Play and learning at home

Parents and carers are looking for information about how best to support their children with their well being and learning during the time we all have to stay at home.

Thanks to all those parents who have shared their experience of life in lockdown with us. You can read 'Lives in lockdown: parents' accounts here.

Staying at home and home learning

Families are all having to stay at home because of the Coronavirus.

Parents aren’t expected to become teachers - we can all only do the best we can in these strange times. Children are finding it hard to adjust to being at home all the time and not seeing their friends. It's a time to be patient with each other, have some fun and relax together.

Do what you need to do to get by – and remember looking after your family’s health and well being is the most important thing you can do.

Schools have sent work home for children to do, and some are having learning sessions online. For those who are looking for things to do with their children at home, we’ve put together some useful resources.

Useful play and learning resources

The Times Educational Supplement  'has gathered a collection of teacher-created learning resources designed to engage both primary and secondary students and help them learn and study outside of their usual classroom environment.'

The National Parent Forum of Scotland has put together a list of resources for parents.

There is some great educational content on the BBC. It also plans to broadcast more educational programmes and is developing a new iPlayer section for children.

BBC live lessons has lesson plans on a wide variety of topics using existing programmes such as Blue Planet and Dr Who.

During the time the schools are closed, the Children’s University is organising a daily activity for children (something that is fun, free and easy to do) and a weekly family learning challenge (for children and parents/carers to do together)  You can find all these free resources at its website.

STEM learning has got science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities to do at home.

Audible is offering free, instant streaming of an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, for your children to listen to. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

There's also a Facebook group for home schooling support.

There’s are some useful YouTube videos for teaching at home.

Ideas for younger children

Parent Club has great ideas for play and having fun together.

BookBug song and rhyme library has a great collection of well-known nursery rhymes for you and your child to sing along to.

Tiny Happy People, a BBC website for young children, has activities for children 0 - 5.

Children with additional support needs

Enquire provides information to help you understand how the new coronavirus laws affect the education of children with additional support needs in Scotland.

Dyslexia Scotland has information about the most useful iPad Apps for learners with dyslexia / reading and writing difficulties.

The Institute of Education has provided some helpful advice and lots of information about transitioning from school to learning at home.