Working at home

Welcome to our new “Working at Home” page.

Please complete the project packs to help your child continue with their learning whilst the school is closed.

We are happy to answer any questions or give feedback on any work completed at home. Please email to admin@howes.coventry.sch.uk .

Year 6 Transition Unit

NEW CLASSES FOR SEPTEMBER

Your new class teachers have made videos to introduce themselves and they are on our YouTube channel. Here are some extra resources that are needed for some of the challenges.

Extra resources for new class challenges 

How to prepare for being in Year 1

If you are going to be in Year 1 next year, here is your challenge!

If you are going to be in Year 2 next year, here is your challenge!

If you are going to be in Year 3 next year, here is your challenge!

If you are going to be in Year 5 next year, here is your challenge!

If you are going to be in Year 6 next year, here is your challenge!

New Summer Term Project Packs

The teachers have worked very hard to create project packs for the second half of the Summer term. You can click on your year group and it will take you through to a project pack of ideas to keep you busy with your learning at home. The earlier projects have been kept on this page – just scroll down to find them.

Nursery – People Who Help Us

Resources for Nursery Project Pack

Nursery Week One: Job Matching Worksheet

Nursery Week Seven:Pencil Control Sheet

Counting Sheet

Count and Colour Sheet

 

Reception – People Who Help Us

Resources for Reception Project Pack

Reception Week One: Match job to place

Counting to 20

Reception Week Two: Doctors’ Surgery Prescription Pad

Reception Week Four: Clock Face

 

Year One – Jungle Life

Resources for Year One Project Pack

Year One Week Two: Jungle Description

Jungle I Spy Sheet

Jungle I Spy Questions and Answers

Year One Week Three and Four: Jungle Top Trumps

Year One Week Five: The Jungle Book Worksheet

 

Year Two – Splendid Skies

Resources for Year Two

Caribbean PowerPoint

Year Two Week One:World Map

English Vocabulary Sheet

Year Two Week Three: Life Cycles

Year Two Week Four: Comparison Worksheet

On the Farm Worksheet

 

Year Three and Four: Road Trip USA Part 2 – The Greatest Show!

Resources for Year Three and Four Project Pack

Year Three and Four Week Two: Circus Music Lesson

Year Three and Four Week Three:Balanced Argument Resources

The Night Circus Reading Activity

Year Three and Four Week Four: Worry Jar

Ways to Feel Better

Year Three and Four Week Five:Features of a Comic Strip

 

Year Five and Six – Theme Parks

Resources for Year Five and Six Project pack

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

Week Three additional resources

Week Four

Week Five

 

HIU – Superheroes

Additional resources for this unit will be given to you.

Project Packs from Easter to Summer Half Term

Nursery – Nursery Rhymes

Resources for Nursery Rhymes Project Pack

Playdough Recipe

Week One: Matching Farm Animals

Week Two: Five Little Ducks

Five Speckled Frogs

Week Four: Make a Clock

Pencil control

I’m a Little Teapot

Week Five: Counting Sheep

Matching Words

 

Reception – Fairy Tales

General Resources for Fairy Tales Project Pack

Number lines

Phase 2 Sound Mat

Phase 2 and 3 Sound Mat

Letter Formation

Week One: Counting on a Fairy Tale Addition Adventure

Space Addition

Week Two: Goat Stick Puppets

Goat Masks

Billy Goats Gruff Story

Billy Goats Gruff Pictures

Science – Growing Grass

Week Four:

Jack and the Beanstalk story

Life Cycle of a Bean

Magic beans – counting to 20

Jack and the Beanstalk writing activity

Jack and the Beanstalk reading activity

 

Week Five:

Hansel and Gretel story

Hansel and Gretel Reading Activity

Instructions and dice for Hansel and Gretel game

Hansel and Gretel board game

Hansel and Gretel story writing activity

 

Year 1 Splendid Skies

Extra resources for Splendid Skies:

Week One:  Vocabulary sheet

Week One: World Map

Week Three: Powerpoint

Week Four: Comparison sheet

Week Five: Clocks

 

Year 2

Year 2 Great Fire of London

 

Year 3 and 4

Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) American Road Trip

Extra resources for American Road Trip

Week Three:

Christopher Columbus Factsheet

Message in a Bottle

Rainfall Data

Travel Brochure

Week Four and Five:

Pocahontas Information

Sitting Bull Information

Texas – town design information

 

 

Year 5 and 6 – Leisure and Entertainment  Project Overview

Week One

At The Movies resources

Week Two

The Beautiful Game resources

Week Three

The Swinging Sixties resources

Week Four

Wish You Were Here resources

Week Five

The Gogglebox resources

 

HIU

Around the World – Overview

Resources for Around the World

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

Week Four

Week Five

All the activities and ideas below are intended to be fairly general and could work well for children of various ages and abilities.

The children from Years 1-6 are used to working on timetables where they complete English and Maths activities in the morning. The usual timetable also asks the children to work on their reading/phonics and their times tables in the morning. In the afternoon the children focus on topic activities linked to Science, History etc. The children also take part in Active 15 each day- this is good to get the body and the mind moving.

Recipes sent in by pupils

Sausage rolls

Cheesecakes

The DfE have published a list of home learning resources Home Learning Resources

English Activities

The first suggestion is reading.  A little bit every day goes a long way and this can include:

  • Children reading to adults
  • Children reading to themselves
  • Children reading to siblings
  • Adults reading to children (which allows children to access harder books)

Listening to stories is also a brilliant way to share stories. The World Book Day Website, https://www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/ has many different audiobooks available until the end of March, which you can listen to for free.

Remember that books don’t necessarily have to be school books and indeed children can read a wide range of other things too – magazines, websites, whatever they are interested in.  Your child could keep a diary or log of what they have been reading and complete tasks such as:

  • Draw and describe a character from a book (using the clues in the text)
  • Predict what will happen next and why
  • Create a glossary of words you didn’t know
  • Write an alternate ending to a story
  • Transform part of a story into a playscript
  • Draw a map of the setting from a story
  • Find your favourite five bits of description in a text
  • Write a book review

 

You could also do some writing.

Some ideas for writing activities are:

  • Do some cooking and write instructions for it
  • Look through some photos of an old trip out or holiday and write a report about it
  • Try writing haikus (poems with 3 lines – 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables) about favourite animals or any theme of your choice
  • Research a key event from history and write a newspaper report from the time
  • Or write a story inspired by a setting of your choice: you could find a picture online to write about
  • Watch Horrible Histories and write in the style of Terry Deary
  • Write a story inspired by one of the settings on the website Pobble 365 
  • Practise your current and previous spelling lists using Spelling Shed

 

Speech and Language

There are speech and language activities here that could help at home

https://speechandlanguage.info/parents

 

Maths Activities

Remember to log in to Times Tables Rock Stars: https://ttrockstars.com/

You can now access the Numbots section of Times Tables Rockstars to help with number bonds, addition and subtraction.

 

www.timestables.co.uk …is a really good free resource to use for some fun times table practice.

www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks

Some other ideas for maths activities are:

  • Practice telling the time using analogue clocks, saying times in the 12 hour (am and pm) and 24 hour clocks as well as ‘saying’ the time and work out time ‘intervals’ (e.g. if it’s 11:25am now, how long is it until lunch time at 12:30pm?)
  • Playing maths related board games – Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders, dominoes
  • Play card games that use maths skills
  • Go into the garden and practise number bonds to 10, 20, 50 or 100 (or 1000 and more for Years 5 and 6) whilst throwing and catching a ball – e.g. for bonds to 20, the thrower says “13 and …” the catcher says “7”
  • Practice money skills using real coins, making a pretend shop and working out totals and change; Years 5 and 6 could work out new prices with % discounts
  • Practise key arithmetic skills including, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

 

Computing

Have a look at BBC Bitesize Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology on here:

KS1: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zyhbwmn

KS2: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zvnrq6f

 

Try some coding by downloading a free app called “Bee-Bot” which you can find here:

https://www.educationalappstore.com/app/bee-bot

This takes a step by step approach from the first beginnings to some far more challenging things (which might even be an interesting test for parents).

If you’d rather not download an app this website has a similar purpose:

https://www.terrapinlogo.com/emu/beebot.html

 

Fun with Science

Here are a few experiments that you might like to try:

Colour mixing

Dissolving

Firework in a glass

Density

Lava Lamp

Parachute

Telephone

Rainbows

Bubbles

 

Other things to keep you busy…

  • Do some physical activity for at least 30 minutes (if you are feeling well enough)
  • Joe Wicks, The Body Coach, will be leading online PE lessons each day from 9am if you would like to join in
  • Make some lego cars – which runs fastest down a ramp? How can you make them quicker?  How can you make the test fair?
  • Do some interesting art – use some toys to make a bigger picture. Can you make a picture out of lego?  Can you make a picture out of toy cars?  Or pencils?
  • Take pictures of interesting things from interesting angles. Can your family guess what they are?
  • Do some real-life drawing – pick four different objects and see how accurately you can draw them. Take your time and observe carefully!
  • Draw a map/plan of a new school – what would it need to have? How would you fit it all together?
  • What’s the biggest tower you can make from scrap paper or card?
  • Can you help cook dinner for everyone in your house?
  • Make some boats to float in your bath – what materials work best? Why?
  • Try some learning outside, by helping with gardening; using RSPB bird identifiers and doing a tally for what garden birds you can spot; try some of the Woodland Trust’s activities on http://www.treetoolsforschools.org.uk/categorymenu/?cat=activities

 

There are also many useful free educational resources available on the Internet.

 

Scholastic Resource Bank have put together a range of FREE home learning packs for Early Years, KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2 children to help parents and teachers prepare for all eventualities. Download your free resource backs below:

 

Other interesting links to explore…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround

https://www.robinhoodmat.co.uk/learning-projects/

https://world-geography-games.com/continents/index.html

https://world-geography-games.com/oceans/index.html

https://twitter.com/TheBookWhisper2

http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/

 

We will publicise any other good resources on the school Twitter site: @HowesCoventry (no login needed). Please post photos or news here. We would really like to see any project work (pictures, models, writing, drama) linked to your project packs.

 

Thank you for working with us in these challenging times.

The Staff of Howes Primary School

 

 

Talking to children at this challenging time

Children’s Guide to Coronavirus

Think U Know online safety

Social Media Guidance for Parents and Carers

Useful information for parents about helping children cope at this time can be found here.

A short video explaining about Coronavirus to children can be found here.

National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/nas-schools/vanguard/news/2020/march/coronavirus-(covid-19)-advice.aspx

Mencap – Easy Read guide to Coronavirus: https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/Information%20about%20Coronavirus%20ER%20SS2.pdf

Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing: https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/

Young Minds – Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

Carers UK – Guidance for carers: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19

Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic: https://www.mindheart.co/descargables

Amaze – information pack for parents https://amazesussex.org.uk/faqs-about-the-coronavirus-for-parent-carers-of-children-with-send-brighton-hove/

Public Health England have produced an easy read version of their Advice on the coronavirus for places of education.  You can download it here

 

A message from the School Nursing Team:

We are available to the parents in case you wish to ask questions. You can contact us via text on our parent line.  TEXT  07507 329 114 and we can call you back.

Handwashing https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/  is the most powerful weapon we have against Covid19.

The best and most accurate advice remains on The World Health Organisation https://www.who.int  and NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/