Resources for parents during coronavirus

During the coronavirus pandemic, schools are closed for most children who are, like the rest of us, learning and adjusting to life staying at home. Your child’s school and teachers may have supplied teaching materials to you, and are possibly carrying out online learning. If that is the case, you should listen to your child’s school and follow the lesson plans that are being set as much as possible.

This will ensure that your child continues to have a structured day, and keeps up with others in their class.

However, during this time we realise that some parents may want more resources to help keep their child busy, active and learning, so we have compiled a list of handy, free online activities and materials to use at home.

We’ve also created a children’s guide to coronavirus to help explain the situation. The guide aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

Keeping fit and healthy

Staying at home all day has the obvious disadvantage of not being able to go outside as much as we maybe used to and getting enough exercise. The Body Coach Joe Wicks is streaming daily PE lessons on his YouTube channel, Monday to Friday at 9am, to help get children awake and active to start the day.

Find the playlist on YouTube, or start watching below.

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Educational resources

A free picture book for children about coronavirus from Oxford University Press, and a story book explaining coronavirus and how to stay safe.

Twinkl have opened up their website for free so all teachers and parents can take advantage of their teacher-created resources including entire schemes of work, assessments and online educational games.

Sign up for Twinkl for free, and use the code UKTWINKLHELPS

If you need help using Twinkl, or have any questions, they have put together a handy guide to get you started.

BBC Teach
Thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos arranged by age group and subject.

Free resources and lessons to teach your child to code, from ages 5+

BrainPop are offering their animated movies on topics in maths, science and English completely free to parents.

BBC Bitesize
Free teaching and revision material for primary, secondary and post-16 students, including advice on studying at home during the pandemic.

Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone are offering three months free to learn a language

YouTube resources
There are hundreds of fantastic resources on YouTube to to take advantage of, including Mr Math, TED-Ed and ASAP Science.

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Free audio books and ebooks

While schools remain closed, Audible have made thousands of educational and children’s audio books available completely free

If you have an Apple device, Apple have released free ebooks for a limited time. Using the latest version, click on ‘Book store’ and then the ‘Free books’ section.


How to spot fake news

News about coronavirus changes every day, is very fast moving, and even for adults can be difficult to keep up with the latest developments, and more importantly, what news is real and what isn’t. It’s really important that your child knows how to spot fake news, so they stay informed about what is really happening, and don’t become fooled, scared or frightened by something which isn’t real.

The BBC has a collection of resources to help your child spot fake news and false information. The content explores the social, political and economic impact of news reporting, and the skills needed to analyse and critically evaluate information across a range of media.


Get creative

With all this extra free time we all have at home, it’s the perfect time to get creative and maybe learn a new hobby.

Creative Bug is offering free craft lessons, from knitting to jewellery-making, drawing and origami.

Safety online

Digital safety and wellbeing kit
With the help of the leading privacy law firm Schillings, we have produced a digital safety and wellbeing kit for parents and a safety guide for children to help ensure they are safe, and their wellbeing is looked after while at home during the coronavirus outbreak when their screen time maybe higher than usual.

My Tutor have created a useful list of pros and cons for each popular social media network and common issues children face when using them.