Top 50 resources for primary & secondary teachers
We know that great resources are indispensable to teachers everywhere – no matter the curricula, subject or age group. And with so many fantastic resources available online, the challenge nowadays is not the quantity but the quality of those available. To aid in your search, we have curated a list of top 50 resources from across the web to inspire your next lesson. Enjoy.
The go-to for most primary teachers, Twinkl has over 500,000+ resources available online as well as the added functionality of allowing you to create your own resources on the platform.
Formed of a team of ex-primary teachers whose mission in life is to ensure that those fearless souls who continue to live life in the classroom can do so with a healthy work-life balance, Planbee is full of wonderfully creative and challenging schemes of work and whole curriculums, complete with lesson plans, slides, differentiated activities and a wide range of printable resources.
Containing thousands of free classroom activity ideas, downloadable resources, and display photos, Teaching Ideas is a brilliant site for lesson planning inspiration. Although it is mainly intended for UK teachers, the ideas and resources can be used by teachers all around the world.
Jampacked with free lesson plans, activity ideas and resources, Gareth Pitchford’s Primary Resources, has all subjects and levels covered for primary teachers, whether you are looking for a last-minute art or P.S.H.E. activity.
Downloadable primary resources to give children back their love of learning. With clear differentiation and a whole section dedicated to SEN resources, Apply For The Teacher take fun seriously and never fail to inspire with each of their bespoke resources.
They are on a mission to give every child a book of their own and are designed by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. World Book Day boasts the biggest collection of its kind and have created some truly great primary reading resources for teachers everywhere.
Whether you are searching for geography, history or art resources, National Geographic’s primary resources are perfect to use in conjunction with learning objectives that are centered on your student’s ability to think outside-the-box, whether that is challenging your students to use materials creatively or to develop their own experimental artwork.
As the UK’s learned society and professional body for geography, the Royal Geographical Society, aims to advance geography and support geographers in the UK and across the world and have developed a catalogue of award-winning geography teaching and learning primary resources.
Founded by history teachers, the Historical Association has developed a collection of excellent primary history resources including schemes of work, podcasts and guidance on assessment and progression – all for £36.50 a year.
As the largest subject association in the UK, whose members are teachers themselves, the Association for Science Education seeks to make a positive and influential difference to the teaching and learning of science throughout the UK and further afield and have curated a powerful selection of science resources for primary teachers.
Gary Hall saves the day with over 3,000 free primary maths resources for KS1 and KS2. Sorted by year group and learning objective, as well as resources for both teachers and students, there is a wide selection of free videos, games, apps and maths worksheets to choose from.
A nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools, Code.org’s vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. They provide the leading curriculum and are supported by donors including Amazon, Facebook and Google.
Both parents and teachers report significant improvements in self-regulation, focus and empathy after practicing yoga, mindfulness and relaxation with Jaime on the Cosmic Kids YouTube Channel. What’s not to like?
Empower your students to start thinking like scientists today and dive into Explorify’s curriculum-linked, creative science resources created by teachers and former teachers. What’s more they are completely free, and always will be.
With over 3 million free and paid resources, created by educators who understand what works in the classroom, TpT is the go-to place to find resources and knowledge to inspire your next lesson.
The Learning Network by the New York Times offers fresh classroom resources – from lesson plans and writing prompts to news quizzes, student contents and more – all based on articles, essays, photos, videos and graphics published on NYTimes.com. So, whether your students are interested in science or sports, fashion, food or foreign affairs, this is the perfect resource to invite them to join the conversation.
This is a great resource to help your students improve their spelling. For each answer they get right, Freerice donate 10 grains of rice through the World Food Programme to help end hunger.
Use this game-based learning platform to engage your students and to create free, fun learning games in minutes.
Identify gaps in your students’ understanding, assign practice exercises, videos and articles, and track student progress with Khan Academy.
Discover hundreds of short, award-winning animations and video-based lessons organised by subjects and easily share lessons with your students and track their results with TED-Ed.
Enrich classes and supplement your school’s curriculum with Teach with Movies, a movie sharing website that promotes social-emotional learning through carefully selected feature films.
