School Closure Primary Home Learning…Help!
So, it’s happening, we are all to become teachers for the foreseeable future. This blog post is here to help you feel more confident about supporting your child during this time.
Lots of parents are feeling stressed and overwhelmed at the thought of home-schooling their children, but please don’t put too much pressure on yourself. We are parents first and foremost. This is an unprecedented worldwide emergency so keep perspective on what is important – having our family around us and doing our best to keep them entertained. Be kind to yourselves! We are all in the same boat! Don’t read into people posting on Instagram with their colour-coordinated timetables and pictures of their children sitting perfectly at the table understanding Pythagoras’ Theory. It’s not reality and it’s not helpful!
Try what teaching you can muster and use the rest of the time to do things with your children that they wouldn’t necessarily do at school: build a den, bake, do some gardening, plant seeds and watch them grow over the weeks, teach them how to use a hoover (!), watch YouTube videos about amazing spiders in Africa, get the Lego out and finally try and do a little bit of exercise each day and perhaps some meditation too; it does wonders for the soul.
We must also remember that the majority of parents are also trying to work from home at the same time as teaching their children the entire summer term curriculum. This is impossible! Don’t try and be a superhero, just get through each day at a time!
- Play maths games on the computer! Topmarks and Math Playground are great places to start. Just click on the appropriate age/year group and find games to play.
- Sumdog is a home-learning platform with maths games. They have free membership during this time.
- Arcademics have lots of fun games to play too.
- Maths with Parents gives you free videos and activities for topics across the full maths curriculum from EYFS to Year 6.
- Timestables Rock Stars is a great learning platform for multiplication and division and they have full free access at the moment.
- Ten Minutes a Day is also great for cracking those times tables.
- Carol Vorderman’s The Maths Factor is free at the moment.
- Why not start reading a book together. We have a great list here. Then use this book as a starting point for different activities. It might be as simple as writing a list of characters or re- writing the story (Reception) to something a little more complex like writing a persuasive letter or writing a newspaper article linked to the story.
- If you’re looking for help with creative writing, why not check out our Creative Writing Skills book which is ideal for KS2 and Lower KS3 and available to buy on Amazon!
- Teach your monster to read is a free resource, ideal for pre-schoolers and Reception children learning to read. They get to create their own monster and earn prizes by playing phonics games.
- Oxford Owl have a free e-book library for children aged 3-11. We have set up a time each day for our children to read via FaceTime to their grandparents (who have also signed up to Oxford Owl). It’s been a great way to make sure we speak to them everyday!
- ABDO Digital are currently offering free access to a vast number of e-books for all different subjects.
- If you’re looking for audio books, Audible is now free to use.
- Ideal for the little ones, David Walliams is releasing free stories read by him every day for the next month. It might give you 15 minutes peace and quiet/time to tidy up the kitchen!
- Vooks is a child-safe, ad-free streaming library of read-aloud animated storybooks. They have a month’s free trial.
- Seven Stories from The National Centre of Children’s Books, have Gruffalo workshops and storytime events.
- RSPB have a Wild Challenge Family Activity which you can work through, earning badges along the way.
- Check out Club SciKidz daily blog posts with fun little science experiments to do with your children at home.
- BBC Bitesize is a great starting place for KS2 science explanation videos with links to games too.
- PE with Joe Wicks is at 9am Monday-Friday. Perfect for KS2 and above.
- @katerh_fitness is also worth checking out on Instagram. She’s doing an 11.30am workout for children with her own children! It includes the skills children learn at school, including agility, strength, mobility and listening!
- Andy’s Wild Workouts are ideal for the little ones – gets them moving and are very interactive.
- Code Camp World have scrapped their normal subscription fees and are offering free access to their online coding software. Children can learn to code online with step by step instructions on how to build a selection of apps/games!
- TypingClub is a fantastic free resource to develop your child’s touch-typing skills. There is even a programme for young learners to help develop their fine motor skills and alphabet recognition.
- Muddy Puddles are offering free access to over 150 outdoor learning lesson plans for those of you who are able to get outside in the garden and, if you don’t have a garden, head to the park but be sure to find a spot at a distance from everyone else. Click here to access.
- I received my first subscription box from Mud and Bloom which inspires children to connect with nature. We have planted seeds, made our own bee mobile and created our own mini spring nature gardens! You can receive a single box or sibling box on a monthly basis.
- BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons offers daily lessons in all the subjects. It is so straightforward!
- Twinkl has a wealth of printouts to use for all year groups and for all subjects. They are offering free membership.
- Purple Mash are offering free membership and have activities to cover the whole curriculum and for all age groups.
- Beanstalk is ideal for pre-schoolers and KS1 children. They have live classes and on-demand classes and are offering free access during this time.
- Oak National Academy is a super website built by teachers since the COVID-19 outbreak, offering free lessons for the different year groups, split into English, maths and foundation subjects.
- Atom Learning are offering free interactive online lessons for 8-12 year olds in English, maths, VR and NVR.
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