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…
With GoHenry’s in-app Money Missions, your children can watch videos, take quizzes, and earn points and badges, all while gaining a financial education that will give them useful money management skills for life. Money Missions cover money basics, saving and investing, along with compound interest, borrowing, gifting, and more. We also have blogs and articles to help you teach your kids about money and good savings habits.
Helping your children to learn about finances can be a vital life skill.
GoHenry research demonstrates how important this can be. For example, Of those earning between £55,001-£65,000, more than three-quarters (77%) received some level of financial education. We're on a mission to make every kid smart with money, so that’s why we provide access to Money Missions and easy-to-use info such as videos, as well as fun quizzes to help your children take in the financial information that can be so essential in life.
If you are worried about what your children might find online, then Kiddle can be helpful. Kiddle is a search engine that prevents inappropriate content from appearing, meaning that your children can search online safely.
As well as filtering out any adult content, Kiddle also shows websites aimed at children at the top of the search results. Most of these are illustrated with pictures in the search results to help your child understand what the websites are about. Kiddle can be a great tool to help your kid learn to navigate the web safely and find educational resources for themselves.
Blockly Games is designed to help your children learn the basics of computer coding. It introduces kids to coding and programming, using language specially designed for young learners – in fact, some parents might recognise these games from their own days at school.
There are puzzles and activities designed to help your kids learn the key principles of programming, such as sequences, loops, and conditionals. All of this is done by putting together blocks of code or commands, making it easy for kids to understand. Once your child has mastered the basics, Blockly Games has harder challenges and advice for other apps and websites to guide your child towards further learning.
Maths is an important subject as so many life skills - including finances, time management, and shopping - all require good maths skills. But some young people struggle with the way maths is taught in schools. Topmarks is a site full of fun maths games for children aged 3 to 14, helping engage kids and making it easier for them to learn maths. The games teach maths with lessons about money, shapes, and problem-solving. All lessons are grouped by age, helping you and your children find appropriate ways for them to learn. Most of these can be used on a tablet or PC, meaning that your child can learn at home or on the move.
Toppsta is a book review site that helps encourage children to read. Toppsta has over 110,000 children’s book reviews and recommendations to help your children find books they might be interested in. All the reviews are written by children, so your kids can find reviews written by young people just like them. They also have featured books and giveaways, so there’s always something new and interesting for your child to consider reading. The site also recommends books with activity packs or videos to help young people get excited about reading.
TheSchoolRun is a site full of free resources and activities designed to help children learn. All their tutorials are kid friendly and are explained in easy-to-understand language, plus they are grouped by subject and age to help you find the right learning resources for your kids. Their worksheets are fun and engaging, and they also have a lot of articles for parents about how to support their kids through learning, as well as information on how to approach any problem areas that might arise in your child’s education.
IXL is a subscription-based website with English and maths content starting at reception level through to year 13. It offers personalised learning programmes that align with the national curriculum. These lessons cover everything from counting objects and letter names to trigonometry and how to write arguments. Subjects are assigned to the school year they relate to, meaning that you can find the right curriculum for your child and help support their school learning from home. This could be part of boosting learning or to help make up for missed lessons due to time off school.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum has a wide range of online learning content – everything from a digital journal that supports your child in documenting the nature around your home, to nature-themed activities and crafts. All of this can help kids learn more about the world around them.
Crickweb offers more than 250 free interactive teaching resources for primary school kids, as well as games for children aged 4 to 11. Once you’ve explored all of that, they also have links to other useful resources. Their lessons involve sorting objects, completing crosswords and other puzzles, and playing games to learn about subjects from languages, to maths and humanities.
Love Biology is a wonderful resource for learning biology – it styles itself as The Ultimate Biology Revision Site for GCSEs and A levels. With more than 4,000 multiple choice questions, there’s plenty for young people to test themselves on, and all the quizzes come with feedback and scores to help your kids learn if they get an answer wrong. The quizzes work on phones and tablets as well as PC, meaning your children can learn from anywhere.
THINK! is the official government education site for road safety, with lessons on how to stay safe whether you are a child on a bike, in a vehicle, or a pedestrian. THINK! has content organised by age, with videos, information sheets, and games to help ensure your children can learn age-appropriate road safety. These lessons also help contribute to your child's general safety awareness in other parts of life, and it's an invaluable resource, especially if you live in an urban area.
If your children have an artistic streak, they'll love Tate Kids. The Take Kids portal includes short lessons and biographies about different artists, as well as activity ideas and interactive learning through games and quizzes. Tutorials range from spaghetti sculptures to geometric pencil art. There are options for all age ranges, helping young people learn about art history, and also explore new types of art and crafts. Kids can even submit their art to be added to the online gallery.
The Jamie Oliver Cookery School
If you're not sure how to get your child interested in learning about cooking and food preparation, online classes at the Jamie Oliver Cookery School might inspire them. You can select a recipe that is suitable for your child's age and skill level, and help them learn in real-time. Cooking together can help children acquire handy life skills as well as enable them to better appreciate how their food is made. You may also find Jamie Oliver’s Facebook cooking lessons has a range of child-appropriate recipes that you can make with your kids. A lot of these recipes are better for older kids due to the safety risks in kitchens, but if you have younger children you can choose what they might be able to learn - for example, younger kids might still enjoy watching you make recipes while you explain them.
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.
The Institute of Science and Engineering
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.