Keeping the little ones busy

As we are on school lockdown, here are some great resources to support your children’s learning journey. Don’t forget that play time, crafting, helping with household chores and doing ‘sports’ outside if it’s safe to do so are also great learning experiences.


Learning about how a household runs, how a washing machine works, taking responsibility for a specific chore is a great way to stave off boredom and teach the kids about daily life too.


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.


BBC Learning

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/

This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision.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.


Futurelearn

https://www.futurelearn.com

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).


Seneca

https://www.senecalearning.com

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


Openlearn

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/

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.


Blockly

https://blockly.games

Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.


Scratch

https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/

Creative computer programming


Ted Ed

https://ed.ted.com

All sorts of engaging educational videos


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


Crash Course

https://thecrashcourse.com

You Tube videos on many subjects


Crash Course Kids

https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids

As above for a younger audience


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.


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.


Prodigy Maths

https://www.prodigygame.com

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


Cbeebies Radio

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio

Listening activities for the younger ones.


Nature Detectives

https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk

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


British Council

https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find

Resources for English language learning


Oxford Owl for Home

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/

Lots of free resources for Primary age


Big History Project

https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home

Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.


Geography Games

https://world-geography-games.com/world.html

Geography gaming!


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


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.

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