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Key help for parents - teaching at home during school closures

 Key advice for parents home schooling:
Please try your best to provide a structured learning environment for your child. Remember, you cannot do more than your best.


Structuring a day:
Children are used to having set times for different lessons at school. It is good to try to replicate this at home, sharing your timetable with your children. It might be helpful to set an alarm for the start and end of a timetabled session. For an example timetable, click here to see Mrs. Todd's recent letter home.

Morning learning:
Try to include some Maths and English activities every morning.

Afternoon learning:
Try to give children an afternoon activity such as RE, science, art, DT, cooking, PE, history, geography, music, computing or any other area of learning that you feel would be appropriate. You may have a particular area of expertise through your work, hobbies or other knowledge, so take this opportunity to use them to teach your children! For example, if you work in computing, try teaching them to use their computing skills. If you are knowledgeable about nutrition, try giving them ownership of their lunch (including planning, cooking and washing up). If you do yoga, plan some yoga sessions together.


On this page:

Maths at home
English at home
RE at home
Science at home
Topic at home
Other activities
Helping your child understand what is happening in the world right now

You do not have to do everything that is listed on this page! There is a lot of information here so that you can find the something that suits your child and your home situation.



Maths at home

  • Your child has a CGP maths book. 30 minutes with this book every day would be a good use of time.
  • We also encourage use of Symphony Maths (all children) and Time Tables Rockstars (KS2 children) daily if you can.

If you would like further resources, try some of the following:

White Rose Maths - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/
Daily maths lessons and activities. A short video introduces the day's lesson and there is daily work set and answers available.
Every year group is catered for and they will be adding more lessons throughout the school closure period.

Hit the Button - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
Free times table/number bond practice, very good for a couple of minutes at the start of your maths session as a warm up.
They also have an app available on iOS and Android tablets and phones.


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English at home

  • Read for at least 15 minutes every day. If possible, engage with your children's reading and discuss what they have just read for a few minutes after they have finished.
  • Your child has a CGP English book. 30 minutes with this book every day would be a good use of time.
  • We also encourage use of Lexia (Year 1, Year 2 and selected children from other year groups) if you have access to it. Please be patient as school has a limited number of licences that can be used at one time - if you cannot log in at first, please try again later.
  • It would be an excellent idea if your children wrote a story from time to time - perhaps once a week - so that they keep in the habit of writing.

If you would like further resources, try some of the following:

PhonicsPlay - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
Great website for Reception/KS1 children, available for free during the school closures.
username: march20
password: home

Oxford Reading library - https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/books/free-ebooks/
These reading scheme ebooks are available for free at the moment. 

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RE at Home 

To help you support your child with the spiritual, pastoral and religious education that they would usually be getting at school, we have curated some resources that both you and your children will hopefully find helpful and fulfilling. 

Even if you just start and end your home schooling sessions with a prayer, it is important that your child receives the opportunity to take part in some sort of worship every day. You will also find it an excellent opportunity to bond with your children, answer their questions and be actively involved in their own journey of personal development.


RE Curriculum

The Way, The Truth and The Life (Leeds): 
Spring term curriculum: https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/education/re-catholic-life/religious-education/primary-re/re-programme-spring/
Summer term curriculum: https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/education/re-catholic-life/religious-education/primary-re/re-programme-summer/
This is the curriculum that primary schools within our Diocese use, so you can see what your child would have been learning at school.
We recommend that you look at the "I Can Statements" section for your year group to understand exactly what your children need to know.
The numbers (e.g. 3.3, 5.5 etc.) show the year group and then the topic number - for example, any resources labelled 3.5 are for Year 3 and are the 5th topic of the school year.


RE Curriculum Resources

RE online: https://www.reonline.org.uk/teaching-resources/
Provides teaching and learning resources that you might find useful when working on RE at home.



Worship and Faith resources

CAFOD – Virtual Children’s liturgies and resources: https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Children-s-liturgy 
"While we cannot gather together in person due to coronavirus, we can still come together as a community through prayer."


Gospel Readings for Kids - MisterD418: https://www.youtube.com/user/misterD418/videos
Youtube channel that goes through every Sunday’s Gospel reading and explains it with child-drawn cartoons and simple child-friendly explanations.


Catholic.org – daily readings: https://www.catholic.org/bible/daily_reading/
Full daily readings – First Reading, Psalm, Gospel




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Science at home

You can find the topics that you children have been studying in science in the Spring term and what they were scheduled to study in the Summer Term below:


Reception/Key Stage 1

Class Spring Topic 2020 Summer Topic 2020
Reception Investigating Materials Plants and Growth
Naming and describing minibeasts
Year 1 Animals including Humans Plants
Year 2 Plants Living Things and their Habitats


Key Stage 2

Class Spring Topic 2020 Summer Topic 2020
Year 3 Rocks Plants
Year 4 Living Things and their Habitats Sound
Year 5 Living Things and their Habitats Properties and changes of materials
Animals including Humans - Changes in Humans
Year 6 Animals including Humans Light

Science resources to help parents:

Please use the information above in conjunction with the highly recommended resources below to support you in leading your children's learning in their science topic. Please do use your own ideas and knowledge to help your child understand their science too!


