Free online courses, activities and resources for children in lockdown

March 18, 2020

 

Faced with a prolonged lockdown at home with the children as Coronavirus wreaks havoc, this list of activities and amazing free learning resources could save your bacon!

 

It’s been compiled by teachers and parents who usually homeschool, covers a broad range of topics from maths, geography, science and literature to fun craft activities, cookery and exercises you can enjoy with your kids at home.

 

We are gobsmacked by the quality of learning resources available online – and free!

 

Head to Facebook too, where a brilliant page: Family Lockdown Tips and Ideas is amassing thousands of followers each day.

 

For children who don’t have access to WiFi or technology at home, most schools have laptops pre-loaded with resources for those in need.

 

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RESOURCES FOR PRESCHOOL AND EARLY PRIMARY

 

 

Check out The Imagination Tree for brilliant arts and craft ideas: https://theimaginationtree.com

 

CBeebies Radio has lovely listening opportunities for younger ones: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio

 

If you have access to some outside space during your lockdown, give Nature Detectives a go. Fun outside activities to help them learn about nature. https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives

 

Check out Red Ted Art for easy arts and crafts: https://www.redtedart.com and follow The Artful Parent on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/

 

Oxford Owl for Home has free e-books and phonics guides for young primary children.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home

 

 

RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN

 

 

Khan Academy (primary and secondary)

This educational platform is based on the US system but there’s lots of common material and great videos which help teach a broad range of topics. It’s especially good for maths and computing.

https://www.khanacademy.org

 

BBC Bitesize (Primary, Secondary and 16+)

This resource covers pretty much every topic. The language sections are great – your kids could return to school with a good grasp of French, Spanish or German! There are plenty of videos and games on this site to make learning more fun. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

 

All in One Home School has a free online curriculum covering everything from preschool to 12th grade. The site is pitched at Christian homeschooling: https://allinonehomeschool.com

 

Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities.

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

 

National Geographic Kids (Primary)

Facts about the world and nature, competitions, quizzes and games.

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk

 

Geography Games is also pretty good – learn the flags of the world, capital cities and where every county is in a series of fun games. https://world-geography-games.com/world.html

 

Travel and Leisure offer an opportunity to pretend to travel the world..Go on a virtual tour of 12 famous museums. https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

 

Twinkl (Primary)

Excellent print outs of activities for younger children. This site usually charges but is offering a month free to parents in the event of school closures.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk

 

Ted Ed (Primary and Secondary)

More engaging and educational videos than you can shake a stick at.

https://ed.ted.com

 

The Kids Should See This (all ages)

This site blew us away! It’s packed full of excellent educational videos, offering an enjoyable way to reinforce much of what they learn at schoool.

https://thekidshouldseethis.com

 

DK Find Out: A place for children to see, learn, explore and find out about almost everything. A brilliant, high quality learning resource.

https://www.dkfindout.com/uk

 

 

SCIENCE

 

 

Mystery Science (Primary and Secondary)

Enjoy free science lessons with great videos or pay a membership to unlock more resources.

https://mysteryscience.com

 

Crest Awards (Primary and Secondary)

Managed by the British Science Association, these awards encourage problem solving and learning through hands on challenges. You pay a small fee for this and it typically involves eight one-hour sessions.

https://www.crestawards.org Crash Course (Primary and Secondary)

You Tube videos on numerous subjects. Visit https://thecrashcourse.com for older kids or

https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids for a younger audience.

 

 

For Primary Maths, we love:

Maths Gametime http://www.mathgametime.com

Prodigy Maths https://www.prodigygame.com

Cool Math4Kids https://www.coolmath4kids.com

Beast Academy https://beastacademy.com

 

 

LANGUAGES

 

 

Duolingo (all ages)

Learn pretty much any language for free.

https://www.duolingo.com

 

 

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING

 

 

Blockly (primary)

A great introduction to computer programming. You’ll need to explain what it’s all about but Blockly has fun, basic games to give little ones a grasp on how to pro

https://blockly.games

 

Scratch (Primary and Secondary)

Program your own interactive stories, games and animations and share with others in the online community.  This is a really fun website and an opportunity for children to create something that can be enjoyed by their friends.

https://scratch.mit.edu

 

Tinkercad

Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It's used by teachers, children, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything.  It takes a little getting used to but stick with it – once you get the hang of it you won’t be disappointed.

https://www.tinkercad.com

 

Educational YouTube Channels worth looking up include: Science Channel, SciShow Kids, Free School, Geography Focus, TheBrainScoop, SciShow, Kids Learning Tube,  Geeek Gurl Diaries, Mike Likes Science, Science Max and SoulPancake

 

 

 

RESOURCES FOR SECONDARY AND HIGHER EDUCATION

 

 

Futurelearn (Secondary and further education)

Enjoy free access to hundreds of courses and only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate.

https://www.futurelearn.com

 

Seneca (Secondary and A-Level)

Free revision content for those revising for GCSEs or A-Levels. You can pay to access higher level material.

https://www.senecalearning.com

 

Big History Project (Secondary)

Big History tells the story of the Universe starting from the Big Bang, the formation of stars, planets, life on Earth, modern civilization — and what might exist in the future. https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home

 

iDEA Awards

Complete a range of digital projects and gain an award at the end. https://idea.org.uk

 

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