General Home Learning - Week 1
Some of these resources are electronic and interactive - games that can be played and learning that can be done online. Other learning activities here are PDFs that can be printed and completed at home. All of the resources are guaranteed to keep children's learning progressing at this challenging time.
We have grouped these resources under subject headings wherever possible to make it easier for you at home. Please click on the links to access the sites/PDF documents.
A great daily activity would be to write and email or letter or postcard to an elderly relative. This could also be a Skype / Facetime conversation. Anything to help the elderly feel less isolated and more included in our community at this time can only be a good thing.
20 Ideas for parents when schools close We love this one!
Sites we use in school:
EducationCity (for Maths, English and Science)
Abacus Learning (Maths - our school code is poju)
Times Tables Rockstars (Times tables practice)
MyMaths (Maths - children have 2 log ins. A general school username and password and then a portal username and password)
SpellingCity No log in needed. Spelling lists for children to learn and practise with.
For the website listed above, children have their own log in and password information which is in the front of their home/school diaries. These are websites that we choose to subscribe to as a school and that teachers will have accessed to set up learning pathways and lessons for pupils to complete.
The Reading Realm There is free access to a structured reading curriculum here for 4 weeks. There are lots of activities here to boost reading. Texts and questions to be answered and some online interviews with authors to be read. Related PDFs below:
Other reading websites:
Global Digital Library Books to read online and games to play based on the book read. Suitable for younger readers and those who need to develop their confidence.
Teach Your Monster to Read Online and interactive resources to practise reading skills, works on computers and tablet devices, both Apple and Android. Free accounts available if the child's school has needed to close.
Oxford Owl - free ebooks for reading
World Reader - access to books online to keep children reading during the current crisis.
StoryLine Celebrated actors reading award winning books alongside creative illustrations. All videos come with an activity guide that can be completed.
Read Wonder and Learn Favourite authors share reading and writing resources online for learning anywhere. Amongst other books and videos to read and watch, this website includes an online comic to help explain the Corona Virus to children, click here.
Pobble365.com A website of weird and wonderful pictures deliberately chosen to hook children into writing. Some ideas could be:
- Write a description of what you see.
- Imagine a character living in the picture you are looking at.
- Write a story set in the image you choose
When your story has been written, check your punctuation and grammar. Think about:
- Have you used full stops and capital letters correctly?
- Have you used commas after fronted adverbials and to mark your clauses?
- Are you able to use a question mark or exclamation mark, brackets, colon or semi-colon anywhere?
- If you have used speech, have you used it correctly? (Using speech marks and remembering, 'new speaker, new line')
- Have you chosen the most exciting language you can?
- Can you uplevel any of your words for colours? (E.g. green = verdant, red = vermilion, blue = azure, yellow/orange = amber.)
The Write Stuff If schools close, this website promises to deliver daily English activities by video for pupils to complete at home.
BBC Maths Challenge Quiz Join Ralph and Matrix for the maths quiz that's sure to turn you into a mental maths mastermind! Each quiz has three sections - Quick fire, Word problems and Juggling numbers - and is particularly suitable for pupils aged 10/11 years old. The emphasis is on consolidating skills, building confidence...and having fun with numbers!
White Rose Maths We love White Rose Maths! Everything you need here for some maths learning at home for all year groups from YR (if you have children at both the Infant and Junior Schools) all the way up to Year 6!
Hampshire Maths The Hampshire Maths team have put together some resources for children to access online. These include a range of paired and individual activities and interactive games.
Primary Stars Sign up for a free account here and access lots of maths teaching activities and resources.
Times Tables Rockstars All of our children have accounts for this programme - an excellent way to learn and practise times tables. Children's usernames and passwords for their account can be found in the front of their Home/School diaries. With the school closed, this is an ideal time to practise to see if you can beat your teacher (or Miss Windross)!
Emile This is a website for primary maths, SPaG (spelling, grammar and punctuation) with some phonics thrown in. They have promised free access for anyone whose school is affected by the Corona Virus outbreak. Just contact them.
Master the Curriculum Free maths resources are available here if you sign up for a free trial.
The Khan Academy Maths lessons and resources to help learners. You just need to sign up.
ICT Games Lots of maths (& English) related online games to play and to practise key maths skills.
The Blue Planet This is back on television and the lovely people at CBBC have planned learning activities for children to do based on these episodes.
Twig Education The people at Twig are offering free access to videos, activities and worksheets. All you need to do is sign up for free access on their website.
Science Samples Sign up for free resources. Online learning about science topics with online quizzes to accompany learning.
Mystery Science Lots of free science lessons and resources here. No sign up is needed (unless you want extra lessons!) The site is American but well worth a look.
History lessons All sorts of history lessons on all sorts of periods and eras are available here. Want to research more about the Romans? Or learn more about gruesome Egyptian embalming process? Or research an entirely different period of history? This is the site to look at!
TopMarks History Video clips and online learning for all sorts of historical periods.
Key Stage Two History More history clips and learning opportunities.
Discovery Education Some videos here of virtual field trips around the country/world. Also, by clicking on 'free resources' at the top of the page, you can access literacy, maths and coding activities for children to complete.
World Geography Games A completely free gaming platform which is great for learning about geography topics. Interactive activities on continents, capitals, flags, regions, islands, rivers ... the list is endless. There's no subscription or free trial, just go to the website and play!
Duolingo Use the Duolingo website to practise your French (or even learn a new language!). Earn points for correct answers and race against the clock!
The Art Room Challenging and fun art activities for children in the Andover area and beyond
Doodles Academy An American art website full of exciting projects.
Pobble 365 This website is also listed in our Writing links (above). You could combine both art and writing in one activity!
Body Percussion Live A daily live session at 11am from Ollie Tunmer - former cast member of STOMP and qualified music teacher. Click this link for fun, active rhythm-based warm ups.
Band Academy Fancy writing a school song?! This could be your chance! Click on Band Academy to access their free resources and learn how to write a song. You could even perform it to the family!
Sofa Singing Join an online choir from your very own sofa!
Home Olympics Stay fit during the isolation period and get ready for the Home Olympics!
Change 4 Life Loads of activities here to help you stay fit and healthy.
Body Coach Kids Fitness videos with Joe Wicks. There is a new fitness routine from Joe every morning at 9am on his Youtube channel. What a great way to start the day!
Yoga Yoga activities for the whole family!
Go Noodle for families Something everyone could be involved in.
BBC Super Movers Keep active during this funny time when we are restricted from so much!
5-a-day-tv Exercise and fitness videos for everyone! Free access for all parents and pupils during this time of school closures. Log in information in pupils' diaries and in the letter sent home on 20.3.2020.
Sports Activities for Kids Information about sporting activities and clubs for children.
Scratch Children need to sign up for an account (if they don't already have one!) and there are plenty of coding and game building opportunities here.
Kodu A website where children can learn coding language specifically to build games.
Discovery Education Coding We've already mentioned this website in our 'Geography' section, but clicking the link here will take you straight to some free coding lessons and resources.
Hour of Code Does exactly what it says on the tin.
CBBC News for children, as well as other games and activities
Our own well-being during times of crisis, whether personal, local, national or global, is something to take care of. The links below provide some general activities to try if you are in a period of isolation and unable to see anyone.
Explaining the Covid-19 to children This is a lovely book, available in lots of different languages, to explain the Covid-19 virus to children
Twinkl Offer Access to a free premium Twinkl account for all sorts of learning activities covering the entire curriculum. Sign up for an account and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS for the free month's access
123homeschool4me A website with access to free worksheets and activities. It's an American site so you just need to convert the year groups! A rough guide is:
Year 3 - 2nd Grade
Year 4 - 3rd Grade
Year 5 - 4th Grade
Year 6 - 5th Grade
Walkabouts Aimed at children in Year 3, a collection of interactive videos where children get up and move whilst they're learning. It's interactive, fun and, at the moment, free! No need to sign up, just log in with the username 2free and the password walkabouts.
kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk A brand new site to access where everything is completely free! It's packed with activities for children to use independently.
Seneca Suitable for KS2 children right up to A Level. Seneca is a free learning platform which is easy to follow and covers every subject. You don't need to log in, just begin learning straight away.
National Geographic Kids This is a great platform for learning and it's totally free. There are online games, resources and competitions too. It's aimed at primary school pupils and there are history, science, geography, English, maths, art & design and PSHE activities.
And, of course, don't forget the letter we sent out a little while ago full of learning activities. Another copy can be found at the link below: