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Online Learning Links

Online resources for children and adults

Early Years Online / home learning resources

Hungry Little Minds
Supported by the DfE – activities for parents/carers to engage in with their children Birth to five years old. Includes electronic links to a variety of other EY online resources. 

Interactive stories and games.

Chatter Pack 
Lots of links to resources and guidance. 

National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for young children.

The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos.

Crash Course Kids
You Tube videos on many subjects for a younger audience.

Cbeebies Radio
Listening activities for the younger child.

Lots of fun games to play, songs to sing, stories to listen to – linked to children’s favourite TV characters/programmes.

Fun ways with numbers. Including: counting, adding on, subtraction.

Red Ted Art

For children aged 2-5): Sets of learning games, speech recognition games and video-based games to help with a child’s grammar and getting them speaking their first words early on.

(For children aged 3-5): The first digital handwriting exercise book using a stylus and tablet, built using AI and co-created with teachers, occupational therapists and neuroscientists.

Phonics Hero
(For school-aged children): Over 850 fun, varied and motivating games take a child step-by-step through the 44 sounds, the reading and spelling of words, and how to conquer sentences.

Teach Your Monster to Read
(For school-aged children): Covers the first two years of learning to read, from matching letters and sounds to enjoying little books, designed in collaboration with leading academics.

(For school-aged children): The world’s first ‘Listening Bookshop’ interacting with children by giving visual cues in real-time as they read aloud and highlighting where the most support is needed.

The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Interactive Phonics Resources

Phonics Play
Free resources for all Phases. School subscription £120/year. Also available as an app £0.79 (Phase 2 only. Phase 3 to follow soon). FREE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PERIOD

Teach your Monster to Read
Phonics’ and early reading. Free to register. Promoted and used by Oxfordshire schools.

Education City
Subscription website for all curriculum areas. Links to Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics. Between £100-165 per curriculum area. 

App covering all Phases £4.99 (lite version available for free).

Oxford Owl website
Useful information for staff and parents.

Coosi box
Creative Drawing & Share Imagination.

Hairy phonics - My Story
A simple book creator app, great for making multi-modal texts. Children can insert photographs, clipart, saved images. They can also record their voice and there are a range of mark making tools for them to write and record their ideas.


Coronavirus Covid19 - Sources of support

 General – for parents

Call 116 123

Mind UK
UK Mental Health Charity with information and an online mutual support community

General – for young people

Parenting pressures

Family Action
Telephone: 0808 802 6666
Text message: 07537 404 282
The FamilyLine service supports people who are dealing with family pressures in a new and innovative way by using a network of volunteers from across the country to support family members over the age of 18 through telephone calls, email, web chat and text message.

Family Lives (previously Parentline)
Call: 0808 800 2222
Family Lives offers a confidential and free helpline service for families in England and Wales (previously known as Parentline). for emotional support, information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life. The helpline service is open 9am – 9pm, Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday.

Single Parent Helpline: 0808 802 0925
One Parent Families/Gingerbread is the leading national charity working to help lone parents and their children.

Grandparents Plus
Call: 0300 123 7015
Grandparents Plus is the only national charity (England and Wales) dedicated to supporting kinship carers - grandparents and other relatives raising children who aren't able to live with their parents.


Helpful resources for talking to children about Coronavirus

A short book about Coronavirus for children under 7

Newsround video
Drs Chris and Xand explain what’s happening


Resources for children and young people with additional needs: 
Contains a link to the most up to date version of their “Easy Read” for young people and adults with learning difficulties

Resources for home education

Many schools will be setting their own learning.  However, if you need something else to keep them usefully occupied then this non-exhaustive list might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators:

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 license 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).

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

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.

Creative computer programming

Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

Virtual tours
Virtual tours of some of the world’s best museums


Reference documents

The World Health Organisation

Mental Health UK

NEF – Five Ways to Wellbeing: The Evidence

Wang et al (2020) Mitigate the effects of home confinement on children during the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Lancet; Correspondence.

National Association of School Psychologists

Brooks et al (2020) The Psychological Effects of Quarantine and How to Reduce It: A rapid review of the evidence.  In The Lancet Volume 395, ISSUE 10227.

The Child Mind Institute

Mind Hong Kong