COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

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

Tinkercad

tinkercad.com

App for 3D design, electronics, and coding


The Artful Parent

facebook.com/artfulparent/

Good, free art activities


Red Ted Art

redtedart.com

Easy arts and crafts for little ones


The Imagination Tree

theimaginationtree.com

Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Computing

Kano Club

club.kano.me/

Coding challenges


Blockly

blockly.games/

Simple coding


Scratch

scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/

Creative computer programming

Cooking

Cooking with Jamie Oliver

https://www.facebook.com/pg/jamieoliver/posts/

Learn with one of the best!


Home Economics with Theo Michaels

instagram.com/theocooks

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

worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

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


Oxford Owl

home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/

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


Reading Eggs

readingeggs.co.uk/

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.


Audible

stories.audible.com/start-listen

For as long as schools are closed, instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages.


ICT Games

ictgames.com/

Free educational maths games for children aged 5 – 8.


Phonics Play

phonicsplay.co.uk

Free games to help your children learn phonics.


SpellZone

spellzone.com

A simple and effective way to master English spelling.


Teach your Monster to Read

teachyourmonstertoread.com/

The groundbreaking game that makes learning to read fun.


Spelling Shed

spellingshed.com

Aims to make spelling fun!


Literacy Shed

literacyshed.com/home.html

Films and animations for primary aged children to enhance the teaching of reading and writing.


Letters and Sounds

letters-and-sounds.com/

Phonics resources to help build children’s speaking, listening and reading skills.

History and Geography

Big History Project

https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home

Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.


Geography Games

world-geography-games.com/world.html

Geography gaming!


History with Dan Snow

tv.historyhit.com/signup/package

Sign up for a free 30 day trial.

Languages

Duolingo

duolingo.com

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


British Council

britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find

Resources for English language learning

Maths

Maths Melodies

pathstoliteracy.org/technology/math-melodies-free-accessible-app

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

iowa-braille.k12.ia.us/vnews/display.v/SEC/Math%7CMath%20Lessons

The Iowa Braille School has advice on teaching your child maths at home.


Educational App Store

educationalappstore.com/blog/10-best-maths-apps/

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

home.oxfordowl.co.uk/maths/

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


Maths with Carol Vorderman

www.themathsfactor.com

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

www.prodigygame.com

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


ICT Games

www.ictgames.com

Educational games aimed at children aged 5-8.


Maths Shed

www.mathshed.com/en-gb

A maths platform designed for pupils in primary school (reception – year 6).


White Rose Maths

whiterosemaths.com/

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

www.timestables.co.uk

Learn your times tables!


Times Tables Rockstars

ttrockstars.com

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


Doodle Maths

doodlemaths.com/

Award winning, personalised Maths programmes.

Music and Dance

Music with Myleene Klass

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ

While the schools are shutdown, Myleene is doing regular music lessons on her YouTube channel.


Let’s Play Guitar

letsplayguitar.org

Braille and audio classical guitar lessons.


Diverse Dance Mix

https://www.facebook.com/diversedancemix/

There are lots of great dance ideas on Darcey Bussell’s dance fitness Facebook page


Dance with Oti Mabuse

youtube.com/channel/UC58aowNEXHHnflR_5YTtP4g

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 

Outdoors

Nature Detectives

woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/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

pawprintbadges.co.uk

Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Science and Nature

Explorify Science

explorify.wellcome.ac.uk/

Free resources for creative science activities


National Geographic Kids

www.natgeokids.com/uk/

Activities and quizzes for younger kids.


Mystery Science

mysteryscience.com

Free science lessons


Crest Awards

www.crestawards.org

Science awards you can complete from home.


Science with Maddie Moat

youtube.com/maddiemoate

BBC presenter Maddie’s YouTube channel is packed with videos about animals, plants, travel and technology.


Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests

cosmicshambles.com/stayathome/upcoming-schedule

This website hosts a large schedule of regular science shows.


Nature with Steve Backshall

twitter.com/SteveBackshall and youtube.com/channel/UCm-URP49TgSgyIU1rgh2m7A/featured

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


Chester Zoo

www.chesterzoo.org/schools/resources/ and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/chesterzoo1/

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

edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/tiger-cam/

Keep up to date with the tigers on Tiger-Cam


Marwell Zoo

marwell.org.uk/zoo/keep-in-touch/webcams

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


Dublin Zoo

www.dublinzoo.ie/animals/animal-webcams/

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

Sport, Exercise and Fitness

Eyes-Free Fitness

www.blindalive.com

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

https://youtu.be/saw8nD6lOeY

Easy exercises for you to do at home.


