It seems to only be a matter of time before the government makes the decision to close schools. To support you when the time comes, or to help those of you already having to self-isolate, here are some suggested websites for supporting your child with their learning:
This site looks great for keeping your child’s maths going whilst schools are closed! There are loads of videos, quizzes and worksheets on a huge range of maths topics – all with answers to help parents who haven’t done maths for a few years! The Five-a-Day looks really handy to with five questions to work through covering a range of topics. There are even Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum options just like at school! Please bear in mind that this site is for the whole of KS2 (years 3-6) so the higher levels will be very challenging for some of our younger learners.
Times tables are SO important. Whilst school is closed keep practising – how many rock heroes will we have when school reopens?
The levels correspond to year groups (level 3 = year 3). There is a range of maths skills to choose from within each level. Can be played by writing answers on paper and checking at the end. Set a time limit for each question or select ‘manual’ to click through to the next question. I can see parent v. child competitions with this one!
Select 7-11 then chose an aspect of maths to practice (ordering and sequencing, mental maths, place value, money, measures etc.). Most games have a menu with lots of options to make the games simpler/more challenging. Great for our younger learners, or those who find maths more challenging.
Whether you want your children to have some calm time or burn off some excess energy, there will be a video on here that could help. The majority of children in school will be familiar with this website so I’m sure they’ll have some favourites to show you!
If you want scree-free indoor exercise, check out this site for some ideas. Based on popular Disney films, there are lots of 10-minute activities to boost physical activity.
Obviously you could take out the Disney element and just see these as ideas for how to get your children moving more!
If your child reads stage reading books, you can register for free on this site and access lots of e-books. Some even have activities to complete after reading. Perfect! Explore the other tabs across the top too – lots of games her for the children to explore.
Also available as an app, lots of our children are already using this to learn a new language – what a brilliant use of this time away from school!
If you have access to a printer and paper, this website has got loads of PDF ‘maths tasks’ for each year group (3-6). There is also a 10-day program for developing times tables if you fancy something different to TT Rockstars. Specifically for year 6, there are practice arithmetic papers and the Arithmetic 16 Target Questions tab has links to videos and questions to practice 16 key arithmetic skills.
This is the coding website that your children use at school. Why not have a go together and see what amazing games you can build? Or just play the games that other people have already designed!
Twinkl have produced FREE school closure resources for each year group from EYFS (nursery) up to year 6 so if you have a printer and paper these might be worth a look. They’re also offering free access to other resources for parents (use promo code: UKTWINKLHELPS).
Further to the previous suggestions of important life skills your child could be developing, here are some more ideas from our staff:
Can your child…
- tie shoelaces?
- tell the time? (both analogue and digital)
- write and send letters or emails?
- occupy themselves for half an hour if bored?
- prepare a meal?
- wash the dishes?
- use a washing machine/dishwasher?
- create a PowerPoint presentation?
- type on a computer? (with some pace!)
- play a range of board games?
- find the number for and call a relative/family friend?
To help establish a sense of comfort and security for your children, we would recommend that you and your family set out a routine for each day to ensure the sanity of adults and children alike!
Here’s an example that we like:
|9:00-9:30||Morning exercise||Walk the dog, take a stroll or try indoor exercise if its raining|
|9:30-10:30||Academic time||Puzzle books, Sudoku, write a diary/story, research something of interest, practice maths, use educational websites|
|10:30-11:30||Creative time||Lego, draw, paint, make, bake, play music, learn a new skill, try a science experiment|
|11:30-12:00||Quiet time||Read a book/magazine, complete jigsaw puzzles, listen to music, chill out in a den|
|12:30||Chores||Help with laundry, vacuum, dust, clean (got to keep those viruses away!)|
|1:00-2:00||Academic time||Puzzle books, Sudoku, write a diary/story, research something of interest, practice maths, use educational websites|
|2:00-3:00||Afternoon exercise||Play outside, walk the dog again, ride bikes or indoor exercise|
Other websites suggested by our colleagues at T&W Virtual School:
- BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
- Geography Games https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
- Paw Print Badges https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
- Blockly https://blockly.games
- Scratch https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/
- The Kids Should See This https://thekidshouldseethis.com
- National Geographic Kids https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
- Mystery Science https://mysteryscience.com
When school closes, we will be providing specific tasks/projects for children to complete. More information will be provided about this separately. Hopefully there is plenty here to get you going in the meantime.