Home Learning

A list of useful home learning resources, particularly during the coronavirus shut down. Last updated 19/05/20. Don't worry about the different styles of link, they just relate to when information was added to the page.

You may also want to check your child's Class Page where there may be further information and/or links from class teachers, and now might also be a good time to have a look at our E-Safety page and discuss it with your children, as children may now be spending more time online.

And don't forget that nothing beats learning for enjoyment: now's a good time to explore things that you're interested in. I know I'm much happier reading or writing about something if it's something that really interests me!

Some Other Useful Home Learning Links:


https://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/ - Interactive activities covering a range of subjects and year groups.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ - a wide range of activities that cover a whole range of subjects available. Many of them are games to keep it interactive

http://www.pobble365.com/ - A new picture for each day to provoke discussion, debate or writing ideas.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/ - All subjects available and easy to use.

https://www.weareteachers.com/free-online-learning-resources/ - lots of specific links to different sites that offer free resources or learning platforms.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize - A wide range of resources covering many national curriculum subjects.

https://tpet.co.uk/ - free online resource packs

https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/ - Packs for each year group including maths, grammar, phonics/reading, practical ideas, memory games (the memory games are a good idea whatever the age - many children struggle with working memory, and it can improve this)

https://2simple.com/purple-mash/ - free while schools are closed, covers a variety of subjects including Computing, English, Maths

https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/ - free home learning packs for English and Maths

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers - bringing movement and dance into recalling other subjects including English and Maths as they explain concepts

https://collins.co.uk/pages/support-learning-at-home - Various different activities, mostly from English, but also for Maths

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/schedule/#schedule - The site has an English, Maths and Foundation lesson each day, for every year group (Reception-Y6). Some of them seem to be interactive, wirh quizzes and explanation before the tasks. I suggest using the Schedule link that I posted here if you intend to use this as if you go direct to the Year Group page it's unclear what order the lessons are supposed to be done in - the schedule clears that up.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons - The daily lessons from the BBC are now up, for KS1 and KS2 (Y1-Y6). They are also doing a bit of English, Maths and a Foundation subject per day.

https://subscribe.firstnews.co.uk/free-downloadable-issue/ - First News is a newspaper aimed at 7-14 year olds, they are allowing free access to some of their products during coronavirus shut down. You need to enter an email address, though.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/5-7s/ - Internet safety activities appropriate for 5-7 year olds

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/early-years/ - Internet safety activities appropriate for 4-5 year olds

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/8-10s/ - Internet safety activities appropriate for 8-10 year olds


English (including resources for Reading, Phonics, Writing, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)

https://spellingframe.co.uk/ - spelling activities with specialist resources for each year group.

https://subscribe.firstnews.co.uk/free-downloadable-issue/ - free online digital download of a specialist children’s newspaper.

http://myths.e2bn.org/mythsandlegends/ - A vast online store of animated comic strips

https://thereadingrealm.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/The-Nature-and-Animal-Realm-1.pdf - Downloadable reading activity pack.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/  - Free online books available here.

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen - Audible has quite a number of audio books currently available for free listening during school closures, a really good way of getting your children to love reading and enrich their vocabulary

https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/ - for the younger ones who are learning phonic sounds/how to blend (suitable for EYFS and KS1 in particular). The PC version is free; there’s also an app version that normally costs but may be available for free at present. Really successful with children who are reluctant to do phonics.

https://student.readingplus.com/seereader/api/sec/login - Reading Plus access. Y6 should all have logins for this. I'm trying to check in every day, every few days at most, for any of you running into issues.

https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/ - Daily phonics sessions of Read Write Inc, for our infant (EYFS/KS1) children. Check daily as they're only available for 24 hours and it's not ideal to miss a session!

https://authorfy.com/ - readings from authors, access to novel extracts and a scheme of work

https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/ - free audio book each day from David Walliams (more suitable for KS2)

https://www.literacyshedplus.com/en-gb/browse/free-resources - Free resources for both KS1 and KS2, as well as reading comprehensions

https://www.englishmastery.org/our-response-to-coronavirus-covid-19/ - free workpacks during coronavirus lockdown

https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/help-during-school-closure/ - Storytime With Nick will be beginning on 20th April, suitable for EYFS and KS1 children. Nick will be reading/performing stories

https://www.arcademics.com/games/invasion - fun online game for revising word classes, particularly suitable for KS2

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/books/free-ebooks/ - Free Oxford Reading Tree ebooks available for duration of school closures, particularly useful for KS1

https://www.willowtree.st-helens.sch.uk/works/2494/6423 - For EYFS (Nursery in particular), Mrs Oskan is reading some stories, with visuals, so you can listen to good quality stories at home

https://readingeggs.co.uk/free-resources/#resources - for EYFS/KS1, some free reading, alphabet and handwriting resources for printing

https://www.sirlinkalot.org/ - If you can get it to work, apparently they're offering their spelling app for free for a duration of 12 weeks (not sure when the 12 week period started). However, it's currently having technicial difficulties dealing with the demand, so may not be a viable option

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html - Suitable for EYFS, KS1 and KS2. Some reading and other linked activities. The site is American, so it refers to classes slightly differently.

https://collins.co.uk/pages/big-cat-ebooks - Free Big Cat e-books (the sort we read in school) for the duration of school closures, particularly useful for our KS1 children but also EYFS and KS2. Also offers some worksheets if you want any, if not it's a good tool for children to be able to practise their reading

https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/classroom-toolkit/more-resources/phonics-posters - Some phonics, tricky word etc printables for EYFS/KS1 children



https://mathsticks.com/my/ - online resources with specifically broken down key stage focuses

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button - times tables and number bond practise

https://ttrockstars.com/ - Children should have their own login for ttrockstars

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ - Offering 5 free maths lessons a week for the next few weeks (featuring a video tutorial, a worksheet, and a mark scheme for you)

https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/free-resources - free resources during coronavirus lockdown for each year group

https://nrich.maths.org/covid19 - maths activities grouped by age ranges, some are online, some require jotting down or printing

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/help-your-child-with-maths - particularly useful for EYFS and KS1, focusing on building early skills

https://collins.co.uk/pages/primary-mathematics-times-tables-test-simulator - For KS2, timed times table practise

https://www.themathsfactor.com/ - Currently free due to coronavirus school closures, lots of Maths material with video tutorials

https://plprimarystars.com/for-families/play-game - football themed maths game, with various difficulty levels, and with involvement from Premier League footballers. Good for children who will engage well with football. They also do a spelling game

https://www.prodigygame.com/ - Another American site, but it adapts to maths ability. It's free to join, though beware there's a premium upgrade. The free version should be fine, though.

EYFS (Nursery/Reception)



https://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/learning-activities/science/ - Lots of science ideas here.

https://groweatgift.com/2017/06/14/30-ways-to-go-wild-with-science/ - Science activities that can be done at home or in the garden.

https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-science - resource bank of topics from Year 1-Year 6

https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning - This is an American site so the year groups don't quite match up, but there are still some decent activities. Suitable for KS1 and KS2

https://www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk/explore/home-school-safari/ - Some videos from the keepers at Knowsley Safari Park, also has some worksheets on classification for KS1 and KS2

https://www.chesterzoo.org/schools/resources/ - Some resources from Chester Zoo, including fact files of animals, colouring pages, activities and games you can play at home, art tasks etc.




https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/horrible-histories - Episodes and clips from Horrible Histories, covering a wide area of history topics

https://www.oncoloring.com/history-coloring-pages-book.html - Colouring pages related to various History topics



https://www.gonoodle.com/ - online videos to help keep children active – includes mindfulness and meditation too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3LPrhI0v-w&safe=active - Joe Wicks leads 5 minute videos and fitness activities aimed at primary school children.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mvsc - Boogie Beebies for EYFS children, dance along with Cbeebies presenters

https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups - NHS 10 minute shake ups, based on Disney films, for PE

https://www.afpe.org.uk/physical-education/thisispe-supporting-parents-to-teach-pe-at-home/ - #ThisisPE videos, posted by PE teachers

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga - Fun themed Yoga activities for children, for PE.

https://dreambigsports.co.uk/maths-on-the-move-home-challenges - This is PE and Maths linked together for a bit of a more practical way of learning



https://www.typingclub.com/ - online programme for teaching and developing touch typing

https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/article/free-educational-content-minecraft-marketplace- - Minecraft educational content is free for the duration of school closures, covering a variety of subject areas

https://www.tynker.com/ - Some fun coding work for Computing, again quite a number of things have been made free for the duration of school closures.

https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/ - More coding fun for Computing, Scratch is completely free and you can make/play your own games

https://hourofcode.com/uk/learn - For Computing, fun learning to code activities

https://blockly.games/ - Simple Computing coding

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/ - A game that also embeds questions about internet safety into it, a good way to start children thinking about how to stay safe online

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr - for developing touch typing (the ability to type at speed, without having to constantly look at the keyboard)



https://www.duolingo.com/ - Free for learning languages (including French and Spanish), you do a little bit a day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sjii1O2fGLg&feature=youtu.be - from French Judith, suitable for Year 3

The first of May (le premier mai) is a bank holiday (une fête) in France. It is traditional to give your family and friends a little bunch of Lilly of the valley (le muguet) to bring them good luck (la bonne chance). Here is a little video clip all about the tradition and there are some simple crafts at the end of it! Maybe you could make some pictures of this flower and send them to your family and friends?



https://world-geography-games.com/index.html - Some fun Geography related games

https://www.arcademics.com/games/toad - Geography game about matching countries and their capital cities


Performing Arts (Music/Drama)

https://www.facebook.com/sthelenstheatreroyal/photos/a.400342345947/10158247757355948/?type=3&theater - St Helens Theatre Royal is going to be doing an Easter pantomime that will be streamed from 12th April until 18th April. Many of our children love pantomimes, so might be worth seeing how they do it, given all the actors are separate! See the link and watch the page for details

See also the bottom of this page for links for online learning for music (from the teachers who normally come in and teach you), particularly useful for those of you who have brought your instruments home with you.


SEN apps/sites recommended by Department for Education. Beware, some of these seem to have in app purchases!

http://www.brainparade.com/products/see-touch-learn-free/ - visual instruction app for autistic children

https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/updates/school-closure.html - various apps and games for various SEN. Some of these cost money, but if you scroll down you can see that some are also free

https://www.sensoryapphouse.com/ - free sensory apps

https://www.visuals2go.com/ - supportive visuals and a few free resource links

https://www.senteacher.org/ - Useful for parents. Has a great printables section, particularly for Maths, and Communication (can make picture cards for visual timetables for free)

https://inclusiveteach.com/free-printable-sen-teaching-resources/ - For parents. Lots of printable activities to support learning about individual topics

https://goboardmaker.com/collections/boardmaker-activities-to-go - Some free to-go activities from Boardmaker for children with SEN (also suitable for younger children in general).

https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus/resources/helpful-resources.aspx - For parents of autistic children, this gives some child friendly information about coronavirus as well as various other useful resources

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