Home learning resources

We want to continue in providing 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.

Documents you will see here are an optional supplement to the remote learning be provided by your Childs teacher. If you would like to share any of this optional work with your teachers then this is great – however we do not require it.

This PDF is a useful guide to explaining Coronavirus to children. Talking to children about Coronavirus.


Additional Resources for w/c 1 February

Following the very sad news of the passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore yesterday, we have produced an additional special pack looking at his life and achievements.

Story: Lockdown hero Captain Sir Tom Moore sadly passed away yesterday.

Question: What can we learn from Captain Sir Tom Moore?

Challenge: To set and complete your own 100 challenge, raising

awareness of something that is important to you.

Picture News Resource – Captain Sir Tom Moore Special

Assembly resource Captain Sir Tom Moore Special



Additional Resources for w/c 18 January

Picture News –

Story: ‘Clap for Carers’ has returned in 2021 as ‘Clap for Heroes’.

Question: How can we show our thanks to those who help us?

Picture News Paper

Picture News at Home 

Picture News Resource England

KS1 Resource 

KS2 Resource 

Learning from home Ideas – 18th January

KS1 Home resource

KS2 Home resource


Additional Resources for w/c 11 January

Picture News –

Story: During the Coronavirus pandemic the armed forces have been asked to help with testing, supporting lorry drivers at Dover and in many other ways.

Question: How do soldiers help us in times of need?

Picture News Paper – 11th January

British Values and UN Rights 

Picture News at Home

Picture News Resource England 

KS1 Resource 

KS2 Resource 

Learning from home Ideas

kS1 Home resource

KS2 Home resource

RE –

Home School Values is a resource to help schools further strengthen links with parents by sharing with them their Value in Focus each half term. We will upload a new value every other week.

Home School Values – COMPASSION



Resources for w/c 28 September

Primary Picture News Resource England – 28th September – Rules

Resources for w/c 13 July

Learning from Home Ideas – 13th July – Holidays

Primary Picture News Resource England – 13th July – Holidays

Resources for w/c 6 July


Resources for w/c 29 June

Creating natural silhouettes 

Try creating cut out silhouettes this week and placing them over a variety of natural materials. This helps children truly see the natural world around them, and recognise patterns, textures and colours. cut out pictures

Resources for w/c 15 June

Sunny craft activity

Towards the end of June some communities celebrate Midsummer. Why not have a go at this fun sunlight inspired craft activity at home?


Home Learning Grid – Summer

Blooms Tool Kit butterfly

Picture News:

Story: One parent’s solution to helping her children manage money during the lockdown period was to buy a vending machine for the family!

Question: How should we learn to manage our money?

Virtual Assembly: Now live on the Picture News Vimeo channel!

Primary Picture News Resource England – 15th June – Managing Money

Learning from Home Ideas – 15th June – Managing Money

Resources for w/c 8 June

Story: As some children return to school, we think about how our routines have changed during this time.

Question: How important is it to have a routine?

Virtual Assembly: Now live on the Picture News Vimeo channel!

Learning from Home Ideas – 8th June – Routine

Primary Picture News Resource England 8th June – Routine

Additional resources:


Resource added 4 June

Picture News – Black Lives Matter


Resources for w/c 1 June

Story: There has been a huge increase in people wanting to work in the healthcare sector recently.

Question:  Why do people choose the jobs they do?

Virtual Assembly: Now live on the Picture News Vimeo channel!

Primary Picture News Resource England – 1st June – Jobs we do

Learning from Home Ideas – 1st June – Jobs we do

Resources for w/c 27 April

Picture News looks at Captain Tom Moore’s recent achievement – please download the zip file. Captain Tom Moore resources

Create a bug hotel
There are some lovely activities on the RSPB website, including making this super bug hotel:

Natural material pictures

These wonderful art ideas have been created using natural resources. These could be simplified for different age ranges. Why not have a go at creating a collage using natural materials – let your imagination go wild!

Resources for w/c 20 April

Primary Picture News Resource England – 20th April – Places we go

Learning from Home Ideas – 20th April – Places we go

Wallace & Gromit Cracking Ideas Competition:
Can you reinvent an everyday object, making it better than before?
Try and come up with a cracking idea that helps get boring jobs done quicker and better, draw it and explain how it works then enter the Wallace & Gromit Cracking Ideas Competition. You can enter and register online or send your entries in by post.

BBC Bitesize daily lesson by year group

Use this resource if you would like a more structured approach to homeschooling. Check your latest snapshot from us as this will indicate which year group to pick. For example if your child is in year 3 but and working at year 2 then select year 2 lessons to begin with.

Resources for w/c 13 April

Primary Picture News Resource England – 13th April – Testing

Learning from Home Ideas – 13th April – Testing

Physical exercise at home

• 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.

• Real PE at home – online learning resource

Real PE at home includes an online programme which supports families to be active, play and learn together. It includes a programme specifically for children with daily and weekly guidance provided. Each school has their own unique email and password.

