Home Learning Resources

Resources for all subjects/age groups

Our School Improvement Advisors have produced a guide for teachers and parents, which we hope you will find useful.

The DAISI Education Team have created a home learning website:

Resources for children and young people with autism, on the Rosehill School website:

Other resources provided by NST member schools:


Launch of the Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub

The sector-led Oak National Academy has today launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people. The Oak National Academy can be accessed here:

TES article about the launch of an online SEND curriculum by the Oak National Academy

Read the article here.


Council for Subject Associations Directory

The Council for Subject Associations (CfSA) has created a new online directory of organisations to guide parents and education professionals in need of specialist resources and support across all subjects.



Subject Specific Resources


The following Maths websites have been recommended to us by Jane Gill at the Local Authority:
Jane Gill has recommended the following Maths websites:

Sara King from The Milford Academy has shared her fabulous times table songs that children, parents and teachers can enjoy. The lyrics and the backing vocals are available on the NCC Teaching and Learning Team website:

Dance Equation have produced a ‘Dancing Maths’ online taster class for Level 1 (ages 2 to 5 years plus SEN).  A Level 2 taster class for ages 5 to 8 years will be available in the next few days:


STEM remote lessons for all Key Stages: available now on the STEM website.



Nottingham Music Hub online lessons and resources for children with or without instruments (further resources will be added over time). You are welcome to share this link directly with parents or carers or as part of a resource pack for children to take home:


Free access is available to Music Express for schools and families until schools reopen: click here



ChalleNGe Nottingham have sent us the following link for local and national history activities:



Bex Crawford from Haydn Primary School has created a Digimaps Challenge, for children to use Digimaps to make a route that takes in streets that spell out their name.  This could be sent out as homework, or made available as a wellbeing challenge on school websites.  Schools will need to make their own Digimap accounts if they haven’t got one already (it’s free until the end of July), and to edit the  document to personalise it for your own school.

(Note: email Emily.Humphreys@nottinghamschoolstrust.org.uk to be sent a version of this document in Publisher, which you can edit/personalise for your own school – unfortunately we are unable to upload Publisher files to this website)


Geography Association ‘Learning from Home’ Pages

Geography has been key in helping children, and adults, grasp some of the biggest news events of the last six months from UK floods and Australian forest fires to Brexit and the spread of the coronavirus. Each of these events has significant economic, social and emotional impacts on those people directly involved as well as the wider global community. In terms of our individual and collective well-being it is important that learning is not entirely dominated by these events and in particular the predominantly negative messages that characterise them. In this unique and challenging time when the world around us has slowed to a virtual standstill and our interactions with it have shrunk both spatially and socially there is an opportunity to pause for thought and reflect. A time for teachers to direct pupils to make observations and consider things that they may have passed a thousand times without noticing or raising a single question: Why is it there? Who placed it there? What is its purpose? There are numerous lesson ideas outlined by the GA’s ‘Learning from home pages’ for teachers to plan ways for pupils to study their homes and immediate local area through varied lenses and think about how they might represent a microcosm of the wider world.


EAL Learners

Pat Whitby has provided the following document detailing resources for EAL Learners:



Martha Toogood has created a fantastic home learning project to share with pupils, to enable them to make their own minibeasts at home! Pupils can then share their mini beast sculptures with us and we will create an online gallery on the NST website.

Note – this document is saved as a PDF, but if you would like a copy on PowerPoint which you can amend, please email Emily.Humphreys@nottinghamschoolstrust.org.uk

The National Portrait Gallery have created a home learning resource on their latest David Hockney exhibition National Portrait Gallery:

Joe Rose from Dovecote Primary School has shared with us details of the weekly creative challenge that his pupils are set. Parents send in pictures of the pupil’s responses and then Joe adds the pictures to an online gallery on the Dovecote website to showcase the results!



