General resource recommendations
Government reccommended materials
The Government have released a list of reccommended home learning resources here.
Live online lessons
Click here for a list of live online lessons that are running throughout the week.
List of free educational subscriptions
Kidsactivitiesblog.com have collated a useful list of educational companies who have made their subscriptions free due to school closures : click here
KS2 Booster materials
Materials around English, Reading and Maths for upper KS2 children.
Home Learning Packs - Scholastic Resource Bank
In response to current events, Scholastic Resource Bank have put together a range of free home learning packs for Early Years and primary children to help parents and teachers. Please follow links below.
Early Years Pack: Click here
Key Stage 1 Pack: Click here
Lower Key Stage 2 Pack: Click here
Upper Key Stage 2 Pack: Click here
Free e-book library from children aged 3-11. Click here.
Elevenses with David Walliams
At 11am everyday, David Walliams will be releasing a free reading of stories from his books. The website also includes free resources and activities relating to his books, including what has been read that day.
Audible have released a free collection of stories to stream and listen to.
There are 35,000 ebooks at https://www.getepic.com/educators
Registration is free for teachers. You don’t need to add your class for this one, just give the children the access code which is generated upon registration.
Talk for Writing have produced 2 sets of Home-school units. The units are age-related and all include a model text which is also available as a streamed audio recording. Click here.
On weekday mornings, Pie Corbett presents a free, creative and interactive literacy show called RadioBlogging at 9.30am. The hour-long show teaches writing and children can post their own writing online and receive feedback. The show is ideal for home learning and school. Whilst aimed at KS2, many younger listeners are taking part.
I See Maths
Daily home maths lessons and activities for KS1 and 2. Click here.
White Rose Maths
White Rose maths have uploaded a series of 5 maths lessons per year group from Early Years / Foundation Stage to Year 8.
Each lesson includes a short video to parents, assisting them in helping their child complete the activities.
The Maths Factor
Subscription to Carol Voderman's online maths school The Maths Factor will be free until schools reopen.
Aimed for children between ages 4 and 11.
Letters and Sounds Lessons
Free lessons written and presented by phonics experts and funded by the Department for Education. The online lessons are designed to cover new phonics teaching that children would have received over the summer term had they been in school.
Ruth Maskin Training
From Monday 30th March to Friday 3rd April, Ruth Maskin Training will be streaming 3 short sounds lessons every morning with repeats showing in the Easter Holidays, should you miss any. There is also a useful Parent and Carer Hotline email address should you have any questions or need help teaching your child to read at home.
The Beat Goes On
Every weekday morning at 11am, Ollie from The Beat Goes On is running live body percussion workshops on YouTube. Ollie mixes body percussion with literacy. Give his classes a go through the week to a master performance on Friday.
Diverse Dance Mix with Darcey Bussell
1:30pm each weekday is DDMix's live 10 Minute Shake Up aiming to give energy levels a boost for that mid-afternoon slump.
50 Indoor games for rainy days
On a dreary day, it can be hard to find active things to do indoors. This resource provides 50 activities to do with children in the home, split into 7 categories: balloon games, tape games, card games, ball games, 3 or more players, items around the house and no equipment.
Online PE Sessions with Joe
The Body Coach will be uploading PE sessions for children on their youtube channel starting 9am on Monday 23rd March.
He also has a playlist of "Kids Workout" videos.
Click here for The Body Coach channel.
BeWILDerwood Scavenger Hunt
If you are looking for a different way to get activity, you can explore inside and outside with a scavengerhood, here is a great tool for this from BeWILDerwood Home & Garden Scavenger Hunt
Dyson has created 44 engineering and science activities for children to try out while at home during the coronavirus pandemic, from making a balloon-powered car to building a bridge from spaghetti. Click here.
ASE Primary Committee
ASE Primary Committee have created a set of home-learning lessons in science for each year group that they believe will be both accessible for parents and for the learners themselves.
Stem learning are providing free resources for home learning, updated these weekly.
There is also a free webchat with subject experts running throughout the day on week days, should ou need any subject specific support.
Myleene's Music Klass
Myleene Klass is be releasing weekly videos teaching children the basics of musics. Videos uploaded so far include learning basic rhythms and Disney lullabies.
Front Row Music
Front Row music are offering massively reduced online learning packs for learning ukulele, guitar and keyboard at home through easy to watch videos.
Subscription is now £10 a month.
