Free resources to support home learning and educating
As an education charity, we want to support educators, parents and guardians with home learning and educating as much as we can. Please provide your details below to download all of our free home learning and educating resources.
The resources, ranging from pre-Entry to Level 2, have been taken from a range of ASDAN courses. They can be used in a home setting and challenges can be adapted to suit home learning, for example using video chat for group work to maintain and encourage interaction.
New for 2021
We have added 10 new resources to the pack for 2021, including a 'ways to combat stress' worksheet, a weather diary and an expressive arts resource pack.
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English and mathematics
The materials below have been taken from our Accelerating Progress courses in English and mathematics. These courses support young people in building the essential skills needed to make progress in English and mathematics at GCSE.
- New for 2021 - alternative communication methods
- New for 2021 - 60-second presentation topics
- Plan and deliver a speech to a group of adults – tutor notes and learner resource
- Improving your ability to identify facts and opinions – tutor notes and tutor slides
- Develop your grammar: how to use the comma – tutor notes and tutor slides
- Create a timeline for literature – tutor notes and learner resource
- Understanding structure and suspense – tutor notes and learner resource
- Data handling and statistics: sport for all – tutor notes and tutor slides
- Money-related number problems: savings – tutor notes and learner resource
- Essential number skills: making dinner – tutor notes and learner resource
- Shape, space and measure: gardens – tutor notes and tutor slides
- Algebraic skills: sequences – tutor notes and learner resource
PSHE and citizenship
New for 2021 - Healthy snacks for a packed lunch
This resource links to challenge 4A2 of the ASDAN Bronze, Silver, Gold Personal Development Programmes. These worksheets can be used by learners to plan and make a healthy snack for one person as part of a packed lunch. As an extension task learners could scale up their snack and make enough for a group to share as part of a picnic, with each learner bringing along a different type of healthy snack to share.
New for 2021 - Ways to combat stress
This worksheet can be used to support challenge 5A7 of the Living Independently Short Course. Learners are asked to list three things that make them feel stressed and identify ways to combat this stress.
New for 2021 - What do I wear today? card sort activity
This card sort activity can be used to support learning about what to wear in different weather conditions. It can be used to support teaching and learning for the Personal Progress Entry 1 unit 'Developing independent living skills: personal presentation', where learners are required to present themselves in an appropriate way for different activities or weather conditions.
Exploring the impact of social media
Worksheets to support challenge 7A3 from the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) qualification at Levels 1 and 2. Social media is a topic of increasing concern for young people. This resource uses a think/pair/share approach to encourage students to discuss the impact of social media as a group and come to their own conclusions, based on evidence and statistics. The resource also includes a sheet where learners can explore ways to combat some of the negative impacts of social media in their own lives.
PSHE and Citizenship activities
This A3 poster contains 10 short and sweet activities to develop personal and employability skills through PSHE and citizenship. The activities are flexible and adaptable to suit different learner ages, abilities and settings. This is one in a series of five posters, each packed with activity ideas to develop skills in a different curriculum area.
Relationships and sex education activities
This A3 poster contains 10 activities to develop personal and employability skills through relationships and sex education.
Exploring values for modern living
This resource for challenge 12A9 from the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) qualification at Levels 1 and 2 focuses on the essential values and qualities needed for living in modern Britain. Students are asked to explore the meanings of empathy, respect, tolerance and acceptance, culminating in a group discussion on the importance of these values in modern society.
International links - compare and contrast activity
These worksheets can be used to support a compare and contrast activity, where students are asked to establish links with someone from another country and swap information on their experiences. The worksheets include spaces to record information around education, training and work opportunities as well as topics of personal and social interest. It concludes by asking students to consider the ways they could make a difference to the lives of young people in their home country and elsewhere. This resource links to the International Bronze and Silver Award Programs (challenge 10A3), the ASDAN Personal Development Programmes (10A5) and the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness qualification at Levels 1 and 2 (CoPE, 10A3).
International Women's Day – compare and contrast activity on gender balance
Created for International Women's Day 2019, these worksheets can be used to support a compare and contrast activity, where students are asked to establish links with someone from another country and swap information on their experiences in relation to gender balance. The worksheets include spaces to record information around education, training and work opportunities for women and girls, as well as topics of personal and social interest. It concludes by asking students to consider the ways they could make a difference to the lives of women and girls. This resource links to the International Bronze and Silver Award Programs (challenge 10A3), the ASDAN Personal Development Programmes (10A5) and the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness qualification at Levels 1 and 2 (CoPE, 10A3).