Additional support

University of Manchester - Children's University: https://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/learning-activities/science/
An excellent resource to support children's learning in science. Not all of the science topics are covered but there are a number of excellent ready-made activities on a wide range of topics.

Marvin and Milo cards - 155 science experiments to try at home: https://spark.iop.org/collections/marvin-and-milo 
Great experiments for parents and children to try together at home. Full explanations of the physics involved so that even parents that don't feel confident in their scientific knowledge can teach their children.

STEM Home Learning Primary: https://www.stem.org.uk/home-learning/primary
Specially selected STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities and resources for you to try at home!


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Topic at home

You can find the topics that you children have been studying in history and/or geography in the Spring term and what they were scheduled to study in the Summer Term below:


Reception/Key Stage 1

Class Spring Topic 2020 Summer Topic 2020
Reception Houses and Homes Plants and Growth
Bugs and Beasts
Year 1 Great inventions
The continents and oceans
Great explorers including Sir Francis Drake
Weather in the UK
Year 2 Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole,
Edith Cavell, Marie Curie;
The Great Fire of London
The local geography of our school


Key Stage 2

Class Spring Topic 2020 Summer Topic 2020
Year 3 Stone Age to Iron Age Egyptians
Year 4 Romans Ancient Greece
Year 5 Tudors Asia & Baghdad
Year 6 Tudors World War II

Please use this information in conjunction with the highly recommended resources below to inform some of your afternoon activities. For example, if your child is in Year 3, you could learn about Iron Age tools or famous events or people of the time, such as Boudica or the Battle of Watling Street. Please check resources you use carefully before giving them to your children; while resources from child-orientated websites are likely to be fine, those that are not specifically aimed at children (such as Wikipedia) may include historical details that are not appropriate for primary age children.

Additional Support

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) (formerly the World Wildlife Fund):
Activities to do at home: https://www.wwf.org.uk/things-to-do-home
Information on their free Seek app to identify wildlife while at home: https://www.wwf.org.uk/discover-nature-seek-app
WWF YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/WWFunitedkingdom/videos


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Other activities


There is a wide range of resources available to help you plan your afternoons. 


Highly recommended - all subjects covered:

Twinkl home learning hub - https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents
Really helpful resources and lesson ideas for every subject in the curriculum. Many of the activities are free for the duration of the school closures, including the following full resource packs:
Reception Year 1  Year 2  Year 3  Year 4  Year 5  Year 6   
You can also register for a month's free access to download other resources from the website as you need them. See this page for more details of the free 1-month membership.

BBC Bitesize - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary
The BBC will be adding resources to this site daily. Again, every subject has content.

Classroom Secrets Kids: https://kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk/
Lots of excellent resources and activities aimed a t kids and parents at home. Free membership at the moment.

Premier League Primary Stars: https://r1.dmtrk.net/3VTU-1453Q-D61IJ0X749/cr.aspx
Football themed free resources and challenges to help home learning.





Subject Specific links/advice:


Scratch - https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/
Online coding tool. Simple to pick up but teaches good coding concepts. Video tutorials available.

MS Office (free web-only version available if you don't have it at home)
It is an excellent idea to allow children to create stories on Word, presentations on PowerPoint or even graphs and tables on Excel. It is particulary useful if children learn how to copy, paste, undo and use keyboard shortcuts.

Turtle Logo - https://turtleacademy.com/playground
Programming basics - scroll down for help and commands.



Out of the Ark - https://www.outoftheark.co.uk/ootam-at-home/
Daily songs with linked challenges and activities


Fischy Music - https://mailchi.mp/00ec056ac5a9/1g6ug92dwc
Lots of fun music-based videos, activities and even Monday Morning Assemblies (11am).


PE, Health and well-being

Leeds United Foundation: https://www.leedsunited.com/news/community/26444/foundation-coaches-to-help-keep-youngsters-active-whilst-learning
The Leeds United Foundation are encouraging youngsters and families to stay active whilst they are learning at home over the next few weeks.

FSC (Field Studies Council) - simple activities which children can do at home: https://r1.dmtrk.net/65YE-W4P-79K4IQZD3/cr.aspx 
Free FSC home resources to encourage fun and active outdoor learning.


Below are a list of websites that are offering free online active resources for children.  Most contain fun active videos with some learning content or tasks.


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The Path to Tokyo 2020 Active Homework (1).pdf

Thornbridge Outdoors - Active Homework 2020 (1).pdf



The following websites have high energy, and mindfulness/yoga activities.  Plus healthy eating content.





Personal challenge tasks/ Active Play/ Get Set Ride resources



Physical literacy



High energy videos:

https://www.youtube.com/thebodycoachtv  (Joe Wicks Daily PE videos)





Other useful links

Active Maths:



Activities for all ages and abilities:



QR code reader app required.  KS1&2 English and Science





Maths Resources




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Helping your child understand

If your child is confused, or struggling to understand what is going on at the moment, please see the below Social Stories;

Pandemics and the Coronavirus

School is Closing


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