Home Learning for school closure
Here are the home learning activities for all children during the forced closure of our school and self-isolation:
Oak Academy Lessons
Oak National Academy is a new collection of high-quality lessons and online resources. Backed by the Government, it has been created in response to the coronavirus lockdown.
Their online classroom offers free access to great teachers, delivering video lessons, quizzes and worksheets. Available for both primary and secondary levels, it covers a range of subjects. All of the lessons are ordered so your child can learn along a clear plan.
BBC Bitesize Lessons
BBC Bitesize Follow this link to find lots of engaging resources, videos and lessons for your child, broadcast by the BBC.
Our Summer Sunflower Project
Here are the information and activity sheets for our Summer Sunflower Project.
We can't wait to see how tall your sunflowers can grow!
Peter J Murray FREE download!
Do you like spooky stories?
Our KS2 author, Peter J Murray, has a free downloadable book on his website.
Visit www.peterjmurray.co.uk today!
Information about Ramadan 2020
Talk for Writing Booklets
Link to Units
Please use the link below to access all Talk for Writing units of work for Reception to Year 6
Guidance for Use
These booklets have many activities in them that are designed to be completed an activity at a time as a series of sessions. While they have recommended year groups, please select the one that is appropriate for your child.
Mental Health, Well-being and Resilience
How we think and feel is central to the way we live our lives. Mental health is just as important as physical health. Mental health can have its ups and downs and it is so important to talk about how we feel.
We are launching Mental Health Awareness week at Willow Primary School (18-24th May). The theme for Mental Health Awareness this year is ‘Kindness’ and we would like to invite you and your families to celebrate with us. Kindness strengthens relationships and with our current situation with COVID-19 we thought you might enjoy some activities that can help to boost wellbeing.
We have created activities for KS1 (including Reception) and KS2 children to help them to understand the connection between physical and mental health. You may want to select and choose activities from the documents below or you may choose to complete them all over the course of the week. We would love to see some of your fantastic work so please share with us.
The activities focus on the following themes:
- Spread a Little Kindness
- Being Ourselves
- Healthy Inside and Out
The activities can be helpful for all pupils and adults at home, but particularly if they are finding the current changes unsettling.
Mental Health Awareness Week activity menus
Here are some other activities which you may enjoy
Links to useful websites and support
The following resources have different activities for the children to complete that focus on resilience and mental well-being, especially important during these uncertain times.
As the children complete an activity they earn points towards a super hero badge and can share their progress when school opens again.
Jigsaw Families at Home
Learning at home or at school, March 2020…
Well-being stories with activities for parents/carers teaching their children at home.
In these uncertain times, Jigsaw PSHE have offered parents and children two original stories from the Jigsaw Families Programme.
- Fowley’s Wings (Fowley follows his dreams)
- The Switch Watch (A family and their crazy dog called Bongo work out how to enjoy each others’ company.
We hope you enjoy the stories, discussions and activities with your children. We also encourage you to take a few minutes of mindfulness and complete the 'Calm Me Time' relaxation exercises. We think this is especially useful during the challenging times we are facing.
Please follow the links below to access the stories, discussions, calm me exercises and activities with your children.
The Jigsaw Big Sing
You can also join in with many other families and take part in the Jigsaw Big Sing. This is another fun project where you can share in some additional educational activities with your children.
Follow the link below to access the toolbox which includes the link to the Big Sing and activities to do at home.
Enjoy and have fun!
Online Safety during school closure
If you need any advice about keeping safe online while school is closed, anyone can contact school to talk to a member of staff.
You can also find advice, guidance and report any concerns on the websites below:
- Childline - for support
- UK Safer Internet Centre - to report and remove harmful online content
- CEOP - for advice on making a report about online abuse
Suggestions for self-isolation with children:
Children really thrive on predictability, especially when life is changing around them.
Children are used to a routine; we parents could create a daily routine for the children and display it for children to know the schedule for the day. At school, we focus on Reading, Writing and Maths in the mornings and many other subjects in the afternoon.
Break the schedule down into 30-minute chunks of time and plan plenty of creative activities, art and physical activity in to the day. Children are used to having physical activity at regular times at school so this is important to include in your schedule.
You could create weekly or daily activities and then read the plan out or “stick it on the wall”.
You could have a weekly have a family film afternoon and give children time to talk to their friends over WhatsApp video call or Skype.
Have a baking afternoon or chose some songs to dance and sing to.
Try to get a balance between relaxed time and structure and it would be helpful to distinguish between weekdays and weekend.
Try and carve out some one-on-one time with the children or time when they spend time on their own.
Thinking about the environment is also important, but we don’t recommend you set up a classroom in the living room!
The house will be messier than normal, craft and art areas will help to maintain some tidiness and order.
We are here to help and will keep posting ideas of activities and learning on this page.
PE and Sports/ Fitness
Try to keep active and fit during the closure using the resources here:
Computer Software to Support Home Learning
Many of the companies that we use or have used are enhancing their offer to support parents whilst pupil are unable to attend school.
This page will provide details and links as they become available.
Numbots (from the makers of Times Tables Rockstars (TTR))
NumBots is an online game and playing little and often will significantly improve your child’s recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. You can access it from within TTR or by copying this link into your browser: