Links to online resources

We have compiled a list of free online resources for teachers, parents and pupils to access.

As with all online information, we would recommend that adults make their own assessment of these resources to ensure that they are suitable for the target audience.

If you would like to submit ideas for this list or comment on any link posted here, please contact us by email.

Last updated 20th January 2021. Removed links to paid-for only resources

Reading at home and storytelling, including storytellers from the Schools Library Services and GLL

 

Reading at Home: Top Tips from our Librarian! Vikki – one of our school librarians – with advice on reading at home with your children Books and reading
Laura the Librarian Our very own school librarian, Laura, reads stories. Storytelling
Sankofa Storytelling Storytelling with a global dimension and with links to philosophy for children Storytelling
Storyline online Actors reading stories Storytelling
Storytime from space  Astronauts read stories! Storytelling

 

Suggested reading lists

 

Black Lives Matter: Book lists for ages 0-16+ The Reading Agency has brought together a series of book lists for children and young people of all ages to share black stories and promote black voices. All books featured in the book lists are by black authors and/or illustrators and exemplify the principles of the Black Lives Matter movement. Book lists
Fighting Racism Book list These are just a very few suggestions for books suitable for use with KS1 and KS2 children. We will be adding an expanded BAME book list soon. Book lists
Reading Well for children The Reading Agency published list of books to promote mental wellbeing for children Book lists

 

Free children's books about the Coronavirus

 

Farmer Falgu stays at home A story in the Farmer Falgu series by Chitra Soundar Covid
New York City School Library System A selection of books from a range of publishers compiled by the New York City School Library system Covid

 

 

Arts/ crafts resources
Baldwin Library Historical children’s books Art
British Library Children’s Books Creative activites based on children’s books Art
British Museum Exhibitions and other videos Art
Cartoon lessons On YouTube with Pete McKee. Art
Drawspace Drawing lessons Art
Firstsite gallery Coming soon : Firstsite’s artist created activity packs, featuring contributions from UK artists including Annie Morris, Antony Gormley, Gillian Wearing, Grayson Perry, Harold Offeh, Idris Kahn, Jeremy Deller, Michael Landy, Ryan Gander and Vanley Burke. Art
Getty Museum Exhibitions and artists Art
Google Art Project Some wonderful pieces from multiple locations across the world Art
Guggenheim A chance to view some of the collection online Art
National Gallery Art and art history Art
National Gallery of Art A chance to view some of the collection online Art
Tate galleries Activities based on art found at the Tate galleries Art
Tate Gallery Art and art history Art
The Dali Museums A chance to view some of the collection online Art
The National Gallery The National Gallery virtual tours. Art
The Vatican Digital tours of the Sistine Chapel can be viewed. Art
The Tate Gallery  360-degree virtual tour online. Art
Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibitions, etc Art
Red Ted Alert Simple craft activities Art and design
TinkerCad 3D design Art and design
BFI History of film Art

 

English resources

 