The Red Earth Company resources for storytelling, theatre and drama activities:


Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Science Learning Partnership have produced an infographic that can be used by teachers to set small stem challenges for children why they are away from school using stuff that most parents have: Starters for STEM.

If any teachers would like larger files of resources, please email Anna Cummings at finance@dtsa.org.uk , who will then send you files of maths and science items to help with remote planning and activities for your pupils.

The East Midlands STEM team have provided the following information and resources:


Phonics / Literacy
DfE Online phonics lessons for Letters and Sounds

We are pleased to announce, from Monday 27 April, online phonics lessons are available from Letters and Sounds for home and school. Written and presented by phonics experts and funded by the Department for Education, the online lessons are designed to cover new phonics teaching that that children would have received over the summer term had they been in school. This resource is for use by teachers and parents who will find planning and teaching phonics challenging when schools are closed due to Covid-19.

Three sets of lessons will be available. One set for Reception and one for Year 1, based on where children are expected to be in their learning in the summer term. A third set of lessons aims to reach the lowest 20% of children; focussing on areas children find the most challenging. A guidance film for parents to explain the basics of Phonics and how parents can support their child is also available.

From Monday 27 April, a new lesson will be uploaded Monday to Friday at the times below during the summer term. *After upload, each lesson will then be available to watch throughout the summer term.

10 am*
Reception Summer term – Phases 3 & 4
For Reception children who can blend and read words such as ‘fish’ ‘chat’ and ‘rain’

10:30 am*
Year 1 Summer term – Phase 5
For Year 1 children who can confidently blend and read words such as ‘stamp’ ‘chair’ and ‘green’

11 am*
Learning to blend – Phase 2 recap
For children in Reception and Year 1 who need extra practice sounding and reading words such as ‘tap’ ‘cap’ ‘mat’ ‘pat’

How to let your parents know
To help you to communicate this new resource, a letter is attached below for you to send to parents. Your school may want to add additional guidance for their parents to help them to select the set of lessons most appropriate for their child’s stage of phonics learning. We also encourage you to add this announcement to your website and to tweet about it. We have attached a document below containing images for social media use; you just need to add the hyperlink https://bit.ly/34KsiFS to your tweet.

Other resources

National Literacy Trust Book of Hopes: Completely free for all children and families, this extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.
The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals.

Oxford Owl: To help children continue to read, Oxford Owl have enabled free access to some of their eBooks. Details for accessing these are attached in these 2 documents, which can be sent out to parents/carers:

Collins eBooks: Collins have also opened up their reading scheme eBooks for free. However, you need to be aware that this is not their fully decodable books for L&S. As these are not linked to a phonics programme, you might need to let parents know that they read the words their child cannot decode yet.

Nottingham Literacy Trust Family Learning Zone:

Free online books available:

Free e-books:

Reading website links:

PE and School Sport

Joe Wicks, ‘The Body Coach’, is offering his live PE lesson every morning at 9am. See his blog:

The School Sport Nottingham team have compiled a list of resources, which is available here:

The Notts School Games Organiser Network and Active Notts have worked together to create and publish a weekly programme of activities to help schools to support parents and carers to maintain an active routine for children and young people whilst at home or when socially distancing in essential care. We will aim to send this weekly resource to schools on a Thursday or Friday to allow time for circulation before the following Monday. The resource will give ideas on how to be physically active with a different sport theme for 30 minutes each day (Monday – Friday). Each pack contains a schedule of suggested activity challenges for the week and daily activity cards. The weekly activities will be sport themed and include golf, football, tennis, orienteering, athletics, cricket, gymnastics, boccia, netball and badminton. All activities have been developed so everyone can have a go using equipment found in the home and in whatever space you have available. Within the resource parents and carers will be directed to additional resources to give additional ideas on how to the full 60 minutes of daily physical activity.


Religious Education

RE Today, in partnership with NATRE, have produced a series of free, quality-assured online resources to support parents and their children with the provision of RE activities for use during the coronavirus crisis. These resources are available for anyone to access at: