Are you looking for learning activities you can use with your kids at home? There is absolutely tonnes of free stuff online. Lots of charities and organisations create free learning resources for schools, that are curriculum-relevant but also put a different spin on learning. Best of all they are usually created ( I know because I work on some of them) to pick up and run with. You don’t need to be a teacher, or understand the curriculum to use them, and you can be assured that your kids are learning something worthwhile and relevant.
I’m going to give you a load of links to some great content – but check out the websites where these are, as there is much much more available! I’ll add new sites as I find them too, so be sure to come back! Sorry if the page gets messy – hopefully I’ll get some time to sort them into some semblance of order. And if you are a charity with free educational materials to offer leave a comment or get in touch.
Draw with Rob! These are good fun ‘drawalongs’ – watch and draw. Use the hashtag #DrawWithRob to share your drawings on Twitter. And take part in his World Record Attempt for the largest online art club ever. http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob
Loving the Tate Kids website for art actvities, quizzes and more! https://www.tate.org.uk/kids
Design a book token for National Book Tokens – closing date for entries 28th June https://www.nationalbooktokens.com/create-a-national-book-token-for-your-class
World OCEAN day is 8 June – sign up for access to resources. The form asks for school details but you can sign up as a parent.https://worldoceanday.school/thanks-for-registering/
Earth Hour have launched Earth School giving you access to engaging educational content, from videos and reading materials to activities and daily ‘quests’ – enabling learners of all ages to celebrate, explore, and connect with nature from home.
One for June, but sign up now. Daily random acts of wildness for The Wildlife Trust – lots of fun activities perfect to get kids engaged with nature. https://action.wildlifetrusts.org/page/57739/petition/1
Check the Natural History Museum for virtual tours and things to try at home. Lots of Nature Live online events scheduled too https://www.nhm.ac.uk/
Story-based learning and follow up activities delivering financial education for children aged 5-11.https://www.valuesmoneyandme.co.uk/
Lots of activities that support English and Spanish language and animal welfare learning. Make puppets, write stories and more! www.education.greyhoundsinneed.co.uk
Fun videos and lesson plans with a dog theme to support English, Maths, Drama, History, Citizenship, and Science. https://www.learnwithdogstrust.org.uk/resources/#ks1-and-ks2
Full lesson plans with a dog theme to support English, Citizenship, History, and Business Studies for older students. https://www.learnwithdogstrust.org.uk/resources/#ks3-and-ks4
Families can register for a free account to access Wastebuster resources. Videos, singalongs, and fun eco-activities all linked to reducing, reusing and recycling waste. www.wastebusters.co.uk
Lesson plans, case studies, videos and more to introduce global issues at all ages. https://www.actionaid.org.uk/school-resources
Teaching resources to help enrich curriculum subjects and connect human crisis with human kindness. https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-involved/teaching-resources
Curriculum linked resources designed to explore environmental issues in an engaging and motivating way. https://www.wwf.org.uk/get-involved/schools/resources
Thousands of resources relating to the themes of food, farming and the natural environment. https://www.countrysideclassroom.org.uk/
Teach young people how to be safe near and in the water – and what to do if anything ever goes wrong. Videos, activities and interactive learning for all ages. https://rnli.org/youth-education/education-resources
Get outside and explore nature with RSPB activities; spot it sheets, build nature houses, provide food and water for nature or become a nature detective. https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-teachers/lesson-plans-and-supporting-resources/
Everything you need to know about mini beasts. https://ypte.org.uk/factsheets/minibeasts/what-is-a-minibeast
Make home schooling easier. BBC Bitesize lessons launched today (20/4) – 3 lessons per day for each age group. About 20 mins each. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons
Edutainment – fun stuff with learning too!
Play the ‘poop scoop’ game, or ‘waggy tails’. Download colouring sheets, wordsearches, dot-to-dots and more!
Play GalGo! Download the puzzle sheets, colouring and dot to dots.
Watch Smart Dog and learn how to be safe around dogs!