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Learning at home

Starting from Monday, 30th March, during term-time, teachers will be providing weekly English, maths and wider curriculum activities. You will find the activities on this page. For example, if your child is in Y3, look out for these:

  • 30_03_english_y3
  • 30_03_maths_y3
  • 30_03_wider_y3

There will be no worksheets to download, and no need for a printer. Just view the activities on any device (phone, tablet, PC). If children need to write anything down, use whatever you have available.

We strongly recommend dipping into other year groups - age is just a number, and there are great tasks in every year group. If you don't like one of the tasks in your year group - don't worry! - pick one from another class.

Would you like to chat to your teacher?  Please post comments on your class blog (but not the news blog, or the writing blog!). To find out more click here!

We are now introducing the opportunity for you to share some of your ‘learning at home’ tasks with your teacher. Please click here if you would like to find out more about this.  It would be lovely to see some of your hard work, but please do not feel under pressure to do this.

Fifteenth week of 'learning at home' tasks, Monday 6th July

Fourteenth week of 'learning at home' tasks, Monday 29th June

Thirteenth week of 'learning at home' tasks, Monday 22nd June

Twelfth week of 'learning at home' tasks, Monday 15th June

Eleventh week of 'learning at home' tasks, Monday 8th June

Tenth week of 'learning at home' tasks, Monday 1st June

Ninth week of 'learning at home' tasks, half-term homework grid

Eighth week of 'learning at home' tasks, Monday 18th May

Seventh week of 'learning at home' tasks, Monday 11th May

Sixth week of 'learning at home' tasks, Monday 4th May

Fifth week of 'learning at home' tasks, Monday 27th April

Fourth week of 'learning at home' tasks, Monday 20th April

Second + third week of 'learning at home' tasks, Easter homework grid

First week of 'learning at home' tasks, Monday 30th March

Summer Term PSHE Resources

Click here for some PSHE resources to support positive mental health and wellbeing during school closure.

Sumdog

From year 1 onwards (edit: we have now created YR accounts!), all of our pupils have Sumdog accounts for spelling, maths and reading. If you are unsure of your child's log-in details, please email the school using the contact details on this page.

After your child has logged in, Sumdog is very straightforward to use.  As children play, Sumdog asks questions that are tailored to their individual learning. You can use the Sumdog website on your computer, or download the iPad or Android app. If you have any problems or questions, please contact Sumdog directly here.

Sussex School Games Easter Challenge

‘Easter Challenge sheet’ which has a physical activity challenge for your pupils to do during the ‘2 week Easter break’. You just click on the hyperlinks. This is a joint piece of work from all of the SGO’s in Sussex. It would be great if you could share this in school newsletters and on social media. It’s suitable for all of the key stages and all the challenges use little or no equipment and requires no outside space: bit.ly/sgochallenge

Educational wesbsites - our favourites!

BBC Primary School and BBC bitesize and BBC newsround
The BBC’s websites are our personal favourites - so much to explore! 

BBC Bitesize are making sure you've got your education covered.

There will be daily programmes to guide parents and children through their learning day and daily online lessons.

There'll also be loads of fun stuff like videos, quizzes, podcasts and articles to make your core subjects a bit more exciting!

It all launches after the Easter holidays on 20 April.

Oak Academy  An online classroom created by 40 teachers from some of the leading schools across England, backed by government grant funding.

Natural History Museum
Most major museums have children’s sections on their websites, and this one is definitely one of the most interactive ones out there.

Online Library (all ages)

Help your child learn to read, and love to read, with a range of over 100 free eBooks.

Various Subjects (all ages)

Various online educational resources.

History (Horrible Histories)

A fun (and rather silly) historical sketch show, based on the successful books by Terry Deary.

Art (KS1 & KS2)

Artyfactory's free art lessons share the knowledge and understanding of art and design to improve your artistic skills.

Brighton Library

If you are a member of Brighton libraries, you can access online Ebooks and eAudiobooks for free.

Google maps

Travel around the world without stepping foot outside.

The National Geographic
The National Geographic website is full to the brim with a vast amount of information on a wide range of subject areas.

NASA For Kids
Space buffs are sure to love the NASA for kids website. There is loads of information for children of all ages,

GoNoodle

This site provides 100s of movement and mindfulness videos for kids.

Kids’ Poems and Stories with Michael Rosen

Free stories, poems, songs, and jokes - YouTube. 

PE with Joe!

Starting Monday 23rd March -  a free workout aimed at kids LIVE on YouTube

SCRATCH projects

Our school's favourite coding website - get stuck in!

Do you have a recommendation for us? Let us know and we will add it.

Non-screen activities

More RE links

Click here to try 'The Ramadhan Challenge'

Reading at home

Helping your child become a reader is the single most important thing that you can do. Sharing books and doing creative activities inspired by the books you read is a great way to spend time together.

Here are some things you could try in KS1:

  • practice learning tricky words - find 'tricky word lists' and useful guidance by clicking here
  • stick tricky words on the wall, door etc.
  • use magnetic letters - make words and read them 
  • "...look at the first sound/sounds"
  • "... look at the ending of the word"
  • "... does it make sense?"
  • "... do you remember that word?"
  • "... this word rhymes with …"
  • "... does that sound right?"
  • "... have a try!"
  • "... what do you think might be happening?"
  • "... what might happen next?"
  • " ...look at the picture!"
  • "... why did s/he do that?"
  • "... how do you think s/he is feeling?"

Here are some things you could try in KS2:

  • draw and label a character or a setting from a description in the book
  • think of 5 questions you would like to ask one of the characters and write their answers as if you were that character
  • talk/write about a memory or experience of your own that is similar to something you have read in your book
  • make a list of the questions you ask yourself as you read
  • which character in your book would you most like to be? Explain your answer
  • say/write a telephone answering 'voicemail' message for a character in your book
  • design a cover for a book you have read
  • draw a cartoon strip of the main events from the book
  • write a diary entry for one of the characters in your book
  • write a letter to a problem page as if you were one of the characters in your book. Then write a response.
  • dear author - write a letter to the author of your book
  • talk/write a telephone conversation between two characters from the book
  • make up a multiple choice quiz - all of the correct answers must be in the book
  • find five new words that you do not know the meaning of. Find out the definition of the words​

Phonics and early reading

Try phonicsplay for free: Username: march20 Password: home  

Try teach your monster to read, also now free.

The illustrator from our popular book week story 'The Day the Crayons Quit' will be reading a book a day - click here! 

KS2 writing activities

LitFilmFest create writing projects for young learners. There are some really great challenges for 7 - 11 year olds. Check it out here!

More English links...

  • Jane Considine "I will be delivering daily English activities by video for pupils to complete at home. More details to follow. If you’re interested in your children getting involved"
  • Love My Books - Creative, fun activities to support children's literacy
  • Discovery Education - Free tool to make your own word puzzles
  • The Reading Realm - Free home learning packs/book and library challenges/quizzes/discussion guides/games and stories written by children for children! You can also now draw/write your own stories, poems, reviews, diaries etc, in the app too
  • Epic - Free 30-day trial - instant access to a range of books
  • Audible - Free book with free 30-day trial
  • Nessy - Help for children with Dyslexia - free trial
  • CLPE - Free plans, videos, teaching notes for all year groups in primary

Children with English as an additional language (EAL)

  • EFL - Rivet - Free app recommended for those learning English

More maths links...

  • The Maths Mum "I’ll be running daily ‘live’ tutorials on my FB and IG feed covering maths topics and setting work for all primary school years. Also, regular Q&A sessions to help with any questions/problems"
  • Bond Bonanza - Free App helping children to move away from counting numbers up to 20 to turn them into instantly recallable number bonds
  • Manga High - Full, free access at this time - Game-based learning
  • First 4 maths - a few free worksheets (Yr 4/Yr6) to help engage children in maths at home - no login and all free
  • My Mini Maths - (Yr 3, 4, 5, 6) Home learning packs ready to download

More computing links...

Click here to try enjoyable activities, designed by teaching professionals for families to do at home with their children.

More science links...

More art links...

  • Art competition! - Win a family trip to London, whilst supporting a great cause! See your child’s artwork framed by Bourlet and hanging in one of London’s most prestigious Old Master art galleries, plus receive £150 spending money & £150 in CASS ART vouchers.
  • Art for Kids Hub - YouTube videos
  • Walter's Museum - houses the highest artistic achievements from nearly every corner of the world

More PE links...

Home learning PE - Our PE subject leader has recommended these!

KIDS VIDEO ACTIVITIES FOR SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES - website: www.ideagetactive.com online e-brochure: iDEA ActivitiesBrochure free link to subscribe: iDEA Activities - Free Access Sign Up 

WELLBEING PACK: The School of Hard Knocks, a Laureus supported project, has produced an easy to use guide on how to have young people stay fit and healthy over this extended period at home. Please find the pack attached.

FREE CHILDREN’S RESOURCES: To support schools, parents and young people during the ongoing coronavirus situation Youth Sport Trust have put together an extensive package of FREE resources which will aid learning at home, including PE Home Learning and Active Breaks. Head over tohttps://www.youthsporttrust.org/free-home-learning-resources-0

NHS 10 MINUTE WORKOUTS: Simple guidance on what to do in the home to keep active – head over to www.nhs.uk/live-well. Gym free workouts are another way to exercise based on NHS guidance:www.nhs.uk/live-well/gym-free-workouts

LAUREUS SPORT for GOOD: The resource page is now up and running:  https://www.laureus.com/sport-for-good/covid-19-support

French

We subscribe to this website for French. Feel free to give it a try!

1. Click on this link https://www.earlystartonline.com/pupil-welcome.html to go to the Pupil Pages WELCOME page

2. You will be asked to enter the email address msalderson@earlystart.co.uk and the password carlton1 (all lower case) 

3. When you are on the WELCOME page, click on FRENCH 1 or FRENCH 2

4. Click on the section you wish to view e.g. “Greetings” (you can click on the picture or the words)

5. You can now use the Pupil Pages.

 

Homework

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Top Tips!

Tips for good homework habits

Do find a quiet place at home to use as a homework area. It needs a flat surface, a good light source and the right equipment eg pens, pencils, ruler, scissors, glue.
Do be aware of modern teaching methods - there is lots of information in the 'Curriculum' area of this website.
Do plan a homework timetable and agree on when your child will do their homework.
Do allow your child to have something nutritional to eat before starting on homework.
Do discuss any homework tasks with your child and how it connects with what they are studying at school.
Do turn off the TV - but you could have music on if they find it helpful.
Don't give your child the answer in order to get a task finished. Instead, explain how to look up information or find a word in a dictionary.
Don't teach your child methods you used at school. It could confuse them.
Don't let homework become a chore. Keep it fun and make it a special time that you both look forward to.

    Home - School Grids Explained

  • Why do you set homework?

    We believe that learning is a life-long habit that is not confined to the classroom. Our fortnightly home-school learning grids invite parents to get involved with what is happening in the classroom. This can play an important role in developing and enriching the learning going on at school.

  • Have you asked parents about homework?

    Homework is an aspect of school-life that is often controversial. Some parents and carers think that children should be doing a lot of it; others believe that there is no place for it at all. In 2013, after consultation with parents, staff and pupils, we made changes to our homework grid. 

  • Homework explained

    Many activities on the home-school grid are not designed to be tracked or marked by class teachers ('physical exercise' and 'helping at home' are obvious examples). Completion of 'Bring Back Tasks' and maths homework is recognised in class. Spellings are infomally assessed by the class teacher at the end of each two week period.

    • Each grid has one Bring Back Task that should be completed and brought back to school by the end of the 2 week period.
    • Each grid (from Y2 upwards) also has a Sumdog task that has to be completed online (we have also made provision for children that cannot access Sumdog at home - please ask at the office for details).
    • The spellings on the grid are a sample of the words and patterns being explored in class and these are informally assessed by the class teacher at the end of the two week period.
    • Other tasks on the grid are optional activities that can be completed at home and directly relate to a child's learning at school in different curriculum areas.
    • In each class, the current home-school learning grid will be clearly on display and will be referred to during class lessons. In this way children that have completed tasks in these areas will have their work recognised and be able to share their learning with the class.
    • Children can do the tasks themselves, or with help from parents or others. The aim is to encourage independent learning but this sometimes requires support at different ages.

    Children are never sanctioned for not doing their homework. If you would like your child to have access to a computer for Sumdog, join our before school drop in (Wednesdays, 8.30 - 8.55). There is an application form at the bottom of the homepage of this website.

  • Is there a homework club?

    There is a drop-in to provide access to the online maths homework. Because it is a drop-in, if your child cannot make it one week, we will assume that they are under your care. 

    A teacher will be there to supervise the children at all times and support them if they need help - parents and carers do not need to stay (but of course are more than welcome to!).

    Ideally, children who join should come every week, to get the most out of their place in the club. 
     
    Please download an application from the homepage of this website if you would like your child to attend.

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