Due to the current situation surrounding Covid-19, here is a bank of general learning resources that children learning an instrument with HMS can use while learning at home and over the summer holidays. All of the resources are guaranteed to keep children's learning progressing at this challenging time.
Engaging websites that we use in school:
Children have their own log in and password information in the front of their home school diaries.
(KS2 Times Table Practice)
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ (Fun interactive games for a variety of subjects for use from EYFS up to Y6 - some games require Flash Player)
https://monsterphonics.com/log-in/ (Monster Phonics founder Ingrid Dixon has allowed you to access their resources free of charge. Useful for children in EYFS, Y1, Y2 and Y3 and if your child has an intervention using this scheme)
Please visit our Maths page for lots of extra websites and links to games too. This also includes our previous links to Maths workshops for parents and our Maths videos demonstrating the methods we use with the children in school.
https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ Everything you need here for some Maths learning at home for all year groups from EYFS all the way up to Year 6!
https://masterthecurriculum.co.uk/ Free maths resources are available here if you sign up for a free trial.
https://www.khanacademy.org/ Maths lessons and resources to help learners. You just need to sign up.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05wsm6h A challenging quiz for our Upper Key Stage 2 children.
Useful games and resources when practicing timestables, basic number skills and time.
https://www.themathsfactor.com/ Carol Vorderman is providing free access to her learning resources for children aged 4-11 while schools are closed.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/help-your-child-with-maths Suitable for EYFS children, there are some fun activities, with supporting videos, to give you some ideas of how to incorporate Maths into everyday situations at home.
https://www.effectivemaths.com/homelearning1 Online lesson block activities and quizzes suitable from Y1 to Y6.
http://www.iseemaths.com/games-resources/ Great Maths games to download and play as a family (see the Free Resources tab at the top of the website for further activities and downloadable content).
Please visit our English page https://www.greatbinfields.co.uk/english/for lots of ideas to help your child with their reading, writing and grammar. There is also a link to Hampshire Library Services which provides lots of great books to read.
https://thereadingrealm.co.uk/ This website provides free access to a four-week reading curriculum with lots of activities to boost reading.
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ Great for accessing free e-books at home.
https://www.digitallibrary.io/en This website is suitable for younger readers and those who are still developing their confidence.
https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/ David Walliams has recorded a free audio story to listen to each day.
https://www.oliverjeffers.com/abookaday/ Oliver Jeffers is also posting a daily audio story on his website for children – this may be more appropriate for KS1.
https://litfilmfest.com/playlists/ In this challenge, you’ll be tasked with writing a simple book review!
http://www.pobble365.com/ A website of beautiful images deliberately chosen to hook children into writing.
https://kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk/ A brand new site to access where everything is completely free! It's packed with activities for children to use independently including spelling and grammar resources.
https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/ Some lovely online stories to listen to.
https://explorer.theday.co.uk/ Recommended for KS2 - daily report, searchable topics, photo of the week and ideas for comprehension.
https://authorfy.com/10minutechallenges/ For a daily dose of creativity and fun, check out the '10 Minute Challenges', which are set by bestselling authors and illustrators - a new challenge is added to this page every single day! A great way to get children motivated to write.
https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/sites/default/files/lets_play_at_home_final.pdf Find out about The National Theatre and take part in some fun learning activities too.
https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/covid-19-home-learning-coronavirus A range of free resources available with downloadable extracts to support reading and responding at home.
https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home Some really fun Harry Potter related activities and extracts from the books read aloud.
https://stories.audible.com/discovery Audible have made some of their children's catalogue of audio books available to listen to for free online. Please make sure an adult guides children to choose age appropriate stories as there is some Secondary level content.
https://www.nasa.gov/ Nasa are providing free activities to help engage those passionate about Space.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/live-lessons/blue-planet-live-lesson/zn7tkmn CBBC have planned learning activities for children based on their popular TV Show.
https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning An American website which provides lots of free Science lessons and resources.
https://www.stem.org.uk/home-learning/primary Great resources to watch and download for all children linked to a wide variety of topics!
https://wowscience.co.uk/ A website full of links to free games, apps and activity ideas. It includes lots of links to experiment ideas you can try at home if you're feeling brave enough!
Geography and History:
https://www.keystagehistory.co.uk/outstanding-history-lessons/ This website provides lots of history lessons on all sorts of periods and eras. This could help with research or indulging personal interest.
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=13&AgeGroup=3 Video clips and online learning for all sorts of historical periods.
https://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/ Some videos here of virtual field trips around the country/world.
https://digimapforschools.edina.ac.uk/login Digi Map for schools login- Username: RG248AJ Password: zieked8351
This is a subscription the school pays for our children to use and as such, log in details should not be shared wider than this.
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ A free platform for lots of potential learning opportunities.
There are some great activities related to different religions which encourage children to make links between their lives and beliefs and those of others with videos and extracts to support learning.
https://www.westminster-abbey.org/learning/teaching-resources? utm_source=Teaching%20resources&utm_medium=Solus%20email&utm_campaign=Learning%20digital%20offer%20-%20Coronavirus Linked to Chrisianity, Westminster Abbey have Powerpoints and activities that can be downloaded and followed. You can also do a virtual tour of the Abbey! (KS1 and KS2)
https://www.barnabasinschools.org.uk/topics/re-home Some fun downloadable activities such as wordsearches related to Christian festivals.
http://request.org.uk/restart/ Watch videos related to different stories of the Bible; learn about different Christian festivals and also begin to understand the meaning behind different symbols.
Fantastic videos linked to different religions with some great ideas for activities to go alongside them!
Music, Art and DT:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ/featured Myleene Klass is creating a series of YouTube videos teaching children about different elements of music. To join in with her music lessons you can find her YouTube channel.
https://www.singup.org/singupathome Each week there is a 'Song of the Week' for the children to learn with a video and some suggested activities to go alongside it!
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/bring-the-noise A range of fun music activities for EY and KS1 children!
https://www.jamieoliver.com/features/category/get-kids-cooking/ Jamie Oliver has some fantastic recipes that are great to make with children.
Check in with Maxine Tollett's facebook page (Cake the Biscuit) for free tutorials on how make models and figures made out of icing!
https://www.the-artroom.com/kid-s-fun-pages Challenging and fun art activities for children.
https://www.accessart.org.uk/art-resources-for-home/ Videos and activities related to drawing and making things at home.
https://hourofcode.com/uk/learn Enjoy all things coding on this website!
https://www.shaunsgameacademy.co.uk/learn-make.php Free courses available to teach you the basics of coding in order to make your own games!
https://blockly.games/?lang=en Coding games aimed towards KS2 children.
https://www.barefootcomputing.org/homelearning A range of downloadable content, fun Mini Missions and interactive games to play.
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/young-people/resources-3-11s E-Safety related games and activities all linked to our SMART rules for staying safe online!
Please also check in with our Weekly Keep Fit Challenges in the tab under our year group pages.
https://www.cosmickids.com/ A perfect way to continue promoting positive mental health with a family friendly yoga session.
https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/activities Lots of activities promoting healthy eating and keeping fit.
https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1 Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) is providing daily workout sessions encouraging all to get and get active at 9am!
https://www.premier-education.com/stay-active/ Premier-education has recently updated their resources to be accessible for home use, a free sign up is all you need. This will include virtual PE sessions as well as other great challenges. They will be updating and adding more each week!
Getting Outside... with outdoor gardening and craft:
Please ensure you abide by the Government's guidelines regarding staying at home and social distancing when selecting an activity from the resources below.
https://kidsgardening.org/garden-activities/ When we have been blessed with this beautiful weather, why not get your hands dirty in the garden together?
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/50-things-to-do-before-youre-11--activity-list Whilst some of these activities may be tricky to complete, you could work your way through these ideas and save the rest as a bucket list to complete in the Summer holidays.
https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/identify-a-bird/ Why not try a new hobby? Bird watching would be a lovely way to interact with nature from the comfort of your own home!
https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids/kids-stories/bedtime-stories-audiobooks/ Great stories to read outside for just before bed.
https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/simple-kids-gardening-crafts-4146962 Rain or shine, your kids will love these adorable gardening crafts. What better way to celebrate the beauty of nature and life and growth than with these colourful creations that you can put in and around your garden?
https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/10-gardening-projects-for-kids/ These simple garden projects are a great way to get the kids outside, entertained and away from the TV or computer screen. All of the activities are suitable for children of primary school age, but it’s easy to tailor them to suit older or younger kids. Little ones will need a bit of extra help and guidance, while the more grown up can be given planning and decision-making responsibilities, and the use of some basic tools.
https://childhood101.com/101-ways-to-play-outdoors-printable-poster/ Most of the ideas on this page can be enjoyed right in your back garden and they use the very simplest of ‘equipment,’ many of which you will commonly find in the natural environment. I hope it inspires your children to enjoy lots of playful time outdoors!
https://childhood101.com/nature-scavenger-hunt/ This nature scavenger hunt has a fun twist too – it encourages children to use each of their five senses to find the treasures on their hunt. There are so many things to see, smell, hear, touch and even taste outdoors, (obviously, speak to your children about not actually tasting anything from the garden without checking with you).
https://childhood101.com/alphabet-scavenger-hunt/ Heading out on a scavenger hunt is a great way to engage kids with active learning.
https://education.rspca.org.uk/documents/1494931/13051068/Woodland+Wordsearch.pdf/48a334ef-61a3-e2cb-0261-39c394de09e5?t=1584721548705 A woodland animal word search for your children.