Primary resources for home learning

How best can you support your children outside of school? Whether you're a parent, carer or home school educator, there are a variety of activities and resources that can be used to support children’s education from home.

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Cross-curricular activities

Starters for STEM

Starters for STEM are ten activities that parents can use at home to help children develop their science, technology, engineering and maths skills. These activities are easy-to-resource and provide children with the stimulus to talk about the world around them.

  • Starters for STEM: week 18

    Make a paper boat, build the tallest tower you can, construct a periscope, experiment with static electricity, practise some tree identification, and look out for life cycles.
     

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  • View all Starters for STEM activities

    The Starters for STEM activities are created weekly by our team of primary specialists. Explore all the past activities, which cover everything from making a telescope to investigating the science of baking bread. 

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Learning projects

  • Robin Hood MAT Learning Projects

    STEM Learning has partnered with Robin Hood Multi Academy Trust and Warwickshire School Library Service to create a set of free home learning activities called #TheLearningProjects. These are targeted at schools, parents and children to provide a broad home learning experience.

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Science activities

  • Resources to support the BBC Bitesize Daily Programme

    Resources for each topic covered in the BBC Bitesize Daily programme for science. They are designed to provide further activities after watching the weekly science lesson on iPlayer or the red button. There is one curriculum-linked resource in each list for each of the three age groups. There are also notes for parents to help carry out the activity at home.

Curated science activities for home learning

  • bird spotting

    These sheets let the children identify and record the birds they spot in their gardens or maybe on their daily walk. 


    Age range: 3-7

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  • eatwell guide

    Help children to recognise and name foods in different food groups. They can also carry out a survey on how much water they drink each day.


    Age range: 5-7

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  • RECYCLING

    The poster presents different viewpoints on recycling and asks children to think about what they believe. This gives the opportunity to research different aspects of the recycling industry and present their findings.


    Age range: 7-11

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  • Habitats and food chains - fox and hedgehog

    This is a fun video to help introduce children to the idea of a simple food chain and how animals and plants in any habitat rely on each other for food. It explains how a food chain is created in a simple and easy way to follow. After watching you could ask children to draw their own food chains using animals and plants they know. 

    Age range: 5-11

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  • COLOUR IN THE EARTH

    Use images taken by Tim Peake to support children in recognising human and natural features of the Earth from an aerial view. Children will develop their understanding of maps and keys/legends using simplified line drawings created from Tim’s photos. Children can also identify the different seasons from a series of four images of the British Isles.

    Age range: 5-11

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  • Dr Dog

    Dr Dog was created as a friendly face who can educate and reassure young children about the Coronavirus outbreak.



    Age range: 4-5

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  • cUT-OUT MODELS OF ESA SPACECRAFT

    Make paper models of various ESA spacecraft through cutting out and sticking the templates provided.


    Age range: 7-11

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  • properties and changes of the materials

    Simple activities and worksheets to help children learn about separating mixtures of materials based on their properties, irreversible and reversible changes and melting and freezing of different materials. 

    Age range: 7-11

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  • GROWING CRYSTALS

    Grow your own crystals at home with just saltwater. It takes about a week to grow the crystals but you can watch as they develop and grow. What shapes can you make? What do the crystals look like close up? 

    Age range: 7-11

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  • ANIMAL SYMMETRY

    Complete the reflection of various animals to show that they exhibit reflective symmetry.



    Age range: 7-9

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  • Intriguing Ice

    Watch this short video looking at what happens to different liquids when they are frozen. After watching, choose some everyday liquids and freeze them, then observe what happens to them.

    Age range: 7-11

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  • Different types of material

    Use this interactive game to explore everyday materials and learn about their properties. Children sort materials based on their properties and then play Mission Material, choosing materials suitable for different purposes.

    Age range: 5-11

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  • Stupendous Steppers

    The Get in the Zone at Home activity sheet in this resource is a great place to start. It includes ideas for easy investigations at home, including testing how long you can balance on one leg and investigating your reaction speed.

    Age range: 5-7

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  • Pond puzzle

    Can your child colour the picture of the pond? Can they find a way for the frog to cross the pond? Which animals can they identify?

