Last updated on Feb 1st, 2021 at 12:30 pm

Given the current worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared that a nationwide lockdown will be implemented for 21 days as coronavirus cases rise. The sudden upheaval of COVID-19 disruptions is pushing many South Africans into full time online teaching and learning for the first time. This urgent learning need is leading to increased usage of digital learning materials and online teacher training, with demand continuing to grow.  

“As South Africans, we are all in this fight together to flatten the curve of this virus and as such need to create solutions that will ensure learning continues, even if it can’t happen in a face-to-face setting,” said Reggie Mokotsi, executive head of Learning Resources for Pearson South Africa.

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To assist learners during this difficult time, Pearson South Africa has granted learners, teachers, educators and working professionals’ access to the following online learning sites:   

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Classroom solutions 

Pearson believes that effective teachers are fundamental to the success of a learner’s journey and part of what makes a good teacher great is their desire to continually learn and improve. Classroom Solutions offers FREE downloadable teaching and learning resources.  

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Letterland is a phonics-based approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling for children aged between 3 and 10 years. It was created to teach phonics using a story-based approach. The story logic engages learners leading to long term retention of concepts. What’s more, Letterland is wonderfully multi-sensory. It activates every learning channel through music, actions, alliteration, movement, song, art, games and role-play. 

Letterland school customers can set up their teachers and learners with access to Phonics Online while schools remain closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Since Phonics Online is web-based, this will mean that learners can access Letterland animations, songs and readers at home. FREE downloads and resources are available.

Visit the Letterland website.

Smart-Kids (Grade R – 7) 

The Smart-Kids series provides relevant South African educational material based on CAPS for Grades R – 7. The series is aimed at developing young learners’ skills in languages and mathematics in a fun and interactive way. On the Smart-Kids website parents will find fun worksheets for their child to practise their maths and languages skills. There are also extra online activities, such as readers, flashcards, worksheets and tests in mathematics, English and Afrikaans.  

The parenting tips and homework help blogs contain up-to-date advice, information and tips written by teachers. 

Visit the Smart-Kids website.

More information about these resources can be found here or visit the Pearson South Africa webpage to learn more about the education provider.

Additional learning tools to support educators, students and parents are being added daily.