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Our Favourite Resources for Online Learning

There are so many wonderful sites to support learning and it is often difficult to know where to start. To help you find the best educational content, we have put together a list of our favourite online learning resources. We hope that it is useful!

Most of the resources below are free to access, but we have indicated if registration is required or where a premium option is available (please note that offers may be changed or withdrawn at any time). Thanks to our wonderful Teaching Packs members for suggesting many of these sites!

English

  • Oxford Owl has a large collection of free eBooks that your children can read (free registration is required).
  • Phonics Play has interactive phonics games to play, and they are completely free to access at the moment.
  • Teach Your Monster to Read is an amazing game that helps children to learn phonics and reading skills. The app usually costs £4.99 but is currently free to support home learning during school closures.
  • Spelling Shed have online games and apps to improve your children’s spelling. They have a 14-day free trial which is being extended during periods of school closures.
  • Sumdog provide activities to support spelling practice and times tables skills. They are free to access during times of school closure.
  • Pobble365 has amazing images that can be used as writing prompts and the starting point for different activities. Don’t forget to explore our own image gallery too!
  • ABCYa has an extensive collection of online games to support English and Maths skills. These are free to play on a desktop computer, but mobile access requires a premium plan.
  • Audible are currently offering free access to a fantastic set of audiobooks for children.
  • Raz Kids provide interactive eBooks with related quizzes to test your children’s comprehension skills. A number of free samples are available, and there is also a free trial option.

Maths

  • Topmarks is a fantastic resource, offering educational games and links to other great sites. Some of our favourite activities on their site include:
    • Teddy Numbers – This game is for younger learners and helps them to recognise numbers (in digits and words).
    • Daily 10 – Answer 10 mental maths questions against the clock each day! This game covers addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, ordering, fractions and more!
    • Hit the Button – How many maths calculations can your children solve within the time limit?
  • Maths is Fun is a fantastic source of information about different Maths topics. If you’re unsure about the meaning of a particular maths word, this is the place to visit!
  • Prodigy provide a range of Maths games and activities that children can explore. Parents can sign up for a free account that lets them set goals, reward their children and monitor their progress. A premium option is also available that ‘unlocks extra in-game features, benefits, and rewards’.
  • White Rose Maths is offering free Maths lessons for each Year 1 to 8. They have short videos to introduce the topics and activity resources to complete.
  • Third Space Learning have a list of fun Maths games that you can play with your children.

Science

  • Mystery Science helps your children to understand different Science concepts with images, stories, discussion ideas and hands-on activities. This link shares free lessons that are available during times of school closures.

Art

  • Rob Biddulph has set up a #DrawWithRob activity, in which he is posting draw-along videos that children can follow. You can then send your drawings to Rob on Twitter and Instagram!
  • Google Arts and Culture has virtual tours of thousands of art galleries and museums.

PE

  • Joe Wicks is providing free PE lessons for children, live on YouTube, during school closures.
  • Kidz Bop has plenty of dance-along videos that can be used to get your children moving. Our daughter loves these!
  • Cosmic Yoga has a range of yoga, mindfulness and relaxation videos to follow along with.

More

  • Purple Mash is offering free access to their fantastic collection of online learning tools during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Ollie Tumner is planning to run daily body percussion sessions on YouTube. Why not join in too?
  • Learn British Sign Language with these free videos from the BBC.

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