    Age range: 5-7

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  • Design a boat

    Use plasticine, playdough or kitchen foil to investigate how the shape of a boat affects the amount of mass it can hold. 

    Age range: 5-11

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  • Daytime moon viewing

    Get children observing the phases of the Moon in the daytime. Take a photo, or make a drawing each day and see how it changes over time.

    Age range: 7-11

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  • Mission X

    Children compete against teams across the world by carrying out PE and science challenges as if they are training to become an astronaut.

    Age range: 8-12

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  • The Crunch

    Easy to access and use activities for primary children. Develop thinking, reasoning and scientific understanding for children of all ages.

    Age range: 4-11

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  • Explorify

    Activities which explore food security, sustainability and healthy eating.


    Age range: 4-11

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  • CREST Awards

    These challenges take about an hour each. Once you have completed eight of them, you can get a CREST Superstar Award.

    Age range: 5-11

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  • The water cycle

    Join alien Paxi as he investigates the water cycle in this short video.


    Age range: 7-11

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  • Endangered species egg decorating

    This activity combines art and science to create models of endangered species.

    Age range: 7-11

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  • The little book of experiments

    A range of ideas and fun activities that can be done at home.

    Age range: 7-11

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  • Under the sea

    A booklet of activities that children can complete using their knowledge of underwater life.

    Age range: 7-9

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  • Bone bingo

    A competitive game which tests children’s knowledge of bones, joints and their function.

    Age range: 7-11

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  • Plant walk

    When you are out on a walk, ask your children to look at the plants that are around them. How many types can they see? How are they different?

    Age range: 5-7

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  • do try this at home

    A set of 12 colourful postcards with hands-on activities that link to the topics of electricity, sound, forces, and changes of state.​

    Age range: 5-11

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  • British science week activity packs

    Hands-on and designed to engage children in a fun, yet stimulating way. Produced by the British Science Association.

    Age range: 5-11

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  • primary science demonstrations

    Series of videos, produced by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The demos use everyday products and require no special equipment.

    Age range: 5-11

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  • Floating garden challenge

    A series of activities which are designed to extend students’ knowledge and understanding of plastics and plastic waste on a global scale.

    Age range: 7-11

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  • Squashed tomato challenge

    Farmers in Nepal need to get their tomatoes down a mountainside to sell at market. In this challenge, children design and build a model to move tomatoes.

    Age range: 7-11

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  • Regreen the desert

    Explore problems faced by communities living in Sudan due to drought, then design and build their own model of an irrigation system.


    Age range: 7-11

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  • Rocket mice

    This activity involves shooting a rocket high into the air by rapidly squashing a plastic bottle launcher. it’s a great opportunity to challenge the old saying “What goes up must come down”.

    Age range: 5-11

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  • Periscope

    You can’t see around corners… or can you? Carefully placed mirrors change the path light takes twice, making it possible to look over walls, around corners and even behind you – all without being seen.

    Age range: 7-11

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Maths activities

  • Multiplication GAME

    A fun game where children practice their 6,7,8 and 9 times tables. They choose two numbers that will multiply together to give an answer on the board. There are 10 different ways to play this simple game.

    Age range: 7-11

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  • MONEY AND MEASURES

    7 different problems and puzzles for practising the money and measures parts of maths. Lots of opportunities to work with coins and simple problem solving activities.

    Age range: 5-7

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  • Fraction activities for students aged 5-7

    Help children to understand what a half is by colouring pictures using two colours to show the two halves.

    Age range: 5-7

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  • Fraction activities for students aged 9-11

    Draw diagrams of equivalent fractions, arrange decimals in order to complete a jigsaw and use a calculator to explore halving.

    Age range: 9-11

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  • challenges for able pupils in ks1&2

    Easily printable puzzles and investigations for key stage 1 and 2 children.


    Age range: 5-11

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  • smile cards

    Cards suitable for upper primary learners to practise maths skills through activities, games and investigations.

    Age range: 7-11

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  • Spectrum maths

    Series include books on investigations, data-handling, games, algebra, shape and space, and number skills.

    Age range: 5-11

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  • BEAM Maths activities

    Maths activities, investigations and puzzles for children from 5-14.


