Home Schooling suggestions

Home Schooling suggestions

14th May 2020

Our partners Nurture Scotland have produced a comprehensive list of home schooling supports which will assist Kinship Care families.

Suggestions for Kinship Carers who are Home Schooling Through COVID-19


ALL TIMES GMT (BST after 29/3/20)


PE with Joe: Click here


Glasgow Science Centre: Click here

BBC Scotland Bitesize: Click here

Mon/Wed/Fri only (age 6–12) Konnie Huq (ex-Blue Peter): Click here


Science with Maddie Moate: Click here

David Walliams free audiobook released: Click here


Dance with Oti Mabuse: Click here


Science with Techniquest Cardiff: Click here


The Critter Keeper: Click here


Brilliant Labs Make At Home activity: Click here


Mon/Wed/Fri only Marine Science with Reef Relief: Click here


Mon/Wed Cook With Theo (check here for ingredients before): Click here


Mo Willems lunch doodles art class: Click here

Brilliant Labs Outdoor or Digital activity: Click here


Resources across different disciplines

Scouts - The Great Indoors: Click here

Twinkl one month free: Click here

Khan Academy (US-focused): Click here

Cosmic Shambles Stay At Home Festival (secondary school kids +): Click here


Cosmic Kid Yoga: Click here

Language and performing arts

Patrick Stewart reads Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Click here

Writing with Rachel (for teens) new workshop every Tuesday: Click here

The Wind in The Willows the Musical (recorded at the London Palladium): Click here

Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths

Engineering activities for kids age 5–18: Click here

Minecraft Education: Click here

Steve Backshall’s wildlife Q&A: Click here

The Maths Factor with Carol Vorderman: Click here

Creative Arts

Art for kids hub (new episodes every day M-F): Click here

Social Sciences

BBC Newsround: Click here

Western Approaches HQ history lessons for Primary kids: Click here

Easy craft ideas:



INDOOR GAMES (Parentclub.scot)

Game #1: Jump to the beat

If everyone’s getting hyper, this tip is a good way to burn off some of that excess energy. Put some music on, dance around, and get your kids to count out different actions with you - like 10 hops or 16 jumps - in time to the music. 

Game #2: People's vote

Get them to ask everyone in your family what their favourite animal, fruit or TV show is. You can also do it the other way round, and find out which type of music, or vegetable is their least favourite. 

Ask them to write it down so they can show you the most and least popular in your household. Hello, Brussel sprouts!

Game #3: Bursting bubbles 

Most kids (and adults!) love popping bubble wrap. If you have some lying around at home, why not have a bubble wrap race? Who can pop the most in a minute? You can count the burst bubbles together to find out who’s the best popper in the house.

Game #4: Bingo

Bingo is a fast-paced game that kids love to play. You could make or buy your own scorecards of 5 squares across and 5 squares down and add in some numbers. Cut out a matching set of numbers, put them in a hat or bowl, and give everyone a scorecard and a pen. Then pull out a number, show it to the children - and get them to colour over the matching number on their scorecard if they have it. They’ll love yelling ‘Bingo!’ when they get a full house.

Game #5: Play shops

Help them get some tins from the kitchen, then choose which cans are worth 10p, 20p or £1 in pretend money. Have a go at making your own paper coins together (10p, 20p and £1). Next, decide who is going to be the shopkeeper and who is going to be the customer. You could take it in turns to shop using the money you made and see who gets the best deal!

Game #6: Grand designs 

Why not give your child a design challenge, and get them to create their own bank note or coin? They can decide how much their bank note or coin is worth, and add the images - just don’t try to use it at the supermarket.

Game #7: Number magnets

If you have some, get some number magnets and help them count forwards from Zero-10. Stick each number on the fridge or the radiator as you go. When you've stuck all the numbers up, why not count backwards from 10-Zero together? If your child is in P1, their Bookbug bag has free number magnets all ready to go!

Game #8: Snakes and ladders

Quick questions can help your child learn while they play - try asking them what happens when you land on a snake? What comes after 29? Can you try counting in tens up the board? You could show them how to use their counter or finger to count up the board as you go.

Game #9: Penny Tumble 

Have you ever tried Penny Tumble? Just put 10 coins of the same type into a small container. One person can choose heads, the other tails. Then shake and spill to see who has the most. Count up how many wins each person gets.

