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6. Online resources for home learning
These resources have been recommended to the Virtual School. Many have been used by us but not all so please check the websites yourself before allowing children to use them.
You can find a list of online education resources for home education on GOV.UK.
Keeping children safe online
Think You Know - Advice from the National Crime Agency about how to stay safe online:
- Home activity packs for ages 4 to 5
- Home activity packs for ages 5 to 7
- Home activity packs for ages 8 to 10
- Home activity packs for ages 11 to 13
- Home activity packs for ages 14+
Internet Matters - Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online.
Parent Info - Help and advice for families in a digital world.
London Grid for Learning - Using technology to enhance teaching and learning.
Net-aware - Support for parents and carers from the NSPCC.
Resources for early years
Alphablocks - Watch as the letters of the alphabet tell stories and make words using phonics.
Numberblocks - Learn how much fun counting can be with the Numberblocks.
CBeebies - Help pre-schoolers learn while they play fun games, watch clips and sing songs.
Jolly Phonics - Join in with the action, song and story for each letter of the alphabet.
Phonics Play - Interactive phonics games to help children learn to hear different sounds.
BBC Tiny Happy People - Develop your child’s communication skills through interaction and play.
Hungry Little Minds - Activities and games to try at home for 0 to 5 year olds.
GOV.UK - A list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.
BBC Bitesize - Online study support for all school age pupils.
BBC Teach - Thousands of free videos based on the National Curriculum, arranged by age group and subject.
Khan Academy - Videos, articles, practice questions and lessons.
Third Space Learning - Learning resources for key stage 1 and key stage 2 maths.
Duolingo - Language learning website with lessons on more than 30 languages.
The Artful Parent - Easy and fun childrens art, activities and family crafts.
The National Literacy Trust - A website to offer children and young people the literacy skills to succeed in life.
BrainPOP - An animated educational site for children and young people.
Twinkl - Access to lesson plans, resources, interactive activities and other teaching ideas.
Topmarks - Teaching resources and interactive educational games to play.
Oxford Owl - Educational resources to support children’s learning from home.
The Maths Factor - Carol Vorderman’s maths site where children can watch maths videos, play games and practise.
Education Quizzes - Teacher-written quizzes for all ages and subjects.
Premier League Primary Stars - Free and easy to use curriculum-linked teaching resources and interactive games.
The Happy Scientist - Fun ways to learn about science, including lots of different lessons and videos.
BBC History for Kids - Enter ancient worlds, meet famous people and discover fascinating facts about different stages of history.
Audible - Free streaming of audio books.
David Walliams audio books - Streaming of David Walliams' audio books.
National Geographic Kids - Amazing facts about animals, science, history and geography.
Authorfy - Free author videos and writing resources.
Science made Fun - Experiments, trivia and fun facts about science.
Seneca free distance learning - Free revision resources for key stages 2 and 3, plus GCSE and A Level.
Oak National Academy – Online classroom and resource hub with easy to access lessons for all key stages and subjects.
Resources for year 11 students
The School Reading List - A range of book titles for teenagers including options for different reading abilities.
Wikihow - Information about how to break down your goals into smaller tasks so that you can check things off your do-to list and feel like you're accomplishing things.
The Student Room - Information about choosing the right college for you.
Prospects - Tips to help you prepare for college or employment interviews.
Apprenticeships - Information about apprenticeships.
G M Higher - Information about higher education.
Barclays life skills - Information about budgeting and managing money.
The Open University - Information about subjects that students may want to study at A level or BTEC.
Youth Employment - Information about boosting your life and work skills.
5 Minute Fun - Fast and fun 5 minute activities to keep kids entertained.
Jumpstart Jonny - Fitness videos for children and young people.
Joe Wicks Body Coach - A lesson every day at 9am with Joe Wicks.
GoNoodle - Movement and mindfulness videos.
Scouts - Ideas and activities for inside the home.
Woodland Trust - Nature-based activities to take part in at home.
Cosmic Kids yoga - Yoga and mindfulness for children and young people.
NASA for Kids - Latest images, videos and news from America’s space agency.
Google Earth - Create stories and maps. With creation tools, you can draw on the map or add photos and videos.
Activities and tools to relieve anxiety
Childline - Breathing exercises, activities, games and videos to help let go of stress.
Young Minds - Advice and mental health support.
Unicef - Information to help teenagers understand how to support themselves during this period.
Kooth - An online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people.