance advice.

Children's Book Awards

Guardian Children's Fiction Prize

Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for under 10's

Literary Association book awards

Site of the UK Literary Association



Advice and suggestions for children who are being bullied, children can also e-mail the site.



A short history of the BBC, with highlights from radio and television from each decade.

British Sign language

British sign language and alphabet.

History of communications

This site shows a timeline of the history of communication from the development of the alphabet, first bound books, telegraph line to the internet.

Computers, internet and safety online

Get safe online

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

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.

Safe kids

Information and advice about bullying on the web, by mobile phone and password security.

Think u know

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.

Conservation and Environment


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.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Birds

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.

Wildlife Conservation Society

The official website of the Wildlife Conservation Society

Design and technology

British standards website

British standards website with sections aimed at 7-11, 11-14, 14-19 and higher education.

Great achievements

Read all about the Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century

Technology student

Information on design drawing, mechanisms, gears, pulleys and graphics

Diet food and nutrition

E numbers

A site about what E numbers really are and what they do.

Food Standards Agency

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.

Science of cooking

Explore the science of cooking with Information, recipes and activities.


All you need to know about tea!

Vegan Society

Website of the UK Vegan Society

Vegetarian Society

Website of the UK Vegetarian Society

Early years

Day Care Trust

Daycare Trust are a national childcare charity. They have been working since November 1986 to promote high quality affordable childcare for all.

Educational advice

Energy efficiency

English and writing

Guide to grammar

A guide to grammar and writing, explaining the use of verbs, pronouns, how and when to use speech marks etc.

Your dictionary

Definitions, usage, translation (270 different languages) and a thesaurus.

Family history

1901 census online

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

1911 census

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

Access to free birth, marriage and death indexes

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.


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.

Birth, marriage and death indexes

Free birth, marriage and death indexes – not complete.

British History Online

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.

Charles Booth and the survey into life and labour in London (1886-1903)

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.

Coventry Blitz Resource Centre

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

Cyndi's List. world wide information
Your genealogy starting point

Ellis Island

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


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.

Historic Coventry

An excellent website on the history of Coventry

National archives

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.

Nominal Annual Earnings for various Occupations in England and Wales

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

The clergy database

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.

The workhouse

About the workhouse — its buildings, inmates, staff and administrators, and even its poets.

Victoria County History online entry for Foleshill

Victoria County History online entry for Foleshill

Victorian London

articles and information from the period


123 Chinese New Year

This has lots of information on Chinese New Year including history, symbols and traditions.

Chinese new year

Find out information on Chinese New Year and what which Chinese sign you are in the calendar.

Diwali festival

A site all about Diwali with information on the history, traditions and food.

Happy Easter

Facts, activities, crafts and information about the origins of Easter. Aimed at young children.

Interfaith calendar

Dates of many religious festivals


Amazon Rainforests

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.

Geography 4 kids

Well presented information on atmosphere, climates and earth structures.

National Geographic

National Geographic website with articles, puzzles and cartoons

Ordnance survey

Maps and geography homework help.


A link to kid's information on the rainforest, its animals and people.

Government and current affairs

British Youth Council

The British Youth Council - the voice of young people in the UK.


Government website with lots of useful information on it.

Number 10

Political issues, news and information.


NHS Choices

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,
NHS Direct,
the Information Centre for Health and Social Care,
the Healthcare Commission and many other organisations


Ancient Egypt

A very good site with lots of information. KS2.

Ancient Egypt

Information about Egyptian life, gods and goddesses, mummies and pyramids.

Ancient history

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 site on Vikings

BBC site with lots of information on Vikings for 7-9 year olds.


A simple site about what it was like growing up during WWII as a child.

Black history month

The official website all about Black History Month.

Bonfire night

Lots of good information on Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night.

Britain express

Good coverage of all eras in history and timeline of monarchs.

British Monarchy

A history of the English Monarchy with profiles of the most interesting monarchs.


Information for younger children with activities and colouring pages.

Discovering Egypt

Discover all about Ancient Egypt, Hieroglyphs, Kings and Queens.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Encyclopaedia Britannica site with facts on dinosaurs.

English history

This site also has other aspects of history.


Information on life in Ancient Egypt, including a Hieroglyphs section which translates words and numbers.

