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Resources for primary learning and fun at home

Updated 1.4.20

 

Beginning Monday 20 April, BBC Bitesize will publish daily online lessons for all ages. They will also have a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of educational video on iPlayer.

 

Astronomy

If you are a parent who would like to brush up your knowledge of the solar system, the Royal Observatory in Greenwich is offering a free, online course through FutureLearn to help you help your child with their learning. The course is called 'Our solar system and beyond' and is available now.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/primary-science/10

They are also offering online home learning resources

EYFS and KS1: https://www.rmg.co.uk/schools-communities/learning-resources/eyfs/ks1-learning-home

KS2: https://www.rmg.co.uk/schools-communities/learning-resources/ks2-learning-home

 

Computing, designing and making

Computer programming skills, fun and free:

https://blockly.games/ 

 

Learn to programme your own interactive stories, games and animations with Scratch (8-16s)

https://scratch.mit.edu/ 

And for 4-7 year olds, Scratch Junior:

https://www.scratchjr.org/

 

Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding

https://www.tinkercad.com/

 

An architectural design project for children:

http://www.kidsthinkdesign.org/architecture/index.html

 

This primary engineering project gives budding engineers the chance to win awards:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/primary-engineer-amp-secondary-engineer-leaders-award-16555584507

https://leadersaward.com/home-learning/

 

New skills

Learn to touch-type

https://www.typingclub.com/kids-typing

 

Duolingo: a great way to get into languages 

https://www.duolingo.com/

 

Sciences 

Some very creative science resources for primary-aged children from Ignite

https://www.ignitefutures.org.uk/resources

 

Brave wilderness: a channel about zoology and adventure 

https://www.youtube.com/user/BreakingTrail/videos

 

Join in real-life research, including a lovely project involving penguins (highly recommended!)

https://www.zooniverse.org/projects

 

North American site with lots of resources for teachers and home learning

https://mysteryscience.com

 

Physics girl is a youtube channel that explores the physics of everyday objects:

https://www.youtube.com/user/physicswoman/videos

 

Steve Backshall is doing live wildlife chats on youtube at least once a week

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QSkaAzknn8

 

Techniquest in Cardiff uploads a new science demo video at noon daily for you to recreate at home

https://www.techniquest.org/daily-demos/

 

Geography

National Geographic Kids Primary

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/

 

Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

https://world-geography-games.com/world.html

 

History

https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home

 

Food

Create recipe books and menu planners with your child, inspiring them to illustrate them and write reviews of their meals. For a more ambitious project, you might be inspired by the Gourmet Makes playlist on youtube. Each video is a gourmet version of a popular snack, sweet or icecream, like Oreos, Starburst and Ben and Jerry's.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKtIunYVkv_RwB_yx1SZrZC-ddhxyXanh

 

Jamie Oliver has a special section of recipes to 'Get kids cooking'

https://www.jamieoliver.com/features/category/get-kids-cooking/

 

Maths

Carol Vorderman is offering free access to her maths website for ages 4-12.

https://www.themathsfactor.com/

 

resource sheets: one a day to help your child improve their maths, by age group.

https://corbettmaths.com/5-a-day/gcse/

 

Literacy and reading

If you follow children’s authors on twitter or instagram, many are reading their books and sharing art workshops online. You can also tweet your work to show them! 

https://www.oliverjeffers.com/books#/abookaday/

https://www.timeout.com/new-york-kids/news/virtual-storytimes-for-kids-authors-and-venues-go-online-amid-coronavirus-031620

North American authors reading books: 

https://www.storylineonline.net/

And astronauts reading storybooks from space!

https://storytimefromspace.com/

 

Harry Potter resources approved by JK Rowling

https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home

Audible are streaming audiobooks for children of all ages for free, from Winnie the Pooh to Alice in Wonderland, read by Scarlett Johansson

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

 

For more formal literacy resources for KS1 and above, visit the National Literacy Trust site:

https://literacytrust.org.uk/free-resources/

For early years and KS1, try:

https://www.ladybirdeducation.co.uk/

 

Read, read repeat has some great ideas for literacy activities to do everyday, see the pdf download at the bottom of this page

Pocket story challenge offer two computer generated picture prompts to begin the first 100 words of a story

https://www.researchify.co.uk/storychallenge/

 

The Literacy Shed 

A wealth of visual resources for KS1 and KS2 to support Literacy learning. Films are classified by age group. 

See also the Maths Shed and Spelling Shed.

https://www.literacyshed.com/home.html

 

Arts and crafts

The Tate Gallery has an ever-growing source of arts and crafts activities to enjoy on their website

https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/make

 

The Maison Zizou channel has all sorts of origami and other crafting ideas in short, wordless videos. 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfOJ_V_0NE13e4M2OxrwqkQ 

 

Most large art galleries have online resources: you might enjoy copying a painting in a different medium, such as pen or collage, or curating your own exhibition from the ones you find online.

https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/a-z 

https://artuk.org/

 

Twinkl is offering many of its resources free for parents to print out:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/covid19-school-closures 

 

Fitness and Dance 

Aimed at, but not only for children, PE with Joe Wicks is being live streamed on youtube every weekday morning

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz0go1pTda8&list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvQafyve889qVcPxYEjdSTl

 

Body Beats: rhythm based warm-ups using Afro-Brazilian rhythms inspired by STOMP, Ollie Tunmer is a former cast member.

Livestreaming Daily Monday - Friday 11am GMT

https://www.youtube.com/user/OllieTunmer

https://www.facebook.com/beatgoesonUK

 

Early Years resources

Crafting

The Imagination Tree

theimaginationtree.com

 

Hungry Little Minds: creative craft activities

https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/

 

Play-based science resources for the under-5s

https://sciencefromthestart.wordpress.com/other-resources/pre-school-informal-science-learning-directory/pre-school-informal-science-learning-directory-online-resources/

 

Interactive stories and games

Five Minute Mum

https://fiveminutemum.com/

Lots of fun ideas. Provides an outline of how parents/carers could structure their day.

 

Book Trust has activities for parents/carers to engage in with children from birth

to five years old. Includes electronic links to a variety of other online resources.

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-

games/

 

Cbeebies

Bitz and Bob is highly recommended for 'real-world' science problems

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/bitz-and-bob

 

Numberblocks is a CBBC maths series that shows young children how numbers 'work, sing and play'

https://www.numberblocks.tv/

 

Puzzles and games

http://papunet.net/games