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.


Kano Club

Coding challenges


Simple coding


Creative computer programming


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 advice for adapting your home for cooking:

Advice on how to teach cooking:

Cooking advice from blind chef from Masterchef:

Perkins School for the Blind Safety and Kitchen Preparation:

English and Literacy

English with David Walliams

David is reading a new book online at 11am every weekday during school closures.

Oxford Owl

This website has reading resources available for ages 3 – 11.

Reading Eggs

Games, songs and rewards to help your children learn to read.

Borrow Books

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.

ICT Games

Free educational maths games for children aged 5 – 8.

Phonics Play

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.

Spelling Shed

Aims to make spelling fun!

Literacy Shed

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

Big History Project

Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games

Geography gaming!

History with Dan Snow

Sign up for a free 30 day trial.



Learn languages for free. Available on the web or by downloading the app.

British Council

Resources for English language learning


Maths Melodies

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.

Oxford Owl

This website has maths resources available for children aged 5 – 11.

Maths with Carol Vorderman

Suitable for primary aged children (ages 4-12).

Monkey Maths 

The app is available to download in the App Store or Google Play. Fun maths games for children aged 4+.

Prodigy Maths

This game is in U.S. grades, but is still good for UK Primary age children.

ICT Games

Educational games aimed at children aged 5-8.

Maths Shed

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.

Times Tables

Learn your times tables!

Times Tables Rockstars

Times Tables Rock Stars is a programme of daily times tables practice.

Doodle Maths

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 


Nature Detectives

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

Explorify Science

Free resources for creative science activities

National Geographic Kids

Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Mystery Science

Free science lessons

Crest Awards

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 and

Steve Backshall is doing live nature talks and Q&As. Follow on Twitter and YouTube.

Chester Zoo and on Facebook:

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.

Edinburgh Zoo

Keep up to date with the tigers on Tiger-Cam

Marwell Zoo

Webcams available to find out what is happening at the zoo.

Dublin Zoo

Keep up to date with the elephants, penguins and giraffes.

Sport, Exercise and Fitness

Eyes-Free 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

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

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 Dogs

Guide Dog’s Specialist Education Support team have selected resources specifically to support parents who have a child with a vision impairment.

Teach CVI

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

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.

CBeebies Radio

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.

Busy Things

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.

Toy Theater

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.

Educational Quizzes

Quizzes covering a number of subjects, suitable for ages 5 – 17.

Top Marks

Topmarks gives children the opportunity to learn online, through safe, fun and engaging games and activities. Suitable for children aged 3 – 18.

BBC Bitesize

A wealth of information, plus daily online lessons from 20th April. Ages 3 – 18+.

Khan Academy

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.

Chatter Pack

Home learning resources for schools and families.

Inclusive Teach

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!

Crash Course

Educate yourself and your family with YouTube videos!

iDEA Awards

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.

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