We have taken the following steps to ensure our pupils can continue to learn during this enforced closure. We are also signposting you to lots of free resources and online content to support you.
Staff are contactable via Dojo and email– please do not feel overwhelmed or pressured to make the children work as much or for as long as they would in school. However, small regular inputs will help keep them busy as well as embed the super learning they have already completed so far this year.
Daily reading is one of the most important things that your child can do. Any type of reading is good for them and the website ‘Audible’ currently has free access:
Spelling practice – a copy of essential spellings has been sent home with pupils
Daily PE lessons for all the family at 9 a.m. with Joe Wicks
Times Table Rock Stars for Year 1 to Year 6 pupils https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth
Numbots for EYFS pupils https://play.numbots.com/#/account/school-login/2459
CEOP have some resources for teaching online safety at home- as important as ever with more people keeping in touch via social media
Other curriculum areas
Purple Mash (https://www.purplemash.com/login/ – Tasks can be found under ‘2do’ tab
There’s no need to miss out on singing and music whilst at home; Out of The Ark music are providing a song a day to learn, along with associated activities to help explore the song and its message:
We also encourage you to take part in the ‘Kids at home singing project’- an exciting project from Rachel and our friends at POP UK for your child to be involved in whilst at home. Here is the link to the video. Encourage your child to learn the song. When we return, the children will sing the song together in our first assembly back.
A wealth of free resources have been collated here by other teachers:
LIVE online events that children can get involved in are all neatly organised by time here:
Welcome to RadioBlogging – daily shows with interactive activities to keep everyone busy and engaged, just listen and blog, it’s live, fun and interactive with new educational tasks each day for your students whether at home or in school.
Click here for ‘Science, Art and Wonder’
For anyone feeling a little blue or stressed by the current situation:
Nature activities for the home
Home Start also provide some ideas and links to help support families
If your child is enjoying watching films while they’re off, perhaps take a look at this site which offers lots of follow up activities for children of all ages for lots of recent films.
Premier League Primary Stars has a wide collection of free, curriculum-linked resources to educate and entertain children at home. You can find lots of ideas for helping your children get active, as well as fun videos, games and worksheets for Maths, English and Health and Wellbeing.
Khan Academy Kids is a free, fun, educational app with thousands of activities and books for young children ages 2-7.
Dorling Kindersley’s stay home hub has all the learning resources, ideas and inspiration you need for your time at home!
Starting on 20 April, videos, quizzes, podcasts and articles will appear on BBC Bitesize Daily via the BBC iPlayer, red button, BBC Four and BBC Sounds. The initiative will include 14 weeks of core subject learning to offer “rhythm and routine” for pupils “whatever your child’s age”.
Children’s lessons will feature presenters including Oti Mabuse, Katie Thistleton and Karim Zeroual.” Click here to read all about it:
Chartwells (our caterers) have been working on a project – The Super Yummy Kitchen, which is due to launch on YouTube on the 2nd April @10am which they hope you will join in with and enjoy.
Super Yummy, Simply Delicious snacks – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVt3rNe7Dyc&feature=youtu.be
They have created cook along videos aimed at school children to help entertain by enabling them to create yummy, healthy snacks made from store cupboard ingredients. Nutritional messages will feature throughout the videos and there will be a curriculum activity and a health and wellbeing challenge set every day.
Learning, Play, STEM Activities, and Things to Do! Frugal Fun For Boys and Girls – Engaging activities for kids of all ages. Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls is a place to find fun activities that kids will LOVE: LEGO building ideas, STEM activities, and play ideas for active kids!
Year group ‘Knowledge Organisers’ are already published on our website (under the ‘Children’ tab) with the key knowledge and information pupils need to learn in the different subject areas – you can recap previous learning with your children, or perhaps devise a quiz with them and test each other!
Paper packs have been sent home for each year group § SATs Companion activities for Y6 pupils https://app.satscompanion.com/login
Year Group specific activities
Epic www.getepic.com – access to approximately 35,000 books. To get this for free until June 30th, parents should email their own email address to me at email@example.com so I can register you.
Write a book review – if you like the book, send it to the author. Loads of them are more than willing to engage with their readers, particularly through social media, and especially so in the current climate.
Write a letter to a friend or relative (particularly older or more isolated members of the community).
For maths, Gareth Metcalfe http://www.iseemaths.com/home-lessons will be delivering some maths questions through his website. His activities are great and we use a lot of his questions in school. White Rose Maths will also be https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/ posting some sessions online. Again, we use a lot of their questions in school, including the infamous #Barvember problems set throughout November. Both of these maths resources have a video, a task and answers. However, please be mindful that they may deliver new content that we have not covered in class yet which means at least some of it will be new learning.
Purple Mash (www.purplemash.com) – there is a lot of things to explore on here. This term, Y6 have created their own quizzes (using 2quiz) and built text adventures. There are other features on here that they will have covered in previous years too (particularly in Y5). Purple Mash is likely to be one of the resources we utilise more frequently after Easter.
During your time at Werrington Primary School, your child will have covered LOADS of different topics, from Space to The Stone Age and from The Great Fire of London to The Ancient Greeks. Now seems the perfect time to revisit these topics too, not just to see what they’ve remembered but also to add to their knowledge and understanding of these areas in fun and creative ways.
Learn a new skill like gardening, sewing, baking, knitting, website design, coding – the opportunities are endless!
The National Gallery
The National Gallery, in collaboration with Google Street View has an online tour of its fascinating paintings across seven of its rooms and its central hall. According to the gallery, those logging on can look at ‘Renaissance Masterpieces from Northern Italy, the Netherlands and Germany.
The Beatles Abbey Road 360
An incredible interactive panoramic image by britishtours.com allows you to explore the instantly recognisable graffitied sign and zebra crossing outside London’s Abbey Road Studios, made famously by The Beatles.
Victoria & Albert Museum
London’s V&A Museum doesn’t offer an interactive virtual tour but you can browse static images of some of the stunning artefacts that it has showcased on its website.
Like the National Gallery this is in collaboration with Google Street View. There are also more than 270 items in its collection that can be found on the site.
The cameras at the Zoo have been placed in the enclosures of pandas, penguins, tigers and koalas. Don’t worry if you can’t see the animals at first they may just be lurking out of shot.
The RAF Museum has virtual tours of several of its collections and exhibitions.