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Home Learning Overview

At the current time the home learning pages will continue to be updated for all year groups and weekly plans provided.

We recommend that anything you choose to do is as relaxed as possible and meets your family's needs and style. Like you we believe that your child's emotional wellbeing at this confusing and worrying time is of primary importance and we have provided an extensive section with some basic ideas and links to further resources.. 


We provided  a range of materials which we continue to add to.  All our ideas are based on the same ways of working that we use in school where we provide engaging, practical activities as part of their school life and we do not rely on worksheets .   


Much of the advice the moment talks about  importance of a routine for children, in our Weekly Plans Section we have suggested  a routine for you and provided daily lessons for this.   These follow the theme  'Around the World from your Home and they are  visiting a new country each week with ideas that can be accessed and shared by children across all our year groups.


There is a large bank of over 250 videos  on our website featuring our school staff to support learning.  These are also added to weekly. The videos  can be used to support the weekly plans or as standalone lessons.


The  school based weekly plans  and video can be used in a flexible way to suit your family but  we have also provoided additional   flexible and online resources sections


We have also provided help pages that can be easily found in our menus and you are able to call school for advice..

However you are working with your children please can we ask that you continue continue to read with and to  your child every day 

updated 24th June  



Home Learning Menu Pages 

All our learning ideas can be found in our simplified menu (three lines on the top left of the home page on a mobile device) .  Links to recently updated pages appear on the side of the page on desktop computers or at the bottom of the page on mobile devices.

Site Page Link Icon Around the World
All the support needed for our trip around the world.
Site Page Link Icon Weekly Plans by our Teachers
Our current theme is 'Around the world from your home.'
Site Page Link Icon Flexible Ideas for Learning
This includes reading ideas and play based learning ideas
Site Page Link Icon Home Learning Videos
many of these videos have been designed to link to the weekly planning but can also be accessed as standalone lessons or support. There are also challenge videos for subjects.
Site Page Link Icon Online home Learning Resources
sites outside our school website. This includes the government and BBC resources
Site Page Link Icon Phonics Videos
these can be used with the phonics plans or as standalone sessions
Site Page Link Icon Helpful Resources for Home Learning from our school
Maths games, phonics mats, tricky word mats, spelling support sheets
Site Page Link Icon Support for Children with SEN
including videos at the correct levles and ideas to support children with a range of needs
Site Page Link Icon Home Learning Gallery
Site Page Link Icon Help!
How to teach tricky bits, what to do if my child is stuck etc...

Government Advice 

On 18th April the Government published the following advice to parents about homelearning.  The links to the full documents

are also included below.

How to help young children aged 2-4 learn at home

You can help your child to learn through the little things you do with them, for example:

  • everyday conversations
  • make-believe play
  • games with numbers or letters
  • reading together
  • involving them in the things you are doing, such as household chores, and talking with them about it

Find ideas for new things you can try at Hungry Little Minds.

You do not need to set separate time or plan complicated activities dedicated to learning. These activities can be incorporated into everyday life and play.

You know your child best. Avoid forcing them into lengthy planned activities if they naturally respond better to a mix of shorter activities. This can stop them getting bored or frustrated and keep them active, interested and learning through things they enjoy.

Keeping a routine

Do not worry about trying to keep to the full routine that your child had in nursery or with their childcare provider. But children will feel more comfortable with a predictable routine, so try to make sure they:

  • get up and go to bed at the same time each day
  • have regular meal times
  • turn off any electronic devices, including the TV, at least an hour before bedtime

Keeping active

Young children should be active for at least 3 hours a day in total.

It is also good to get some fresh air every day. If you do not 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

Reception, year 1 and year 2 children

The best way to help children aged 4 to 7 learn is to:

  • sit with them as they work
  • do active and practical things, rather than trying to make them sit and listen for long periods
  • try to break down the work into shorter periods, based on how long they can concentrate
  • take frequent breaks
  • praise or reward them when they do well


Talk with your child throughout the day and try to explain new words. For example, discuss everything you are doing and pick out words that might be new to them.

Reading together

When you read with your child try to:

  • express the emotion in the story
  • give colour to the characters using voices, tone and pace
  • discuss the things you are reading

You can make a story more interesting and help your child develop their understanding of a book by linking what you are reading to their life. For example, while reading about Cinderella going to the ball, talk about how a ball is similar to a birthday party.

Ask your child questions about what you are reading as you go. For example:

  • ask some questions that only need a short answer, such as what colour something is, or the name of a character
  • ask some questions that need a longer answer, such as how a character is feeling
  • ask them to tell you what has happened in the story so far

Libraries are currently closed, but you can find digital services they are providing at Libraries Connected.


Phonics is a method schools use to teach children how to read quickly and skilfully.

Contact your school, which will be working on ways to help you with this. Try to sit with your child and practise with them, following the advice you get from their school.


Try to help children to continue to practise their writing. This may include the formation of letters and familiarity with pens and pencils for younger children, or practising creative writing for older children.

Ask children to write about their day-to-day experiences of being at home, or to write letters to send to family members.


Practise counting and numbers. This does not always have to be a planned activity. For example, count things around the house while you are doing other things like cooking or cleaning.

For older children learning sums, ask your school for help or see a list of resources to help with maths recommended by teachers and school leaders.