Henshaws Sports Advice

https://www.henshaws.org.uk/five-ways-exercise-visual-impairment/

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

metroblindsport.org/audio-exercise-programs/

Try out Eyes-Free Fitness audio exercise programs to help you and your children stay fit during lockdown.


British Blind Sport

britishblindsport.org.uk/stay-in-work-out/

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

youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

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

rnibbookshare.org

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

positiveeye.co.uk/general-news/activity-shares-for-families-and-professionals-covoid19/

facebook.com/PositiveEyeIdeaMachine/

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

www.guidedogs.org.uk/coronavirus/Services/Resources-for-learning-at-home

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


Teach CVI

teachcvi.net/database

Lots of resources specifically for teaching those with CVI.


Look

look-uk.org/coronavirus-how-we-can-support-you/

Look have got a range of support available during this time, including webinars for parents, students and young adults.


Doorway Online

doorwayonline.org.uk/

Doorway Online is a collection of free accessible educational games that learners will find easy to use independently.


Accessibyte

accessibyte.com/

Accessibyte are offering free access to its apps for blind, low vision, deaf and reading impaired students.


Paths to Literacy

pathstoliteracy.org/

Paths to Literacy have set up a Pinterest board specifically for virtual and home learning. Go to Pinterest Board.


Meet Me Accessibly 

https://mosen.org/zoom/

A guide to Zoom Cloud Meetings from a blindness perspective


Twinkl

twinkl.co.uk/resources/specialeducationalneeds-sen/specialeducationalneeds-sen-sensory-and-physical-needs/sen-visual-impairment/2

Twinkl resources specifically aimed at children with a visual impairment.


Teaching the Visually Impaired

teachingvisuallyimpaired.com/

Locate VI resources & learn instructional strategies to support students who are blind and visually impaired.


Perkins School for the Blind

perkinselearning.org/

Blogs, activities, resources and more.


Royal Blind Learning Hub

learninghub.royalblind.org/

Watch, read and listen to free online learning resources by experienced teachers of visually impaired children and young adults. 


Wonderbaby.org

wonderbaby.org/

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

bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio

Listening activities for little ones.


Zero to Three

zerotothree.org/

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

empoweringlittleminds.co.uk

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

helpkidzlearn.com/updates/school-closure.html

Website includes free access to games, many suitable for children with additional needs. For younger children.


Crash Course Kids

youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids

Like Crash Course (educate yourself with YouTube videos) but for a younger audience.


Busy Things

busythings.co.uk/

Fun educational games for kids aged 3–11 on a huge range of subjects.


100 Challenge Ideas

teachingpacks.co.uk/100-challenge-ideas-for-home-learners

A range of challenges for multiple subjects to do at home, with little preparation. Probably most suited for younger children.


Toy Theater

toytheater.com/

Educational online games for primary aged children.


JumpStart

jumpstart.com/

Fun, educational games for kids aged 3 – 12.


DK Find Out

dkfindout.com/uk/

Quizzes, fun facts, videos and activities, for primary school children.


Blue Peter Badges

bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-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

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Day by day projects to keep kids thinking, reading and growing. Aimed at ages 3 – 15.


Educational Quizzes

educationquizzes.com/

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


Top Marks

topmarks.co.uk/

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


BBC Bitesize

bbc.co.uk/bitesize

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


Khan Academy

khanacademy.org/

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

https://chatterpack.net/

Home learning resources for schools and families.


Inclusive Teach

inclusiveteach.com/

Free resources from Joe White, Assistant Headteacher of Broadstairs Special School, for children with additional needs.


MumsNet: Best Resources

mumsnet.com/swearsby/best-online-learning-resources#free-resources

A round up of the best online learning resources


Ted-Ed

ed.ted.com/

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

thekidshouldseethis.com

Videos for all ages, including nature, technology, space, food, art and more!


Crash Course

thecrashcourse.com/

Educate yourself and your family with YouTube videos!


iDEA Awards

idea.org.uk/

Free mini courses in subjects including coding, social media, colours and more.


Twinkl

twinkl.co.uk/

Home Learning Hub


e-Parenting

eparenting.co.uk/education/50_free_revision_resources_for_gcse_a_level_11_plus_and_sats.php

Free revision resources for 11+, GCSEs and A-Levels


FutureLearn

futurelearn.com/

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)


Seneca

senecalearning.com/

Lots of content for those studying and revising for KS2, KS3, GCSE and A-Level.


OpenLearn

open.edu/openlearn/

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.


Entertainment

quarantain.me/

Keeping families entertained during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Add more resources

If a helpful resource is not on the list please get in touch at parents@victa.org.uk and we will be happy to add it to the page.

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