Best of Cov – Ways to keep learning

7 May 2020

This week on our #5at5 on Instagram and Twitter, we asked the people of Coventry to tell us how they are continuing to learn during lockdown. We had responses about doing Open University courses, learning how to paint online and so many more, but we thought this submission from @HowesCoventry on Twitter was really inspiring; “Teachers and children at Howes Primary School are working on their British Sign Language skills”.

Our Best of Cov blog this week is looking at different ways we can continue to learn during lockdown, which is one of Mind’s Five Ways to Wellbeing. Traditional places of learning, such as schools, colleges and universities have all closed for the time being and many parents and students are having to work out how to teach and learn at home. Some schools have moved activities and classes online, but for others it is a bit harder. Equally, many adults of all ages, are taking this opportunity to learn a new skill, or focus on studying something they haven’t been able to get around to yet.

If you are looking for some different ways to learn, then here are some ideas for you.

  1. Learn how to cook a new dish.
    The Hank Marvin’s Cookery School in Coventry is currently closed; however, they have taken to the internet to teach us how to make delicious food from the safety of our own homes. They have uploaded a video tutorial on how to make Jerk Chicken, Rice ‘n’ Peas on their Facebook page. You can watch the video here.
  2. Try your hand at drumming.
    Arts Uplift is an arts and health organisation which runs Love Music, a community music class that specialises in helping older people with dementia. However, due to the lockdown these in person lessons have been postponed. So, Love Music has created the Lock Down Sessions. The first session is a drumming class lead by Nick Ledbury and his partner, Karen. The sessions are available to anyone, not just those with dementia. You don’t need a drum, just anything you can drum on. You can find the first online class here.
  3. Experience a live cello performance.
    Never been to a live music performance before, or even more specifically never heard a live cello performance before? Well why not experience one now! Sitting Rooms of Culture is hosting Mary Mohan, a very talented celloist for a live online performance on Wednesday 13th May 12:30. It is also a good opportunity for artists and performers researching how to share their art online, to see how someone else does it. You can find out more about the event, here.
  4. Join an arts roundtable.
    MAIA is an artist-led cultural organisation which serves a platform for creative practice and social change. On Thursday 7th May at 1-2pm, MAIA is hosting a roundtable for artists via Zoom. Artists will share thoughts, reflections and advice about the coronavirus crisis. So, if you are a professional artist and want to bounce some ideas off your fellow artists, or learn about their experiences, why not join in? You can register for the event here.
  5. Expand your horizons by sinking into a good book.
    As Coventry library is currently closed, many people are feeling stuck without free access to good books. But through the Borrow Box app you can still get your hands on free library e-books. Simply download the app to your device and enter your library card number. Then you can get your hands on all the books you could ever need! Find out more here.

Our national resource this week comes from Counterpoint Arts.

Try your hand at stand-up comedy.
Counterpoint Arts is a national organisation leading the way in the field of arts, migration and cultural change. On Wednesdays, 13th, 20th and 27th May at 7pm they are hosting stand-up comedy workshops, with top comedian Tom Perry.
The workshops are for people aged 18 and above, with a special focus on those from migrant or refugee backgrounds. No experience of comedy is needed! The sessions will last one hour and then on Wednesday 3rd June there will be a sharing performance! So, why not give it a go? Sign up here.


We hope you found this blog useful and we would love to hear from you about how you have been continuing to learn during lockdown, or any initiatives that we may have missed. You can contact us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can join in the conversation using the hashtag #BestofCov. You can also email us at

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