Learning for tomorrow, today / ICTTALK consultant - adviser / Education Technology

Resources for parents

Updated 02/04/2020

I will be adding a resource every day. These are for parents whose children do not have work from school to do and would like some learning to happen without having to turn themselves into teachers. It would be great to see anything children produce to show their learning.

The latest resource will be at the bottom of the page. Check the growing reource list here.

One of the first things on a parent's mind is safety. The website below from the UK's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command and Parent Zone is an excellent source of support and information.

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Let's start easy. It might not be the most exciting idea but this site will generate all the worksheets for maths that you need (and it gives the answers on a serpate sheet too!)

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This is a great site for children to explore with a lot of information about our planet.

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Although download costs money (sadly the days when schools could do so for free are gone) British Pathe has the most remarkable collection of news film that you can watch online.

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Something here for all ages. I've included their climate change pages.

Kids' Club

Science for kids

NASA STEM

Climate change

This site is massive and the images and videos alone are worth a visit.

This remarkable interactive map illustrates the extent of the blitz in London. Delving into it reveals facinating information and photographs.

Click here to see the map.

NRICH from the University of Cambridge is offering parents help with mathematics at home during the crisis.

The activities and games are of a very high standard and offer learning in an exciting way.

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Bitesize from the BBC will be bringing forward support across the subject range for all ages and curriculum versions wherever you are in the UK.

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This page has been created to support parents during COVID-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, ThinkUKnow (CEOP) will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home.

Click here to choose your resource.

Learn some javascript, the language that allows webpages to do more complex things. At first sight this tutorial looks rather straightforward but I've seen children very taken with it. It's also hard to make a mess of it.

Code Monster (and Code Maven for older learners) from Crunchzilla.

Parental controls and privacy settings guides. This is from a respected provider and is something parents really want to know about.

A huge range of devices and providers are covered.

The National Archives. There's something here for all ages. This is a fascinating site.

Scroll down and select by key stage.

If you like film this learning website will be very useful.

Free activities to do at home.

Khan Academy was set up when its creator was aked to help a relative with maths. It has blossomed into a huge site and demonstration videos accompany each topic. Ideal if you want to repeat a lesson or pause it. The are lots of exercises to track progress too.

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The Film Space say:

“We are pleased to advise that all our online educational resources will continue to be available, free of charge, for use in or out of schools and colleges, during the enforced shutdowns. The resources include interesting activities, worksheets involving analysis, research and critical thinking.”

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From St. John’s College School, written by Graham Hastings. Fundamental programming skills mostly for newcomers but later for the more experienced.

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A personal favourite. Visit African wildlife where they should be, in the wild.

Find an amazing collection of videos and images.

Go to the live channels where the live streams from the webcams are. Of course the animals do not appear to order so you might have to wait and listen to the sounds. When you first go to a webcam expect adverts but I've never seen anything other than normal TV ads. If concerned give yourself 30 seconds before letting the children watch.

Some great Scratch programming resources from Sheffield eLearning Service. If your child uses Scratch at school these resources cover all the key concepts of the KS2 national curriculum with regard to programming.

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With no chance to go on a school trip what about a virtual one?

Have a look at Google Earth. Maybe you could make your own! A personal favourite is to visit Pompeii.

If not here are a couple of interesting ones. The Great Wall of China and The Louvre.