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This list of English resources has been collected and assured with support from English Hub schools and trusted teachers and recommended for use by the DfE. Please refer to and use the resources below during home learning. 

 

Reading is a daily activity that your child should be encouraged to do. Reading, for primary age children, is critical to educational development and something that families can do together. 

 

Phonics

Evidence shows that learning phonics is most effective when children are taught by following a single programme exclusively, rather than mixing them up. At Lowerhouse Junior School, we follow the Read Write Inc Phonics and Spelling program. Some children access daily phonics and reading lessons in school following this model. Please use the links below to continue with phonics at home. 

 

Read Write Inc.

Websites: www.ruthmiskin.com - filmed phonics lessons

Oxford Owl Phonics - e-books and activities (please see your class page or ask/email the class teacher for login details) 

Key stages: Key stage 2 children learning to read

Description: phonics, word reading and spelling video lessons on YouTube. Phonics e-books, activities and advice from Oxford Owl

 

 

English resources for all age groups 

Audible

Website: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Key stages: Key stage 2

Description: all children’s audiobooks are available for free while schools are closed.

 

 

 

BookTrust

Website: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/bookfinder/

Key stages: Key stage1 and key stage 2

Description: a site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, including fiction and non-fiction. Family activities are included in the ‘Home Time’ section.

 

 

 

Classroom Secrets

Website: https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

Key stages:  Key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: downloadable resource packs which cover a range of subjects, including reading and writing.

 

 

Literacy Counts

Website: https://literacycounts.co.uk/

Key stages: Key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: free home learning packs for parents covering reading and writing. A school offer is also available.

Registration: is required

 

 

Love Reading 4 Kids

Website: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

Key stages: Key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: a site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, covering fiction and non-fiction.

 

Love Reading 4 Schools

Website: https://www.lovereading4schools.co.uk

Key stages: Key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: a site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, covering fiction and non-fiction.

 

National Literacy Trust

Website: https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/

Key stages: Key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: a range of family activities to support English.

 

 

Storytime with Nick

Website: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDe74j1F52zQ51fqNpKV07E71knNl8HFn

Key stages: Key stage 1 and transition into Key Stage 2

Description: films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer available Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2pm.

 

 

 

The Children’s Poetry Archive

Website: https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/

Key stages: Key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: an archive of spoken poetry recordings. Children can listen to poems read out loud.

 

 

 

The Reading Agency

Website: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

Key stages: Key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: the Summer Reading Challenge takes place during the summer holidays. This year, our challenge features extra special characters designed by the award-winning author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson.

 

 

 

English Mastery

Website: https://www.englishmastery.org/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: downloadable resource books providing 8 weeks of activities.

 

 

 

JMB Education

Website: https://www.jmbeducation.com/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: 3 months free access available to game-based resources covering reading, writing and grammar

 

 

 

Literacy Shed

Website: https://www.literacyshedplus.com/en-gb/browse/free-resources

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: downloadable resource packs with tasks based on video clips on YouTube.

 

 

 

Natural curriculum

Website: https://www.naturalcurriculum.co.uk/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: grammar lessons based on the BBC’s natural history archives.

 

 

 

Pobble 365

Website: https://www.pobble365.com/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: a new image is published each day as a basis for creative writing. Story starters, questions and drawing ideas are provided.

 

 

 

Royal Opera House

Website: https://learning-platform.roh.org.uk/create-and-learn

Key stages: key stage 1 and  key stage 2

Description: a range of resources which allow you to explore theatre from home.

 

 

The Day newsletter

Website: https://theday.co.uk/subscriptions/the-day-home

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: a daily newsletter for parents and carers at home with children, helping to enrich learning with real-world knowledge and skills.

 

Elevenses with the World of David Walliams

Website: https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

Key stages: key stage 2

Description: one free audio book reading is available to listen to every day.

 

 

 

The Week Junior

Website: https://www.theweekjuniorparentsclub.co.uk/

Key stages: key stage 2

Description: downloadable articles and activities adapted for parents and guardians for home learning.

Registration: is required

Maths

 

Below is a list of useful resources to use during home learning to support the teaching of mathematics. These have been quality assured and recommended by the DfE. 

 

 

Mathematics Mastery

Website: https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/free-resources

Key stages: Key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: downloadable guidance and resource packs for parents and pupils.

 

 

Nrich

Website: https://nrich.maths.org/

Key stages: Key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: a range of activities and articles aimed at students, parents and guardians, and teachers, categorised into age groups.

 

 

Numberblocks

Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/help-your-child-with-maths

Key stages: Key stage 1 and transition into Key Stage 2

Description: videos for numeracy development, with fun activities that can be applied to everyday life and play.

 

 

 

Top Marks

Website: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games

Key stages: Key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: a range of interactive maths games categorised by age group, suitable for parents and students to work through.

 

 

White Rose Maths (home learning)

Website: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

Key stages: Key stage 1 and key stage 2 

Description: presentations and downloadable workbooks which are easy to use for parents. New material is being released each week.

 

 

 

Big Maths

Website: https://www.BigMaths.com

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: maths resources to support teachers and parents with interactive challenges and games aimed at making maths fun.

 

 

Effective Maths

Website: https://www.effectivemaths.com/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: teacher professional development resources as well as some quizzes for children to complete at home.

 

 

Hamilton Trust (home learning section)

Website: https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: downloadable resource packs with teacher guidance. A week’s worth of resources is provided for each year group.

 

 

NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics)

Website: http://www.ncetm.org.uk/primaryvideolessons

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: video lessons for primary age children.

 

 

Pearson – The Maths Factor

Website: https://www.themathsfactor.com/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: games and daily sessions for parents and students to work through at home.

 

 

Big Maths

Website: https://www.BigMaths.com

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: maths resources to support teachers and parents with interactive challenges and games aimed at making maths fun.

 

 

CENTURY Tech

Website: https://www.century.tech/

Key stages: key stage 2 

Description: courses and micro-lessons covering a range of topics. Sections for schools, parents and carers and pupils.

Registration: is required

 

 

Click View

Website: http://www.clickview.co.uk/free

Key stages: key stage 1 to key stage 2

Description: videos for students, with accompanying resources including teacher packs and activities.

 

 

Mathematics in Education and Industry

Website: https://mei.org.uk/closure-support

Key stages: key stage 2 

Description: teaching and learning materials for level 3 core maths.

 

 

 

Maths Genie

Website: https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/

Key stages: key stage 2

Description: past papers and mark schemes for a range of key stages.

Science

 

Below is a list of resources that are useful to use during home learning to support the teaching of Science. This list of has been collected and quality assured with support from learned societies and subject organisations, including:

  • the Association for Science Education (ASE)
  • the Institute of Physics (IOP)
  • the Royal Society
  • the Royal Society of Biology (RSB)
  • the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • STEM Learning

These resources link closely to the national curriculum, however there are many other resources supporting enrichment and practical activities available on the societies’ websites and elsewhere.

Care should be taken that all activities, especially practical activities, are undertaken safely and with supervision of an adult.

 

Parents should check that activities are age appropriate and that they can be carried out safely in the home environment.

 

BBC Bitesize

Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: interactive resources covering the primary science curriculum. Suitable for pupil/parent use.

 

 

CENTURY Tech

Website: https://www.century.tech/

Key stages: key stage 2

Description: Courses and micro-lessons covering a range of topics. Sections for schools, parents and carers and pupils.

 

CLEAPSS

Website: http://primary.cleapss.org.uk/Resource/Home-learning-practical-activities-for-children-and-their-families.aspx

Key stages: key stage 1 to key stage 2

Description: practical science activities for children and their families to complete at home with guidance on safely conducting practical activities in the home environment. Suitable for teacher and parent use.

 

 

STEM Learning

Website: https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-science

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: an online resource bank listing quality-assured resources on external websites. The site features a live chat function offering support from subject experts.  New ‘home learning support for families’ section suitable for parent use.

Registration: is required for some resources

Mental Health and Wellbeing

 

Below is a list of resources to support your child's mental health and wellbeing whilst home learning.

This list of mental wellbeing resources has been quality assured with support from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

It is designed to provide guidance on how to support the wellbeing of children and young people being educated remotely.

 

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Website: https://www.annafreud.org/coronavirus-support/support-for-early-years/

Key stages: Key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people.

 

 

British Psychological Society (BPS)

Website: https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-offers-advice-schools-parents-and-carers-help-children-through-uncertainty

Key stages: Key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19.

 

 

 

Charles Dickens Primary School

Website: http://www.charlesdickens.southwark.sch.uk/

Key stages: Key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: weekly wellbeing video lessons.

 

Children’s Commissioner

Website: https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to-coronavirus/

Key stages: Key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: a downloadable guide for children about coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

 

 

Click View

Website: www.clickview.co.uk/free

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: activities to support areas of wellbeing including resilience, mental health and emotions, for primary-aged students.

 

 

JMB Education

Website: https://www.jmbeducation.com/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: mindfulness activities, soundscapes and musicscapes to help children focus on their feelings, thoughts and environment.

 

 

MindEd

Website: https://www.minded.org.uk/

Key stages: Key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: an educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health.

 

Muddy Faces

Website: https://muddyfaces.co.uk/outdoor-hub/

Key stages: Key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: a range of health and wellbeing activities and resources that can be completed outdoors.

 

 

The Child Bereavement Network

Website: http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/schools.aspx

Key stages: Key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

 

 

Unicef UK

Website: https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/resources/teaching-resources/guidance-assemblies-lessons/article-of-the-week/

Key stages: key stage 2 

Description: advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (S.E.N.D)

 

This list of SEND resources has been developed with a focus on accessibility and inclusivity and has been collected and assured with support from:

  • trusted SEND organisations
  • SEND charities
  • multi-academy trusts
  • special education headteachers

This includes:

  • SEN World
  • The New Bridge Group
  • Snowflake School
  • Coop Academy Southfield
  • Chailey Heritage Schools
  • The Eden Academy Trust

The vast majority of the resources on this list are suitable for both parents and teachers to use in supporting the home learning of children and young people with SEND.

To support parents in using these resources, the DfE have also published information for parents and carers in supporting the home education of children and young people, which includes specific guidance for children and young people with SEND.

 

The tips for supporting home learning are particularly relevant for children with SEND, especially:

  • reading together
  • engaging in talk and encouragement
  • structuring the day
  • finding routines

 

SEND: apps and games

(Apps must be downloaded onto a compatible device)

Brain Parade

Website: http://www.brainparade.com/products/see-touch-learn-free/

Description: a visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture-choosing games, for children with autism and special needs.

 

 

HelpKidzLearn

Website: https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/

Description: a collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages. It includes provision for school closure.

 

Sensory App House Ltd

Website: https://www.sensoryapphouse.com/

Description: a range of apps are available for pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) or Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD). All are interactive and many do not require significant coordination abilities.

 

Visuals2Go

Website: https://www.visuals2go.com/

Description: an all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties. For verbal and non-verbal learners.

 

 

SEND: online, downloadable and printable resources

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Website: https://www.annafreud.org/media/11160/supporting-schools-and-colleges.pdf

Description: a downloadable guide to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students during periods of disruption. Designed for teachers, but suitable for parents too.

 

 

Charles Dickens Primary

Website: http://www.charlesdickens.southwark.sch.uk/

Description: the Jenny Wren Virtual School SEN Hub offers daily lessons for pupils with moderate learning difficulties, focusing on Makaton and a daily activity to complete with a parent or teacher.

 

ClickView

Website: https://www.clickview.co.uk/free/

Description: videos and education resources, with some SEND specific resources listed.

 

Driver Trust

Website: https://www.driveryouthtrust.com/resources/

Description: online resource designed to address common literacy difficulties

 

Inclusive Teach

Website: https://inclusiveteach.com/free-printable-sen-teaching-resources/

Description: downloadable and printable accessible teaching resources for parents and teachers to support pupils with a range of SEND needs, including autism, PMLD, SLCN, MLD, SLD

 

 

Pearson – Rapid Reading and Rapid Phonics

Website: http://www.pearsonprimary.co.uk/freerapid

Description: the Rapid Reading and Rapid Phonics programmes focus on accelerating progress in reading skills for pupils with dyslexia and with low levels of literacy. Designed for teachers, but suitable for parents too.

 

Priory Woods School

Website: http://www.priorywoods.middlesbrough.sch.uk/page/?title=Resources&pid=3

Description: resources from an award-winning, innovative school, rated by Ofsted as outstanding and put together by SEND teachers for parents and teachers. The resources include apps and programmes.

 

 

School Cloud

Website: https://www.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/features-video-meetings.asp

Description: a secure online video call service to connect pupils, parents and teachers. Potential use might include pupils with SEND and/or their parents having a weekly video call with a SENCo to monitor their progress with home learning.

 

 

SEND Gateway

Website: https://www.sendgateway.org.uk/whole-school-send/find-wss-resources/nqt-videos.html

Description: guidance videos created in collaboration with the Centre for Education and Youth (CfEY) to increase the knowledge and awareness of a range of SEND conditions. Aimed at newly qualified teachers but also provides helpful resources and tips that will be useful for parents.

 

 

SENict Activities

Website: https://www.ianbean.co.uk/senict-members-resource-portal

Description: downloadable activities aimed particularly at learners with PMLD, SLD and those who are learning to use assistive technology to access the curriculum. Suitable for parents and teachers.

 

SEN Teacher

Website: https://www.senteacher.org/

Description: downloadable and printable resources that can be adapted to suit the needs of pupils. Resources are aimed at a range of abilities. Website has over 300,000 regular users and is suitable for both parents and teachers.

 

 

SEN World

Website: https://www.specialeducationalneedsworld.com/home-schooling

Description: online resources for SEN teaching at home

 

 

Speech and Language Kids

Website: https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com/free-speech-language-resources/

Description: an extensive range of education and therapy resources for parents and teachers of children with speech and language needs. A podcast is also available on iTunes for verbal and non-verbal children.

 

Speech Link Multimedia Ltd

Website: https://speechandlanguage.info/parents

Description: a parent portal with links to downloadable resources, activities and games developed by a team of speech and language therapists and software engineers who work with over 4,000 schools in the UK.

 

 

The Autism Page

Website: https://www.theautismpage.com/

Description: online support and information aimed at supporting parents with young children with autism. Information and ideas to support the implementation of helpful teaching methods.

 

 

UCL Centre for Inclusive Education

Website: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/departments-and-centres/centres/centre-inclusive-education/homeschooling-children-send/managing-transition-home-schooling

Description: a guide to help parents adjust to remote learning by providing advice and links to resources.

Physical Education (PE) and Physical Activity

Below is a list of resources to support the teaching of PE whilst home learning.  This updated list of physical education (PE) and physical activity resources has been collected and assured with support from organisations including:

  • the Association for Physical Education
  • Public Health England
  • Sport England
  • the Yorkshire Sport Foundation
  • David Ross Education Trust
  • Cheltenham Ladies’ College
  • United Learning

These resources will help young people to get the daily 60 minutes of activity recommended by the UK Chief Medical Officer in fun ways.

 

Children and young people should always follow the latest official advice on social distancing.

The activities can be adapted to suit the abilities and physical, emotional and learning needs of individual children and young people. Always make sure that the space and any equipment children and young people will use for these activities are safe.

 

 

 

Disney 10 Minute Shakeups

Website: https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups

Key stages: early years foundation stage, key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: 10-minute activities based on Disney films that count towards a child’s 60 active minutes per day.

 

 

 

Lawn Tennis Association

Website: https://www.lta.org.uk/tennis-at-home

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: videos, activity cards and resources giving children the chance to explore key character qualities demonstrated by tennis players.

 

 

Super Movers

Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: videos which help children move while they learn. They support curriculum subjects, including maths and English.

 

#ThisIsPE

Website: https://www.afpe.org.uk/physical-education/thisispe-supporting-parents-to-teach-pe-at-home/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: videos delivered by teachers focussing on the PE curriculum which are accessible on YouTube.

 

 

UK Active

Website: https://ukactivekids.com/movecrew/

Key stages: key stage 2

Description: resources and videos produced to help pupils perform 60 minutes of daily recommended activity.

Registration: not required

 

 

Youth Sport Trust – Complete PE

Website: https://www.youthsporttrust.org/free-home-learning-resources-primary

Key stages: early years foundation stage, key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: online planning and assessment resources, providing teachers with lesson plans and resources to support the delivery of physical education.

Virtual Days out

 

UK attractions and landmarks

Stone Henge – The English Heritage site boasts an official virtual tour that offers 360 degree views, as if you were standing in the middle of the mysterious stone circle.

It’s an interactive offering, so you can click on specific points and learn more about the history, without missing out on highlights that a guided tour would have pointed out.

 

Buckingham Palace – The Queen’s residence. Explore the magnificent building via virtual tours. The first tour will take you to the Grand Staircase with further tours of the White Drawing Room, the Throne Room and the Blue Drawing Room.

The Roman Baths – Bath’s most famous attraction offers a virtual ‘walkthrough’ of the iconic Roman baths and architecture. Explore the Great Bath, heated rooms and plunge pools and the terrace, or learn more about the fascinating history with a virtual tour of some of the museum exhibitions.

Giant’s Causeway – The National Trust offers a 360 degree panoramic virtual tour of the spectacular landmark in Northern Ireland.

London Zoo – bringing the zoo to you. Regularly updated so there’s always something new to enjoy. Discover London’s virtual zoo today!

  • Webcams and live streams
  • Animal antics
  • Zookeeper videos
  • Behind-the-scenes updates

 

Museums & Galleries

 

The National Gallery in London – Tour the rooms and wings, and zoom in on the artwork to see some of the highlights (and no need to face the crowds of visitors which usually flock here).

The British Museum – The museum teamed up with Google Earth for the tour. It’s worth noting that it doesn’t offer a walkthrough experience, but it’s a great way of getting a taste of what will be on offer the day you can go and check it out in real life.

The Postal Museum London – explore the Mail Rail tunnels that run deep beneath the streets of London

 

To view Google Arts & Culture’s collection of museums, visit the collection’s website. There are thousands of museum Street Views on Google as well. 

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