Useful Sites for Home Schooling
Updated: Oct 26, 2020
This one is for you! I've put together some of the best websites that will help you home school during the school closures due to COVID-19. I'd just like to say I take my hat off to you because teaching children at home without all of the resources available in school, teaching children of different ages, and without all of the know-how must be tremendously challenging. You're doing a cracking job. The sites I've chosen to add to this list are websites that will help you with the subject knowledge, either by videos or step-by-step guides.
Please note: These are not ranked in any particular.
Website 1: NCETM
The National Centre of Excellence in Teaching Mathematics have rounded up some of the best resources and go-to websites to ensure your children revise and practice key Maths skills.
If you wanted to go a little further and learn with your child, the NCETM have just released the first set of videos covering key mathematical ideas for each primary key stage. The slides they use are ones used in some schools and as a user of these myself I have to say they are spot on. Some teacher guidance has been provided alongside the videos so you can understand why the steps are ordered as they are. Some of the videos are a little dry but you could always watch them yourself then try some of the activities out with your children.
Website 2: White Rose Hub
Another Maths go-to site - the White Rose Hub. Many schools use the White Rose Scheme of Learning so there is a good chance these home learning activities will link directly with what your child has learned at school.
Every lesson has a short video clip activity and includes printable worksheets (and answers!) The question for everyone at the minute is, 'when will schools reopen?' As we don't know, it makes it difficult for schools to have a plan for teaching the necessary skills before September. White Rose have carefully crafted the next 12 weeks of learning to help children learn the skills needed before they go to their next year group. It's definitely worth a look.
Website 3: BBC Bitesize
As of Monday 20th April, BBC Bitesize are launching daily lessons on an expanded version of their website, special broadcasts onn BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button. They have said that lessons will be available all day to all age groups. BBC Sounds are also releasing short 10 minute podcasts daily to support the learning at home. Although we don't know much about it yet, it sounds great.
The article with more information can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zn9447h
The BBC Bitesize website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Website 4: NRich
Covering activities for all ages, the NRich website provides challenging activities for confident children. Here is the link for Primary Maths at home. https://nrich.maths.org/14600
There are activities for both Early Years and Primary on this link. These resources tell you how you can stretch and challenge your children with these puzzles and problems.
Website 5: DfE
The Department for Education has put together an extensive list of home online learning websites. It's been circulating for a while, but if you haven't seen it yet here is the link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-online-education-resources-for-home-education
Many of the providers who normally charge for subscriptions have waived their fees so there is no charge to get access to the full sites.
Website 6: Oxford Owl
If your child loves reading and you need more books matched to their correct book band, you can access these free e-books on Oxford Owls website https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/
Oxford Owl have sorted their activities by age group which can be clearly seen across the tabs at the top.
Website 7: Twinkl
Twinkl is a go-to for many teachers. They have always had a handy parents section but as usual the best resources need to be paid for in order to download. However, like some of the other sites, Twinkl are offering the full website for free! For any age group, for any subject, there are a wealth of resources available for free.
If you have any other suggestions please let me know and I can add them to the list to help others.