Curriculum and typical Home Ed Day - Reposting

Monday - Thursday they cover English, Maths, Science & Arabic/Tajweed using books and doing other practical activities I research and prepare to go alongside. My eldest, who is at KS4 level, is happy to get out her books and study at the table whilst having free time to do her own thing. However, I find the younger ones learn better with a mixture of learning from books as well as practical activities and crafts.
They usually spend an hour on each subject and have a Tajweed lesson for half an hour on Skype by their tutor in Egypt. So most days we are finished before lunch and they can follow their own interests in the afternoon but of course they are always learning!
For example they were learning Fractions from their Maths book this week so we also made a Fraction card game (which is on another post), used marbles to help with fractions of quantities and coloured mini pizzas.
I also arrange visits and trips that tie in with a recent topic such as a tour of Yorkshire Water when learning about the 'Water Cycle', a visit to a Science centre when learning 'Colour & Light', a trip to the Canal for Geography etc. 
We also take part in any awards which they can achieve whilst learning (I have posted this separatley too) such as The John Muir Award, Crest Award, Arts Award etc. 
Throughout the week they have their own sports activities. Some people ask why I don't just let all the boys do cricket, or all of them do Taekwondo but they each have their own interests and allow them to choose that they want to do. One plays for a local Cricket team so he has cricket practice throughout the year and then matches at home and away through summer. One does Taekwondo 3 times a week and swimming lessons, my eldest does Taebo at home.

Friday - This is our full day off but the little ones enjoy an Islamic craft and the older ones read Islamic books, read Surah Kahf etc.

Saturday - Art & Computer Science in the morning

Sunday - revision and reading in the morning

Weekends are taken up with family visits, outdoor activities, free time and reading!

This website is good for audio books, Maths challenges etc.


We teach the children this book before they move onto their online lessons with the tutor.


The children use the Gateway to Arabic books for lots of vocab, Goodword Writing books to help writing the letters, Madinah reader books and then the Madinah Arabic course with online help, and they have also learnt some of the Bayna Yadaik book with their tutor and online help. (see my Arabic post for more info)

Islamic Studies

We use the ICO Curriculum which can be bought online. They are really good books as they give lots of extra activities to do with each chapter.

English Language & Literature

They don't start workbooks until I feel they are ready and even then only complete a page followed by other practical activities.

For lesson plans I use the following books and website for years 1 - 6 (we do not follow the 'years' set by school but allow my children to accelerate at their own pace:-

I then buy simple workbooks with from Letts, CGP, Schofield & Sims, Collins etc. We have quite a few different ones over the years from 5-7 years. Basically whatever has been on offer of from out local library as they only £1 each. At this age they enjoy workbooks with lots of stickers, bright and colourful, or with things to colour like the Schofield and Sims range. They also enjoy the Evan Moor cutting & paste activity books.

 Reading Eggs -

I then move onto textbooks as they are more in depth and have plenty of extra activities. I recommend the Galore Park Curriculum

 Here are the Junior English books from Galore park. They are divided into chapters which include a comprehension with Grammar & punctuation and writing activities to go with each.

I have used different Andrew Brodie books in the past, they are really good and have plenty to do inside. I usually buy his handwriting, spelling & grammar books. We also use grammar & punctuation books from Schofield & Sims. - Andrew Brodie

These are developing literacy books which have given us extra activities to do helping to create and shape texts, understanding and responding to texts and Speaking & listening activities.

These are CGP books which we have been using for extra activities for Fiction and Non - Fiction Writing.

 More Galore park books at about KS3 level.

We have chosen the Ed Excel exam board so following the relevant books for Language and Literature. In English Lit you can choose which books to study, the lists are on their website.


we also use workbooks such as the Andrew Brodie series


Again when they are young we buy any easy workbooks like Collins, Schofield & Sims First Maths etc.  As well as the Scholastic Lesson plan books I dip into. I then move onto textbooks as they have so much more practice in them for each topic. A couple of sights which are good for early learners are:  - haven't used these myself but lots of Home Edders do.

These are the Galore Park Junior Maths books which are thick textbooks and cover all the curriculum. We have the KS3 books too.

We also use the following books and online programs:  - we use these books which are good for revision. They are broken down into coloured columns on the page. My children would complete the columns in order or start with the middle as that's the level they are working at. The first column is easier and the last column is harder to push them a bit more. - these are the KS3 versions which we also have.


We use the scholastic Lesson Plan books along with lots of activities float/sink, exploring materials, lots of nature activities etc. Schofield and Sims have some nice early science books but with this subject I don't think they are absoloutly necessary as it's about getting out and exploring!!!

