Learning at Home
FREE ONLINE BOOKS
The Book of Hopes
A stunning collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators.
A digital library of over 40,000 books.
Love Reading 4 Kids
Free first chapter of most books.
An animated story app that is free for teachers or one month free trial for parents.
5 to 10 minute bedtime stories.
A wide range of ebooks for children aged 3-11 including levelled phonics books.
If you scroll down you can access some books without signing up.
90 day free trial for their ebooks.
Twinkl offering free membership during school closures.
Note: one or two of the books don’t seem to be loading properly.
Bug Club and Bug Club Phonics are available free of charge for 90 days, during the school closures. Requires sign up.
Tumble Book Library
One free trial per school until August.
A range of stories by classic authors as well as poems musicals and fairytales.
Read along with audio clips.
Amazon have a fantastic offer of 2 free months Kindle Unlimited, which has over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks and selected magazine subscriptions. There are some big name authors like J. K. Rowling included too.
Free downloadable children’s books in PDF format.
Free Children’s Stories
World Book Day
Full audio book of Michelle Harrison’s A Pinch of Magic.
David Walliams Audio Books
10 classic children’s books from authors such as Roald Dahl and C. S. Lewis.
Streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Children can read along with the subtitles.
JoJo Gnome’s Story Podcast
Writer and storyteller Jo Hall will be sharing stories about JoJo Gnome and his friends. Ideal for ages 3-6 years.
In addition to the free Audible Stories linked to above, Amazon also offer a 30-day free trial for the full Audible service.
World Book Day
BBC Teach – Primary 1-4
BBC Teach – Primary 5-7
Free extracts of children’s books.
Book Creator App
Tune into Learning
Once Upon a Picture
Storyline Online – Youtube
An expansive range of aesthetically pleasing virtual manipulatives.
Visually appealing virtual manipulatives with video instructions on how to use them.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
The manipulatives are grouped by maths area and year group.
Hundreds of games and activities aligned to the Common Core, but still relevant to other curriculums.
Interactive maths games and related worksheets.
Here you can find maths games for any area and age range. Their daily 10 mental maths challenges are also great.
Lots of maths games and logic puzzles.
Think educational video games for children. Very well built and they have an accompanying app.
Requires school sign-up.
The Maths Factor
Free curriculum linked resources to develop mathematical reasoning and problem solving
I See Maths
Reasoning activities and maths games for different age groups
MATHS EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS
I See Maths
Gareth Metcalfe is posting daily maths lessons for KS2.
White Rose Math
A collection of videos and activities updated weekly.
Free 30-day trial. Lots of videos, songs, games and activities.
MATHS HOME LEARNING PACKS
Offering free home learning resources delivered to your inbox each day. Email sign-up required.
Free home learning packs, but requires sign-up.
Daily home learning packs.
Free subscription during school closures.
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Create a visual French dictionary.
Free lessons during school closures.
Mini ABC French Yoga
EXPRESSIVE ARTS WEBSITES
Art for Kids Hub – Youtube
Steven Lenton Illustrator – Youtube
Free family access.
Cartooning Club – Youtube
BBC Music Primary 1-4
BBC Music Primary 5-7
Chrome Music Lab
Teaching Ideas – Garage Band App
Show Me Art
The Arty Teacher
Draw with Rob
Mark Crilley – Youtube
Hour of Code
Swift Playgrounds App
The Body Coach – Youtube
Cosmic Kids – Youtube
BBC Super Movers
Get Set 4 P.E.
Go Noodle – Youtube
Youth Sport Trust
Jump Start Johnny
Yoga with Adriene – Youtube
KIDZ BOP – Youtube
The Ballet Coach
Oti’s Dance Class – Youtube
Just Dance – Youtube
Check the videos first.
Nuffield Health – Youtube
Nike Active – Kids Do Better
NHS Change 4 Life
VIRTUAL TRIPS FOR CHILDREN
ZOOS AND SAFARI PARKS
Chester Zoo, England
Visit Chester Zoo and watch live on YouTube or scroll to the bottom of the page for virtual zoo days.
Romshed Farm, Kent, England
Live webcam and many informative videos about the different animals at Romshed Farm in Kent.
Folly Farm, Pembrokeshire, England
Watch the animals live at Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire. See the penguins waddling about. 11am and 2pm are great as you can watch them being fed. You can also follow the lions and giraffes, and see the barn animals move around the farm.
Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland
Head to Edinburgh Zoo to check out the webcams of the lions, tigers, penguins, koalas and pandas. There are lots of other informative videos about each animal.
San Diego Zoo, United States
Visit San Diego Zoo to view the live webcams of a range of animals from baboons to polar bears.
Melbourne Zoo, Australia
Watch everything from lions, giraffes and zebras, to snow leopards and penguins, or watch the limited-time-only appearances from other special guests at Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo.
Zoo Atlanta, United States
Participate in virtual events and watch the live panda cams at Zoo Atlanta.
Explore African wildlife in their natural habitat. You can see a wide range of animals including the ‘Big Five’ animals: lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalos and leopards.
Houston Zoo, United States
Visit Houston Zoo and enjoy watching the elephants, giraffes, rhinos, chimpanzees and all the other animals.
Kansas City Zoo, United States
The king penguins are so much fun to watch at Kansas City Zoo. They also have other webcams so that you can see what the other penguins, giraffes, otters and orangutans are up to.
Blair Drummond Safari Park, Scotland
Visit Blair Drummond Safari Park to learn lots of information about their animals and watch the live webcams of the lions and rhinos. They also have a live webcam on their Facebook, but ask an adult at home before accessing it.
Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, United States
Experience the wonders of the ocean at Georgia Aquarium. The underwater puffin webcam and the ocean voyager cam are some of my favourites.
Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, United States
Choose from 10 live webcams to experience life in the ocean. The sea otters are adorable.
National Aquarium, Baltimore, United States
Get a tour of each floor of the National Aquarium in Baltimore. You can zoom in and visit different areas using the arrows.
Seattle Aquarium, United States
Scroll to the bottom of the page to learn about the animals and the food web via a virtual tour of Seattle Aquarium. You can also watch their live webcams and download activities and information.
MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES
Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Click on ‘launch virtual tour’ under each photo to visit the Louvre Museum.
National Museum of the United States Airforce, Ohio, United States
Experience a virtual, 360-degree, self-guided tour of the National Museum of the United States Airforce by following the arrows or using the controls along the bottom of the screen.
Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Walk around the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, by double tapping the touch pad to move forwards. You can also scroll along the different areas of the museum at the bottom.
British Museum, London, England
Visit the British Museum. Explore more than 60 galleries including the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery. Double tap the touch pad to move forwards. You can also scroll along the different areas of the museum at the bottom. Click on the information cards to find out more.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Take a tour around the Van Gogh museum and see his most famous works up close. To move around, double tap the touch pad and you can also scroll along the different areas of the museum at the bottom by clicking on each picture. Click on the information cards to find out more.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States
Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. To move around, double tap the touch pad and you can also scroll along the different areas of the museum at the bottom by clicking on each picture. Click on the information cards to find out more.
WONDERS OF THE WORLD AND MAJOR LANDMARKS
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Visit Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The Christ the Redeemer statue is one of the seven wonders of the world. Click on the arrow pointing right at the right of the page to move on to the next landmark.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Experience Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world, through 360 photos. Click on the page to listen to some interesting facts and click on the arrow pointing right at the right of the page to move on to the next viewpoint.
Great Wall of China, Beijing, China
See the Great Wall of China, one of the seven wonders of the world, through 360 photographs. Click on the arrow on the bottom right to move to a new position on the wall.
Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Take a virtual tour of The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
London Landmarks in Lego, England.
Explore the major landmarks of London in Lego form. Tour everywhere from Buckingham Palace to Oxford Street.
Taj Mahal, India
Explore the grounds of the Taj Mahal in India.
HIKING TRAILS AND GORGES
Moraine Lake Shoreline Trail, Banff, Alberta, Canada
Enjoy a virtual hike alongside beautiful Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. You could walk on the spot whilst watching.
Havasupai Falls, Arizona, United States
Walk along the Havasupai falls located in the Grand Canyon.
Yellowstone National Park, United States
Scroll down to find a collection of video walks around Yellowstone National Park.
Universal Studios, Orlando, United States
Visit Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida. Go on a city walk or travel through the production centre.
Visit ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley’. Click, hold and swipe to look around. Click on ‘The Hopping Pot and Carkitt Market.
Orlando, Florida, United States
Travel to Orlando, Florida and visit Walt Disney Studios, Orlando Airport and many other attractions.
LegoLand, Florida, United States
Visit LegoLand and navigate with the park map. Enter the Lego Movie World and ride the dragon in VR.
Explore the real surface of Mars recorded by Nasa’s Curiosity Rover.
Go on a virtual tour of the moon, our nearest neighbour, created from a collection of data from over the past 11 years.
International Space Station
Tour the International Space Station.
Begin your virtual tour from the Earth to The Sun.
Science Museum, South Kensington, London
Visit the Science Museum in South Kensington, London. To move around, double tap the touch pad and you can also scroll along the different areas of the museum at the bottom by clicking on each picture. Click on the information cards to find out more.
Science Sparks – YouTube
The Dad Lab
Glasgow Science Centre – Youtube
Operation Ouch – Youtube
Peekaboo Kidz – Youtube
National Geographic Kids
Science for Kids Hub