Home Learning

It’s now official, schools are now closed to the majority of pupils.

We aim to provide a list of useful websites and activities you can access to support your children’s learning during this time. These are being updated frequently so please keep checking.

The aim of ‘A Germ’s Journey’ project is to raise awareness of health hygiene. Through fun and interactive education we are teaching young children the importance of hand-washing for their own health and well-being. Our mission is to make ‘A Germ’s Journey’ educational resources freely available at-the-point-of-access to children, educators and healthcare workers around the world. Click here for further details.

What are some fun indoor activities for children?

If you are looking for some fun indoor activities for children, look no further than this amazing resource! This handy resource lists 100 fun indoor activities that are suitable for children and adults to try together.
These indoor activities can be completed using things often found around the home, such as pencils, paper, teddy bears, toys, coins and items of food. 

You don’t even need a printer for these activities – look at the list on a screen and take your pick of a fun activity to try. You could pick a number at random from one to 100 – what activity matches that number? 

How to access free Collins Big Cat ebooks

Access 330+ free KS1 ebooks from our primary reading programme. Go to Collins Connect and click on the Teacher portal and enter: 

Usernameparents@harpercollins.co.uk

PasswordParents20! and click Login. 

*Please be aware that when you are using parent access to Collins Big Cat ebooks, you cannot use My Classes – any classes that are set up will disappear.*

The LearnEnglish Kids team want to support parents at this challenging time. Many parents around the world are spending a lot of time at home with their young children. If you’re in this situation, our website can help you support your child’s English learning at home.

Here are some ideas for short activities that your children can do by themselves and/or with limited guidance. Don’t worry if you don’t speak English – you can give your child the instructions in your own language, and at the end of the activity they can also tell you about it in your own language. The most important thing is that while they are doing the activity, they are using English. Click here for further details.

Drawing Competition

John Lewis and Waitrose have launched a drawing competition in support of the NHS. Please see the details below and join in if you can:

We’re launching a competition to find a superhero teddy bear, and we need your help designing it.

The winning teddy will be sold in John Lewis and Waitrose shops later this year, with 100% of the profits going to the NHS In honour of our incredible carers at the NHS, we need designs for superhero-themed bears – don’t feel like you have to stick to the traditional brown bear – we want to see all kinds of super teddies. Try and incorporate unique elements through colours, patterns, capes, masks – whatever feels exciting for you, but please avoid using any recognisable icons in your designs, such as the ‘NHS’ lettering or Superman logos.

If you need a bit of help getting started, then please download our teddy bear drawing template here: https://jland.partners/SuperBearTemplate

Share your superhero teddy bear design with us by 5pm on 8 May 2020. An adult over the age of 18 should submit a photo of your design in one of the following two ways: Share your designs by email to designyoursuperbear@johnlewis.co.uk or posted through a public Instagram or Twitter account with the hashtag #DesignYourSuperBear

Here are some video ideas:

Oak National Academy is a new collection of high-quality lessons and online resources. Backed by the Government, it has been created in response to the coronavirus lockdown. If you’re a parent or a pupil, before you start, please talk to your teacher in your school about how best to use these resources and read our information for parents and pupils.

Welcome to the online classroom. Here you can access all of our lessons. Click here for further details.

Eden at home

The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future. Create Eden wherever you are with our free resources and ideas for everyone at home. Click here for further details.

To support those looking for ways to educate and entertain children aged 5-11 and keep them active, we are making school curriculum-linked resources available for home learning, with no registration. Click here for further details.

Learning at Home

Digital skills are based on key thinking skills like being able to spot a problem or figure out why something happens. These resources touch on elements of the computing curriculum and highlight the skills children need to become digital citizens. Children begin to develop these skills very early and they will become increasingly important in a world where we use digital more and more every day. We are empowering you to bring these skills to life at home with a range of information and activities for children aged 4–7. Click here for further details.

Dinosaurs and birds
Aimed at children aged 4-7, this pick-and-mix collection of cross-curricular activities and facts will enrich Science, Maths, English, DT, Music, Drama and PE lessons. Click here for further details.

Kids should aim for 60 minutes of activity each day. We know that may feel difficult right now, but we have loads of Disney inspired indoor games and 10 Minute Shake Up activities to help them stay active while everyone’s at home. Click here for further details.

ESOL online and language support: online ESOL training is available. It is aimed at children but adults working with their children on own their own have found this a great resource.
Anyone interested should email: hello@littlebridge.com.
Please use the reference ‘English Language Support’ and ‘Home Office’
to help them with an efficient triage. Littlebridge will then set up a free account and offer free online training, if requested.

Please remember it is important to supervise your children whilst they are accessing the internet. For more information please visit – https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

It’s a strange time to be a school pupil right now but wherever you’re doing your lessons, BBC Bitesize is here for you – more than ever.

From 20 April, you’ll be able to access regular daily lessons in English and Maths, as well as other core subjects, in an expanded version of our website and also on special programmes broadcast on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button. Click here for further details.

Why not take some time to create a ‘Time Capsule‘?

Use this one as a guide or if you have access to a printer, print it off.

Chapel End Story Time

Click here to listen to stories read by members of the team.

Maths at Home

Click here for episodes.

This article for teachers, parents and carers offers guidance on how learners can get the most out of the activities in our Maths at Home features. To read the article click here.

Board games

Playing board games can be a fun way for kids to build important skills, from maths skills to critical-thinking skills. Take a look here for some ideas.

Mental health and learning

You might be worried about coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include being asked to stay at home or avoid other people.

This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your well-being.

Click on our link for further information.

Pacey – https://www.pacey.org.uk/working-in-childcare/spotlight-on/coronavirus/

During these difficult times, we need more than ever to find ways to connect with each other and inspire hope for the future.

We are all adjusting to an ever-evolving situation. The natural world is a constant source of learning, wonder, and inspiration, and tuning into nature is proven to help us deal with stressful situations and find inner calm. For many of us, that’s just what we need right now!

https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/learn-love-nature?dm_i=38LF%2C10QBQ%2C79HPKX%2C3VLVP%2C1#learning

Twinkl – https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents or
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub h

Chatter Pack – Home learning

Click below for links to specific year groups: