Home Learning Resources

Learning at home

Dear Parents,

Here are some DFE Guidance pages to support parents with home learning during the summer holiday.

Help children aged 2-4 to learn at home – Very useful if you have a child about to start Nursery or School.

Supporting your children’s education at home – Very useful for parents with children in Year 1 -6 during the summer.

Help primary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19) – Advice for parents and carer with Primary School aged children.

Top Tips to encourage children to read – A list of ways to help primary-aged children read at home.


How to Utilise Twinkl: A Guide for Parents

Message from Twinkl

At Twinkl, our mission is to help those who teach and we are therefore taking steps to support continued learning at home, by offering the teachers and parents of children in schools which are closed, or facing closure, free access to all Twinkl resources for a period of one month in the first instance.


Guide to using Twinkl

We are grateful for Twinkl for this offer and the teachers at St John’s have included in their Closure Pack particular links for your children to use.

Step 1: Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer

Step 2: Enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS

Teachers have suggested particular links in their packs. There are also a number of really helpful guides, designed for parents, for different areas of the curriculum in the dedicated Parents’ Hub.

Nursery and Reception: EYFS for Parents area 

Year 1 – 6: 5-11 area.


Home Learning Packs

Twinkl have put together Home Learning Packs from Year 1 to Year 6.

EYFS Packs:

Packs can be found here.

KS1 Packs:

Packs can be found here.

KS2 Packs:

Packs can be found here.

SEND Pack:

Pack is available here.


FREE online education resources

Please click on the links below for more information.


Now Press Play

http://nowpressplay.co.uk/learn-at-home/
The children of St John’s love the Press Play resource. The company have provided the resources for children and families to use at home​. Your child can tell you all about Press Play! You can access our Learn at Home content here:

Password: nowpressplay

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This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision.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.

Blockly

https://blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Scratch

https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/
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.

Duolingo

https://www.duolingo.com
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.

Tinkercad

https://www.tinkercad.com
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.


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

Geography Games

https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Geography gaming!

The Imagination Tree

https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater

https://toytheater.com/
Educational online games

DK Find Out

https://www.dkfindout.com/
Activities and quizzes

Twinkl

https://www.twinkl.co.uk
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.