Useful Websites for Parents

The National Literacy Trust

In response to school closures across the UK, the National Literacy Trust has launched a free comprehensive online zone for parents seeking ideas and guidance for activities that will engage their children at home, whilst also benefiting their reading, writing and language development:

The Maths Factor

Carol Vorderman's "The Maths Factor" website is currently FREE for everyone (usually about £2 per week) to support childrens’ continued learning at home for the duration of the UK Schools closure period.

Practise reading at home

Help your young child learn to read, and love to read, with the Oxford Owl eBook library, containing over 100 free eBooks. The eBooks have been developed for children aged 3–11, to teach them to read using phonics.

As well as much-loved characters such as Biff, Chip and Kipper and Winnie the Witch, you’ll also find some great non-fiction eBooks to help your child explore their world:

Autism Awareness Week

Monday 30 March until Sunday 5 April - is World Autism Awareness Week. With children currently at home, this might be a great opportunity to share this Literacy Shed introduction to autism with them. The short video aims to raise awareness among young non-autistic audiences, to stimulate understanding and tolerance in future generations. It is intended to be viewed, discussed and shared widely by anyone but especially teachers and parents.

BBC Sounds Audio Books

The BBC Sounds website has a good selection of audible books for children in the "Classic and Period" section of their "Drama" collections - there are some great novels, podcasts and music collections for adults too (just in case you want something good to listen to as you're working from home):


Categories section on BBC Sounds website