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Learning at home: Five maths games for parents and children to enjoy together

With schools across the country closed in the wake of COVID-19, increased pressure has fallen on parents and carers to support children’s at-home learning. Here, Eleanor Dix outlines five simple maths games that are not only fun, but will improve numeracy skills too.


School Diversity Week: Home Edition

With 6 weeks to go until School Diversity Week 2020 (22-26 June), our Home Edition is ready for both primary and secondary! We understand that the last few months have been difficult for everyone and we hope the fun and celebratory nature of the week lifts the spirits of your entire school community.

To help you run School Diversity Week at home this year, we’re offering:

  • Activities
  • Masterclasses
  • Rainbow Clothes Day 

Go to Home Edition: Primary

Go to Home Edition: Secondary


Coronavirus: how to build resilience and ease tensions

We hope you’ve been enjoying our series of kindness activities.  

Helping your learners be kind to their mind is important during these uncertain times. These new activities will help to develop resilience, ease household tensions and build empathy.  The activities are suitable for primary and secondary learners (aged 7 to 18), with differentiated ideas where needed. All resources are available on downloadable documents which can be shared with parents or students themselves and link to engaging videos, creative ideas and real-life stories.  Here’s a taster of some of the new activities (there are five to pick from).

Messages of kindness – there has been an outpouring of kindness during this crisis. Consider the power of kind messages and get creative by writing your own.

Living well with kindness – learn about the importance of active listening skills. Being empathetic will help learners ease household tensions during lockdown.

Stories of resilience – being resilient means being able to adapt to these changes. Using real-life stories learners will consider how we can become resilient and help our communities to be resilient too.

Download all five activities   >


In partnership with FutureLearn, the launch of FutureLearn Schools, a new initiative that gives millions of students aged 13 and above free upgraded access to over a hundred relevant short courses, in order to support their learning and expand their horizons.

  FutureLearn Schools will be available free from May until September 2020 to every eligible student in the UK and Ireland, and will be rolled out globally in due course.  Teachers, parents and students will also be able to access additional guidance and support for free through the initiative, such as the  Coronavirus support hub from Tes and support for parents and learners during Coronavirus (COVID-19) from Pearson.

 Over 40 world-renowned universities and institutions, including the University of Leeds, The Open University, Coventry University, King’s College University and the University of Sheffield, are among the founding partners.  Students will be able to learn from expert educators as well as in a peer-to-peer setting with other learners. They will be able to access tests, gain certificates upon successful completion of course assessments, and keep access to the course content. Teachers will also be able to use the platform’s features to track the progress and engagement of their students.

 As well as a range of digital skills courses from the Institute of Coding, a consortium of 35 universities and over 100 industry and outreach partners, supported by the UK government via the Office for Students.

Discover FutureLearn Schools here

Coronavirus (COVID 19): list of online education resources for home education

Published 7 April 2020

We have brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.

What does home learning look like in Gloucestershire’s schools?

Here are some examples of what home learning provision looks like in some of the county’s schools.

This is not intended as a record of provision, but merely a brief overview, with some illustrative examples, so that schools can see what others are doing. Leaders will have chosen their approaches to suit the needs of the pupils at their school but this may not necessarily be the right approach for other schools. Provision may change over the coming weeks, particularly if school closures continue for a long time.

What Gloucestershire schools are doing

Primary schools

Gotherington Primary School

Pupils sent home with an exercise book and provided with a weekly timetable and a home learning pack, consisting of Word documents outlining each day’s learning activities and any associated resources and web links.

Packs emailed weekly to parents and also uploaded on the school website

Video messages sent out via email and Twitter from the headteacher and Hero, the school dog.

Example: Gotherington Home Learning Pack (Y5) (ZIP, 7 MB)

For more examples go to Gloucestershire Home Learning resources

National Literacy Trust

How to keep your children reading during school closures

In these unprecedented times, it’s never been more important to establish a culture of reading at home as a family. Fiona Evans, our own Head of Schools' Programmes, explores some of the ways families can support their child’s reading at home.
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With education institutions closed across the UK, we wanted to let you know that LifeSkills created with Barclays, the free employability programme, is here to help - starting with our dedicated support hubs for educators, parents and young people

If you are looking for activities for young people to complete at home, our student hub has many interactive tools, films and activities to encourage independent study.

Our parent support hub is also full of information; by reading our parent blogs and a new advice page specific to current circumstances, they too will be able to support their children with LifeSkills resources.

Access a range of lesson plans, toolkits and quick-fire activities for use with children who still need to attend school, as well as resources suitable for virtual delivery, through our educator hub.

We’ve included a selection of content below that could be useful, whether you are busy planning or still going into work throughout the Easter holidays. To explore over 100 hours of free resources sign up here

Help students to manage wellbeing with activities from our adaptable toolkit

Student wellbeing might need greater attention in the upcoming months. Work through the ice breaker activities together in a virtual learning environment; set the case studies as independent reading; or use the whole toolkit with students still in school and college to ensure wellbeing remains a priority for young people.


Young Enterprise has always focused on the skills development of young people aged 4 to 24. Having considered the best way that we can support you right now we have created a free toolkit for teachers which provides a broad range of ready-to-go activities and materials that are easily used for home learning. We felt that these would be the best way of supporting the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum in a home learning environment.


To accompany the teacher toolkit we have also developed a toolkit for parents – providing guidance on how certain activities and resources could be used by them in the home to enrich learning.


Using our experience and knowledge of the ways in which soldiers gain confidence, we have developed a set of online educational resources that help to develop your pupils’ confidence-building skills. These home learning resources will equip your students with the mindset to overcome mental and physical challenges, grow their self-confidence and build vital skills that will last a lifetime.

Our home learning resources are packed with ideas about how your pupils can get out of their comfort zone and encourages them to think about how they can build their confidence. Our free, online resources explore multiple topics from mindfulness and having a growth mindset, to celebrating success and turning criticism into constructive feedback, all of which can build and develop their self-confidence.

School Wellbeing Activity Programme

We have created a wellbeing journal filled with challenges and activities to keep children happy, healthy and active whilst at home.

The journal is based on the four pillars of SWAP; how I eat, how I sleep, how I move, how I feel, and is aimed at children, but is a great resource for teachers and parents too and can support remote learning.


Set your class one of the daily challenges and they can record the results in their journal. From inventing their favourite smoothie, recording the quality of their sleep, to building a home gym and expressing how they are feeling, the journal encourages children to look after their overall wellbeing.

There are two versions available for download on our website, one for print and an interactive version at We hope you find this resource useful and a fun way for your children to stay happy, healthy and active. Please feel free to share the link with children, parents and teachers.


SEAL have great lessons to help children understand and deal with the coronavirus situation. They were developed in Australia because of the bush fires but they are SO relevant to what our children are going through. Use them if you are in school teaching children or with some adaptations use them for ZOOM or Microsoft Teams online lessons. Help children deal with changes they are experiencing from Coronavirus

Five steps to help with children's wellbeing

In a society where children are feeling more under pressure than ever, helping children with their emotional wellbeing is a concern for many parents and teachers alike. But how can we help?

Clinical psychologist and special guest for BBC Teach's The Growth Mindset and Wellbeing Lesson, Dr Hazel Harrison, has put together five easy steps to promote children's wellbeing - as well as our own. Five ways to keep your children occupied (and learning!) at home

On line educational resources

Teaching from home: advice for teachers and parents In these difficult and unusual times, whether you are at school or at home, BBC Teach is here to help and support you with our huge range of educational resources. Use them yourself or tell your students' parents about them. They will be grateful for some fun, home-learning activities and resources.

BBC Teach

BBC Teach's video resources cover every subject from art and design to science. There are hundreds of short, educational films to explore covering relevant curriculum topics.





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BBC Bitesize - Activities and guides for 11 to 14-year-olds

BBC Bitesize has hundreds of fun and engaging curriculum-linked guides and activities which students can use independently. Just choose your nation of study, pick a subject and you will see a list of key curriculum topics.

Want to know more?

BBC Teach - Secondary Live Lessons

BBC Teach Live Lessons are curriculum-linked video lessons, complete with downloadable resources, covering topics in English, maths and science. They can be watched at any time. You may spot some well-known BBC faces!

BBC Teach - Video resources for 14 to 16-year-olds

BBC Teach's video resources cover every subject from art and design to science. There are hundreds of short, educational films covering relevant curriculum topics to explore.

Find out more

BBC Teach - Secondary Live Lessons

BBC Teach Live Lessons are curriculum-linked video lessons, complete with downloadable resources, covering topics in core subjects but also careers. They can be watched at any time. You may spot some well-known BBC faces!


New support site and Twitter channel for parents and carers

For parents and carers looking after children during the school closures, please do share our free parent support site and @pearsonparents Twitter account.

Here they can find free secondary activities, tools and advice to support learning at home – including sample homeschool planners, access to free eBooks at secondary, and much more.


Free Access to Widgit Online

With more schools closing across the world to help fight the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we wanted to do something to help parents, teachers and carers who use symbols to support their children and young people.

To make sure symbol users have access to the systems and resources they need, we would like to offer free and unrestricted access to Widgit Online and it’s ready-made materials for 30 days. Use Code: WIDGIT30

Trial Users: Click here to enter the code and enable 30 days free access to Widgit Online and the ready-made resources.

Our education specialists will be providing regular tips and advice on how you can use Widgit Online from home both as a parent and teacher.

1. Supporting Routine

Some young people may become anxious without the structure and routine of school; use a Widgit Online Timetables and Planners template to create a schedule or simple Now and Next board.

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Symbol-supported information and display posters

These easy-to-follow symbol-supported information sheets and posters can be used to start conversations with children about hand washing and personal hygiene.

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Stop the Spread

The best prevention against the Coronavirus is still washing your hands. Click on the link to view the PowerPoint


Your school can help stop germs spreading by using our range of fun lesson plans on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

KS1: Horrid Hands
KS1: Super Sneezes
KS2: Hand Hygiene
KS2: Respiratory Hygiene
KS3: Hand Hygiene
KS3: Respiratory Hygiene

These resources are on the e-Bug website and training is available through GHLL. Please email for more details


A wonderful week of welling activities for students at home

Croesyceilog School in South Wales had a wellbeing week during school closure and set their students daily wellbeing activities to complete at home. Here you will find the activities and some fabulous collages of the students' work.  Click here to view the activities. 

Croesyceiliog Secondary School in Torfaen are using this 90 minute lesson with all pupils when they first touch base again as schools re-open. Thank you so much for sharing. As well as the lesson for pupils there are two presentations for staff : one on how they can support pupil wellbeing on the return to school  and one on how they can look after their own wellbeing. Click here to view the activities.




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