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A full tool-kit for teachers and parents to ace home-learning needs

by Julia Nielsen

As schools close down amidst the covid-19 crisis and more learning moves online, we've compiled some brilliant resources to give you a rich tool-kit to ace your home-learning and virtual teaching needs. This article will be updated as new materials are added.

If you're a teacher looking for online resources to use, or a parent looking to supplement learning during the days where technical glitches stop a teacher from teaching a class – we've got you covered. This is a full list of resources compiled from different sources, and will hopefully act as a good reference point to dip in and out of as you please.

We've called it home-learning rather than homeschooling, comprising of a mixture of online/virtual learning and offline learning. It shouldn't be left unsaid that we applaud each and every parent who is both working from home as well as enabling a home-learning environment. We've heard from many parents who are using this time to take a step back and avoid overloading children – this list is not meant to work as a to-do checklist!

Please keep these safeguarding practices at the highest priority when you decide to use any online materials such as the below. Happy home-learning – please do get in touch with us if you believe we have forgotten important resources!

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Before we begin, we feel we must mention Robin Hood MAT's learning packs which have been highly praised. The link, which also contains resources for mental health and wellbeing for children, how to support your workforce, plans and risk assessments, and governance information can be accessed here: Robin Hood MAT Learning Projects

First, a list separated into subject areas:

English/literacy/reading

STEM

Coding and IT

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Creative and arts subjects

Humanities and social sciences

Cross-curricular resources

  • Adobe Education Exchange: Free resources, workshops and teaching materials. All ages. https://edex.adobe.com/
  • Highlights Kids: Read, play games and conduct science experiments. Primary age: www.highlightskids.com
  • Hungry Little Minds: Government supported. Activities for parents with children aged under five: https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/
  • Twinkl: Learning resources, planning and assessment materials. The company has created free home learning and school closure packs. All ages: www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/covid19-school-closures
  • Seneca Learning: A free online learning platform. Key stages 2, 3 and 4: www.senecalearning.com
  • Tassomai: Bite-sized learning, using quizzes and short videos. Key stages 3 and 4. Free access to schools affected by coronavirus closures: www.tassomai.com
  • BrainPOP: Cross-curricular resources using topics and themes. BrainPOP has offered “free, unlimited use of BrainPOP to any school, anywhere, that is closed due to the coronavirus during the period of their closure”. All ages: https://go.brainpop.com/accessrequest
  • Century Tech: English, maths and science resources for free to all schools and students affected by coronavirus school closures. All ages: www.century.tech/coronavirus-support/
  • Discovery Education: Videos, interactive activities, or complete, ready-to-use lesson plans in maths, science and social studies. All ages: www.discoveryeducation.com/virtual-learning
  • Earwig Academic: A package for teachers to support teaching evidence, making assessments, tracking progress and reporting. Parents and pupils can upload work and communicate safely with teachers. During the coronavirus crisis, Earwig Lite is free to “anyone who needs it”. All ages: https://earwigacademic.com/
  • Atom Learning: Personalised learning in English and maths, using teacher-led content. Key stage 2: https://atomlearning.co.uk/
  • BBC Bitesize and BBC Learning: Over the coming weeks, the BBC will be offering daily content to support families with home learning and issues of wellbeing: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize and http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/

Exercise, mental health and wellbeing

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Second, a list separated into age-separated groups:

Younger Learners

General education and games

Maths

Science

Reading

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Key Stages

GCSE, A Level and Apprenticeship

GCSE

A Level

Apprenticeship

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Thirdly, a list for talking about coronavirus:

Specific coronavirus advice/teaching

Fourthly, educational YouTube channels/videos:

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Finally, a full list from the Department for Education

The DfE has released a full list of educational resources which we have re-published below for your convenience. According to the DfE website, these are all being offered for free. It is important to note that they have said:

"Individual resources cannot replace a school’s properly planned curriculum, and the resources in this list are not intended to do so. They may be useful for parents in considering how they could support their children’s education, but they should not be used in place of existing resources which schools may be using as part of their continued provision for pupils’ education at this time.

Schools may also wish to explore this initial list of resources as they consider how they continue to support children’s education. This list of resources is not exhaustive and there are many other resources available to schools. Before using these resources, you should refer to the guidance ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers’, which has further information on how to keep children safe online." - source

Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said: “We are ensuring parents and schools are able to access high-quality resources to support children to continue learning while they stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.”

