When schools closed in March, parents all over the UK started searching online for resources that they could use for their home schooling. Even though children will be returning to school soon, it can still be useful to know where these resources can be found so you can support the learning they are doing in school at home.
One of the best resources for finding out what your child should be learning is Oxford Owl. This has details of the curriculum for their year group and you may be surprised at how much your child actually learns in a school year. You can select the year group they are in, and everything that should be covered is organised by subject.
Other good sites that offer free learning resources can be found below….
Schoolastic – Supporting Children’s Learning outside of the classroom. Schoolastic has lots of free downloadable content for Early Years, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and GSCE.
Nosy Crow- Nosy Crow are a book company offering free activity sheets based on some of their well known books.
IXL – All the resources on this site are organised by year group, so it is really easy to find what you are looking for. You are also able to search by the curriculum which ensures that you have covered everything.
Topmarks – Topmarks has a wide range of learning games that cover several different subjects. They also have learning resources that you can search for by age range or subject.
BBC Bitesize – Bitesize has resources for all age groups from primary children to those taking their GSCEs. Learning is interactive through games and videos and they cover a wide range of subjects including Geography, History and Modern Languages.
Ted Ed – Their website is based in the US but they have a newsletter which has lots of useful resources. The newsletter also contains lesson plans and it is delivered directly to your inbox.
FuseSchool – FuseSchool is an educational charity that operates all across the globe. They cover maths and science and the learning is presented as a video. You will need to create an account to access the content but this is free to do.
The Children’s University Manchester – This has been designed to support KS2 children in a variety of subjects. As well as covering subjects such as history, languages and science, children are also given an insight into student life which is really useful for older children who will be going to university in the next few years.
Twinkl – All of the resources on this site have been created by teachers. As well as schemes of work and lesson plans, you will also find interactive games.
National Geographic Kids – The resources on this site follow the curriculum for primary age children. The site has teaching ideas and provides resources for this teaching. Most of these resources are interdisciplinary and one topic will incorporate several different subjects. There is also teacher support available to help you get the most out of the resources.
Duolingo – This is one of the easiest ways for children to learn a new language. You have the choice of using the website or downloading the app.
The Reading Realm – Offers online resources linked to genres of books.
DK Findout – This site is really easy to use and has learning tools for a wide range of different subjects. It is a good site for science subjects and some popular topics include space, the human body, the Earth and dinosaurs and prehistoric life.
ICT Games – There are free educational games which are available on this site. The games cover English and Maths and are aimed at children in years one to three.
Once Upon A Picture – The idea behind this site is that a picture is given as a prompt. There are ideas for questions that you can ask your children about the picture as a starting point for their writing.
British Council – This has lesson plans and activities for primary age children. There are also stories and poems to read and different sections on the site for teenagers and adults. All practical materials that can be downloaded have been designed by experts in English teaching.
Teach Your Monster To Read – This is a game which has been founded by the Usborne Foundation. There is an app which you have to pay for but the game can be accessed online for free. It is aimed at Reception age children who are just starting to read, but it can also be used by older children to consolidate their skills.
White Rose Maths – Lessons are available for children in years 1-8. There are short videos that you can watch at the beginning of every lesson which will explain to children what they need to do to complete the tasks that have been set.
My Mini Maths – There are so many resources on this site including learning packs and mini lessons. The lessons are short but to the point.
Maths Chase – This site has a wide range of maths games for children to enjoy. It is suitable for children in Reception up to Year Four.
Doxdirect – You are able to print off times tables and practice maths tests from this site. It is a good resource for children who are just getting started with their times tables as well as those who have been learning this for a while.
A Maths Dictionary for Kids – This interactive dictionary explains over 600 mathematical terms in a way that is easy to understand. There are also examples and practice questions that children are able to work through.
World Geography – A website full of lots of fun geography games.
Explorify – a unique science website that is suitable for all key stages.
BP Educational Service – The aim of this site is to inspire children to develop a love of STEM subjects. They have free resources for both primary and secondary aged children.
NASA Kids Club – Have a Child who loves Space? NASA Kids Club is the place to learn directly from Astronauts (even one’s currently on the ISS).
Blockly Games – This is a good site for learning about coding. This is done through playing games.
Sparkle Box – This website is primarily for teachers but it has resources that everyone can use. You can browse the website for ideas and then print the resources off if you decide to use them.
We hope these websites help you in your home learning journey.