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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.