The Oak National Academy is a UK-based online learning platform that provides free access to high-quality video lessons and resources for children and young people. It was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support schools and families during school closures but is still being updated now. There are new Secondary science resources for the start of this year.
The academy offers a wide range of subjects, including English, mathematics, science, history, geography, art, and music, for students aged between 4 and 18. The lessons are designed and delivered by experienced teachers and are accompanied by activities and materials for students to use at home.
The teacher hub is split into EYFS, KS1, KS2, Ks3, and KS 4 and has a specialist section. The specialist section is really interesting with some great ideas for physical development and creative arts over and above the complete curriculum offered in the age-appropriate sections.
The lessons have got presentations, videos, video transcripts, videos of lessons being taught in the classroom, worksheets, quizzes, and a link to the actual lesson which is in the Classroom section. The lesson is led by a video, the teacher in the video leads children through the whole process. The classroom teacher can stop the video at different stages to allow children to complete that section of the project.
These lessons could be really useful if children are not in school for any reason as they are literally taught every lesson by an online teacher, but, what may be even more useful is the fact that you can choose the language for the worksheets. If there are children joining the school from other parts of the world this may be a useful starting point for them as they are learning English.
The Oak National Academy is a free resource available to everyone in the UK, even though the pandemic is over it is still being developed.