Learners can use this resource to conduct a survey of languages spoken by friends and family. The resource includes templates for recording the results of the survey and ideas for presenting the findings as graphs and charts. This activity could prompt discussions around the diversity of your centre in relation to ethnicity.
This resource, taken from our PSHE Short Course, contains a wellbeing timetable for learners to schedule in activities throughout the week that will promote positive thinking, mindfulness and reduce stress.
Beliefs and Values resource pack
This resource pack contains challenges from our Beliefs and Values Short Course and includes worksheets, templates and card games covering themes around beliefs and practice, the environment and crime and punishment.
PowerPoint with top tips to develop confidence in giving presentations
This PowerPoint outlines five top tips to help learners build their confidence in giving presentations. This resource can be used to introduce projects or challenges that involve planning and giving a presentation. The resource is supportive with a focus on building learners’ self-belief and confidence in an aspect that many adults also find challenging.
PowerPoint exploring promoting yourself as a potential employee
This PowerPoint is based around a task where learners are asked to create a social media profile, vlog or podcast to promote themselves as a potential employee. The resource provides a structure for learners to follow and suggestions for what information to include, with a focus on showcasing their abilities and showing their potential. This resource can be used as part of a project based around work experience or employability skills. Learners should be encouraged to create a personal response that is unique to them and their aspirations.
Work related learning activities to develop personal and employability skills
This A3 poster contains 10 short and sweet activities to develop personal and employability skills through work-related learning. The activities are flexible and adaptable to suit different learner ages, abilities and settings. This is one in a series of five posters, each packed with activity ideas to develop skills in a different curriculum area.
Researching a vocational sector
This resource asks learners to select a particular vocational sector (eg manufacturing) and a feature of that sector (eg marketing). They are then tasked with researching what this feature was like 20 years ago, what it is like now and what it might be like 20 years in the future. This activity can be used to prompt discussions around how the world has changed in the past 20 years (eg technology, social media) and what the world might look like in 20 years’ time.
Worksheet exploring problem solving and thinking creatively
Learners can use this worksheet to structure their approach to problem solving. The visual format encourages learners to unpack the problem they are faced with, before choosing a solution and planning the steps they will need to take. Teachers could use this resource to introduce the concept of problem solving with hypothetical problems and give prizes for the most creative solutions; this could then prompt discussions around the importance of creativity in problem solving.
Worksheet to track progress towards a goal
This worksheet provides templates for learners to track their progress towards a goal over time. The first sheet can be used to create an action plan by breaking the goal down into smaller steps, identifying resources required and setting deadlines for each stage. Learners can use the second sheet to log the activities they have completed and record the progress they have made. This resource is particularly well-suited to activities where a learner needs to improve something or learn to do something new (eg learning to use a laser cutter, improving their swimming technique).
Evaluating research sources
This record sheet can be used to evaluate research sources and to decide if a source is trustworthy; it is particularly useful when evaluating online sources as part of a research project. This resource can be used to prompt discussions around the ethics of fake news, media bias, fact versus opinion and advertising.
Transition from primary to secondary school
Route planning skills and staying safe
This supplementary resource for Lift Off, ASDAN's course to support an effective transition from primary to secondary school, focuses on travelling to school independently, which is a key issue for young people around the transition from primary to secondary school. The resource includes activities and worksheets to help learners gain route planning skills and stay safe when travelling alone. This resource can be used by schools as well as parents.
Using a phone responsibly activities and worksheets
This supplementary resource for Lift Off focuses on using a phone responsibly, which is a key issue for young people around the transition from primnary to secondary school. The resource includes a starter activity and two challenges aimed at developing a greater understanding of the importance of self-control in relation to mobile phone use. This resource can be used by schools as well as parents.
Community, volunteering and culture
New for 2021 - Expressive Arts Short Course resource pack
This resource pack includes challenges taken from the Expressive Arts Short Course and provides a wide range of supporting worksheets.
Community and volunteering activities to develop personal and employability skills
This A3 poster contains 10 short and sweet activities to develop personal and employability skills through volunteering and community participation. The activities are flexible and adaptable to suit different learner ages, abilities and settings. This is one in a series of five posters, each packed with activity ideas to develop skills in a different curriculum area.
Worksheet to research local community organisations
This worksheet provides a template for learners to record information about organisations in your local community that help people (eg charities, health services, community groups). Learners should use the first sheet to record the different types of organisations, before choosing one to focus on in more detail on the second sheet. This could be used as the starting point for a fundraising or community involvement project, where learners could find a way to actively help a local community organisation.
Journal for recording virtual trips and visits
This colourful 36-page journal can be used to record up to seven days of activity, eg virtual online tour of a museum or art gallery. Learners aged 11+ can use the colourful pages to plan their virtual trip, record skills development and reflect on their experiences, as well as reinforcing what they have learned. The journal can add value to all kinds of virtual trips and visits, encouraging participants to take pride in their achievements and share their experiences.
Getting outside: gardening, sports and fitness
New for 2021 - Weather diary
This resource provides a template for a one-week weather diary. This resource links to challenge 2B1 of the Environmental Short Course.
New for 2021 - Plant pot designs
This template can be used by learners to plan their plant pot design ideas before creating them. This resource links to challenge 7A1 from the Gardening Short Course.
New for 2021 - Sports and fitness activity log lockdown edition
This resource contains an activity log and stickers for learners to track their indoor and outdoor sports and fitness activities.
Seasonal gardening calendar of tasks and ideas
To support tutors in delivering the Gardening Short Course, ASDAN has created a free seasonal calendar of tasks and ideas. The calendar shows gardening tasks for each season, with links to challenges from the Short Course – it’s the perfect way to plan gardening activities that will help improve young people’s mental health and wellbeing all year round.
Sports and fitness activities to develop personal and employability skills
This A3 poster contains 10 activities to develop personal and employability skills through sports and fitness. The activities are flexible and adaptable to suit different learner ages, abilities and settings. This is one in a series of five posters, each packed with activity ideas to develop skills in a different curriculum area.
New for 2021 - Endangered animals
This worksheet can be used to support challenge 4A8 of the Animal Care Short Course, which asks learners to give a presentation about the plight of an endangered species and what can be done to help. This resource provides examples of endangered animals for learners to pick from and a template to help prepare for their presentation.
Animal care resource pack
This Animal Care resource contains activity sheets for a challenge about making something for an outside space to better accommodate wildlife in some way. The challenge can be approached in two ways:
Make a home for a hedgehog out of a cardboard box
- Make a bird feeder out of a recycled plastic bottle
Group work: planning and evaluating
Group work evaluation chart
Learners can use this evaluation chart to record their feelings about a virtual group activity over a period of time. The resource includes an example of a completed chart where feelings are recorded daily, but this could be done hourly, weekly or at the end of each session with multiple charts used as appropriate. Learners can reflect on their completed charts to see the points in a project where they were the most (and the least) motivated and engaged. This could prompt discussions around the kinds of activities that learners enjoy the most and how individual feelings can impact a group dynamic.
Plan for team working
Learners can use this resource to plan and carry out a virtual team task – to create rainbow drawings to put up in their windows at home to spread hope during the Covid-19 situation. The first sheet can be used to plan the action steps for the task, assign responsibilities and agree deadlines. Examples of this could include virtual conversations with peers to plan how to promote the idea and to plan a word to accompany each rainbow for younger children to spot when they are out on their outdoor exercise walk. Each word could be used to create a story. The second sheet should be used as a health check of their team, based on ground rules for teamwork agreed at the outset.
The below resources are suitable for learners with special education needs and disabilities (SEND).
Explorer award booklet – 40 things to do before leaving school (for students requiring more support)
Merefield School, a special school in Southport, has created its own version of the Department for Education's 'My activity passport' for children aged under 11. Originally titled '40 things to do before leaving Merefield', ASDAN has worked with Merefield to turn the school’s activities into Explorer and Adventurer Award booklets. The booklets can be used by schools and parents/carers of learners with SEND. The above Explorer booklet contains accessible activities for learners. Each completed activity should be dated on the booklet, and can include a photo and signature from a witness.
Adventurer award booklet – 40 things to do before leaving school
Similar to above, this Adventurer booklet contains activities to challenge more able learners. Each completed activity should be dated on the booklet, and can include a photo and signature from a witness.
We have created four challenge booklets from our Lifeskills Challenge programme, which offers a flexible way to recognise and reward small steps of achievement, with a focus on personalised learning and progression. Each booklet contains 10 challenges, along with an observation checklist and record of oral questioning template that can be used in a home environment. Challenge themes include living independently, keeping healthy and community inclusion.
- 10 challenges from Lifeskills Challenge (working towards Entry level 1)
- 10 challenges from Lifeskills Challenge (Entry level 1)
- 10 challenges from Lifeskills Challenge (Entry level 2)
- 10 challenges from Lifeskills Challenge (Entry level 3)
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