Additional learning support
Oak National Academy has launched it’s online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to access. The outstanding resources is easy to access, with no account or log in required. Useful information includes a clear FAQs document for parents, carers and pupils on how to use Oak and a step-by-step videos on how to access their resources.
Hamilton Trust (home learning section)– downloadable resource packs with guidance. The packs can form the backbone of children’s learning at home and are stand-alone or usable alongside other materials. Five weeks of daily resources from Reception to Year 6.
TTS Activity Books – these activity books provide curriculum-focused independent learning resources for the Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key stage 2. With over 40 easy to use and clearly explained tasks which are free to download and print.
Oxford Owl for Home– a wealth of free resources and activities – lots of new eBooks to the eBook library, plus extensive support if you follow the Read Write Inc. Phonics reading scheme. With maths, spelling, phonics & games, there is something for everyone.
BBC Bitesize – a wealth of video links, programmes, quizzes and activities that related to the aspects of the curriculum. This excellent education package now includes daily lessons featuring celebrities and teachers.
twinkl home learning hub – for new ideas, activities, pack and even live videos, all updated daily.
25 non-screen activities – a range of fun activities that children can do at home.
Philosophy challenges – Spot and Stripe love to argue about juicy questions. In each short video, they ask a question and invite children to continue the debate!
30 day Lego challenge– fun Lego activities.
Classroommagazines.scholastic.com– cross curricular activities for all age groups.
Sustrans Outside In– a free resource providing fun ideas and inspiration for parents to bring education, health and wellbeing activities into their home. Parents can access resources by registering for a free parent newsletter. Over four weeks, you receive weekly videos, themed activities, games and challenges.
National geographic kids – online magazine.
BBC Good Food for children – recipes to make with children.
The Guardian’s 20 learning apps for stir-crazy kids – fun-filled educational apps. The “younger children” apps are most suitable for preschool and early primary kids, while the “older children” apps are more for later primary and early secondary age.
Play in lockdown – advice and ideas to help create enabling play environments at home.
Barnes Primary School Community ideas
This section is for ideas suggested by our Barnes Primary School community. If you have any ideas you wish to add, please email Anneli email@example.com
Audible – is offering free children’s books whilst the schools are closed
Online computing & coding activities
Minecraft education edition– Microsoft has made some of its educational Minecraft games freely available online until the end of June. It can be downloaded for Windows, Mac or iPad. All Barnes Primary children now have licenses via their Office 365 accounts. Follow this link and use their school email address and password.
Barefoot – has fun and creative activities, built by teachers to help you guide your child through fundamental parts of the computing curriculum without the need for screen time. They include everything you need to get started with activity sheets and accompanying materials. This resource also offers mini missions and interactive games.
Chrome Music Lab – a great way for children to get creative with music and explore its connections to science, maths, art, dance and more. It’s free, you don’t need to set up an account and it works across all devices.
Scratch 3– an amazing free resource suitable for KS2. With Scratch, Children can program their own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share their creations with others in the online community. The “ideas” sections contains fabulous activities and tutorials.
Scratch Jr – is an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5-7) to create their own interactive stories and games. Children snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. The “Learn” section contains useful guidance, descriptions and hints and tips.
Hour of Code – is another outstanding resource. It is free to use and offers a wide range of coding activities for all ages, covering all the fundamentals of programming . Most of the activities have their own tutorial to follow, which lead children through each step of the challenge. Suitable for beginners and more comfortable coders, this website offers something for everyone, including unplugged (no iPad/laptop/PC required) activities.
code.org – offers a range of outstanding activities for all ages, including code breaks, hour of code activities, useful videos and a whole catalogue of courses. Courses teach the fundamentals of coding (sequencing, loops, events, etc), are age appropriate and children can work through them at their own pace. Children don’t need an account to access the activities, however if you set up an account their progress will be saved.
The video below offers an overview of what is on offer.
Art & craft ideas
Art is where the home is – featuring contributions from UK artists, these artist activity packs are full of ideas about how to get creative at home.
Access Art – has many wonderful resources suitable for children, teenagers and parents to use at home during self-isolation.
Tate kids– loads of ideas and access to online galleries, activities, games and quizzes.
Young Design Museum – Whether you’ve found yourself in charge of your children’s school day, or are simply after some creative fun to fill an afternoon.
Royal Academy family how to – greats family fun art ideas.
Artful parent – a directory of 500+ kids arts and crafts activities, including painting, drawing, scilpture, collage and suncatchers.
BBC Art Ninja – has loads for fun art and craft ideas.
20 sticks of dry spaghetti
1 metre of sellotape
1 metre of string
1 marshmallow (or equivalent 7 gram item)
Of course, if you don’t have one of these items, you can improvise or do without.
Remember to work as a team and to work iteratively (make and test prototypes and allow these to influence your final design). Then, watch the TED talk video below to see how other teams have got on (and which group of people are traditionally the most successful at this task).
For those budding engineers and architects out there, we suggest that after the clock has stopped and you have taken a picture of your final construction (and measured it), you go back to it and try to improve your design further without the pressure of time.
Send in your pictures and the heights of your towers. How high can you get?
As an additional challenge, can you build a bridge 50cm wide to support the weight of a food tin using only drinking straws, tape and string? Investigate different shapes to see which are better at supporting the tin. Use what you have found out to design and create your bridges and test them out.
If you don’t have (or can’t get hold of) straws and string, you could try the stripped back bridge challenge. Using only a single piece of A4 paper (you may use scissors but nothing else), can you create a bridge with the longest possible span between two end points? It should be able to support 8 Lego bricks (or similar). Once you’ve done that, try the tower challenge: how tall is the tallest free-standing tower you can create with the same materials?
Herbie’s drawing challenge
Dear everyone. Over our Easter break Herbie would like you to do a drawing of the people (and animals) that you are staying at home with. He hopes it will be better than this one that Polly did of him! You can use pencils, pens, crayons, paint, collage, whatever you want. Then please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make a gallery on the school website at the beginning of next term. Have fun.
Love Herbie x