Online and home learning resources

Warrington Borough Council takes no responsibility for the quality, content or opinions expressed within any of these websites.

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

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


BBC Teach – advice and content for those home schooling


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


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


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)


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

Generic learning

A wide range of engaging activities for all topics and ages


A range of activities and topics available


A range of engaging educational videos


Variety of online learning programmes


American maths and reading games


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


Entertaining and educational videos for all levels and subjects


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)


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


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.


Lots of free resources for Primary aged pupils


A collection of free resources


Range of activities


Range of resources across the age groups


Range of online activities


Educational resources for all ages

Structured lessons and practical advice


Adaptive online maths activities (American)


Free trial


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


Competitive maths and coding games


US grades, but good for UK Primary age. 


Randomly generated story starters


Resources for English language learning


Nessy offers free online access to literacy programmes


Free stories online ages 3-12


children’s books read by famous people


Free children’s classic books (PDFs and audio)


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


Science activities to do at home


Interactive models of the body


American but interesting lessons


A lot of these can be done in a garden!


American but a wide range of engaging educational videos


Biology learning activities


Website about periodic table


Information about space


Older style website but covers a range of topics


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


Video based science content


Chemistry games


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


Digital archive of history


Aimed at Secondary aged pupils (multi-disciplinary activities)


Learning about earthquakes


Geography and animals


Covers a range of geography topics

IT and coding

Learn computer programming skills (fun and free)


Creative computer programming


Coding resources


Coding for primary age


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


Typing programme


BBC Bitesize dance mat typing


Music theory


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


Access to range of resources for music learners


Range of music activities


Music based Spanish activities


Learn languages for free (web or app)

Resources for talking to children about coronavirus

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


British Psychological Society tips for talking to young people


Newsround video clip for children


Tips for families


Comic book style story about coronavirus


Social story


Animation for older children


A comic exploring coronavirus for young people


Advice for parents of children with SEN


Advice from The Child Mind Institute


ELSA coronavirus story for children

Parent resources from National Association of School Psychologists


Easy read information page about coronavirus

Anxiety resources (generic and targeted)

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


Advice for managing the volume of anxiety inducing news


Range of resources from American Psychiatric Association


Generic tips from Anna Freud Centre

Generic tips to support good mental health


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


List of creative ways to practice deep breathing


Child Bereavement UK


Grief Encounters - child bereavement support to children and families


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


ChildLine - free and confidential services for children and young people


Chatter Pack list of online resources (covers multiple areas)


Yoga videos for children


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


Educational online games


Listening activities for the younger ones.


Movement and mindfulness videos


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


As above for a younger audience