First world war

A very detailed site with maps, memoirs, battlefields and a Who's Who and covers many topics around WWI.

Gunpowder Plot

Gunpowder Plot information and news from The Gunpowder Plot Society.

Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum site with lots of pictures and information about WWI, evacuation, rationing etc. KS2.

Kids past

Lots of information on World History.

Mayan kids

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.


Heroes, gods and monsters in Greek Mythology. This site includes a section explaining how characters from Greek Mythology appear in everyday speech.

Norman conquest

Information on the Norman Conquest.


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.

Roman empire

A very comprehensive site on Roman history.


Talk to a dinosaur expert, take a quiz, build a dinosaur and more!

Stuart Monarch

Stuart is listed and a biography of each. KS2+.

UK multicultural history

BBC website that covers many aspects of UK multicultural history with many useful links.

Homework websites


Lots of good information covering all subjects including PSHE, Citizenship, Science and History. Aimed at 5-16+.

Course work bank

This is a database of essays of GCSE and A Level standard on a variety of subjects. The quality of the essays vary.

E homework

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.

Enchanted learning

This covers many subjects with activities aimed at KS2+.

Good sites for kids

Lots of links to a wide variety of topics including Dinosaurs, Astronomy, Health, Art and Technology.


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.

Human Rights and Children's Rights

Children's law centre

Information on the rights of children and young people.

Children's Rights Alliance

Website for the Children's Rights Alliance.

Equality human rights

Information on the rights for people of different ages, gender, disabilities, race and religions.


Official site for this children's charity.

Save the children

Official website on the worldwide children's charity.


Official website on the worldwide organisation.


Adult education course finder

Adult education courses in Coventry

BBC skillswise

Useful resource for learning English and Maths skills - aimed at adult learners.

Centre for Lifelong learning

Website for the Centre for Lifelong learning at the University of Warwick

Coventry College

Coventry College website

Coventry University

Coventry University's website

Foleshill Women's training

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!

GOV UK - Education

Government website with information about learning opportunities.

Local history and heritage

Birmingham and Midlands Genealogy Society

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

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.

Historic Coventry

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

History of the County of Warwick, Walsgrave-on Sowe

Map of Henley ward dating from 1887

Map of Henley ward dating from 1887 from Coventry Walks.

National Archives

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

Nuneaton and North Warwickshire Family History Society website

Woodway Lane, Walsgrave by David Fry

Information about Woodway Lane, Walsgrave by David Fry.

Local support organisations


AAA math

Info on fractions, fractions, geometry, equations and mental arithmetic.


Games and activities on all sorts of maths topics.

GCSE maths

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.

IC teachers

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.

Maths is fun

Information on percentages, angles, measurements with a handy maths dictionary.


Easy to use site which shows you how to solve different maths problems.

Nrich maths

This site has mathematical solutions and puzzles, covering 5-19 year olds.

Number nut

Maths website suitable for KS1 and KS2.

Web math

Good site with examples to help with mathematical problems.

Newspapers online

Online Newspapers

Online Newspapers - the worlds largest online newspaper directory Thousands of Newspapers on the Web

Other Local Authorities

Solihull Local Authority

Information about school admissions in Solihull Local Authority

Warwickshire County Council

Information about school admissions for Warwickshire schools


Poetry 4 kids

A nice site by Kenn Nesbitt with lots of funny poems.

potty poets

A fun site about this group of poets. Read some of their work and learn about the authors.

Rhyme zone

A great tool to use when writing poems and can't find words to rhyme

Readers' and writers' websites

A2A database

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

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.

Free census

Free census site not complete 1841 to 1891


Lots of useful information about forthcoming books, reviews, book group discussions, literary prizes and UK literary events.

Opening the Book

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

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

Reading Agency works to develop library practice in reading development for adults and children

Recommended reads for children and young people

Mrs Mad reviews

Mrs Mad reviews and rates children's books.

Reading zone

A great website for finding out about your favourite authors and the books you love to read.

Scholastic books

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.


BBC GCSE religious education

Religious education information plus tests.

BBC religions

BBC website with many facts on religions such as Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Atheism.

Interfaith calendar

Dates of many religious festivals and holidays


BBC human body

Explore the Human Body, organ by organ!

BBC science

BBC site about different areas of Science

BBc weather

Weather information and facts.

