Online and home learning resources

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Please note:

While using technology can provide support with education and  social opportunities for children and young people during this period, it can present risks. The following websites can advise you on digital safety, and helping your child to explore and use the internet safely:

The National Crime Agency - 'Think U Know'

NSPCC - keeping children safe online


The Department for Education has brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.


 

Resources for home schooling

Home Education UK – links to resources across a wide range of topics

https://www.home-education.org.uk/resources-educational.htm

 

BBC Bitesize – large range of subjects/topics covering ages 3 to 16+

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

 

BBC Teach – advice and content for those home schooling

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach

 

Ed Place - £1 subscription for 14 days trial. Full range of worksheets and activities for home education in English, Maths and Science from year 1 to year 11

https://www.edplace.com/worksheets

 

IXL – subscription based site with English and Maths activities from Reception up to Year 13

https://uk.ixl.com/

 

Khan Academy – free, based on the US education system, but good interactive ‘lessons’ and quizzes. (Doesn’t run in Internet Explorer – it will suggest appropriate browsers)

https://www.khanacademy.org

 

Udemy – vast selection of online courses – many of which are free

https://www.udemy.com/

Generic learning

A wide range of engaging activities for all topics and ages

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

 

A range of activities and topics available

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/

 

A range of engaging educational videos

https://ed.ted.com

 

Variety of online learning programmes

https://www.2simple.com

 

American maths and reading games

https://www.abcya.com/

 

Carmen Sandiego videos, stories, and lessons for all subject areas

https://www.carmensandiego.com/resources/

 

Entertaining and educational videos for all levels and subjects

https://www.izzit.org

 

Good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level
(note this uses the US grade system but it's mostly common material)

https://www.khanacademy.org

 

American, but good resources – online books, games etc.

https://www.funbrain.com/

 

Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it.

Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/

 

Lots of free resources for Primary aged pupils

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/

 

A collection of free resources

https://www.kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/

 

Range of activities

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/

 

Range of resources across the age groups

https://www.risingstars-uk.com/subjects/digital

 

Range of online activities

https://uk.ixl.com/

Maths

Adaptive online maths activities (American)

https://www.dreambox.com/at-home

 

Free trial

www.themathsfactor.com

 

Maths videos with lessons, real life uses of math, famous actors

https://www.hmhco.com/math-at-work

 

Competitive maths and coding games

https://www.mangahigh.com/en-gb/

 

US grades, but good for UK Primary age.

https://www.prodigygame.com

 

https://www.myhomeschoolmath.com/visualperception.html 

 

http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/ 

 

https://www.10ticks.co.uk/ 

Literacy

Randomly generated story starters

https://thestorystarter.com/

 

Resources for English language learning

https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find

 

Nessy offers free online access to literacy programmes

https://www.nessy.com/uk/products/

 

Free stories online ages 3-12 

https://www.freechildrenstories.com/

 

children’s books read by famous people

https://www.storylineonline.net/

 

Free children’s classic books (PDFs and audio)

https://www.researchify.co.uk/audiobooks.html

 

Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss

https://www.seussville.com/

Science

Science activities to do at home

https://elementalscience.com/blogs/news/80-free-science-activities

 

Interactive models of the body

https://human.biodigital.com/login?returnUrl=/dashboard

 

American but interesting lessons

https://mysteryscience.com

 

A lot of these can be done in a garden!

https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/

 

American but a wide range of engaging educational videos

https://thekidshouldseethis.com

 

Biology learning activities

https://www.biologysimulations.com/

 

Website about periodic table

https://www.chemicool.com/

 

Information about space

https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html

 

Older style website but covers a range of topics

https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/?fbclid=IwAR2wJdpSJSeITf4do6aPhff8A3tAktnmpaxqZbkgudD49l71ep8-sjXmrac

 

Science awards you can complete from home (suitable for all ages

https://www.crestawards.org

 

Video based science content

https://www.everyday-earth.com/

 

Chemistry games

https://www.playmadagames.com/

History

Virtual tours of the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies

https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/

 

Digital archive of history

https://www.bunkhistory.org/

 

Aimed at Secondary aged pupils (multi-disciplinary activities)

https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home

Geography

Learning about earthquakes

https://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/

 

Geography and animals

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

 

Covers a range of geography topics

https://world-geography-games.com/world.html

IT and coding

Learn computer programming skills (fun and free)

https://blockly.games

 

Creative computer programming

https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/

 

Coding resources

https://www.codecademy.com/

 

Coding for primary age

https://www.kodable.com/

Typing

Improve your typing skills while competing with up to five other people from around the world

https://www.nitrotype.com/

 

Typing programme

https://www.typingclub.com/

 

BBC Bitesize dance mat typing

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr

Music

Music theory

https://trainer.thetamusic.com/en

 

Introductory and intermediate music theory lessons, exercises, ear trainers, and calculators

https://www.musictheory.net/

 

Access to range of resources for music learners

https://www.smartmusic.com/

 

Poetry and music

https://www.thewell.world/mindful-music/mindful-poetry-moments

 

Range of music activities

https://www.quavermusic.com/info/at-home-resources/

Languages

Music based Spanish activities

https://rockalingua.com/

 

Learn languages for free (web or app)

https://www.duolingo.com

Resources for talking to children about coronavirus

Why can't we go to the park? - parenting practitioner advice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4sTEuCKrhQ&feature=youtu.be

 

British Psychological Society tips for talking to young people

https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-blogs

 

Newsround video clip for children

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51861089

 

Tips for families

https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3210-tips-for-families-coronavirus

 

Comic book style story about coronavirus

https://www.thedadsnet.com/this-free-book-is-great-for-explaining-covid-19-coronavirus-to-your-children

 

Social story

https://carolgraysocialstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Pandemics-and-the-Coronavirus.pdf?fbclid=IwAR23zxNlbEumpw4oKlM7Xy3VlKnA25b8Gi53N6YiFIeKB9Vx0LQypSPYzzg

 

Animation for older children

https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/

 

A comic exploring coronavirus for young people

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus?t=1584464333506&t=1584975692562

 

Advice for parents of children with SEN

https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/calming-coronavirus-anxiety-children-everyone-else/#Update

 

Advice from The Child Mind Institute

https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

 

ELSA coronavirus story for children

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/coronavirus-story-for-children/
 

Parent resources from National Association of School Psychologists

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

 

Easy read information page about coronavirus

https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-covid-19

Anxiety resources (generic and targeted)

World Health Organisation advice for maintaining good mental health at this time

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf?sfvrsn=6d3578af_2

 

Supports young people in managing virus related anxiety

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/

 

Advice for managing the volume of anxiety inducing news

https://www.apa.org/news/apa/2020/03/covid-19-research-findings

 

Range of resources from American Psychiatric Association

https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/pandemics?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=apa-pandemics&utm_content=pandemics-resources

 

Generic tips from Anna Freud Centre

https://www.annafreud.org/selfcare/


Generic tips to support good mental health

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799

 

Website with activities to support children experiencing anxiety – YouTube channel has guided videos with relaxation, deep breathing and meditations

https://www.gozen.com

 

List of creative ways to practice deep breathing

https://copingskillsforkids.com/deep-breathing-exercises-for-kids

Bereavement

Child Bereavement UK

https://www.childbereavementuk.org

 

Grief Encounters - child bereavement support to children and families

https://www.griefencounter.org.uk

 

Winston’s Wish UK -  practical support and guidance to bereaved children, families and professionals 

http://www.winstonswish.org

 

ChildLine - free and confidential services for children and young people

https://www.childline.org.uk

Other

Chatter Pack list of online resources (covers multiple areas)

https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/resources-list-for-home-learning

 

Yoga videos for children

https://littletwistersyoga.com/online-store/

 

Videos linking physical activity (e.g. star jumps) to maths and literacy topics (American)

https://fluencyandfitness.com/register/school-closures/

 

Educational online games

https://toytheater.com/

 

Listening activities for the younger ones.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio

 

Movement and mindfulness videos

https://www.gonoodle.com/

 

Animated site with YouTube clips (aimed at secondary aged pupils)

https://thecrashcourse.com

 

As above for a younger audience

https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids