Institute of Education


Free online learning resources

During school closures, it's important that children are able to continue their learning. We have compiled a list of resources helpful to teachers, school leaders, parents/carers and young people.

All of these resources are either free, or they have been made free during the period of school closures. If you know of any free online learning resources that we haven't included here, please email Dr James Mannion - j.mannion@ucl.ac.uk


Relating to coronavirus

Relating to home learning



  • Primary resources website - free lesson plans, activity ideas and resources for primary teachers.
  • The Learning Zone (Oxford University Museum of Natural History website) - covers animals, fossils, insects, minerals, rocks.
  • Adaptive Learning for Key Stage 2 (Atom Learning website) - interactive online lessons for children aged 8-12. Covers English, Maths, Verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning. Free during the period of school closures.
  • Classroom Secrets Kids website - platform for learning grammar, punctuation, spelling, maths, reading history (years 1-6).
  • Doorway online website - collection of interactive literacy games and numeracy activities.
  • Emile website - online program for 4-12 year olds that covers the UK national primary curriculum for numeracy and SPaG with some phonics thrown in (free access currently).
  • Pobble 365 website - ‘One picture. One teaching resource. Every day.’
  • Robin Hood Multi Academy Trust website - lots of learning projects for parents and schools (EYFS, KS1, Y3/4, Y5/6). Be sure to read the project overview guides first.
  • Home Learning Resources (Teacher’s pet website) - provides thousands of resources for KS1 and KS2.
  • Learning at home (TTS website) - free home learning activity booklets for Early Years, KS1 and KS2.
  • Twinkl website - 500,000+ teacher-created materials and resources.


Computer science

  • iCompute website - supporting schools with comprehensive computing curricula for pupils aged 3-11 (free access currently).


  • Mexicolore website - currently offering free videoconferencing to schools on a range of topics, including: The Aztecs (‘Snakes & Lizards’), 2012 and the Ancient Mexican Calendar, the festival of the Day of the Dead, Basic Spanish Conversation, Mexico Today, Mexican Musical Instruments...



    Physical education

    • Jump Start Jonny website - weekly workouts and activities (a paid site with access to some free activities).


    • Wild days website - daily outdoor learning activities for children aged 4-11. Created by Earthwatch, with Michaela Strachan and Nick Baker.
    • Science Investigations on The Robertson Programme website (Canada). Inquiry-based teaching in Maths and Science.
    • Climate Kids on NASA website - produced by the Earth Science Communications Team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
    • IPP Science for kids (PDF, 1MB) on the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (Germany): A workbook about Energy and Fusion.
    • Science activities for primary parents (Y1-6) on the Rethinking Education website - practical ideas for parents to do with their children. Linked to the National Curriculum for Years 1 to 6.
    • That Science Lady website - lots of resources, including home discussion questions, enquiry questions and careers information.
    • GrowEatGift website - 30 ways to go wild with science.
    • Retrieval roulette (via Google drive) - Q&A sheets for Primary Science years 1 to 6, by Louise Cass and Mr Badham



    • Gojimo website - a revision app that covers 28 GCSE subjects, 20 A level subjects, and much more.
    • Retrieval Roulettes (A Chemical Orthodoxy website) - a list of Q&A spreadsheets for retrieval practice, including History, English Lit, IB Business Management, A-level Psychology, RE, Sociology, Philosophy, and lots on science.

    Business studies



    Modern foreign languages

    Religious Education (RE)


    General secondary and primary

    • Audible website - hundreds of children’s audiobooks free to stream during the period of school closures.
    • Explore more website - where stories and adventures spark curiosity and inspire deep thinking through play. New story released each week to stimulate imaginative storytelling and play. 
    • Resources for teachers, parents and children (The Economist Educational Foundation website) - a  range of classroom resources on politicians and power, general elections, the News, the Climate emergency, knife crime etc.
    • Discovering Children’s Books (British library website)
    • Go Noodle (app) - movement and mindfulness exercises for kids. 
    • Panjango website - a careers-based experiential learning platform to help children learn about the world of work. 
    • Online Resources (British Library website) - unique collection items and expert commentary related to History, English, Religious Studies and Citizenship.
    • Kids encyclopedia facts (Kiddle website): an encyclopedia for kids.
    • Free distance learning tools (Kwik Surveys website) - survey platform that allows teachers to track progress of students learning at home. Pro plan free to schools during the period of school closures. 
    • BBC Bitesize on BBC website - provides interactive activities mapped against the national curricula for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Covers Early Years, Primary, Secondary and 16+
    • Make Any Room a Classroom (BrainPOP website) - free resources on a range of subjects, both traditional school-based subjects and topical subjects.
    • Learning Activities (Children’s University of Manchester website) - a suite of activities and resources covering History, Languages, Science, Art and Design, and student life.
    • Discovery education (US-based) website - videos, activities, printable resources on a wide range of topics. (some free content available).
    • Kahoot website - a free platform where you can create quizzes, or use quizzes made by others. Children can play individually or in teams. Requires two screens. (currently offering premium service to schools for free).
    • Kahoot distance learning website - a handy guide to distance learning (PDF).
    • Khan academy website - a vast library of online learning courses. Running daily schedules for students aged 4-18 during school closures. 
    • Learning by questions website - a wide-ranging resource covering English, Maths, Science at primary and secondary. Designed to be an in-class teaching and learning tool but can be used to deliver question sets to pupils at home.
    • MemRise website - a free and interactive platform for learning languages.
    • Myths and legends website - provides information, activities and resources for teachers.
    • Live Online Classes for Ages 3-18 (Outschool website) - online lessons at scheduled times covering a wide range of topics. (offering free live online classes during school closures).
    • Picture News - they send out a topical picture, with learning resources, each week (free access currently).
    • Scholastic Learn at Home on the Classroom Magazine website (US-based) - learn at Home, 20 day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. 
    • Seneca website - a huge range free online courses and resources covering a wide range of courses, from primary to 16+. Also includes CPD for teachers.
    • Ideas for kids (Smart School House website) - Lots of creative ideas for craft projects to do at home.
    • Travel and Leisure website – virtual tours of 12 famous museums. 
    • Typing club website - learn to touch type for free. 
    • Young writers website - regular writing competitions for primary and secondary age children.


    • Home Learning using Sumdog (Sumdog website) - adaptive, personalised, adaptive learning platform for children aged 5 to 14. Free to all schools during the period of school closures.


    • Space to Learn (ISSET website) - every Tuesday, at 2pm British Summer Time, there is a live-stream Q&A session with astronauts on the International Space Station. Astronaut Steve Swanson says "Just like many people on Earth right now, astronauts live in self-isolation on the International Space Station. Tune in to learn how I made Space fun and ask me your favourite ‘space’ question!"
    • Educator resources on Science North website (Canada) - engaging science activities, experiments and videos.


    There are loads of channels with free courses for children. Here are just a few:

    This page provides access to a list of free online resources. It is not intended to endorse any particular resource.