Home learning: helpful links for parents

London CLC helps schools with technology for learning. Since so much learning is now happening at home we have created this handy set of useful links for parents.

Advice and guidance for parents 

  • Hungry Little Minds is a newly created government resource to help parents with younger children (0-5 years)
  • ParentInfo is a really useful website with all sorts of advice, now including lots of ideas for families stuck at home
  • BBC Bitesize has some great suggestions and advice for parents
  • Homelearning UK is a new website where parents can find lots of resources
  • Purple Mash is normally a paid for website that a lot of schools use with children, but it has been made free while schools are closed. 
  • This daily schedule was suggested by mum and photographer Jessica McHale, and has been shared widely on social media
  • The Gender Equality Collective have broken down some handy resources into suggested age ranges

Tools and activities for learning

These websites contain ideas to help you support you and your child in continuing learning activities while at home. 

  • ThinkUKnow is an online safety website with advice and activities that may help keep children safe while learning online
  • DK Findout is an online encyclopedia with information, pictures and activities around a wide range of topics. It could help remind your child of some of their recent learning at school, or they could use it to research something new.
  • TTS have created a lovely set of activity books for children of different ages which you can download
  • Our Scratch programming activities include explanations to help children practise their coding skills at home
  • Chester Zoo offer an online bank of activities around animals and nature 
  • Duolingo is a language learning tool which your child could use to practise their language skills or start learning a new one.
  • Handwriting heroes is designed to help children practise their handwriting skills
  • IXL uses personalised learning to help children practise their maths and English skills independently
  • OurStory is a free app that helps children find writing from a diverse range of authors
  • Storyline is a lovely collection of videos of story books being read by different actors with animated pictures.
  • The CLPE Youtube channel also has lots of videos of books and poems being read, and illustrators demonstrating how to to draw their favourite characters
  • This Youtube Channel allows children to learn to draw with help from a professional author
  • My Storybook is a website where children can make their own storybooks, and has some other activities that could be done at home.
  • Harper Collins’ I Can Read website offers books for children of all ages and activities to go along with them.
  • Write Now is a simple tool offering prompts to help children write. 
  • Write the World​ offers lots of ideas to help get young people writing​

Keeping children busy, happy and engaged at home

As well as traditional education activities, we’ve put together some ways to keep kids creative, imaginative and entertained during their free time.

  • Scavenger hunts (like this one by Emily Van Gundy Stockwell): these can be a great way to let children explore the home or garden. Just think of a list of objects for them to find. You could specify the colour, material, size or number of each item.
  • The BFI have a website where you can explore a free library of films all about Britain
  • Lego/construction challenges: If your child enjoys construction toys you could try a 30 day Lego challenge, like this one
  • Visit a virtual museum with Google’s collection of street view tours
  • First News is a newspaper designed especially for children, and can be downloaded from the website
  • This Forbes article has a long list of ideas to choose from
  • UK Scouting has put together some fab looking activity ideas for crafts, science and more under the banner ‘The Great Indoors’

Remember: teachers know that parents are only human, and even in these difficult times they won’t expect you to do their job.

 

In the coming weeks teachers may be in touch about their own plans to support your child’s learning. In the meantime we hope that this guide helps you to enjoy life at home, and that some of the activities suggested might provide a bit of relief for parents, as well as helping children to carry on learning while schools are closed.

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