Home learning and other helpful links

All of these home learning ideas have been curated by the Southbank International School.

They have pulled together an immense list of home learning and activity resources, covering;

  • Home learning sites
  • Physical exercise
  • Some fun stuff to do at home
  • Off-screen ideas
  • Daily and non-daily online events

Thank you for pulling these great resources together!

Home learning Websites

These websites are all fantastic to keep your children learning in these uncertain times.
(Click or tap on the images to visit)

Twinkl is the ‘go-to’ for teachers and great for home learning too! They have kindly opened the doors to all for the duration of school closure and have given a code ‘UKTWINKLHELPS’ to access everything free for a month in the event of school closure.

This website is usually a subscription-based website and is a firm favourite with year one. They have a vast range of fun phonics games for all levels in the Early Years and KS1. Access is free while schools are closed.

A great website from the makers of the Biff and Chip books. There are some simple maths games and access to a massive range of ORT books. Very useful.

It has a search facility to find activities or support for everything from understanding the need for sand and water play to tips on helping your child read. The section on learning numbers through play is particularly useful. You can also use the search facility for links to other educational websites.

Probably the best website on the net for literacy and numeracy. A firm favourite with the children in year one. This website also has games and activities suitable for reception through to year 3.
ICT also has fantastic literacy activities. The games will need your support to set up and talk through.

This website has a lot of maths games covering many different areas of the subject from simple addition and subtraction through to reflection and rotational symmetry and many activities suitable for your older child.

Advice and activities on how to help your child with maths at home. Some lovely activities which mean the children might not even realise they are practising their maths skills!

An American site with some fantastic maths games and activities grouped into topics. This is a wonderful site to help with difficulties in specific areas of mathematical understanding.

A fantastic primary school website which has games and information on a range of subjects.

This website has links to games and activities from Kindergarten right through to the end of key stage two. There are some elementary literacy and numeracy games which your children will enjoy.

A collection of resources to support learning in all areas of the curriculum.

For kids books and movies, a great website and app with lots of books. While it is a subscription app, you get the first month free. I would recommend using for the free month and then making your own decision.

Quite a few ideas for free activities which the children could access at home. Use the ‘Activities’ section to find the best exercises for home learning.

BP provides some helpful introductory videos for Science, Geography and Design Technology

Find links to Happiness TV channel here for primary aged children

Another great link for Social studies, History, Geography and science.

Less educational – more fun!

A website with stories to read and games to play. You can browse by age level.

A website with activities galore colouring in pages, origami, recipe ideas and doodle books. This website will give you thousands of exercises ideas to keep the children busy. Sadly many of the printable resources are now part of the members-only section.

A collection of delightful home learning activities. It even has some step-by-step instructions for fantastic origami models including a brilliant section on paper planes.

Kiddle is a child-friendly search engine by Google. A great place to find out about particular topics while staying safe online.

National Geographic for kids has some stunning images and interactive games and colouring books. A lovely site for children to learn more about animals, wildlife and the world around them.

Fun facts and games about space.

There are courses and games for learning how to code on this fabulous website. All classes are free of charge and have an excellent range of levels.

Ideas for physical exercise at home

Fantastic fun yoga stories for children. Will keep them entertained when they need downtime!

Fun curriculum-linked resources to get your class moving while they learn.

Music and mindfulness for children. It is an American website with lots of fabulous dance routines and guided mindfulness sessions.

Handy Apps

Here’s a list of a selection of great apps. We can’t guarantee it, but these might be available for android too.

Jungle Time on iTunes
Jungle Time. A great app to help your child with telling the time.

Forest Phonics on iTunes
Forest Phonics: A wonderful app to support phonics and word building skills. Fantastic.

ABC Pocket Phonics on iTunes
ABC Pocket Phonics: This is a wonderful app based on Letters and Sounds, the phonics teaching programme used throughout many UK schools.

Motion Math Zoom on iTunes
This aims to improve your child’s understanding of place value and number bonds. A good game that’s suitable for your older children too. The developer ‘motion maths’ also has a number of apps for older mathematicians.

Percy Parker on iTunes is a wonderful times tables app for the end of year one onwards. It teaches them their times tables in a really enjoyable way – but the songs will stay in your head!

On recommendation

Reading Raven at £2.99
An engaging app that teaches children phonics with a step-by-step program, one lesson at a time. We love the clear letter sounds as you click on each letter. It’s also engaging with fab illustrations to hold a child’s interest as they learn.

Meteor Mat
An ‘explosive’ maths challenge with an arcade game feel – find two numbers to make the answer shown on the planet and watch as they explode!
The game gets faster as you go up through the levels and it becomes exciting and challenges children to solve the sums more quickly. A great way of improving the speed of mental maths.

Twinkl Phonics
A wonderful app aimed at improving phonics. This app covers all phases of letters and sounds.

Off-screen ideas

Daily events online

9.00amPE with Joe Wicks
10.00amMaths with Carol Vorderman
11.00amEnglish with David Walliams
12.00pmLunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver)
1.00pmMusic with Myleene Klass
1.30pmDance with Darcey Bussel
2.00pmHistory with Dan Snow (free for 30-days)
4.00pmHome Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri)

Non-Daily events online

Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests
For your older kids, here are 50 free revision resources for 11+, GCSEs and A-Levels

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