Top tips for parents
- Be guided by your child's school. Check out the learning information on the school website or speak to your child's class teacher.
- Get your child to create their own learning timetable. They’ll be more likely to stick to it.
- Keep the learning sessions in short bursts.
- Get creative. Get messy! Painting, water play or slime making will keep your child interested.
- Include some physical activity during the day. Get outside if you can. Go for a walk, or a bike ride. Hula hooping, skipping, kicking a ball around, playing 'It' or hide and seek. Kids need 60 minutes activity each day.
- Enjoy the garden or outdoor space. Get the kids involved in planting seeds. Give them their own space to grow their own veggies or flowers. Younger children could do a scavenger hunt or go bug hunting.
- Get them to write a diary each day. Even just a short paragraph. History in the making!
- Get them involved in the kitchen. Help making dinner or doing some baking, weighing and measuring are great maths skills.
- Write to a school friend or a family member they won’t see for some time.
- Try to restrict screen time. Set an allocated time when phones, tablets and TV are all switched off.
- Take a moment to enjoy quality family time. Dig out the board games and jigsaws. Scrabble, playing cards, even monopoly can all help sharpen learning skills.
- Most importantly, try to have fun with your children! Try out some mindfulness activities with them.
Home learning for under 5s
- Bookstart have interactive stories and games on their website, as well as suggested reading.
- BBC Bitesize offers indepth online learning covering ages 3-16+
- Scholastic Learn at Home website has an excellent range of information. Content is written for US children, so for guidance grades translate as; PreK and K Nursery: Reception - Year 1, Grades 1 and 2: Years 2 and 3, Grades 3-5: Years 3 - 5 and Grades 6+: Year 6 upwards.
- Twinkl have worksheets, activities and crafts for preschool and primary aged children.
- Publishers will begin sharing digital resources on Chatterbooks over the coming weeks.
- A number of resources created by our Early Years Children's Centres
English and reading
- Children’s author, Oliver Jeffers @oliverjeffers, will be reading a story on Instagram live every day at 6pm and talking about his book ideas.
- The British Library’s Discovering Children’s Books website has lots of information about books and stories and some great activities.
- Shakespeare Week website has lots of themed activities in their Kids’ Zone. There is a printable booklet to track what children have been doing.
- Michael Rosen has an amazing website of him reading and performing his poems, plus more resources.
- BookTrust: Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy story time with our free online books, play games, win prizes, or test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes.
Maths and numbers
- Sumdog can help children age 6-14-years-old, practise maths through games. Free access gives you six different games for children to use. You can also sign up as a member.
- Science Museum website has a range of learning games and apps that are free.
- British Science Week website has downloadable ‘Diverse Planet’ activity packs for early years, primary school and secondary school children.
- STEM@HOME via The STEM Hub (STEM Learning schools network for the South East) provides information and links to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) learn at home activities. In this link you will find STEM@Home resources which currently have Junior and Senior school aged content relating to SPACE. It is worth checking the site over the next few weeks as they provide more content themes on topics such as dinosaurs, ecology, structures and materials.
- National Geographic Kids website has fun learning games including quizzes, puzzles and word scrambles.
- Virtual tours of famous museums allow you to experience some of the best museums in the world, from the comfort of your own home.
- Memrise have free online language learning packages for a range of different languages.
- Scratch coding website has a range of tutorials for different coding activities.
- Take a look at the new online Active Slough programme and see what activities you can do as a family.