For Families

How we work with families 

As a charity, our work almost entirely takes place in schools, but we know that parents, carers and siblings can make a huge difference and are often keen to help!

Once children have been selected for a programme, we work with families through:

  • Establishing regular contact – tutors update families about lessons and answer questions that parents or carers may have.
  • Inviting parents and carers to come and observe lessons or join in with workshops.
  • Organising celebration assemblies in schools for families once their child has completed one of our programmes.

From time to time, we also run family events both in person and online. Keep an eye on this page for future events.

Boost learning at home!

During lockdown, the QFL team prepared a selection of home-school screen-free activities which can be used at any point to support your child’s learning. You can find them all below along with some other websites that you might find useful!

We have also produced some helpsheets for parents and carers, with simple explanations and top tips to help support your child with maths or encourage reading at home.

You can download them here:

Maths helpsheet

Reading with your child helpsheet



Mental maths skills

We have lots of simple screen-free games and activities to support mental maths skills. Ideally you’ll need dice and playing cards – plus paper and pencils. So, download the pdf activities and turn off the computer!

Card Match (playing cards needed*)

Number Skittles

Symmetrical Pizzas

Just a Minute

* If you don’t have dice or playing cards you can always make simple number cards – write the numbers 1-6 on separate pieces of paper or card, turn them face down and select a card instead of rolling the dice. This is great if you want to try out some higher numbers too!

Stories, books & reading skills

We’ve been helping children with their reading and comprehension for over twenty years! Click on any of the activities below for lots of great ideas based around stories, books and reading skills:

Story Stones

Story retelling – Puppets

Kim’s Game

Story Stick

Role on the Wall

Paper Chains

Story Bags

You can use these instructions from to make your own book and write your ‘Story Bag’ creation down.

Learning at home

We’re not the only ones with lots of ideas for learning at home! Here are some other websites that you may find helpful:

Oxford Owl

National Literacy Trust – Family Zone

Author Events Online

BBC Bitesize – Primary

Maths on Toast

National Numeracy have produced a pack of free activities to download alongside their online Family Maths Toolkit

I See Maths – some great games for KS1 that the whole family can enjoy. along with maths lessons aimed at children in KS2.

NRICH – A wide range of fantastic maths activities for Ages 3 – 18!


British Library – Discovering Children’s Books

Upcoming Family Events

From time to time we run events for families, either online or in-person at a venue in Oxfordshire. Do check back here for any news on forthcoming events.