Please find below a range of different websites which will help you to support your child’s learning at home during the period of school closure. The websites have been grouped by subject area, please click on the subject that you would like to see website links for.
General links – curriculum wide
Parents need to create an account to access information and resources
Three new lessons every week day
Resources and activities for Years R-6
Daily pictures which can be used as stimulus for writing, art and other creative activities
Free English, maths and science courses
Curriculum resources for years R-6
BBC Teach podcasts for ages 3 and up.
BBC iPlayer has many educational and arts and culture videos available for free
Daily lessons, including a daily phonics lesson on Twinkl TV
Minecraft: The Education Edition is popular with children already – these resources all have an educational purpose
Home learning ideas for Reception ages children and younger siblings
In these uncertain times, while our children are learning from home some of the time using resources online, it seems appropriate to refresh and remind everyone about keeping safe online.
Below are a selection of websites, which either contain information for parents or activities to do with your children to revisit this.
|Web Page Overview||Web Link|
|Online resources and advice to support families
To help families adjusting to a “new normal” following the measures taken to stop the spread of coronavirus, we’ve created this dedicated space to provide expert advice, resources and tools to make the best use of tech.
|Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online|
|A variety of different resources for online-safety for the information of parents. Activities for adults to complete with their children.||https://www.lgfl.net/online-safety/resource-centre?s=16
|A comprehensive guide to many of the social networks available, explaining what they are used for and their age ratings.||Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC|
|Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online
As a parent or carer you play a key role in helping your child to stay safe online.
You do not need to be an expert on the internet to help keep your child stay safe online. Our advice and resources are here to support you as you support your child to use the internet safely, responsibility and positively.
|Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online|
|Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command.
Since 2006, Thinkuknow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.
Thinkuknow is unique. It is underpinned by the latest intelligence about child sex offending from CEOP Command.
Thinkuknow aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.
Alongside the Thinkuknow website the programme provides educational resources, including films, cartoons and lesson plans, to help professionals raise young people’s awareness.
|Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online|
Also included is a quick sheet to take a look at, with a checklist of things you can do to keep your children safe on-line.
English and maths four-week booklets for students from Years R-6 and beyond
Podcast by Pie Corbett Russell Prue and Ian Rocky with daily English lessons at 9.30 am.
Free activities and games, mostly aimed at primary pupils
Audible Stories has made all of its classic children’s stories free
On Twitter, Patrick Stewart (@sirpatstew) is reading a sonnet a day
Julie Dawn Cole, who played the original Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (and Tes mental health columnist), is reading the book it was based on – Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – aloud one chapter a night at 6pm on her Facebook page
News Mag Media have made their content free. Great for supporting children with their non-fiction reading
Sum Dog has personalised maths and spelling you can try for free
Free eBooks can really help students. You can find them here on WorldeBooks
Researchify have classic children's literature in audiobook and PDF
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is available for free on Audible Stories- and in several languages.
We now have a range of FREE VIPERS comprehensions for children aged 5-11. Original texts with a range of questions and answers. Use at home or at school to practise reading skills. https://t.co/HEJIkQZSWr pic.twitter.com/N2XQxfdZfU
— Rob Smith (@redgierob) March 30, 2020
Pobble 365 - pobble365.com
This website gives an interesting picture each day with questions to answer to develop comprehension skills, story starters for the children to continue writing the story and also sentence challenges.
Live streaming of the Scar Gatherer Series
Julia Edwards, one of our previous visiting authors, is streaming readings of The Scar Gatherer series on facebook.com/scargatherer.co.uk, beginning with chapter one of The Leopard in the Golden Cage which was posted on the 19th March 2020. She plans to stream a chapter every weekday and post it to the page, so that children whose families are self-isolating can watch for half an hour and be entertained (whilst quietly learning a bit of history). When she finishes streaming the first book, if there is interest, she will carry on through the rest of the series.
