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Resources for unlikely homeschoolers
With schools closed, we've gathered together the free resources available to support home learning. We will update this page as often as we can.
See also: Subscription services for unlikely homeschoolers
- Authorfy - For a daily dose of creativity, Authorfy is posting '10 Minute Challenges', which are set by bestselling authors and illustrators.
- BBC Bitesize - online lessons for all ages full of videos, quizzes and practice activities to help you with home learning.
- BBC Teach - Home to thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos, arranged by age-group and subject.
- Blockly - Blockly Games is a series of free educational games that teach computer programming. It is designed for children who have not had prior experience with programming.
- BookLife - BookLife's free downloadable resources cover a range of topics for all ages and abilities.
- Chester Zoo - Free virtual zoo tours via Facebook and Youtube. Check the website to find out when the next live tour is. In the meantime, you can watch previous tours back.
- Cloud Stop Motion - Create stop motion videos online with access to an extensive library of audio, backgrounds and styles. Cloud Stop Motion is free for individuals, schools and organisations.
- Collins - Collins has made a range of resources available for home-school parents, including over 300 e-books, a children's song bank and a primary school dictionary.
- Disney On Stage - Free activities based around Disney's stage shows, including The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Aladdin and Frozen.
- DKfindout - Teaching resources, videos and quizzes to spark curiosity.
- Duolingo - Duolingo is a free platform which enables users to learn a variety of languages in a fun way.
- iDEA - The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award is an international programme that helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free.
- The Kids Should See This - over 4,500 kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents.
- Mathster - Free downloadable maths worksheets for all ages.
- NASA - NASA provides a place for children to play and learn about NASA and its missions. It offers STEM games of various skill levels for primary children.
- NatGeo Kids - NatGeo Kids is packed with geography games, quizzes and activities, plus primary resources.
- Natural History Museum - The museum's virtual tour means you can learn about its exhibits from the comfort of your own home.
- Nrich - From the University of Cambridge, Nrich is packed with free, online mathematical activities for learners aged 3-19.
- Oxford Owl - Oxford Owl at home has lots of free resources, including an eBook library, learning guides and kids' activities. It covers multiple subjects.
- Pawprint Family - Free resources including challenge packs, progress trackers and activity sheets.
- Pobble 365 - Daily picture prompts with accompanying teaching resources.
- Premier League Primary Stars - Curriculum-linked resources covering English, physical activity, health and wellbeing and maths for KS1 and KS2. Updated regularly.
- Puffin Schools - Resources focus on KS1 and KS2, covering topics such as English, PHSE and creative writing. Lots of writing prompts and activity ideas.
- Quizlet - Free resources available include flashcards, practice questions, interactive diagrams and games.
- The Royal Institution ExpeRimental - A series of short films making it fun, easy and cheap to do science experiments at home with children.
- RSPCA - Teaching resources from Early Years through to Secondary, with topics including pets, wildlife, habitats and farm animals.
- Science Museum - This site brings together resources the nation's science museums, including activities, games and videos.
- Scholastic - Scholastic Resource Bank has put together a range of free home learning packs for primary children.
- Scouts - Over 200 stay-at-home activities suitable for ages six and above.
- Scratch - Scratch is a free platform which enables users to program interactive stories, games and animations and share them with others in its online community.
- Supermovers - fun curriculum-linked resources to get kids active while they learn.
- Teach Your Monster to Read - Funded by the Usborne Foundation, this online game covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences.
- Ted Ed - Ted Ed is filled with engaging educational videos, complete with supporting questions and discussions.
- Tinkercad - A free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding.
- Top Marks - Maths games suitable for 3-14 years, with no registration required.
- World Book Day - Interactive films for aspiring authors and illustrators aged 5-12. Featuring lots of famous faces and complete with free downloadable resources.