BBC Bitesize Subject learning English
BBC Cbeebies Alphablocks Early literacy English
BBC Cbeebies Bedtime Stories Storytelling English
BBC Jackanory Jnr Storytelling English
BBC Teach Subject learning English
Books for Keeps Books for Keeps is the UK’s leading, independent children’s book magazine. Over 12,500 reviews on website and more than 2,000 articles including interviews with the top children’s authors and illustrators. The whole magazine can be viewed online, browsed, printed or downloaded. English
British Library Children’s Books Creative activites based on children’s books English
CBBC:  adaptations books View books turned into TV series, including The Worst Witch, Tracy Beaker, Deadly 60, Hetty Feather, Hank Zipzer, The Demon Headmaster. English
Fun Brain Offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy. American system of grades Pre-K through 8. English
Khan Academy Free resources for children aged 2-18. English
Mr Bruff daily English lessons for GCSE students. English
Mrs Mactivity Variety of teaching resources English
National Literacy Trust Free family zone developed for parents during Covid-19 pandemic English
News Mag Media News Mag Media have made their content free. Great for supporting children with their non-fiction reading. English
Newswise  Free cross-surricular resource from National Literacy Trust and The Guardian English
Once upon a picture Images to prompt discussion, creative writing and more English
Our Corona diary Activities from autohrs English
Phonics Play All the resources on Phonics Play have been made free for the duration of the school closures. English
Plazoom Literacy learning packs English
Pobble 365 Visually inspired daily updated writing challenges English
Reading Rockets Watch Reading Rockets’ exclusive video interviews with top children’s book authors and illustrators. English
ReadingWise ReadingWise has made their literacy materials free during the school closures. English
Schoolastic Book Club free activities and games, mostly aimed at primary English
Seussville Online resource based on the books of Dr Seuss English
Storybird Write and present your stories or take part in over 700 writing challenges. English
Teacher’s Pet Wide range of resources for primary pupils. English
Teachit Free resources for KS3, 4 and 5 all following the English national curriculum. English
The Crash Course videos on many subjects: biology, physics, economics, astronomy, world history, literature, philosophy to name a few. English
The Crash Course Kids videos on many subjects: biology, physics, economics, astronomy, world history, literature, philosophy to name a few. English
The Reading Realm Free home learning packs English
The Reading Zone Free resources include book extracts, book recommendations, new titles, author information, booklists, reading ideas. English
Twinkl TV Daily lessons including phonics English
Visuwords Visual dictionary, thesaurus and interactive lexicon. English
World Book Day Masterclasses Videos and activities English

 

Resources covering a range of topics

 

Activity Village A selection of free resources while schools are closed General
BBC Bitesize Subject learning General
BBC Blue Peter Various creative activities and learning General
BBC Teach podcasts For ages 3 and up. General
British Council Resources for English language learning General
Crash Course Educational videos – filter by age General
Crash Course Kids Educational videos – filter by age General
DK find out A safe search engine from DK General
Ducksters American bias general education General
Economist Educational Foundation  From The Economist General
eLearniong for kids Variety of teaching resources General
Google arts and culture Linking to virtual tours many galleries, museums and cultural sites General
ICTGames Free online maths and English games General
Institute of Education List of over 50 free online learning resources to help children continue their learning at home, organised by primary / secondary / subject General
Khan Academy Free resources for children aged 2-18. General
London Zoo Free tours and activities General
Mrs Mactivity Variety of teaching resources General
NaNoWriMo A nonprofit organization that provides tools, structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds General
Newswise  Free cross-surricular resource from National Literacy Trust and The Guardian General
Seneca Excellent to set tasks for GCSE and A Level General
Teacher’s Pet Wide range of resources for primary pupils. General
Teaching Ideas Multidisciplinary lesson ideas. General
Team Teacherly resources for teachers to assist with the planning of lessons. General
TedEd Educational videos on many subjects General
 Tes resources Tes resources – Everything from EYFS to key stage 5. All home learning packs have been made free on this link. General
The British Council Global themed learning General
The Crash Course videos on many subjects: biology, physics, economics, astronomy, world history, literature, philosophy to name a few. General
The Crash Course Kids videos on many subjects: biology, physics, economics, astronomy, world history, literature, philosophy to name a few. General
The Film Space Various film-based learning resources General
The Film Space : Teaching Trailers Various film-based learning resources General
The Imagination Tree A variety of activities General
The kids should see this Variety of educational videos General
Tower Hamlets Idea Stores Including eBook lending General
Toy Theater Educational online games. General
Twinkl TV Daily lessons including phonics General
Wikiversity Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university General
Woodland Trust Garden activities General

 

Geography resources

 

