Home learning resources
During this time of uncertainty, we wanted to provide you with a few websites that are offering free or temporarily free resources for learning at home. If anyone has any other suggestions please share them, either on the school or parent group Facebook page. We are also suggesting that if you want to download anything to do it sooner rather than later, with everyone working at home there is going to be increased stress on broadband and internet providers.
This is understandably going to be a stressful time for children and parents and the last thing we want is for anyone to feel more stressed about having to get your children to do school work at home. Don’t stress about doing school work at home, don’t stress about them forgetting. Just spend time together. Read! Read to your children, read together, share your favourite books with them. Enjoy being with your family. Do a puzzle or a project on something they are interested in. Bake together. Paint and build something. Although this is a scary time, it could also be a time that they remember for all the positive things they get to do at home.
This PDF is also a useful guide to explaining Coronavirus to children. Talking to children about Coronavirus.
We are also hoping to bring you weekly updates for the children to engage with our school community while at home. Here’s some ideas to start…
• Audible Stories
Audible are offering free online stories while schools are closed. This means children ‘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. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
• Make a miniature book
The British Library have a great online resource, one which might help your child to continue learning to read would be creating their own tiny book for their toys.
Do you like having having a story read to you? Would you like to make a miniature book for your toys? What would it be about? Would it be a fairy tale or an adventure? Take a look at how to make one here https://www.bl.uk/childrens-books/activities/make-a-miniature-book#
• Window walks
Also something closer to home – children are designing pictures to place in their windows as encouragement to others in these uncertain times. Some local online groups have suggested the below ideas for Tiverton. We look forward to seeing some of your examples!
Open Minds is an early intervention service that supports the emotional wellbeing and development of young people. Starting from the week beginning 30th March, it will be offering 40-minute online sessions via Zoom for parents, carers and education professionals.
The themed sessions every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons will help children and families find a sense of calm and manage this tricky time. There will be different tools to take away and use in every session.
Bloom’s Taxonomy: Teacher Planning Kit (PDF download)
Exploring Nature with Children (PDF download)
Rackenford – golden rules poster (PDF download)
Rackenford – are you… poster (PDF download)
To support you during this period, Twinkl is offering every teacher in England access to all Twinkl resources with a One Month Ultimate Membership, totally free of charge. We’re also extending this to every parent and carer in your school so your pupils can still have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption. Setting this up is really easy to do – go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS
Twinkl Go also has lots of good games and videos. https://www.twinkl.co.uk/go
TTS has put together activity books for children that are free to download and include lots of different subject areas. https://www.tts-group.co.uk/home+learning+activities.html
Bitesize has great video, articles and games. They are also creating lots of extra resources due to the school closures. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Top Marks – Has a variety of games for different subjects but we have used the maths games in class https://www.topmarks.co.uk/
Times tables rockstars – Your child will have a separate letter/email with the log in details and instructions
White Rose Maths – White rose maths is a resource that we use for the majority of our maths teaching in school. They have put together packs for different year groups that include instructional videos and activities. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/
Phonics Play – Are offering free access to their site without the need to subscribe. The parents section of the website has advice and guidance on phonics as well as games for each phase. https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
Has access to online ebooks for 3 – 11 year olds (free to sign up) https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/
Go Noodle – This is a great website for getting children up and moving and dancing to some silly videos! https://family.gonoodle.com/
Joe Wicks will be hosting PE with Joe on his youtube channel TheBodyCoach TV. This will happen every morning Monday – Friday 9am
This is not an exhaustive list, nor are we saying you have to do all of these! Each class has also been set up with an email address so that class teachers and pupils can remain in contact and share the things you have been doing.
Class 1 – email@example.com
Class 2 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Class 3 – email@example.com
The Link Academy Inclusion and Improvement Hub have put together a pack to support mental wellbeing at home. The pack begins by exploring how we can connect and support ourselves as adults so that then we can feel better equipped to support our children. Some parents/carers may be feeling anxious about having children at home for sustained period of time so there are also lots of ideas for activities parents can do.
We hope you will find this a useful resource to share with your families. You can also access the Facebook page which you can find by searching: @inclusionhubdevon. They will be posting regular updates with ideas and activities that support parents and children’s mental health.
Coronavirus: Supporting Mental Wellbeing Pack (PDF download)
Coronavirus information leaflet for children (PDF download)
Safeguarding contact details (PDF download)
Babcock – support for parents, teachers and pupils
PE/exercise activites (PDF download)
Useful websites list (PDF download)
Digital library books
If you’re a member of the Devon library service, you can download a selection of digital books via the ‘Libby’ app.
• Once downloaded, search ‘Devon libraries’
• Choose ‘Devon Library and Information Services’
• Log in using your library card number.