EDUCATION AND ENTERTAINMENT

KEEPING KIDS OF ALL AGES BUSY!

PAGE UPDATED 02/05/20

While some breeze through home schooling and keeping the kids amused at home, others are already tearing their hair out and wondering if they’ll get through the period of lockdown without developing bald patches and a nervous twitch.

So, to give you a helping hand, we’ve set up this page full of links, ideas and suggestions for totally free activities to keep your little ones (and big ones!) amused, all in one handy place. If you have anything to add here please let us know! This section covers ages from pre-school to A-Level and we will do our best to keep it updated regularly for you. Most of these are UK based but there are some US sites, although the content is mainly applicable to all.

This is available for all to enjoy, not just in the Fleet area, so please feel free to share with anyone who might find it useful!

Social Distance Training App

Free augmented reality app to help children understand what safe social distancing looks like. The above link will take you to the Apple Store. The app will soon be available for Android products via Google Play.

Washing Hands

The best way to slow down a virus and keep safe is to wash hands properly, and often. You’ll find slideshows, posters, worksheets, reward charts and colouring pages in this bundle.

Parenting in a Digital World

Free guide to help parents as they navigate the sometimes shark-infested waters of online life with their children. Includes a jargon busting glossary, FAQs and advice.

Bamboo Learning

Voice based e-learning tools including Alexa skills.

Homework Club (Ages 6-12)

Free homework sessions with with former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq. She has launched an educational YouTube channel and will be sharing videos at 10am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Topics include writing, STEM, reading and art.

Free CGP Kindle Book – How to Revise for the 11+

CGP have released a selection of their learning books free on Amazon to help with home study.

Scholatic Learn at Home

A large selection of resources for a range of ages. Includes topics for home schoolers.

Twinkl

Planning resources and materials from primary to secondary ages. Sign up for free account.

BrainPOP

BrainPOP offers a free range of resources during school closures that are both playful and educational. This includes a wide range of topics and activites for all ages.

BBC Bitesize

Beginning 20th April, BBC Bitesize will be publishing daily lessons online for all ages from 3 to 16+yrs.

123 HomeSchool

Free printable worksheets and educational activities. Sorted by grade or subject.

FunBrain

Online games, reading, maths, videos and other fun online learning resources.

Family Zone – National Literacy Trust

Access free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges from birth to age 12.

Seneca Revision

GCSE and A Level revision resources.

All Kids Network

Worksheets, activities, crafts, mazes, dot-to-dot, hidden pictures and much more!

British Council

School and teacher resources for a range of ages.

OxfordOWL

A great range of options for teaching at home from ages 3 – 11. Includes: Reading, English, Maths and activities.

Carol Vordeman Free Maths Lessons (Ages 4-11)

Carol Vordeman has announced that access to her online school ‘The Maths Factor’ will be free while schools are closed. This normally costs £2 a week and the content is matched to the national curriculum.

Free CGP Kindle Book – Maths Ages 5-6

CGP have released a selection of their learning books free on Amazon to help with home study.

Free CGP Kindle Book – Maths Ages 6-7

CGP have released a selection of their learning books free on Amazon to help with home study.

Free CGP Kindle Book – Maths Ages 7-8

CGP have released a selection of their learning books free on Amazon to help with home study.

Free CGP Kindle Book – Maths Ages 9-10

CGP have released a selection of their learning books free on Amazon to help with home study.

Free CGP Kindle Book – Maths Ages 10-11

CGP have released a selection of their learning books free on Amazon to help with home study.

Free CGP Kindle Book – Maths KS3 Ages 11-14

CGP have released a selection of their learning books free on Amazon to help with home study.

Free CGP Kindle Book – Head Start to A-Level Maths

CGP have released a selection of their learning books free on Amazon to help with home study.

David Walliams Free Books (3ys – 8+yrs)

David Walliams releases 30 free audio books for children. Tune in at 11am each day (catch up also available).

Audible Stories (Ages young – teen)

Audible Stories has released a collection of hundreds of children’s stories, which will be available for as long as the schools are closed. This normally costs around £11 to £15 a month.

Kindle Unlimited

30 day free trial available for Kindle Unlimited. Access a large range of e-books and publications from Amazon.

CBeebies Radio

Stories and  online ‘radio’ shows for your little ones.

OxfordOWL e-Books

A selection of free e-books for a selection of ages, from 3 up to 11 years old.

Joe Wicks Free PE Classes

Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, live-streams 30 minute PE classes on his YouTube channel for free (his normal fitness plans cost around £97 for 90 days). Designed for kids but there are a lot of adults joining in too!

