Learning at home

We’ve put together a selection of resources to help support you and your child while staying at home.


No one expects parents and carers to act as teachers or to provide the activities and feedback that schools do.

But if you’d like some extra support while we’re all staying at home, or you’re worried about your child’s development, hopefully this page will help.

Click on one of the sections below:

Early years resources - nursery and reception aged
  • BBC: see this helpful guide on all the resources available on Bitesize, CBeebies and BBC Teach
  • Hungry Little Minds:  a good place for finding activities to do at home is on this website. Created by the government, it lists online resources and support, identified by leading educational experts
  • Words for Life:  help improve your child's language, literacy and communication skills with age specific activities on this website, by the National Literacy Trust
  • ABC Does: play-based activities and fun ideas with an educational slant can be found here on this website
Primary school resources - age 5-11 years
  • Schools: check with your school and use online lessons or activities that match the school programme your child is following
  • BBC Bitesize: to make sure learning at home is easy for all, you can access lessons, accompanied by videos and other resources and activities, either on television (CBBC) or online - see here
  • Letters and sounds: help your child learn to read and write using phonics with online lessons and activities on this website here 
  • Oak Academy: around 10,000 free video lessons and activities covering most subjects are on this website
  • Oxford Owl: help your child learn with expert advice and activities on reading, maths, English and other subjects here 
  • Timestables: create a log in for your child on this website to help track their progress and collect rewards while they learn multiplication tables
Secondary school resources - age 11-16 years
  • Your school: Check with your school and use online lessons or activities that match the programme your child is following
  • Gov.uk: you can find a list of resources and support, identified by leading educational experts here
  • BBC: to make sure learning is accessible for everyone while we're all at home, there are daily lessons and weekly timetables, with videos, quizzes and practical activities on BBC Bitesize
  • Oak Academy: access lesson plans across a range of subjects here
  • Eparenting: here are 50 free revision resources for 11+ and GCSEs
For children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • Gov.uk: various advice and resources can be found on the government's website to support you and your child at home
  • POINT: have compiled a list of useful educational, creative and activity resources for you to access here 
  • BBC Bitesize: resources, activities and support during lockdown are available in this toolkit
  • The SEN Resources Blog: learn through play with simple videos using items from around the home
  • Soundabout create musical communities without barriers, giving a voice to people with severe and profound learning disabilities. Visit their website here to see all the online, multi-sensory sessions they run - perfect for homeschooling!
Other support and websites (click/drop down to see more)
  • Access a free virtual school library with reading and writing activities from your favourite children's authors, from the Oak Academy and National Literacy Trust
  • PE with Joe is on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at 9am - join in on his You Tube channel
  • Enjoy poems and stories with one of the best-known children's authors Michael Rosen
  • The UK Space Agency has a collection of space-related education resources that can be used for home learning here
  • RNLI has free teaching resources to educate children about water safety on its website.
  • Here are some delicious recipes from Super Yummy Kitchen to learn how to cook together
  • Literacy Shed Plus produced free activity packs and resources here
  • Reading Museum has some fantastic learning ideas and worksheets for primary and secondary school children - see the resources section
  • Reading Rep produced two drama education packs for children and young people to complete at home
  • Fun learning and activities for children from Network Rail about rail safety, engineering and more, see here
  • Cambridge Assessment International Education has a range of learning materials and videos for free here
  • RE Today has a series of free, quality-assured resources to support parents with the provision of RE activities 
  • Twinkl has Remote Learning Resource Packs to make it as stress-free as possible for parents to teach children from home. See these and more on its website
  • Chatterpack has a useful list of various links and resources for home learning

Looking for ideas and things to do to keep you and your family entertained at home?

Have a look at our ‘Activities & things to do‘ page.

Or for ideas for young people aged 12+, see our young people’s zone