Home learning resources
Children don't just learn in the classroom. They love finding new information and learning new skills. wherever they are.
There are lots of free educational resources to help support children's learning outside school.
Resources, activities, videos, quizzes and lots of practical advice for parents, teachers and young learners.
How to help children learn at home
Keep a routine.
Get up and go to bed at the same time each day.
Have regular meal times.
Turn off electronic devices,including the t.v. at least an hour before bedtime.
You know your child best.
Avoid forcing them into lengthy planned activities if they naturally respond better to a mix of shorter activities.
Keep active - your child should be active for at least 3 hours a day in total.
It's good to get some fresh air every day.
If you do not have a garden find your nearest park or take a walk to the post box or shops.
Activities to increase physical exercise - play hide and seek,do star jumps,make an obstacle course,play music and have a dance off.
Get involved in learning with your child.
Make things together, create projects the whole family can be involved in.
Be supportive and encourage with praise, even for the smallest achievements.
Mental health and wellbeing is important.
Don't be too hard on yourself or your child.
Take time to relax and reflect and seek professional advice if you need to.
NHS Every Mind Matters for more tips on mental health and wellbeing
NSPCC tips and advice for families working and educating from home
5 ways to learn at home
support and resources for parents and ideas for homeschooling
resources to help children concentrate with relaxing or energizing activities
Early years and primary learning
Oak National Academy provides free video lessons, slides and worksheets to support teachers and pupils to keep learning.
Chat,Play, Read. Tips to help with speech development.
A range of free, printable worksheets and activities that will keep your little ones busy for hours!
Split up by age group below, you will find ideas and guidance for simple activities that will engage your children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development.
You'll be able to access free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges
have a wealth of practice books, activities and downloadable resources available on the Home Learning Hub, including FREE home learning packs for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children.
Simple activities and play ideas and find out about their amazing early development.
The NSPCC has teamed up with Vroom™ to give you some fun and easy tips to help you bring even more Look, Say, Sing and Play into your daily routine with your baby.
twinkl, the online education resource and learning site
subscription required to access online phonics resources
Free access for families for activities and tips
Lots of free resources for Primary age.
Range of activities for Early Years
Activities and quizzes.
Provide personalised maths and spelling practice for your kids with Sumdog. Sign up for FREE full access to Sumdog with the closure of schools in the UK.
art, literature and natural science videos for kids
free home learning packs and other free resources
Secondary School learning
Free 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).
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher-level material.
Over 350 further education courses in a range of subject areas for students who want to study flexibly in a home learning environment.
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some such as nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Aimed at Secondary age. Multidisciplinary activities.
Creating, discovering and sharing a range of learning resources covering countless topics. Created on a crowd-sourced community library by students and teachers.
From flashcards to help you learn French to games that make it easy to understand history, you can use a variety of tools to conquer any challenge.
Memrise is a language learning app that is the opposite of textbook learning: it’s enjoyable and effective.
For GCSE and A Levels, A monthly fee per subject is charged with package discounts available.
Free revision guides, question banks and resources for GCSE and A Levels.
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
The Dyslexia Academy supports homeschooling for families.
Free speech and language advice, resources and activities.
View and download their free visual resources that can be used to help improve communication and understanding.
Sensory Projects free educational resources bank
SEND specific hardware and software aids for home learning
Supporting children with learning disability/ASD coping with Covid-19 isolation
Portage is a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children with SEND and their families.
A range of specialist subjects for students with additional needs
Ideas and resources for parents of children and teenagers with special education needs and disabilities.
Literacy and Language
Fantastic free resources at your local library. Borrow a book to read at home, use the computers to do homework and play games, look out for events and author visits. Use BorrowBox to access library eBooks and eAudiobooks, without even leaving the house!
Join online or visit your nearest library
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Resources for English language learning.
GCSE English Language YouTube tutorials.
Access free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges.
Time Together booklet support for multilingual families at home
Enjoy storytime with free online books and videos and daily story sessions.
Find out how to dramatically improve your grade at GCSE.
Lots of activities,games and Roald Dahl inspired things to do
Author of The Gruffalo, Stick Man and many more children's favourites. Free activitiy packs to download as you read the books
communication and language resources for parents and professionals
Resources for ages and stages of communication development
Maths and Science
Get up to 60 days free full access to Times Tables Rock Stars while the schools are closed due to Coronavirus. They offer effective daily practice of times tables for those of primary school age.
GCSE revision and YouTube tutorials from Primrose Kitten.
Primary to GCSE revision worksheets and cards, 5-a-day and videos, including Further Maths.
Tips to smash GCSE maths and revision videos.
Online maths lessons.
Science awards you can complete from home.
For GCSE science revision and YouTube tutorials.
Resources, stories and news from the Natural History Museum
Top tips on stargazing in towns and cities
Let's get active
Free play opportunities for children of all ages in Sandwell
BBC Tiny Happy People has lots of ideas for outdoor and indoor activities to keep young children active and engaged with the world around them.
Interactive videos to support with KS1 and KS2 Maths, Literacy and PSHE and PE Learning. Great for times tables as will as videos that are just for fun.
Hundreds of ‘brainercise’ dancing, strength and mindfulness videos as well as videos that are just for fun
Free, curriculum based activities to educate and entertain children at home.
10-minute bursts of fun and a chance to move around with familiar Disney characters.
The Lawn Tennis Association have provided a large number of activities to help kids develop their tennis skills at home both mentally and physically.
Indoor and outdoor activities, adventures, open to all abilities, learn new skills and make new friends
Build dens. Spot wildlife. Make natural art. Woodland Trust has plenty of ideas to help families enjoy woods and the great outdoors all year round.
50 things to do before you're 11 3/4
Muddy Puddles have created “Home Learning” lesson plans which focus on the activities that your children can enjoy indoors or in the garden.
Bring the outside in, with Forestry England indoor and outdoor activities and games.
Lots of activities to get families to connect with nature
Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust wildlife activities programme for kids. Check website to find out what is happening at the local nature reserves
Things to do and things to make
What's on in the museums including activities and events for families.
Boat trips, holiday events and activities for families.
All kinds of making.
Good, free art activities.
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
‘How to draw’ tutorials from picture book author and illustrator, and Born Free Foundation artist in residence, Ed Vere. His first lesson showed how to draw a lion.
Easy arts and crafts for little ones.
Daily craft activities for kids, with a different theme every day, such as rainbows, fairies and nature.
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
Educational online games.
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Explore the world at your fingertips…. Here’s a comprehensive list of virtual tours you can take with your children, adventure all over the world from the confines of your own home.
It features a variety of worksheets designed for early years to key stage 2. The pages have been designed to provide resources and activity ideas that can be used in the classroom to support learning.
South Staffs Water have developed some online activity books.
Try this at home activities and things to make indoors and outdoors
Discover the countryside. Take part in activities
Are you mad about wildlife? Find out how to spot wildlife in your back garden or local park, how to attract more of it and how to give animals a helping hand.