A non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators.
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Essex Wildlife Trust – whats on this week? (regular activities posted)
BeVenturesome – Adventure at Home – adventure themed activities designed specifically to do from home
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
|BBC Bitesize||Top Marks||Primary Games Arena|
|Numbots||Maths Frame||Sheppard Software|
|METHODS: (examples from YouTube)|
|Year 2 addition using partitioning||Double digit addition using 100s chart||Subtracting using a 100 square|
|Using partitioning for addition with ages 8-9||Subtraction – Part 2 – Counting on using a number line||Column addition of whole numbers|
|How to subtract or takeaway using column method||Short Multiplication||Short Division|
It has excerpts from books so children can read online and try books to see if they like it.
|Fun English Games
Lots of grammar games.
|Learn English Kids
Adverb games that also help with word order.
Reading and Grammar games.
|Duolingo – Learn languages for free. Web or app.|
|Mystery Science – Free science lessons||Crest Awards – Science awards you can complete from home.||BBC Science|
|Science Kids||Kids National Geographic||Education.com|
|Kids Discover||Biology4Kids||Science News for Students|
|IT & COMPUTING:|
|Blockly – Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.||Scratch – Creative computer programming|
|ARTS & CRAFTS:
|The Imagination Tree – Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.||The Artful Parent – Good, free art activities||Red Ted Art – Easy arts and crafts for little ones|
|HobbyCraft – Get creative with pages of colouring fun! Choose from our range of kids’ colouring pages, print out your favourites and get the pens or pencils ready. Little ones will love bringing each picture to life.||Tinkercad – All kinds of making|
|Audible – For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.|
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
|National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids
You Tube videos on many subjects
|The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
|Crash Course Kids
As above but for a younger audience
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Listening activities for the younger ones.
|Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
Ted @ Home
|Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Resources for English language learning
|Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
|DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
|Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.Twinkl Offer
The code you need for this: PARENTSTWINKLHELPS (all uppercase and no spaces)
Our YouTube channel contains a selection of strategies taken from Nessy’s online programs; our Youtube channel contains help for reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, phonics, math and keyboarding.
Educational online games
|Hamiltons Learning At Home Reception
|IAPS Online Educational Resource List|
Fun activities for reading. Includes a library of books to read online. Also available as an app. Free 30 days trial, then subscription required.
Highly recommended site with a good selection of online books. You will be able to access some books for your current reading level. But read whatever you choose! There are some interesting online and printable activities that go alongside some of the e-books provided.
ABC Fast Phonics with cartoons and sound. Fun for kids or adults.
Storyline Online features accomplished actors and actresses reading some of their favourite children’s books. Each story comes with a free Activity Guide and can be viewed on YouTube or SchoolTube. You can follow the text with the video too!
Lots of interactive books to read online or watch with signing.
BBC Nursery Songs
A collection of nursery songs from the Early Learning series Listen and Play and Playtime, both of which are currently available on iPlayer and as podcasts.
Suggested books for children, advice on how to read with your child, book lists, fun games, competitions to win free books, Children’s Book Club etc.
Expert recommendations and opening extracts of books.
A useful website feature free resources for KS1 (and the option of subscribing).
Lots of books like ‘The Gingerbread Man’ for younger readers, to the ‘Halloween House’ for older readers. Just the text here, so you can enjoy some silent reading. There is audio on some books.
For older children, an excellent selection of books to read online. Includes some classics like Peter Rabbit, Andersen’s Fairytales and The Jungle Book. Parents might want to help you select one to read.
For pure classic texts as PDF, Word, or audiobook, look no further! ‘The Railway Children’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ are examples. The older children can get lost in the world of these wonderful stories.
Gateway to the Classics
A vast array of well-known literature for all levels. It is all text, so enjoy reading for pleasure. The Velveteen Rabbit is a classic!
A fantastic introduction for Primary children to the works of the master – Shakespeare. There are four levels to choose from, so the language used can be close to original or simplified for younger children. As they are plays, you can click on the characters to hear their speech.
Amazon’s Top 100 Free Children’s eBooks
This list is frequently updated with new titles. From young children to teens, there’s something for every young reader. Of course, you’ll need a Kindle to download and read these titles – free app in the app store of your choice, or for your pc!
Twinkl e books
Some free Resources with account sign up, others require a subscription.
Some free ebooks at American Grade level.
Storynory features a collection of original, fairytale, and classic children’s audio stories.
Free children’s audio books with many talented and well-known actors bringing stories to life for you.
Oxford Reading Tree (download zip files)
Reading Books ORT Level 1+
Reading Books OTR Level 2 Books 1 3
Reading Books OTR Level 2 Books 4 6
Reading Books ORT Level 2+
Reading Books ORT Level 3
Reading Books ORT Level 3+
Reading Books ORT Level 4
Reading Books ORT Level 4+
Reading Books ORT Level 5
Reading Books ORT Level 5+
Here are some ideas of things to do at home with your children.
Songs and nursery rhymes – with or without actions
Sit and read with your child, this doesn’t just have to be done at bedtime
|Go on a nature hunt around your garden
How many different bugs can you find?
Play those games that you have been meaning too since they were new for Christmas
Create a beautiful rainbow using any media – let’s lift each others spirits
|Make a den
Inside or out – use whatever cushions and bedding you can find. Let their imaginations run wild
|Phonics Parents Guide Don’t forget to add your videos and photos onto Tapestry so we can see what you have all been up to.||Twinkl – Free Guide to Phonics||BBC Tiny Happy People|
|Twinkl||Babycentre – – 10 simple fun activities|
|Top Marks||Talk Listen Cuddle|
|VeryWellFamily – fun learning activities to do at home||Inspired to Action – 101 fun activities to do||TTS Early Years – learning collection|
|HAND-EYE CO-ORDINATION / FINE MOTOR DEVELOPMENT supporting PRE-WRITING SKILLS:|
Great for strengthening fingers and hands (lots of easy recipes online, including no cooking ones).
Create your own template using cardboard packaging, a hole punch and string or shoe laces.
Painting with water outside, add chalk if you have itPaint/print with household materials held in a clothes peg (foil, clingfilm, scourers, etc).Finger mark making in shaving foam/cornflourPainting with cotton buds
Letters, cards, etc to friends, relativesListsSigns for imaginative play
Create your own simple dot-to-dot templates for your child (shapes, the initial sound of their name, etc)
Good old fashioned colouring. Lots of resources available online.
|Dressing Up & Role Play
Good for large and small motor skills involved in getting dressed and undressed. Add music and/or a kitchen timer and it can become a game.
|LETTERS & SOUNDS:|
Create ‘story boxes’ using toys/household items to prompt ideas. Write down the childrens’ stories and make ‘books’.
Indoor or outdoors, set the children a challenge to find things beginning with a particular sound. Make sound pairs if more than one item.
|Phonics Parents Guide
||Twinkl – Free Guide to Phonics
Go on a Sound Walk – indoors or outdoors to identify sounds in the environmentUse everyday items to make music/count beats/clap/encourage recognition of rhythm/turn taking with soundsRead stories, share nursery rhymes, sing
Songs and nursery rhymes – with or without actions
Sit and read with your child, this doesn’t just have to be done at bedtime
Look for shapes in the environmentExplore patterns/crayon rubbingsCollect boxes, pebbles, shells, tubes, balls, stones, etc, that can be used for countingSand and water are perfect for exploring weight and volume
Objects, actions (jumping, clapping, etc)Match numbers to quantityUse every opportunity to count – mealtimes, etc
All these activities and more will lay the foundations for the children’s future learning.
|**Tiddler||The Gruffalo||The Smartest Giant in Town||Room on the Broom|
|Zog||Zog and the Flying Doctors||The Scarecrows’ Wedding||The Snail and the Whale|
|Lined (Large) Paper
||Lined Paper No Borders||Number Cards 0 20||100 Square|
|Number Line 0 20||**London Landmarks and Buildings|
|Additional Activities and Ideas|
|**Year 1 Home Learning Resource Pack
||Creative Writing Prompt Questions||Read And Respond Activity Sheets||Number Bonds Challenges|
|Picture And Prompts Writing Template||Year 1 Maths Addition And Subtraction Workbook||Year 1 Ideas For Maths Activities At Home For Parents||Useful Websites For Additional Activities If Needed|
|Little Red Riding Hood Traditional Tales Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity||Goldilocks And The Three Bears Traditional Tales Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity||Jack And The Beanstalk Reading Activity||**The Three Little Pigs & activities|
|Remote Outdoor Learning And Play 2020 Spring Term Yr 1
||**Outdoor Learning – Year 1 (summer term)||**Minibeast Detectives|
Remote Outdoor Learning And Play 2020 Spring Term Yr 2
**Minibeast Recording Sheets
|Year 2: Nature and Outdoor Ideas|
We have had lots of discussion about nature in our recent lessons. Therefore, during the holidays, the children may wish to keep a garden or nature diary/ journal, to record the wildlife that they see in their gardens or from their homes: birds, flowers, animals, insects, trees. In addition, they could also make notes and/or take photographs to show features of the changing season, including the weather.
|Shapes in Nature
Whilst the children are outside, can they look for 2D and 3D shapes in nature and take a photograph of them? Then, if possible, they could paste them onto a document and name them using the shape identification sheet in their folders. It will be a lovely way of bringing maths into our new Global Studies topic next term.
Ideas for learning experiences in the holidays can be found in the children’s Google classroom named: Year 4 Independent Learning Ideas.
Choose some writing practice from the following title ideas:
Write a story about:
Write a speech:
Write a diary:
Theme: Pompeii/Ring of Fire
Famous Seismic Events
Carry out some research into these major historical volcanic and earthquake events and present the information in any way that you choose:
San Francisco 1906 Tokyo 1923
Mt St Helens 1980 Eyjafjallajökull 2010
Where are these places? Can you explain which plates, and which types of plate boundaries, these places are affected by? What were the effects of these events?
Be careful to check your sources of information. Think about the websites you are using.
Can you find any newspaper articles from the time about the events?
The Bayeux Tapestry
The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres long and 50 centimetres tall, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings. The cloth consists of some seventy scenes, many with Latin tituli, embroidered on linen with coloured woollen yarns. It is likely that it was commissioned by Bishop Odo, William’s half-brother, and made in England—not Bayeux—in the 1070s. In 1729 the hanging was rediscovered by scholars at a time when it was being displayed annually in Bayeux Cathedral. The tapestry is now exhibited at the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux in Bayeux, Normandy, France.
Using the link below, scroll through the images of the Bayeux Tapestry. Can you identify some key events from the Battle of Hastings that you recognise? Draw some of these sections and explain what is happening in them.
The Domesday Book is a manuscript record of the “Great Survey” of much of England and parts of Wales completed in 1086 by order of King William the Conqueror. Written in Medieval Latin, it was highly abbreviated and included some vernacular native terms without Latin equivalents.The survey’s main purpose was to determine what taxes had been owed during the reign of King Edward the Confessor, thereby allowing William to reassert the rights of the Crown and assess where power lay after a wholesale redistribution of land following the Norman conquest.
On the link below, you will find an online copy of the Domesday Book. Have a go at investigating and interpreting information found in this famous historical document. Can you find any interesting information about places that you know?
Year 8 have been revising some of the key facts and information about six major world religions. Here are some reading activities that can reinforce some of that information. Choose the appropriate level for you for each one. You can review the answers yourself.
Hinduism Puja Islam Hajj Judaism Yom Kippur
Major World Religions Quiz The Beginning Of Sikhism
PE & Games
Alternate Hand Wall Toss Test Y4 8
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Essex Library Online Service
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Scholastic Learning Experience
Scholastic Classroom Magazine are posting four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video.
|The Rainbow Fish||Eat Your Peas||The Gruffalo Child|
Information For Parents And Carers
Kooth – Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people
Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service
Our Healthy Year – Rs and KS1 Calendar – This colourful and engaging interactive calendar features exciting activities to help you inspire you to eat well and move more.
Our Healthy Year – KS2 Calendar – This colourful and engaging interactive calendar features exciting activities to help and inspire you to eat well and move more. Don’t forget to keep track of your progress by saving your changes after you click to reveal the joke/riddle/fun fact of the week!
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