Educational Resources to help during the social isolation


An initial list of resources hopefully will help those affected by school closures due to COVID-19. These are mainly free, or with time-limited free access (but some have additional resources for paid members).

Resource WebsiteTypeDescription
BBC BitesizePlenty of free lessons, videos, online activities for all ages. A brilliant resource.
Big Eyed Owlstories, reading, craft activities etc for children ages 5-7 years old.
Big History ProjectVariousAimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
BlocklyComputer ProgrammingLearn computer programming skills - fun and free.
British CouncilEnglishResources for English language learning
Cbeebies RadioListeningListening activities for the younger ones.
Cool Math GamesFun games where children don't even know they're learning! Beware - highly addictive for adults too!
Crash CourseVariousYou Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course KidsYoutube videos - for a younger audience
Crest AwardsScienceScience awards you can complete from home.
DK Find OutActivities & Quiz'sActivities and quizzes
DuolingoLanguagesLearn languages for free. Web or app.
Education CityA site which is offering a free trial - loads of teaching games, activities and printables.
FuturelearnFree to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
Peter BadgesActivities & Quiz'sIf you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
iDEA AwardsDigital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
IXLA vast collection of free educational resources for children from reception to year 13. (Paid memberships also).
Khan AcademyMathsEspecially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.
Mystery ScienceScienceFree science lessons
National Geographic KidsActivities & Quiz'sActivities and quizzes for younger kids.
Woodland TrustNatureNature detectives has been taken offline, but there are still tons of nature resources - you'll just have to look a bit harder.
OpenlearnVariousFree taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Oxford Owl for HomeVariousLots of free resources for Primary age
Paw Print BadgesVariousFree challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
PhonicsPlayDuring the Coronavirus, this site is offering a free login to help with learning to read through phonics. Username: march Password: home
PhonicsPlay ComicsFree decodable comics useful at a time when you can’t physically exchange your children’s decodable reading books.
Primary ResourcesLoads of material here, including kids with English as an additional language and SEN.
Prodigy MathsMathsIs in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Red Ted ArtEasy arts and crafts for little ones
ScratchComputer ProgrammingCreative computer programming
SenecaVariousFor those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Ted EdVariousAll sorts of engaging educational videos
The Artful ParentArt & CreativeGood, free art activities (Facebook page)
The Imagination TreeArt & CreativeCreative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
The Kids Should See ThisVariousWide range of cool educational videos
TinkercadArt & CreativeAll kinds of making.
Toy TheaterGamesEducational online games
TwinklVariousThis is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.

Other offerings from celebrities:-
PE with Joe Wicks
Maths with Carol Vorderman
Cooking with Kids (Jamie Oliver)
Music with Myleene Klass
Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Live Mon/Wed/Fri)
Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests

Many thanks to Chez Owen for providing quite a number of educational links. 

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