With the closure of schools in this unprecedented time, we’ve put together a list of resources you can use to help with home learning.

Just like working from home, the environment for home learning needs to be right.

  1. Turn off the TV (and radio if you must)
  2. Find a space that can be used for learning, perhaps an office or kitchen table
  3. Dress for the occasion, get out of PJ’s, perhaps even wear school uniform
  4. Emphasise the importance of continued education
  5. Take regular set breaks and meal times.
  6. Exercise daily, stick to the routine your child is used to at school
  7. Engage with your school’s online learning or VLE platform (if available)

Learning Resources

YMCA Bridgwater Youth Club

https://www.facebook.com/YMCABridgwaterYouthClubs/?modal=admin_todo_tour

Fantastic resource from the YMCA George Williams House in Bridgwater

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This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision.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

Futurelearn
https://www.futurelearn.com
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).

Seneca
https://www.senecalearning.com
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Openlearn
https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
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.

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.

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

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

DK Find Out
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/?fbclid=IwAR2wJdpSJSeITf4do6aPhff8A3tAktnmpaxqZbkgudD49l71ep8-sjXmrac
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.




SAT revision papers

SAT’s (statutory assessment test) papers are a great way to see how well your child is doing. You can use them as a barometer for their learning, a way to guide you as to what areas of their education needs strengthening while studying at home.

Thanks to www.sats-papers.co.uk for providing this FREE to use resourse.

Key Stage 1 papers 

Key Stage 2 papers

Key Stage 3 papers

Level 6 papers

Additional SAT’s papers

11+ Practice papers

Phonics Screening tests

Joe Wickes - Daily online PE classes, 9am every morning
Home learning timetable
Scheduling time for learning and personal time is important, it will help set the day and prepare your child for schoolwork. Routines are important. Set out clear areas and discipline boundaries, as they would usually have in school. It may be an unprecedented time, but normality should be maintained as much as possible.
Remember to create a “school space” and minimise distractions, perhaps even continue to wear school uniform to create the right mind-set.
9am – 10:30am
School work.
Paper or VLE based (virtual Learning Platform) 
10:30am – 11:00am
Free time
Try to limit screen time. This is not an opportunity to play games, watch TV or use social media. Perhaps a creative craft, gardening or reading. 
11:00am – 12:30am
School work
Paper or VLE based, perhaps complete a SAT practice paper.
12:30am – 1:30pm
Lunch time
A healthy, balanced lunch. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup… feed the brain!
As tempting as it is to allow screens, remember it is still a school day. Would your child have access to a TV or games console during lunchtime at school? Encourage children (and teenagers) to go out into the garden where possible, or get some fresh air. (remember to practice personal space awareness at this time)
1:30pm – 2:30pm
School work
Re-cap the learning from the morning. Go through test paper results together and identify areas of weakness that can be worked on tomorrow. 
Useful Instagram accounts
@ymca_youthclubs – YMCA Bridgwater Youth Club
@play.hooray –  suggestions of age appropriate ideas, educational games and downloadable fun

 

@graspandgather – treasure boxes for babies and toddlers

 

@beckys_treasure_baskets – ideas for hands on, easy to make activities for young children

 

@fiveminutemum – easy to set up games and tasks for children using resources found at home

Ask your child’s school whether they have a VLE or “Virtual Learning Environment” – Some schools use Moodle or Google Classroom or satchel

You can find lots of useful information on the the somerset.gov education web page.

To help guide your home learning, here’s a link to the National Curriculum 

Bridgwater school websites



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