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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.

Resources


Relating to coronavirus


Relating to home learning


English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Resources for children who speak EAL:


Primary 

General

  • 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).
  • Emotional ABCs website - teach children ages 4-11, how to figure out what they are feeling, why they are having that emotion, and how to make better choices.
  • Mind Up website - designed to help children develop an understanding of their brain, emotions and actions. The activities help build their focus and awareness, and form positive relationships with others.
  • 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.

Art

Computer science

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

History

  • 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...

    Literacy

    Numeracy

    Physical education

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

    Science

    • 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

    Secondary

    General

    • 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.
    • Gojimo website - a revision app that covers 28 GCSE subjects, 20 A level subjects, and much more.

    Business studies

    English

    Maths

    Modern foreign languages

    Religious Education (RE)

    Science

    • Antibubbles (Born to Engineer website) - video clips, practical activities, worksheets and further reading for KS3.
    • Climate Change: How Do We Know? (NASA website) - scientific evidence for warming of the climate system.
    • Ormston Meridian Academy Faculty of Science website - includes SLOP (shed loads of practice) sheets, knowledge organisers, recall roulette spreadsheets.
    • Stairway Learning website - a free platform to make the learning of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) enjoyable and effective. Interactive lessons targeted to students studying towards their Maths, Physics and Biology GCSEs. 

    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

    • Smallpeice website - engineering projects for children aged 11-17. 

    General secondary and primary

    • Audible website - hundreds of children’s audiobooks free to stream 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.
    • Discovering Children’s Books (British library website)
    • Online Resources (British Library website) - unique collection items and expert commentary related to History, English, Religious Studies and Citizenship.
    • Coursera website - an American online learning platform that offers massive open online courses (MOOC), specialisations, and degrees in a variety of subjects, such as engineering, data science, machine learning, mathematics, business, computer science, digital marketing, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, and others.
    • 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).
    • Encyclopedia Britannica website - a range of free quizzes, videos and news on topical issues.
    • 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. 
    • eRevision website - activities and exam-style questions, based on the new GCSE, BTEC, OCR Nationals and A level specifications. Free to schools and students during the period of school closures. 
      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.
    • GCSE Learning and Revision Pods (GCSEPod website) - resources covering 27 GCSE/iGCSE courses. Free during the period of school closures. 
    • Go Noodle (app) - movement and mindfulness exercises for kids. 
    • 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. 
    • Kids encyclopedia facts (Kiddle website): an encyclopedia for kids.
    • Kialo website - a public discussion platform designed to facilitate reasoned debates about complex topics online.
    • 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. 
    • 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).
    • Panjango website - a careers-based experiential learning platform to help children learn about the world of work. 
    • 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.
    • Home Learning Hub (Skills builder website) - activities designed to help young people develop the essential skills they need to succeed - whatever their path in life.
    • Ideas for kids (Smart School House website) - Lots of creative ideas for craft projects to do at home.
    • Summer Camp Hub website - free virtual summer camps for 2020.
    • 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.
    • Quizlet website - a website and app that provides learning tools, games and interactive flashcards covering topics on a wide range of subjects and difficulty levels.

    Computing

    • DF Robot website - a range of electronics projects you can do at home. 
    • Microsoft training courses (GreyCampus website) - free during the period of school closures.  

    English

    • Learning from home (The Poetry Society website) - celebrates poetry with a range of events, educational programmes, and resources. Includes a dedicated ‘Learning from Home’ page, which links to a wide variety of free resources for students, from Year 1 to Further Education.

    Maths

    • Me-U Maths (Me-U website) - practice questions for children from reception to year 9.
    • 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.

    Science

    • Home learning projects (CREST Awards website) - A range of home learning science projects for children aged 5-18. 
    • 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.
    • Earth School (TED Ed website) - offers daily adventures or quests  that help children understand and celebrate our natural world, while learning about how dependent we are on our planet. Every weekday between Earth Day (April 22nd) and World Environment Day (June 5th).
    • Teaching resource: What is archaeology? The history beneath our feet (The Museum of London Archaeology website) - a cross-curricular project, suitable for children aged 7-13.

    YouTube 

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


    For teachers and school leaders  

    • African Kingdoms website - a suite of resources for teachers planning to teach West African history. Aimed at British teachers from KS2 through to KS5.
    • Education City website - free teaching resources on a range of topics for children aged three to 11. 
    • Safeguarding software and support (MyConcern website) - free during the period of school closures. 
    • NEO website - a learning management system that helps teachers to create and manage all learning activities, including building online classes, assessing students, enhancing collaboration, and tracking progress and achievement. Available for free during the period of school closures.

    You will also find source materials based on one of our colleagues' national research on professional learning communities and self-assessment tools for school leaders and for teachers based on our research on evidence-informed teaching.

    Source materials

    Familiarisation and deepening understanding

    Audit

    Action

    Monitoring and evaluation

    Evidence-informed teaching: self-assessment tools

    These tools are a product of a two-year study commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE), Evidence-informed teaching: an evaluation of progress in England, to assess progress towards an evidence-informed teaching system. We would like to acknowledge the support from the DfE in commissioning the study, and were delighted to partner with the Chartered College of Teaching to publish the tools.


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