We know lots of parents and carers have questions about home learning and how to support their child at home. This useful guidance addresses lots of those concerns.
Reminder for all Phase 1 students - we would love to see the home learning you have been doing so please send photos or copies of your work to email@example.com and don't forget to let us know if you'd like more activities to do at home! Please also log in to Nessy and Times Table Rockstars each day so we can see how you are getting on with your reading, spellings and times tables! Please keep all the home learning that you do in a safe place so you can bring it in to school for us to see when we re-open. We look forward to seeing what you've achieved! Thank you
All Phase One Pupils
- Every child in phase 1 has taken a personalised pack of home learning home with them or had it posted out to them.
- These packs include the following:
- An English project
- Ideas for maths challenges, spellings, reading and science
- Thrive activities including cooking
- All children have a login to both Nessy and Times Table Rockstars (links below)
- Parents can sign up for a 1 month free 'Ultimate' account at Twinkl - VISIT www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS
Suggested Websites for All Phase One Pupils
- Nessy Learning
- Times Tables Rockstars
- ICTGames English and maths games
- Phonics Play Currently providing free resources using the login on the homepage
- Top Marks maths games
- e-Learning for Kids Free and fun digital education for children worldwide
- BBC Bitesize for Primary
- Vooks Parent Resources A kid-safe, ad-free streaming library of read-aloud animated storybooks
Example Thrive activities to try at home:
- Board game
- Card games
- Sensory play with slime, shaving foam, sand, water, playdough, bubbles
- Cooking and baking
- Mindfulness, e.g. colouring, yoga (cosmic yoga https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga), relaxation music (available online, e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFZKK7K52uQ), guided visualisation (clips available online e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWOHcGF1Tmc)
- Treasure hunts
- Story building together by taking it in turns
- Art – drawing, painting, using chalks or pastels, collage
- Kim’s game (hide objects under a piece of fabric and remove one – can you tell what is missing?)
- Mirroring games and follow the leader
- Share stories together – predict what happens next and ask ‘what if…’
- Lego / construction
- Play with figures
- Discuss TV / films / online games together – how might characters be feeling? Discuss difference between fantasy and reality. Explore perspectives.
- Simon Says
- Guess the object - feely bags or by wrapping safe objects from around the home
- Make puppets
- I spy · Safe physical exercise (e.g. https://www.jumpstartjonny.co.uk/home)
- Ensure all exploration is safe and emphasise the need for safety and the thought process behind decision making to model making these connections.
- Aspire to strike a healthy balance between playing games, set learning tasks, physical exercise, screen time, sleep and eating. Learning through play is key so please play alongside your children and model having fun together
Week 8 Activities (11/05/20 - 15/05/20)
- Week Eight Thrive Activities for Parents - Children up to 7 Years
- Week Eight Thrive Activities for Parents - Children up to 11 Years
Week 7 Activities (27/04/20 - 01/05/20)
- Week Seven Thrive Activities for Parents - Children up to 7 Years
- Week Seven Thrive Activities for Parents - Children up to 11 Years
Week 6 Activities (27/04/20 - 01/05/20)
- Week Six Thrive Activities for Parents - Children up to 7 Years
- Week Six Thrive Activities for Parents - Children up to 11 Years
Week 5 Activities (20/04/20 - 24/04/20)
- Week Five Thrive Activities for Parents - Children up to 7 Years
- Week Five Thrive Activities for Parents - Children up to 11 Years
Week 3 Activities (06/04/20 - 10/04/20)
- Week Three Thrive Activities for Parents - Children up to 7 Years
- Week Three Thrive Activities for Parents - Children up to 11 Years
Week 2 Activities (30/03/20 - 03/04/20)
- Week Two Thrive Activities for Parents - Children up to 7 Years
- Week Two Thrive Activities for Parents - Children up to 11 Years
- Week One Thrive Activities for Parents - Children up to 7 Years
- Week One Thrive Activities for Parents - Children up to 11 Years
Captain Tom's Challenge
Ahead of his 100th birthday celebration, war veteran Captain Tom Moore set himself the challenge of walking 100 laps of his garden to help raise money for the NHS. His challenge has raised awareness all over the world and has led to many others setting their own similar challenges! Captain Tom has also lifted the spirits of many during difficult circumstances.
Use the links below to find out more about Captain Tom's Challenge and to complete 2 challenges yourself.
Challenge 1 – Write a letter or thank you card and send it to someone who has made a difference in your local community, this could be for a teacher, family member or neighbour.
Challenge 2 – Draw a picture of Captain Tom Moore completing his challenge.
- Picture News Special Resource Captain Tom Moore 2020 PDF
- Picture News Special Poster Captain Tom Moore JPG
- Captain Tom Moore Resource - April 2020 PDF
Suggested Websites for Additional Resources
- Virtual Field Trips to Take with Your Kids Virtual field trips are a fun and educational way to visit places virtually and keep “travel” going. There are also lesson ideas, activities and book suggestions to extend the learning for each type of destination.
- Activity Village Activity Village provides thousands of colouring pages, crafts, puzzles, worksheets and more, for parents and teachers.
- Coloring Nature Coloring Nature is for children and adults. We have more than 675 FREE printable coloring pages . Our coloring categories include serious science: biomes, anatomy, animals, plants and more, plus some pure whimsy – just for fun.
- Crayola Creative Lesson Plans, Animated Video Lessons (Parent and Student-friendly), Parent Hand-outs, Free Weekly At-Home Learning Webinars (for Parents AND Teachers)!
- Crazy Adventures in Parenting Free printables, activity sheets, coloring pages, and more!
- Bark Everything you need to help educate families about online safety — for free
- Bedtime Math In response to sudden demand for learning at home, we’ve taken our engaging and research-proven after-school math club activities and presenting them for families to use for free: http://bedtimemath.org/fun-math-at-home/. Families can also download our free Bedtime Math app on iOS and Android, which delivers a fun new math problem every day for families to do together and is proven to boost kids’ math skills.
- Chrome Music Lab Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.
- Code Camp Code Camp teaches children to code through holiday camps and after school classes. We are waiving our subscription fees for our online coding platform Code Camp World and are giving access to two awesome online coding tutorials.
- Handwriting Heroes Handwriting Heroes is a multisensory handwriting curriculum that teaches children how to form their letters through animations, stories and song. iPad app is being offered free of charge. Letter formation videos – always free
- HERE Meditation The HERE mobile app is designed to help rapidly relieve stress & anxiety. It works by pairing interactive exercises (staring/swiping), with breathing, music and/or guided meditation to stimulate the relaxation response and promote executive functioning. This game-like approach can be used by the whole family, and may help calm cabin fever, or provide a mental break in between homeschool activities.
- Little Twisters Yoga & Emotional Wellness Free at-home kids yoga lesson plans
- Minecraft: Education Edition A game-based learning platform that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive digital environment.
- National Geographic Kids Subjects explored by National Geographic for kids. Articles and videos that explore subjects in science and culture around the world.
- Transitions Activity for Year 6 Pupils Transitioning from primary to secondary school is a particularly significant change for children. It is important that we acknowledge how they feel and help them gain skills to find solutions or strategies to manage these feelings.
- Sir Linkalot YouTube Channel Entertaining, enlightening and amusing spelling adventures whether you’re 5, 15 or 50. Watch the live stream at 2PM (BST) Mon–Fri on YouTube & Facebook.
eBook to Help Children Understand Coronavirus
A book for children about coronavirus that aims to give information without fear.
With everything that is going on at the moment; big changes to children’s routines and lots of stories on the news it can be a really scary time for children.
This book aims to open up the conversation about coronavirus and some of the things they might be hearing about it and provide truthful information in a reassuring and child friendly manner.
Credit: Nurse Dotty Books
Suggested Websites for eBook to Help Children Understand Coronavirus