Homeschooling ideas and free resources for families
There is a lot of uncertainty and anxiety out there right now, but there have also bee a few postive and its great to see people and organisations pulling together to get through this.
The news that all schools in the UK are to shut from Monday, for the foreseeable future, has been met with many companies and organisations offering learning resources for free.
Take a look at some of the websites and resources that people have been generously sharing. They are sur to help keep our youngsters interested and entertained.
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. Use code UKTWINKLHELPS.
We are teachers - https://www.weareteachers.com/
Top Marks - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/
The Body Coach - https://www.youtube.com/
Workouts to help burn off a little energy
World Books - https:/worldbooks.com
Free access to books for kids
Mo Willems - https://youtube.com/mo-willems
Illustrator Mo Willems Keeping kids entertained with You Tube Drawing sessions
Our Favourite Places, Insta - https://www.instagram.com/ourfaveplaces
Colouring Our Favourite Sheffield Places
Audible - https://stories.audible.com/
Free stories for children from Audible
Khan Academy - https://www.khanacademy.org
Especially useful 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.
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.
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
YouTube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids - https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
YouTube videos on many subjects 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 U.K. Primary age.
Cbeebies Radio - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.
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. Multidisciplinary activities.
Geography Games - https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
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
D.K. Find Out - https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes
BBC Learning - https://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 T.V. licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
A massive thanks to everyone who has shared all these amazing resources.