FREE online education resources. A non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators. The list is being widely shared across social media. Not all of the sites have been checked by teachers in the Heart Trust.
These seem to be aimed at Primary school children, but some may be relevant to older siblings too
Scouts – The Great Indoors
E-safety home activity packs
Ruth Miskin Training
Phonics lessons on Facebook and YouTube:
Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm
Note: films won’t be available at other times
Embeds computer skills in the curriculum. Apparently they will offer parents free access during school closure.
Site containing both BugClub and PowerMaths. (Students should all have logins)
Teachers’ Pet Classroom Resources
Offering free learning packs to teachers for EYFS, KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2.
Personalised Maths and Spelling Practice
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.
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision.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.
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience
Science awards you can complete from home.
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
All kinds of making.
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Listening activities for the younger ones.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Educational online games
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
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.
How about writing letters to people in nursing homes who cannot have visitors. Or to hospital staff to thank them for their work during this crisis?
Virgin Media, have put together a list of some of the best educational TV shows to help parents easily find useful educational resources for all ages, including structured lessons and practical advice.
For secondary school siblings:
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).
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
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.
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
You Tube videos on many subjects