For more Information about this, please email: email@example.com
History and Geography
30 Day Free Trial of HistoryHit.tv
Unlimited access of hundreds of history documentaries, interviews, films and podcasts with Dan Snow ranging from ancient and classical history to the information age.
Walk like an Egyptian
The University of Manchester have provided a series of short online lessons around the geography and history of Ancient Egypt aimed towards age 7 - 10 year olds.
Learn about kings and queens, gods and goddesses, mummification and hieroglyphs with Mumford the Mummy and his friends.
Explore more adventure learning stories are designed for children of all ages to take on empowering challenges and solve problems as fictional stoires unfold. For example the story of the Troll Hunter: A team of adventurers is commissioned by the Queen to track down the trolls of the forest who are according to reports blighting the lives of her subjects. Some of her advisers are telling her the Trolls need to be culled, but the Queen wants to know more before taking such a drastic decision. Click here.
The first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica is available from The National Library of Scotland. Click here.
Cooking with Jamie Oliver and Theo Michaels
Jamie Oliver has a page of easy recipes to do with with your children including how to make your own fish fingers, healthy lunch ideas and tips on how to get your children involved in cooking meals.
Theo Michael's #KidsCookwithTheo live cook along videos take place every Monday and Wednesday at 4pm.
RSPCA Animal Welfare Activities
During these strange times the RSPCA prevention and education team is aiming to provide teachers, parents and carers with engaging activities that will get young people thinking and debating animal issues. Click here.
Harry Potter Online Escape Room
"It is your first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and you could not be more excited. The house prefect announces that you have a fun team building activity to complete before you get too settled into your new digs. There is a new muggle trend where they lock themselves in rooms and have to answer puzzles to get out - no magic at all!
Next thing you know, the room is completely dark and you hear a door slam."
Educational webcams and virtual tours
Edinburgh Zoo currently have a page of live webcams of various animals in there care: https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams
Coltswold Wildlife Park and Gardens also have live webcams of their Penguins and Meerkats: https://www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk/animals-gardens/web-cams/
Many museums and galleries are offering virtual tours without traveling, including:
- British Museum, London
- Guggenheim Museum, New York
- National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
- Musee d'Orsay, Paris
- Mational Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
- Pergamon Museum, Berlin
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
- The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
- Uffisi Gallery, Florence
- MASP, Sao Paulo
- National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
Travel around the world, without leaving home!
StarLine - Home Learning Helpline
StarLine – a new home learning telephone helpline - is now live to support parents and carers nationwide.
A group of partners including David Ross Education Trust, Freshworks, Future Academies, Inspiration Trust, Mumsnet, Oak National Academy, PLMR, StarAcademies, Triple P Positive Parenting Program and United Learning have come together to create and deliver StarLine. Each partner has pledged their people, expertise and resources to support StarLine. This initiative is supported and welcomed by CST and also by the DfE.
StarLine will help parents and carers in the following ways:
- By providing access to a team of qualified teachers, education and parenting experts.
- By focussing on providing practical ideas, support and reassurance.
- By offering tips, techniques and resources to enable parents to give their children the support they need to continue learning while schools are closed.
- By supporting family wellbeing and mental health.
- By covering all phases of education and subjects plus behaviour, pupil wellbeing and SEND.
StarLine is available to parents and carers of pupils from all schools nationwide. Free, confidential advice is available six days a week by phoning the StarLine team on 0330 313 9162. For more information, visit www.starline.org.uk or follow @StarLineSupport on Twitter.
The team behind StarLine will also be broadcasting a weekly programme on YouTube. In each episode of StarLive, a guest presenter will share practical ideas for home learning. Further details can be found on the StarLine website.
Home Learning Advice and Guidance
In response to the unprecedented closure of schools to most pupils, the EEF (education Endowment Foundation) has produced a set of resources designed to be used by schools and parents/carers to support home learning. These are all based on the evidence-based recommendations of their Guidance Reports. This includes useful resources for parents who are looking to support their children’s learning - from establishing home learning routines to shared reading help, to handy tips for supporting maths in the home
5 Tips for Home Schooling
Anna Massau, a former teacher who runs the Homeschool Guru blog, and Helena Gillespie, Professor of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, both shared their best advice for home schooling and learning.
The School of Mum and Dad
This interesting BBC article lists some handy resources for home learning as well as answering some FAQs on the topic: What resources are out there? Does online learning really work?
With the increasing recommendation of learning resources that are online, please find information here regarding online safety for children.
Digital safety activities
The London Grid for Learning have lots of valuable information regarding internet safety for children including daily worksheets you can do them on the topic. Click here.