Biology 4 kids

A simple site with lots of information and diagrams with sections on vertebrates, plants, cells and animal systems.


Activities and movies all about Science.

Cells alive

Some good information about different types of cells with plenty of diagrams. KS2+.

Cosmos 4 kids

This site offers a lot of good basic information about Astronomy.


Informative site aimed at KS3+.

Enchanted learning

This has lots of fact and may suit older children better.


This site covers mainly Physics but has information about Earth and the Elements.

Inner Body

The Human Body Online site with lots of information, some of it interactive. KS2 and KS4.


American site about health and active living.

Kids astronomy

Information about the moon, planets, asteroids and comets.

Kids health

All about the Human Body and staying healthy for kids and teenagers.


Information on America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Follow the links to Naas Kids' Club for fun and games.

Planet science

This has facts, games, information, news and resources about Science.

Powerup edf energy

A site with information about electricity, currents, circuits and how to use electricity safely.

Savage earth

A good site aimed at KS3+.

School science

Lots of information on different topics including life processes, health, human body, reproduction etc. Aimed at 5-19 year olds.

Solar views

Lots of information but not very child friendly.

Space com

Great site featuring information games and pictures.


Help with physics problems including motion, friction, gravity, speed and velocity.

Tales of the road

All about road safety with games, advice and information.

Weather online

Weather facts and forecasts around the world.

Windows 2 universe

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.

Social media

Coventry City Council - Facebook page: Coventry Inspiration Book Awards

Information about the Facebook page for Coventry Inspiration Book Awards.

Coventry City Council - Facebook page:Coventry

Link to the Facebook - Coventry page

Coventry City Council - Twitter account

Follow the Council on Twitter.

Coventry City Council Facebook page: C-Card in Coventry

Information about the C-Card in Coventry.

Coventry City Council Facebook page: Coombe Country Park

Information about the Facebook page for Coombe Country Park.

Coventry City Council Facebook page: Coventry Library and Information Service

Information about the Facebook page for Coventry Library and Information Service.

Coventry City Council Facebook page: St. Mary's Guildhall

Information about the Facebook page for St. Mary's Guildhall.

Coventry City Council's Flickr page

Information about Coventry City Council's Flickr page.

Coventry City Council's YouTube channel

Information about Coventry City Council's YouTube channel.

Facebook's privacy settings

How to use Facebook's privacy settings.

Internet Watch Foundation

UK hotline for reporting criminal online content.



Guide to performers and ballet companies.

Coventry City website

All the latest news about matches, players and interviews from the Coventry City website.

English Cricket Board

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.

English hockey

Official website of English hockey

English netball

Official website of English netball with lots of information on the sport, news, games fixtures and how to play the sport.


The history and science of skateboarding.


Keep up to date on news from the world of football.


Find out about Ancient and Modern Olympics.

Rugby Football Union

Official website of English rugby union with lots of information on the sport, teams, games, fixtures and links to women's rugby.

Scottish hockey

Official website of Scottish hockey, you can still navigate some parts of this site without being a registered member.

Scottish rugby union

Official website of Scottish rugby union

The FA

For everything on football's FA Cup and competitions, the latest on women's football, plus plenty on the English national side.

Welsh rugby union

Official website of the Welsh rugby union

Taxi licensing

Coventry City Council Planning service

Department for Transport (DFT)

Driving Standards Agency (DSA)

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Office of Communications (Ofcom)

Transport for London (TFL)

Vehicle and Operator Service Agency (VOSA)


Tenders Electronic Daily

The official site of the European Union for larger contracts across the EU.

Theatre and performing arts

BBC new talent

Information and advice on writing music, singing in a band or becoming a music DJ.

British Theatre Designers

The Society of British Theatre Designers

Museum of the Performing Arts

National Museum of the Performing Arts at the V&A.

National Youth Theatre

Website of the National Youth Theatre, one of the UK's largest arts organisations for young people.


Department of Transport

Government website including details of accident statistics, road works, public transport and the Highway Code.

London Transport museum

Site of the London Transport Museum detailing 200 years of London's transport history including horse and electric trams and underground trains.

National Maritime Museum

The history of Britain at sea on the National Maritime Museum site.

Transport museum

Discover Coventry's transport heritage from the earliest cycles to the land speed record breaking Thrust2.

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