Welcome to our new Home Learning page. Following the Government’s decision to close schools, we would like to provide you with some ideas and suggestions for activities you can do with your children whilst at home.
We hope that you can access the following websites for information that provide suggestions for fun activities that are easy for you and your children to enjoy.
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We hope you are all keeping safe and well and everyone is coping.
Playing and Exploring
Explaining in child-friendly language
Welcome to Off School, a free website full of ideas for home learning and fun activities. Head to the Activity Zone for 100s of films, created by teachers, across loads of great topics and themes!
They are active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – @OffSchoolUK. Get involved by tagging, sharing and tweeting to spread the word far and wide and get more families involved!
Bedtime Stories with Tom Hardy
CBeebies’ most popular Bedtime Stories reader, Tom Hardy, is returning to screens with a selection of brand new stories to settle the nation’s children down before they make their weary way to bed.
Tom wanted to play a part in keeping the children of the UK entertained at this challenging time and will read a new story each day starting on Monday 27 April to Friday 1 May, with the date of his sixth, and final, story yet to be confirmed.
Tom, who was accompanied by his adorable French bulldog, Blue, for some of the stories will read his first, Hug Me, by Simone Ciraolo on Monday 27 April at 6.50pm on CBeebies. It is about Felipe the young cactus who really needs a hug but his family just isn’t the touchy-feely kind so he sets off to find a friend of his own – and a hug.
Tom opens the story by saying: “Hello. I’m Tom. Sometimes, on a day like this, I feel strong and happy. But on other days, I just need somebody to give me a hug. Tonight’s bedtime story is all about a little cactus called Felipe, who just wants a hug too.”
He concludes the story by reassuring viewers: “So, in the end Felipe found someone to hug. It’s not always possible to hug the ones that you love. But they’re always there, in your heart.”
BBC Teach podcasts for ages 3 and up
https://abcdoes.com/home-learning/ lots of practical ideas for young children
https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/ Simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five
Tiny Happy people will help you to develop your child’s communication skills. Explore the simple activities and play ideas.
This collection of activities/ideas is simply here to help parents and carers find fun things to do if they find themselves unexpectedly at home with younger children.
Most of the ideas have an educational slant but we believe that learning when you’re little should be play based.
So much quality learning can come from activities like helping with the washing, doing some gardening, baking, watching films, colouring, playing board games, writing letters to friends and relatives, reading stories, talking and just spending time together!
Look at nature all around the world with Explore.
BBC Bitesize – Lots of free resources here with videos and quizzes, too.
The FitNut has free PE resources for nursery and primary children.
It’s never too early to start sharing stories with your little ones, Book Trust have put together a list of books for 0-5yr olds
A book for you and your children to access explaining all about Coronavirus
The Gruffalo illustrator worked with consultant Professor Graham Medley, two head teachers and a psychologist to make sure the book got the messages right, answering questions about quarantine, how you can catch the virus and what happens if you get ill. Publishers Nosy Crow have asked for donations in lieu of payment, to go to our fantastic health workers: www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/
For access to the book please click the link below
For Information please follow the link below:
Free book to download illustrated by Axel Scheffler
The brilliant Axel Scheffler has produced a book about Covid-19 Coronavirus just for children – and it’s available as a FREE download. Please share so it’s available to every family who needs it.
Elevenses with the World of David Walliams
Every day at 11am, you can listen to one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun! https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
The following websites have some useful ideas for activities and also educational games:
Nursery Rhymes and songs
Book related fun for all ages
(free home learning pack for Nursery aged children – some cute ideas!- just need to set up a free account)
Oliver Jeffers reading his stories aloud – lots of authors are doing this on facebook/twitter as well.
Virtual Zoo Tomorrow!
Some really lovely activities to look after the environment – making binoculars, bird feeders.
https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/ (this website also has links to educational apps you could download onto your smart phone or tablet)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies?collection=bbc-childrens (cbeebies also have educational apps you could download onto smart phone or tablet)
PE with Joe Wicks every weekday at 9am
Fitness Guru the Body Coach is leading a 30 minute live-stream on his Youtube channel every morning with workouts created specifically for children. Kick off your day with some exercise and keep your energy up.
Coping Calendar (30 actions to look after yourself and others)
Geography & Environmental Studies with Steve Backshall – Streamed at 9.30am, every Wednesday
Bring the wild into your living room with naturalist and TV presenter Steve Backshall! He’ll be answering all of your burning questions about animals, conservation and the environment with his live Q&A broadcast across Facebook and YouTube.
Maths with Carol Vorderman – Access anytime
Legendary Countdown alumnus and mathematician Carol Vorderman has opened up her incredible maths website The Maths Factor to the public, giving free access to 4-12 year olds until they go back to school.
Science with Maddie Moate and Greg Foot – Streamed at 11am, daily
Join Maddie Moate from CBeebies’ Do You Know every day for a science lesson with a twist, all from the comfort of your own home! Let’s Go Live features quirky garden activities, craft ideas and plenty of fun facts to keep little brains busy.
Dance with Oti Mabuse – Streamed at 11.30am, daily
Oti Mabuse is bringing some Strictly magic to your living room every morning with her free daily livestreams where she and Marius Lepure will be teaching you how to dance like a pro in just half an hour. Each day has a different theme – so far there’s been Mary Poppins, Trolls and even Shrek!
English with David Walliams – Released at 11am, daily
Bestselling children’s author and brilliant comedian David Walliams is releasing an audio version of one of his stories each day on his website at 11am. When you’ve got a quiet moment during the day, settle down and listen to his hilarious 20-minute storytelling session and escape the world for a bit.
Food Tech with Jamie Oliver – Streamed at 5.30pm, daily
Chef Jamie Oliver is releasing new episodes every day of his Keep Cooking and Carry On series on Channel 4, focusing on how to make the most of what you’ve already got in the kitchen. Plus, Jamie’s 9-year-old son Buddy has an entire playlist on YouTube dedicated to kid-friendly cooking that you can join in with.
History with Dan Snow – Access anytime
The History Guy Dan Snow is offering free access to his website History Hit for 30 days, which you can use to help stick to your history curriculum. You’ll find documentaries on everything from Roman Britain to Jack the Ripper and everything in between.
Music with Myleene Klass – Released at 10am Monday, 6.30pm Wednesday, 10am Friday
Enrol in Myleene’s Music Klass, where she’ll be posting 3 lessons a week to get your children’s music abilities flowing. You’ll learn all the basics about rhythm and reading music and who knows, you may even end up with some mini Mozarts by the time lockdown is over!
Story Time with Amy Adams, Chris Pratt and more – Access whenever
Loads of huge Hollywood stars have joined forces to bring you Save With Stories – an Instagram account where celebrities read their favourite children’s stories and sing their favourite songs to keep your kids entertained.
Home Economics with Theo Michaels – Streamed at 4pm, Monday and Wednesday
Join Masterchef semi-finalist and TV chef Theo in a live family-friendly cook-along as you create something delicious from your cupboards. He usually posts the ingredients you’ll need on his website beforehand, so you can check you have it all ready.
While we’ve done our best to make sure all the lesson times are correct, bear in mind they are subject to change – keep checking back for updates.
Please try to limit the amount of screen time for your child each day. The current guidelines are for a maximum of 1 hour screen time a day for 3-4 year olds. They also recommend 180 minutes of physical activity for each day so remember to find fun ways to exercise and get moving.
Most of all enjoy spending time together, sharing stories and remember to talk, talk, talk!
Please remember to look after yourselves and each other during these difficult times.
We want to share the below information with you so we all know what to do if we are worried about someone.
If you want to talk to anyone, you are more than welcome to call us, our details are on the letter at the top of this page.
Alternatively, please follow these links for support too;
Here’s a few tips to keep your mind and body healthy
Try to keep getting regular exercise and go outside
Fun, Learning and Doing
Take a break from the news and social media and do something you enjoy, learn a new skill, set out to achieve something at home, try to plan in some fun
Find the good
‘Every day is not good but there is good in every day’ – write down each day something positive/ good
Keep on connecting socially with family and friends by phone, text and video call, share birthdays and play games together virtually
Helping others is good for our mental health and will make you feel happier
There are things you can control and things you can’t – try to focus on the things you can control and let go of the things you can’t
Oxford Owl for Home is for parents and carers.
(Oxford Owl for home does contain some links to products for parents to buy on amazon also)
Oxford University Press are launching a series of webinars. The first one is scheduled immediately after the Easter Break on Tuesday April 21st. Please see details below and do register if you are interested.
Up until May half term:
Story massage have put together a free resource booklet of 36 stories. Email them to be sent a copy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pete Wells has some raucous free sensory stories available on his website – and the podcast is well worth a listen too!
Pete’s home learning kit https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y3ni3ymgtlbrndd/AABDqPQS9fopyDllT9VnFlnWa?dl=0&fbclid= IwAR1y_qXgQoSlG3gn3493UujII0KRN-_12R-QByln7opkvJoPac-QQixKAtc
The Sensory Projects has project packs for inclusive learning http://www.thesensoryprojects.co.uk/free-educational-resources and also some simple sensory games to play http://www.thesensoryprojects.co.uk/guides
31 pages of activity ideas for special school learners (download at the bottom of the page) https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx0aGVzZW 5zb3J5cHJvamVjdHN8Z3g6MzYyMTU2M2JlZjI3MDdkZQ