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FREE Online resources and activities to support Home Schooling

Please see below a list of free online resources to help you with home schooling. Simply click on one of the boxes below to jump to learning resources in that subject. 

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Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle have released many of their classic stories for FREE.

Audible

Listen to 100s of kids' audiobooks, incl Beatrix Potter and Winnie the Pooh (normally £11-£15)

With the majority of schoolchildren across the UK now learning from home, Audible has released a collection of audiobooks for free, which it says will be available 'for as long as schools are closed'.

Books include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Secret Garden, Winnie the Pooh and Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter. If you (or your kids) prefer to read rather than listen, see our 11 cheap Kindle book hacks, including how to get any book from the Harry Potter series for free.

You can also access popular spelling app Sir Linkalot for free until 12 June 2020 (normally £6.99/month). You'll need to sign up to its mailing list and you'll be sent a code for free access.

Stories by David Walliams free every day for 30 days

www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

Pobble 365

Interesting ways to hook children and young people of all ages into writing 365 days a year, providing something engaging to keep creative writing on the daily agenda with a picture a day for inspiration and a selection of writing prompts beneath each picture. http://www.pobble365.com/

The Literacy Shed

Home to a wealth of visual resources collected over 10 years by a primary school teacher. The “sheds” are broadly thematic and most of the resources can be used for KS1 and KS2 but some do lend themselves to KS 3 and 4. www.literacyshed.com/home.html

PhonicsPlay

Even before school closures, parents are by far the most important people in helping children learn to read. Here you will find lots of information for parents about phonics including: what exactly phonics is, how it is taught in UK schools and suggestions for helping pre-schoolers prepare for learning phonics. You will also find lots of games and ideas to explore with children at home. www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm#

Storyline Online

Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors like Lily Tomlin and Kevin Costner reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Around the world teachers use Storyline Online in their classrooms, and doctors and nurses play Storyline Online in children’s hospitals. www.storylineonline.net/about-us/

Oxford Owl

Free resources to support learning at home. Advice and support for parents with educational activities, games and a free eBook library for 3- to 11-year-olds. www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

Into the Book

Into the Book is an American reading comprehension resource for primary aged children. It focusses on eight research-based strategies: using prior knowledge, making connections, questioning, visualizing, inferring, summarizing, evaluating and synthesizing.

reading.ecb.org

KidsReads

Designed for children aged 6–12, containing information about children's books and authors, and some related games. 

www.kidsreads.com

Fun Fonix

Fun Fonix is a phonics warehouse of resources and materials that are designed to move quickly through phonics rules. Ideal for learning and practice at home during lockdown.

www.funfonix.com

Teenreads

For 12- to 17-year-olds, Teenreads offers a search for young adult titles by author, genre, or date or browse hundreds of book reviews. The site inspires readers with the Ultimate Reading List, compiled from reader and staff input, offering a jazzier selection than most school-based summer reading lists.

www.teenreads.com

The Story Starter

The Story Starter randomly generates story starter ideas (from a list of over 356,000,000,000!) used by writers of all ages, simply open the link below and hit the "Click here..." button.

www.thestorystarter.com

Seussville

The wonderful world of Dr. Seuss! Here you will find resources, videos and games to share with your children of all ages with tips on how to incorporate Dr. Seuss books into your days at home – including recipe ideas! www.seussville.com/explore/


Science and Technology

KS1 HOME SCHOOL 1 Introduction to Materials Portfolio KS1 HOME SCHOOL 2 Same item different material - Gloves KS1 HOME SCHOOL 3 Building a Model House

NASA

For all the Space enthusiasts out there, NASA at Home offers something for the whole family. It brings together a repository of binge-worthy videos and podcasts, engaging E-books on a variety of topics, do-it-yourself projects, and virtual and augmented reality tours, which include the agency’s Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station, as well as an app that puts you in the pilot’s seat of a NASA aircraft. NASA at Home will feature ongoing opportunities to interact and hear from agency experts. For example, record-breaking astronaut Christina Koch reads children’s books weekdays at 4 p.m. EDT onInstagram live as part of educational and STEM activity for students. 

