Maths and English and General Learning Assistance

Improve basic skills for yourself by yourself. There are basic general resources and also further down GCSE specific maths and English support sites. Links cover Entry level (basic) to GCSE and beyond. There are also a few general knowledge wider topic websites good for other project work, these are towards the end of the page and cover areas like science, history and geography.

Cool Maths.  https://www.coolmathgames.com large range of simple computer style math games. Also includes not just maths but logic and thinking games.

BBC Skillswise Maths,  English and job related skills help for adults.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/0

Corbett Maths. has good resources, in terms of Maths videos and worksheets with lots for GCSE, but also lower level maths like KS2.  https://corbettmaths.com/

Prodigy. is an American education website that is completely free but you must register. It has some great math games, that are like a fun computer games, lots of math activities https://www.prodigygame.com

Khan Academy.  Lots of subjects.  https://www.khanacademy.org

Maths TV. offers free Maths videos on lots of topics.  https://www.mathtv.com

Math Antics. math You tube videos covering a range of fairly basic topics including numeracy, fractions, statistics and basic algebra. https://m.youtube.com/user/mathantics

Maths is Fun.  www.mathsisfun.com has different topics, activities and some worksheets. 

Top Marks. Offers a huge range of entry type simple math games that are like computer games https://www.topmarks.co.uk

Math Bot. Has a questions generator with answers and marking, lots of visual Manipulative’s. Suitable for lots of levels up to GCSE see https://mathsbot.com

Citizen Maths - free online everyday maths course for adults aimed at level 2 equivalent to GCSE Maths grade C. https://www.citizenmaths.com/ .  Uses video tutorials and practical questions in your own time at your own pace. Citizen Maths introduce their course in this YouTube video.  https://youtube/XETrn2Jk5lQ

BBC Bitesize has activities and games  for a range of subjects, like Maths and English at National Curriculum Key Stage 2 and up.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

MathagonCreative math site with lots of valuable resources including very useful array of virtual Manipulative’s with a polypad, faction tiles and much more, also a section or origami and lots of shapes and downloadable nets, an insight look at the timeline of mathematics and those that were very important in maths. A useful look at the everyday use of maths such as in different real life industries and careers such as from computer games to medical uses to the weather and much more. There is a Tangram builder , lots of great math games and more. https://mathigon.org/origami/octahedron

United Response Easy News R
ead about news and politics.  Very informative but simple and with photos to help.  https://www.unitedresponse.org.uk/easy-news

Dekko Comics are educational content comics aimed at KS2 and KS3, covering many topics, like Maths, English and Science.  It was set up by a young man with Dyslexia and shows how he runs a successful business overcoming his Dyslexia.  He used comics himself to pass exams and then got this idea.  https://dekkocomics.com

Young Enterprise Spending Sense resources especially useful for SEN https://www.young-enterprise.org.uk/resources/spending-sense-special-needs-resource/

Gate House Adult Books for Struggling Readers.  https://www.gatehousebooks.co.uk

English Grammar website with lots of activities to improve your understanding of grammar.  https://www.englishgrammar.org

Quick Reads. Short engaging stories for adults to get your attention where you have difficulties reading or focusing due to a mental health condition.  The stories are from best selling authors and celebrities.  https://readingagency.org.uk/adults/quick-guides/quick-reads/

Kids Reading 2 Kidshttps://kidsread2kids.com/ This site offers lesson plans, games and audio video classic stories read by young people for young people, free.

Sound Discovery Phonics.  (Reading and Literacy course for all ages).  http://www.syntheticphonics.net/sound-dicovery.php

Read Ahead Sixth Book Challenge. You read six books, including newspapers, record them and get a certificate.  https://readingahead.org.uk/about

Read Well Road.  Simple set of 48 stories aimed at adults who are Entry Level readers, that offers questions for the stories and word lists.  Entry 1 to Entry 3.  http://www.readwellroad.com/page11.html

Commtap Adaptable speech therapy resources for all aspects of communication and social skills https://en.commtap.org/tapsheet-search/results/taxonomy:5%20content_type:lang_tap?classification=5-dev_description-tap

Forward Phonicsa course for improving reading aimed at adults https://www.forwardwithphonics.com

Pobble 365.  https://www.pobble365.com/ A Creative Writing English site where a new image is published each day to use as a creative writing prompt.  Story starters, questions and drawing ideas all provided free.

Story Birdthe only paid service on this list.  Use the website and the powerful inspiring images for story prompt ideas and poetry.  https://storybird.com

Literacy Shed.  Aimed at children, but with writing prompts and creative ideas for all ages.  https://www.literacyshed.com/home.html

Love Reading 4 Kids.  https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/.  A website with recommended booklists.  In categories by age range and topic, but of some usefulness for all readers, if you need support getting into books and reading covering fiction and non-fiction.

