Home schooling children useful tips and links

As we heard on the latest coronavirus update March 18th all schools will be closed for the foreseeable future this means children are going to need to have the resources and tools to learn while at home.


My children like routine and I'm hoping to implement a plan over the next few days that works for our family, and advise others to maybe do something similar our children are so used to the different structure and in home learning is very different so it very important to help them keep as much routine and structure as possible. 

In this article I'm am going to put together lots of ideas/tips/online learning resource links etc to help you find imformation all in one simple place which you can bookmark on your Phone/PC/Tablet.

Please do share with friends and on your social media so more people have access to all this information in one easy place 

Below there is an entire list of education companies/websites/apps which are offering free subscriptions and sign ups due to school closings. The direct links for eachaare for you below. All you need to do is click each link and follow the instructions on that website to sign-up.

School services that are providing free access to children and parents during school closures


For: Primary (Maths)

What:  Games - mathematics times tables         

Maths Chase is a completely free site where you can quickly test your times tables. The site is a very simple game but I think kids will find it a really fun way to learn their times tables.


For: Primary and Secondary (All subjects)

What:  Whiteboard Resources, Presentations, Activities, Work sheets and Games          

To find the resources, click whiteboard resources at the top search bar then click your subject and key stage and go from there! The site also offers some educational games for primary students


For: Primary (All subjects)

What: Whiteboard Resources, Presentations, Activities, Flash Cards, Work Sheets, Lesson plans and target templates

This is by far one of our favourite websites. This site offers a tremendous amount of free resources ready to download straight to your computer. Already popular amongst some of our supply teachers, this website offers resources for almost all topics and subjects on the primary curriculum.


For: Primary Maths

What: Mathematics Games

Looking for some maths games to play with your students? This site offers some fantastic free mathematics games for primary students with a focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, sequences, number bonds, Venn diagrams and time.


For: Secondary – key stage 3, 4 and 5

What: Maths, English, Science, Geography, History and Languages Whiteboard Resources, Presentations, Activities and Lessons Plans

Offering a tremendous amount of resources covering most topics across the curriculum this site is not to be missed. You do have to register an account on the website in order to download the free resources but it is free to do so, PDF documents are free to download but you can pay for different formats.  To change the subject click on the ‘other subject’s’ box in the top left hand corner of the page


For: Primary Science

What: Science Whiteboard Resources and Activities

Sworn by Primary teachers as one of their favourite and most used resource sites, this site offers 5 step activities for a range of different Science topics, including light, electricity, animals, plants, space and rocks – to name a few! Most topics come with either a video or picture exercise for your class


For: Secondary Science – Key stage 3, 4 and 5

What: Science Teaching Packs, Posters, Presentations, Lesson Plans, Activities

Gathered by the Oxford University Press, these resources are detailed and of great standard. The teaching packs could be a life saver!


For: Primary and Secondary – All subjects all key stages

What: Learner/Curriculum guides, Revision notes and Online Tests

How could we do a blog on the best free resource websites and not include BBC Bitesize? With segregated topics, key stages and exam boards, BBC Bitesize will tailor the information it gives you depending on the exam board you are using to give you the best suited information, tasks and tests


For: Primary and Secondary – All Subjects and Key Stages

What: Lesson Plans, Lesson plan and target templates, Teaching Packs and Presentations

Strictly, this isn’t a free website. There are an incredible amount of fantastic resources for those willing to pay, however it is always worth having a look at the limited but free resources offered, such as the templates and some free teaching resources.



Twinkle are offering free access to learning resources for parents to print for there children I'd take use of this as it's usually a monthly paid for service that teachers/parents etc use for worksheets


Classroom Secrets Maths and Reading from home learning packages for schools to use due to school closures free access to child version of site

 Maths home learning packages for schools due to school closures
Mindfulness & Keeping active
Short audion sessions to help with mindfulness
Yoga videos designed for children aged 3+
Interactive videos to support with KS1 & KS2 Maths,Literacy,PSHE & PE Learning. Great for times tables as well as videos just for fun
Hundreds of brainercise,dancing,stength and mindfulness videos
Premier League Primary stars We're inspiring primary school children in everything from Maths and English to teamwork and sport.
keeping children up to date with the world around them creating opportunities to talk about the news with children

Starting Monday 23rd March Joe wicks will be hosting a free workout aimed at kids LIVE on his YouTube channel.

Phonics and early reading
Phonics play
Phonics Bloom
Letters and sounds
Cbeebies - Alphablocks
Teach your monster to read is usually a paid for app but is currently
free due to school closures
Oxford owl reading
Teach handwriting - Cursive practice
Storybooks bought to life

Classroom magazines


Paid app or free with school subscription

Ideas for home schooling schedule 

Over the coming weeks I will keep adding anything I find useful to the above article. 

I also found this amazing Facebook group for extra help and ideas during the Covid 19 isolation period

Family lockdown tips and ideas

Over 300 thousand members in just a few short days so lots and lots of ideas to keep you busing during this time


Additional resources found since writing article

Khan Academy
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

BBC Learning
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

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.

Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

Creative computer programming

Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

British Council
Resources for English language learning


Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
Geography gaming!

Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities linked to from this Facebook page

Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater
Educational online games

DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes



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Order your children some FREE math sheets from this website  - https://www.doxdirect.com/printable-times-tables/
Completely free you don’t even have to pay postage!!!






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19 Mar 2020