www.nasa.gov/nasa-at-home-for-kids-and-families

Rolls-Royce

Investigate careers in Engineering and how a Jet Engine works with the activities and interactive games for 7-11 and 12-19 yearolds.

careers.rolls-royce.com/united-kingdom/stem

Amazon Future Engineer

Join Amazon Future Engineer and fly drones, design smart cities and create chatbots with Python. Access 20 hours of free content, these resources use a Python Programming Platform, exploring ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ themes, plus a moderated forum and handy FAQs. Students can earn experience points for completing the work and earn badges when they unlock skills.

www.amazonfutureengineer.co.uk

Dr Chips

Daily doses of Science, Engineering and Computing activities to try at home. You can join him daily watch live as he demonstrates the activities by simply following the YouTube link and you should see him appear at 10:00am GMT each day! You can also catch up on past doses’ on the site

drchips.weebly.com

California Science Centre

New Stuck at Home Science activities released every weekday

Science happens everywhere! Join us this week from April 20-24, as we take you through our Big Lab at the California Science Center and help you explore fun ways to learn how science is happening in your own home. Not all science labs are the same, but what matters is what scientists do inside the labs! 

These educational activities are designed for families to explore, investigate and have fun learning together without leaving home. All activities use easy-to-find household supplies and are appropriate for a variety of ages.  

californiasciencecenter.org/stuck-at-home-science

Barefoot Computing

Fun and creative activities, built by teachers to help you guide your child through fundamental parts of the computing curriculum without the need for screen time. They include everything you need to get started with activity sheets and accompanying materials.

https://www.barefootcomputing.org/homelearning

Medical Mavericks

Medical Mavericks have started a series of live videos on social media to introduce young people & children to healthcare, medicine, & the human body. Find out all about the lungs today with Tom!https://www.youtube.com/user/classroommedicstv/videos

EngineeringUK

EngineeringUK works in partnership with the engineering community to create amazing programmes to inspire tomorrow’s engineers.

www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/careers-resources-activities/download-activities/

AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca’s goal is to push the boundaries to deliver life-changing medicines. 
 
Discover the fascinating science involved in the pursuit of a new medication via theirGeneration Health Virtual Field Trip 
 
If you prefer downloadable resources, AstraZeneca teamed up with the Centre for Science Education to create: 
Any Old Evidence 
Colour Questions 
Life on Mars

STEM Learning – Starters for STEM

www.stem.org.uk/home-learning/primary

Starters for STEM are ten activities that parents can use at home to help children develop their science, technology, engineering and maths skills. These activities are easy-to-resource and provide children with the stimulus to talk about the world around them.

Netflix: Our Planet Documentaries

Netflix are sharing their Ten ‘Our Planet’ Documentaries for free via Youtube.

Maddie Moate Live!

Popular BBC presenter and science communicator Maddie Moate will be broadcasting on youtube with daily 30 minute Let’s go live science shows. www.youtube.com/user/maddiemoate

Minecraft Education Edition: free lessons

If you head over to the Minecraft Marketplace, you will find some of our favorite lessons from Minecraft: Education Edition in a brand new Education category. These educational worlds can be played on your own, with your kids, parents or friends. From the comfort of your home, you can tour the International Space Station or even explore the inside of a human eye. We’ve also included ten worlds from our Marketplace creator community! Thanks to creators Everbloom, Jigarbov, Lifeboat, Razzleberries, The World Foundry, Blockworks, and Imagiverse you can explore renewable energy, marine biology, Greek history, and more! The worlds include lesson plans like creative writing activities, build challenges, and tricky puzzles.

All of these worlds are launching today and are free to download through June 30, 2020.

