Online Library

Online resources for teachers and parents


  • BBC Bitesize is a free online study support resource designed to help with learning, revision and homework. It provides support for learners aged 5 to 16+ across a wide range of school subjects and also supports children and young people’s wellbeing and career choices
  • Future Learn has free membership with a lot of different online courses on a wide range of topics (including CPD courses such as how to teach online)
  • Twinkl has made lots of resources available , including activities, plans and ideas for all ages
  • Chatterpack has a list of free, online, boredom-busting resources, including virtual tours, online learning, entertainment and heatlh and well-being advice
  • TopMarks has a range of resources for a range of subjects and ages
  • We Are Teachers has classroom ideas for teachers and worksheets for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils
  • 123Homeschool4Me gives advice on home schooling and provides free worksheets as well as lots of hands-on learning activities. The website has provision for up to 8th Grade (equivalent to Year 7 in the UK) and does have some ideas for older children
  • No Time for Flash Cards specialises in nursery and preschool, with lessons and crafts for younger children
  • Kindergarten Worksheets and Games is exactly what it says on the tin: worksheets and games for kindergarten-aged children (we would recommend this for the younger end of KS1). This website offers provision for English, Maths, Science, Art and a wide range of themed activities

Teachit has a range of subject areas covering early years and primary levels (Free membership available until end of April 2020):


  • Google Arts and Culture has uploaded virtual tours of many different museums and galleries around the world, with complete exhibits digitised to view online
  • Sheffield artist Pete McKee has a Cartoon Workshop for Beginners on YouTube
  • Illustrator Rob Biddulph has posted a series of draw-along videos so parents could watch with their kids and, hopefully, make some nice pictures
  • Creative Bloq has a set of tutorials on how to draw animals, people, flowers, landscapes and more


  • Shakespeare Week has uploaded Shakespeare-themed resources on a range of different subjects including art, English, maths, science and PSHE
  • The Royal Shakespeare Company has uploaded teaching resources, including teaching packs on specific works as well as clips, videos and live lessons
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber is releasing a full-length, smash-hit musical on YouTube every Friday night and making it available free of charge for 48 hours


  • The Poetry Society has a wide selection of poetry lesson plans and activities covering the full range of school ages
  • Literacy Trust has a range of free resources, including their Family Zone. Their oldest age category is 9-12 but these resources may be suitable for older children
  • The World Book Day website has plenty of stay at home resources, including book readings, competitions, craft activities and more
  • Book Riot has interesting articles, podcasts and news all about books!


  • The Geographical Association has a wide range of teaching and learning resources to cover all curriculum phases
  • Roots ‘n’ Shoots is a charitable organisation that features various aspects of geography, including different environmental projects



  • DuoLingo has dozens of languages courses (with more in development!) which are taught through bite-sized modules that build skills in writing, reading, comprehending and speaking your chosen language
  • Memrise has free online language learning packages for a range of different languages


  • Teach Your Monster to Read aims to aid children aged 3-6 in learning to read, with mini-games teaching letter recognition, blending, segmenting etc, while allowing your child to learn at their own pace. The app costs 99p from the Google Play or Apple store and is one of eight government-approved educational apps for early language-learning. The website version is free for anyone to use.
  • BBC Bitesize have now launched daily lessons for children.


  • Fender are offering three months of free guitar, bass and ukulele lessons for the first million people to sign up for Fender Play and use the code given to them
  • Let’s Play Music is a blog dedicated to teaching children about music. Its activities and resources are organised by type, and for different ages, including how to plan a music lesson
  • Myleene Klass presents a series of lessons on YouTube, aimed at parents who want to teach their children the basics of music (how to read music, basic rhythms, etc)

STEM (including, Maths, DT and Computing)

  • Carol Vorderman’s Maths Factor has been made free for the duration of UK school closures
  • White Rose Maths has a range of maths lessons and videos for children in years 1-8
  • has resources for both home teaching and home learning from KS1 right up to A-Level and post-16
  • Wow Science has lots of games, activities and experiments aimed at primary students, and has a supplementary app which can be downloaded to a tablet or smartphone
  • YouTuber Maddie Moate has uploaded science-themed YouTube videos for KS1 and KS2
  • Scratch allows users to create games, animations and videos using scratch coding
  • BBC Micro:bit has some great projects if you have a micro:bit and interest in IT
  • Future Learn has lots of short courses on computing, app development and game development
  • BP’s Educational Service provides science and geography resources for primary, secondary and post-16 students
  • The Royal Society of Chemistry has resources from primary right up to higher education on various aspects of chemistry, with videos, lessons and experiments for home learners
  • The British Science Week website provides activity packs for KS1-3 students with printable activities
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering posts STEM challenges and teaching/learning resources, including maths and engineering resources for post-16
  • Purple Marsh has IT games for KS1 and KS2
  • James Dyson Foundation have D&T and engineering resources aimed at primary and secondary students, including lesson plans and printables. They have also developed a set of challenge cards, which feature science and engineering themed activities to try at home, along with videos of Dyson engineers discussing the science behind each challenge.

Virtual Tours


  • The British Museum virtual tour has artefacts categorised by year and geographical location
  • The Louvre has uploaded online tours of three of its exhibits: Egyptian Antiquities; Remains of the Louvre's Moat and Galerie d'Apollon
  • There is a free Google street view tour of New York’s Guggenheim Museum
  • Google Art and Culture features views of Washington National Gallery of Art, which include two exhibits:  American fashion from 1740 to 1895, and the works of Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer
  • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul (South Korea) has uploaded a free virtual showcase, which gives access to six floors of the museum from Google Street
  • This online showcase features Greek artefacts from Berlin’s Pergamon Museum
  • Google street view tour of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, which features close-ups of major works from the Netherlands
  • Virtual tours are available of four floors of the Van Gogh Museum. These also have close-ups of artefacts available to view
  • The Los Angeles J. Paul Getty Museum online tour features two exhibits: Heaven,Hell & Dying Well, and Eat, Drink & Be Merry, and six other categories of artefacts to view
  • Florence’s Uffizi Gallery has uploaded four of their exhibits online: Piero di Cosimo,"Perseus Freeing Andromeda”; The Santa Trinita Maestà, Cimabue; The Creative Process Behind Federico Barocci's Drawings and Amico revisited. There are drawings by Amico Aspertini and others and six other categories of artefacts are available to view
  • Brazil’s Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand has a virtual tour which features six exhibits:  Art from Italy: from Rafael to Titian; Art from Brazil until 1900; Art from France: from Delacroix to Cézanne; Picture Gallery in Transformation; Histories of madness: the drawings of Juquery
  • New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is featured on Google Arts and Culture, presenting 28 online exhibits and other categories of artefacts

Aquariums and Zoos