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Educating your child during school closure

Please find attachments of suggested work for your children for those not returning to school in the section to the left. 

The suggestions are split into Foundation Stage, Key Stage One, and Key Stage Two. You can browse resources and suggestions for all year groups if you would like to. There is one additional document with an extra-special project for Year Five and Six to take part in. There are also useful links and additional documents, useful to all year groups, attached below. 

Please, in this difficult time, do not feel pressure to heavily focus on learning, or worried about educating your child from home.  Everyone’s first priority should be to keep safe and well, and reassure children who might be anxious about the crisis, by spending time together as a family. 

We also understand that many families may not have a laptop, computer or internet-enabled phone, much less for every sibling, so lots of our timetabled ideas do not need much equipment other than a pen and paper.  If you are lucky enough to have IT resources, then please do make use of the online links for learning provided too, even for a short time each day. 

The BBC are providing a fantastic set of educational lessons for each year group from Year One upwards.  As well as online, these will also be available through the Red Button on your TV.  Please do make use of this amazing resource: a link to find out more is provided in the attached documents.  We will send out new suggested activities for the next fortnight for each phase, every two weeks for the duration of the time we are closed. We hope you will find these helpful and will enjoy completing the activities.

Other useful links for educating your children at home:

Free book explaining Covid-19 and social distancing in a child friendly manner: https://www.flipsnack.com/CSKidsBooks/what-s-going-on.html

Staying safe online during Covid-19 lockdown: https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/news-and-blogs/our-blog/invite-only-parties-and-staying-safe-online-during-covid-19-lockdown

Stay-At-Home with Nicola Davies:

Award winning Nicola Davies has written a wonderful blog for us about DNA to celebrate the publication of Grow, illustrated by Emily Sutton which you can read on Picture Book Party here https://www.picturebookparty.co.uk/.  There are teachers notes for the book here:  http://www.walker.co.uk/UserFiles/file/Grow_Teachers'%20Notes.pdf

Stay-at-Home Adventures with Anna McNuff: Look out for Anna McNuff’s instagram stories takeover on @WalkerBooksUK as she talks about her new book, 100 Adventures to Have Before You Grow Up. by Anna McNuff, illustrated by Clair Rossiter, it is packed with adventure ideas you can do right now in your home and garden & those big bucket list adventures that you can start planning now! You can see Anna talking about her book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTw0eFJ5yFQ

Stay-at-home with the Walker Bear: The 'Stay home with the Walker Bear' playlist features all the best and brightest videos from our Walker Books authors and illustrators. The perfect place to find readings, activities and more to keep your little ones entertained. https://www.youtube.com/user/WalkerBooksUK?blend=8&ob=5

A Monster Calls – the movie adaptation was shown on BBC and is now available on iPlayer.

Football School Friday which starts at 10am with Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton on the Football School YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/footballschoolfacts!

The Bear Hunt's gone GLOBAL! All around the world, people are putting bears in their windows for families to spot on their daily walks.  Walker have put together reading recommendation assets.  These are the first set in bi-weekly recommendation assets which will range in theme, age group, and school subject. There are also two activity sheets for children to make their very own bear and bear ears to print off and cut out available at jointhebearhunt.com https://www.jointhebearhunt.com/ which has been updated with the latest books and news.

Chris Haughton, author-illustrator of such favourites as - Oh No, George!Shh! We Have a PlanGoodnight EveryoneA Bit Lost, and the soon to be in paperback Don't Worry, Little Crab - is keeping kids across the world busy with his read-alongs, live art tutorials, and activities. You can see more here: https://www.picturebookparty.co.uk/

From the award-winning creator of Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth comes Follow Me, Flo a hilarious and heartfelt daddy and daughter cautionary tale, sure to get all young readers laughing and singing.  You can watch Jarvis sharing his story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RER5zRz766k&t=27s

Daily phonic lessons from Ruth Miskin:

Daily lessons, Monday to Friday from Ruth Miskin as follows:

Speed Sounds Set 1 – 9.30am 
Speed Sounds Set 2 – 10.00am
Speed Sounds Set 3 – 10.30am

Each film is available for 24 hours via Facebook and on YouTube: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ
https://www.facebook.com/miskin.education/

Daily PE Lessons:

Joe Wicks is streaming daily live PE sessions for you all to join in with at home. PE WITH JOE is on everyday Monday to Friday at 9am on his YOUTUBE channel: The Body Coach TV. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

Online educational resources for schools and parents to help children to learn at home from the Department for Education: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources