Learning at Home

 

 

During lockdown we provided some information and activities for parents to carry out at home with their children. We have left this available on our website as it contains information that parents may find useful. 

Nursery/EYFS:

 

We are keen to support our Nursery and Early Years families during this period of lockdown. Here are some links for our families – more support is available through the Tapestry app. Do contact us if you need further support!

Writing:

Several families are keen to keep up with English skills. Here are some optional activities and suggestions, with activities through the ActiveLearn app available as well.

 

Reading:

Bug Club:

As a school, we use Bug Club Phonics to teach early reading skills. Activities and e-books are available at home during lockdown. Do see below!

 

Accelerated Reader:

Our older children enjoy progressing through the Accelerated Reader scheme.  Fortunately, the online quizzes are available at home so that the children can still challenge themselves during lockdown!

 

Support For Parents with the development of early reading skills:

  • https://www.lapsw.co.uk/ilsham-english-hub/supporting-schools/: for support and advice in supporting your child to develop early reading skills (such as blending and segmenting) at home, do take a look at the helpful resources on our Ilsham English Hub website. Follow the link to find helpful videos to watch, suggested links and activity ideas.

 

Running out of books at home? Choose from the following to find more online:

  • Devon Library Service  https://www.devonlibraries.org.uk/web/arena/join-thelibrary   Devon Libraries offer free books and magazines for online reading. You can join online, if you’re not already a member of the local library. During the lockdown, you will be given a temporary [UNREG] number which will enable you to access the digital library immediately. As and when libraries re-open,  all temporary memberships will be processed and a library card will be issued to you.
  • Audible https://stories.audible.com/start-listen       Audible has a wide range of audiobooks available to enjoy – no log in needed. Quick and easy to access! Older children can even do Accelerated Reader quizzes on these texts too. Listening is a good skill to develop and everyone loves being read to!
  • My On books     https://readon.myon.co.uk/library/browse.html      This is also an easy-to-access site, with no log in needed. There are thousands of books to choose from. An added bonus is that many of them can be read to you, while the words are highlighted on screen as you go. Unfortunately, most of these texts do not have Accelerated Reader quizzes available for our older readers. Still a lot to choose from here though – worth a look!
  • Are you a fan of David Walliams? Why not enjoy a daily treat at 11am? https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/ Enjoy some of his best-loved tales read by the author himself!
  • Oxford Owl  https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/    Many excellent texts have been made available for children at home – particularly useful for younger children as many of the books are grouped by age group or reading ability. No log in needed.

BookTrust

The BookTrust website is a fantastic resource for all – well worth a look if you are seeking further support with anything book-related (eg author recommendations).  https://www.booktrust.org.uk/

Maths resources for all:

  • https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ : we use White Rose Maths as the basis for our learning in school, so the children will be familiar with the type of questions and formats. Please try to work through one lesson every other day to keep your child’s fluency up. Watch the videos and complete the activities (either printing out the resources, or writing the answers in your home learning journals). If you would like to share your outcomes with your teachers, please send them in to us to look at!
  • https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/home-learning : a great blog with links to guides for supporting home learning in Year 2+, as well as guides to helping with maths anxiety, building a growth mindset, ways to make maths fun and engaging (and not just online!), and a knowledge buster to explain areas of the National Curriculum.

 

In the sections below, we have listed some quality sources of support for home learning in Maths during the lockdown. There is a lot of choice out there! We are hearing that different families prefer different resources – and that’s OK. Whatever works for you and your child to keep some maths skills sharp and to explore new ideas.

 

Please don’t forget TT Rockstars. A rapid recall of multiplication facts is invaluable for giving children confidence and supporting them to reason and solve problems in all areas of the Maths curriculum. Regular (daily), brief practice will help your child to commit these facts to longterm memory.