Royal Society

Education in science and mathematics should develop the natural intellectual curiosity and creativity of young people. Creative and experimental approaches will be particularly important for keeping students interested and engaged in science, and for equipping them well for the future, whether or not they pursue a career in science. To support this activity in primary schools, Brian Cox, the Society's Professor for Public Engagement in Science, presents a series of FREE video resources to increase confidence with experimental science and relate the experiments to the real world.

royalsociety.org/topics-policy/education-skills/teacher-resources-and-opportunities/brian-cox-experiments/

Home Science Tools

This Home Science website has a lovely learning center; rich with resources and ideas. The Learning Center is a place where parents and teachers can learn, plan, and prepare to inspire young minds through hands-on science discovery. You will

benefit from the expertise and experience of our community of parent-teachers who are contributing content.

Our goal is to make it surprisingly easy for you to do hands-on science at home or in the classroom. You can confidently achieve your science education goals for your children and students

learning-center.homesciencetools.com

Science News for Students

Stay up to date on the latest news and science discoveries with articles written in a kid-friendly way. Science News for Students offers helpful resources for at-home learning

www.sciencenewsforstudents.org

Science News in High Schools

The Science News in High Schools Digital Library has dozens upon dozens of original STEM-related exercises, all tied to Science News articles. Whether you’re looking for material about evolution, space, chemistry, climate change, public health or anything in between — we’ve got you covered. Use these resources to engage students with core high school concepts or to build virtual lessons for your students

www.sciencenews.org/snhs

Mystery Science

All of the lessons are expertly designed to engage students, achieve learning outcomes, and be easy to use. They have short mini-lessons that are completely digital and full lessons that include an activity. All of the activities are designed to use simple supplies a parent will likely already have at home.

mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning

IDEA

Free digital badge scheme for students to learn digital skills online including coding

idea.org.uk

BT Skills for Tomorrow

A platform for learning digital skills that can be used in all areas of life

www.bt.com/skillsfortomorrow

BT - Bake a code cake

Making code simple – its just like baking a cake, all you need are a set of ingredients to get you started!

www.bt.com/codeacake

Micro:Bit Classroom

If you are already using, or planning to use, video streaming tools for remote learning, you can combine them with our free micro:bit classroom tool to run your own live micro:bit coding lessons. Students do not need micro:bit devices to use classroom, they can program the simulator in MakeCode.

microbit.org/get-started/user-guide/remote-teaching

Make Me Genius

This website was created by an Indian High School student who has a You Tube channel of the same name. The free resources include science based videos, powerpoints and tests for children of all ages, as well as curiously, a page entitled “Festivals for Kids”.

www.makemegenius.com/about

Scratch

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively

scratch.mit.edu/about

Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Smithsonian offers a selection of great activities to download and try at home, as well as an inspiring website for all things STEM

ssec.si.edu/explore-our-curriculum-resources

Steve Spangler Science - 50 Experiments for 50 days

Each week we plan to deliver a set of experiments (1 per weekday) designed to keep kids learning, engaged and entertained with materials you might have laying around your home

https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiment-library/

Cells Alive

A brilliant website dedicated to Cells, Microbes and the Immune System with an excellent set of interactive animations, quizzes and sample Q&As

www.cellsalive.com

The Happy Scientist

The Happy Scientist is a real labour of love by American scientist Robert Kampf, totally free for everyone with daily questions or challenges but mostly to just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way.

thehappyscientist.com

Titration Screen Experiment

For pupils aged 14-18 years. The titration screen experiment has been designed to be a free flexible tool for teachers and students. You can choose to carry out a strong acid - strong base titration (or any combination of strong and weak acid-base titrations). There is also a redox titration experiment to complete for students to practise their understanding and skills.

edu.rsc.org/resources/titration-screen-experiment/2077.article

The Great Science Share

The Great Science Share for Schools is about children communicating something that they have been investigating which starts with a question that they are interested in. Already having reached over 100,000 young people since its launch in 2016, we are excited to invite you to be part of the collaborative 2020 campaign. They are moving their events online - what will you share?

www.greatscienceshare.org

TechWeCan - at home

Tech We Can is a set of free lesson plans designed to be taught to both boys and girls.  Originally set up to be taught by teachers in the classroom but now available to parents and carers for teaching at home.  The lessons are all mapped to the National Curriculum and are structured, fun learning packs all about technology careers and seeing the use of technology in everyday lives.

techwecan.org/at-home

We’re very excited to announce Tech We Can Tuesdays! Starting Tuesday 28 April, we will be hosting free technology lessons aimed at students (10-13 years) on a webcast platform. Here is the link to register and log in - https://techwecan.org/tech-tuesdays/

The lessons will each have a different theme and the aim is to inspire children to consider a future career in technology...and encourage more downloads of the full lesson plans for continuous learning.   

Each lesson will be approximately 20 - 30 minutes long and will be led by Becky Patel, our resident teacher and Katie King, our nanotech expert! We will then set the students a challenge to complete in the hour or so following the lesson. The lessons will be fun and informative, looking at the use of technology in our everyday lives and link into future career paths for the students. 

All teachers / parents / carers need to do is register with their details and encourage their children to tune in at 10.30am every Tuesday morning. We will run these lessons until the end of the summer term 2020. Here is the proposed timetable for the next four weeks: 

Current timetable

Tuesday 28th April - 10:30am - Tech for Fun - with Katie King

Tuesday 5th May - 10:30am - Tech for Manufacturing and Engineering - with Becky Patel

Tuesday 12th May - 10:30am - Tech for the Environment - with Katie King

Tuesday 19th May - 10:30am - Tech for Education - with Becky Patel

CREST Awards

The Crest Award scheme is a popular STEM award scheme used in schools for children 5 - 18. The activities are available through the resource library for each age range in the form of a downloadable booklet and are free. Once the children have completed some of the activities, they will be eligible for a CREST award and certificate. The activities are a great opportunity to introduce students to science from the convenience of their homes. They are also a great chance for parents to showcase everyday science without the formal setting of a classroom.

www.crestawards.org

NASA Kids Club

A safe place for children to play as they learn about NASA and its missions. On this site, you will find games of various skill levels for children of pre- and primary school age

www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html

Code Combat

CodeCombat is a game-based computer science program where students type real code and see their characters react in real time.

codecombat.com

Inspiration Station @ All about STEM

Updated daily, this website gives you inspiration for a range of STEM/STEAM projects for parents to complete with their children

www.allaboutstem.co.uk/category/inspiration-station/

E-Bug

Fun games and teaching resources about microbes and antibiotics for Key Stages 2 & 3

e-bug.eu

RSC

A selection of curriculum-relevant resources for Chemistry and activities to use remotely with High School and A level Students

edu.rsc.org/remote-teaching-support

Science Bob

Bob encourages parents and teachers to practice "Random Acts of Science" by providing instructions and videos for interactive science experiments for all ages

sciencebob.com

Crypto Club

The Crypto Club Project develops classroom and web-based material to teach cryptography and related mathematics.

www.cryptoclub.org

Scholastic Study Jams

Introduces and reinforces more than 200 math and science topics with videos, slideshows, step-by-step tutorials, and other activities.

studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams

STEM Learning - Home Science Ideas

To support you though the school closures, we have set up www.stem.org.uk/home-learning which provides free resources for home learning and continuing in-school delivery. This is arranged by age range and will be updated weekly with new activities and engaging content for parents, young people and teachers. We also welcome suggestions or questions via the new Education Live Chat advisory service on the webpage. 

www.stem.org.uk/home-learning

The Exploratorium

The Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory in Calaronia that explores the world through science, art, and human perception. The website is a vast collection of online experiences to feed curiosity and education resources to support online teaching and learning.

www.exploratorium.edu


Maths

The Maths Factor

Carol Vorderman's maths school for Free(normally £2/week) Carol Vorderman has announced that access to her maths school The Maths Factor will be free while schools are closed (normally £2/week). It's aimed at 4 to 11-year-olds and is matched to the national curriculum.

