Here are some useful FREE resources for adults and children during this #coronavirus housebound period…
The Open University has made courses free so we can learn a new skill while we’re all isolated! https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue
Amazon has cancelled the subscription of books and audio stories for children and students of all ages as long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet using the following link: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
See this non-exhaustive list of FREE online education resources compiled by home educators that will be beneficial for all parents affected by school closures due to coronavirus:
Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org
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: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision.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 licence 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.
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Creative computer programming
Ted Ed: https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids: https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Mystery Science: https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This: https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos
Crash Course: https://thecrashcourse.com
You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids: https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
As above for a younger audience
Crest Awards: https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home.
iDEA Awards: https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges: https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
All kinds of making.
Prodigy Maths: https://www.prodigygame.com
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Cbeebies Radio: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.
Nature Detectives: https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
British Council: https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Big History Project: https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Geography Games: https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Blue Peter Badges: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent: https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/
Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art: https://www.redtedart.com
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree: https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Toy Theater: https://toytheater.com/
Educational online games
Activities and quizzes
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents following school closures.