Worrying about children missing out on education?
Here are a selection of FREE online education resources. A non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus. Feel free to share.
Whole School Communication and Learning Environments
BBC Learning https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary
Daily lessons are here! School shut? We’re bringing you fun stuff to do and learn every weekday.
Bugclub https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk A digital learning space for your pupils and a toolkit for you, so that you can search, plan, allocate and assess all in one place.
Google Classroom is a resource many teachers are using to upload resources, create deadlines, mark work and start discussions with their classes online. In the event of school closures, many students will be able to continue with their learning.
Early Years / Key Stage 1
Cbeebies Radio https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio Listening activities for the younger ones.
Nature Detectives https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/ A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Oxford Owl for Home https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ Lots of free resources for Primary age
Blue Peter Badges https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/ Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art https://www.redtedart.com Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree https://theimaginationtree.com Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Toy Theater https://toytheater.com/ Educational online games
DK Find Out https://www.dkfindout.com/uk Activities and quizzes
Primary Key Stage 2
Stem Kit Online lessons including Hopscotch, Scratch and other hands on STEM activities. www.stemkit.co.uk
British Council https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find Resources for English language learning
Sumdog Online learning platform, Sumdog, has a number of engaging and challenging maths and literacy games that your child can use to enhance their learning at home.
National Geographic Kids https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Duolingo https://www.duolingo.com Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Mystery Science https://mysteryscience.com Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This https://thekidshouldseethis.com Wide range of cool educational videos
Blockly https://blockly.games Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Scratch https://scratch.mit.edu Creative computer programming
Code.org code.org Lots of fantastic coding and unplugged computing activities
Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org 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.
Paw Print Badges https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
Tinkercad https://www.tinkercad.com All kinds of making and coding.
Prodigy Maths https://www.prodigygame.com Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Crest Awards https://www.crestawards.org Science awards you can complete from home.
iDEA Awards https://idea.org.uk Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Pix Blocks PixBlocks is an application that enables programming for people at any age group. It is a simple tool helping you to learn coding, regardless of the level of one’s advancement.
Code for Life Code for Life is designed for students new to coding. This is where you will build up your ability until you are ready to advance to Kurono, where you can test your skills in Python.
Discovery Learning Discovery Learning has a number of free resources as well as a paid subscription area.
Twinkl https://www.twinkl.co.uk This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
Book Creator Book Creator are offering everyone the ability to collaborate together on books in real-time. This is a premium feature that is usually only available with a paid subscription, but they’re offering 90 days free use of this tool, to help keep students and teachers connected. Secondly, they have pulled together a list of ideas for using Book Creator for remote learning – ideas that you can put in place today to help keep kids engaged whilst unable to attend school.