Game #10: Breakfast by numbers 

If you need to keep them busy at breakfast, get them to do something like counting the number of words they can find on their cereal pack with the same letter. Count the number of words they can find beginning with the same letter. You can also get them to do something like finding words that rhyme. 

Game #11: Two dice = lots of different numbers

Playing dice games with your child is a simple way you can help them with their counting - and is ideal if you’re looking for a quick and easy game for two to play.

Game #12: Shaping up

If you want to keep them busy around the house, why not try spotting shapes? How many circles, triangles or squares can your child spot in the room? After they've named the shape, they could look for other items with the same shape.

Game #13: What’s the time Mr Wolf? 

Mr Wolf stands at one end of the room and everyone else at the other side. Mr Wolf turns his back while the others shout 'What's the time Mr Wolf?' Mr Wolf answers with a time (4 o'clock for example) and the players then take 4 steps towards him. They keep asking the question until he shouts 'Dinnertime' and tries to catch a player. If Mr Wolf catches them, they become Mr Wolf. Watch out!

Game #14: Stop the clock

If you want something that will keep them busy, grab your phone or a clock and ask your child to find as many green things as they can in the living room in 30 seconds. To mix it up, change the amount of time you have, the room that you're looking in and the colour you choose. Why not join in yourself, and take it in turns to time each other as you move from room to room. It’ll keep you both fit too.

Game #15: Ready, steady, go!

If you want a trick to get them doing something in record time, why not try “ready steady go”?  Use a stopwatch or a clock with a second hand to help your child figure out how long it takes to do everyday things - like tidying up toys, getting ready in the morning, or helping you sort out the recycling. You’ll probably find they’ll start trying to “beat” their record- good news for getting the chores done!



Before putting the shopping away, ask your child if they can identify the foods that are high in fat, sugar or salt. Find out if they know what foods give them energy/build muscle and repair the body/help their bodies to work well and grow.

When putting foods away, show your child what goes where on fridge shelves and why. Follow hygiene and safety advice.

Encourage your child to make snacks for themselves and friends. For example, help them to work out how much fruit to prepare and which items to serve. Get them to think which drinks to offer and how to prepare and serve these.

Look at the labels on fresh foods and see which countries they come from. Find these countries on a map of the world and talk about the journey they have taken to get to your house. Find out with your child what the weather is like in these countries compared to Scotland.

Ask your child if the food/toy/item advertised looks anything like the real thing they have seen. What are the differences? Which one looks better? How did they feel about the advert when they saw the real item?

Mental and emotional wellbeing

Take time every day to talk and listen to your child without distractions. Share what you have been doing in the day. Talk about the things that went well and the challenges and how you dealt with them. Encourage your child to do the same.

Encourage your child to talk about their feelings. Talk about characters in a book or film. What feelings might these characters have in different situations? How do they behave and react to different things in the story? Would they behave and react in the same way if they were a different gender? Talk about what other choices these characters could have made. Ask your child what they think about the behaviours and choices made. Ask your child what they would have done in the same situation.

Give your child praise and encouragement for their efforts and successes.

When things don’t go well, support and help them find solutions to problems themselves.

Help your child to learn that people have different qualities and outlooks on life. In books, magazines, television or films talk about characters who aren't popular with others or are left out of things. Ask your child how they think that makes the character feel. What would they do to help someone in those circumstances?

Social wellbeing

Children learn through the behaviour they see: think about the behaviour you model and how this values and supports positive relationships.

Help your child to develop care and respect for others and the environment. Share the responsibility for looking after pets, for example taking the dog for a walk in the park and clearing up after it. Work together to teach pets new skills and tricks. Clean out the hamster cage or build fun obstacle courses for the hamster to navigate. Set aside time to play/watch/care for pets, helping your child to see the fun and rewarding side of keeping pets. If you don’t have your own pets, consider volunteering to look after a friend or neighbour's pet(s)while they are away.

Look at family pictures, talk about who is in them and what relationship they are to you and your child. Share some of your stories about these people and what they, as people, mean/meant to you.

Start a photograph album together with your child of their life so far. Encourage your child to add in some favourite mementos and a reminder of when the photograph was taken and what it is about.

