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Home Learning activities for all

This page has been created to offer some fun, engaging and creative activities that the children can participate in while at home. The aim of these activities are to suggest a wide range of activities in a wide range of subject areas to keep the children's minds active and engaged.

These activities are in addition to the weekly activities which will be uploaded to the individual class pages by your class teacher, with activities to complete during this time of school closure.

 

We would suggest that the children continue to read everyday, we have attached below a link where a wide range of school aged books can be accessed free online if you don't have access to a wide range of books at home. Feel free to write a review of a book once you have read it, this can be shared with your class teacher.

 

Additionally, why not keep a daily diary during this school closure, this is a very rare experience for us all, so this could be a good time to reflect on the things we are doing, what new things we are learning, how we are staying active and what we are doing with our families.

 

Looking after ourselves

But please remember that through all of this, the most important thing at this time, by far, is for all of us to stay safe and well, to follow advice about avoiding physical contact with others, follow all Government advice and - as far as possible - to feel happy and cared for. Everything else is secondary to that. 

Use this time also to spend with your families, your pets and yourself. 

 

Remember:

  • Maintain friendships and connections with your family and friends (safely)
  • Talk to someone if you are scared or worried
  • Eat well and nutriciously (lots of fruit and veg)
  • Exercise where possible (following the government guidelines)
  • Keep your mind active (don't spend all your time on electronic devices)
  • Get regular sleep
  • Take breaks during activities
  • Wash your hands regularly 
  • Most importantly look after yourself

 

 

Ideas for activities in different subject areas:

 

Reading / Storytime

 Below are links to some great free online book resources, some are audio and some are for children to read for free online.

 

 

  • Story time with David Walliams, everyday from 11am on the webiste:   www.worldofdavidwalliams.com 

 

 

 

 

Maths

 

 

SEND Resources

 

Brain Parade

Website: http://www.brainparade.com/products/see-touch-learn-free/

Description: a visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture-choosing games, for children with autism and special needs.

 

HelpKidzLearn

Website: https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/

Description: a collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages. It includes provision for school closure.

 

Charles Dickens Primary

Website: http://www.charlesdickens.southwark.sch.uk/

Description: the Jenny Wren Virtual School SEN Hub offers daily lessons for pupils with moderate learning difficulties, focusing on Makaton and a daily activity to complete with a parent or teacher.

Registration: not required

 

Website: https://speechandlanguage.info/parents

Description: a parent portal with links to downloadable resources, activities and games developed by a team of speech and language therapists and software engineers who work with over 4,000 schools in the UK.

Registration: not required

 

BEAM is a movement screening and development tool for young children suitable for use in primary schools. It is a fun-to-use schools-based programme developed by qualified physiotherapists in Kent. Practice the movements on the sheet each day. Move from block A onwards as you see progress being made.

https://www.kentcht.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/BEAM-progress-sheet-A.pdf https://www.kentcht.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/BEAM-progress-sheet-B.pdf https://www.kentcht.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/BEAM-progress-sheet-C.pdf

 

Sensory Circuits is a short and snappy sensory motor skills programme that helps to set children up for a school day. ... Children participate in a 10-15 minute session of activities designed to improve brain processing efficiency, and they generally find that the circuit is a fun way to start the day. https://www.cpft.nhs.uk/Documents/Miscellaneous/Sensory%20Motor%20Circuits.pdf

 

 

A sensory box (also called a sensory tub, container, and bin X Research source) is a storage container that is stored and filled with materials that have to do with your five senses. They are mostly used for play, experiment, learning, and sometimes even for relaxation or mediation.

 

https://www.ot-mom-learning-activities.com/sensory-box.html Learning resources.

 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/specialeducationalneeds-sen

 

Phonics Bloom create interactive online phonics games to help teach children the relationship between letters and sounds and develop the skills needed to read and write. All our resources are designed by an experienced team of teachers and parents.

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/

 

 

Doorway Online is a collection of free and highly accessible educational games that learners will find easy to use independently. Each activity has a range of accessibility and difficulty options. https://www.doorwayonline.org.uk The thera-putty programme is for children who have fine motor difficulties and have poor postural motor control.

 

 

https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/kids/healthcareprofessionals/paediatric-occupational-therapy/theraputtyhand-strength-exercises/

 

Emotional Wellbeing https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/category/free-resources/

 

Social stories and comic strip conversations can help autistic people develop greater social understanding and stay safe. https://www.autism.org.uk/about/strategies/social-stories-comicstrips.aspx

 

 

Auditory memory is the ability to remember what is heard. It is important in helping your child to follow longer instructions and understand more detailed conversations at home and in class. Some children have difficulty remembering information that they hear, e.g: recalling the sequence or detail and the main idea of what is said. Long instructions can pose particular problems. https://speechbloguk.com/games-to-improve-auditory-memory/

 

 

http://www.bridgewater.nhs.uk/wpcontent/uploads/2013/01/Listening-and-rememberingskills.pdf

 

 

 

Online Safety

During this time, with children using online facilities more regularly, it is important to not forget about the importance of online safety. Why not try out some of these activities and ideas:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ 

 

 

Wellbeing:

TKAT are working with 'Action Your Potential' to help parents support their children to get more out of learning and life every day. Please see below for the details of the ten webinars available to help parents with this:

 

 

Mental wellbeing: primary

 

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Website: https://www.annafreud.org/coronavirus-support/support-for-early-years/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people.

Registration: not required

 

 

British Psychological Society (BPS)

Website: https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-offers-advice-schools-parents-and-carers-help-children-through-uncertainty

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19.

Registration: not required

 

 

Children’s Commissioner

Website: https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to-coronavirus/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: a downloadable guide for children about coronavirus.

Registration: not required

 

 

MindEd

Website: https://www.minded.org.uk/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: an educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health.

Registration: not required, but registration increases functionality

 

 

PE

 

 

  • Dance with Oti Masbuse via facebook everyday from 11.30am. Though previous videos can be accessed ta any time. 

 

 

#ThisIsPE

Website: https://www.afpe.org.uk/physical-education/thisispe-supporting-parents-to-teach-pe-at-home/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: videos delivered by teachers focussing on the PE curriculum which are accessible on YouTube.

Registration: not required

 

 

Outdoor learning

It is important, where possible for children to be working creatively and outdoors where it is safe to do so and in accordance with government guidelines.

 The Woodland Trust has some further suggested outdoor activities here

 

Some lovely outdoor activities and learning from the RSPB.

https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-families/family-wild-challenge/

 

 

Art

If you haven't already done so, then now is your chance to get to know Ricky - also known as CBBC's Art Ninja - his mission is to teach you his secrets and get you creating your own art.  Or try this online drawing course for children - in four stages from foundation to advanced.

 

 

History

 BBC Bitesize offers a wealth of resources at all levels for the study of the past, individually, nationally, and globally. 

 

The Vatican Museum: Explore the New Wing, Sistine Chapel and more with 360 degree virtual tours.

 

The British Museum: Check out ancient mummies, the Rosetta Stone and so much more with this virtual tour of the world’s oldest national public museum.

 

 

Science -

  • Weekdays from 11am, Science with Maddie Moade and Greg who talk about Science and Nature. Can be found on youtube. 

 

  • Wildlife with Steve Backshall on facebook. Everyday from 9.30am to answer all wildlife, biology, conservation, geography and exploration questions.

 

  • Edinburugh Zoo are offering some great live images from their exhibitions and 360 tours of their zoo

https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams

 

https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/animals-and-attractions/scifest_360/

 

 

 

This website has lots of easy home experiments with clear instructions and a 'how does it work' section:

sciencefun.org/kidszone/experiments/

 

These activities from the Science Museum can be sorted by key stage and may be useful to those with older children too:

 

learning-resources.sciencemuseum.org.uk/resources/?type=at-home

 

 

 

Music 

  • Music with Mylene Klass, twice weekly via youtube. 

 

 

Geography 

 

 

  • The National trust website offers some exciting virtual tours and outdoor garden activities for children to try out:

 

 

  • Visit some international landmarks from the comfort of your own home by trying out some of the virtual tours below:

 

 

International Landmarks

Take a virtual tour of some of the world's most exciting landmarks:

 

Buckingham Palace, England: Flights to the U.K. may be canceled, but you can still visit Buckingham Palace thanks to the official Royal website, which offers a virtual tour of the Queen’s official residence.

 

Galapagos Islands: Embark on a guided video tour of the incredible wildlife and culture of the Galapagos with National Geographic Expeditions.

 

Great Barrier Reef, Australia: Swim through Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with the help of several David Attenborough-narrated videos and an educational, interactive map.

 

Great Wall of China: Take a virtual tour of one of the Seven Wonders of the World with The China Guide and explore its most visited sections.

 

Hang Son Doong, Vietnam: Take a 360 degree adventure through the world’s largest cave, located in Vietnam, with National Geographic.

 

National Parks, USA: 113 virtual tours of National Park Service locations are available on Google Arts and Culture. Some favorites include Yellowstone National Park (for miles and miles of beautiful views), Kenai Fjords National Park (for an icy adventure) and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (for lots of lava).

 

 

Tower Bridge, England: This famous London bridge isn’t going down anytime soon — and you can explore it virtually (by boat!).

 

 

History

ducksters.com/history/westward_expansion/ - for Y6

 

French

bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z39d7ty

 

 

Computing

Now is the perfect time to learn how to make a stop-motion animation, a film, or even a video game - free guides and software here. And on this site are a series of games designed to introduce children to coding.

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