    Age range: 5-14

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  • NRICH Maths Home Learning

    Puzzles, games and challenges, online or printable, which can all be done at home.

    Age range: 5-11

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Explore a list of other useful websites and organisations that provide maths activities and resources to support with home learning.

 

Computing activities

  • Key stage 1 programming 1

    Learn how to use a Fakebot by developing your skills in programming, algorithms, debugging and sequencing.

    Age range: 5-7

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  • Key stage 1 programming 2

    Be introduced to Scratch Jr, a programming langugage that uses blocks of code to help young children learn how to program.

    Age range: 5-7

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  • Key stage 1 digital literacy

    Help your child understand how to use technology safely and respectfully and how to keep personal information private.

    Age range: 5-7

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  • Key stage 2 algorithms

    Learn more about algorithms including logical reasoning, pattern spotting and artificial intelligence.

    Age range: 7-11

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  • Key stage 2 digital literacy

    Help your child understand how to use technology safely and respectfully and how to keep personal information private.

    Age range: 5-7

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  • My school day: introducing computer science ideas at KS1

    Introduce a number of computer science ideas by looking at a school day. You could even change this to a lockdown day to make it even more relevant!

    Age range: 5-7

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  • ScratchJr knock-knock joke activity

    Using the sequencing and timing of joke-telling, help children learn good programming techniques. 

    Age range: 7-11

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  • Scratch junior

    Young children can program their own interactive stories.


    Age range: 4-7

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  • Barefoot Computing

    Enjoyable activities, designed by teaching professionals for families to do at home with their children.

    Age range: 7-11

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  • Hour of code

    One hour hands-on tutorials for children of all ages.


    Age range: 4-11

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  • Scratch ideas

    Fun scratch programming activities with built-in tutorials.

    Age range: 7-11

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  • Childnet e-safety

    Range of online safety resources, filter by key stage.

    Age range: 7-11

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  • Interland

    An adventure-packed online game that puts digital literacy into hands-on practice.


    Age range: 7-11

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  • Inside my mobile

    Ever wondered how mobile phones work? Here you can find out what is inside a mobile phone by building your own paper one and placing the components inside.

    Age range: 5-7

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Design and technology activities

  • magnet maze

    Ask children to draw their own a maze layout on a plastic bottle and use a magnet to guide objects, such as a 1p coin, around the maze. Try out different objects, some will not be magnetic, so won't be guided around the maze by the magnet. Children can sort the objects that they have tries into two groups magnetic and non-magnetic. 

    Age range: 7-11

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  • SHAUN THE SHEEP GAME ACADEMY

    Use this guide to help you work together as a family to learn how to build a game, using Scratch. There are 5 tutorials containing inspirational videos and step-by-step instructions which will guide your team to design, plan and build your game. 


    Age range: 7-11

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  • IET Faraday

    A collection of STEM challenges that require children to apply their existing knowledge of electrical circuits, forces, design and construction.

    Age range: 4-11
     

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  • Engineering@Home

    A selection of practical engineering challenges to try at home.



    Age range: 5-11

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  • IMechE activities

    A collection of activities full of opportunities for children to design, make and improve.

    Age range: 7-11

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  • Rolls-Royce Spirit of Innovation

    Explore a range of STEM activities based on the Rolls-Royce all-electric plane project.



    Age range: 4-11

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  • Spaghetti structures

    Engineers put pure scientific knowledge into practice – but their jobs often involve practical testing, problem-solving and teamwork too. This activity calls all of these skills into action, to help build a tall, strong tower using spaghetti and marshmallows.

    Age range: 7-11

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  • preparing and cooking food

    Ten activity ideas which involve preparing healthy foods for different meals within the day.​


    Age range: 4-11

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  • Plastics challenge

    Children find out about problems around the world caused by flooding, then design and build their own floating garden.

    Age range: 5-11

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  • Floating garden challenge

    A series of activities which are designed to extend students’ knowledge and understanding of plastics and plastic waste on a global scale.

    Age range: 7-11

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  • Squashed tomato challenge

    Farmers in Nepal need to get their tomatoes down a mountainside to sell at market. In this challenge, children design and build a model to move tomatoes.

    Age range: 7-11

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Page last updated: 13 August 2020