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 - email@example.com
- Relating to coronavirus
- Relating to home learning
- General secondary and primary
Relating to coronavirus
- Talking about Coronavirus with Children (Engage Education website)
- Covid-19: Child-led learning resource (PDF, 5MB) on The Economist Educational Foundation website
- Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirus (Nurse Dotty Books website) - a story book for young children that aims to help them learn about coronavirus without fear.
- The coronavirus explained and what you should do (YouTube Video, Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell) - an excellent, informative animated video, explaining how the virus works and what we need to do to defeat it. Suitable for older children.
- Coronavirus (BrainPop website) - a range of resources to help children learn about the coronavirus, viruses generally, the history of microscopy etc. Includes an excellent animated video and quizzes.
- Talking to kids about the coronavirus (Child Mind Institute website).
- Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website).
- First news website - You can download one copy for free (PDF) which includes a 4-page spread on coronavirus.
Relating to home learning
- Managing the transition to home schooling (UCL Institute of Education)
- Communication and Interaction (UCL Institute of Education)
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health (UCL Institute of Education)
- Study at home posters - a virtual school (Nord Anglia Education website)
- Learn at home on the Ontario Government website (Canada) - resources designed to help young students learn at home, independently or with the help of a parent or guardian.
- 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.
- 30 ways to get creative (GrowEatGift website).
- 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...
- Navigo - Pyramid of the Lost Words (app) on the iRead website. Aims to support beginner readers to develop reading skills (accuracy, fluency and comprehension) through engaging with the personalised content and activities
- Oxford Owl website - free e-books for ages 3-11 (requires account signup).
- Home Learning Pack #1 Nature and Animals (Reading Realm website).
- Learning Pack #2 Fairy Tales (Reading Realm website).
- Home Learning Pack #3 Creative Writing Prompts on the Reading Realm website.
- Teach your monster to read website - an award-winning game that makes learning to read fun.
- Maths lessons on the the Robertson Programme website (Canada). Inquiry-based teaching in Maths and Science.
- Corbett Maths Primary website - videos, worksheets, study cards, practice papers.
- Eedi website - Craig Barton’s maths resources.
- Oxford Owl website - free maths games and activities for ages 3-11 (requires sign up for an account).
- Covid-19: School closures - free maths support, resources and ideas (Eedi website) - Craig Barton’s maths resources.
- NRich website - primary maths activities and games.
- Mathsticks website - an online platform for maths games.
- Numbots website - games that focus on addition and subtraction.
- Times tables rock stars website - a programme for daily times tables practice. (currently full free access to all schools closed).
- White Rose Maths website - provides maths lessons for Years 1-8.
- 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.
- Award in Personal Finance - Teacher Support Material (PDF, 2.6MB) on the London Institute of Banking & Finance website.
- Starter High (Brian Hamilton Foundation website) - guidance for teenagers on how to start businesses.
- Discovering Literature (British Library website)
- Remote learning @SPryke2 (via dropbox) – revision guides and remote learning guides for GCSE English lit – Christmas Carol, Inspector Calls, MacBeth.
- Covid-19: School closures - free maths support, resources and ideas (Eedi website) - Craig Barton’s maths resources.
- NRich (University of Cambridge) website – Secondary Maths activities and games.
Modern foreign languages
- Learn a language for free. Forever. (Duo Lingo website) - gamified platform for practicing speaking and listening in a range of languages.
Religious Education (RE)
- Discovering Sacred Texts (British Library website)
- Climate Change: How Do We Know? (NASA website) - scientific evidence for warming of the climate system.
- Antibubbles (Born to Engineer website) - video clips, practical activities, worksheets and further reading for KS3.
- Ormston Meridian Academy Faculty of Science website - includes SLOP (shed loads of practice) sheets, knowledge organisers, recall roulette spreadsheets.
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:
- Maths Kitchen (YouTube video channel)
- Draw with Rob (YouTube video channel, Rob Biddulph)
- Cosmic Kids Yoga (YouTube video channel)
- Draw-Along-A-Lenton (YouTube video channel, Steven Lenton)
- TheBrainScoop (YouTube video channel)
- Crash Course Kids (YouTube video channel)
- Free School (YouTube video channel)
- Geek Gurl Diaries (YouTube video channel)
- Geography Focus (YouTube video channel)
- Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell (YouTube video channel)
- Kids Learning Tube (YouTube video channel)
- Joe Wicks (YouTube video channel) - During school closures, Joe is broadcasting a live 30-minute PE lesson at 9am every morning.
- Mike Likes Science (YouTube video channel)
- National Geographic Kids (YouTube video channel)
- Science Channel (YouTube video channel)
- SciShow (YouTube video channel)
- SciShow Kids (YouTube video channel)
- Science Max (YouTube video channel)
This page provides access to a list of free online resources. It is not intended to endorse any particular resource.