Give your child some responsibilities for doing a share of household chores, for example making their bed, washing and drying dishes/emptying dishwasher, putting clothes in the wash, setting the table, helping to prepare meals. Encourage independence and self-belief in their abilities.

Physical wellbeing

Encourage your child to make decisions for themselves, for example, selecting what to wear depending on the weather and where they are going. Ask if what they have selected will keep them warm/cool/dry as appropriate. Be prepared to discuss and direct them, if necessary, towards a different selection.

Provide opportunity for your child to go outside every day.

Talk with your child about how they think they can keep themselves safe in different situations, for example what to do if their ball rolls out onto the road, what to do if they find what looks like sweets on the grass.

Talk to your child about their responsibilities for themselves and toward others when using social media and the internet. What are their views on how these are used? Perhaps find out more for yourself about safe and responsible internet use. Consider doing an online course or attend information evenings at school. 

Encourage your child to try different activities and explore new interests, for example find out about different clubs in your area, help your child to find out about their local community and the wider world. Find out and learn about new things together.

When with your child or watching television, talk about the jobs that different people do (family, friends, post person, doctors, dentist, sales assistants, hairdressers/barbers, police, fire officers, paramedics, farmers, drivers, sports men and women, actors). Talk about the similarities and differences between these jobs. How can these people help us?

Encourage your child to talk about who can do certain jobs. Nowadays most jobs can be done by both women and men.

Second level (approximately P5 to P7)

Talk to your child about your work and the training you have had. See if your child can work out what skills they think are needed to do this work well.

Compare what you do with other jobs/careers and help your child to find out what skills and training is needed for those.

Talk to your child about stereotypes associated with jobs/careers. Most jobs can be done by people of all backgrounds and genders.

Consider the lifestyle of elite sports people and discuss with your child the sort of choices they have to make to achieve sporting success. What sort of skills do they need to be good at what they do? 


Estimate and take their own, your and other family members measurements – height, weight, shoe size.

Play games which involve calculating scores e.g board games or online games.

Calculate the cost of a home delivery or take away.

Explain how to work out the value of the graduations on the scales on measuring equipment.

When baking, encourage your child to explain how they would work out quantities to make the recipe for more or less people. e.g for making 18 cupcakes from a recipe for 6.

Allow your child to be in charge of setting the timer while you cook together, this will develop skills in estimating time and provide opportunities for calculating time durations.



Newspaper Story

A great way to get your kids writing is to make use of your daily newspaper. 

Find a newspaper article or magazine article that may be of interest to your children. Get them to write more about the characters of the article. What happened to them? What did they do afterwards? 

Or try the same thing just using headlines cut from the newspaper.

Cut out some headlines and stick them at the top of blank (or lined) sheets of paper. Keep an eye out for really funny headlines that you think the kids will like.

If your newspaper headlines are boring, mix words from several headlines until you get something unusual! For older children you could choose political or current affairs headlines.

Ask the children to write a story to go with the headline. And don’t forget that all good newspapers need pictures too!

Write a script

Write and perform a puppet show, play or animation.  Make a Journal

Journals don't have to be about 'What you did at the weekend'! You can use them to explore all sorts of topics.


Who are they?

Cut photographs of people from magazines and ask the children to pick two or three of them. 

Write about who the people are, what their lives are like, and how they might know each other. It would also be fun to place the pictures of people in a geographical location and ask the children to write about what they are doing there. 

A variation on this theme would be to go out to a park and do some people watching. Pick some people and make quick notes about them - how did they look, what were they wearing. Then write a story about them when you get home.

Comic Books - These are fun to write (remember to let them read lots of comics as research!)

Make an ideas jar - Cut out slips of paper and write a word or two on each - blue/smooth/frosty/loved. Get the children to pick three to five words and make up a story using them. 

Write a Movie Review - Show the children some reviews by movie critics, then watch a movie for them to review.

Write a Haiku or Limerick

Do a scavenger hunt - Make a bag filled with items you find either on a nature walk or around the house. You could set a theme such as ten blue items, or items that weigh less than a certain amount. Gather the items together and try to weave them all into a story. 
Ideas Daybook - Start an ideas day book to keep track of your creative homeschooling ideas.

Brilliant link to Play Ideas Booklet:


BBC Every day: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons