Home education: Resources for schools, teachers and parents: Part 3

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This is the third edition of the SecEd compendium of home schooling and remote education resources for schools, teachers and parents. We cover a range of subjects, as well as exercise and keeping fit, mental health and wellbeing, cultural and arts activities, and whole-school support

Resources covering a wide range of curriculum areas continue to be published – many free and open access – to support schools and families with home learning.

Headteacher Update has already published two articles listing a wide range of resources and support across many different subjects and areas. You can find Part One here and Part Two here.

Below you will find our third edition. This includes both paid-for and free services, although priority has been given to free and open access resources. The list is not comprehensive and inclusion is not an endorsement by SecEd.

Headteacher Update has also published a range of best practice articles offering advice on remote learning for both parents and teachers. You can access this archive here.

The BBC & Oak National Academy

We began last time with a focus on the BBC Bitesize national programme of televised lessons and online support for students of all ages, which went live on Monday, April 20.

On its first day, three million people tuned in or logged on, with the top lessons accessed online being year 3 English, year 5 English and maths, and year 7 maths.

Also launching on April 20 was the Oak National Academy. Backed with around £300,000 in government grant funding, the initiative has been created by 40 state school teachers and will provide 180 video lessons a week, across a range of subjects and for every year group from Reception through to year 10.

The lessons are sequenced and there are links to other resources. Every lesson will be free to use and the site will be open “at least until schools return”.

The site launched with resources for mainstream pupils who do not need significant support or adaptation to access the curriculum.

Soon to be available will be support for pupils with additional needs and for teachers based in specialist settings. Additional key stage 4 resources are also being added soon.

The subject associations

The UK Council for Subject Associations is launching a directory to support educators and is signposting teachers to a range of resources and support from the UK’s individual subject associations.

Subject associations have tailored hundreds of pupil resources for use by parents or teachers as standalone materials. Many contain links to wider learning programmes. Meanwhile, the new directory includes details of 25 subject associations as well as other organisations that can offer support.

Mental health & wellbeing

Anna Freud National Centre: Wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people: www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/

BBFC: Free resources to help parents with home-schooling, including teaching children about what content online is appropriate for them: www.cbbfc.co.uk

British Psychological Society: Advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about Covid-19: www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-offers-advice-schools-parents-and-carers-help-children-through-uncertainty

Child Bereavement Network: Advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus outbreak: www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/covid-19

Education Support: A charity for teachers offering a range of wellbeing support, including online advice, a free helpline, counselling services and financial grants: www.educationsupport.org.uk/coronavirus-support

Internet Matters: A not-for-profit organisation offering a wealth of resources to hep parents to keep children safe online: www.internetmatters.org

MindEd: An educational resource for all adults offering advice and guidance on children and young people’s mental health: www.minded.org.uk

Rise Above: Videos with tips on gaining confidence, dealing with anxiety and coping strategies from other young people. Key stages 3 to 5: https://riseabove.org.uk/topic/my-mind/

Cross-curricular & whole-school

Countryside Classroom: Free curriculum-linked educational resources from LEAF Education to help children learn about food, farming and the natural environment: www.countrysideclassroom.org.uk/home-education

HP: Print, Play & Learn is a free resource which curates weekly literacy content as well as worksheets, colouring pages, puzzles and other learning printables for children aged 2 to 12: www8.hp.com/us/en/printers/printandplay

Kerboodle: Online resources, assessment, digital books and other tools. OUP is offering free access to Kerboodle and its MyMaths digital service for new secondary school subscriptions until September: https://bit.ly/3czMNaO

Khan Academy: A non-profit online learning platform. Daily learning schedules for students aged 2 to 18: www.khanacademy.org

Kialo Edu: A critical-thinking support tool. Kialo’s purpose is to promote well-reasoned discussion online. Free for educators: www.kialo-edu.com

Prezi: Teachers are being given free access to Prezi Video with full privacy settings for all remote learning content they create: www.prezi.com/video

English & literacy

Authorfy: Masterclasses on texts from a range of authors, including videos from the authors and activities linked to novels. Early years to key stage 2: https://authorfy.com

BookTrust: Recommended booklists, categorised by age range (from 0 to 12+) and topic, including fiction and non-fiction. A range of family activities in the “Home Time” section: www.booktrust.org.uk

Children’s Poetry Archive: Listen to poems being read aloud. Early years to key stage 3: https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/

English Mastery: Downloadable resource books providing eight weeks of activities for key stages 1 and 2, and 12 weeks of activities for key stage 3: www.englishmastery.org

Literacy Shed: Downloadable resource packs with tasks based on video clips on YouTube. Key stages 1 and 2: www.literacyshedplus.com/en-gb/browse/free-resources

Love Reading 4 Kids: Recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, covering fiction and non-fiction. Early years and primary: www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

Letters and Sounds: Online phonics lessons for Reception and primary pupils that follow Phases 2 to 5 of the Letters and Sounds programme via YouTube videos: https://bit.ly/2VUu2bm

National Literacy Trust: New support added to the charity’s Family Zone includes an “Author of the Week” series of videos, activities and digital books. There is also a challenge for children to write their own superhero story: https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/

Spelling Beats: Uses gaming elements and catchy beats to engage children of all ages in learning how to spell. Access is free for schools in the North of England with above-average Pupil Premium intakes: www.spellingbeats.com

Mathematics & numeracy

Bowland Maths Resources: Downloadable assessments on a range of subjects, including sample answers and assessment tips. Key stage 3: www.bowlandmaths.org.uk

Corbett Maths: A range of videos and downloadable questions categorised by topic and predicted grade. Key stage 4: https://corbettmaths.com/contents/

Dox Direct: Has a maths test pdf generator, with customisable sheets that can be downloaded. They also print and post packs for free. Primary phase: www.doxdirect.com/maths

Hamilton Trust: Downloadable resource packs with teacher guidance. A week’s worth of resources is provided for each year group in the home learning section. Key stages 1 and 2: www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs...

Mathematics Mastery: Downloadable guidance and resource packs for parents and pupils. From early years to key stage 3: www.mathematicsmastery.org/free-resources

Mathigon: Interactive maths resources that allow teachers and parents to track student progress and set activities. Key stages 3 and 4: https://mathigon.org/

Maths Kitchen: An interactive GCSE revision website. Resources are categorised by topic, including video lessons and practice questions: https://mathskitchen.com/topics

Matific: Sixty days’ free access for all schools. Curriculum-aligned activities, worksheets and word problems: www.matific.com/gb/en-gb/home/complimentary-teacher/

Mr Barton Maths: Free maths resources from key stage 2 to 5: http://mrbartonmaths.com/index.html

Nrich: A range of activities – some interactive, some for completion offline. Early years to key stage 4: https://nrich.maths.org/

STEP Support Programme: Offered by the University of Cambridge to help university applicants develop their advanced mathematical problem-solving skills. Assessments are downloadable. Key stage 5: https://maths.org/step/welcome

Timely Practice: A free "bank current maths” learning service to help prevent learning loss during lockdown for low-attaining students: https://bit.ly/2VwmaxG

Top Marks: Interactive maths games. Early years to key stage 3: www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games

Science & computing

British Science Week: The week may be over, but a range of education packs and activities are still available. Covering early years, primary and key stage 3: www.britishscienceweek.org/plan-your-activities/activity-packs/

Computing at School/BT: Dozens of activities, designed to support parents with their children’s digital skills, computing and IT learning at home. Based on the Barefoot Computing primary schools programme: www.bt.com/skillsfortomorrow/

DFRobot: A library of free STEM resources, including tutorials that help students experience real-world applications of science. Topics include the Internet of Things, robotics and AI. Includes project-based learning activities. Ages 8 and upwards: https://edu.dfrobot.com/

Institute of Physics: A set of articles and resources designed to support teachers who are teaching remotely. Key stages 3 and 4: https://spark.iop.org/supporting-schools-and-colleges-during-covid-19

Isaac Physics: Online problem-solving activities and regular live video tuition to support teachers and students. The content focuses on physics but also covers some maths and chemistry. Key stages 4 and 5: https://isaacphysics.org/

Royal Society of Chemistry: A set of articles and resources to support teachers who are teaching remotely. Key stages 3 to 5: https://edu.rsc.org/remote-teaching-support

WWT: Wildlife charity WWT has a home learning hub to help teach primary pupils key parts of the science curriculum. New resources, covering different conservation science themes, will be released weekly on a Monday morning: www.wwt.org.uk/discover-wetlands/home-learning-and-family-fun

Sports & exercise

Disney 10 Minute Shakeups: Ten-minute activities based on Disney films that count towards a child’s 60 active minutes per day. Early years to key stage 2: www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups

Fitness Blender: Videos featuring a range of exercises and workouts. You can choose exercises by: degree of difficulty, type, gender and whether equipment is needed or not. Key stages 3 to 5: www.fitnessblender.com

Super Movers: Videos which help children move while they learn. They support curriculum subjects, including maths and English. Key stages 1 and 2: www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

#ThisIsPE: Videos delivered by teachers focusing on the PE curriculum and accessible on YouTube. Key stages 1 to 4: www.afpe.org.uk/physical-education/thisispe-supporting-parents-to-teach-pe-at-home/

ukactive Kids & Nike: Move Crew is a set of activity missions designed to help primary school pupils get 60 minutes of daily activity. Each Monday, a Nike athlete will launch a weekly theme with daily missions: www.ukactive.com/movecrew

The arts

Blackeyed Theatre: The 2018 archive recording of Teechers is being made available to schools free of charge. Teachers need to email info@blackeyedtheatre.co.uk from their official school email. Education packs are available: https://bit.ly/2yDtvCC

Bristol Plays Music: Tutors deliver online sessions of 20 minutes for primary and 30 minutes for secondary children. There is a charge, but children of key workers or those who are suffering financially because of the outbreak can apply for bursary places: www.bristolplaysmusic.org/learn/instrumental/virtual-academy/

Digital Theatre+: Six free-to-access “Master Cast” education videos. Beginning from April 29, topics include What prompts a playwright to write? How do ideas emerge? How do performers bring text to life? Aimed at 16 to 20-year-olds: www.facebook.com/DigitalTheatrePlus/

Discover! A creative careers website offering a range of activities and virtual careers experiences and tours covering hundreds of careers across the creative industries. Around 500 job profiles for students and content and resources for schools: https://discovercreative.careers/#/

National Theatre: Six new productions are available for teachers and pupils to access via the National Theatre Collection. These are A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on A Hot Tin Roof, Consent, Small Island, Translations, wonder.land: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/ntcollection

Primary Shakespeare Company: A Shakespeare at Home campaign brings together activities and curriculum-based resources including games, films, arts and crafts, along with lesson plans for parents: www.primaryshakespearecompany.org

Other subjects

Amnesty International: Education materials focusing on issues relating to human rights with three new activities every week: www.amnesty.org.uk/blogs/classroom-community

Association for Citizenship Teaching: Members have been creating a range of resources covering key stages 2 to 4. Membership is offered free until September: www.teachingcitizenship.org.uk/resource/citizenship-teaching-resources-distance-learning

Built environment: The Learning in Lockdown programme is offering 30 hours of free virtual work experience focused on the construction industry for students in year 10 (England), year 11 (Northern Ireland) and S4 (Scotland). Running from May 18 to 22, it will include daily sessions with industry experts, career insights, and mentoring: www.scapegroup.co.uk/learning-in-lockdown

Dig School: A series of free archaeology-themed workshops to help secondary pupils explore history. Will offer 20 cross-curricular online enquiries. Devised by Professor Carenza Lewis from the University of Lincoln: http://digschool.org.uk/

Encyclopædia Britannica: Free access until September to its LaunchPacks, offering curriculum-aligned multimedia content across a range of subjects. The humanities and social sciences resources can be accessed here: https://bit.ly/2VE9DIE

Food for Life: The healthy eating programme is offering free membership to primary schools. It supports pupils to eat healthy food with curriculum tools and materials, including Jamie Oliver Kitchen Garden Project resources. Use the code COVIDFREEMEM: www.foodforlife.org.uk/registration/enrol

History Unlocked: Warwick Castle is offering free resources and educational activities including printable colouring sheets, word searches and quizzes as well as videos that explain key periods in the castle’s almost-1000-year history. Includes virtual narrated tours: www.warwick-castle.com/history-unlocked

Royal Academy of Engineering: Engineers in the Making competition for UK school children aged 7 to 14. Challenges to test students’ creativity, imagination and problem-solving skills: www.raeng.org.uk/education/stem-at-home/competition-engineers-in-the-making

Royal Armouries Museum: A resource bringing history to life through interactive videos and downloadable resources. A new lesson will be posted twice a week. Topics include Viking warriors, Tudor knights, Romans soldiers and Greek heroes: https://royalarmouries.org/royal-armouries-from-home/

UK Parliament: Resources for children aged 5 to 16, including videos, games and downloadable packs. There are virtual tours of the Houses of Parliament and video sessions. Topics include votes for women, how Parliament works, how laws are made and campaigning: https://learning.parliament.uk/resources/

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