Free Online Resources To Keep Them Entertained and Learning
We all know how easily the kids become bored. And we know how costly it can be to come up with something that can help to keep them occupied for a few hours. And that’s just in the school holidays. Well, our good friends at Knowsley Schools Library Service have been busy beavering away to source a whole range of resources that will both amuse and educate the children while school is closed. And best of all, they’re all free. Pop on over to their website to see what’s on offer at http://knowsleysls.co.uk/reading-at-home/
As if that wasn’t enough, you can also explore our comprehensive list of free resources below, with educational and fun activities from favourite authors like Roald Dahl and J K Rowling, and top quality publishers including Puffin and Usborne that are sure to keep them occupied and help them stay learning.
Activities for Children, Parents, and Teachers.
EYFS Ages 0 – 5, KS1 Ages 5 – 7, KS2 Ages 7 – 11
Authorfy KS1 / KS2 https://authorfy.com/
Visit the creative section for activity packs. Also includes games, book club questions, and arts and crafts sheets, all based around the latest bestselling children’s books.
BBC Cbeebies Alphablocks EYFS / KS1
BBC Cbeebies Bedtime Stories EYFS / KS1https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b00jdlm2/cbeebies-bedtime-stories
BBC CBBC – shows from books KS2
View books turned into TV series, including The Worst Witch, Tracy Beaker, Deadly 60, Hetty Feather, Hank Zipzer, and The Demon Headmaster.
BBC Bitesize KS1 / KS2
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f KS2 English
BBC Jackanory Junior KS1 / KS2
Storytelling for younger viewers, using videos and read alongs.
Barrington Stoke EYFS / KS1 / KS2
For readers who struggle or are reluctant to engage with books or reading for pleasure. Teacher’s resources, books, author information, and advice on dyslexia and reading.
Blue Peter EYFS / KS1 / KS2
Videos on author writing tips, who to read next, Blue Peter Book Awards, story dice challenge, author chats, story challenge wit Matt Haig, Cressida Cowell and more.
Discover children’s books in the ‘Discover and Learn’ feature. Learn how to draw the Gruffalo, make a miniature book, and create an animal character for your own stories.
ICT Games: Literacy KS1
Phonics, spelling, letter formation, reading and writing.
Love Reading 4 kids EYFS / KS1 / KS2+
View free Opening Extracts of thousands of children’s books, both contemporary and classic. Videos, activities, books, and a ‘Home Schooling Hints and Tips’ section with activity links.
The National Literacy Trust EYFS / KS1 / KS2+
Ideas and guidance for activities that will engage children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing, and language development.
Pobble 365 EYFS / KS1 / KS2+
Daily writing and spelling and grammar challenges.
Premier League Reading Stars with the National Literacy Trust KS1 / KS2
The programme provides free lesson plans, activities and video content for boys and girls aged 5-11. These are designed to inspire learning in Maths, English, PE, and PSHE).
Project Gutenberg EYFS / KS1 / KS2
Children’s and adult’s books to read online or download. Mostly classics including old picture books.
The Reading Agency
Fun reading and writing activity resources for parents, children, and teachers.
The Reading Realm EYFS / KS1 / KS2
Free home learning packs including Fairy Tales and Nature and Animals. Author interviews and other free resources.
Reading Zone EYFS / KS1 / KS2
Free resources include book extracts and recommendations, new titles, author information, booklists, reading ideas. Links to Kidszone and Familyzone for more activities and book-related stuff.
Rhyme-time EYFS / KS1
Lovely rhymes for the little ones.
Scholastic EYFS / KS1 / KS2
Loads of fun activities, book and author information.
Storyline Online EYFS / KS1 / KS2
Online reading/videos of hundreds of books. American based but some recognisable books from the UK curriculum.
TeachitPrimary EYFS / KS1 / KS2
https://www.teachitprimary.co.uk/ Multi-disciplinary lesson ideas.
Resources and activities on favourite children’s authors and popular stories. Includes activities and to develop children’s reading comprehension. Also includes Oxford Reading Tree.
Twinkl EYFS / KS1 / KS2
Home Learning resource covers all areas of the curriculum plus fun activities too. Resources also available in other languages. Join up and use code UKTWINKLHELPS for UK primary resources .Free access to all Twinkl resources for a period of one month in the first instance.
Wagoll Literacy KS1 / KS2 https://www.literacywagoll.com/ Teaching resources, Super-Spag, Wagoll Words, and reading challenges.
