Educational Resources for Home Schooling
The shutdown of schools during the Covid-19 pandemic has left many parents struggling to find the resources they need to teach their children at home. We have compiled this list to help you in your search, and make this period more enjoyable and less stressful for your family.
We haven’t been able to test every website for accessibility, so please let us know if any don’t work and should be removed. Similarly, please let us know if any websites are missing so we can add them and ensure this a really useful resource.
General education information can be found in our Education Resource Section.
Art, Design and Creativity
App for 3D design, electronics, and coding
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Cooking with Jamie Oliver
Learn with one of the best!
Home Economics with Theo Michaels
Learn to cook with Theo Michaels on Instagram every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm.
Visually Impaired Cooking Advice
RNIB Cooking advice: rnib.org.uk/rnibconnect/cooking-tips-blind-partially-sighted
RNIB advice for adapting your home for cooking: rnib.org.uk/information-everyday-living-home-and-leisure-adapting-your-home/cooking
Advice on how to teach cooking: teachingvisuallyimpaired.com/food-preparation.html
Cooking advice from blind chef from Masterchef: bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18491533
Perkins School for the Blind Safety and Kitchen Preparation: perkinselearning.org/scout/topics/cooking
English and Literacy
English with David Walliams
David is reading a new book online at 11am every weekday during school closures.
This website has reading resources available for ages 3 – 11.
Games, songs and rewards to help your children learn to read.
Free eBooks and eAudiobooks. Search on the App Store or Google Play.
For as long as schools are closed, instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages.
Free educational maths games for children aged 5 – 8.
Free games to help your children learn phonics.
A simple and effective way to master English spelling.
Teach your Monster to Read
The groundbreaking game that makes learning to read fun.
Aims to make spelling fun!
Films and animations for primary aged children to enhance the teaching of reading and writing.
Letters and Sounds
Phonics resources to help build children’s speaking, listening and reading skills.
History and Geography
Math Melodies is a free accessible maths app created for all children but specifically designed for students with visual impairments. The game has fun stories, maths activities and lots of motivating sounds.
Iowa Braille School
The Iowa Braille School has advice on teaching your child maths at home.
Educational App Store
This website gives a great list of maths apps available for kids. It is UK based and can be broken down into age groups and key stages. Not all apps will be completely accessible for all children dependent of their level of visual impairment.
This website has maths resources available for children aged 5 – 11.
Maths with Carol Vorderman
Suitable for primary aged children (ages 4-12).
The app is available to download in the App Store or Google Play. Fun maths games for children aged 4+.
This game is in U.S. grades, but is still good for UK Primary age children.
Educational games aimed at children aged 5-8.
A maths platform designed for pupils in primary school (reception – year 6).
White Rose Maths
As a response to the Covid-19 shutdown, White Rose Maths has produced 5 maths lessons for each year group from Early Years to Year 8.
Learn your times tables!
Times Tables Rockstars
Times Tables Rock Stars is a programme of daily times tables practice.
Award winning, personalised Maths programmes.
Music and Dance
Music with Myleene Klass
While the schools are shutdown, Myleene is doing regular music lessons on her YouTube channel.
Let’s Play Guitar
Braille and audio classical guitar lessons.
Diverse Dance Mix
There are lots of great dance ideas on Darcey Bussell’s dance fitness Facebook page
Dance with Oti Mabuse
The Strictly Come Dancing star is uploading regular dance tutorials to her YouTube page.
Garden of Music
Click on the following link to be redirected to Facebook for Garden of Music’s list of Music apps and interactive resources
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
Science and Nature
Free resources for creative science activities
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Free science lessons
Science awards you can complete from home.
Science with Maddie Moat
BBC presenter Maddie’s YouTube channel is packed with videos about animals, plants, travel and technology.
Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests
This website hosts a large schedule of regular science shows.
Nature with Steve Backshall
Steve Backshall is doing live nature talks and Q&As. Follow on Twitter and YouTube.
Chester Zoo have a lot of educational resources on their website, and you can keep up to date with the animals through live streams on their Facebook page.
Keep up to date with the tigers on Tiger-Cam
Webcams available to find out what is happening at the zoo.
Keep up to date with the elephants, penguins and giraffes.
Sport, Exercise and Fitness
Audio described workouts for visually impaired people. All programs are free to download. These programs allow you to stretch, strengthen, condition, and tone your body, no matter your level of sight. All of these programs are thoroughly described with extra supplementary audio and text materials available.
5 Exercise Ideas for Blind and Partially Sighted People
Easy exercises for you to do at home.
Henshaws Sports Advice
Although the exercise classes listed in this post aren’t currently being run, there is still some great ‘at home’ advice you can take on board
Metro Blind Sport
Try out Eyes-Free Fitness audio exercise programs to help you and your children stay fit during lockdown.
British Blind Sport
Stay active and healthy with British Blind Sport’s selection of accessible, at-home work outs for all ages and abilities.
Joe Wicks The Body Coach
Joe Wicks is now the ‘Nations PE Teacher’. Sessions are live streamed at 9am, but you can catch up any time on YouTube.
VI Specific Educational Resources
RNIB Bookshare is a free service providing accessible textbooks to support dyslexic or visually impaired learners who have difficulty reading standard print. Your child can access these books by their school gaining free membership (an alternative option is available for home-schooled children).
Positive Eye has compiled a page of resources to provide families with some fun ideas, activities and inspiration during the periods of time spent at home during the months of the COVID19 Epidemic.
Guide Dog’s Specialist Education Support team have selected resources specifically to support parents who have a child with a vision impairment.
Lots of resources specifically for teaching those with CVI.
Look have got a range of support available during this time, including webinars for parents, students and young adults.
Doorway Online is a collection of free accessible educational games that learners will find easy to use independently.
Accessibyte are offering free access to its apps for blind, low vision, deaf and reading impaired students.
Paths to Literacy
Paths to Literacy have set up a Pinterest board specifically for virtual and home learning. Go to Pinterest Board.
Meet Me Accessibly
A guide to Zoom Cloud Meetings from a blindness perspective
Twinkl resources specifically aimed at children with a visual impairment.
Teaching the Visually Impaired
Locate VI resources & learn instructional strategies to support students who are blind and visually impaired.
Perkins School for the Blind
Blogs, activities, resources and more.
Royal Blind Learning Hub
Watch, read and listen to free online learning resources by experienced teachers of visually impaired children and young adults.
American based website dedicated to the support of visually impaired children and their families.
General Education Resources
We’ve tried to list these websites from those aimed at younger children, down to the older age range.
Listening activities for little ones.
Zero to Three
Aimed specifically at early years, they have various resources that could help you survive Covid-19 lockdown with a toddler. Their At Home Activity Guide and Guide on Making the Most of Video Chats could be particularly helpful.
Empowering Little Minds
4 free weeks of parent and teacher support, sensory & play training, as well as many Sensory & Messy Play Activities to empower children with SEN (both moderate & severe) during school closures due to Covid-19.
Help Kidz Learn
Website includes free access to games, many suitable for children with additional needs. For younger children.
Crash Course Kids
Like Crash Course (educate yourself with YouTube videos) but for a younger audience.
Fun educational games for kids aged 3–11 on a huge range of subjects.
100 Challenge Ideas
A range of challenges for multiple subjects to do at home, with little preparation. Probably most suited for younger children.
Educational online games for primary aged children.
Fun, educational games for kids aged 3 – 12.
DK Find Out
Quizzes, fun facts, videos and activities, for primary school children.
Blue Peter Badges
A great way to keep the kids entertained and focussed, you just need a stamp and a letterbox closeby.
Scholastic Learn at Home
Day by day projects to keep kids thinking, reading and growing. Aimed at ages 3 – 15.
Quizzes covering a number of subjects, suitable for ages 5 – 17.
Topmarks gives children the opportunity to learn online, through safe, fun and engaging games and activities. Suitable for children aged 3 – 18.
A wealth of information, plus daily online lessons from 20th April. Ages 3 – 18+.
Good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. This uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.
Home learning resources for schools and families.
Free resources from Joe White, Assistant Headteacher of Broadstairs Special School, for children with additional needs.
MumsNet: Best Resources
A round up of the best online learning resources
Due to Covid-19, Ted-Ed has developed Ted-Ed@Home, to create and share high-quality, interactive, video-based lessons on a daily basis, for free. Videos range from those for primary aged children up to University.
The Kids Should See This
Videos for all ages, including nature, technology, space, food, art and more!
Educate yourself and your family with YouTube videos!
Free mini courses in subjects including coding, social media, colours and more.
Home Learning Hub
Free revision resources for 11+, GCSEs and A-Levels
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)
Lots of content for those studying and revising for KS2, KS3, GCSE and A-Level.
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to some young people.
Keeping families entertained during the Covid-19 lockdown.