With the Corona virus hot on everyone’s mind, as a primary school teacher I have some advice and websites you can access for home learning in the event your child’s school does close / become an unsafe place to be. Please note, these are my personal recommendations as a primary school teacher of ten years. I am not being paid to share these resources, and am sharing hopefully to help a few stressed people out!

Read Theory

More KS2 – https://readtheory.org/
A great site for practicing reading comprehension. A word of warning though: there can be pop ups based on your web history, so one worth playing on an incognito tab on your computer.

Maths Zone

Maths games for all ages – https://mathszone.co.uk
Does what it says on the tin!

Top Marks

More Maths! – https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/problem-solving
Varied games for improving Maths Fluency

Crick Web

Free online games for all subjects http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Key-Stage-2.html
Again, varied activities for KS1/KS2, good freebie

Oxford Owl

Free KS1 Ebook Library – https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/
Free e-books for KS1 and other games / activities. Make sure you select Oxford Owl from Home for free resources.

Reading Bear

KS1  Phonics https://www.readingbear.org/
Free phonics learning videos to help learn new sounds / recover old sounds


Good for all subjects – http://twinkl.com
Normally Twinkl is a paid for resource site for teachers, however during this outbreak, they have offered some of their services for free! All of the resources in this section (https://www.twinkl.com/search?term=school+closure) are free.

Letter Join

A handwriting website more for KS1 but does have KS2 resources – https://www.letterjoin.co.uk

Again, there is a free trial but after this it is £35 membership fee. It has handwriting sheets you can print, dictations to listen to, and other things to try and improve your handwriting.

BBC Bitesize

Everyone’s favourite revision website is still around – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Good for a bit of everything!

Study Ladder

Activities can be set for all abilities – https://www.studyladder.co.uk/teacher
Activities can be set for all abilities. It is free (to a point). During the school day (and those same times even if your school is closed) you can access as many learning pods as you like. Outside of this if you don’t subscribe, you can only work on 3 pods.

Spelling Shed

Suitable for all – https://www.spellingshed.com/
Again, not free but free for 30 days, then it is a £30 personal subscription. A set of games to help your child learn to spell with activities aimed at KS1 – KS2 (Y1-Y6)


Not free (but available free to any person whose school doesn’t subscribe for 60 days during the corona virus shut down) – https://ttrockstars.com/
A fun heavy metal way to practice times tables. Live leaderboards put your child against people around the world. Set up an account and go!

Phonics Play

Perfect for KS1 – https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
This one is not completely free, but there are a variety of games you can play for free to practice word recognition.

Prodigy Maths

Perfect for all ages – Adjusts to your child’s ability – https://www.prodigygame.com/
Create a free account. A child completes the placement activity, and then is set maths questions at their ability. They don’t even know they are doing Maths as it’s through a Minecraft style game where they fight monsters, collect gems and make their own character.

Teach Your Monster To Read

Perfect for KS1 / unconfident readers / New to English – https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com
Create your free account to practise a variety of phonics sounds. There are 3 levels: First Steps, Fun With Words and Champion Reader. Each level has unlockable e-books and certificates you can print for your child.