Online education

Online educational resources for parents to help children to learn at home.

Online education

Online educational resources for parents to help children to learn at home.

While staying at home due to coronavirus, parents are not expected to act as teachers, or to provide the activities and feedback that a school or nursery would. They should do their best to help children and support their learning while dealing with competing demands.

We are providing a range of learning resources for schools to share with those learning at home. Schools can access these via the Schools' Portal (login required). Ask your child's school for more information.

We've also brought together on this page information about resources from our services and links to other websites to help children learning from home.

Online safety

When children are working remotely it is important for parents and carers to be aware of what they are being asked to do, including the sites they are using and which school staff they are working with.  

Here are a few of the resources that can be used to help keep children safe online:

  • Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
  • Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
  • Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)
  • Let’s Talk About It (support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation)
  • UK Safer Internet Centre (tips, advice, guides)

Our services and partners

Support through schools

Lancashire County Council's School Improvement Team have produced a number of free home schooling units that have been distributed to Lancashire Schools via the Schools Portal. Ask your school if you are interested in using these free Lancashire resources.

Your library at home

Whilst our buildings are currently closed, Lancashire Libraries are still open online and we've got plenty on offer for you to access at home with your children!

Lots of information can be found on our website: your library at home.

Here's just a selection of what we have  available:

  • Weekly virtual Lego clubs across all our social media channels.  
  • Spot On Stories from our partners at Spot On Lancashire every Tuesday at 3pm (and there's an adult performance to watch on a Thursday evening from 7pm too!)
  • eBooks and eAudiobooks now with an increased selection on our free app, BorrowBox. Keep an eye out for our special "Always Available" titles which are instantly ready to download without any waiting lists! Check out our children's eBooks on BorrowBox
  • Learning from Home with plenty of resources available on our digital library for people of all ages! You'll find access to free encyclopaedias, newspaper articles and the Learning Place, where you will find websites that have been chosen and validated by library staff.
  • Lancashire Reading Trail to encourage children to read 50 books at their own speed, picking up prizes and certificates along the way. Whilst you can't get into a library to claim your prizes right now, you can still be reading plenty and completing your book reviews!

The Lancashire School Games Organisers team, Active Lancashire and the Lancashire PE team have been developing a PE, school sport and physical activity resource/timetable.

The resource is centred around 4 key themes: Move, Learn, Challenge and Play.

Find out more on Lancashire School Games.

Lancashire Music Service (LMS) is sending out a weekly newsletter providing a diverse range of musical resources which can be used in the classroom as well as by individual pupils. These resources have all been quality assured by a team of LMS teachers. They will be distributed to our mailing lists. If schools wish to receive these updates they can sign up via the Lancashire Music Service website.

Due to the current situation Virtual School and the Hospital Home Teach Service have created a web resource information guide (PDF 601 KB) of suitable free websites for you to use. This covers from early years through to post 16 study. All sites have been tested and safe to use.

 

Young children

Children in their early years (0-5yrs) learn best through play. It helps them to develop physically, mentally and emotionally. It teaches them to work in groups, settle conflicts, develop their imagination and try out different roles. When children play they practice decision-making, learn to stand up for themselves, create, explore and lead. The positive impact play has on a child's life can be tremendous and most importantly should be fun for everyone involved!

Childcare providers use play as a major tool when implementing the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. To help give you some ideas on what you can do at home we have created these useful resources and tools. You could even use our ideas to talk to your childcare provider. You could find out what activities they like to do with your child and show them what you have been up to at home. Working together with your childcare provider will really help your child to flourish and we promise, you'll have fun doing it too.

 

 

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

These newsletters from the Lancashire SEND Specialist Teacher Service have lots of suggestions and practical ideas for parents and carers of young people with SEND.

Topics cover the broad areas of:

  • cognition and learning
  • communication and interaction
  • social and emotional wellbeing
  • sensory and physical needs.

 

Resources

 In addition to the resources from our services, we've put together some links to other resources to help children learning from home.

The Department for Education (DfE) have produced the following guidance and resources to help you support your children to learn at home:

The Children’s Commissioner has published a list of free online activities and materials to use at home to help keep your child busy, active and learning. There s also a children’s guide to coronavirus to help explain the situation.

The BBC has developed lessons every weekday for pupils in Year 1 to Year 10. Content is free on the television, online and through BBC iPlayer:

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has produced a set of resources designed to be used by schools and parents/carers to support home learning.

Parenting for Lifelong Health provides open-access online parenting resources during COVID-19. They are working with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, the Internet of Good Things, USAID and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

STEM Learning is a large provider of education and careers support in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). To support home teaching, they are offering remotely-delivered, curriculum-linked science lessons for young people aged 5-19 accompanied by live Q&A sessions with their subject experts. 

Education Otherwise is a charitable organisation which offers support and information to home educators.

Following significant numbers of requests for advice being received from parents of school children who are currently at home due to the Coronavirus, Education Otherwise has produced a guidance document for those families addressing concerns that parents have expressed. A copy of this guidance can be found at the following link, together with other information which you may find useful during your period of home schooling.

Sustrans, a charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle, have a four-week email activity pack full of cycling, walking and scooting themed fun.

The weekly updates include indoor and outdoor activities for all the family. 

Visit Sustrans Outside In to sign up.