Home Learning

To complement our bespoke list below, the government has also now produced a list of sites, published on 7th April, 2020.
Please see below for ideas for children of all ages:
St Mary's Home Learning resource bank (in addition to activities on VLE)
This page has been set up to support children of St Mary's who cannot attend school at the current time. There are a range of online resources which will enable them to continue their learning from home if well enough.

It is in addition to the tailored learning resources hosted on our VLE (which can be accessed via our login function on the website with your child's username and password).

It consists of free websites that have a host of additional learning ideas and materials. 
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ - huge treasure trove of activities that cover a whole range of subjects. Also holds links to games etc that are hosted by other sites.
http://www.pobble365.com/ - a new picture is shared each day to provoke discussion, debate or writing ideas.
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/ - a huge range of different subjects and focuses: have offered a free account in the result of school closures.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize - huge range of different resources and information broken down into Key Stages and year groups.
https://tpet.co.uk/ - free online resource packs.
http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ - huge range of different resources and information broken down into Key Stages and year groups.

https://bit.ly/AudioElevenses - David Walliams is releasing a FREE audio story every day for the next 30 days. It might entertain your children while you grab a cup of tea!

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.
https://lindsaylittleson.co.uk/home/resources/ - free resources linked to the books of Lindsay Littleson including The Titanic Detective Agency and Guardians of the Wild Unicorns.
http://myths.e2bn.org/mythsandlegends/ - vast online store of animated comic strips tracking legends and myths from across the world.
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ - free online books – brilliant if you can’t get to the library.
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk – A small range of online games to support all phases of Phonics
https://www.phonicsbloom.com/ - A small range of online games to support all phases of Phonics
https://www.literacyshed.com/home.html - a large range of free videos and short films that are then supported by questions and tasks underneath. 
https://parallel.org.uk/ - free online maths problems, aimed at older children.
https://mathsticks.com/my/ - online resources and print offs with specifically broken down key stage focuses.
https://nrich.maths.org/6499 - Who doesn't love a game of countdown?!
https://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/learning-activities/science/ - lots of science subject areas covered with resources specifically designed for primary age children. (Other subjects are also available on this site).
https://groweatgift.com/2017/06/14/30-ways-to-go-wild-with-science/ - lots of different and fun science activities you can do in the house or garden

Two daily science activities that can be followed live or accessed at any other point during the day/week.:

Dr Chips: Join Dr Chips every day at 10am for a daily dose of science, engineering and technology. 

LET’S GO LIVE with Maddie and Greg: 30-minute sessions with Maddie and Greg exploring the natural world.  Streamed every day at 11am.


Wow Science: our sign-posting site has a host of different activities and online links. 

Check out Solar System Scope to visit the Earth and other planets, see where stars are now and speed up time to see where they will be in a month.

Foundation Subjects.
https://www.gonoodle.com/ - lots of online videos that help keep children active inside and also teach mindfulness and meditation
https://www.typingclub.com/ - online programme for teaching and developing touch typing
 https://groweatgift.com/2017/06/12/30-ways-to-get-creative-for-30-days-wild/ - different activity ideas that involve creating or engaging with different things in your house or garden

https://blockly.games - learn computer programming skills. Fun and free!

https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/ - creative computer programming

And there's more...
Bishop Challoner School has kindly shared their online learning materials with us too!
Parents, have a good browse and pick a siutable activity from their wealth of resources:  https://bishopchalloner.org.uk/activity-ideas
Science STEMM rainbow activities

Practical Ideas: the children may have already drawn rainbows and shared them in their windows to raise cheer and thank key workers.  Try out these rainbow activities, all based on capillary action.

Grow a Rainbow

Equipment: kitchen roll, scissors, felt tips, two beakers of water, paper clip, thread.

How to: cut the kitchen roll into a rainbow shape; colour the bottom edges of the side of the shape using the rainbow colours (to a height of around 2cm); tie a piece of the thread to the paperclip and place the paperclip in the top-center of the rainbow shape (to give something to hold it with); place each bottom edge of the rainbow in a beaker of water and watch your rainbow grow.

Taking it further: how long does it take your rainbow to grow? Does it grow at the same rate with other liquids? What happens if you use different colours on each side?


Travelling Rainbow

Equipment: 5 beakers; water; blue, green and red food colouring, 4 pieces of paper towel.

How to: place the beakers in a row; fill the middle beaker with water to its brim; do the same with the two beakers at each end; place blue colouring in one of the end beakers, red in the other and green in the middle one; twist each piece of paper towel to make 4 sausage shapes; between each beaker, place one end of a paper towel in one beaker and the other end in the one next to it; observe over the next hour or so.  What happens and why?

Taking it further: what happens if the room is warmer/colder? Do different colours produce the same result?  Do different liquids travel at the same rate?


Rainbow Rose

Equipment: a single rose (or other flower with a sturdy stem), scissors, 2 different food colouring colours, 2 beakers, water, spoon.

How to: carefully cut upwards from the bottom of the flower’s stem so that the stem opens in two (only cut up to around 10cm); half-fill each beaker with water; into each beaker, place a different food colouring and stir so that the water changes colour; place the beakers next to each other; into each beaker, place one of the flower stem ends (the flower will need to be carefully balanced/lean against something); leave the flower overnight then observe your rainbow rose!

H&S: sharp scissors may be needed for the flower’s stem – this may need adult supervision.

Taking it further: what happens if other colours are used?  Is it possible to use more than two beakers of colour?  What is happening and why?