Websites Offering Free Resources For Parents Whilst Schools Are Closed

Although schools are putting together learning packs for all students; whether it be online, physical packs or a mixture of both, it is always good to have some extra tools under your belt.  Fortunately, many of the teacher resource pages have decided to offer many/all of their services free of charge to everyone; to help ease the stress and pressure for parents.

This will continue to be a live document; updated regularly. 

I will update this page as much as possible, adding more new web pages as/when I find them.  If you know of any others, feel free to drop a comment below or DM me on any of my social media platforms and I’ll be sure to add it in.

Here is the list of web pages offering free services;

ABCMouse/Adventure Academy  – This is aimed at ages 2.5 years through to 14 years, covering a range of topics.  For those outside of the US,UNICEF are partnering with the site to provide free resources for all.  This is currently in the process of being sort, so keep an eye out.

ALBERT  – For ages 11 to 18+.  This site covers most subjects, including English, Maths, Science, languages, humanities, and technology to name a few.

Alchemie  – Interactive Higher Education Chemisty app.

Backpack Sciences  – hands on simple science for Primary/Elementary school age.

Bamboo  – A learning platform using Amazon’s Alexa devices, to deliver learning covering English, Maths, Historical Figures, Music and Stories for ages 5-12.

BBC Bitesize  – This is a firm teacher favourite that we use a lot.  This is very user friendly and covers all subjects from Primary age onward.  This includes lesson content, games, videos etc.

BBC Newsround  – Child friendly daily news.  If you’re outside of the UK, you may be able to pull this up via Youtube.

Beanstalk  – Online interactive home learning classes for children aged 1.5 – 6 years.

Boardmaker  – Activities-to-go. Printable personalized instruction and therapy for children of all ages.

BookCreator App  – Book creator app.  Children can create their own books/stories; using their own pictures or photographs, music, stickers and more.

BrainPop  – BrainPOP’s animated movies, assessment resources, and creative tools to support distance learning, support projects and homework and keeping students on track with their learning.

Breakout Edu  – Online games for all ages, covering English, Maths, Science and Social Studies.

Century  – This is a tool that is designed to help you personalize learning, through identifying gaps, addressing misconceptions and supporting teacher interventions.

CheckMath  – CheckMath supports various topics including basic arithmetic, fractions, equations and many more. Suitable for ages 10 to 16.

CircleTime Fun  – Practical classes online for your little ones aged 0 – 6 years, including yoga, cooking, singing, stories and more.

CK-12 Foundation  – Support for all subject areas, across all age groups.

Classroom Secrets  – Everything on this site is completely free.  This is designed for EYFS through to Year 6; covering phonics, maths, reading, GPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling) and history.

ClassHook  – This site facilitates discussions using educational clips from popular TV shows and movies; covering a wide range of topics.

Club SciKidz  – This site posts different simple science experiments for kids and parents to do at home.

CMU CS Academy  – Online, interactive high school computer science curriculum.

Code Camp – Children can design, code, create, problem solve and have fun during their school holidays/home schooling.

CommonLit  – A program focused on reading, writing, communication, and problem-solving skills children need to be successful in the future.

Conjugemos  – This is a languages based site, where students can lean a range of different languages using fun activities and games.

Cosmic Kids Yoga  – Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.

Curriki  – This is a large bank of resources that cover all subjects, across all age groups.

Discovery Ed  – Created by the Discovery Channel, this is a site that aims to take learning outside of the classroom and into the real world.

Duolingo  – This is a great languages website, which delivers lessons in small bite size chunks.  There are lots of languages available to learn; and you can select the intensity of learning to suit the learner.

Dyslexia Academy   – This is a dyslexia support page for those home schooling, families and teachers.

Emile  – This covers the UK national primary curriculum for numeracy and SPaG with some phonics thrown in. The content is suitable for 4-12 years of age.

Epic!  – This is a digital learning library for children aged 12 and under.

Fiveable  – Upper high school level video tutorials, covering a range of subject.  Although this is geared to an international examination system, the video content is applicable.

Free Math  – Upper high school level mathematics problems for children to work through step-by-step.

Go Noodle  – GoNoodle® gets kids up and moving to fun, engaging content and games. Every dance party, yoga session, mindfulness activity, and game session is an opportunity for kids to wake up their bodies, engage their minds, and be their best.

Good2Learn  –  A range of Maths and English lessons that help children between the ages of 7 to 12 years old. Although the focus is on Key Stage 2 learning they are continuously adding lessons and extending the range to Key Stage 3.

HippoCampus  – Over 7000 free videos across 13 subject areas.  This is best suited for those in secondary school and beyond.

Horrible Histories  – Here you can watch episodes and clips, play games, and even sing along to your favourite Horrible Histories songs!  If you’re from outside of the UK, many of these videos can be found on Youtube.

IDEA  – Free mini courses in subjects including; coding, social media, block chain, growth hacking, research, colours, e-safety,  virtual reality.

InThinking  – InThinking promotes and supports the development of high quality educational resources which incorporate cutting-edge ideas, encourage independent thinking, and help students to prepare effectively for exams. This site covers a range of secondary school subjects.

i-Ready  – Printable at-home activity packs are designed to provide students with valuable self-directed exercises and practice during extended absences from school. Each pack is designed to reinforce key concepts for a given grade. Suitable for ages 4-14.  – Entertaining & educational videos come with tons of additional resources – Teachers Guides, activities, quizzes, and much more!

KET’s PBS Learning Media  – Standards-aligned videos, interactive activities, lesson plans, and more; covering a wide range of subjects and age groups.

Khan Academy  – Exercises, quizzes, and tests so students can practice and master skills, as well as instructional videos to help students learn or review material.  Khan Academy is available in 40 languages.

LabsLand  – LabsLand is providing free remote access to real STEM laboratories for schools (typically High School and a few for Middle School), colleges and universities.

Learning Apps  – This is a great bank of apps, available in different languages, across a huge range of subjects.  This is ideal for middle school age onward (14+).

Libby App  – Library App.

ListenWise  – Listening comprehension across subjects including; English, Social Studies, Science and Current Events.

Manga High  – This is another platform that is highly popular with schools.  A comprehensive and engaging educational platform to develop maths and coding skills is available to you in your home!

Math Games  – Lots of interactive maths games for primary aged students and Key Stage 3.

Minecraft: Education Edition  – Education Edition using starter kits, each with lessons, downloadable worlds, and tutorials in core school subjects, across a range of age groups.

MobyMax  – MobyMax helps struggling learners quickly catch up to grade level and closes learning gaps for all your students.

MusicFirst  – A comprehensive Learning Management System for Early Years through to Key Stage 4 in Music Education.

Mystery Science  – All science lessons are expertly designed to engage students, achieve learning outcomes, and be easy to use. Short mini-lessons that are completely digital and full lessons that include an activity. All of the activities are designed to use simple supplies a parent will likely already have at home.

National Geographic   – Bringing National Geographic to your home through lesson plans, maps, and reference resources.

Natural History Museum  – Lesson plans and activities for classroom and home learning, as well as resources to support self-led trails around the Museum.

Ninja Maths – This is a programme that a lot of schools use for Key Stage 2 and 3.  These are bite size chunks of maths; covering the similar problems daily to improve children’s sharpness and consolidate their understanding.

Outschool  – Spark your child’s curiosity with access to 10,000 small group video chat classes – created and taught by inspiring teachers.

Oxford Owl – Expert advice, educational resources and free eBooks to support children’s learning at primary school and at home, from Oxford University Press.

PBS Kids – Educational games and videos from Curious George, Wild Kratts and other PBS KIDS shows!

PBS Kids Daily Newsletter  – This creates a newsletter that’ll give you ideas for learning activities at home. A new newsletter arrives every weekday.

PenPal  – PenPal Schools is a website that allows classrooms and students around the world to work together on collaborative projects that connect to every school subject.

Phonics Play – Interactive phonics games and resources for early years.

Prodigy  – Self-paced math practice aimed at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.  Parents monitor and support their child’s learning using the tools in their free Parent account.

Rockalingua  – Music based Spanish lessons.

ScienceWerkz  – Downloadable science books.

Seneca  – Pick from 1000+ KS2, KS3, GCSE & A Level courses based on exam board specifications, across a range of subjects.

Scholastic  – Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.  Offering new mini-lessons that includes a story, a video, and an activity. The lessons are grouped into four age groups: Pre-school and EYFS, KS1, KS2, and KS3.

ScratchJr  – Children can play around with coding, eventually creating their own programs,  interactive stories and games. The app is suitable for children aged 5 to 7 years.  Upon completion, children can progress onto the regular Scratch app.

Shanghai Maths – This is again another popular maths programme used by all key stages.  This provides complete coverage of the maths curriculum for England. Every child can master maths with these comprehensive resources, based on the successful pedagogy of the bestselling Shanghai maths programme.

Sight Reading Suite  – makes practicing the important skill of sight reading music easy, effective and fun!

SmartMusic  – SmartMusic is a web-based suite of music education tools that support efficient practice, helping musicians to develop and grow.

Squiggle Park – Reading skill building for ages 3 – 8+.  Reading comprehension for ages 8 to 15.

Starfall – A service that teaches children to read.  It has expanded to include language arts and mathematics for preschool, reception, and key stage 1/lower 2.

StoryBoard  – Create your own online storyboard.

Twinkl  – We love Twinkl as teachers; there are endless great resources available for all ages, across all Key Stages and subjects.

Typing Club  – It is web based and highly effective way to learn to type. TypingClub is (and will always be) free for both individuals and schools.

Vidcode  – Vidcode courses teach computer science, object oriented programming, web programming, design, & JavaScript for teenagers.

Vroom App  – Vroom Tips™ help you do more with your shared moments. Add learning to mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, or anytime with 1,000+ fun, free activities.

Zearn  – Zearn Math is a complete math program that provides Common Core aligned math lessons, personalized to individual learners, and based on Eureka Math / Engage New York. Lessons focus on three critical components: deep understanding, fluency, and problem-solving.

I hope this proves to be helpful.

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All information is accurate at the time of posting – 20/03/2020


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