Dear parents and carers,
Some of you may like further guidance with learning at home. Teachers will be keeping their year group pages updated with suggested learning activities. You can find these at the links below:
We are very excited to be launching Google Classroom. This will be an opportunity for teachers to set daily work which the children can send back to their teachers. They can also direct message their teachers and message their classmates in a secure arena. Years 2-6 will be setting daily activities using this platform from now on (excluding the Easter Holidays) This is the preferred way of accessing home learning, but there will be activities still on the website should you be unable to access it.
Some might find it helpful to agree on a daily timetable as a family. Here is a suggestion…
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!
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.
Grab a pen and some paper or you could type on a computer.
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.
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.
A healthy snack, drink and some play time.
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?
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?
German (Y3-6 only) – See what you can find at the BBC webpage for German.
History – 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 then research the theme of the episode. Or visit a history museum website and explore.
Create a poster or fact file with all the info you can find.
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?
Be proud of yourself and each other for what you achieved today and keep showing our school values at home.