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Best Resources for Home Learning

Ahh, the dreaded home learning has returned. Mums and dads, you are not alone – the parents here at Prospect are not a fan of it either! Luckily, there are so many great resources available to support parents, teachers and children during this difficult time, whether you’re faced with hyperactive six year olds or moody sixteen year olds.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite resources for all subjects that you can do together with your children or, if you’re in need of a time out, might keep them occupied for an hour so you can get stuff done!

BP Educational Service
BP Educational Service

Subject: Science

Ages: 4-16

Why we love it: BP Educational Service has some fantastic activities that are carefully curated to support students, teachers and parents. With videos, challenges, practical activities and worksheets tailored to each year group from early learners all the way to KS4, this resource encourages children to engage in scientific conversations with family and inspires them with stories of accomplished scientists from around the world.

From teaching 4-7 year olds about seasons and shadows with the use of classic fairy tales to encouraging GCSE students to take their independent work to the next level with periodic table challenges, this free resource provides hours of learning with something for every child.

How to access: click here to register for free access to all the resources.

BBC Bitesize
BBC Resources

Subject: Various

Ages: Primary and Secondary

Why we love it: As part of its biggest educational offer in its history, BBC are offering educational resources across a number of its platforms, including BBC2, CBBC, BBC Red Button, iPlayer and online. This is aimed to give all children, teachers and parents access to curriculum based learning regardless of whether they have internet access.

Starting Monday 11th January, CBBC will begin a 3 hour block of Primary School programming from 9am. This will include BBC live lessons, BBC Bitesize Daily, Celebrity Supply Teacher, Horrible Histories, Art Ninja and more, so you can let your little ones learn in front of the telly while you get stuff done!

BBC2 will be home to secondary school programming, with at least two hours each weekday dedicated to the GCSE curriculum, with Shakespeare and other drama adaptations and science, history and factual titles from BBC factual programming units.

This is complemented by a wealth of online content to support primary, secondary and GCSE students.

How to access: the beauty of this resource is that it can be accessed by anyone with a TV license. Missed episodes can be caught up with on BBC Red Button or BBC iPlayer, and online content can be accessed on BBC Bitesize.

PE With Joe
PE With Joe

Subject: PE

Ages: All ages!

Why we love it: Joe Wicks became the nation’s PE teacher during the first lockdown, and with the schools shutting again, he is back to keeping us fit, healthy and happy with his 20 minute PE sessions! Starting on Monday 11th January, Joe will be holding three live exercise sessions a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am. These are suitable for school children of all ages, and parents can even join in to break a sweat and burn off the Christmas pud! Don’t be fooled though – it might be for school children, but it’s certainly not easy!

How to access: The PE sessions can be accessed on his Youtube channel, The Body Coach.  Don’t worry if you can’t do them live – the videos will be uploaded later to do at a time that works for you and your kid’s schedule.

Classroom Secrets
Classroom Secrets

Subject: Various

Ages: Primary School Children

Why we love it: This gov.uk recommended resource includes free downloadable resource packs for years one to six as well as home learning timetables which might help structure the working day. Additional resources such as educational quizzes and games can be found on the Classroom Secrets website with a 14 day free trial.

How to access: Head to the Classroom Secrets site and create an account to download free resource packs for the Spring term.

The Who Was? Show
The Who Was? Show

Subject: History

Ages: 7+

Why we love it: This fun-filled Netflix show tells the stories of real life historical figures from around the world! Using songs and jokes, the show engages children in the fascinating lives of the likes of Joan of Arc, Mahatma Gandhi, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, George Washington and so many more. Perfect to widen any child’s knowledge of the inspirational people from their history books.

How to access: the show requires a Netflix subscription. You can get a one month free trial upon registering for the first time.

The Big Family Cooking Showdown
The Big Family Cooking Showdown

Subject: Home economics

Age: 8+

Why we love it: Get you kids into cooking with this family cooking show hosted by Nadiya Hussain and Zoe Ball! Families compete in a £10 challenge, home visits challenge and impress-the-neighbours challenge in a bid to impress judges Rosemary Shrager and Giorgio Locatelli. A sneaky way to encourage your kids to help out in the kitchen and perhaps give you a night off cooking!

How to access: the show requires a Netflix subscription. You can get a one month free trial upon registering for the first time.

Planet Earth
Planet Earth

Subject: Science and Geography

Age: 7+

Why we love it: Narrated by national treasure David Attenborough, this captivating and cinematic series is the perfect way to teach your children about the amazing planet they inhabit. Following a huge variety of fascinating species and habitats, it is sure to pique your child’s curiosity about the natural world around them.

How to access: All series available on BBC iPlayer.

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