There are so many fantastic educational resources available on the web to help children with reading, writing
and maths, but they're sometimes hard to find. Although you will find links to various specific pages throughout
the family learning website, the links below will help you find the educational resources sites that are worth
taking your time to explore.
Printable Worksheets and Activities
This site is a fantastic free resource for parents and teachers. Although designed for SEN (Special
Educational Needs), the resources are excellent for all young learners. Click on 'Printables' to get
access to loads of clearly illustrated, customisable worksheets covering lots of different topics. Play
around with the options for each one, and when you're happy with your choices, use the 'Print sheet'
button provided to print on A4 paper (don't use your browser print button, as it won't print properly).
My favourite is the UK coins fan (in the numeracy fans section). It's cleverly designed so children can
make any amount up to £3.99 (you'll need to cut out the 'leaves', then punch a hole in the bottom and
fasten either with a split pin type fastener or tie with string.
High quality printable games, activities and worksheets. The Topics section has some lovely animal
worksheets, with cut and stick activities. In the ABCs section there's a lovely alphabet train printout
that could be made into a sorting (alphabetical order) or matching game (capitals to lower case
letters) or could be coloured in to make an attractive frieze. There's lots more to explore - this site
is worth a bit of exploring.
At Worksheet Genius you can easily create custom worksheets for your students. There are templates
for English and Maths worksheets and other printable activities such as bingo games. Word lists and
ready-made sheets are provided in case you are lacking inspiration, but you can also customise many
of the sheets to meet your needs. The site generates high quality printouts, and it's all free! An
excellent resource for busy teachers and parents.
Mathsphere free resources
A great collection of free worksheets and printable games, divided into topics and year groups.
The Flash worksheets look slightly squashed on screen, but print out nicely, as long as you use the
print button in the Flash player window, rather than your browser's print button. You will also
find access to PDF files with a choice of ready-to-print graph paper.
Time for time
Create your own telling the time worksheets. Enter the times you want to use in the grid - they
can be as easy or hard as you like to suit your child's ability, e.g. 1:00, 5:30, 8:15, 15:35,
20:12. The clocks are printed so clearly that telling the time to the minute is possible. When
you've entered the times, play around with the show/hide buttons at the bottom. For example, you
could have just digital times showing, so that children can draw the clock hands on the faces, or
just analogue times, so they can write in the digital time. Alternatively, you could have both
showing, then print the worksheet on card to cut up and make a matching game.
Letters and Sounds
This site has lots of free printable resources for the Letters and Sounds phonics
programme. Most of the printables are bright and colourful, and they include letter fans,
flashcards and word lists. There are also links to interactive games for Letters and Sounds.
Learn English with Sue
An excellent site with lots of useful resources to help students to learn English
as a foreign language, including online and printable exercises in reading, writing, speaking,
listening and English grammar.
This site was designed for students learning English as a second language. However,
the resources are also great for children learning to read too. Click the primary tab to find resources for younger children. As an example, the Jack and the Beanstalk resource kit contains
flashcards, story sequencing activities, counting, masks and much more.
This site offers lots of different fonts in various UK school handwriting styles.
Once the fonts are installed on your computer you will be able to make your own customised
handwriting worksheets to match your school's preferred style.
Crafts and origami
Lots of craft activities on different topics. I particularly like the mini books
which children can print out, colour and staple together.
Canon 3D Papercraft
A large collection of free, colourful designs to print out, cut and fold. The
simplest designs, such as the paper aeroplanes, are fine for 5 year olds with a little help. Some
of the more complicated models, such as the Chinese dragon could take a dexterous adult a week to
make! Good projects for older children and teens for the holidays. Younger ones will love Craftown
- you can print off houses, a fire station, trains, tracks and roads to make your own town. You can
choose to download a PDF either for A4 (Europe) or US letter-sized paper. Make sure you choose the
right size to suit your printer settings for best results. Some of the more complex designs have a
separate PDF with the instructions.