Ten free online tools for home-schooling

For many, the Coronavirus pandemic will see children at home when they would typically be in school. To help you over the next three weeks we’ve pulled together some brilliant free online videos and tools to help you cover off all of the curriculum and make distant learning a breeze. 

1. Joe Wicks PE Lessons

As well as keeping you physically fit, exercise stimulates the release of endorphins which promotes well-being and give you a ‘feel good factor’. So why not set yourself and the young ones up for the day with Joe Wicks’ PE lessons every weekday morning at 9am. Suitable for the whole family, you can join the 30 minute session live on his YouTube channel @TheBodyCoachTV. Don’t worry if you can’t watch live, the videos are recorded and can be accessed later in the day too!

2. The Maths Factor

Former Countdown Host Carol Vorderman has made her maths website ‘The Maths Factor’ free during the school closures to help support children’s learning at home. The website, designed to make maths fun, is matched to the national curriculum for children aged 4-12 years old. It includes fun games, courses and tests to help children keep up with their maths skills.  You can register free here:

3. Oti Mabuse Kids Dance Class

Swap your slippers for your dancing shoes and join in some fun family every morning with Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse. Starting at 11.30am, the classes are streamed on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. You can join in the fun here:

4. Phonics Play

Keep up with your kids’ reading and spelling using The website is currently free for all children to use at home without parents having to pay or subscribe, just log onto the site using username: march20 and password: home. It includes useful tools suited to help children do there twenty minutes a day of phonics practice by using fun games, songs and actions.

5. Science with Maddie Moate

Join in fun science lessons with Cbeebies presenter Maddie Moate. The presenter is hosting #LetsGoLive science lessons every weekday morning 11am, helping to teach kids about different topics including mini beasts and pollination. The videos are streamed live onto Maddie’s YouTube channel but are available at any time online here: 

6. BBC Teach

The BBC Teach website is home to thousands of free education and curriculum-mapped videos, with online lessons available for children of all ages and capabilities. The site is home to lessons including Literacy and English, Maths, Science, Art and PSHE and has some great advice for parents who are starting to teach children from home!

7. Storytime with David Walliams

Dive into a world of imagination with free audio books by bestselling and fastest growing children’s author David Walliams. He will be releasing a fun story from ‘The World’s Worst Children’ stories at 11am each morning, but they are available on the website for the rest of the day. This is set to take place for thirty days.

You can download the free audio books here:

8. Music lessons with Myleene Klass

Add something different to your weekly lessons by joining presenter Myleene Klass’ free music class twice a week. The ‘Myleene’s Music Klass’ lessons are also streamed live onto her YouTube channel and you don’t need any instruments to get involved, just something you are happy for your child to use as one instead.

You can catch up on the lessons here:

9. Wildlife with Steve Backshall

Get answers to all of your wildlife and exploration questions from wildlife presenter and naturalist Steve Backshall every morning at 9.30am. Steve’s live wildlife chats give both adults and children the chance to ask questions about topics including geography and much more.

The lessons are available on Steve's YouTube channel here: 

10. Lunchtime cooking with Jamie Oliver 

Learn some new skills in the kitchen every lunchtime with Chef Jamie Oliver and his son Buddy. Join in at 12pm daily to make simple and quick yet delicious recipes with ingredients from your store cupboards. Follow the tutorials here: