During the enforced closure, the school provided the following Home Learning pack for each year group. Each age appropriate pack contains a selection of reading, writing, maths, science and other home learning activities.
We suggest that children may complete around two hours of work each day although this will be entirely at parents discretion. Whilst this may not match the range or amount of work carried out in school, it will allow children to practice previously learnt skills.
Unfortunately, we have not been able to provide individually differentiated work as we would do in school. However, should your child struggle with any aspect of the work set, parents can inform us that children have had a good go.
Your child can pick a topic that is of interest to them. It might be linked to a topic they have recently studied at school or it could be anything else they choose. They could present this in the following ways:
- Video blog
- Piece of art work
- Information book
- Powerpoint presentation
… be as creative as you like.
Reading at Home
Book Trust: a site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, including fiction and non-fiction. Family activities are included in the ‘Home Time’ section: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/bookfinder/
Love Reading 4 Kids: a site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, covering fiction and non-fiction: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/
Poetry by Heart: a wide selection of poetry covering different topics: https://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/
Follow the link below to listen to these classic children’s stories – audio book and PDF links:
- Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
- The Railway Children by E Nesbit
- The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
- Peter Pan by JM Barrie
- Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Listen to David Walliams - Elevenses, David is reading from one of his books each day:
Home Learning Resources
We have compiled a list of useful resources which will help guide any home learning.
- Authorfy: access to masterclasses on texts from a range of authors, including videos from the authors and activities linked to novels: https://authorfy.com
- English Mastery: downloadable resource books providing 8 weeks of activities: https://www.englishmastery.org/
- Literacy Shed: downloadable resource packs with tasks based on video clips on YouTube: https://www.literacyshedplus.com/en-gb/browse/free-resources/key-stage-2-activity-packs
- Pobble 365: a new image is published each day as a basis for creative writing. Story starters, questions and drawing ideas are provided: https://www.pobble365.com/
- The Training Space - daily English activities by video for pupils to complete at home: https://mailchi.mp/thetrainingspace.co.uk/webinar-subscription -
- Literacy Shed - lessons and resources as well as a range of reading and comprehension resources https://www.literacyshed.com/
- Sir Linkalot - a fun online spelling app: https://www.sirlinkalot.org/
- http://www.pobble365.com/ - a daily picture with a range of English activities
- Vocabulary Ninja – some short reading comprehension activities: https://www.vocabularyninja.co.uk/comprehension-ninja.html
- Collins eBooks – over 330+ Big Cat books: https://collins.co.uk/pages/big-cat-ebooks
- Mathematics Mastery: downloadable guidance and resource packs for parents andpupils: https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/free-resources
- Nrich :a range of activities. Some are interactive and some are to be completed offline. Activities are categorised by age range: https://nrich.maths.org/
- White Rose – The White Rose scheme of learning underpins our teaching of maths at school. The White Rose Maths Team has prepared a series of five brand new maths lessons for each year group from Years 1-6. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully. We suggest building a 20-30 minute White Rose session into your daily routine. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/
- ISee Primary Maths Lessons - Every weekday at 9am, two additional Maths lessons will be posted online via this website http://www.iseemaths.com/home-lessons/, one aimed at children in Y3&4 and another for Y5&6. Each video will help children to build the skills needed for the main task of the lesson. Children will then complete the main task – a challenge or short series of questions – working individually or with adult support. These tasks can also be downloaded by clicking the relevant links. Answers will be provided! Underneath each video is a short description of the key calculation skills for each lesson. These lessons mirror the Moulton approach to mathematics, with a focus on using visual representations and practical resources to develop children's understanding. For children in Years 1 and 2, a series of Maths games to play at home will also be shared. The games will help children to develop fluency with numbers and improve their calculation skills. This video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU9pxlPscPU&feature=youtu.be explains the approach and demonstrates how you can navigate the website.
- The Maths Factor –matched to the national curriculum and works through daily video sessions, with a combination of games, rewards and printable work sheets: https://www.themathsfactor.com/?awc=5757_1585238958_fa0a9759191519085938ba93c51b685d&utm_source=Affiliate&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=PRI_MAT_27JAN2014_TMF_General&source=aw
- Time Tables Rockstars - Children use individual login details: https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school
- Mini Maths Online: (Yr 3, 4, 5, 6) Home learning packs ready to download https://myminimaths.co.uk/-
- The Maths Shed - a wide variety of maths topics and tasks to complete: http://www.mathematicshed.com/
21 activities to support your child’s wellbeing whilst they are learning at home!
Staying Safe Online
At this time many children will be using technology more frequently to stay connected and to help them learn. Northampton County Council have produced some advice sheets and online safety agreements which may be helpful for parents. There is more information available at: http://www.northamptonshirescb.org.uk/about-northamptonshire-safeguarding-children-partnership/news/covid-19-online-safety-advice-parents/
- - Online-Safety-Agreements-2020 -/- Parents-Online-safety-gaming-and-social-media -/- TikTok-Online-Safety
For any further support or information feel free to contact the online team at NCC at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other useful resources:
- Fortnightly downloadable packs on how to stay safe online at home available at: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/
- #ThisIsPE: videos delivered by teachers focusing on the PE curriculum which are accessible on YouTube.: https://www.afpe.org.uk/physical-education/thisispe-supporting-parents-to-teach-pe-at-home/
- Disney 10 Minute Shakeups:10-minute videos based on Disney films that count towards a child’s 60 active minutes per day: https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups
- Go Noodle - short videos to keep children active at home https://www.gonoodle.com/good-energy-at-home-kids-games-and-videos/
- Joe Wicks Body Coach is going to be holding a daily P.E. session at 9am, a great chance for children to burn off some energy! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ
- Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse is hosting free online dance classes for children, streaming on her Youtube channel daily at 11:30am - https://youtu.be/Ay0wKqQL95g
- Step by Step Dance School - teach virtual classes in various styles including salsa, bachata,waltz and disco dance, for the whole family! Each evening at 6pm: https://www.facebook.com/StepByStepDanceOnline/
- Cosmic Kids Yoga – short mindfulness, relaxation and yoga sessions for children: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
General – useful links to guide learning…
- STEM Leaning (Home Learning): science resources and learning tasks: https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-science
- Hamilton Trust (home learning section): A week’s worth of resources is provided for each year group: https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/
- Classroom Secrets: downloadable resource packs which cover a range of subjects, including maths, reading and writing.: https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/
- Twinkl: Free access to range of online materials. Code: UKTWINKLHELPS: twinkl.co.uk/offer
- Khan Academy - maths and computing for all ages: https://www.khanacademy.org
- BBC Learning - range of learning activities for all ages: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary
- Blockly – learn computer programming skills: https://blockly.games
- Scratch - creative computer programming: https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/
- Duolingo - learn languages for free: https://www.duolingo.com
- DK Find Out! - fun facts, quizzes, games, and activities on a wide variety of fascinating non-fiction topics: https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/
- NASA resource - where real astronauts read children’s stories from space! https://storytimefromspace.com/a-moon-of-my-own-2/
- Scholastic: - Day-by-day cross-curricular projects based around exciting stories or videos. Each mini-lesson includes a story, a video, and an activity: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
- http://www.crickweb.co.uk/- online educational resources and games
- https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds - BBC have also announced that they will be running a daily educational show for key stages and year groups on iPlayer and daily podcasts on BBC Sounds
Non-screen activities you can do at home.
For children in EYFS, please continue to record any learning experiences on your Tapestry account as normal.
During this time, you may also enjoy other family activities such as card and board games, puzzles, crosswords and word searches which also have great value for children’s general development and will help keep them occupied and parents sane.
All work can be sent into school when it reopens and teachers will review this with the children.
Software you may need :
Adobe Reader (Free document reader ) get.adobe.com
Microsoft Powerpoint viewer ( Only for Windows 10) : Click here to download from MS Store
Microsoft Office compatible free software (can also be used to open Powerpoint files): LibreOffice