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We have prepared a list of curriculum-based activities that allow your children to practise their skills if they cannot attend school, but would be well enough to complete school work at home.  These activities can be used as a guide, and there is no formal requirement to complete any of them. 

As well as being designed to maintain your children's skills, they are also designed to be completed with family support, and as a way to do something constructive together during this difficult time.

Not being in school is far from ideal when considering your child's learning, however, these tasks will help prevent skills from slipping or for learning already achieved to be lost.

Above all else, we will insist that all absent children READ, are read to or discuss reading.  Reading is the single most powerful tool our children will have to further their learning.  Keeping these skills going will help when we do return to normality.

At the end of the list are some useful website links to help supplement your child's learning.

 

Things your child can do when they are self-isolating or if school is closed in the short-term…

    • Read LOTS.
    • Write book reviews of what has been read.
    • Discuss books with family members.
    • Keep a diary of daily activities, thoughts, worries and feelings.
    • Draw pictures of interesting things – experiment with different materials.
    • Measure how big your house is: area, perimeter, height.
    • Play some games or explore NumberGym (see website links at the bottom)
    • Investigate some of the many fantastic ideas on nRich – a website full of maths problems and puzzles for all ages.
    • Complete some Sudoku puzzles (see website link at the bottom)
    • Practise your x-tables. What’s the best time you can get on TT Rockstars? (see website link at the bottom)
    • Write a story: maybe imagine what it would be like to be in school all on your own…
    • Make a model linked to your class’ current topic.
    • Find some creatures in your garden or in the house. What are they? Draw them, describe them in words etc.
    • Find the oldest thing in your house. What is it?  What is it like?  How come you have it?  Who did it belong to?
    • Ask your family about what they know about your family’s history. Try and make a family tree.
    • Use a camera (or a phone) to take interesting pictures that have no people in.
    • Find an example of interestingly-shaped objects: pentagons, hexagons, dodecagons etc.
    • Find an example of a tessellating pattern (one where the same shapes fit together without gaps).
    • Keep a record of cars passing your house: what is the most common colour car?
    • Write an adventure story based around an interesting thing from your attic or from around the house.
    • Read a dictionary: find your new favourite word that no one else knows.
    • Work out how many minutes you have been alive for.
    • Research a famous person you are inspired by. Write their life story.
    • Write a letter to a famous person you admire and ask for an autograph. (Find their address first!)
    • Come up with a way to measure a tall tree that you can’t get to the top of with a ladder.
    • Bake a cake.
    • Plan and cook a meal (with some help).
    • Put on a play of your favourite story.
    • If you play a musical instrument, practise lots and put on a concert for your family.
    • Draw a picture of what you want to be when you grow up.
    • Write down your hopes and dreams, put it in an envelope and hide it away. Don’t open it for 10 years!
    • Dissect a flower: can you identify all the main parts? Use the internet to help you.
    • Build a shelter in your garden.
    • Make a model from recycling bits and bobs.
    • Learn some simple phrases in another language (use Language Nut – see website links at the bottom).
    • Grow some seeds in different places around the house. Which area worked best? Why?
    • Check the daily news on Espresso (See website links at the bottom)
    • Explore the Espresso website for lots of interesting stuff! (See website links at the bottom)
    • How many star-jumps can you do in one minute?
    • How long can you ‘plank’ for?
    • How many keepy-uppies can you do with a ball?
    • Produce a poster or some writing or do some research about these special days coming up:
      • St Patrick’s Day (March 17th)
      • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21st)
      • World Poetry Day (March 21st)
      • World Down’s Syndrome Day (March 21st)
      • World Water Day (March 22nd)
      • Mothers’ Day (March 22nd)

 

Useful website links

The Literacy Shed: https://www.literacyshed.com/home.html

A FANTASTIC website full of inspiration for writing in all year groups.  We use this website a lot in our normal writing lessons.

PE with Joe Wicks: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvQafyve889qVcPxYEjdSTl

Really fun PE workouts with Joe Wicks: Live every weekday at 9!

 

Espresso:  https://online.espresso.co.uk/ (see separate email for log in details).

Espresso has a range of whole-curriculum activities for everyone.  Lots of activities, coding, clips and daily news, too.

 

NumberGym:  www.numbergym.co.uk (See separate email for log in details).

Dozens of maths exploring activities and games for all key stages.

 

Times-Tables Rockstars:  www.ttrockstars.com (Your child has an individual login)

Times-tables challenges and great practice.

 

Twinkl:  www.twinkl.co.uk/offer (Enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS)

A useful website full of curriculum-related activities.  Usually this is a subscription-based website, but they are offering free access via this link for parents and teachers in the event of school closures for one month.

 

Math games:  www.transum.org/Software/Fun_Maths/Holiday.asp

Lots of fun maths games and activities.

 

Sudoku For Kids: www.dailysudoku.co.uk/sudoku/kids/

Teach your child how to do Sudoku and challenge them! Puzzles range from very, very easy to quite hard.

 

Old SATs papers (Years 2 and 6):  www.satspapers.org.uk

ALL the past SATs papers to download, including guidance and mark schemes.

 

nRICH:  www.nrich.maths.org

A FANTASTIC website full of intriguing and sometimes challenging maths problems, puzzles and questions.  Great for the whole family to discuss!

English Club:  www.englishclub.com/esl-games/grammar/

A selection of grammar games involving word classes.

 

BBC Supermovers:  www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

Video clips from the BBC designed to get kids active and moving!

 

Language Nut:  www.languagenut.com

KS2 language website that all children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 have logins for.

 

Useful apps:

Search the App Store or Play Store for:

Squeebles:  Apps to practise spelling, grammar and times-tables.

Hairy Letters:  A fun app for younger children to practise letter formation and phonics.

 

Both the App Store and Play Store have a wealth of suitable apps for you to download and practise in many areas of the curriculum.

 

Below are some spelling documents that will support your child's writing available to download.