Lockdown Resources

Helping  primary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19):

Advice for parents and carers looking after primary school children: While staying at home due to coronavirus (COVID-19), parents and carers will be concerned about their children’s education and the impact of missing school. No one expects parents to act as teachers, or to provide the activities and feedback that a school would. Parents and carers should do their best to help children and support their learning.

Structuring the day

Do not worry about trying to maintain a full routine for your child like they had at school. But children will feel more comfortable and learn better with a predictable routine to the day, even if this is difficult. But generally, you should try to make sure that your child:

· gets up and goes to bed at the same time each day

· has regular meal times

· has regular breaks

· makes time to be active – children are used to regular play at lunch and break times

Using digital devices

If your child’s work is being done on a digital device such as a laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphone make sure you set age-appropriate parental controls on any devices your child is using and supervise their use of websites and apps. See advice (click here) on keeping them safe online and talk to your child about online safety.

Reducing screen time 

Digital devices are not the only way to learn. Manage screen time with a timer and break up screen time by getting your child to:

  • use books and other printed materials that school has provided or that you have at home.
  • write by hand – try asking them to complete work by hand, write a diary, a summary of things they have learned or done each day or ‘to do’ lists. Be active and get away from the screen regularly – see a selection of physical activity resources for primary school children below.
  • stop using digital devices at least an hour before bed.

Below is a list of helpful online resources we have collated to help you with your home learning:

BBC Bitesize Daily: are hosting Bitesize Daily programmes each weekday for learners aged 5 to 14. These are fun-packed programmes full of learning and inspiration. Each programme will include a combination of core subjects like English, Maths and Science, as well as other subjects such as History, Geography, Music and French.



Literacy Counts has produced resources for FREE book based learning for home and school.

Please access their web site here: https://literacycounts.co.uk/parents/storytime-counts/


Receive weekly activity emails and support documents and sign up to their monthly newsletter: https://literacycounts.co.uk/newsletters/ to get the latest information and activities.

RadioBlogging.Net is a daily radio programme that teaches literacy and is aimed at families and schools. It is interactive so that children write and their work is published during and after the show. Each day there are spelling, grammar and vocabulary games, followed by creative writing and responding to reading. The show features a poet of the day and author of the week.


Online Reading Resources with the Book Trust here: (click here)

A book explaining Coronavirus to children (illustrated by the Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler) can be accessed here: (click here)

A book called The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown (click here)

Audible Website: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: all children’s audiobooks are available for free while schools are closed.

Registration: not required

Classroom Secrets

Website: https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: downloadable resource packs which cover a range of subjects, including reading and writing.

Registration: not required

Elevenses with the World of David Walliams

Website: https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

Key stages: key stage 2

Description: one free audio book reading is available to listen to every day.

Registration: not required

English Mastery

Website: https://www.englishmastery.org/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: downloadable resource books providing 8 weeks of activities.

Registration: not required

Literacy Shed

Website: https://www.literacyshedplus.com/en-gb/browse/free-resources

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: downloadable resource packs with tasks based on video clips on YouTube.

Registration: not required

Pobble 365

Website: https://www.pobble365.com/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: a new image is published each day as a basis for creative writing. Story starters, questions and drawing ideas are provided.

Registration: not required

Poetry by Heart

Website: https://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/

Key stages: key stage 2

Description: a wide selection of poetry covering different topics

Registration: not required to view poems, but it is required to access teaching resources.



White Rose Home Learning


Key stages: Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key stage 2

Description: downloadable resource packs with teacher guidance. A week’s worth of resources is provided for each year group.

Registration: not required

I See Maths

Website: http://www.iseemaths.com/home-lessons/

KeyStages: mainly Key 2 but there are games on there for Key stage 1

Description: lesson videos to watch and challenges to take part in.

Registration: not required

The Maths Factor

Website: https://www.themathsfactor.com/

Key stages: Key Stage 1 and 2

Description: a great resource.  Let Carol teach your child Maths during this difficult period.

Registration: not required

Oak National Academy


Key stages: Reception through to Year 10.

Description: backed by the DfE, it will provide 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects from maths to art to languages

Registration: not required

Mathematics Mastery

Website: https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/free-resources

Key Stages:  Reception through to Year 10.

Description:  downloadable resource packs with teacher guidance. A week’s worth of resources is provided for each year group.

Registration: not required


Website: https://nrich.maths.org/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: a range of activities. Some are interactive and some are to be completed offline. Activities are categorised by age range.

Registration: not required


Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/help-your-child-with-maths

Key stages: early years foundation stage and key stage 1

Description: videos for numeracy development designed for children aged 0 to 6. There are fun activities that can be applied to everyday life and play.

Registration: not required

Top Marks

Website: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games

Key stages: early years foundation stage, key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: a range of interactive maths games categorised by age group.

Registration: not required

Hamilton Trust (home learning section)

Website: https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: downloadable resource packs with teacher guidance. A week’s worth of resources is provided for each year group.

Registration: not required


STEM Learning

Website: https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-science

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: an online resource bank, which links to resources on external websites. The site features a live chat function offering support from subject experts. New home learning resources are being developed.

Registration: is required for some resources


Join in with The Body Coach TV on YouTube. Every week day morning Joe Wickes leads the nation’s children in a PE session to start the day off. (click here).


Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids. Interactive adventures which build strength, balance and confidence – and get kids into yoga and mindfulness. Cosmic Kids Yoga: (click here)

Mindfulness sessions with New Directions Education (click here)

CHESS: sign up for a free chess account to master your chess skills (click here)

Keeping in touch activity sheets. This could be with grandparents or other relatives (click here)

National Geographic for kids ideas (click here)

Sustrans Outside-In: this is a free resource from the  Liverpool City Council Road SafetyTeam. It is to help parents who are looking after their children at home.

Walking, cycling and scooting are great ways to keep active and healthy in body and mind. During this time where we are mostly required to stay at home, these activities become harder to do. Sustrans Outside-In provides fun ideas and inspiration for parents to bring education, health and wellbeing activities into their home.

Parents can access resources by registering for our free parent newsletter. Over fourweeks, you will receive weekly videos, themed activities, games and challengesdesigned by our experienced school officers.

The registration link for parents and carers: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/campaigns/outside-in/