Home Schooling ideas (added Jan 2021)

Home schooling ideas

The Reading Agency has a wealth of information to help with home schooling. The following link will lead you to ideas for family reading and activities for children to do at home.


Booktrust’s Bookfinder will help you discover the very best children’s' books: magical mysteries, astonishing adventures and fantastic non-fiction. Simply choose an age range, pick as many themes as you want to search through thousands of book reviews, and get reading.
You can can find lots of lovely interactive books to read online or watch with signing.  There are classic children's stories that we think you and your family will love, including Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd to Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson, along with newer favourites such as Chris Haughton's Oh No, George! and Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall.

These storybooks and games are free to use. You can also watch the Storytime playlist on YouTube read by the likes of Ore Oduba, Adam Buxton, Fearne Cotton and many more.



BBC Bitesize has lots of content divided into subject and age categories, with much new material added since March.

The BBC will also show curriculum content on TV every weekday from Monday, 11 January:

  • primary-school programming, including BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily, from 09:00 to 12:00 on CBBC
  • at least two hours of programming to support the GCSE curriculum on BBC Two

BBC Teach features

Online audio stories for children: for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 primary school pupils, aged 4 - 11. Stories cover a broad range of primary topics (Travel and transport, weather, space, food, festivals etc). Stories are grouped by theme and Key Stage and are typically about 5 minutes long. Ideal for fostering speaking and listening skills and stimulating children's imaginations. New stories added week by week.

Parentkind has published a list of free online resources, as has Oak National Academy, created with the National Literacy Trust, a new virtual school library of free books, exclusive videos and activities aimed at primary school children.
Many schools are also providing lists of resources on a range of topics, to help parents navigate this difficult time, such as:

BrainPop- animated videos on topics in maths, science and English

Tynker- coding lessons

You Tube's Free School - videos on subjects as diverse as the US constitution, coral reefs and the solar system.   Each video varies from one to ten minutes long, and they are ideal for KS1, KS2, and KS3 students.


The British Museum has created an interactive learning tool ideal for KS2 and up which allows you to visually explore history across the world through its artefacts, which go from modern-day all the way back to 2000 BC. You can pick from themes such as art and design, religion, trade, and conflictBuckinghamshire Libraries


Join the library for free if you live, study or work in Buckinghamshire. You’ll have access to our full range of books, eBooks, eAudiobooks, DVDs and newspapers. You will need your library card number and PIN to access our resources. You can join the library online if you are over 16. While our libraries are currently closed during lockdown, you can also join by printing out and filling in a membership form and sending it to the library.

You can read newspapers, plus a selection of magazines, and download them to your digital device by using PressReader

Britannica Library online is the complete and expanded Encyclopædia Britannica at your fingertips.

Oxford English Dictionary (online) is the definitive dictionary of the English language.

Times Digital Archive is an online, full-text facsimile of more than 200 years of The Times newspaper, one of the most highly regarded resources for 18th, 19th and 20th century news coverage.