Maths support for Nursery and Reception:

 

Maths ideas for KS1:

  • Numbots: login is the same as for TT Rockstars. Number fluency, with addition and subtraction. Work through the levels to earn coins and create your own robot. (5-10 minutes a day – regular practice is better than longer, one-off sessions).
  • TT Rockstars: your child’s login will be your child’s name and first initial of their surname, and the password for all children is abc (5-10 minutes a day – regular practice is better than longer, one-off sessions).
  • https://plprimarystars.com/news/home-learning-activities-school-closure : key Stage One children could have a try at these games –Solve, Shoot, Score : can you add up correctly to score past Premier League goalkeepers? Try our interactive football-themed game with quickfire maths questions.Position and direction : what is above, what is below? Test your knowledge of positions and directions on the football pitch (ages 5 to 7).
  • http://www.iseemaths.com/home-lessons/ : scroll down for the KS1 Sum Connect 4 video – this explains a range of really simple games you can play which will develop and build addition and subtraction confidence.
  • https://www.themathsfactor.com/ : sign up (for free). The course contains over 1,000 maths sessions, organised into topics which match the National Curriculum. Carol Vorderman teaches each topic through a fun and lively video, which is coupled with practice sessions to build your child’s knowledge and confidence in maths.
  • https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/ : downloadable weekly maths packs, organised into year groups. Lessons are organised into days, and come with learning reminders, practice sessions, additional activities for getting a bit stuck, and some questions to check your child’s understanding.

Maths suggestions for KS2:

  • Numbots: number fluency, with addition and subtraction. Work through the levels to earn coins and create your own robot. (5-10 minutes a day – regular practice is better than longer, one-off sessions). Login for numbots is the same as for TT Rockstars.
  • TT Rockstars: if you are not sure about your child’s login, please contact school. (5-10 minutes a day – regular practice is better than longer, one-off sessions).
  • https://plprimarystars.com/news/home-learning-activities-school-closures :key Stage Two children could have a try at these games –Solve, Shoot, Score – Can you add up correctly to score past Premier League goalkeepers? Try our interactive football-themed game with quickfire maths questions.Stick with Maths – Inspired by sticker packs and stats, tackle maths at home with these great taster puzzles and activities. You can also try our bitesize maths puzzles, using data from Premier League football stickers (ages 7 to 11).
  • http://www.iseemaths.com/home-lessons/: daily problem solving challenge videos – split into Years 3 and 4, and Years 5 and 6. Work through these in sequence as they build from one day to the next.
  • https://www.themathsfactor.com/ : sign up (for free). The course contains over 1,000 maths sessions, organised into topics which match the National Curriculum. Carol Vorderman teaches each topic through a fun and lively video, which is coupled with practice sessions to build your child’s knowledge and confidence in maths.
  • https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/ : downloadable weekly maths packs, organised into year groups. Lessons are organised into days, and come with learning reminders, practice sessions, additional activities for getting a bit stuck, and some questions to check your child’s understanding.
  • https://mathshub.thirdspacelearning.com/topical : daily problem solving questions linked to a topical theme. (Split into Years 3&4 and 5&6).

General:

We will continue to update this page with links so please keep checking.

Geography Week (8th June):

 

Welcome to Geography Week! We will be looking at a range of mapping and fieldwork skills.

 

Music Week (1st June):

 

We are excited to be exploring “How music makes us think and feel.”

 

History Week (18th May):

 

We had a wonderful week, delving into the past – what did we discover? Click on the links to find out!

 

 

 

Maths Week (11th May):

 

What inspired us in Maths Week? Click on the links to find out!

 

 

Wellbeing Week (4th May):

 

Our children were really inspired during Wellbeing Week – we heard about so many lovely activities!

 

 

 

 

Design & Technology Week (27th April):

 

What designers and makers we have at Dunsford! Future engineers among us? Do take a look at the link below to see some of the children’s ingenuity!

 

Arts Week (20th April):

 

We loved Art Week! Follow the link to see some our creations!

 

 

Science Week (14th April):

 

We loved Science Week! Follow the link below to find out about our experiments and investigations!