Start your class blog now and organise your students into groups, approve and moderate their content, and monitor their progress with edublogs.
An educational YouTube channel covering a range of subjects including Computer Science, Biology and Literature in bite-sized, informative lessons with clear, engaging content.
Create engaging videos easily to communicate key information in an engaging and visual manner, regardless of your subject specialisation.
While game based learning has proven to be an effective way to teach students, video games are still a rarity to find in the classroom. Hey Listen Games offers educational resources for teachers who are interested in diversifying their practice and teaching with video games. For each game you will find a lesson plan, accompanying handouts, and presentation slides. There are also spaces for teachers to reflect on the success of these lessons and game based learning in general. Who says teaching is all work and no play?
Designed to help K-12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) created Teachinghistory.org. It is now a brilliant online source of history content, teaching strategies, resources and research.
Search by topic, theme or resource type to explore all the resources of the National Women’s History Museum including lesson plans, biographies, posters and primary resources.
Bring the world inside the classroom to inspire innovation and the next generation of explorers with Google Earth Education.
Bring National Geographic to your classroom through lesson plans, maps and reference resources.
A brilliant resource for a range of subjects, including History of Art, Music and English, and age groups, to help you plan lessons, design schemes of work and set homework tasks.
Struggling to explain our complex political system to your students? You’re not alone. The UK Parliament has designed a range of lesson plans and resources to help.
These free teaching resources help students to develop a critical mindset. The students are given four facts, but only two of them are actually true. Using research and deduction, can the students work out which ones are which?
Maths & Sciences
The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics have pulled together a number of schemes of work and lesson plans as well as a selection of free online resources and websites to help you both in your teaching and your own professional development.
The NRICH Project aims the enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners and is ideal for developing subject knowledge, mathematical thinking, problem-solving skills and good mathematical habits.
One of the best ideas and resources hub for teaching secondary school mathematics.
An engaging YouTube channel that explores the unexpected in short, easy-to-digest videos.
Find hundreds of resources developed specifically for teachers to support your STEM curriculum from the one and only NASA.
Unlimited access to over 2,000 physics teaching resources. Need we say more?
This popular science show by Cambridge University strips science down to its bare essentials in a series of award-winning podcasts and science radio shows.
IET secondary showcases some of the most innovative engineering and technology from around the world with a comprehensive library of resources including posters, film clips and podcasts.
Art & Design
The Student Art Guide is managed by experienced art educators and showcases outstanding student artwork form a wide range of qualifications, including IGCSE, GCSE, A Level, NCEA, AP Studio and IB. Their resources are recommended by leading educational institutions and are used by a growing number of art departments all over the world.
Collate ideas and share inspiration boards seamlessly with Pinterest.
Designed by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), these art resources offer an exploration into the history of modern art and draw on a variety of media from the museum’s rich collection.
The iconic Victoria & Albert Museum have developed a range of free lesson plans for Key Stage 3-5 covering many areas of their collections and varied exhibition programme.
A creative process that helps you to design meaningful solutions in your classroom, at your school and in your community. This toolkit provides you with instructions to explore Design Thinking.
Browse the Tate’s teaching resources as well as their collection of international modern and contemporary art and national collection of British art from 1500 to today.
Specially developed downloadable PDFs, audio and web-based resources to support school-based learning around portraiture as well as the Gallery’s exhibitions and the Collection.
Used in more than 600,000 K-12 classrooms worldwide, Storybird’s writing curriculum helps students improve writing and literacy skills.
Used by thousands of teachers all over the world. Teacher of English contains over 27,500 pages of English teaching materials including PowerPoints, worksheets, schemes of work and lesson plans.
Unlock the power of reading and access textbooks and educational materials for both you and your students in easy-to-read formats.
Bring Shakespeare to life in your classroom using these innovative range of resources designed by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Completely free to use, Teach Shakespeare lets you find, use and keep hundreds of Globe digital resources.
Teacher-created, simple, engaging videos to accompany lessons for elementary students.
The languages resource site with hundreds of teaching resources and games for French, German and Spanish.
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