Here you can find a list of super-curricular materials and activities. To delve deeper into your favourite subjects, why not try:
- Reading books, magazines & newspapers (e.g. History Today, New Scientist, Nature, British Medical Journal, The Economist, +Plus Magazine)
- Online news sources (e.g. BBC News online, BBC Radio 4, CNN online, Al Jazeera online)
- Foreign newspapers for modern languages (e.g. Le Monde, El Pais, Süddeutsche Zeitung)
- Free online lectures & courses (e.g. futurelearn.com, www.coursera.org, Nrich)
- University summer schools (e.g. Oxford UNIQ Summer School) and taster days
- Competitions & projects
- Debating societies, book clubs, discussion groups
- Relevant experiences, e.g. work experience, volunteering, visiting museums/libraries/exhibitions, finding out about your local area
The St John’s College Library team have made a number of items from the College’s Special Collections available during the lockdown – you’ll find virtual exhibitions, quizzes, colouring sheets based on images from the collections and more!
Maths, but not as you know it… The award-winning maths outreach programme developed and run by St John’s Maths Tutor Dr Tom Crawford. Featuring puzzles, videos, podcasts and articles that show maths can be fun!
Oxplore is an innovative new digital outreach portal from the University of Oxford. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’ it aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the school classroom. Big questions tackle complex ideas across a wide range of subjects and draw on the latest research undertaken at Oxford. Oxplore aims to raise aspirations, promote broad thinking and stimulate intellectual curiosity.
Target Oxbridge (Year 12)
Target Oxbridge is a free programme that aims to help black African and Caribbean students and students of mixed race with black African and Caribbean heritage increase their chances of getting into the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge.
Welcome to Staircase12, an online hub of resources and information for students thinking about applying to top universities. You’ll find plenty of ideas here for stretching yourself beyond the school syllabus.
The Pathways Programme is an initiative coordinated by the Colleges of the University of Oxford. The programme aims to provide information and advice for students considering an application to the University of Oxford.
Here at the University of Oxford there is a huge amount of fascinating and important research going on. Oxford Sparks aims to share our amazing science with everyone, support teachers to enrich their science lessons and support our researchers to get their stories out there.
Great Writers Inspire is a project which is making a substantial collection of literary themed learning resources available for global reuse. Thousands of resources are available through the site, including audio and video lectures and short talks, downloadable electronic texts and ebooks, and background contextual resources.
Postcolonial Writers Make Worlds asks how our reading of British literature shapes our sense of identity in Britain today. We are particularly interested in thinking about how Black and Asian writing in Britain works as a dynamic cultural and imaginative medium through which new ways of thinking about Britain, and Britain in the world, can be worked out.
Python Challenges, Christ Church (Year 12)
Oral History Project, Chris Church (all ages)
Worcester Bookshelf Project (Year 11, 12, 13)
Computer Science reading & resources (all ages)
Oxford Podcasts (iTunesU) (all ages)
Oxford Science Blog (all ages)
Oxford Arts Blog (all ages)
The Orwell Youth Prize is an annual programme for 12-18-year olds culminating in a writing prize. You will find writing resources, practice papers and an annual writing prize to enter.
Here you will find a variety of resources from The Brilliant Club’s programmes, designed to support pupils from 10-18. You’ll find academic resources, sessions on study skills, university knowledge guides and more.
Isaac Physics a project designed to offer support and activities in physics problem solving to teachers and students from GCSE level through to university.
Use BBC Bitesize to help with your homework, revision and learning. Find free videos, step-by-step guides, activities and quizzes by level and subject.
The Naked Scientists, online, internet science radio show and podcast. Science articles, online science discussion forum, interviews with famous scientists…
Discover the questions scientists are trying to answer.
The best place to find out what’s new in science – and why it matters.
TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. You can find a fascinating talks on any and every subject on their website.
Thinking about applying to University and looking for ways to explore your subject beyond the curriculum? Then this website is for you. Each topic is produced by Cambridge postgraduate students and academics at the cutting edge of research in their field. The topics provide guided activities, questions to think about and suggestions for further reading.
A website to help you compete for engineering places at top universities.
The official Instagram account of the London Science Museum.
Unofficial, un-retouched (except possible resizing) photos from the Mars Science Laboratory, “Curiosity”.