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Online resources for children and parents

You can still get children's books from Bream Library with our click and collect service,

but we know that with schools closed you need more. 

We have put together some of the best online resources for you.

If you have a great resource you think should be added to our list let us know at:

Ages 5 - 16

YouTube has created a directory of educational content on its website. With Learn@Home, parents can find lists of YouTube channels that create educational content for children. There are videos for toddlers, children aged 5 or older, and content for children aged 13 and older.

The animated series Amoeba sisters covers science, Brian McLogan teaches maths to struggling students and Computerphile gets kids excited about IT. There's something for every student and every subject. Well worth checking out.


Ages 6+

Shemza Digital Art

This digital painting activity is fun to take part in and the project is a great activity to do with children.

Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy storytime with free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.
Discover some of the best new books, as well as the children's classics waiting to be re-discovered. From babies to teenagers, the Book Trust has got it covered!

Ages 0-13

Scholastic Books

Scholastic have some great home learning resources. 
Play games, win prizes or even ask the Book Wizard which book is best for you when you join their Book Club. Take a look at Scholastic Children's Books to find a great new read.
Ages 4 - 16

Twig Education provide free science resources for children aged 4 - 16

They have free access to their supplemental science programs, which include: 
  • Bespoke curriculum-aligned videos
  • Supporting lesson materials
  • Hands-on activities that you can do with limited resources
  • New student independent study packs for distance learning

Key Stages 2 and 3

Chicken House

to the Chicken House Newsletter and get all the latest scoops from the coop including exclusive author news, book releases, competitions and more!

Children up to 14

Funbrain has been a world leader in children's education since the 1990's providing fun and free classes for children up to the age of 14.

Children can work on literacy and numeracy and build up their confidence, while playing games to make the learning enjoyable.

The grade system used is American.

All Ages

Giving teachers and families the tools and tips they need to help keep students learning.

Now that schoolwork is happening at home, students are spending more time than ever online. Here are some tips and tools to help families support children’s use of technology and help them stay safe online.

Google have created this website to help teachers, but there are plenty of tips for children and parents learning at home.

All ages

PE with Joe is for children of any age.

PE With Joe Wicks began on Monday 23rd March 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the UK lockdown. When it was announced that all schools would be closed and with the prospect of kids spending more time at home, he thought it was more important than ever that they kept moving and stayed healthy and positive. Joe is still doing it!

Joe has his own YouTube channel. There are live sessions three times a week at 9am., and plenty of past videos to enjoy.

Early Years Learning

Starfall focusses on early years learning, offering free interactive classes on art, language and music.

This colourful American site is a great place for parents to find useful ideas for teaching their children - like "How to build a robot", which can be replicated using Lego building blocks.

Ages 2 - 18

In a bid to help parents and teachers with the school closures and the coronavirus, TES has compiled a list of free resources to assist with home learning. A huge range of companies, celebrities and organisations  are now offering their services for free. There are 148 of them! 

The resources range from Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to Key Stage 5, covering all aspects of education from ages 2 to 18. Something for everyone.


For children with special



needs and disabilities

The BBC has some great SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) resources, activities and support to help you and your family during lockdown.

Ages 3 - 16+

BBC Bitesize has resources for children aged 3 to 16+ 

They have lessons full of videos, quizzes and practice activities to help you with home learning.

Click on the subject to go to its page







Ages 0 - 12+

Whether you're a parent or teacher, make the most out of Faber's children's books by downloading their free resources including activity sheets and cross-curricular lesson plans. You can also browse their upcoming titles.

Ages 3 - 16

Audible Stories have made all their classic children's stories free online as audiobooks. There is something for ages pre-school to teen. Well worth a look.

Early Years

The government has produced  simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five.

Many little things light up hungry little minds. Kids take everything in, and even the smallest things you do with them can make a big difference.

They love it when you chat, play and read with them, even when they’re too young to understand everything. Whatever the time and wherever you are, you can turn almost anything into a game. And every little thing you do together will help set them up nicely for the day they start school.

                                         Key Stage 2 - A Level

Seneca. Join 4,500,000 students using Seneca as the funnest way to learn at KS2, KS3, GCSE & A Level. And it's free!

This is a very good site for GCE and A Level revision material.

Mostly for younger children

Kevin Graal  - Talking Tales

storytelling resources featuring rhymes, songs, stories and related storytelling activities – from play-rhymes for babies and toddlers and their grown-ups to stories for school-age children and young people.

All ages


Minecraft is already popular with children. It's a game-based learning platform that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive digital environment. Educators in more than 115 countries are using Minecraft: Education Edition across the curriculum!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,

Book 1

Written By: J.K. Rowling
Narrated by: Stephen Fry

Free audiobook on Audible

Ages 8 onwards

National Geographic

National Geographic have lots of content free for students to explore the world from their bedrooms.

All ages

Oak Academy

Let's keep pupils learning

Over 10,000 free video lessons and resources. Made by teachers, for every teacher and pupil.

Children can visit their online classroom and access their free lessons. You can search for lessons by subject and year group, or follow their suggested weekly schedule.

Ages: Early Years - 11

Teacher's Pet

Sign up for their FREE account and get weekly learning timetables, resources, ideas, tips and more. This site is for primary school pupils

All ages

Duolingo for foreign language learning

A free app for your phone for students to work on their language skills, or try a new language.

Learning languages with Duolingo. It's fun and addictive. Earn points for correct answers, race against the clock, and level up. They have  bite-sized lessons for effective learning 


For GCSE students who like podcasts this site has a collection for you on a range of subjects.


News Mag Media
are publishers of curriculum-linked children's monthly news magazines.  

They have made their content free. Great for supporting children with their non-fiction reading.  

Ages 0 - 12

The National Literacy Trust - Words for Life

It's never too early to support your child to read. The National Literacy Trust Words for Life website provides parents, children and young people with activities and support to improve their language, literacy and communication skills from home.

TTS have created a curriculum-focused independent learning resource with over 120 home learning activities all planned and all prepared!  There is a choice of free workbooks for primary-aged children.

Age: 2 - 18

Khan Academy

For every student, every classroom. Real results.

Khan Academy are a nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

Museums and Galleries

Museums and galleries are closed at the moment, but why not go on a Virtual Visit?

GCSE English

Mr Bruff has shared daily English lessons for GCSE students.

Ages 8+


Microsoft are offering free workshops for children in coding and lots of other subjects

Spark their curiosity with free virtual workshops

Make good use of free time with interactive online workshops for students. They'll be having so much fun they won't realise they're gaining new skills.

Parents and Teachers

Podcasts about Education for Teachers and Parents

A series of podcast interviews with teachers who have been doing an outstanding job in dealing with the challenges of the pandemic. These podcasts are about the American education system, but there are ideas that will be of interest to all educators.