The videos are streamed live, and she plans to do this at about the same time each day so that children could join live. If they don't or can't watch it live, the video posts will stay on the Facebook page for the foreseeable future, and they can add questions in the comments which she can answer on the next video post.
If you have a tablet, some of these websites may not work unless you have Puffin browser installed. Just type ‘Puffin Browser’ into the app store.
Accelerated Reader – Your child can complete book quizzes for books they’ve read at home
IDL – If your child uses IDL, they can use this as normal, their login is the first letter of their first name + their surname @nr191jb
There is also an app which can be downloaded from the app store.
The Reading Realm: thereadingrealm.co.uk
The reading realm are offering free Reading Learning Packs
6 free children's classics in PDF & Word formats with accompanying audiobooks on Researchify:
- Alice in Wonderland
- Wind in the Willows
- The Railway Children
- The Jungle Book
- Peter Pan
- Black Beauty
The Training Space: thetrainingspace.co.uk
Delivering daily Maths and English activities to do at home.
Interactive Phonics Games: phonicsplay.co.uk/
Oxford Owl – Free E Books for children:
During this current period of uncertainty for schools, The Literacy Company are offering a range of free resources to engage pupils in practising key skills to work from home. These cover year groups from Reception to Year 8 and they are being updated regularly. Try to work through these. theliteracycompany.co.uk/free-resources/
We use White Rose Maths. We know many parents may not be familiar with this so the White Rose Maths Team has prepared a series of five brand new maths lessons for each year group from Years 1-8. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully. Try and work through these and show your child whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/
If your child is interested in Literacy and reading and likes Shakespeare then the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust have free learning resources available. Give your child a challenge and learn with them about his work and language. Especially great for upper key stage 2 children and high school children. shakespeare.org.uk/education/teaching-resources/
World Book Online have just made their collection of over 3,000 ebooks and audiobooks available for free for children to access at home. This will help them keep up with their reading. They have books suitable for all ages.
Author Julia Edwards who visited us earlier this year is recording chapters of her The Scar Gatherer books, a time-travel series to teach children about day to day life through history.
Readings of the whole of the first book in the series, The Leopard in the Golden Cage, are now available both on Facebook and You Tube. This story is set in Roman Britain, and there are 16 chapters to watch, which is over 5 hours of viewing. Julia is now three quarters of the way through reading the second book, Saving the Unicorn's Horn, set in the Viking age, so there are 12 chapters of that book available as well (about 4 hours). That story will reach its conclusion on Saturday, and Julia will be posting the remaining videos day by day as she goes along. Next week, Julia will start The Falconer's Quarry, set during the reign of Henry VIII.
If any of your children would like to watch, they can find all the videos by clicking on:
English and maths four-week booklets for students from Years R-6 and beyond
Carol Vorderman videos and worksheets for maths lessons
Sum Dog has personalised maths and spelling you can try for free
Daily Maths practise is very important. By continuing to complete Maths activities daily, it will ensure Maths skills are embedded and allow for accurate retrieval. These activities should take between 20-30 minutes. White Rose have online help between 10am-11am everyday to share questions, examples and stories. These are available via their social media channels.
White Rose Maths have set up a series of 5 lessons for each year group. Each week they will add a new series of lessons. In order to complete these Maths lessons, please click on the link below whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ and select the appropriate year group. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully. Once you have watched the video, there is an activity to complete. This could be printed out and completed, or your child could verbally discuss the answers and their method with you. Please use our Federation Google drive link to access the worksheets and answers for each year group. https://drive.google.
TTRockstars – for times tables practice, there is an app for this too which can be downloaded from the app store. https://ttrockstars.com/
MyMaths – maths activities your child can complete. Individual logins are being sent home with children this week https://www.mymaths.co.uk/
The school login is as follows:
Master the Curriculum: https://masterthecurriculum.co.uk
Master the Curriculum offers a range of maths learning resources and worksheets for years 1-6.
The Training Space
Delivering daily Maths and English activities to do at home. thetrainingspace.co.uk
The Numbots website is an add-on to TT Rockstars and your child can use the same log in details to access it. It focuses on addition, subtraction and number bonds. numbots.com/
Purple Mash has lots of different maths games and your child can access this using their personal log in details that have been sent home. purplemash.com/sch/toftwood
NRICH have a selection of activities that your child can work on with you at home. The link below features a collection of mathematical games that an adult and child can play together. Each activity includes notes for adults with guidance on how to use and adapt the task. We often use these tasks in school and they help child to practise their mathematical skills through fun activities. nrich.maths.org/fortwo
The Maths Factor
This is Carol Vorderman's website that provides Maths Lesson's for children aged between 4 and 11. Whilst schools are closed she is offering free access to support continuing children's learning at home. It has different maths lesson videos, practise activities and games for your child to use. Follow the link to sign up for free and explore the resources. themathsfactor.com
I See Maths
Information, resources and links for the daily home maths lessons hosted by primary school teacher, Gareth Metcalfe. There are daily lessons for KS2 children and some videos explaining games to play with KS1 children. iseemaths.com/home-lessons
This website has lots of brilliant games for your child to use to practise their mathematical skills, we use these in school too. Follow the link then click on Maths on the toolbar or find it in the dropdown menu under browse by subject. Each game will say the age of the child it is aimed at and you can search by age group as well if you wish. topmarks.co.uk
Third Space Learning
Third Space Learning has some fun ways to engage in Maths; 25 fun and engaging Maths games and activities, from simple, short games to longer games which everyone in the family can enjoy together. 25 fun and engaging maths games and activities
This website also has lots of brilliant games for maths practise. Follow the link, then click on Maths Games. ictgames.com/
https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html Perfect for space fans. Learn all about the universe we live in by viewing these online videos.
Look at nature all around the world with Explore
WWF Together is another app that has proven really popular with children kept at home during school closures. Using the app children are able to explore the lives of endangered species. They can also take a selfie with an animal!
Watch science experiments with Colorado University
Online physics demonstrations for students of all ages
The Royal Society have free resources for budding scientists
World Wildlife Fund - Home learning videos:
Activities to support last Saturday's Earth Hour, other global events and for learning about animals, the environment and protecting the planet:
Konnie Hug STEM videos:
European Space Agengy:
If you search for Tim Peake on the ESA's website you get his biography and missions too!
Astronaut Tim Peake's website - packed with information and photos:
National Space Centre - An Astronaut's Thoughts on Confinement:
How the first Briton in Space, Helen Sharman, coped with isolation and being away from her family. More space information available on this website too:
Royal Observatory - Greenwich:
DK Find Out - Space:
Space has an entirely separate section on DK's Find Out website to Science as there is so much to find out about life in space, the stars, planets, Moon landings and more:
DK Find Out - Science:
From amazing inventions to materials and even sound, DK Find Out covers all Primary Topics with diagrams, videos, quizzes and more:
World Wildlife Fund:
Lots to find out about animals, habitats and conservation.
Find out about British wildlife, different habitats, conservation and threats to the environment, as well as how to spot different trees and plants. They also have a free app 'British Trees' which helps you work out which tree is which in your garden or in a safe space to do so.
The UK's largest woodland conservation charity. We want to see a UK rich in native woods and trees. For people. For wildlife. We can't achieve our vision without you.
Mongabay - Rainforest facts & other wildlife/conservation links. Lots of reading material for Primary ('Elementary' - it's American!) ages.
BBC Terrific Scientific:
BBC - Understanding Plants:
BBC - KS1 Science:
BBC - KS2 Science:
BBC Bitesize Science:
National Geographic - Kids:
Lots to explore on London Zoo's website even though the zoo itself is closed at the moment - the 'Animals' tab has plenty to keep you occupied and there are links to Whipsnade Zoo, Science and Conservation too.
ZSL London Zoo. Buy tickets, view visitor information, find out what's on and meet the animals at one of the oldest and best loved zoos in England.
