There are so many apps and websites which are brilliant for children’s learning. I have compiled the following list of educational apps and websites for you to access at home. Some may require you to print resources and others are interactive however everything on this list will be FREE at the point of use. I believe, in this time of national crisis, when children and families are being plunged into the unknown the last thing parents need is to subscribe to services they possibly cannot afford. This list a generic list and some websites may be more suitable for your child. I have tried to attach a preview image to as many as possible for you to see what each site has to offer. They have been categorised by topic, however some websites cover several subjects.
Twinkl https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/curriculum-for-excellence/school-closure-resources-scotland-cfe will have free resources for the duration of the school closures. They have sorted learning packs into age categories and resources include interactive games and print outs.
- spellingshed.com spelling activities and games. This is a paid site with a 14 day free trial. It allows for children to play together in a group.
- Alphablocks This ceebeebies show will help your child to learn to recognise and say phonetic sounds in the alphabet. A really useful resource for younger learners.
- English with Holly. Join Holly for a fun, free interactive English lesson every Monday at 11am for children in Primaries 3-6 (Or KS2/3 in England)
- storylineonline.net , streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations – plays on a YouTube link.
- Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age and online e-books for children to read along with.
- Vooks – Read aloud animated storybooks. Running a free 1 month trial BUT a rolling subscription charge thereafter which you must remember to cancel.
- Cbeebies Radio
Listening activities for younger children
- App – Teach your monsters to read (usually £4.99 but currently FREE) This is one of my favourite early reading and word decoding/blending apps.
- App – Wordscape. A word unscramble spelling game for older children (FREE but may contain in app purchases)
- Classroom Secrets have a range of Maths and English resources for a range of different age categories and they are free throughout the school closure period.
- Phonicsplay – free to use throughout school closures
- Lalilo a new phonics and comprehension programme.
- mathshed.com maths activities and games. This is a paid site with a 14 day free trail.
- Topmarks Although topmarks offer learning games in many different curricular areas their Maths resources are particularly good.
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. The programme follows the American grading system but lessons are applicable to all.
- App – Khan Academy Kids (Free)
- App: Prodigy Game https://www.prodigygame.com
Is in U.S. grades at the point of set up but good for UK Primary age. This game is more of a computer game with discrete maths, it also requires a sentence level ability of reading.
- White Rose Maths has a range of free Maths resources, both interactive and printables.
- Oxford Owl for Home
- Numberjacks – Although no longer continued on the BBC you can catch up with the Numberjacls on their own Youtube channel. Excellent maths based programme for younger learners.
- Sumdog https://pages.sumdog.com FREE to use during school closures. This is also available as an App which is currently free, although it has some restrictions.
https://blockly.games Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Creative computer programming
- Typing.com Typing practice
- Doorway online Typing Practice Doorway Online. This website also contains other activities for Literacy, Numeracy, Time and Money.
- BBC Dancemat This requires a keyboard for use, a fun way for children to develop their typing.
- Nessy Fingers. Although this is a paid website there is a free game available for typing practice.
- Mystery Science
Free science lessons
- Edinburgh Zoo live Cams You can choose to watch the pandas, penguins, tigers of Koalas Live at Edinburgh Zoo.
- http://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk have a 91 page booklet of Science challenge cards
- Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi-disciplinary activities.
- Geography Games
- National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
All kinds of making.
- 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. This site has a lot of great ideas for early years and nursery stage.
- TTS have printable home learning packs available at Home schooling during Isolation
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.
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).
- Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
- Toy Theatre
Educational online games. These games are incredibly simple – not as advanced as others.
- DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes for. range of topics. This is a great starting point if you are looking to do some research or a topic project.
- Newsround – Stay up to date with current affairs through the Newsround app.
- Cosmic Kids Yoga on Youtube.
- Daily kids workouts with Joe Wicks The Bodycoach. Joe Wicks is offering 9am workouts while schools are closed. If you miss out on these on want to catch up on his other child friendly workouts you can view them on Youtube.
- Premier League Primary Stars – A website focussed on being active with Maths and English resources available too. All with a focus on being active or football.
- Go Noodle – ‘Braincercise’ dancing, strength and mindfulness videos that are a lot of fun. They have recently released an interactive App where children can play along.
- 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
- Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos
- Story Bots on Netflix – the bots venture into the world to answer questions kids ask.