Wriggle Dance online creative dance sessions for families.
Words for Life EYFS / KS1 / KS2+
Fun stuff to do together (by age); downloadable activities; recommended reads; tips from top authors; support for parents reading with their child.
World Book Day EYFS / KS1 / KS2+
Resources include book extracts, teaching guides & resource packs, author & illustrator masterclasses, themed booklists, recommended reads, story writing tips, author videos, book trailers, colouring, cooking, and make and do ideas.
Authors / Illustrators / Books / Publishers
Andersen Press EYFS / KS1 / KS2
Resources, videos, books by theme, activities, authors & Illustrators.
Quizzes, crafts and teacher resources based on ‘The Boy Who Drew Dragons’ series.
Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Author videos, teaching guides.
Resources for teachers, librarians & parents.
Bloomsbury’s own YouTube channel. Author interviews and reading from their books.
Chicken House Books KS2 / KS3
Contains downloads of chapter-by-chapter guides, schemes of work, videos and useful links to external resources to help with class or book club planning.
Teaching resources including e-books, activity sheets, times tables practise and lots more.
Cosmos: the Interactive Book of Space KS2 / KS3
Interactive versions of some of the infographics book of space.
Cressida Cowell invites you to take part in Free Writing Friday. The aim is to inspire children, once a week, to write whatever they feel like in a designated book and explore creativity. Includes writing tips from Cressida.
Videos, Q&Q, resources, and book trailer based on the ‘Sky Thieves’ series.
David Melling EYFS / KS1
Teacher’s resources and videos.
Egmont Children’s Publishers EYFS / KS1 / KS2+
Teachers’ notes, lesson plans, and activity sheets. Sign up for the newsletter to find out about new resources, exciting books and competitions.
Hachette Children’s Books EYFS / KS1 / KS2
Teacher’s resources including Oi! Frog and Friends; The Boy at the Back of the Class; The Wizards of Once series and more.
Harry Potter KS2+
About J.K. Rowling, discussion guides, the books, and fun stuff.
Jarrett Lerner KS1 / KS2
Blank Comic Book Pages, “Finish This Comic!” Comics, and Drawing/Writing Prompts.
Joseph Coelho KS2
Joseph reads out some of his poems and stories and gives writing tips and advice. Watch interviews with him and download resources.
Maz Evans KS2
Teacher resources and fun activities based on the ‘Who Let the Gods Out?’ series.
Michael Rosen EYFS / KS1 / KS2
Video masterclasses on how to write, with Francesca Simon (Horrid Henry) plus Michael reading his poems and stories.
Michael’s official YouTube channel, with him reading and acting out his poems and stories.
Michelle Robinson EYFS / KS1
Activity sheets, audio games and more.
Michelle Robinson’s Read, Write & Play series. The videos are designed for families and schools.
Nosy Crow EYFS / KS1 / KS2
Book extracts, author information, videos, trailers, and blogs.
Philip Reeve KS2+
Teacher’s resources, book trailers, interviews, and activities.
Extracts, What Should I Read Next? , articles, games, and activities.
Rick Riordan KS2
Teacher’s guides, discussion notes for Percy Jackson and other Riordan books.
Roald Dahl KS1 / KS2
Lesson plans, quizzes, biographical information, Dahl’s writing tips, revolting recipes, lots of things to make, watch, and do at home.
Ross Montgomery KS2
Lesson plans, posters, blogs about writing, and videos of the author reading extracts from his books.
Sir Charlie Stinkysocks EYFS / KS1
Fun activities, author information, and book information based on this series by Kristina Stephenson.
Tom Palmer KS2
FREE PowerPoints and photocopiable resources for all my books to support schools and libraries in class and at home and encourage reading and writing for pleasure.
UK Children’s Books – Publishers
Links to publisher sites for teacher’s resources, lessons plans, and fun activities.
Walker Books EYFS KS1 / KS2
Book and author information. Videos include book trailers, animations and authors and illustrators.
Their YouTube channel.
Their Picture Book Party, with information about authors and illustrators and loads of fun stuff.
Usborne EYFS / KS1 / KS2 / KS3
Provides in-depth teachers’ resources to support the UK National Curriculum plus book browsing and things to do.
Home Learning Websites & Resources
Google Classroom https://edu.google.com
Microsoft teams https://teams.microsoft.com/start
Adobe connect http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect/meetings.html
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