Coolmath

Coolmath.com offers "math for ages 13-100" -- explanations that are easy to grasp on topics like algebra, pre-calculus and more. Coolmath4Kids

For our 12 and under users, Coolmath4Kids is an amusement park of math, games, and more, designed to teach math and make it FUN. CoolmathGames

This is our brain-training site, for everyone, where logic & thinking meets fun & games. These games have no violence, no empty action, just a lot of challenges that will make you forget you're getting a mental workout!

White Rose Maths

The White Rose Maths Team has prepared a series of five maths lessons for each year group from Year 1-8. We will be adding five more each week for the next few weeks. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully.

whiterosemaths.com/homelearning

Maths Blaster

The goal at Math Blaster is clear: “Your success depends on your ability to use your brain and logic skills.” With an exciting theme featuring aliens and outer space, Math Blaster lets your students become intergalactic heroes based on their math operation and critical thinking skills. Registration is required, but the game itself is free.

www.mathblaster.com

Multiplication

From the Multiplication Grand Prix to the Knight and the Princess, students can practice their basic maths skills in a fun and engaging way on this maths site for children. There are additional resources available on the website for parents who want to help reinforce and teach skills. Check out the “Classroom Games” section for off-line fun.

www.multiplication.com

Math Game Time

Designed for students from pre-school to KS2/3, Math Game Time offers fun, educational games focused on critical math concepts. With options like Integer War, Ratio Martian and Jet Ski Addition, this site also has cross curriculum links to other subject areas such as the science and geography.

www.mathgametime.com

Tablesmaster

Tablesmaster is a great way for children to practise times tables. Play it every day to help improve numeracy skills, mathematical proficiency and mental strength. 

www.transum.org/software/tablesmaster

Math Playground

“Play with Numbers and Give Your Brain a Workout” is the motto of Math Playground. Give your children games to play related to logic, number skills practice, geometry, algebra, probability, fractions and more. There are also maths word problems and video instructions to help students remember how to solve them.

www.mathplayground.com


Languages

Conjuguemos

CONJUGUEMOS is the place where 3.5 million users come to learn/teach their conjugations in fun, graded, and customizable activities... but it's also more. You can also practice vocabulary, grammar, and now listening with thousands of free, publicly available activities. Each activity brings associated games, worksheets, and other features.

legacy.conjuguemos.com/guest_intro

Rosetta Stone

Free three-month language course for schoolkids from Rosetta Stone

To help kids who are learning from home, educational software company Rosetta Stone is offering schoolchildren free access to its popular language courses for three months.

This is a decent freebie, as it normally costs £50 to sign up for three months. There are more than 20 languages to choose from, including French, German, Italian and Spanish. Rosetta Stone says that if you have more than one child you can sign up multiple times, you'll just need to use a different email address each time.


General School

Story about the Coronavirus

Many children have questions or concerns about the coronavirus and all the changes to their lives - this free new e-book is designed to help.

The new picture book is by Axel Scheffler, the illustrator of "The Gruffalo," and the staff of publisher Nosy Crow with input from educators, a child psychologist, and medical experts. "I think it is extremely important for children and families to have access to good and reliable information in this unprecedented crisis." says Scheffler.

Designed for children from 5 to 12, it addresses what the virus is, how people catch it, and why closures of schools and other activities are a key part of the global effort to stop its spread, as well as what children can do to help - all in a child-friendly, non-scary, and fact-based way. 

You can download the picture book as a free printable PDF at https://bit.ly/2Vep1eL or as an e-book on Amazon in the UK (https://amzn.to/2Rx0EXl)

Wide Open School

A platform to support families with free activities for all subject areas and signposting to videos. Particularly nice is the schedule that is given so you can plan activities around live events taking place.

wideopenschool.org

Twinkl

Twinkl have prepared a parents hub to support home schooling during the period of school closures. There are home schooling packs that can be downloaded from the site that cover different Key Stages and Activities

www.twinkl.com/resources/parents

Seneca Learning

Online, interactive activities and videos for most subjects from KS2 – A - Level

www.senecalearning.com

Topmarks

Topmarks is a leading independent educational website for children, teaching professionals and parents, covering all areas of the curriculum, while some of the resources require a paid subscription, many are free.

www.topmarks.co.uk

BBC Bitesize

At the top of the list has for all topics and home schoolers is BBC Bitesize, covering all age ranges with games, videos and articles for all areas of the national curriculum

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Turtle Diary

Fun Educational and Online Games: Introduce children to new, exciting ways of learning with the help of fun online games, videos, experiments, puzzles, coloring sheets, and more! TurtleDiary activities pair with the appropriate grade level to enhance retention of material and increase success in the classroom.

www.turtlediary.com

ABCYA

ABCya provides over 400 fun and educational games for primary aged children. The activities are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun. Games are categorized by age and subject, and cover topics such as multiplication, parts of speech, typing, pattern recognition, and more.

There are games that are just plain fun (and safe) to play! With so much variety, there is sure to be something for children at all learning levels and styles.

www.abcya.com

Gridclub

Fun interactive learning games & videos for kids, schools and families - learning can be fun! - Improve skills in English, maths, science & a whole lot more!

gridclub.com

MrNussbaum.com

This is a childrens website that features over 10000 online and printable activities including over 400 games, tutorials, simulations and videos covering a vast range of topics, the advertising can be annoying but well worth a look.

mrnussbaum.com

Youngzine

Youngzine is a one-of-a-kind Web site where children can learn about current news and events shaping their world -- in a simple, engaging and interactive manner.

youngzine.org

PBS Kids

The free content on PBS Kids is suitable for preschool and school-aged children and aimed to develop kids’ curiosity, imagination and critical-thinking skills as well as accumulating knowledge.

pbskids.org

HippoCampus

American site with educational videos for 13 different subject areas.

hippocampus.org

Khan Academy

Online learning environment for children to learn at their own pace and level.

www.khanacademy.org

National Geographic Kids

The website is a digital companion to the print magazines of the same name, which are meant for children ages 3 to 6 (National Geographic Little Kids) and 6 to 14 (National Geographic Kids). Tapping into the resources of the world-class scientific organization National Geographic, this website for young learners features videos, games and other interactive media with a focus of learning about science, geography and the world around us. A highlight of the online learning tool is its Interactive World Map, which will put the world at your child’s fingertips and allow for virtual exploration and an education on the geography, people, culture, history, government and natural environment of a country. Though there’s a lot of great free content, but the website heavily promotes the magazine and National Geographic merchandise.

www.natgeokids.com/uk/category/discover/

Breakout Edu – Fun at Home

Breakout games for different areas of the curriculum and age ranges.

www.breakoutedu.com/funathome

BBC History for Kids

Enter ancient worlds, meet famous people and discover fascinating facts by exploring a wide selection of historical games and activities.

www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids

Earthquakes for Kids

With content that is designed and differentiated for 11–19-year-olds, this Geography teaching package includes activities using case studies, images, maps, statistics, videos and eyewitness accounts.

www.redcross.org.uk/get-involved/teaching-resources/natural-disasters-earthquakes

Learning Games for Kids

These online learning games and songs for children are fun, teach important skills for preschool and primary school kids and they're free. Focussing on building skills in maths, language, science, social studies, and more.

www.learninggamesforkids.com/

Kiddle

A safe visual search engine for younger children.

www.kiddle.co

Typing Club – Touch Typing

In high school dyslexic children are often encouraged to learn to touch type - this website is totally free, builds gradually and a very useful skill for all to learn.

www.typingclub.com/sportal/program-3.game

Starfall

Starfall began as a free public service to teach children to read. Since then it has expanded to include language arts and mathematics for preschool, to year 3.

www.starfall.com/h/

PBS Learning

Videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for every topic and age.

www.pbslearningmedia.org

e-Learning for Kids

All subjects covered, the goal of this site is to be the source for childhood learning on the internet available from anywhere and without charge.