 We use the Galore Park books which the children use and I look up relevant experiments to go alongside it.

We also completed Crest Awards :-

We also have the Collins KS3 book which is really useful before starting the IGCSEs

Again using the Ed Excel for IGCSEs

ICT/Computer Science

We don't really use books for computing but lots of online activities. We do have a couple of CGP ICT books   and the Carol Vorderman Coding book which goes teaches the Scratch Website. - online app courses



In Geography we usually learn by getting out n about like in Science. Learning about 'our local area', traffic, tourism, OS map skills etc. We have completed all the levels of The John Muir Award which was great fun!

There are many books we get from the library such as Map Skills etc. We have Andrew Brodie's Geography books and Galore Park for KS3 level.


I never really intended to teach History and never liked the subject at school but my eldest boy seems to love it and often uses the BBC bitesize website to learn about History so we bought him these books, there are also study books to go with them.

French & Spanish

I learnt both these languages at school and have GCSE's in them. I didn't really intend to these as a subject either but one of my boys enjoys learning other languages so he asked to get some workbooks. We have a couple of simple workbooks with stickers and also a Spanish book with audio CD and flashcards. They like to watch videos on YouTube which teach simple words and names of the days, colours etc. 


Age 0-5 years - we do lots of Montessori sensory play activities, no workbooks just yet! practising their fine motor skills with various activities such as using tweezers to pickup small objects and transfer them into a container, playdoh, making letter shapes in sand or salt, cut & paste activities, pushing pipe cleaners through a colander etc. These are sandpaper letters I prepared for my 2 year old.

Primary Level - from around 5 years my children have already started to read and write so they now start their workbooks. Usually just for a short amount of time throughout the day. Each child is different, my daughters seem to be able to sit at the table and concentrate longer than the boys. At this age I buy workbooks that are colourful with stickers as they seem to appeal to this age group. Such as:

Collins Easy Learning books age 5-7 years

Letts Success books age 5-7 years

MEP Maths - you can print out for free or purchase hard copies

Reading Eggs & Maths Seeds online

Education city - used in the past

Scholastic Lesson plans - I have years 1-6 for Literacy, Maths & Science

Schofield & Sims

John Muir Award

Here the children are helping the park manager clear a stream.

And here they are building a bug hotel!

Arts Award

From this age I can usually see the children start to progress at different rates, I go with them and don't usually for age limits set by schools. For instance if my 8 year old is excelling in Maths and can study at the same level as a 12 year old that's fine, I don't hold them back.

Another point I want to make is that my children complete some work in their books but I then also do extra practical work with them on the subject they are learning. If they are on the topic of fractions for example and I think they need more help or I think they might find it easy to understand in a practical way I will make a lesson plan for them on that topic. I might find extra printables online or prepare an activity such as cutting up pizza or vegetables to understand fractions easier. 

As they get older and have grown out of the colourful workbook I start to use textbooks as they are value for money (you can reuse!!) and go into more depth with each topic. These are links to some books and websites I use at this age!

Galore Park

Hamilton Trust - Lesson plans

Online Maths


With each topic the children complete they are now at any age they like to do projects on themes they are interested in. Such as a project on a particular country or a science topic such as Plants or Forces. They enjoy making wall displays and lapbooks. Also another good idea is to look into a trip or visit to somewhere that ties in with their work. When my children were doing a topic on Water as part of their Science and Geography I ordered some free resources from the Yorkshire Water website and booked a tour with them. 

Secondary Level

By this age they are good at self study and begin to get on with their own learning. They can organise their workload and know the subjects that interest them.

KS3 Collins or CGP revision, study & workbooks

BBC Bitesize KS3

Home Ed Wiki - excellent website with advice on IGCSES and exam boards. We have chosen Ed Excel 

Ed Excel workbooks and past papers

So Monday - Thursday we work from books alongside practical activities & trips out n about. Then Fri-Sun we take a more autonomous approach. I don't believe one curriculum fits all which is one of the many reasons I Home ed so go with the flow and see how each child learns. My eldest loves to study through books but my 11 year old prefers practical activities and he retains much more in this way. 
You do not have to follow the National Curriculum, they do not have to achieve a certain level or take exams not even GCSES/IGCSES. It's up to you what, how and when you teach. 
They each have different interests too which I follow. My eldest enjoys baking & learning Arabic. My boys enjoy sports so they do Taekwondo three times a week, cricket and swimming. 

Thanks for reading and hope this helps someone inshallah. ;)

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