Homeschooling Resources

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We know that homelearning is sometimes a struggle, even for those of you who have dug deep and discovered their inner teacher alive and kicking within them! So to hopefully get this new week off to a good start, we have pulled together a list of the best free resources currently available and hope you (or a small person nearby) finds them useful.

Books provide such enrichment to our lives and in times like this they have an even more important role to play. As well as providing an opportunity to learn, books allow growing minds to break away from the constant barrage of news and information overload that they don’t yet have the maturity to process. They provide enjoyment and escapism but can also be used as a tool for eduction, both in the academic sense, but also by teaching our youngsters ways to help them cope with the world around them.

 

Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books

The Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s books based in Newcastle, has taken its events online during lockdown. Their website has bookable events, writing workshops and some interviews with some great authors. The publisher, Anderson Press, also supplies a new reading every week for the channel Seven Stories during the current lockdown, which can be viewed via its Facebook page. The videos can be watched live every Friday at 10 a.m

 

BBC Bitesize

A very rich source of lockdown learning guides and games, for each Key Stage and subject. Also this time around, the BBC has taken their learning onto our televisions. CBBC broadcasts 3 hours of primary school programmes from 9am every weekday, including BBC Bitesize Daily, as well as other much-loved shows with an educational twist, such as Our School, Celebrity Supply Teacher, Horrible Histories and more. For secondary students there are 2 hours of programmes supporting the curriculum on BBC Two every weekday. Bitesize Daily Primary and Secondary also airs everyday on the BBC Red Button and are available after the event on demand on the BBC iPlayer.

Books Trust Hometime

Reading recommendations, games, stories, quizzes and live stories read by some well-known authors.

#14Stories14Days

Inspired by the recommended 14 days of self-isolation, Egmont Publishing have created 14 stories in 14 Days. Their website is filled with free activity sheets, story time videos, children's book recommendations and more - just click on a day to discover more treats.

The World of David Walliams including his David Walliams’ Audio Elevenses

A colourful and fun site for fans of David’s books, filled with activities, quizzes and insights into his books. There’s also audio stories read by David in his audio elevenses and you can catch up on previously broadcast ones too.   

Collins Connect

A whole host of resources from ebooks and worksheets to songs. Requires a subscription but you can have a free trial.

Twinkl

Designed primarily for teachers, this is also an amazing resource for parents, particularly during lockdown. A free account is required, and then there are different levels of membership after that, but the site offers plenty of free resources to be accessed if you want to just keep to the basic free membership.

 

Usborne Children's Books

Play and learn at home, including tips on fun things for the children to do whilst you try and work.

The British Library

Games and activities based around literature, including ‘How to Make a Miniature Book’.

The DK Stay at Home Hub

The publisher, DK, has launched a Stay at Home Hub, offering free downloadable resources for all ages. There’s also the DKfindout! website, a safe online place for children to see, learn, andexplore almost everything.

 

Kids’ Poems and Stories with Michael Rosen

Free stories, poems, songs, and jokes

Love My Books

Created by a team of literacy specialists, Love my books combines carefully chosen books with activities and resources designed to help parents and young children enjoy sharing books together. There are also ideas for play, art and other creative activities to fire children’s imagination.

TES Resources

A collection of teacher-created learning resources designed to engage both primary and secondary students and help them learn and study outside of their usual classroom environment. Resources in this collection include lessons, worksheets, workbooks and activities.

Talking Tales

Free online activities, rhymes, songs and stories by expert storyteller Kevin Graal.

 

We hope you find something here that's of use to you. Please feel free to pass these on or share any others that we may have missed.