Weekly Teacher Videos
The Government have set up the Oak National Academy online to help all families with remote learning. Please visit:
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.
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
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.
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
Have a look at BBC Bitesize Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology on here:
Try some coding by downloading a free app called “Bee-Bot” which you can find here:
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:
Here are a few experiments that you might like to try:
Other things to keep you busy…
- Do some physical activity for at least 30 minutes (if you are feeling well enough)
- 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.
- All subjects:https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents
- All subjects:https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary
- All subjects:https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/
- All subjects:https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/
- All subjects:https://plprimarystars.com/news/home-learning-activities-school-closures
- All subjects:https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach
- Phonics:https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ParentsMenu.htmYou can access Phonics Play for free using: Username: March 20, Password: home
- Maths challenges:https://nrich.maths.org/primary
- Maths and English home learning packs:https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/
- Maths and English:https://www.ictgames.com/
- PE: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
- Design and Technology:http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/
- Science :https://www.weareteachers.com/easy-science-experiments/
- Science: https://learning-resources.sciencemuseum.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Kitchen-science.pdf
- Current affairs: https://www.picture-news.co.uk/
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:
Lower Key Stage 2 Pack: https://resource-bank.scholastic.co.uk/content/39882
Other interesting links to explore…
We will publicise any other good resources on the school Twitter site: @HowesCoventry (no login needed) and on our Facebook Page. Please email any photos or news to Howes@howes.coventry.sch.uk and with your permission we will share them via social media. We would really like to see any project work (pictures, models, writing, drama) linked to your project packs.
The following project packs were created for the lockdown which began in March 2020. Please feel free to try these activities.