Learning Resources - Primary Education

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Learning Resources - Primary Education

Published at 3:09pm 23rd March 2020. (Updated at 1:30pm 24th March 2020)


While schools are closed, it’s up to everyone to work on their educations from home. Thankfully, there are plenty of resources out there, and more being created every day. However, it can be difficulty to navigate them for suitability and not every school is following the same curriculum. Therefore, we’re splitting this into 3 posts. One for Primary, one for Secondary and one for Further Education (College/sixth form).

Many schools are creating packs for their classes and sending to parents and students, but it’s always worth combining them with other external sites to teach researching techniques and active learning.


Resources for those in Primary School:


Office 365 – If your child has a school email address, it may be that it works on Office.com and provides them with 5 free copies of Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel). This is worth checking if you’re unsure, it’s usually their email address and log-in password. The same goes for teachers working from home. Alternatively, if you don’t have access to word, you can use Word Online for free with a normal Hotmail/Outlook account.


Google Apps – If you use Gmail instead, you can use their suite of online apps such as Google Drive, Docs, Slides and Sheets…all for free!


Cornwall Libraries – Not everything has to be done online, remember when we used to look up things in books? Well, if you have a library card, you can search Cornwall’s digital library to get books and magazines sent to your device for perusing.


Khan Academy – A fantastic website with a huge collection of resources. It is one of the most used online education resources in the world, so is well worth a look. They are also doing live lessons and have a schedule available for normalising the day (it’s American, but just replace some of the words). You can also download the kids app to your mobile device or tablet.


Twinkl – A website with thousands of resources which can be printed and used, as well as some content that can be done online. It’s a useful resource for both teachers and parents. Head to THIS LINK and use the code: UKTWINKLHELPS or CVDTWINKLHELPS  which should provide you with access to the full library of content.


Teachers Club - A free online platform for primary school teachers to access a bank of curriculum-linked resources. However, due to coronavirus, they have also made these materials available for parents/guardians of primary school children and anyone looking for resources to use at home. You need only sign up, but remember to enter your home address, not the schools, and under job title, enter ‘parent’ or ‘guardian’.


Teachit Primary – Join and get access to thousands of free resources until the end of April.


Mangahigh – A great one for maths and coding. They are currently giving free access for schools to help teach remotely. However, if your school hasn’t signed up for this, you can pay for a parent subscription


BBC Teach – Live lessons from the BBC. A great resource of interactive lessons which feature some of the BBC's biggest brands and presenters.


BBC Bitesize (Primary) – One of the longest running online resources for school children. BBC bitesize is an extensive resource that uses a combination of teaching styles to ensure lessons remain interesting and informative. It also covers a wide variety of classes from Art to Mandarin. One big difference is they can also be completed online and often include games and quizzes.


National Geographic Kids – Engaging and curriculum-led resources sheets aligned with the National Curriculum. They cover core subjects like English, Maths and Science as well as the wider curriculum with resources for Geography, History, Art and Culture…and there’s games!


Arcademics – A collection of games that involve answering questions or completing logic-based tasks. For example, a derby race which involves answering maths questions as fast as possible. IT also involves competing against others around the world so there’s a good competitive element.


Youtube Education – There are literally millions of videos uploaded to Youtube, covering every conceivable topic. I wouldn’t suggest plonking your child in front of a bunch of videos as a teaching method, but it is definitely a great resource to combine with a worksheet or task for the ease of being able to pause and rewind.


So, there you have it. Hopefully some of these sites will be of use and will help keep your children entertained and educated during this difficult time.

This is by no means an extensive list and there’s a huge number of sites and resources out there, with more being created every day. If you’re unsure about where your children are within the curriculum, it’s worth asking their teachers. If they’re unavailable, you may be able to look it up by checking the National Curriculum Government Website.

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