Home with the kids during Covid 19 social distancing

With the recent news that schools are closing to most pupils to help slow the spread of Covid19, you may be thinking about how to keep your children entertained.

Give your children time to enjoy life, this is a time of change and uncertainty, and more than anything they need some time to talk and relax. Be kind to yourself and remember that children learn through all sorts of experiences, not just formal education… time spent cooking, gardening, being creative, playing in the fresh air, supporting more vulnerable members of your community all teach your children valuable lessons

Here are some resources that I have gathered from various posts and shares across social media that can help you have fun with your children, and maybe give you some inspiration in the coming days and weeks:

Varsity Tutors Have a number of virtual school day and back to school day resources available free of charge, US based but lots of good resources.

Khan Academy
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.

BBC Learning
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Futurelearn
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
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

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 young people.

Blockly
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Scratch
Creative computer programming

Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Duolingo
Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

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

Tinkercad
All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

British Council
Resources for English language learning

Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
Geography gaming!

Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

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.

Toy Theater
Educational online games

DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes

Twinkl
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.

Further listings can be found at : https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions