Many parents are asking us how they can help educate their children at home.

Start by finding them a quiet space that’s theirs. Then set a routine, it can follow the start and finish of their normal school day. However, routines don’t work for everyone, and some find it really hard to follow the school timetable at home.  If this is your family, don’t worry, find a way that works for you! All schools will make different rules and guidelines but don’t as parents beat yourselves up about this – pick your battles wisely and do what you can when you can.

Snacks are great to keep the brain working throughout the day so regular food breaks, healthy snacks as well as the odd biscuit can help keep your child focused.

Look for help, there are lots of great online education resources, we’ve included some below and your school will probably also make suggestions.

The BBC are stepping up their support with education – their support includes introducing a daily educational programme for different keys stages/year groups, expanding their BBC Bitesize content, increasing their educational programming via BBC Iplayer.  BBC Four and BBC Red Button will be devoting a block of programming each weekday evening to show programmes that support the GCSE and A-Level curriculum. In Scotland, the Scotland channel will support the Scottish NQs and Highers in the daytime.

The BBC Teach YouTube Channel is already packed with useful resources for all ages https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4KN50fal7f45fx2DqG7ttg/playlists

Teaching Resources, Primary Resources, Twinkl, Primary School ResourcesTwinkl have put together some really useful advice for parents and many of their resources to use at home will be familiar with your children as they are widely used in schools https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/covid19-school-closures

AudioPi are a provider of podcast content – excellent for those older children who are auditory learners https://www.audiopi.co.uk/

Pre prep Links
BBC resources suitable for all primary ages https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary
Learn how to use the internet safely https://gridclub.com/
Speed up your typing https://sense-lang.org/typing/
Fun safe games to help with computer skills http://www.funbrain.com/
Games to help with literacy https://www.primarygames.com/
Online reading https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Fun Phonics resources https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
Interactive Maths puzzles & games https://nrich.maths.org/14536
More Maths fun https://mathszone.co.uk/
Fun and potentially messy science https://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/index.html
Prep School Age and CE preparation Links
EAL
One of my favourite sites for English learners, lots of activities https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/learning-english/activities-for-learners/
Tests for articles: https://englishteststore.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=58
Letter writing – lots of letters to read here : https://www.literacywagoll.com/letters.html
English activities including Grammar and Writing: https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/learning-english/activities-for-learners/?skill=writing&rows=12
Science
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=fuse+school+
http://www.thesciencesite.co.uk/
https://sites.google.com/webteachersuk.com/science4ce13plus/home
http://www.thesciencesite.co.uk/quizes/quick-quiz-physics/
http://www.thesciencesite.co.uk/quizes/chemistry-questions/
http://www.thesciencesite.co.uk/quizes/biology-questions/
RS Good revision site and Podcasts, so you can listen in the car:
http://ce-rs.com/index.htm
http://www.ce-rs.com/page33.htm
Quizlet Quizlet is a vocabulary website which teachers use to create subject related vocabulary lists.   They have lists for most subjects at all levels (the ones below are for CE Geography).  The site has flashcards, tests and games and is a great revision tool.
https://quizlet.com/159702750/geography-vocabulary-13-common-entrance-flash-cards/
https://quizlet.com/148766746/geography-common-entrance-rivers-and-coasts-flash-cards/
https://quizlet.com/148766336/geography-common-entrance-earthquakes-and-volcanoes-flash-cards/
GCSE and A Level revision Links
https://getrevising.co.uk/
Some really useful multi topic sites https://quizlet.com/en-gb
https://www.samlearning.com/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/
https://revisionworld.com/
https://www.gcsepod.com/
https://www.senecalearning.com/  
https://www.sparknotes.com/
https://www.brainpop.com/
English Links
YouTube – Mr Bruff. Excellent videos on the poems https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM2vdqz-7e4HAuzhpFuRY8w
Definitions. Quotes and Literature Text guides https://www.litcharts.com/ 
Revision World – Literacy Texts https://revisionworld.com/a2-level-level-revision/english-literature-gcse-level
Revision World – Language skills https://revisionworld.com/a2-level-level-revision/english-language-gcse-level
Mathematics Links
Lots of schools have paid sites – these here are free to use http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/index.html
https://corbettmaths.com/
Science Links
short videos on all 3 sciences http://freesciencelessons.co.uk/ 
a revision website with multiple choice questions on all of the science modules www.educake.co.uk
Easy to follow videos with Primrose Kitten https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBgvmal8AR4QIK2e0EfJwaA
The Excellent GCSE PDOD www.gcsepod.com
A great range of Science videos https://www.youtube.com/user/plowton
Business Studies Links
Theory notes, PowerPoints and Quizzes www.tutor2u.net
Revision World https://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision/business-studies/aqa-business-subjects-economics
Past papers & Marking Schemes https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/business/gcse/business-8132
History Links
Mr Allsop history https://www.mrallsophistory.com/revision/category/gcse-and-igcse-history-revision
Music Links
https://www.musictheory.net/
Computer Science Links
Flash Cards https://www.cram.com/flashcards/test/ocr-computer-science-revision-6714147
Physical Education Links
Brian Mac – PE Guru https://www.brianmac.co.uk/

During this period we can not stress enough how important it is to look after your own mental health as well as that of your children.

Even if we are in self isolation there are many ways to do get some exercise and boost your spirits – check out these websites, apps and channels for inspiration

BBC supermovers – jump around with the kids whilst they learn https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

Smiling Mind app for quick mindfulness sessions for all https://www.smilingmind.com.au/smiling-mind-app

Cosmic Yoga https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

For the Sport Fans, learning inspired by Sport  https://plprimarystars.com/for-families

The latest update on the Coronavirus from the National Health Service (NHS) can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/wuhan-novel-coronavirus/

The latest update from Public Health England (PHE) can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

We can provide a listening ear and are here to help you, to make the best of an unpleasant situation.

Please give us a call or email us and we will be very happy to advise you on the right Easter courses or help you to arrange for specialist tutors, as appropriate for the individual needs of your child.

Contact us on consultants@independenteducationconsultants.co.uk