BBC Bitesize Subject learning Geography
BBC Teach Subject learning Geography
Explore. Look at nature all around the world Geography
Famous Explorers. Biographies Geography
Khan Academy Free resources for children aged 2-18. Geography
Mrs Mactivity Variety of teaching resources Geography
National Geographic Kids Activities and quizzes Geography
Project Explore. Explore the world with videos capturing activity all over the planet Geography
The Crash Course videos on many subjects: biology, physics, economics, astronomy, world history, literature, philosophy to name a few. Geography
The Crash Course videos on many subjects: biology, physics, economics, astronomy, world history, literature, philosophy to name a few. Geography
World Geography Games Online games and activities Geography

 

History resources

 

Baldwin Library Historical children’s books History
BBC Bitesize Subject learning History
BBC Horrible Histories Entertaining bitesize history shows History
BBC Teach Subject learning History
BFI History of film History
British Museum Exhibitions and other videos History
British Museum Free tours and activities History
British Museum virtual tour Free tours and activities History
Famous Explorers. Biographies History
Famous Female Mathematicians. Biographies History
Famous Mathematicians. Biographies History
Famous Philosophers. Biographies History
Getty Museum Exhibitions and artists History
Khan Academy Free resources for children aged 2-18. History
Mrs Mactivity Variety of teaching resources History
Museum of London Exhibitions and learning History
Museum of London Online games and some activities to do at home History
National Gallery Art and art history History
Science Museum London Exhibitions and educational videos History
Tate Gallery Art and art history History
The Big History Project Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities History
The British Museum (collections) Online collections free to the public. History
The Vatican Museums A chance to view some of the collection online History
Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibitions, etc History

 

ICT resources

 

Coding for kids daily lessons. ICT
Digital Eagles Lessons on coding available on YouTube. ICT
Hour of code Teaching how to code with a variety of themed games. ICT
Idea Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online. Investigate here. ICT
Interland is an adventure-packed online game that teaches key lessons of digital citizenship and safety. ICT
Isle of tune Music sequencing with coding elements – browser game ICT
Minecraft: The Education Edition these resources all have an educational purpose (allegedly) ICT
Scratch Start coding ICT
TinkerCad 3D design ICT
X-ray goggles Play with HTML ICT

 

Languages resources

 

Duolingo Learn a variety of languages Languages
Memrise  Learn language through games and video clips on this online app. Languages

 

Maths resources

 

BBC Bitesize Subject learning Maths
BBC Teach Subject learning Maths
Online maths lessons Maths
Famous Female Mathematicians. Biographies Maths
Famous Mathematicians. Biographies Maths
Fun Brain Offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy. American system of grades Pre-K through 8. Maths
History of Maths Follow the long journey from antiquity, from the time of ancient Greek and Arab philosophers. Maths
Khan Academy Free resources for children aged 2-18. Maths
Mrs Mactivity Variety of teaching resources Maths
Numberphile Love numbers? Here is a site all about numbers. Maths
Teacher’s Pet Wide range of resources for primary pupils. Maths
The Crash Course videos on many subjects: biology, physics, economics, astronomy, world history, literature, philosophy to name a few. Maths
The Crash Course Kids videos on many subjects: biology, physics, economics, astronomy, world history, literature, philosophy to name a few. Maths
The Royal Institution ExpeRimental. Series of lectures Maths
The Royal Institution Activities Maths
The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures Maths
Top marks Maths games Maths
Twinkl TV Daily lessons including phonics Maths
Visnos Visual Numbers Visual mathematics, interactive teaching resources. Maths
White Rose Maths videos and resources for home learning, as well as a daily hour of maths help for parents. Maths

 

Music resources

 

Isle of tune Music sequencing with coding elements – browser game Music
New York Philharmonic Kidzone A variety of music related games to play. Music
Quaver Music free school closure activities for students learning at home. Music

 

PE

 

English National Ballet Videos from the ENB PE
Go Noodle Get kids moving so they can be their best. Noodle here. PE
Joe Wicks aka The Body Coach – is running PE Lessons for all ages. PE
Sport England #StayInWorkOut fun and creative ideas on how to get active at home PE
The FitNut  free PE resources for nursery and primary children. PE

 

RE

 

Famous Philosophers. Biographies RE
The Vatican Digital tours of the Sistine Chapel can be viewed. RE
The National Association of RE teachers free RE resources. RE

 

Science resources

 

Adventures in Chemisty From the American Chemical Society, adventures in chemistry is a way for children to access more chemistry related learning. Science
BBC Bitesize Subject learning Science
BBC Teach Subject learning Science
Cells Alive! Explore, study and play all about cells, microbes and the immune system. Science
Cosmos: the Interactive Book of Space Interactive versions of some of the infographics book of space. Science
Explore. Look at nature all around the world Science
Fossils UK What is a Fossil? Science
Galaxy Zoo Volunteer to help explore galaxies near and far. Science
How stuff works From science and engineering to innovation and nature. Science
Instructables: Engineering STEM Projects Easy and fun collection of STEM projects and lessons for elementary and middle school. Science
Khan Academy Free resources for children aged 2-18. Science
Minute Earth A Youtube Channel all about science and stories about the planet. Science
Mrs Mactivity Variety of teaching resources Science
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Videos produced by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Science
NASA Kids Perfect for space fans. Learn all about the universe we live in by viewing these online videos. Science
NASA Langley Free online tour Science
NASA Stem Engagement Stem resources for educators. Science
Natural History Museum Free tours and activities Science
Natural History Museum London (YouTube) Exhibitions, etc Science
No Guilt Mom has cool science experiments that are very simple and use ingredients you already have in your own home. Science
Operation Ouch Engaging science and medical (STEM) videos for all ages – filter by topic Science
PhET Interative Simulations Simulations covering general chemistry and quantum chemistry. From the University of Colorado Boulder. Science
Physics Online help for your physics GCSE and A-level students Science
Positive Physics Online physics demonstrations for students of all ages. Science
Project Explore. Explore the world with videos capturing activity all over the planet Science
Radio garden A non-profit Dutch radio and digital research project developed from 2013 to 2016 Science
Science Bob A variety of walk through experiments to learn and recreate at home. Science
Science Journal for Kids Hundreds of scientific articles. Written for kids. Approved by scientists. Science
Science Museum Free games and activities Science
Science Museum London Exhibitions and educational videos Science
SciShow Kids explores complex science concepts for young, curious minds. Science
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Free tours and activities Science
The Crash Course videos on many subjects: biology, physics, economics, astronomy, world history, literature, philosophy to name a few. Science
The Crash Course Kids Compound Interest is a site that aims to take a closer look at the chemical compounds we come across on a day-to-day basis Science
The Feynman Lectures on Physics Free to read online, high quality up-to-date copy of Feynman’s legendary lectures. Science
The Homeschool Scientist Find experiment ideas, curriculum choices, science resources, expert advice and more! Science
The Ig Nobel Prize For achievements that first make people LAUGH then make them THINK. Science
The Paleontology Portal A US resource for anyone interested in paleontology, from the professional in the lab to the interested amateur scouting for fossils to the student in any classroom. Science
The Royal Institution ExpeRimental. Series of lectures Science
The Royal Institution Activities Science
The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures Science
The Virtual Fossil Museum Fossils across geological time presented in multiple contexts of geological history, the tree of life, paleobiology and evolution. Science
The FitNut  free PE resources for nursery and primary children. Science
Twig and TigTag Education Free resources for students aged 4-16. Science
Understanding Evolution A non-commercial, education website, teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology. Science

 

Theatre and drama

 

Drama games for kids A comprehensive resource of drama games for kids and teaching drama tips Theatre
Drama resources Drama resources Theatre
English National Ballet Videos from the ENB Theatre
National Theatre at Home Theatre resources for parents and teachers Theatre
The Wind in the Willows Watch the  stage production online. Theatre
Theatre Folk Resources From monologues, two person scenes, playwriting to group scenes, directing and playwriting. Theatre

 

Resources from libraries, authors and publishers

Various resources, activities and readings from children’s authors and publishers

Black Lives Matter: Book lists for ages 0-16+ The Reading Agency has brought together a series of book lists for children and young people of all ages to share black stories and promote black voices. All books featured in the book lists are by black authors and/or illustrators and exemplify the principles of the Black Lives Matter movement. Book lists
Fighting Racism Book list These are just a very few suggestions for books suitable for use with KS1 and KS2 children. We will be adding an expanded BAME book list soon. Book lists
Reading Well for children The Reading Agency published list of books to promote mental wellbeing for children Book lists
A F Harrold Regular poetry podcast Books/ Authors
Andy Shepherd    The Boy Who Drew Dragons series Books/ Authors
Barrington Stoke Barrington Stoke are a publisher for children who struggle to read due to dyslexia or visual stress. Books/ Authors
Bloomsbury (Harry Potter)   About J.K. Rowling, discussion guides, the books, fun stuff, Books/ Authors
Books for Keeps Books for Keeps is the UK’s leading, independent children’s book magazine. Over 12,500 reviews on website and more than 2,000 articles including interviews with the top children’s authors and illustrators. The whole magazine can be viewed online, browsed, printed or downloaded. Books/ Authors
Chitra Soundar Book information and activities Books/ Authors
Chris Bradford Ideas and activities Books/ Authors
Chris Haughton Ideas and activities Books/ Authors
CILIP National Shelf Service The National Shelf Service is a new daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from professional librarians. Books/ Authors
Cosmos: the Interactive Book of Space Interactive versions of some of the infographics book of space. Books/ Authors
Cressida Cowell Current Children’s Laureate Books/ Authors
Dan Walker Sky Thieves series; The Light Hunters. Videos, Q&Q, resources, book trailer. Books/ Authors
David Melling About his books, teacher’s resources, videos. Books/ Authors
David O’Connell Ideas and activities Books/ Authors
Emily Fox Ideas and activities Books/ Authors
Jarrett Lerner     The activities are available for free download and are to be used in educational and/or private settings. Books/ Authors
Joseph Coelho Joseph reads out some of his poems and stories and gives writing tips and advice. Watch interviews with him and download resources. Books/ Authors
Kes Gray Author of the ‘Daisy’ and ‘Oi!’ books. Books/ Authors
Kwame Alexander Ideas and activities Books/ Authors
Marcus Sedgwick – reading Floodland aloud Ideas and activities Books/ Authors
Meg McLaren Ideas and activities Books/ Authors
Michael Rosen Ideas and activities Books/ Authors
Michael Rosen     Large number of video masterclasses on how to write, with Francesca Simon (Horrid Henry). Videos of Michael reading his poems and stories.  Biography. Books/ Authors
Mo Williams Ideas and activities Books/ Authors
Neil Gaiman’s Mouse Circus Ideas and activities Books/ Authors
Nick Sharratt Ideas and activities Books/ Authors
Nicola Morgan – diary competition Ideas and activities Books/ Authors
Oliver Jeffers reading one of his books a day live on Instagram, posted to his website afterwards Ideas and activities Books/ Authors
Piers Torday Ideas and activities Books/ Authors
Reading Rockets Watch Reading Rockets’ exclusive video interviews with top children’s book authors and illustrators. Books/ Authors
Rick Riordan Teacher’s guides, discussion notes for Percy Jackson and other Riordan books. Books/ Authors
Roald Dahl Lesson plans, quizzes, biographical information, Dahl’s writing tips, revolting recipes and more. Books/ Authors
Sarah McIntyre Ideas and activities Books/ Authors
Scottish Book Trust Authors On Demand Videos from authors Books/ Authors
Steve Lenton – drawing Ideas and activities Books/ Authors
Swapna Haddow Ideas and activities Books/ Authors
Their Picture Book Party With information about authors and illustrators and loads of Fun Stuff. Books/ Authors
Tom Palmer Ideas and activities Books/ Authors
Tom Palmer  FREE powerpoints and photocopiable resources for all my books to support schools and libraries in class and home work and encourage reading and writing for pleasure. Books/ Authors

 

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