We understand that this is a difficult time and that many parents now find themselves thinking about how best to continue their child’s education whilst at home. We have provided some extra activities you may wish to do at home. We have also put together some information that we hope will give you some advice and guidelines.
Oxford Owl Library-Please sign up to Oxford Owl to have access to the free e-book library.
Audible-all children’s audiobooks are available for free while schools are closed.
Literacy Shed– downloadable resource packs with tasks based on video clips on YouTube.
The Children’s Poetry Archive-an archive of spoken poetry recordings. Children can listen to poems read out loud.
Hamilton Trust-downloadable resource packs with teacher guidance. A week’s worth of resources is provided for each year group.
Mathematics Mastery-downloadable guidance and resource packs for parents and pupils.
Nrich-a range of activities. Some are interactive and some are to be completed offline. Activities are categorised by age range.
Numberblocks-ideas for numeracy development designed for children aged 0 to 6. There are fun activities that can be applied to everyday life and play.
Topmarks-a range of interactive maths games categorised by age group.
White Rose Maths-presentations and downloadable workbooks which are easy to use for parents. New material is being released each week.
BBC Bitesize-interactive resources covering the primary science curriculum.
STEM Learning-an online resource bank, which links to resources on external websites. The site features a live chat function offering support from subject experts. New home learning resources are being developed.
Disney 10 Minute Shakeups-10-minute activities based on Disney films that count towards a child’s 60 active minutes per day.
SuperMovers– videos which help children move while they learn. They support curriculum subjects, including maths and English.
British Psychology Society (BPS)-advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19.
MindEd-an educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health.
Information to help support your child at home
Where can I get support with the methods children should be using?
- We have provided links to video sites that can support the methods that we use in Maths.
Where should I put the work when completed?
- We have provided children with a blank yellow workbook to use to record their home learning.
- Foundation stage can be uploaded to Tapestry.
- It would be lovely to see examples of some of the things the children are doing at home. Feel free to take photos and email to their year group email address. We would like to put some examples on our Twitter so others can see and be inspired by what their classmates are doing!
What do I do if we do not have any suitable reading books at home for our children?
- We have a link to OxfordOwl or Rising Star that has some great free eBooks to read online below.
How can I manage time if I have more than one child at home?
- This can be a real challenge, especially when you are trying to get your head around how your children should be carrying out their learning. Try starting ‘Maths time’ with one of your children and then giving them some questions to practise by themselves while you move on to support your other child/children. Alternatively, one child could be enjoying some quiet time activities while you support the other. There may be some things they can enjoy together, like storytime and they may enjoy learning about the topic both they and their siblings will be learning about in the Summer term. Enlist the help of older siblings too – they can be your personal assistants!
How should I structure my child’s day?
- Children like routine so if you can keep to a similar structure most days, this will help your child feel more relaxed. We have provided a timetable in your packs however this is only an aid to support you and does not need to be followed rigidly.
If I want to speak to a member of staff about the curriculum/learning, is there anyone I can contact?
As promised we have now set up our own year group email. We hope this will make it easier for you to contact us and for us to support you at this time. Please use the address below to ask for guidance about our home learning or to share any work or photos that you would like the class teacher to see. We will do our best to read/respond to your e mails during working hours.
Reception teachers would also love you to add your photos and observations on to Tapestry too!
We may sometimes wish to use your child’s photo on the website or our Twitter feed. If you would prefer us not to, please could you let us know when sending your email.
Year R: email@example.com
Year 1: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 2: email@example.com