Home learning information and resources for primary children aged 5-11. This helps to support children through Key Stages 1 and 2.
Key Stage 1: learn to read and write using phonics
During the first few years in school children spend a lot of time on phonics. This is a method of learning to read and write by breaking words down into sounds.
Focusing on hearing and saying all sounds in words as you talk with your child can help them with their phonics. If appropriate encourage your child to speak in full sentences and to pronounce words correctly, such as ‘water’ instead of ‘waer’ (stressing the ‘t’ sound).
Devote time to talking about things that interest you both. Encourage children to read and write for worthwhile reasons and talk about what they have read and written. For example, reading emails from school and writing messages to friends.
Online lessons and activities for phonics: there are 2 phonic programmes taught in schools. Either 'letters and sounds' or 'Ruth Miskin'. You should check with your school and use online lessons and activities at home that match the programme your child is doing at school.
Key Stage 1: supporting maths learning at home
Oxford Owl provides a range of educational resources to support with Maths as well as other subjects. Many of the resources will be similar to those children use in school and provide familiarity to your child.
The Oxford Owl website also provides guidance for parents and clips of professional storytellers to develop a love of reading and stories.
Key Stage 1: ideas for staying active
Young children should be active for at least 3 hours a day in total. It's also good to get some fresh air every day. If you don't have a garden and are taking children outside to exercise, make sure you follow the rules on social distancing.
While inside, there are plenty of things you can do to keep children active, such as:
- Playing hide-and-seek
- Seeing who can do the most star jumps
- Making an obstacle course
- Playing music and having a dance-off
Key Stage 2: ideas for activities to do together
These activities can be simplified or extended depending upon your child's age and ability.
- Work together on times tables.
- Get your child to measure objects around the house in millimetres and centimetres using a ruler.
- Work out some fractions using everyday objects. For example, how much pizza has been eaten?
- Ask your child to tell and write the time using the 12 and 24 hour clock, and at different times of the day.
- Read a book together then ask your child to write a book review. They can then share the review with other family members such as brothers and sisters.
- Practice their spelling words and request they use them to write some stories.
- Multiply and divide 4 digit numbers by 1 or 2 digit numbers, for example, 2,620 times 3 or 2,620 times 12.
- Help with working out costs and use decimals to write down amounts of things you may need to buy.
- Helping out at home. Get your child to help sort the washing and think about sizes, colours, shapes and matching pairs. Get your child to look in the food cupboards, describe packaging, discuss the weight of items and what might need to go on the shopping list.
- Involving them in the things you are doing, such as household chores and talking with them about it. -
25 non-screen activities children can do at home - learning also takes place at many times off screen.
Enjoying shared time with your child cooking, gardening, singing, telling stories will benefit everyone.
Key Stage 2: online lessons and activities to do at home
David Walliams - hosts a daily story time on week days. You can catch up on missed chapters and take part in a host of activities related to his books. The books are well-written, exciting storylines should keep children interested in reading. They help support vocabulary growth and support children’s own ideas for writing.
Timestables - provides support to learn multiplication tables, the site also allows you to create a log in for your child to help track progress and collect rewards. Knowing your multiplication tables can help your child understand other mathematical concepts, such as fractions, division and percentages.
Twinkl - new activities on a range of subjects. They are similar to activities that children do at school, helping your child to stay in a learning routine. You will need to create an account. For free access use the code CVDTWINKLHELPS.
Key Stage 2: preparing for secondary school
The transition from year 6 in primary school to year 7 in secondary school is a crucial time for young people. Here are some top tips on how you can prepare better for this.
Create a routine
Routines, such as packing schools bags the night before, making sure dirty uniform goes in the wash and having a designated time for homework, can make the transition to secondary school easier to manage.
You can try to bring similar routines in now, such as asking your child to organise the equipment they will need for learning every day.
If your child has to lock or unlock the house make sure they know to keep the keys safe and are familiar with any alarm system you may have.
Think about what other routines would benefit your child and work with your family.
Plan your child's route to school
Walking: together you can plan the route using Google maps and practise walking the route as part of your daily exercise.
Bus: together you can plan the bus journey and take a trial run before the school term starts.
Cycling: you may have concerns about letting your child cycle to school. There are a number of ways together you can plan to make this safer. Examples include: checking out the route on Google Maps Street View and looking for any potential danger spots, watching Bikeability videos to examine the skills your child will need and working together to improve these, ensuring your child has the correct protective equipment, practise riding the route with your child to develop their familiarity and confidence.
Encourage your child to take more responsibility
At secondary school, children have to take more responsibility both for themselves and for their learning.
- Encourage them to organise their home learning.
- Encourage them to use the internet as a reference tool to look up things they're unsure about.
- Encourage them to manage their own time to ensure all school work is completed.
- Encourage them to dress smartly in the correct uniform ensuring ties and shoe laces are tied correctly. Help them practise these skills over the holidays before the school term starts.
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