English: primary

Phonics

Schools should seek advice from their phonics programme provider about resources that are available to support remote phonics learning at home. For example, Read Write Inc. (RWI) has made video content freely available online. DfE’s validated phonics programmes are:

However, some schools will use programmes not on this list. English Hub schools are developing resources for schools that use Letters and Sounds.

  • Audible, https://stories.audible.com/start-listen; early years foundation stage to key stage 2; all children’s audiobooks are available for free while schools are closed. Registration: not required
  • Authorfy, https://authorfy.com; early years foundation stage to key stage 2; access to masterclasses on texts from a range of authors, including videos from the authors and activities linked to novels. Registration: is required
  • Book Trust, https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/bookfinder/; early years foundation stage to key stage 2: a site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, including fiction and non-fiction. Family activities are included in the ‘Home Time’ section. Registration: not required
  • Classroom Secrets; https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/; early years foundation stage to key stage 2; downloadable resource packs which cover a range of subjects, including reading and writing. Registration: not required
  • Elevenses with the World of David Walliams; https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/; key stage 2; one free audio book reading is available to listen to every day. Registration: not required
  • English Mastery, https://www.englishmastery.org/; key stage 1 and key stage 2; downloadable resource books providing 8 weeks of activities. Registration: not required
  • Literacy Shed, https://www.literacyshedplus.com/en-gb/browse/free-resources/key-stage-2-activity-packs; key stage 1 and key stage 2; downloadable resource packs with tasks based on video clips on YouTube. Registration: not required
  • Love Reading 4 Kids, https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/; early years foundation stage to key stage 2; a site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, covering fiction and non-fiction. Registration: not required
  • Pobble 365, https://www.pobble365.com/; key stage 1 and key stage 2; a new image is published each day as a basis for creative writing. Story starters, questions and drawing ideas are provided. Registration: not required
  • Poetry by Heart, https://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/; key stage 2; a wide selection of poetry covering different topics. Registration: not required to view poems, but it is required to access teaching resources.
  • Purple Mash, https://2simple.com/purple-mash/; early years foundation stage to key stage 2; free during the school closure period. Each week, a selection of daily activities is produced on different subjects, including comprehension and grammar. Registration: is required
  • Storytime with Nick, https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/help-during-school-closure/; early years foundation stage to key stage 2; available from Monday 20 April. Films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer. Registration: not required
  • The Children’s Poetry Archive, https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/; early years foundation stage to key stage 2; an archive of spoken poetry recordings. Children can listen to poems read out loud. Registration: not required
  • The Day newsletter, https://theday.co.uk/subscriptions/the-day-home; key stage 1 and key stage 2; a daily newsletter for parents and carers at home with children, helping to enrich learning with real-world knowledge and skills. Registration: is required

English: secondary

  • Audible, https://stories.audible.com/start-listen; key stage 3 and key stage 4; all children’s audiobooks are available for free while schools are closed. Registration: not required
  • English Mastery, https://www.englishmastery.org/; key stage 3; downloadable resource books providing 12 weeks of activities covering writing and poetry. Registration: not required
  • English and Media Centre, https://www.englishandmedia.co.uk/publications/; key stage 3 and key stage 4; downloadable resources covering a range of texts for key stage 3. GCSE resources are categorised by examination board. Registration: not required
  • Pobble 365, https://www.pobble365.com/; key stage 3 and key stage 4; a new image is published each day as a basis for creative writing. Story starters, questions and drawing ideas are provided. Registration: not required
  • Poetry by Heart, https://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/; key stage 3 and key stage 4; A wide selection of poetry covering different topics. Registration: not required to view poems, but it is required to access teaching resources.
  • Seneca, https://app.senecalearning.com/courses?Price=Free&Age+Group=GCSE&Subject=English+Language; key stage 4; a range of downloadable resources covering the GCSE curriculum, categorised by examination board. Registration: not required
  • The Children’s Poetry Archive; https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/; key stage 3 and key stage 4; an archive of spoken poetry recordings. Pupils can listen to poems being read aloud. Registration: not required
  • The Day newsletter, https://theday.co.uk/subscriptions/the-day-home; key stage 3, key stage 4 and key stage 5; a daily newsletter for parents and carers at home with children, helping to enrich learning with real-world knowledge and skills. Registration: is required

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Maths

This initial list of maths resources is based on recommendations from the National Centre of Excellence in the Teaching for Mathematics (NCETM) and maths teachers.

Some maths publishers are now making their offers to schools free or providing free trials. Schools already using a trusted or familiar maths package should continue to do so.

Maths: primary

  • Hamilton Trust (home learning section), https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/; key stage 1 and key stage 2; downloadable resource packs with teacher guidance. A week’s worth of resources is provided for each year group. Registration: not required
  • Mathematics Mastery, https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/free-resources; early years foundation stage, key stage 1 and key stage 2; downloadable guidance and resource packs for parents and pupils. Registration: not required
  • Nrich, https://nrich.maths.org/; early years foundation stage to key stage 2; a range of activities. Some are interactive and some are to be completed offline. Activities are categorised by age range. Registration: not required
  • Numberblocks, https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/help-your-child-with-maths; early years foundation stage to key stage 2; videos for numeracy development designed for children aged 0 to 6. There are fun activities that can be applied to everyday life and play. Registration: not required
  • Top Marks, https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games; key stage 1 and key stage 2; a range of interactive maths games categorised by age group. Registration: not required

White Rose Maths (home learning), https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/; early years foundation stage to key stage 2; presentations and downloadable workbooks which are easy to use for parents. New material is being released each week. Registration: not required

Maths: secondary

  • Bowland Maths Resources, https://www.bowlandmaths.org.uk/; key stage; downloadable assessments on a range of subjects, including sample answers and assessment tips. Registration: not required
  • Corbett Maths, https://corbettmaths.com/contents/; key stage 4; a range of videos and downloadable questions categorised by topic and predicted grade. Registration: not required
  • Hegarty Maths, https://hegartymaths.com/; key stage 3 and key stage 4; interactive activities including videos and questions. Teachers can track student progress and tailor next steps. Registration: requires school registration
  • Integral Core Maths Platform, https://integralmaths.org/2017/; key stage 5; activities with the ability for teachers to allocate and track pupil progress. Registration: requires school registration
  • MangaHigh, https://www.mangahigh.com/en-gb/; key stage 3 and key stage 4; interactive maths resources, including topic-specific questions and games that allow teachers to track student progress and set activities. Registration: requires school registration
  • Mathigon, https://mathigon.org/; key stage 3 and key stage 4; interactive maths resources that allow teachers and parents to track student progress and set activities. Registration: not required
  • Maths Kitchen, https://mathskitchen.com/topics; key stage 4; an interactive GCSE revision website. Resources are categorised by topic, including video lessons and practice questions. Registration: not required
  • Mathematics Mastery, https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/free-resources; key stage 3; downloadable guidance and resource packs for parents and pupils. Registration: not required
  • Nrich, https://nrich.maths.org/; key stage 3 and key stage 4; a range of activities. Some are interactive and some are to be completed offline. Activities are categorised by age range. Registration: not required
  • Nrich Core Maths, https://nrich.maths.org/12524; key stage 3 to key stage 5; games and puzzles as well as mathematical-thinking and problem-solving questions. Content is categorised by topic and age group. Registration: not required
  • Nrich ‘Solving Together’ project, https://nrich.maths.org/solvingtogether; key stage 3; this is a project that provides activities for parents and carers to try with children. Registration: not required
  • Sparx, https://sparx.co.uk/; key stage 3 and key stage 4; a virtual classroom which supports teachers in building and running lessons as well as tracking pupil progress. Registration: requires school registration
  • STEP Support Programme, https://maths.org/step/welcome; key stage 5; the STEP Support Programme is offered by the University of Cambridge to help university applicants develop their advanced mathematical problem-solving skills and prepare for STEP mathematics exams. Assessments are downloadable. Registration: not required
  • Top Marks, https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games; key stage 3; a range of interactive maths games categorised by age group. Registration: not required
  • Underground Maths, https://undergroundmathematics.org/; key stage 5; a range of interactive tasks and questions linked to the A level maths and further maths curriculums. Registration: not required
  • White Rose Maths (home learning), https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/; key stage 3; presentations and downloadable workbooks which are easy to use for parents. New material is being released each week. Registration: not required

Science

This initial list of science resources is based on recommendations from learned societies, including:

  • the Association for Science Education (ASE)
  • the Royal Society of Biology (RSB)
  • the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • the Institute of Physics (IOP)

These resources link closely to the national curriculum, however there are many other resources supporting enrichment and practical activities available on the societies’ websites and elsewhere.

Science: primary

  • BBC Bitesize, https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary; key stage 1 and key stage 2; interactive resources covering the primary science curriculum. Registration: not required
  • STEM Learning (Home learning), https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-science; key stage 1 and key stage 2; an online resource bank, which links to resources on external websites. The site features a live chat function offering support from subject experts. New home learning resources are being developed. Registration: not required

Science: secondary

  • BBC Bitesize, https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize; key stage 3 and key stage 4; interactive resources covering the key stage 3 and key stage 4 science curriculums. Includes separate sections for biology, physics and chemistry. Registration: not required
  • Institute of Physics (IOP), https://spark.iop.org/supporting-schools-and-colleges-during-covid-19; key stage 3 and key stage 4; a set of articles and resources designed to support teachers who are teaching remotely. Registration: not required
  • Isaac Physics, https://isaacphysics.org/coronavirus; key stage 4 and key stage 5; online problem-solving activities to support teachers and students. The content focusses on physics but also covers some maths and chemistry. Registration: is required
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), https://edu.rsc.org/remote-teaching-support; key stage 3 and key stage 4; a set of articles and resources designed to support teachers who are teaching remotely. Registration: not required
  • STEM Learning (Home learning), https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/curated-collections/secondary-and-level-science-0; key stage 3 and key stage 4; an online resource bank, which links to resources on external websites. The site features a live chat function offering support from subject experts. New home learning resources are being developed. Registration: not required

Physical education (PE) and physical activity

This initial list of physical education (PE) and physical activity resources is based on recommendations from:

  • the Association for Physical Education (afPE)
  • Public Health England (PHE)
  • Sport England
  • the Yorkshire Sport Foundation (YSF)

These resources will help young people to get the daily 60 minutes of activity recommended by the UK Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in fun ways. All the resources listed here are for activities designed to be carried out indoors or, if available, a garden. Children and young people can go outside for one form of exercise a day, such as:

  • a walk with members of their household
  • a run with members of their household
  • a cycle with members of their household

Outdoor exercise should be carried out locally. Children and young people should always follow the latest official advice on social distancing, which means making sure that they and their parent or carer stay more than 2 metres from others (including friends and other family members).

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PE and physical activity: primary

PE and physical activity: secondary

Mental wellbeing

This initial list of mental wellbeing resources is based on the recommendations of trusted partners. It is designed to provide guidance on how to support the wellbeing of children and young people being educated remotely. Many organisations already working with schools will be able to provide remote support, and schools are encouraged to discuss what ongoing support might be available during this time.

Mental wellbeing: primary

Mental wellbeing: secondary

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

This initial list of SEND resources has been developed with a focus on accessibility and inclusivity and is based on the recommendations of:

  • trusted organisations
  • charities
  • multi-academy trusts
  • special education headteachers

We encourage parents, teachers and schools to explore beyond this list to identify what support is best for their children and pupils with SEND.

SEND: apps and games

(Apps must be downloaded onto a compatible device)

  • Brain Parade, http://www.brainparade.com/products/see-touch-learn-free/; a visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture-choosing games, for children with autism and special needs.
  • HelpKidzLearn, https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/; a collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages. It includes provision for school closure.
  • Sensory App House Ltd, https://www.sensoryapphouse.com/; a range of apps are available for pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) or Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD). All are interactive and many do not require significant coordination abilities.
  • Visuals2Go, https://www.visuals2go.com/; an all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties. For verbal and non-verbal learners.

SEND: resources for teachers

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Other home learning support

Thank you to the team at the Remote Work Survival Kit, who gave us permission to spread their resources far and wide. Our thanks to Dorothy Lepkowska for compiling a wonderful subject-area list, and also the Department for Education for their curated list of resources.

Happy home-learning! – please do get in touch with us if you believe we have forgotten important resources!

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Julia Nielsen
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