Oti Mabuse Dance Classes

Strictly Come Dancing champion Oti Mabuse is offering dance classes for children and adults on her social media platforms, with help from her husband Marius Lepure. Classes are shown at 11.30am every day.

5-a-Day

Five minute exercise routines and relaxation routines for primary school aged children, 14 day free trial available.

The Ballet Coach

Free live ballet sessions for all ages. Click here to view times and days.

Busy Lizzy

Local Fleet based group Busy Lizzy are offering virtual paid sessions for fun fitness classes that includes pregnancy, babies, toddlers and mummy and me sessions. Click the the name above for more details!

Wildlife Q&A Sessions

Steve Backshall (naturalist, writer and TV presenter), is best known for BBC TV’s Deadly 60 and offers a free Q&A session on wildlife and conservation every day on Facebook at 9.30am.

Science and Nature Classes

Children’s TV presenter Maddie Moate will be running science and nature classes on weekdays at 11am via her YouTube channel. Also available to watch later. There are also educational activites to try and home and lots more too.

National Geographic – Learn at Home

A well respected collection of resources for various ages that help teach curious minds in the comfort of their own homes.

Free CGP Kindle Book – Ancient Greeks (KS2)

CGP have released a selection of their learning books free on Amazon to help with home study.

Free CGP Kindle Book – Mayan Civilisation (KS2)

CGP have released a selection of their learning books free on Amazon to help with home study.

Big History Project

Big History Project explores our past, explains our present and imagines our future. Aimed at secondary school age students.

Free CGP Kindle Book – A Level Physics

CGP have released a selection of their learning books free on Amazon to help with home study.

Free CGP Kindle Book – A Level Chemistry

CGP have released a selection of their learning books free on Amazon to help with home study.

Free CGP Kindle Book – A Level Biology

CGP have released a selection of their learning books free on Amazon to help with home study.

Free French, Spanish, Italian or German Lessons

Rosetta Stone is offering schoolchildren free access to its language courses for three months to help kids who are learning from home (usual cost £50). Handy tip – if you have more than one child you can sign them all up using different email addresses!

Sir Linkalot Spelling App

Sir Linkalot offers fun quizzes and challenges to make spelling fun. Normally it costs £6.99 a month but you can access it for free until 12th June 2020. Just signup for their mailing list to receive the free code.

Spellzone

A range of options to help aid the teaching of spelling. A free trial is available and there are a number of options to choose from.

Free CGP Kindle Book – Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar (Ages 11-14)

CGP have released a selection of their learning books free on Amazon to help with home study.

Free CGP Kindle Book – Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar (GCSE)

CGP have released a selection of their learning books free on Amazon to help with home study.

Fender Music Lessons

Guitar maker Fender has made its online courses free for three months and you choose between acoustic, electric, bass or ukelele. This usually costs £10 a month to do this course so you’ll need to be quick though to grab a free code.

Myleene’s Music Klass

Online music classes with Myleene Klass on YouTube.

CreativeBug

Online crafting videos covering subjects such as sewing, painting, drawing and more. There are classes for children and adults of all ages.

Milkshake

A series of online YouTube videos showing different craft projects and activities.

Black Box

Resources for drama teachers including toolkits and workbooks.

Tynker Coding

Coding courses for ages 5 – 13+, premium courses available free during school closures.

2Simple – Python in Pieces

Transition from block based coding to Python. Free 60 day extended trial period now available.

Blocky Games

Games for young programmers.

Scratch

Create and play online games.

TinkerCAD

A free, easy-to-use app to create 3D design, electronics and coding.

It can’t all be about learning, so chill out, have some fun and checkout these links below for after school relaxation or just when they need a break!

LegoLand – Month of Awesomeness (April)

For Lego fans everywhere, LegoLand are asking you to build a different item every day and upload your photo to their site. Some people are finding the official image a little hard to read, so here is an easy glance list of the daily topics for you!

Easy Peasy Homeschool – Thinking

A range of logic and word puzzles, games and resources to think and learn while having fun. Up to Grade 8.

Activity Village

Free activities, crafts, puzzles, worksheets and colouring packs for a range of topics.

Suessville

For fans of Doctor Suess. Explore, watch and play games.

PawPrint Family

Games, activities and crafts to download and enjoy.

CBeebies Games and Puzzles

Online free activites for young ones, featuring well known characters.

Calm Meditation

The Calm App is usually a paid service but has made a whole page of free meditation, sleep stories and resources for both adults and children.

Headspace Meditation

The Headspace meditation app usually costs £50 a year but they are offering some free support during the current crisis. This is a great way for both adults and kids to unwind.

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