The following are some of my favourite educational websites:
Something for Everyone
Online courses and home learning for children and teens: is a wonderfully comprehensive yet eclectic list of educational websites (compiled by Tom Tolkien and tucked away on the school reading list website). It aims to help parents and teachers find interesting and stimulating online teaching and learning ideas and activities. There is a mix of free and paid online courses for children and teens, including short and long courses, blended learning, revision (GCSE and A Level), and research-based activities – all of which can be accessed and completed at home and independently.
Happiness is Here : an inspiring blog by a home educator with lots of great ideas and links to activities.
UK Home Education: Home Ed blog which includes information on the legal situation for families in the UK
Reading to children and giving them access to high quality books is a precious gift. Research consistently shows that children whose parents read to them regularly (often for long after they can read to themselves), develop the widest vocabularies and do best in our education system. Parents often ask me to recommend books and these are the websites I encourage them to explore with their children. I also suggest visiting their local library on a regular basis and getting to know the librarians who are often great sources of inspiration.
- The School Reading List is an excellent website which has a comprehensive guide to books for children from early years through to their late teenage years.
- The Book Trust is another great website for helping children find books to engage and enchant them. I particularly like their ‘What to Read After’ section, with ideas for other books you might enjoy after finishing one you’ve particularly loved.
- Love Reading 4 Kids is brilliant for searching by age and genre. They have a wonderful section on dyslexia friendly books grouped by interest age.
Reading and Writing
- National Curriculum in England English programmes of study: Key Stages 1 and 2
- Primary Homework Help (formerly Woodlands School)
- Pobble is a new website aimed at helping teachers to inspire children’s writing – fees apply but lots of freebies too!
- The Literacy Shed:
- The Literacy Shed Plus (paid subscription)
- Kids read to Kids created to bring confidence back to readers who are struggling.
- KS1 BBC Bitesize English
- KS2 BBC Bitesize English
- Literary Devices: invaluable reference of terms used in literary analysis for older teens studying English language and literature
Poetry for younger children Listen to some of the world’s best poems for young children read aloud
Poetry for older children and teens Listen to an amazing array of poems read aloud
Michael Rosen: – a fantastic series of videos with Michael Rosen reading his poems aloud.
A wonderful blog about picturebooks for all ages
Writing Wizard – Handwriting App for iPads and Tablets – super tool for teaching correct letter formation (left & right handed)
There are three different phonics schemes commonly used by schools – check with your child’s school which they use
These two websites are also useful for phonic activities:
- BBC Bitesize Spelling
- Spelling Shed (subscription required)
- Top Marks Spelling (free)
- Writing Wizard – a handwriting app for tablets and iPads that can be linked to personalised spelling lists too for a multisensory approach.
National Curriculum in England Mathematics programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2
Nrich – a maths enrichment site for children 5-18 managed by the University of Cambridge
Maths is Fun: a comprehensive Maths dictionary with explanations and lots of fun interactives
Multiplication games, quizzes and worksheets
Maths Shed – paid subscription
Jenny Eather’s: a maths dictionary for kids. I particularly like this quick reference maths dictionary which has illustrated examples and simple explanations for maths vocabulary. It’s a super reference point for tricky homework.
Maths Manipulatives are excellent online tools that help children have a concrete understanding of mathematical concepts.
Hit the button is a fast paced game from Top Marks Education and is fantastic for kids, as they only need to beat their personal best in 60 seconds. I’ve been using this since I first started teaching.
Primary Homework Help for Science (formally Woodlands School)
Physics modelling fun
Steve Spangler’s Sick Science: Science experiment videos for children
Humanities, Arts & Cross Curricular:
BBC Bitesize KS 2
Primary Homework Help (formally Woodlands School)
Coxhoe School cross curricular topic work
Educational Games – Academic Skills Builder – fun and educational
The Big Life Journal :Many children I tutor have experienced lack of confidence in their academic abilities. Using growth mindset enables them to become proactive with their learning journey. These resources at The Big Life Journal Growth Mindset for Children may help you to support your child.
Buying Books and Resources:
Books Price – a price comparison site that helps you find the best price for any book
Local Independent Schools Entrance Assessments
I have a great deal of experience preparing children for 11+ and entrance exams for local schools including:
- The Perse School, Cambridge
- The Stephen Perse School, Cambridge
- King’s Ely Junior School, Ely
- King’s Ely Senior School, Ely
- Uppingham School, Rutland
- The Leys School, Cambridge
For Teachers and Tutors
http://www.searchtutors.co.uk – a searchable tuition agency free to use for both parents and tutors
First Tutors – a searchable database of verified tutors – parents pay a small introductory fee (free for tutors)