Free educational resources for UK parents
Updated: Mar 19, 2020
I've put together a list of resources for parents whose children will be at home for the next few weeks, whilst schools are closed across the UK. Although not exhaustive, it will give you a good starting point for activities and games to keep your children engaged in their education, and make learning at home enjoyable. As a tutor, I know how difficult it can be to motivate your children to learn outside of school. Hopefully this resource bank will provide opportunities for learning at home, and ideas to keep your children entertained during any periods of household isolation.
This blog is aimed at UK parents, but can be accessed worldwide. All resources are free to access, although you may be required to sign up for an account with the company. I am not affiliated with any of the companies listed. This is just a brief list of the many many fabulous resources available. If you have any further suggestions, please comment below and I'll add them to the list. As always, I'm available for advice and guidance on any topics. If you're not sure where to start, please send me a message and I will happily help out where I can.
Twinkl - a fantastic education company covering the entire UK curriculum.
You can currently sign up to premium content for free for the next month here:
Twinkl have also put together free home learning booklets from EYFS through to GCSE, you can download them here:
Oxford Owl - free e-books for ages 3-11, and a great range of how-to videos for maths. They also have a fab parents page which explains how spelling and grammar is taught in schools. If you ever wondered what a 'fronted adverbial' was, here's your chance to find out!
Discovery Education - English, Maths & Science activities for KS1 & KS2, they also have a section on coding
Scholastic - this US company have put together 20 days of cross-curricular projects to work through at home. You will need to choose the correct grade to match your UK year group:
- PreK and Kindergarten = Reception and Year 1
- Grades 1 & 2 = Year 2 and 3
- Grades 3-5 = Years 4, 5 and 6
- Grades 6+ = Year 7 onwards
BBC Bitesize - videos, quizzes and games covering the entire curriculum for primary, secondary and post-16 students
Topmarks - fantastic collection of educational games covering all topics
Teachit Primary - resources and games to print for English, Maths, Science and Foundation subjects. You will need to sign up for an account to download the free resources.
Teachit also have a range of resources for secondary school students. The website address is teachit + topic name e.g. English would be www.teachitenglish.co.uk, Languages https://www.teachitlanguages.co.uk/
Teach your monster to read - this is a wonderful interactive website for learning phonics. The computer version is free, you can also download a paid app.
Phonics Play - a popular website for phonics games which follows the Letters & Sounds phonics programme. Pick the phase your child is currently on using the menu at the side.
Phonics Play is currently free for all users during the school closure period.
Storyline Online - a catalogue of videos featuring celebrities reading children's stories
Unite for literacy - a US online library which provides free access to over 400 original picture books
CoolMath4Kids - interactive games covering the four operations (+ - x ÷) and fractions
Pet Bingo - a great app for practising the four operations, children get to earn pets and care for them
Snappy Maths - maths worksheets galore on this website. Great for quick mental arithmetic sessions, like doubles & halves, number bonds and times tables
Science Museum Group - Videos, activities and facts on lots of different science topics for all key stages
Science Sparks - investigations and experiments for kids, their latest blog post is experiments that can be done by just using paper
Science for Kids - A New Zealand based site with lots of science experiments and games for kids
Switch Zoo - the idea started from creating new animals by switching parts, includes lots of information about habitats, biomes, feeding animals and animal sounds
Topic (History, Geography, Art)
Museums visits - Paris may be off-limits at the moment, but why not take a tour of the Musée D'Orsay from the comfort of your sofa? These twelve museums are all offering virtual tours of their galleries.
National Geographic Kids - covering animals, science, history & geography, this website is full of fascinating facts. A great resource for project work.
3D Geography - free paper templates for making models, plus lots of geography information and resources
Tynker - marketed as 'coding for kids', this website is currently offering free access to its premium content
Code.org - founders of the 'Hour of code' tutorials, this website offers computer science courses for students from reception through to A-level
Duolingo - a superb free platform for learning languages. Why not learn a new language whilst you're home? You can learn from a computer, or download the app.
GoNoodle - videos designed to get kids moving. Great if you're self-isolating for two weeks!
Seusville - lot of activities, crafts and games based on the world of Dr Seuss
Thinking games - this website has links to a whole host of games designed to improve logical thinking skills
Highlights Kids - a popular US magazine for children, this site has lots of ideas for craft activities, recipes and an 'explore' section covering science questions and experiments
Art for Kids Hub - this Youtube channel shows you how to draw a variety of things from animals to cartoon characters and even cars
BBC - The BBC have published the following information on their website about how they plan to support education, please keep an eye on their website for further information. I will update this blog once further information has been released.
"In the event that schools are shut down, and subject to further work and discussions with the Department for Education, devolved administrations and schools, we are exploring:
* A daily educational programme for different key stages or year groups - with a complementary self-learning programme for students to follow, broadcast on BBC Red Button and made available on demand on BBC iPlayer.
* Expanding BBC Bitesize content, with our social media running daily troubleshooting Q&As focusing on a different subject each day.
* Increasing our educational programming on BBC iPlayer, bringing together the best from BBC Bitesize, BBC Teach and the wider BBC portfolio where educationally appropriate.
Creating two new daily educational podcasts for BBC Sounds, one for primary and one for secondary.
* BBC Four and BBC Red Button devoting a block of programming each weekday evening to show programmes that support the GCSE and A Level curriculum. In Scotland, the Scotland channel will support the Scottish NQs and Highers in daytime."