Home Learning – Further Suggestions for Parents and Carers

Readers, this blog is again aimed at parents and carers – please, if you can, share the blogpost with parents/carers via your chosen communication channels (shortlink: https://wp.me/p8Z4W4-Tw).

Many of us are settling in to a different routine with regards to how we approach our daily lives; each day requires us to adapt and be flexible. Lots of parents and carers are now juggling the demands of working from home whilst trying to keep their own children entertained, active and most importantly happy! Keep going, we are all doing our best in very difficult circumstances.

At LGfL we know individual schools are approaching the school closure in a variety of different ways and also know there is no right or wrong response/guidance. All establishments are doing their very best to support home learning with the resources they have available to them.

Earlier in the week, my colleague Bradley (a father to two primary school aged children) wrote a blog “A Parents’/Carers’ Guide to Home Learning“. He is also planning on running a parents/carers’ live webinar in the future, to showcase LGfL for those who were previously unfamiliar with the resources we host.

In the meantime, I thought I would put together a timetable for (some) of the activities I have seen being advertised. This is by no mean exhaustive and every day more and more people are starting up YouTube channels, Facebook Live events and other such ways to share things you can do with your children. Also, do bear in mind that, your children are likely to work through activities quicker than they would when in a class of 30; one to one or one to a small group means you are likely to be able to cover far more content! Also remember that you cannot replicate a typical school day and to try, where possible, to get outside with your children and limit the amount of screen time.

Daily Timetable – what is on offer at set times of the day?

Time Brief description Link to activity
9:00 PE lesson with Joe Wicks (30 mins) https://www.youtube.com/thebodycoachtv
9:30 English Activities with Pie Corbett, Deputy Mitchell, Ian Rockey and Russell Prue

Wildlife with Steve Backshall on Facebook (answering wildlife, biology, conservation, geography and exploration questions)


Steve Backshall Facebook

11:00 Super Sentence Stacking Webinar

Let’s Go Live with Maddie and Greg (science and nature)

Jane Considine – English Webinar

Free Subscription – //bit.ly/2UoAMxo


11:30 Dance with Oti Mabuse live on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OtiMabuse/
Any time LGfL’s DigiSafeDaily (a worksheet with reminders to stay safe)

White Rose Maths Lessons

English Activity – free online projects from Lit Film Fest

Complete some of the micro:bit projects

Draw along videos (with Rob Bidduplh)

LEO Academy lessons:

  • Maths Archive
  • English Archive

Gareth Metcalfe – I See Maths

Stay at Home Storytime with Oliver Jeffers

Little Inventors Daily Challenge

Discovery (ready to print or download, Discovery have unlocked a collection of activity-based worksheets).

New Horizon – Meditation & Sleep Stories



LitFilmFest #WriteAtHome



LEO Distance Learning Maths

LEO Distance Learning English




Discovery Education


Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed especially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world. https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Graham Andre (who was at the centre of the BBC’s ‘No More Boys and Girls’ programme that explored gender equality issues in schools) has also put together a padlet which contains some of the suggestions above; where it is a live document, he will be adding further suggestions, so do visit that too. Please visit Graham Andre’s Padlet. (Image shown below):

Do remember that we are continually updating our advice on the LGfL Coronvirus page (you will note there is a parent tab on there too, see image below).

From the parent tab you will find information about the changes we made to help our schools offer continued meaningful education during school closures ie the majority of LGfL learning resources have been changed to open access (no login needed). There are also links highlighting the LGfL resources which best lend themselves to being used for learning at home.

Both BusyThings and Just2Easy have simplified LGfL access to their resources during the school closures.

For BusyThings, if pupils are unable to use LGfL USO logins, teachers should contact Busy Things and they will be able to issue them with temporary login details for both teachers and pupils to use at any time.

You can call Sue on 01332 364963 or email sue@busythings.co.uk if you have queries as a parent; they are happy to help during school closures and will be able to advise regarding what your school has in place.

BusyThings have reported a high volume of calls asking about logging in from LGfL. If you are unfamiliar with LGfL.net and your child has a USO username and password, you will want to log in at “myLGfL” (this is the far right tab):

Children’s USO will generally be their inital and surname (sometimes a number depending on popularity of surname) and a number which identifies the borough. An example would be lsmith1.319 (this is the username) and then it would require a password (unfortunately staff at LGfL, BusyThings and Just2Easy cannot access this password for you).

Once you are logged in and have searched for BusyThings, you will be taken to the BusyThings summary page.

In the top right hand corner you will need to launch BusyThings by clicking on the red “launch resource”.


Once you have launched the resource, you will then get a screen as shown below:


You will need to choose the top “Normal USO login”.

For the J2eToolsuite (from Just2Easy), if schools haven’t got USO (unified sign on) sorted for pupils yet – you can now login to #just2easy here.

The #DigiSafeDaily challenge is to remind parents & pupils about staying safe online. It is includes a question (answers  given the following day) and reminders to get active & creative: digisafedaily.lgfl.net for #stayingsafe while #homelearning.

Additionally, there is a NEW flyer aimed at parents and carers to help keep children #SafeOnline during Corona #schoolclosures. Mark Bentley from LGfL DigiSafe explains the ‘Six Top Tips’ given in the poster and suggests you print it out and place on the fridge.

To help ease the burden, if you are on Twitter or Facebook do look at #RemoteLearning #Edtech #HomeLearningUK people are being encouraged to share resources and make learning accessible by adopting these hashtags.

Remember, if you need any support for our learning content you can contact the Inspire Team by emailing contentsupport@lgfl.net  or contact the LGfL Switchboard: 020 82 555 555.





Listening Books Update

The long standing partnership between London Grid for Learning and Listening Books ensures that LGfL teachers are able to have access to over 100 curriculum based audiobook by simply logging on with their LGfL username and password.

If you are not aware of Listening Books, it is a charity providing a service for people with print impairments. Reading is essential for any child’s success. All too often, the barriers faced by children with difficulty reading outweigh their desire to read and, without proper guidance, they never may never overcome them. Listening Books offers audiobooks which can be used with children and young people who struggle to read books in the usual way due to an illness, disability, learning or mental health difficulty.

Listening Books are proud to announce 2 new releases to the LGfL Listening Book catalogue of audio books. “Why is Snot Green? And Other Extremely Important Questions” and “Inventors and their Bright Ideas”

Children with special educational needs such as dyslexia often find ‘decoding’ words can be a barrier that gets in the way of their understanding and enjoyment of a text. They can end up feeling left behind, dejected and lacking in confidence. Audiobooks remove these barriers by replacing the written word with a spoken voice, enabling pupils to visualise a story and glean meaning from the words. Reading along with the audio can help with word recognition and reading speed while being able to keep up with peers can have a visible impact on self-esteem.

Listening Books support the National Curriculum from Key Stage 2 to A-Level and have a huge range of fiction and non-fiction titles for both adults and children. Listening to audiobooks allows children and young people to listen to the same books their friends and peers are reading, improve comprehension and word recognition as well as helping to instil a greater understanding and enjoyment of literature. For older members, audiobooks, as well as being an enjoyable activity, can for some provide welcome relief from pain, boredom and loneliness, lifting them out of what are often challenging circumstances.

There is a great range of fiction and non-fiction available to support pupils from Key Stage 2 up to A-Level, including:

  • British History Makers: King Henry VIII by Leon Ashworth
  • GCSE English: Of Mice and Men: The Text Guide by Coordination Group Publications
  • Secrets of the Rainforest: Predators and Prey by Michael Chinery
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming (Young Adult Version) by Al Gore
  • Dates with History: 6th August 1945 The Bombing of Hiroshima by John Malam
  • My Friend Walter by Michael Morpurgo
  • The Elements in Poetry: Poems about Fire edited by Andrew Fusek Peters
  • The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
  • Face by Benjamin Zephaniah

All you need is to enter your LGfL username and password and this will bring you straight through to the Listening Books library. All of the titles here are available to stream 24 hours a day.
Any questions please get in touch.

5 ways to….

At London Grid for Learning we are always looking at new ways to promote our learning content, this is why we are Introducing our new 5 ways to series.  

The aim of 5 ways is to showcase five ways to use LGfL resources across the curriculum. These highlight five resources from LGfL that you can take and use and share for example, they can be shared in the staff room, at INSET sessions and also given to parents so that they can support student learning at home.

We are launching our 5 ways series with 5 Ways to support Maths and 5 ways to Support Parents, both can be downloaded by clicking on the link.

Both resources show you 5 resources that you can use straight away in your classroom and to promote learning at home, we would love to know what you think about them and how you have used them in your setting.

We will also be running 5 ways as short training sessions, so if you are a subject leader or are running a leaders forum, why not get in contact with our us to talk about having 5 ways as part of your CPD programme.

Over the next couple of months we will be adding to the series, but would love to hear your thoughts! What 5 ways would help you get the most out of LGfL  resources?

Please let us know via our Twitter or Facebook pages or in the comments section of this blog using the hashtag #5ways