Doorway Online Practice Time. Interactive game (Entry Levels).  http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/timeandmoney/abouttime/

Doorway Online Practice British Money.  Cashing in game (Entry Levels).  http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/activities/cashing-in/cashing-in.html

Doorways Online Practice British Money.  Until We Meet Again game (Entry Levels).  http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/timeandmoney/tillwemeet/

Doorways Online Basic Memory and Matching.  Online games.  http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/memoryandmatching/

Doorways Online Learning to Type resource games.  http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/typing/

Doorways Online Practice British Money.  Supermarket game (Entry Levels).  http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/timeandmoney/supermarket/

Doorways Practice Numbers.  Range of Maths games (Entry Levels).  http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/number/

Doorways Online Literacy.  Very basic spelling (early Entry Level).  http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/literacy

Sums Online.  Helps you learn your Times Tables and has options for different languages.  http://www.learnyourtables.co.uk

If you want to learn more independently from a large range of options try, TED ED.  This has interesting, often inspiring education videos and lessons on a wide range of topics to get you thinking and debating issues.  https://ed.ted.com/

Open Learn Maths Level 1.  Same as functional skills Level 1 or GCSE Grade D.  A practical free basic online everyday Maths course.  Level 1 is ideally needed for all Entry Level employment and demonstrates basic competency and skills.  Developed as part of Open Learn, part of the Open University.  You earn digital bandages, a Certificate of Participation and could go, if you wish, to a college, like West Herts College in Watford and Hemel Hempstead, Herts to sit an exam and get a formal qualification recognised by colleges, universities and employers and needed for some courses and careers.  https://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/everyday-maths-1/content-section-overview?active-tab=description-tab

Open Learn English Level 1.  Same as functional skills Level 1 or GCSE Grade D.  A practical free basic online everyday English course.  Level 1 is ideally needed for all Entry Level employment and demonstrates basic competency and skills.  Developed as part of Open Learn, part of the Open University.  You earn digital bandages, a Certificate of Participation and could go, if you wish, to a college, like West Herts College in Watford and Hemel Hempstead, Herts to sit an exam and get a formal qualification recognised by colleges, universities and employers and needed for some courses and careers.  It covers Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing skills.  https://www.open.edu/openlearn/languages/everyday-english-1/content-section-overview?active-tab=description-tab

Open Learn Maths Level 2.  Same as functional skills Level 2 or GCSE Grade C.  A practical free basic online everyday Maths course.  Level 1 is ideally needed for all Entry Level employment and demonstrates basic competency and skills.  Developed as part of Open Learn, part of the Open University.  You earn digital bandages, a Certificate of Participation and could go to a college, like West Herts College in Watford and Hemel Hempstead, Herts to sit an exam and get a formal qualification recognised by colleges, universities and employers and needed for some courses and careers.  Covers numbers, measurement’s, managing data and shape and space work.  https://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/everyday-maths-2/content-section-overview?active-tab=description-tab

Open Learn English Level 2.  Same as functional skills Level 2 or GCSE Grade C.  A practical free basic online everyday English course.  Level 2 is ideally needed for all Entry Level employment and demonstrates basic competency and skills.  Developed as part of Open Learn, part of the Open University.  You earn digital bandages, a Certificate of Participation and could go to a college, like West Herts College in Watford and Hemel Hempstead, Herts to sit an exam and get a formal qualification recognised by colleges, universities and employers and needed for some courses and careers.  Covers Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing, like writing formal letters and emails.  https://www.open.edu/openlearn/languages/everyday-english-2/content-section-overview-0?active-tab=description-tab

The Skills Tool Kit Campaign  for improving your digital skills and numeracy https://theskillstoolkit.campaign.gov.uk

GCSE Level Resources 

General Knowledge 

Connecting Classrooms British Council lesson resourceslike comprehensions about global issues like plastics pollution https://connecting-classrooms.britishcouncil.org/resources/global-learning-resources/life-below-water?utm_source=tes&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tes-home-learning

Lycra offer human interest story lessons for global issues like Citizernship, geography, values, critical thinking using 360 degree stories https://www.lyfta.com/at-home

Primary Homework helpuseful for independent work on history, geography and science  basic projects use it as a starting point for a project of your choice http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk

Exploring the Planets https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/exploring-planets

WWF has some useful Our Planet resources and presentations https://www.wwf.org.uk/get-involved/schools/resources#theme

World geography gameshttps://world-geography-games.com/europe.html

Red charity resources on human crisis, world issues and kindnesshttps://www.redcross.org.uk/get-involved/teaching-resources

Sharp Brains has lots of games, brain teasers, and activities for keeping the mind sharp, helping attention, memory, problem-solving, thinking, recognising patterns logic, even games to help with job interviews  and general mind wellbeing.  http://sharpbrains.com/brainteasers/ Or

Lumosity.  http://www.lumosity.com/en/.  To get the most out of learning and life, it is best to try and develop a growth mindset open to opportunities and developing oneself and being able to manage a challenge and cope with failure.  As failing is part of learning and effort is important, shown by the Carol Dweck theory that you want to pick challenges and want to improve and overcome problems.  See video by John Spencer.  In life, ask questions, develop strategies, work hard, put in effort.  Learn!

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