EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

 

As a working mum, I know that a lot of parents are slightly worried about how they’re going to handle home-schooling their kids. But the good news is, there are tonnes of excellent resources out there. I’ve done A LOT of research, and here are the best resources that I’ve found. There are massive lists that are doing the rounds on the internet. I’ve tried to focus on the one’s that I think work best for UK-based students, but I’m not a teacher (!), so let me know if I’ve missed off one that you recommend.

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Download and listen to the world’s best storytelling. Enjoy audiobooks, original series and more on the free app.

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Audible is making hundreds of titles available for free to help people cope with self-isolation

The audiobook platform announced that anyone can listen to a vast selection of its titles for free, for as long as schools remain closed.

This includes books read by stars including Westworld’s Thandie Newton, and Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

US based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

As members of Autodesk Design Academy, students and educators can access free design software, along with free educational resources in manufacturing, construction, and production—including self-paced online courses, guided webinars, tutorials, industry contests, class projects, and curriculum for all levels.

Use professional CAD software—for free

As an Autodesk Student, you can use the same CAD software that professionals use. Not some watered-down “student” version, but the exact same CAD software that professional designers, engineers, machinists, architects, builders, and construction managers use every day on the job.

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FREE CONTENT & CURRICULUM:

We have packaged content for educators to support distance learning efforts and self-paced training for students. Visit https://academy.autodesk.com/ to find resources.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

International

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Bitesize is the BBC’s free online study support resource for school-age pupils in the United Kingdom. It is designed to aid pupils in both schoolwork and, for older pupils, exams.

Use BBC Bitesize to help with your homework, revision and learning. Find free videos, step-by-step guides, activities and quizzes by level and subject.

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Over the coming days and weeks they’ll be changing to bring you daily content that supports you as schools close across the UK, to help you with your education and wellbeing.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Fun curriculum linked resources to get your class moving while they learn.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

It’s free!

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Whether you’re at school or at home, you can use BBC Teach and BBC Bitesize for free. Our websites are home to thousands of free educational videos, guides and audio clips, as well as an archive of spectacular Live Lessons.

If you’re looking for short educational videos to help with a particular school subject, BBC Teach has a huge range of free clips that are carefully crafted to fit the needs of your curriculum.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

It’s free!

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Beast Academy Online is a learning system that provides a complete curriculum for ages 8-13. The digital practice includes games, problems, and puzzles divided into chapters and units that follow the same sequence found in the Beast Academy book series.

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It’s a paid programme, but they’re offering $15 off a new Monthly or Yearly subscription if you use code FlattenTheCurve during checkout.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

US based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Journey through nearly 14 billion years of history in this self-guided, six-hour version of Big History. You’ll find every chapter full of great activities to keep you entertained and test your learning.

Big History examines our past, explains our present, and imagines our future. It’s a story about us. An idea that arose from a desire to go beyond specialized and self-contained fields of study to grasp history as a whole. This growing, multi-disciplinary approach is focused on high school students, yet designed for anyone seeking answers to the big questions about the history of our Universe.

The Big History Project is a joint effort between teachers, scholars, scientists, and their supporters to bring a multi-disciplinary approach to knowledge to lifelong learners around the world.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

It’s free!

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

US based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Blockly Games is a series of educational games that teach programming. It is designed for children who have not had prior experience with computer programming. By the end of these games, players are ready to use conventional text-based languages.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

It’s free!

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

US based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

A Blue Peter badge is a special award given to people who appear on the show, or can be earned by posting in an application. Applicants must be 6 to 15 years old.

There are eight badges you can earn…
Here is a list of all the Blue Peter badges you can apply for. Please note that the application process for each badge is different, so click on the link under each badge to get instructions on how to earn that badge.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

It’s free!

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Today, we’re a trusted learning resource supporting core and supplemental subjects, reaching millions of learners worldwide.

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They’re offering free BrainPOP access for schools and families impacted by school closures.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

 US based

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

CBeebies helps pre-schoolers learn whilst they play fun games, watch clips, sing songs and make things with their favourite CBeebies characters and shows.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

It’s all free!

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Live, Online Coding Classes for Kids and Teens

CodeWizardsHQ delivers the most fun and effective live, online coding classes for kids and teens ages 8-18. Our coding classes are designed to give kids the programming knowledge, skills, and confidence to thrive in a digital world.

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To help both students and teachers during this trying time and to provide learning opportunities for students to be productively engaged, CodeWizardsHQ has temporarily lowered prices, added new daytime classes, and created personalized schedules that work for each family’s current situation.

FIND OUT MORE HERE

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

US based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

For our 12 and under users, Coolmath4Kids is an amusement park of games, lessons and more, designed to teach math and make it FUN.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

It’s free!

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

US based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

CREST is a scheme that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers.

CREST gives young people aged 5–19 the chance to choose their own subject and methodology when completing their hands-on investigation.

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Everything regarding the CREST Awards scheme remains unchanged, with a wealth of Awards-qualifying activities free and available on the CREST website.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

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Strictly Come Dancing star, Oti Mabuse is hosting online dance classes inspired by Strictly Come Dancing and The Greatest Dancer. Join her daily at 11.30am.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

DKfindout! allows your child to search, learn, and explore information on a safe and secure site. Perfect for help with homework, DK’s clear, reliable, and highly visual content covers all curriculum subjects and more!

There are quizzes, videos and animations, and new content being added all the time to engage and fascinate your child.

There are also articles for parents explaining the curriculum your child is being taught, ideas about how you can help them, and quick links to other DK products that will support your child’s learning.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

I believe it’s free!

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Over 200 million people around the world use Duolingo to help them learn languages. The fun, game-like lessons keep students motivated and excited about language. Best of all, as studies by the City University of New York and others have shown – it really works!

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

It’s free!

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

US based

 

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Bestselling author, David Walliams, is reading an audio story every day (for 30 days) from his The World’s Worst Children trilogy

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

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Dermot O’Leary is taking on bedtime by reading chapters from his Toto the Ninja Cat book series.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Explorify is changing the way primary science is being taught in schools.

Our free resource of engaging, creative science activities has been designed to spark curiosity, discussion and debate. From video to hands-on activities, it’s easy to get Explorifying!

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

It’s free!

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Naturalist and TV presenter Steve Backshall has been passionate about the wild world ever since he could crawl.

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He is giving free natural history lessons every Wednesday at 9am. He’ll be answering questions about animals, environment and conservation.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA is an international programme that helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free.

Through our series of online challenges, you can win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry-recognised Awards that help you stand out from the crowd.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

It’s free!

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Jolly Phonics is a comprehensive programme, based on the proven, fun and multi-sensory synthetic phonics method that gets children reading and writing from an early age. This means that we teach letter sounds as opposed to the alphabet.

These 42 letter sounds are phonic building blocks that children, with the right tools, use to decode the English language. When reading a word, they recognise the letters and blend together the respective sounds; when writing a word they identify the sounds and write down the corresponding letters. These skills are called blending and segmenting.

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They have a selection of free resources available to download for free from their website to support your children at home.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THEM NOW

They also have a YouTube channel and a series of apps.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

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They are a nonprofit organisation with free educational resources.

Here’s more details about how they can help.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

US based

 

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Author & Illustrator Mo Willems hosts a daily sketch show so viewers can follow along.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

US based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Enjoy the award-winning MAMA.codes experience from home. Keep children busy, learning, and socialising! Coding classes for beginners or experienced digital whizzkids, ages 4–11.

You can join an existing session or invite a group of friends to code together at a time that suits you! We teach 1:1 or groups of up to 4 children aged 4–7 and up to 6 children aged 7–11.Book a FREE trial with a friend or sibling or a regular class for up to 6 students from £12.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

They offer a free trial.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Set your homeschooling maths curriculum with confidence. Created by experienced educators and developed for flexibility, Mathletics makes it simple to assign your home learners activities, keep track of their progress, and provides hundreds of hours’ worth of content.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

No

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

International

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Every lesson begins with a Mystery that hooks your students. I then narrate an unforgettable story told with stunning images and videos and punctuated with opportunities for discussion. Every lesson concludes with simple hands-on activities designed to use supplies you already have (or are easy to get).

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To help educators during this time of coronavirus, they have pulled their most popular science lessons and are offering them for anyone to use for free. No account or login is needed.

FIND OUT MORE HERE

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

US based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Find engaging and curriculum-led teaching ideas and accompanying resource sheets aligned with the National Curriculum and the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. Our resources are pupil-focused and interdisciplinary, supporting core subjects like English, Maths and Science as well as the wider curriculum with resources for Geography, History, Art and Culture – which includes SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) development, such as British values.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

The website is free!

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Newsround is a news programme keeping young viewers up to date with the latest stories and events happening at home and abroad.

Newsround has a target audience of 6 to 12-year-olds and the stories and language used in our bulletins reflects that. We try to pick stories that will appeal to our viewers – and we try to bring a child’s view into our reports.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

It’s free!

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Night Zookeeper is your online writing tool, class blog and library of interactive lessons.

By providing thousands of fun and engaging lessons, challenges, and games, Night Zookeeper helps children to learn new words, use them in sentences, and then create amazing pieces of writing that are shared with children from around the world.

They receive feedback from our team of tutors as well as other children that highlight where they can improve. In-game awards and competitions keep them motivated to continue to learn and progress.

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They are offering a free trial and half-price access to their online tutoring service and gamified remote learning platform nightzookeeper.com.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS OFFER

They will also be making those services and products that they can make free, completely free. Their PDF learning resources in the Night Zookeeper shop will now be freely available for the rest of the school year.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Oxford Owl for Home is our new website for parents. You’ll find information about the primary curriculum in England along with tips and activities to help your child with reading, English, and maths at home.

Oxford Owl for Home is written specially for parents to help you be as well-informed as you can be, making sure you’re best equipped to help your child have the smoothest journey through school possible. From learning to read to understanding a tricky bit of maths, from the first day at school to making sense of exams, Oxford Owl can provide the important information you need when you need it. Written by leading experts in education, the site is full of advice and ideas to help you to help your child.

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They have loads of free resources.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

The place to come to find phonics games, teaching ideas, planning, assessment and subject knowledge to support teachers and teaching assistants.

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In response to the ongoing situation, they have decided to make PhonicsPlay free to use during this period.

Children can use the site at home without their parents needing to subscribe. To access their resources all you need to do is log on using the following details.

Username: march20
Password: home

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

We have a wide collection of free, curriculum-linked activities to educate and entertain children at home. You can find lots of ideas for helping your children get active, as well as fun videos, games and worksheets for Maths, English and Health and Wellbeing.

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Following school closures, to support those looking for ways to educate, entertain children and keep them active, they are making school curriculum-linked resources available for home learning, with no registration.

Resources will cover Maths, English, Physical Activity and Health and Wellbeing for Key Stage 1 (5-7 year-olds) and Key Stage 2 (7-11 year-olds), with fun activities to keep children active and learning at home.

Further activities and resources will be added to those below, including more maths, reading and writing challenges, so please do return for more.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Our mastery approach to Mathematics encourages a deeper understanding of the concepts taught by following a CPA (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract) approach to ensure all children can access learning without the need of memorising mathematical procedures.

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To cater for all needs, they have created Home Learning Packs for Year 1 and Year 2 which contain a mixture of worksheets and practical activities keeping children engaged.

These packs can be used by teachers, parents, carers and anyone else who may find them useful. There is no requirement to have specific curricular knowledge. These packs cover content from previous lessons, therefore children should already have an understanding of the concepts.

Download them & other resources here:
Year 1: https://primarystarseducation.co.uk/covid-19-year-1/
Year 2: https://primarystarseducation.co.uk/covid-19-year-2/

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Reading Eggs makes learning to read engaging for students with online reading games and activities.

Reading Eggs is ideal for students aged 4 to 13 years. The resource includes Reading Eggspress, which focuses on developing essential comprehension, vocabulary, grammar and usage skills for students in Key Stage 2.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

They offer a 14-day free trial.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

International

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Maddie is the host of the BAFTA nominated CBeebies TV series “Maddie’s Do You Know?”, BBC Earth’s “Earth Unplugged” and Fully Charged’s latest series ‘Maddie Goes Electric’.

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Join Maddie everyday at 11am for a science lesson from the comfort of your home with live feeds, games, quizzes and crafts.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

They have for hundreds of books and home-learning ideas that will inspire a lifelong love of reading in your child.

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In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK, Scholastic Resource Bank have put together a range of FREE home learning packs for Early Years, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2 children to help parents and teachers prepare for all eventualities.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR PACKS

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Our smart learning algorithms are proven to make you remember topics better. If you get a question wrong, we’ll show you the content again but in a different format. We’ll even do it at a time when it’s optimal for you to learn it. We’ve also hand-selected the best GIFs and memes on the internet so revision makes you laugh instead of stressed.

Pick from 1000+ KS2, KS3, GCSE & A Level courses based on exam board specifications. We’ve condensed the content to what you actually need to know for your exams.

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They have designed Seneca’s free Distance Learning programme to support students who are unable to attend school for a period of time. And it’s 100% free!

FIND OUT MORE HERE

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

SplashLearn is transforming the way elementary school children in grades K-5 learn and study math through a highly engaging, and personalized program. SplashLearn is available across all digital platforms (iOS, Desktops, Android) and has been used by more than 30 Million students worldwide.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

The service is absolutely FREE for all the teachers. Whatever they assign to their class is FREE for the parents for home access as well. However, any game or activity not assigned by a teacher will be behind a paywall, and parents will need to buy a subscription to unlock them.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

US based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

It’s free!

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

US based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

The Teach Handwriting website was developed to provide everything you need to teach, and support, children learning handwriting.

It’s focus is on children but everything on the website applies equally to anybody wanting to improve their handwriting.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

It’s free!

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Teaching Ideas contains thousands of free classroom activity ideas, downloadable resources, display photos and other educational content that teachers can use with their children. It is mainly intended for UK teachers, but the ideas and resources can be used by teachers, parents and other educators all around the world.

The content on this site is mainly suitable for teachers of primary-age children (i.e. ages 5 to 11). However, there are many ideas and resources which can be used with younger and older students.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

It’s all FREE!

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Teaching Packs offers downloadable packs of quality teaching materials, including child-friendly eBooks, differentiated activity resources and classroom display materials covering a wide range of subjects and topics.
We currently have 139 Teaching Packs with over 19,000 resources.

Our packs cover English, Maths, Science, Geography, History and PSHE topics… and we also have resources linked to classroom rewards, popular events and more!

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

They are sharing many of their resources for free so that everyone can use their most popular resources. They have also produced a number of new project and activity packs that your children can try with minimal preparation and resources.

HAVE A LOOK HERE

If you’re looking for home learning ideas and activities, explore their enormous list of challenges! They cover a wide range of subjects and can all be tried without much preparation or equipment.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK THEM OUT.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Teacher’s Pet was created to provide unique and engaging classroom content and everything a teacher could need all under one roof.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

They have added 4 ‘Home Learning Resource Packs‘ to the website covering EYFS, KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2. These packs contain enough content to support your home learning plan for 2 weeks. They are working on adding additional packs to give you an additional 2 weeks worth of content.

Activities such as these are usually restricted to members with a CLASSIC or ULTIMATE membership – however they are offering these packs completely FREE – simply sign up for a FREE Starter membership and hit download.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THEIR FREE HOME LEARNING RESOURCE PACKS

On top of these home learning packs they also have a huge catalogue of resources available which could save you bundles of time when creating your home learning materials. They are offering a 15% discount on their ‘ULTIMATE‘ membership package which gives you access to Teacher’s Pet in its entirety for a full 12 months for just £17.

Simply use code ‘HERETOHELP‘ at the checkout.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THEIR MEMBERSHIPS HERE

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Teach Your Monster to Read is an award-winning series of games that’s helped millions of children learn to read. Play for free on our website or download the app.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

Teach Your Monster to Read is completely free to play on desktop and laptop computers.

It’s been provided by a charity, the Usborne Foundation, as a way of helping children learn to read.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Everything we do supports learning.

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To support the millions of students, parents and teachers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, TED-Ed is working with expert educators and TED speakers throughout the world to create and share high-quality, interactive, video-based lessons on a daily basis, for free.

Enter your email here to have a handful of engaging lesson plans organized by age group that span all subjects delivered to your inbox every day.

FIND OUT MORE HERE

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

US based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

The Maths Factor was set up by Carol Vorderman in 2010. The Maths Factor is an online maths tutoring site for 4-11 year olds. The content is ordered to match the new 2014 national curriculum in England, but the site is used successfully by children all around the world.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

They will be making The Maths Factor FREE for everyone (usually about £2 per week) to support childrens’ continued learning at home for the duration of the UK Schools closure period.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

TheSchoolRun gives you all the tools you need to understand what and how your child is learning at primary school.

