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
Starting Monday 23rd March Joe wicks will be hosting a free workout aimed at kids LIVE on his YouTube channel.https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=K6r99N3kXME&feature=emb_title
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
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
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.
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
All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience
Science awards you can complete from home.
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.
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Listening activities for the younger ones.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Resources for English language learning
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
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.
Educational online games
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
Seesaw helps educators engage all learners, transform family engagement, and save time.
Looking for FREE activities to use at home with your children who have speech, language and communication needs?
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!!!