We have updated our list of home learning websites to support you and your children at home. We will add to these frequently.
Some helpful tips for reading at home
Schedule a time and place in the day where you sit down to read with your child.
Ensure there is a comfortable, preferably quiet, place to read.
Encourage your child to read for at least 30 minutes a day. Try to spend part of that time reading with them and talking about the book.
Before reading, encourage your child to discuss what has happened so far and what they think is going to happen next.
Encourage your child to speak to other family members about what they have read
Reading resources and online links
- Oxford e-Library
free to register. Opens up the Oxford e-library. You can match book band colour levels.
- Storyline Online
Stories read aloud
- Literacy Shed Plus
KS1 + KS2 activities and comprehension
- World of David Walliams
Daily audio stories
- The Reading Realm
Daily English reading lessons and home learning packs
- Read Theory
Free to register. Texts plus comprehension questions.
- BBC Bitesize
Daily lessons starting from April 20th
Free audio books
- Accelerated Reader Quizzes at Home. Dunbar Primary Pupils only Login. Welcome to Renaissance Place (renlearn.co.uk)
Restrict student quizzing before and after the specified times.
|Before Time: On
Cannot quiz until 08:45
After Time: On
Cannot quiz after 15:10
Restrict student quizzing on Saturday and Sunday.
|Weekend Restrictions: Enabled|
Fun reading activities
- Create a word search. You can have a theme e.g. characters, favourite scenes, different settings.
- Draw your favourite character and explain why you like them.
- Draw a picture of your favourite setting from the book and then write a short description.
- Write a Book Review. Who is your favourite character? Why? What is your favourite part of the book? Why? Would you recommend it to a friend? Why?
- Create an acrostic poem based upon your book.
- Create a new book cover for your book and explain the choices you have made.
- Re-write a scene, event or chapter.
- Draw a new character you would like to include in the book and explain their characteristics.
- Write an alternative beginning to your book.
- Write an alternative ending to your book.
- Change one of the characters from your book. For example, for a ‘good heroic’ character turn him/her into a villain. Write the new character description.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you for supporting your child’s learning at home. We know that you are busy working on the home learning activities provided by School, however we would also like to offer some additional resources and guidance linked to Maths which you may find useful.
One of the most important things that your child can do to support their Maths learning whilst at home is to keep practising their key number facts, including number bonds and their times tables. Below are some resources and tips to support them with this.
Resources for practising times tables/number facts at home:
The following websites and resources have all been checked are suitable for use by children but, as always, please do ensure that children are supervised when using the internet.
Times Table practice:
- Times Table Rockstars
- Maths Frame
- Times tables.co.uk
- Top Marks
- 10 Minutes a Day Times Tables (Apple only)
- DoodleTables: Times Tables (Apple and Android)
Number facts practice:
- The Maths Factor
- Top Marks
- Math Playground
- CBeebies Number Blocks (EYFS)
Some tips for practising times tables/number facts at home:
- Little and often – a little bit of practise (5-10 minutes a day) will support children with retaining their number facts.
- Have key number facts displayed in the house to encourage children to practise them. You could ask children to design a poster to help them to retain key facts (eg. a 5 times table poster)
- Have a ‘fact of the day’. This could include related facts. For example, if the fact was 18 + 2 = 20, you could link the 3 related facts: 2 + 18 = 20, 20 – 18 = 2, 20 – 2 = 18
Fact of the day:
3 x 7 = 21
7 x 3 = 21
21 ÷ 3 = 7
21 ÷ 7 = 3
Fact of the day:
18 + 2 = 20
2 + 18 = 20
20 – 18 = 2
20 – 2 = 18
Quick fire practice: as you are taking your daily exercise, for example, ask some quick fire questions to support children’s ability to recall facts at speed.
- Look for patterns. Eg, for times tables: the 2 times table is always even and ends in 2, 4, 6, 8, 0, the 5 times table alternates between odd and even and always ends in 5 and 0 – could children create a poster/fact sheet to show these?
- There are lots of other tips and ideas for games and activities included in the resources linked above and below.
Additional Maths resources:
Below is a list of links to additional Maths resources that have been produced to support home learning. They provide opportunities to practise number fluency as well as other areas of the Maths curriculum. A lot of these include videos with links to activities and all are free to access. Most of these provide resources from EYFS through to Year 6.
- The Maths Factor
Create a free login and practise key Maths skills with Carole Vorderman. For children aged 4- 12, with activities matched to the National Curriculum. There are a range of activities including daily lessons and Maths games.
- White Rose Maths
White Rose Maths resources are used a lot in school and they have published a set of free resources with daily videos and activities available for free on the link above. They also produced some free activity ideas over the Easter holiday which are available for download.
- Mathematics Mastery
This website has a range of pupil packs and activities for all ages which are free to download.
- I See Maths
Each day a new teaching video and activity is uploaded for KS1, Years 3-4 and Years 5-6
- Hamilton Trust
There are home learning packs for each week, with activities for each day. Each download comes with Powerpoint slides, mostly fluency practice and a few nice investigations
- Mathematics Shed
Here you will find lots of tips for supporting your child with their Maths learning at home, as well as links to websites and activities
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed especially for children aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.
Just Dance is a rhythm game – have fun dancing to your favourite songs whilst exercising!
Joe Wickes – Body Coach TV with a goal to offer free home workouts to everyone, no matter what their fitness levels
Religious Studies CFE Level 1: Religions of the World
Free RE classroom resources for primary school children at CFE Level 2
RE resources online
A website which offers a range of useful and inspiring RE resource.
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* The sessions are recorded so can be watched afterwards.
* Each session lasts 15 to 20 minutes.
* The links to each of these live sessions