10 Jun 2020
Hands up who’s been beaten by their child’s homework? No parent likes to admit they’re having trouble keeping up with the curriculum when their child is still at primary school – but we’ve all spent a few stressful afternoons puzzling over phonics, labouring over long division, or struggling with science projects. If you thought fronted adverbials were bad enough, it gets even more confusing when your child starts secondary school and works towards GCSEs and A-levels.
Fortunately, there are some great online educational resources that can help you to help your child. Here are some of our favourites…
BBC Bitesize is a free, online study resource designed to help with learning, homework and revision. It covers a wide range of subjects and is designed for pupils aged 5-16+. You’ll find detailed help on most topics from the National Curriculum, with a range of videos, step-by-step guides, quizzes and activities. If you need help with homeschooling, you’ll also find a programme of daily lessons from Y1 to Y10.
Seneca Learning is a free learning resource for pupils at KS2, all the way up to A-level. Some schools use it to set homework and revision tasks, as Seneca’s smart learning algorithms have been shown to help students remember topics more effectively. There are also lots of GIFs and memes designed to take the stress out of studying.
If you’ve read enough Biff, Chip & Kipper books to last you a lifetime, Oxford Owl has a free ebook library for children aged 3-11. You’ll also find lots of educational resources and games, as well as advice and support on homework and homeschooling.
Many schools watch Newsround every day as it’s a great way to keep kids up to date with what’s going on in the world. If you ever worry about how to answer your children’s questions about world events, this is a helpful resource.
Quizlet breaks down topics into bite-sized chunks, and uses flashcards and quizzes to help pupils learn. It’s especially useful for GCSE and A-level revision and there’s an app to encourage learning on the go.
Khan Academy is a free educational resource that offers practise exercises and instructional videos. It’s designed to help kids and teens learn and revise, and there’s a dashboard where you can chart their progress.
You’ll find plenty of free STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) educational resources and activities on the IET website. There are separate activities for primary- and secondary-aged kids, including video clips and lesson plans.
Twinkl is packed with primary and secondary educational resources, along with suggestions for activities and crafts. There’s information on early years education, including handwriting and phonics, and you can also download a free personalised resource pack.