www.e-learningforkids.org

Magic Tree House

Join Jack and Annie on incredible missions traveling around the World and through time: geographical, historical and mathematical challenges and a Kids Club area for Key Stage 2 upwards

www.magictreehouse.com

Funbrain

From pre-school to Year 8 Funbrain has maths, reading and educational games all for free. 

www.funbrain.com

Ducksters

A fun and educational web site with lots of interesting content. We try to write articles that are informative, easy to read, and interesting.

www.ducksters.com

Fuel the Brain

Educational games, guides and printables that relate to core subjecting in primary education.

www.fuelthebrain.com

Adapted Mind

Maths and reading, free challenges and online educational activities

www.adaptedmind.com

Highlights Kids

Highlights Kids is a website packed with activities, recipes and games for primary ages children.

www.highlightskids.com

DOGO News

News articles for children

www.dogonews.com

Classroom Secrets for Kids

A brand new site from Classroom Secrets packed full of activities for children to use independently. This is free while the site is still in Beta version.

kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk


Music & Drama

Royal Opera House

Free ballet and opera broadcasts from the Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House might be closed, but it's offering free broadcasts on its Facebook and YouTube channels, including:

Peter and the Wolf, The Royal Ballet, 2010 – 7pm on Friday 27 March

Acis and Galatea, The Royal Opera, 2009 – 7pm on Friday 3 April

Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera, 2010 – 7pm on Friday 10 April

The Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet, 2013 – 7pm on Friday 17 April

After they've been broadcast, these performances will be available on those channels to view 'on demand', so don't worry if you can't tune in at the times above. There's also free content from the Royal Opera House available on BBC iPlayer to watch anytime, including The Royal Ballet: Mayerling, Pappano's Greatest Arias and Darcey Bussell: Looking for Margot.

Free online guitar lessons for three months from Fender (normally £10/month)

If you've more time on your hands (and access to a guitar), now could be a great time to learn a new skill. Instrument manufacturer Fender has made its online guitar courses free for three months – but you'll need to nab a code, and there were only 100,000 available when the offer launched on Friday 20 March, so go quick if you want one.

You can choose from acoustic, bass, electric or ukelele, plus a variety of different music styles (eg, blues, country, pop and rock).


Art

Quivervision

Coloring pages have never been so much fun! The Quiver App combines physical coloring with state of the art augmented reality technology to bring you and your children an extraordinary experience.

With a mix of free and paid content (certain page packs require an in-app purchase to activate the 3D experience) every coloring page can be brought to life in its uniquely colored way, giving the artist an immediate and special sense of ownership and pride! Not only is the app incredibly fun, but it is also a great tool for developing skills and knowledge on various topics.

www.quivervision.com/coloring-packs/

Rainbow Trail

All you have to do is create Rainbow pictures and stick them in your window for children to find on walks especially during this hard time of self isolation. You can be as creative as you like using pens, paints or anything you have to make one.

www.facebook.com/groups/681125849365623/

NGAkids Art Zone

Family Programs at the National Gallery of Art are based on a philosophy of slowing down, focusing on one work of art, developing observation and thinking skills, inspiring curiosity and wonder, and fostering collaboration between children and adults. 

www.nga.gov/education/families.html

Draw with Rob

Rob is a bestselling and multi award-winning author/illustrator (He is also the official World Book Day Illustrator for 2019 and 2020). He realised that lots of people were going to find themselves at home with their children for several weeks/months looking for things to do. So he has decided to post a draw-along video every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am GMT that parents could watch with their kids and, hopefully, make some nice pictures.

www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob


Wellbeing

Free meditation via the Headspace and Calm apps

These popular meditation apps normally cost £50-£60/year for a subscription, but they've both released free content specifically to help those struggling with anxiety and stress at this time.

Calm is offering 'soothing meditations', a 'calm masterclass', 'calm kids' and mindfulness resources. They're available via its website – see Calm's free content. 

Headspace has a collection called Weathering the Storm, which includes meditations, sleep and movement exercises. It's available on the app (for iPhone or Android), or you can access some of the content via the Headspace website.

Fitness

Online PE lessons for kids every weekday morning with Joe Wicks

Every weekday at 9am, Joe Wicks (aka 'The Body Coach') is live-streaming a 30-minute PE class on his YouTube channel for free (his normal fitness plans are £97 for 90 days). If you can't tune in then, don't worry – you can watch them back whenever you want.

If your kids are getting restless, this is a great way to get them burning off some energy while they're stuck indoors, and a fun way to start the day if you're home-schooling.

Chris Hemsworth Fitness Programme

Free workouts for SIX weeks with Chris Hemsworth's fitness programme (normally £23/month)

Actor Chris Hemsworth (you might know him better as Thor from the popular Marvel films) has announced his health and fitness programme Centr will be free for six weeks (normally £23/month). It includes workouts with 'world-class trainers', meal plans and mindfulness exercises.

You can also get a free 30-day membership of Davina's McCall's Own Your Goals fitness programme (normally £9.99/month), which includes a number of different classes such as HIIT (high intensity interval training), boxing and dance. You don't need to enter any payment details to get the free trial.

NHS 10 Minute workouts

These equipment-free fitness routines are great to do at home and short enough for you to easily fit them into your daily schedule. There are 6 workouts, 1 for every day of the week if you include a rest day, each working on a different area of your fitness.

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/10-minute-workouts/

Sesame Street

The Sesame Street hub is filled with videos, playful learning activities, and ways to help families stay physically and mentally healthy.

https://www.sesamestreet.org/

New Zealand Haka Tutorial

Can't play rugby with your team? Neither can the All Blacks! Learn the Haka with this YouTube tutorial for children.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTFRN-Bf8o0

This Girl Can

There are fitness apps and YouTube videos for every type of activity or exercise you can imagine.Stairs, chairs and household objects can be used to create your own indoor circuit class.

https://www.thisgirlcan.co.uk/activities/home-exercise/

Paper Planesthat Fly

A YouTube video tutorial that teaches the art of making really good paper planes that really do fly

Jump Jam

The JUMP JAM aerobic program is a New Zealand ‘Kidz Aerobix’ resource kit for primary schools, they have developed the "Quarantine Jam" programme to keep the world moving on lockdown.

www.jumpjam.co.nz/quarantine/

Flight Simulator

Fed up with the lock down, going a little stir-crazy,fly away and try a free Flight Simulator

www.geo-fs.com/

Live Bird Webcams

Take a break from home school - get up close to nature with these live webcams placed in over a dozen different bird’s nests.

www.birdfood.co.uk/webcams

Knitting Anatomy 

Conceptualising 3-D structures is often difficult for children and models help to represent the relative size, structure and relationship of different organs and structures - this knitting book is not for the beginner but while we're on lock-down could provide a very useful alternative to jumpers!

science.cleapss.org.uk/Resource-Info/CLEAPSS-Knitting-Book.aspx

Make a Paper Horse that Walks

Loving horses this activity is great! it requires considerable patience, but the results are adorable. The activity was published online by an American home-schooling mum who blogs about her day, she includes ideas for fun often Lego based activities.

frugalfun4boys.com/paper-horse-that-walks/

Chess Kid

Empower children to learn the timeless game of Chess on the world’s #1 Chess site for kids! Our learning tools will keep kids motivated to learn and improve their Chess skills. More importantly, learning Chess will give them skills that they can take with them throughout life: strategy, tactics, creativity, perseverance and calculated risk-taking.

www.chesskid.com

Virtual Tours

Just because we are in isolation because of COVID-19 doesn't mean we can't enjoy museums, zoos and other attractions from around the world. A lot of museums, zoos and in general the world of IT have come together to open their gates and possibilities for us to visit the haloed places from the comforts of our home while we self-isolate and #StayAtHome 

Museums 

Tourist Destinations 

General Sites 

Zoos