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School Closure Home Learning Zone
We know that missing school isn’t easy for your children —or for you. But we also know that there are simple ways to turn unexpected time at home into exciting opportunities for children to learn, think, and grow.
We have put together some ideas and some links that we think your children will enjoy and should be able to be completed with little or no adult support. However, it is always fun to learn together!!
The KS1 Team
We strongly recommend that you commit to a sense of routine during these closure days and enable your child to complete the learning activities given; we all benefit from routine and structure and this can be particularly beneficial during unusual and concerning times such as these. We acknowledge that many parents will be working at home and the learning activities are designed to fit in with your own busy schedules.
A day with your child may look like this:
Perhaps you could design your own schedule together each week.
Daily Phonics lessons
As a school we follow the Read Write Inc Spelling Programme.
RWI Inc are supporting parents during school closures by scheduling free phonics lessons every day on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home; three short Speed Sound lessons with one of the RWI trainers every day for the next two weeks.
Films will be streamed live and will only be available at the times below:
Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm
Please try and watch these lessons and practice with your child every day.
Weekly Learning Activities
This amazing website has lots of activities and support for parents to help their children with their learning.
Online Maths Resources:
TT Rockstars: Practise your times tables and mental division skills.
Numbots: Have fun with your number skills.
Hit the Button: Practise your number bonds to 10 and 20 against the clock.
Numberblocks: Watch some episodes of Numberblocks to practise your number skills. Try some of the games!
Off-Screen Maths Ideas:
Rolling numbers KS1 - Teach someone in your family to roll their numbers!
- Can you find one more or one less than a given number?
- Practise counting forwards and backwards to 40.
- Bake some cakes together and measure out the ingredients
- Can you teach someone in your family how to roll their 2s, 5s and 10s?
Online Reading Resources:
Free online reading books through the Oxford Owls website (see link above)
- Phonics Play: Practise your phonics skills using this website.
- Storyline Online
- International Children’s Digital Library
- Open Library
- Amazon’s Free Kids eBooks
- Barnes & Noble Free Nook Books For Kids
- Mrs. P’s Magic Library
Reading questions Questions to ask your child when sharing stories or books.
Have fun and keep active with some of our favourite websites!
- Write a diary entry like Samuel Pepys.
- Write a newspaper report about ‘The Great Fire of London’
- Write a postcard to your teacher.
- Write a story involving different members of your family. What might happen? Do they have to travel somewhere unusual? Do they have to defeat a monster?
- Write a set of family rules. Could they begin with ‘We always…’ rather than ‘We do not…’
- Write a rap/song/poem about something you are passionate about.
When you are writing, you could plan your idea, draft it, edit and then publish it in your very best presentation. Remember to think about your punctuation and make sure your sentences make sense.
- You could practise your handwriting by copying out your favourite bits from a book or even your funniest joke.
- Try writing your letters using different types of writing resources; e.g. pens, felt tips, pencils, glittery gel pens or in sand.
The spellings that children in Year 1 must know how to spell by the end of the year:
Home Learning Project
Try some activities from our Olympics Project. How could you present your ideas? In a book? A poster? A video?
This includes a selection of activities that the children can choose to complete whilst at home. These are just suggestions as you might be able to think of other activities that spark their imaginations!
My Activity Booklet
Created by the Department for Education, the My Activity Passport includes a variety of age related activities that encourage children to take on new challenges and pursue their interests to build their character and wellbeing. Start with the previous checklists and work your way through them – how many can you achieve?
Additional Learning Resources:
- Free access to online learning platform.
- TTS have created a curriculum-focused independent learning resource with over 40 home learning activities all planned and all prepared. With a combination of independent and collaborative learning activities, the home learning books provide a great opportunity for parents to learn with their children.
Non Screen Activities