See the details below to access our real PE at home –

Website: https://home.jasmineactive.com/login

Parent email: parent@rackenford-1.com

Password: rackenford

• Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids

Downloadable PDFs:

Snake Breath

All is Well

Sequence 1

Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids is used in schools and homes all over the world. Click here to find out more https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

• imoves

This is another free fun site with activities for teachers and parents to keep children happy, healthy and focused. They have re-purposed ‘imovement’ resources to enable active learning at home as well as in the classroom.  Do take a look https://imoves.com/imovement-signup

Keep moving while at home and keep smiling!

PE/exercise activites (PDF download)

General Resources

Bloom’s Taxonomy: Teacher Planning Kit (PDF download)

Rackenford – golden rules poster (PDF download)

Rackenford – are you… poster (PDF download)

Empowering early years: utilising Loose Parts and provocations to enhance learning (PDF download)

Coronavirus information leaflet for children (PDF download)

Safeguarding contact details (PDF download)

Babcock – support for parents, teachers and pupils

Useful websites list (PDF download)

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

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.

Apple app store (iPhone/iPad)
Google play store (Android phones/tablets)

• Once downloaded, search ‘Devon libraries’

• Choose ‘Devon Library and Information Services’

• Log in using your library card number.

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!

Litter and Literacy

Here are a few ideas for some English work linked to ‘The Girl with the Yellow Bag’ from The Literacy Shed. https://www.literacyshed.com/girlwithyellowbag.html

In the film we meet the little girl from ‘The Silent Books’ once again. This time she has a magic bag in which she places objects and wonders appear. We have often linked this with a recycling…

This is a lovely video about a little girl with a magical yellow bag. She puts ‘rubbish’ into the bag and it gets transformed into something beautiful. Here are a few suggestions for you to do after watching this video:

  1. If you had a magic bag what would you put in it? You could go outside and collect things to go in the bag. What would your ‘rubbish’ turn into? A leaf could become an enormous tree. A piece of grass could become a vast tiger filled field. Let your imagination run wild!
  2. Draw pictures of yourself with the yellow bag, putting something into it and then it being transformed.
  3. Write the story to go with the pictures, watch the video and for each picture write a sentence that would create the story.
  4. Write your own version of the story, with yourself as the main character putting objects into the bag and what they turn into. Make sure you use lots of describing words (adjectives) to describe what goes into and what comes out of the bag.
  5. Do some junk modelling. Use something that is ‘rubbish’ and turn it into something new. We would love to see your creations!
  6. Do some research on recycling, what do you recycle at home? What can it be made into or how can it be reused? (There are some useful BBC Bitesize clips below)




What’s the best way to sort waste? – KS2 Science – BBC Bitesize

A young girl sorting her recycling at home is compared with the recycling process at a recycling plant. The pros and cons of both methods are shown. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z7x2tfr

What should I do with my rubbish? – BBC Bitesize

What should you do with your rubbish? Learn how about recycling and its effect on the environment in this BBC Bitesize KS1 Science guide. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zrssgk7/articles/z9w26sg


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

BBC Bitesize

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/

Twinkl maths activities PDF: Addition help


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/

Twinkl phonics PDF: Phonics mats

Twinkl top tips for reading: T-C-7126-Top-Tips-Reading-with-Your-child-at-Home

Twinkl tricky words: T-L-5089-Common-Exception-Words-Years-1-and-2-Word-Mat_ver_3 copy

Twinkl awesome adjectives activities: t-par-179-awesome-adjective-activities-guide-for-parents-english_ver_2

Oxford Owl

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/

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 – rpsclass1@outlook.com

Class 2 – rpsclass2@outlook.com

Class 3 – rpsclass3@outlook.com

Picture News

This letter will give you some assistance in using the Picture News resources: Picture News at Home – Letter Template

Animals in the Wild resources:

Primary Picture News Resource England – 6th April – Animals in the Wild

Learning from Home Ideas – 6th April – Animals in the Wild


Years Pack:                       https://resource-bank.scholastic.co.uk/resources/439122

Key Stage 1 Pack:            https://resource-bank.scholastic.co.uk/resources/439121

Lower Key Stage 2 Pack: https://resource-bank.scholastic.co.uk/resources/439120

Upper Key Stage 2 Pack: https://resource-bank.scholastic.co.uk/resources/439108

Note you can also buy additional resources from the online Scholastic Shop, and we can earn 25% rewards from orders placed over £10. At checkout it will ask parents/carers to donate rewards to a school of their choice. Online shop link – https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/

Wellbeing resources

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.

Coronavirus: Supporting Mental Wellbeing Pack (PDF download)

YD Expanded Wellbeing Toolkit (Devon)

We hope you will find this a useful resource. 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.


Open Minds

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.

£3 per session. To book please email malouopenminds@outlook.com. Find out more at www.openmindsuk.org.uk.

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