Dear Parents and Carers,
In the event of full or partial closure, please find ideas and websites below which should help you with continuing the children’s learning. You can also download all of the information on this page as a PDF document here.
- On the website and in homework books, children can complete any of the Homework they wish to. We will provide a new sheet when we return to school.
- Ask your child to complete a project of their choice – something which they really want to find out about. They can present it in any way they like and we will give them the opportunity to teach us all about it on return to school.
- Complete Purplemash ‘2 do’s’ which your teachers will create for you.
- Challenge each other with Times tables Rockstars
- Learn the year group spellings.
- Complete a random act of kindness each day. Record them in your own way and present to the class on return.
- Learn to bake something.
- Play board games together.
- Create your own board game with instructions.
- Go Noodle
- Joe Wicks 5 minute fitness videos
For our EYFS Reception children parents, don’t forget your access to Tapestry!
Educating pupils at home – Resources for Families
The below links are sites that have been set up with links to resources ideas, solutions, plans and support.
The sites can be quite overwhelming, so think carefully about what you are looking for to make it easier to search. You should be cautious about trying something wholly new.
Resources for pupils
1. Learning by Questions offers 60,000 questions, allowing pupils to deepen their knowledge, freeing up what limited time teachers have. https://www.lbq.org/QuestionSets
2. Me Power provides more than 100 practical tactics and tips to improve examination performance. https://families.mepoweracademy.co.uk/
3. KAZ-Type is a typing software that is differentiated in order to be accessible to both mainstream students and those with special educational needs. https://kaz-type.com/
4. Gojimo.com has GCSE quizzes that relate to different specifications and are set up and ready to go.
5. Socrative.com allows teachers to create simple quizzes that students can take quickly.
6. Quizlet.com/live can be used to create keyword flashcards online and give out to students.
7. Another great app for creating timed quizzes is Kahoot.com for added competition for keywords or ideas.
8. Memrise.com is a useful app for all languages and uses videos to help learners.
9. Tableau Public is a great platform to connect to a spreadsheet and create interactive visuals. https://public.tableau.com/s/
10. Looking for visual thinking? Try bubbl.us, to help students better understand, remember and generate new ideas.
11. Revisionbuddies.com can provide short bursts of revision for many GCSE topics and tracks progress too. It even allows the pupils to access past papers and mark schemes.
12. Goconqr.com allows pupils or teachers to create mind maps and flashcards using key terms.
13. Wordflex.com app uses a dictionary with a focus on key terms and a content-rich curriculum.
14. Introduce creativity into your English classes – try Young Writers. https://www.youngwriters.co.uk/
15. Exam season can be stressful for pupils and mindfulness can be a way to combat this and improve grades overall. Keltymentalhealth.ca/breathr helps pupils focus and relax can be a useful tool for achieving top grades.
16. Poll Everywhere is a vital tool to gain feedback; ideal for voting and gathering data online. https://www.polleverywhere.com/
17. Brainpop has a great set of videos, freely available for pupils. https://www.brainpop.com/
18. Choose a video, give it your magic touch and track your students’ comprehension. Try Edupuzzle. https://edpuzzle.com/
19. Make beautiful boards, documents, and webpages that are easy to read and fun to contribute to. Try Padlet. https://padlet.com/
20. Seneca Learning offers many online courses for pupils. https://www.senecalearning.com/
21. There are loads of online resources pupils and parents can use. Safer Internet Day is all-year-round in my opinion. https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2020
22. Young Money supports teachers to develop and deliver high-quality financial education
23. Super Movers is an initiative from the BBC and Premier League and is designed to help primary school teachers inspire children to become more active throughout their school day. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers
24. Unio creates lesson plans, content and provides feedback and evaluation tools. https://uniobyharness.com/
25. Finally, it’s been around for a while and just as good, BBC Bitesize resources and videos. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
A non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators.
• Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.
• BBC Learning http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
• Futurelearn https://www.futurelearn.com
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
• Seneca https://www.senecalearning.com
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
• Openlearn https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
• Blockly https://blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Creative computer programming
• Ted Ed https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos
• National Geographic Kids https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
• Duolingo https://www.duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
• Mystery Science https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons
• The Kids Should See This https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos
• Crash Course https://thecrashcourse.com
You Tube videos on many subjects
• Crash Course Kids https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
As above for a younger audience
• Crest Awards https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home.
• iDEA Awards https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
• Paw Print Badges https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
• Tinkercad https://www.tinkercad.com
All kinds of making.
• Prodigy Maths https://www.prodigygame.com
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
• Cbeebies Radio https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.
• Nature Detectives https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
• British Council https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Resources for English language learning
• Oxford Owl for Home https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Lots of free resources for Primary age
• Big History Project https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
• Geography Games https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
• Blue Peter Badges https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
• The Artful Parent https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/
Good, free art activities
• Red Ted Art https://www.redtedart.com
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
• The Imagination Tree https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
• Toy Theatre https://toytheater.com/
Educational online games
Activities and quizzes
• Twinkl https://www.twinkl.co.uk
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
Resources recommended by schools
Bedrock Vocabulary – evidence-based and fun online learning sites. Bedrock is suitable for all Key Stages. Bedrock is FREE for all schools that are closed! https://www.bedrocklearning.org/
English teachers – Litdrive account. https://litdrive.org.uk -useful resources on there including work booklets that students can complete at home.
Here are a few more resources for EYFS to share with families/schools suitable for EYFS
• Early Education
• Muddy Puddle Teacher
• Nature Detectives