Play and learning at home

Most of Scotland (except for some of the islands) is in lockdown.

Children and young people are back at nursery or school. However, it is likely that blended learning will continue for some time, or simply that parents and carers may wish to help their children with their learning.

These resources will be useful for parents to help their children with their learning at home.

Staying at home and home learning

Parents aren’t teachers - you can only do the best you can in these strange times. Children can find it hard to be staying at home more than usual 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.

Keeping safe and behaving responsibly online

In the present circumstances, children and young people will be spending a lot more of their time online. Whether it’s school work, chatting to friends, gaming or engaging on social media it’s more important than ever to make sure your child uses their digital devices safely and responsibly. We have put together information for parents and carers about online safety including setting parental controls and information about sexting, grooming and online games.

Useful play and learning resources

Education Scotland has produced a variety of home learning resources for parents, carers and practitioners. 

It can be confusing when schools use different platforms for online learning - you may wish to familiarise yourself with the learning app that your child’s school will be using. Here are handy how-to guides on Glow, SeeSaw, Showbie, Google Classroom & MS Teams.

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 is broadcasting more educational programmes and has 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.

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 Coronavirus regulations affect the education of children with additional support needs in Scotland.

 There is a bank of ‘parent friendly’ resources on the Education Scotland website for learners with complex additional support needs.

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

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

Lives in Lockdown

Thanks to all the parents who shared their experience of life in lockdown. You can read 'Lives in lockdown: parents' accounts