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Ways to ace home-schooling

We’ve done the leg work and rounded up some of the UK’s best online educational resources to help you pepper your child’s day with learning, fun and engaging information.

Written by Jo Dunbar
Published 28.04.2020

By Helen Bowman

If you’re one of the thousands of households across the North East with young children at home during the school closures, you’ll be doing your very best to make sure they’re happy, secure and content.

So, we’ve done the leg work and rounded up some of the UK’s best online educational resources to help you pepper your child’s day with learning, fun and engaging information.

Literacy and reading

Oxford Owl has opened up its library of eBooks during the school closures. There are books available for all ages from 3-11.

CBeebies’ Alphablocks is a lovely pre-school programme to teach children about letters, words and sounds. The website contains links to all available episodes, as well as games and puzzles to keep the kids entertained.

Teach Your Monster to Read is a great website that does what the name suggests! It requires registration but is free beyond that.

Teach handwriting is chock full of advice, activities and games to play with your little ones. Print off activity sheets, read about the best way to teach handwriting and find fun ways to learn.

Scholastic is an American website that offers a reading and learning journey for school closures. The adventure started on April 1 but could be started at any time.

Maths and science

CBeebies’ Numberblocks is ideal for pre-school children who love learning about numbers. The website has episodes of the programme available, in addition to games, puzzles and activities that can be done online.

Topmarks has loads of fun, online maths games for children from Early Years to Key Stage 4. There are loads of other subjects on there too.

Explorify is a science-based website which requires registration but is free. There are loads of great activity ideas, ways to teach the kids, explanations of the background science and ways to take the experiments further.

The Maths Factor with Carol Vorderman is suitable for children age 4-12 and is matched with the National Curriculum. It’s free to sign up during the school closures and has loads of activities and games to teach maths skills to all ages.

ICT games is a site packed with educational games designed by a UK teacher. There are games for maths and English and they’re desktop, tablet and mobile-friendly.

Keeping active and healthy

PE with Joe Wicks on YouTube – this live stream is available every weekday at 9.00am on YouTube. Joe Wicks, also known as the Body Coach, is donating all profits to the NHS. Search YouTube for PE with Joe for the live stream every morning.

Cosmic Yoga on YouTube has loads of amazing yoga videos – each one has a fabulous fun theme and lasts around 10-15 minutes.

BBC Supermovers is a fabulous site for active learning. The site teaches a variety of subjects while getting children up and moving at the same time.

Go Noodle on YouTube has loads of short videos for kids to get up, dance and join in with fun dances, moves and activities. Ideal for primary aged children.

Other useful sites

Twinkl is a global site providing learning ideas and resources for families all over the world. The UK site has resources and online lessons for children aged 3-12+. The site is a really useful source of home-school resources, from schedules and planners to activity packs and boredom busters. The whole site is free during school closures but if you need a code to gain access, try UKTWINKLHELPS.

Classroom Secrets is another website that has opened up its resources free of charge during the school closures. All resources are designed by teachers to be bright, fun and engaging and there’s plenty to keep all ages happy and educated.

English with Holly is a Facebook page run by a UK English teacher on maternity leave. Mrs King-Mand is live streaming 30-minute English lessons on her Facebook Page (English with Holly) every morning at 11.00am.

Local business activities

So many of our wonderful North East businesses are currently running free online sessions to keep the kids entertained while the schools are closed. Check out these local business heroes and enjoy what they have to teach us and the children.

Lauren at For You Photography is running photography challenges for children and parents. Learn the art of photography and explore your home and garden too.

Rockpool School is a Whitley Bay-based marine-biology business that teaches children about life in the sea. Nicola is currently running daily tasks to learn about sea creatures even while we can’t get down to the beach to explore.

We hope you find these resources helpful. If you know of any more local businesses offering activities for the children, please let us know and we’ll keep this list updated.

In the meantime, good luck and stay safe – we’re getting there! 




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