San Diego Zoo - Virtual Tour:
Watch and learn with live cams and videos of your favourite animals! The website also has plenty of information on animals, plus stories, activities, games and a 'save animals' section if you follow the tabs at the top of the page.
Google - Bring animals into your home in 3D:
Want a tiger in your bedroom? How about a penguin? Many animals can be brought to life on an iPad or other tablet, etc just by googling the animal. Scroll down to 'View in 3D' (there will be an icon of a cube) to meet a life-sized animal close up. Not all animals have a 3D view yet. Device has to have a rear camera for the option to be accessible.
Cartoon lessons on YouTube with Pete McKee
A website specifically for Early Years.
BBC Bitesize KS1 and KS2
There are many clips to show you how to create artwork. The content is split into categories.
Disciplines e.g. drawing, painting, collage.
Visual and tactile elements e.g. colour, line, pattern.
Media and materials e.g. paper, canvas, textile.
Inspiration and investigation e.g. art history, craft makers
Provides a wide range of art and craft activities.
Provides a wide range of free art and craft activities with step by step guides. You do have to pay a membership to access printable sheets and tutorials.
artprojects for kids.org
This is a daily blog that offers step by step guides for how to draw various things! You can access a gallery to give you some more ideas.
This s a Youtube channel that is perfect for children wanting to do art projects independently, while the blog is aimed at parents instructing their own children.
The Artful Parent
This features a blog and Youtube channel. It offers a huge range of arts and crafts for you to try!
Head to History Bombs for free resources- including videos, activities and quizzes
If you would like to further your learning of History during this time, here are a list of websites that you may find useful.
If you were inspired by a historical period that you have been taught, you may want to read more about it and now is your opportunity to do so. Similarly, if you would like to start reading about the next History topic your will be covering have a look at the links below:
Primary homework help primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/
BBC History - bbc.co.uk/teach/ks2-history/zfbwhbk
BBC Bitesize - bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zcw76sg
Greek Myths - greece.mrdonn.org/myths.html
Purple Mash – History tab
British Museum - britishmuseum.org/learn/schools/ages-7-11
For Years 5 and 6, the Historical Association has a competition that you may like to enter. Check out the link below and have a go!
History websites for Key Stage 1
Look at the history and the topics tab.
Activities for teaching history using Minecraft. Activities available for key stage 1 and 2.
National Geographic Kids. Suitable for key stages 1 and 2. History resources and games.
BBC Bitesize link to Key Stage 1 history resources.
History resources and games for primary school children.
COMPETITION - CLOSING DATE FRIDAY 24th APRIL
By spending more time at home, you may have had to do some very boring, time-consuming or mundane jobs. You may have wished that there were some things that you could do at home if you had the right equipment. Can you reinvent an everyday object, making it even better than before? Come up with a 'Cracking idea' that either helps to overcome these problems or reduces their limitations, draw it and explain how it works (Children aged 4-11 years old only).
There are separate key stage entries but the same form template. Complete your idea and submit it online (you will have to register with the website first - see attached document for what uploading will look like and options for uploading). Please note that there is the option for a Youtube tutorial to support your idea but this is not compulsory. If you do choose to permit your child to do so then please ensure you adhere to the school policy and guidance around online safety. If in doubt, leave the Youtube video box empty - your written idea and annotations will be more than enough.
Prizes for the competition include the chance for your design to be featured in the next Wallace and Gromit production, a chance for Aardman to visit you and your friends to teach you how to animate and Aardman goody bags. We would love to see them too so feel free to share your competition ideas on our Twitter feed or with your class teacher on Class Dojo portfolios!
You only have until Friday - GET CRACKING!
Design and Technology (including Cooking and Nutrition)
EYFS and Key Stage One
Find out how things work by watching the Cbeebies show 'Do you know?'
Watch the show 'Junk Rescue' to give you ideas on how to make something useful out of everyday objects we usually throw away.
Mister maker has ideas to make useful things such as pencil holders and bongo drums.
BBC bitesize has some clips and information about designing and making as well food.
Cbeebies 'Make and colour' page has lots of amazing ideas for designing and making.
Explore stability to design and make an improved version of Baby Bear’s chair
Key Stage Two
For a combination of STEM ideas to explore with siblings or with a parent
For a range of videos and games explaining the skills and areas involved in design and technology
Watch the show 'Junk Rescue' on BBC iPlayer for ideas on how to make something useful out of everyday objects we usually throw away.
Learn the features of castles, including the 3D shapes included in their build and create one using nets
For a range of lesson plans and inspiring activities to explore creativity and to practice designing and evaluating
Cooking and Nutrition: Appropriate for Key Stage 1 and 2.
Learn about international foods and find out recipes from the Cbeebies show 'My world kitchen'.
There are lots of recipes suitable for children on the website 'BBC good food'.
There are lots of nutritious and easy to prepare recipes on the 'Change 4 life' website.
Exploring a healthy balanced diet, including healthy food options and how to create them
For music lovers, there is a 21-day free trial to learn an instrument with Prodigies Music
Singing and Dancing at Home
Dear parents and carers,
We recommend that children have the time to listen to and sing songs at home at least once a day and try doing one music activity at least once a week. You may also want to play classical music during your child’s learning time as it has been proven to improve listening and concentration. It has been said that singing can help with wellbeing and mindfulness, so sing and dance if the children have sat still for a while!
Here are some online learning resources that we recommend using as part of your home learning:-
Note: Always supervise children when they use the internet and make sure appropriate safety filters are in place before online use.
Ollie Turner - Body Beat Body Percussion
Stomp-style body percussion, Ollie is a former member form the hit show STOMP and is giving 20 minute lessons every day.
Daily Lessons at 11am
Dots and Squiggles – Singing lessons
Daily online sing song lessons and bed time songs. During the week there are also singing games. Check the website for the weekly timetable as times may change.
Daily online Singing Assembly at 2:30
Daily bed time sing song at 7:30
Bring the noise – 5 online games for children to listen to, feel the pulse, and take away/add layers to the song.
Cbeebies Radio – Dance along to classic Nursery Rhymes with a modern twist.
All Around This World – An opportunity to listen to music from around the world that introduces children and families to almost 300 songs that originate from over 100 countries!
Making instruments - Musical instruments don’t have to be expensive. They can be made from everyday objects and can even be made by the children independently! Here’s link showing you how to make a cereal box guitar, rain shaker, egg maracas and a toilet roll Kazoo
Classical Music - Music not only has the power to stimulate the mind, it can help children to think more creatively. This link can be part of introducing your child to the work of many classical composers. You may also wish to explore the website and try some of the different games.
OR you can listen to the radio, look up songs to enjoy on the internet or put on a favourite CD or album.
We hope you have a good listen, sing-along or boogie to support learning, creativity and musical knowledge!
Get Creative – Making Music Online
Students can enjoy exploring, creating and manipulating music.
Sphinx Kids contains interactive games and videos.
Recorder skills test. Especially for Miss Skinner’s recorder club – test your knowledge.
A fun imaginative way to design towns that come alive with music when cars drive along the streets!
A virtual drumkit (Headphones a must!)
This cool retro-look tool simplifies the process of online music-making by connecting different notes and musical sounds to the different keys of the computer keyboard so children can start composing just by tapping away with their fingers! Unfortunately it requires the latest version of Flash so I haven’t been able to try it out.
Incredibox is a music app that lets you create your own music with the help of a merry crew of beatboxers. Choose your musical style and start to lay down, record and share your mix.
Learn to play piano online using your computer keyboard. Sign in to save progress.
A simple music maker.
iPhones and tablets also have some great music making apps such as:
GarageBand – incredibly powerful set of music making tools which can produce professional results.
Beat wave – beat generator
Loopesque – a very child friendly tool for learning rhythm and building tunes
Echo String Lite – A virtual harp like instrument
Musyc – a different way to create music by drawing shapes
And more are being added every day.
(always check for charges and in app purchases!)
Ukulele Club, keep on practising! There are loads of tutorials on You Tube for almost any song you can think of. The Ukulele Teacher is a good place to start even though he’s an even worse singer than me!
Daily coding lessons on Youtube
Norfolk Virtual School Games
Some active fun for all the family! Click on the YouTube link above to see the first weekly challenge, there are different levels ofdifficulty for all the family to try.
Click on the website link above to find a range of activities to keep active at home around the following themes:
‘Make it Monday’- Make something to use (target, goal, new game), etc or be creative with a physical activity piece of art!
‘Try it Tuesday’ – Give something new a try, learn a new skill
‘Well-being Wednesday’ – Try some yoga, stretches and mindfulness ideas
‘Timetable Thursday’ – Active Maths and Active English activities
‘Freestyle Friday’ – Anything goes, be creative, be wild, be physical
English National Ballet provide live ballet lessons via Youtube
The FitNut has free PE resources for nursery and primary children
Dear parents and carers,
It is recommended that children are active for at least 60 minutes every day. There are so many physical, emotional and mental health benefits to being active, especially in such testing times. The School Sports’ Partnership have put together a list of suggestions that your child can do at home to stay active.
Real PE at home – online learning resources
Real PE is the learning platform that we use to teach PE at school. Real PE at home includes an online programme which supports families to be active, play and learn together. It includes a programme specifically for children in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 with over 250 activities and challenges and 1000s of hours of fun and activity.
Here are the details to access real PE at home:
The website address is: home.jasmineactive.com
Infant login details
Parent email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior login details
Parent email: email@example.com
Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 9:30, live workouts on his YouTube channel (the body coach TV).
There are lots of interactive videos which are free, and always will be, for you to use with your children aged 4- to 11-years old.
Premier League Primary Stars have a wide collection of free, curriculum-linked activities to educate and entertain children at home. You can find lots of ideas for helping your children get active, as well as fun videos, games and worksheets for Maths, English and Health and Wellbeing.
The NHS & Change 4 Life have a host of fun 10 Minute Shake Up games as well as information about active hobbies and sports… everything you need to get your family moving.
The Super Movers campaign is helping to get young people moving while they learn. It helps to develop confidence, teamwork and leadership skills so they feel inspired.
Cosmic Yoga is widely used in Schools & is Making yoga and mindfulness fun!
The Youth Sports Trust have uploaded a range of PE activities that can be done individually or in pairs/small groups with a focus on the development of physical competence & the importance of personal skills to support social, emotional and mental wellbeing.
They have a range of activities for you to try and you can download any of them from the link below
Every single day, Healthy Futures TV will be uploading new content to their YouTube channel to keep children active and healthy during the school closures.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC080YLDsIDdHBgYDYenP3Zg/featured The SSP will update this page (https://www.wndssp.co.uk/content/keeping-active-at-home) with any new things they find, and their social media channels (@WNDSSP) are the best place to keep up to date on all things active. We hope that the ideas help support you and your family to stay fit and healthy in the coming months.
All year groups receive at least one PATHS (Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies) lesson in addition to our other PSHE & RSE work each week. During these lessons we discuss a range of feelings, how to recognise whether a feeling is comfortable/uncomfortable, and how to manage the feelings that we might be having without losing control. During this period of home learning and isolation, many children along with many of us adults will be experiencing a whole range of feelings and emotions. Children may need a little support to understand how and why they are feeling a certain way. Please ensure you take time to listen to your children and reassure them that ‘All feelings are ok’ – a phrase that is very important within our PATHS lessons. During our PATHS lessons we spend a lot of time talking, listening and relating our own experiences to that of others.
If your child finds it hard to talk to you directly, they could try using “Worry Dolls”. The idea being that they share their concerns with the doll and this action relieves them of the “burden”. If they choose to write these down and give them to the doll, it will help you to monitor what your child is thinking.
Maybe the children could make their own worry dolls from old pegs, fabric or wool?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd-dDvsHl60 – ‘Silly Billy’ by Anthony Browne. This book is about a little boy who makes worry dolls to help with his feelings.
There are lots of great resources on the internet to support children with understanding their emotions. We have listed a few below that we hope you may find helpful.
https://www.twinkl.co.uk – Search for EYFS KS1 &KS2 resources under ‘PSHE Feelings or emotions. Additional resources under mindfulness, anxiety and wellbeing.
https://youngminds.org.uk/ - Information on mental health
https://www.toddparr.com/landing-page/todd-parr-todd-tv/ - Todd TV – The Worry Book & The Kindness Book
EYFS & Yr1
Paddy Venner is a life coach who works with us. The children love to see him. He has put some resources together to support the children at home.
A link to a video from Paddy giving encouragement and ideas for what to do during lockdown:
A link to a video from Paddy for parents, suggesting ways to deal with cabin fever and feelings of isolation:
Includes a section on RE and prayer resources with links.
Resources and links for Key Stage 1 and 2 covering different religions and world views.
Register for free. Covers all school ages. Search for Charlie and Blue to see them find out about different religions.
Lots of film clips about religions and world views.
“Help for parents” page to learn about Humanism as a world view.
Home learning from The Education Department at Norwich cathedral with links to their YouTube films.
Ely Cathedral have a Facebook group called Ely Cathedral Learning Fun for Families. Mondays at 10.30am – Bible stories for ages 2-6 yrs. Wednesdays at 10.30am History of the cathedral films for ages 7-12. Fridays 10.30am is The Wicket Chronicles about life at the monastery in the fens for ages 7-12.
Resources to support children with SEN
We hope that you are as well as possible, and that you have been able to get started with the information sent to you to help with home learning. This is a difficult time for families, and we wish to support you as much as possible with educating your children at this time.
Children with additional needs may need extra help and support to understand what is happening and so we have prepared the following advice and links to help support them:
- Have a routine so that the children know what is happening when. Make sure that the routine you agree with your child is fair and achievable, and put it on display where they can see it.
- Some children benefit from having a script of 'now we're doing xxx (e.g. maths)..... then we will do xxx (e.g. cooking).' Twinkl have some that you can download for free and the link is below.
- Don't worry if they are finding the learning tricky. Stop, then break the activity down into smaller steps, modelling each part as you work together. If it's still too hard for them, try the easier activity if there is one or contact us if you need advice.
- Remember to praise your child when they achieve something as this is very important and helps them to build confidence in their ability.
- Little and often - A little bit of learning in small chunks throughout the day is much better than trying to concentrate on an activity for long periods of time. If they are tired, stop and have a break. You can always come back to it another time. Learning should be challenging but enjoyable.
In addition to this, we have prepared the following links for useful websites and resources - please copy and paste the link into your internet browser if you have difficulty accessing them.
We hope they are helpful!
Ideas to support a routine at home (optional!):
|9am||Fitness sessions from Joe Wicks, The Body Coach||https://www.thebodycoach.com/
|10 am||Play sessions from Play Hooray||https://playhooray.co.uk/
|10:30 am||Singing and stories with Makaton signing from Singing Hands||https://singinghands.co.uk/
|11 am||Fine motor skills sessions from Griffin Occupational Therapy||https://www.griffinot.com/
|11:30 am||Dance sessions from Oti Mabuse||https://www.youtube.com/user/mosetsanagape
|1:30 pm||Dance sessions from DDMIX||https://diversedancemix.com/
|2 pm||[Mondays and Thursdays]
Sensory making sessions from Sensory Spectacle
[Tuesdays and Thursdays]
Massage stories from the Story Massage Programme
[Tuesdays and Saturdays]
Singing sessions from Soundabout
Now and Next script board:
Speech Language and Communication Needs Resources for parents and carers:
Social Stories which help to explain what is happening:
Support with changes in routine:
Phonics resources for pupils with SEN:
Speech Sound Resources to supplement those given by qualified speech and language therapists:
Auditory memory games:
Handwriting and Fine Motor Control:
Mental Health support for children and young people:
Coronavirus and your well being:
If you need any further links, the following website has some great ideas and suggestions that may help:
Espresso - High quality resources across EYFS, KS1 and KS2 for all subjects, including games, news bites and informative videos.
Log in at: www.discoveryeducation.co.uk
Free access is available, we will email the details to you.
Purple Mash – Many tasks will be set with Purple Mash https://www.purplemash.com/sch/toftwood-jun
Twinkl are offering free access to their website and learning packs
Classroom Secrets: https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/
Classroom Secrets are offering free learning packs, there is a pack for each year group, and each pack contains:
- Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling
Schools all over the country are looking at putting learning on line. We will put links here to any schools or MATS that have learning packs so you can find learning suitable for your child.
Purford Green School - various tasks across the curriculum.
Robin Hood MAT – Robin Hood Multi-Academy Trust have developed a list of weekly projects for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.
The following links have been shared by others. You may find them useful
www.thebestideasforkids.com- 100 things to do indoors – click on certain activities to get instructions
www.eparenting.co.uk – 100 screen free things to do on a rainy day – click on certain activities to get instructions
www.booktrust.org.uk – See ‘Have Some Fun’ – free online books and activities
www.lovemybooks.co.uk – lots of ideas and books for children up to 7 years old
www.Imoves.com – Fun activities for teachers and parents to keep children happy, healthy and focused
www.learningandexploringthroughplay.com- Offers freebies to support fun and learning over the coming weeks and has links to some great learning websites
www.literacytrust.org.uk – Family Zone – videos and activities
www.readingagency.org.uk/resources - Look under ‘Audiences- parents ‘
www.children’s.poetryarchive.org- listen to poems being read aloud
www.clpe.org.uk/library-and-resources- excellent free literacy resources
www.plazoom.com – free resources for English and maths. At one time had to pay but now are free eg Y5 and 6 Home Learning Pack
https://wakelet.com/wake/4e0999b4-e31b-425e-8f4a-6e5e81f1723d- created by Liverpool Learning Partnership. 57 Creative book based activities that families can use at home. It includes online storytime, creative writing opportunities and ‘draw a longs’ from illustrators.
https://padlet.com/seanjones1/q7yfgbq970v2- good links to lots of resources and activities – very good but not all have been quality assured – variety of subjects
www.twinkl.co.uk – lots of resources for indoor play, wet day, rainy days
www.pinterest 659 Best Creative Learning Activities
Youtube Kids’ poems and stories with Michael Rosen – 48 hours of children’s poems and stories on Michael Rosen’s Youtube channel
Youtube – Mister Maker for creative ideas , Art Attack for creative ideas, Science for Kids ( Operation Ouch)
Youtube – Steve Lenton – illustrator /writer of children ‘s books eg Shifty McGifty has a range of great draw along videos of characters from his books
Museums, Galleries, Theatres and other places of interest
The British Museum has made their online collections free to the public
Free virtual tours of the Natural History Museum
A 360-degree virtual tour online of The Tate Gallery
View the latest exhibitions at The National Gallery virtual tours
Watch The Wind in the Willows stage production online
The Vatican has opened up its digital tours so the Sistine Chapel can be viewed
Perfect for space fans. Learn all about the universe we live in by viewing these online videos
The National Theatre have released new digital resource with recordings of world-class theatre productions and learning materials, is now available to teachers and pupils to access at home for free during the school closure period. The 24 productions include Macbeth, Frankenstein, Jane Eyre, Treasure Island and many more!
Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition at the British Library is available through Google Arts and Culture.