Homeschooling Resources for Ages 11-14
June 16, 2020
Our Head of Curriculum, Charlotte Gater has collated some of her favourite free homeschooling resources for you to use with your child.
STEM podcast – Oxford Sparks
Oxford Sparks Big Questions is a great STEM podcast. If you want to know ‘how do we turn a plastic bag into fuel?’ or ‘can computers predict crime?’ then this is the podcast for you and your child.
Our very own maths ambassador Bobby Seagull joins Susan Okereke to bring your their Mathsappeal podcast. Both are huge maths fans on a mission to make maths accessible to all. Join them for puzzles, interviews and discussions with maths champions from the world of comedy, entertainment and technology
Homeschooling Free Websites and Apps
James Dyson Foundation
James Dyson Foundation has released a series of engineering challenges for students. Do you want to make a chair out of cardboard, your own electromagnet or a clock timed by precise amounts of water? These activities will help with academics and are also great for life skills like problem-solving, communication and perseverance.
All the challenge cards can be read online so no need to print.
Music Lessons with Myleene Klass
Keep your children’s music lessons going with Myleene Klass and her daughters.
White Rose Maths
A maths scheme used in many schools – White Rose Maths have created lessons including videos and accompanying worksheets.
Khan Academy – Maths activities
Khan Academy brings free maths activities through its website and app. Supporting older children with maths can be a challenge, this site is designed to help adults build up their maths skills too. Great for homeschooling your child.
Free Audio Books
Audible is offering free audiobooks, there’s a wide variety of books in different languages. So, your child can keep up their foreign language learning whilst enjoying a good book. They could pick a book to read in English then listen to it in another language.
Learn Spanish – Duolingo
Learn Spanish for free with Duolingo. Choose between 5-20mins a day to help learn a new skill.
Homeschooling Live Lessons
Mid Morning Maths with Bobby Seagull
Mid Morning Maths with Bobby Seagull ran for 8 weeks through the Explore Learning Facebook page during our first lockdown. Every Monday (ages 4-7), Wednesday (ages 7-11) and Friday (ages 11-14) at 10am a new topic was covered. You can now find all of Bobby’s lessons right here on our website, with a matching worksheet to accompany each one.
BBC Bitesize Lessons
The BBC releases lessons at 9am every weekday. Covering wide-ranging topics from ‘The Battle of Stamford Bridge’ to ‘The Art of an Argument’. Everything is helpfully broken into year groups and lots of experts are involved. I can’t wait for the David Attenborough geography lessons. You can also catch BBC Bitesize Daily on BBC iPlayer every day.
These are uncertain times but at Explore Learning, we are fully committed to supporting families with their homeschooling. Our new online one-to-one tutoring platform – Explore at Home. Delivered with gusto – all our people share a passion for learning and helping children to reach their full potential. Book a free lesson today.
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