These free digital resources will support your child’s home learning

8 educational apps and websites families can rely on during lockdown, at no extra cost

While the government has announced plans to reopen schools next month, much of the UK is still well and truly in the midst of lockdown. With schools being forced to move back to the online space earlier this year, a recent survey by Uswitch has revealed that 43% of parents and caregivers have had to adjust their working hours to make room for home schooling responsibilities.

For many parents, it’s been years – in some cases, decades – since they had their turn in school. As such, it’s no surprise that some are feeling more than a little rusty, with the Uswitch survey also showing that searches relating to human anatomy, percentages and adjectives have spiked since families moved to online learning.

The study revealed that searches for terms like ‘what is a prime number?’ increased by 233% between December 2019 and December 2020, highlighting that the core subjects – maths, English and science – are those parents and students tend to struggle with most.

And with recent research by Juniper Education showing the extent to which lockdown learning loss is impacting students today – Year 1 students in particular – it’s crucial that children have access to a reliable and high quality education so they don’t fall further behind. With this in mind, while also acknowledging the fact that disadvantaged and financially-strapped parents simply don’t have the money to fund additional learning materials, here is a round-up of eight great digital resources that support curriculum-aligned home learning completely free of charge.

1. Lockdown Learning – BBC Bitesize


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Catering to both primary and secondary level, BBC Bitesize is the perfect lockdown learning resource for pupils of every age.

Following the success of its Live Lessons initiative last September, the BBC has once again committed to supporting children’s education whilst their schools are closed, bringing together its BBC Two, CBBC, BBC Red Button and iPlayer channels to deliver educational content for home learning.

Rich with videos, quizzes and a range of other interactive activities, BBC Bitesize is a fun-filled lockdown favourite to help keep young people’s development on track.

Click here to visit BBC Bitesize.

2. Google Classroom

Popular among students, teachers and parents alike, Google Classroom offers a range of useful tools that can be used to organise work, assign tasks and generally keep students entertained throughout the day.

From assigning reading tasks for the whole class to devising a subject-specific quiz, this streamlined platform blends the very best features of Docs, Gmail and Calendar for your ease of use.

Click here to visit Google Classroom.

3. Memrise


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Providing a digital portfolio of thousands of digital courses and videos, Memrise is a great tool to support your language learning needs.

Here, kids can take part in expert online courses packed full of videos from native speakers, as well as participate in flash card quizzes that assist in language memorisation.

Just visit the website or download the app to master your language of choice.

Click here to visit Memrise.

4. The Khan Academy


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While the Khan Academy is a more niche resource, it’s still great for additional learning support.

Serving diverse learning needs and age groups with things like practise exercises to test preparation, the website is a space that empowers parents while simultaneously allowing students to study at their own pace.

Covering everything from history to maths, and almost every subject in between, this is the ideal platform to help advance young and spiring minds.

Click here to visit the Khan Academy.

5. Twinkl


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This creative tool is great for children of all ages. Offering a range of unique art and craft activities, created and uploaded by teachers themselves, Twinkl presents hundreds of fun and free resources to nurture any artistic trait.

Delve into origami, improve your cutting skills and more with the help of this innovative resource.

Click here to visit Twinkl.

6. BBC Teach


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BBC Teach is a platform that cuts out unnecessary ‘fluff’, collating diverse and reliable resources you can be sure will benefit your child.

Tune into live lessons from some of the BBC’s much-loved presenters, who are sure to capture (and retain) your child’s attention and make learning fun.

Click here to visit BBC Teach.

7. Coder Dojo


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This is a must-visit platform for the young computer wiz!

As a volunteer-driven website that’s a haven for all things coding and digital creativity, Coder Dojo is open to students of all abilities, with specially-created resources that allow them to advance. Here, users sign up to attend a ‘club’ that gives them access to a mentor and peer learning network, all while giving them the chance to work on their own self-directed project.

Click here to visit Coder Dojo.

8. The Body Coach TV


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The at-home fitness coach we’ve all come to know and love – Joe Wicks, aka ‘The Body Coach’ – is on-hand to help your kids stay fit and healthy while their schools are closed.

Providing top-notch PE lessons every day of lockdown, his 30-minute classes have grown in popularity among parents and children alike, keeping families active and helping them get pumped for the day ahead.

Click here to visit The Body Coach.

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