Download English worksheets, maths worksheets and science worksheets to support your child’s schoolwork at home, find out all about KS1 SATs and KS2 SATs (and download free SATs past papers), get to grips with new educational techniques and get free homework help and information.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

They have thousands of information articles covering all aspects of primary education, all available for free and packed with ideas on how to support learning at home.

FIND OUT MORE HERE

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Tinkercad is a free online collection of software tools that help people all over the world think, create and make.

Tinkercad is made with beginners in mind. Many of you worked your way through our “Starters” when you first created your account, but did you also know that our Learn Tinkercad page includes more interactive skill builders and projects that you can follow step-by-step from within your browser?

Interested in learning and simulating electronics? Try our list of Starter projects for Tinkercad Circuits. Curious coders should check out our Codeblocks editor, where they can find several interactive learning activities in the launcher window.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

Their parent company, Autodesk, is committed to students, educators, and lifelong learners. They recently published a blog post that links out to all the various Autodesk software and resources that students and teachers can use at no charge.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Topmarks helps teachers and parents save time finding the best, inspirational educational web resources.

We include only the best educational websites on our site, saving you time in trawling the web and providing you and your pupils with safe access to high quality, free teaching and learning resources.

Our free Hit the Button maths game for 6 to 11-year-olds has quick fire questions on number bonds, doubling, halving, times tables, division facts and square numbers against the clock.

CHECK IT OUT HERE

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

I think all of their resources are free!

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

We’re proud to create educational resources that can be used at each step of a child’s learning journey.

Our teacher-created resources provide entire schemes of work, lesson planning and assessments right through to online educational games, augmented reality and so much more.

We have over 525,000 resources and new content gets added every day.You’ll find we’ve normally got what you need before you even know you want it.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

Twinkl is offering every parent access to all Twinkl resources with a One Month Ultimate Membership, totally free of charge.

Setting this up is really easy to do – go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS.

They have also put together information about how to use Twinkl during school closures. READ MORE HERE.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

The #1 coding platform for kids
Tynker fuels creativity in thousands of schools and powers the imagination of 60 million kids worldwide.

With 40+ award-winning block & text-based courses and over 3,700 learning modules, there’s a learning path for every kid no matter their age or level.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

They’re offering FREE access to premium coding courses during school closures.

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

US based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

A kid-safe, ad-free streaming library of read-aloud animated storybooks.

Enjoyed by millions of children every week, trusted by parents, and loved by teachers.

$4.99 /mo.

An ever-growing streaming library of kid-safe animated storybooks on all your favorite devices.
Our aim is to encourage the love of reading by retaining all of the important elements of story time: read-along pacing, life lessons, and a visual connection between words and text. It’s quality screen time you can feel good about.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

They’re offering a one-month free trial. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

US based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

The White Rose Maths team is working hard to transform the teaching of maths and make change happen in our schools. We offer you in-depth training programmes, a vast bank of clear, practical resources (many of them available free of charge), and the bespoke support you want and need to keep raising the bar.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

The White Rose Maths Team has prepared a series of five maths lessons for each year group from Year 1-8. We will be adding five more each week for the next few weeks. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

UK based

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Can you point out Sudan on the map? How about the Strait of Hormuz? This website will bring you many entertaining and stimulating map games to improve your geographical knowledge.

The quizzes include questions about countries, capitals, flags, regions, bodies of water, mountains, deserts, metropolitan areas and other topics that will test and challenge your brain. For everyone who wants to explore and learn about the world, you’ve come to the right place!

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

It’s free!

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

The Netherlands

 

HOW THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES:

Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world.

Now, you get “go to the museum” and never have to leave your couch.

ARE THEY OFFERING ANYTHING TO HELP FAMILIES BECAUSE OF SCHOOL CLOSURES?

Yes, the virtual tours

WHERE ARE THEY BASED?

US based

 

LOOKING FOR SOME OF THE BEST EDUCATIONAL APPS?

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HOME LEARNING YOUTUBE CHANNELS:

Teaching Packs has created a fantastic list of 50 YouTube channels for Home Learning.

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