Learning at Home

Dear parents and carers,

Some of you may like further guidance with learning at home. Teachers will be keeping their year group blogs updated with suggested learning activities. You can find those blogs at the links below:

Use the Tapestry app if your child is in Reception. Look for an email about activating your account if you haven’t accessed the app before.

Parents and carers may also find the following pages helpful:

However, some might find it helpful to agree on a daily timetable as a family. Here is a suggestion…

09:00am – Time for PE!

As a family, take part in a Joe Wicks workout. Get Joe’s YouTube channel up on the biggest screen you can. Joe is broadcasting a live workout for children and families at 9am each morning but there are lots of work outs to try on his channel if you miss the live broadcast. If you haven’t got access to YouTube or a large enough screen then take turns being the gym instructor and lead your own workout session!

9.30am – Time to read!

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children (and older children still working on early reading skills) can use the phonics charts on our homework page to test themselves on the sounds and words at least once a day. Parents and carers can find some help with phonics on this YouTube channel. There are lots of other good phonics apps and websites.

Grab a book and read to yourself or to each other. If you haven’t got many books in the house then listen to a free audiobook or register for free at Love Reading for Kids and read a free extract from one of the many books on the site. Discuss what you read! Write a review of any books you finish.

9.45am – Time to write!

Grab a pen and some paper or you could type on a computer.

Year 1-6 pupils should pick 10 spellings from the appropriate spellings lists on our homework page and practice. Write each word 5 times with your best handwriting. Then get someone to test you or just ‘look, cover, write, check’. Can you write sentences for each word? The Spelling Shed app is fantastic too if you have access to it.

Visit Pobble 365 where you will find an intriguing new picture every day. Scroll down and find questions, prompts and challenges to help inspire a piece of creative writing. If you don’t like today’s picture then click on the calendar at the top right of the screen and choose a different one.

10.30am – Assembly time!

Watch Newsround as a family and discuss the topics. The Newsround website provides questions for discussion and quizzes. You can carefully select clips instead of a whole episode. Younger children could have storytime instead. This could be a bedtime story from CBeebies.

Parents and carers can find other good ideas for mindfulness and other non-academic activities here.

10.45am – Take a break

A healthy snack, drink and some play time.

11.00am – Time for maths!

Practice your times tables on Times Tables Rockstars or Hit the Button. Or just ask someone to test you! What are your target tables? Are you confident with your 2s, 5s and 10s? Your 3s, 4s and 8s? What’s next? You can also work on number bonds and other basic maths skills at the Hit the Button site.

Choose another maths based, fun activity. Play a board game that involves dice and counting. Bake something that involves using measures. Set up a shop and pretend to sell things from around the house. Use any coins you can find or make your own money. Can you give the correct change?

Check out the activities from the White Rose Hub or try Carol Vorderman’s (free) maths website. Our calculation policy is here.

12.00pm – Lunch and playtime!

1.00pm – Afternoon lessons

Choose a different subject each day. For example…

Art – research a famous painter and then use pencils, pastels, paint or any materials you have in the house to create a masterpiece inspired by your artist.

Computing – use the free Scratch software or website to work on your programming skills. The site includes How to Guides.

Design and Technology – Bake something as a family in the kitchen. Or use your cardboard, paper and plastic recycling to build something useful. Make it a competition if you can. A bridge for toy cars? A chair or shelter for a doll or soft toy?

Geography – Choose a topic to research from the BBC pages for Years 1&2 or Years 3-6 and create a poster or fact file with all the information you can find.

German (Y3-6 only) – See what you can find at the BBC webpage for German.

History – Become a time traveller!  Call a grandparent or older relative on the phone and ask them how life was different when they were your age.  Or watch an episode of Horrible Histories and research the theme of the episode.  Visit a history museum website, explore and create a poster or factfile. If you can, check out the amazing BBC Civilisations AR app! For a challenge, write a diary entry or story set in the period of history you have researched.

Music - Use streaming services like Spotify or a classical radio station to listen to a piece of classical music from a different composer. Find out more about the composer here. How about having a family singalong to a YouTube video like the ones here?

RE – Choose a different religion or topic to research from the BBC pages for Year 1&2 or Years 3-6. Create a poster or fact file with all the info you can find.

Science – Make it practical whenever possible! Choose an experiment from the Science Fun website.

2.00pm – End the day with more reading or listening to a story.

Be proud of yourself and each other for what you achieved today and keep showing our school values at home.