Reconnect with learning

Reconnect by taking on new challenges

Making sure children and young people have the chance to catch up on any missed learning is one of the themes of the Reconnect programme.

Here are a few things that will help Kent’s school children to get ahead, particularly in their core subjects, and start the new school year in September with confidence.

Invicta National Academy’s popular Summer Academy makes a return to Kent on Monday 26 July for 5 weeks and is open to all Kent school students between the ages of 6 and 16.

The Summer Academy offers free daily live interactive, online teaching, delivered by fully qualified teachers.  Students don’t have to sign up to all the lessons – they can choose which areas of maths and English they want to practice and which lessons to attend.

During the live lessons, students have the chance to ask questions anonymously and have them answered by qualified teaching staff.

To complement the academic lessons, Invicta is also providing free daily fitness sessions alongside a weekly “Wellbeing Wednesdays” programme of health and happiness lessons to boost student wellbeing.

The Invicta Summer Academy programme has been designed in line with National Curriculum guidelines in English and mathematics to enable students to focus on core subjects and return to school in September with confidence.

Book lessons on the Invicta National Academy website

Get help with spelling those tricky words via the award-winning Sir Linkalot app, which is available for parents to download for free this summer. The Sir Linkalot app helps children of all ages spell any tricky word, all the way from ‘was’ to ‘onomatopoeia’ and is a gamechanger for those with dyslexia.

Watch this short video clip of teachers explaining why Sir Linkalot is a valued teaching resource.

Access to the app is free for all Kent children and young people until 1 November 2021. Schools will be providing access to this, but parents, children and young people will be able to access the app themselves.

On mobiles and tablets

  • Download the app from the app store by searching ‘Sir Linkalot Spelling’.
  • Once it has downloaded, open the app, go through the welcome instructions and then click on the three dots in the top right-hand corner.
  • Click ‘log in’ and then select ‘Have an access code?’ from the login page.
  • The username is KCC-SL-P and the password code is A9Y5TWC6.

On a web browser

  • Visit app.sirlinkalot.org.
  • On the main web page click on the log symbol in the top right-hand corner.
  • Enter the log in details listed above and sign in.

If you want to find out more or need any support, Andy Salmon (Sir Linkalot) will be running Zoom demonstrations at 4pm on 15 and 19 July. Register for the Sir Linkalot Zoom demonstration.

You can also watch the in-depth demonstration video.

There is a 50% discount for all Kent families and children to join Kent Children’s University, where they can develop practical and personal skills, build confidence, and discover new interests and talents beyond the classroom.

Participating families can use Children’s University Online to search for fun and enjoyable learning activities that their child can take part in outside normal school time. Activities range from trips to tourist destinations, music lessons, sessions in sports clubs, learning a language and much, much more.

To find out more visit the Kent Children's University website.

Take a virtual trip to 6 destinations across world and immerse yourself in the experiences of different cultures and perspectives with Lyfta.

The immersive and interactive journey gives children and young people the chance to connect with inspiring human stories from around the world, that model resilience, problem-solving, teamwork and other critical skills. This incredible learning experience is available to all Kent children and young people, giving them free access to the award-winning resources of Lyfta through Connection journeys on their computer or iPad.

Register for access on the Lyfta website