While your child is at home, it is best to keep them occupied, making sure they know that learning is still important. We appreciate this might be difficult in these unsettling times, but maintaining as much normality as possible is important. If possible, try and get into routines where some learning is happening; add breaks and keep similar timings for learning so that it feels like a school day.
We are pleased that to support children’s learning, we already have several online options available for our pupils. These include Purple Mash to support English. Maths and wider projects, Bug Club to support Reading and Times Table Rockstars. Project based work to support the arts and wider interests will also be issued. Staff will allocate tasks to pupils via these online portals and packs of work will be available for children who are not able to access online work.
Encourage your child to forget about what’s going on by immersing themselves into a good book – reading has been shown to promote positive mental health. Each child has been allocated 4 reading books from school together with allocated books on Bug Club.
✨Continuous Learning projects *✨
Weekly Continuous Learning projects ( a.k.a. Home Learning packs) prepared by teachers for our parents/carers. Please click the link below to access the year group projects:-
‘Power Project’ which is linked to a specific learning topic or theme, which the children can work on over a period of time.
- Power Projects ( March 2020 – archived)
HOME LEARNING PACKS
Here are the links for Home Learning packs prepared by your teachers at Olton.
- Home Learning (March 2020 – archived)
Listed below are some links which will help you find appropriate resources for your child’s learning:
For SEND learning resources – SEND learning resources – Covid-19 Support
- Purple Mash – Olton Primary Purple Mash. ‘To do’ activities set on Purple Mash. These can be updated remotely, so staff can add additional tasks to this each week as necessary.
- White Rose Maths are going to produce resources to support with Maths learning.
- Olton Primary – Times Table Rockstars programme (Year 1 and up), so the children can be learning and rehearsing times tables.
The Maths Factor was created by Carol Vorderman and following the Government’s decision to implement widespread closures to minimise the spread of Coronavirus, the usual £2 weekly fee to access the website content has been removed making it free for all to access. The activities are matched to the National Curriculum and are suitable for children aged between 4 and 12 years old. You can sign up for free using the website link above.
- NumBots (free access until 27th April 2020) login to TT Rock Stars and press the NumBots logo in the corner.
- Khan Academy– Some fantastic resources for teaching maths skills.
- Numberblocks – Sing and learn all about numbers
- Number fun portal Videos, songs, games and activities covering the primary maths curriculum
- Top Marks – Number Games
- Third Space Learning Advice for parents on home learning and get a free account to access some useful maths activities
- Audible Stories – Stream an incredible collection of stories.
- Read aloud – An extensive list of all the Primary School stories available online.
- Oxford Owl for Home – A range of free resources for Primary-aged children.
- Phonicsplay has lots of phonics resources and interactive games to play on the computer. Please use march20 as the username and home as the password to access the resources.
- Teacher Read Aloud – Listen to our teachers read stories.
- Get Epic – Read stories online
- Alphablocks – Learn alphabet and phonics skills
- Teach Your Monster To Read – Download the app for free
- Read Theory – Reading Quizzes
- Storyline – Listen to stories read by celebrities.
- Bright Ideas – Range of links to support reading
- Authors reading their own books for children
- Wind in the willows
Wind in the willows is streaming online for free – there is an option to donate to provide support to theatre workers
- Roald Dahl/things-to-do-indoors Parents, carers and teachers, lesson plans, activities and videos suitable for home learning
- Spelling Shed – Practise spelling rules
- Small Town Superheroes – Use SPAG skills to be a hero
- Karate Cats – Learn punctuation skills
- Pobble 365 – Daily Writing Prompts
- Film Reviews – Use the template to make your own review
- Hour of Code Activities– lots of hour long programming tutorials based around popular games (including Minecraft, Angry Birds, Star Wars, Frozen…)
- Blockly Games– more coding games
- Scratch – programming tool – again, good tutorials and the ability to make your own game.
- Purple Mash – Computing challenges
- Nature Detectives – Ideas great for being outside in the garden.
- Mystery Science – ‘open and go’ science lessons
- Tree Tools for Schools – A range of activities that could be done in the garden, or the park.
- Science at Home – 10 activities for families to try at home.
- Chester Zoo – 50 activities all about animals, science and conservation.
- Edinburgh Zoo – Visit Penguins, Pandas, Tigers, Koalas and Rockhopper Penguins
GEOGRAPHY / HISTORY
- National Geographic Kids – activities and quizzes for younger kids.
- World Geography Games
- Birmingham Museum – History
- Natural History Museum – Find out about Space, Dinosaurs and Oceans on their website.
- Smart music – Offering free access until June 30th to tools that support music practise online
- Duolingo – Learn a language for free – there is also an app free to download
- BBC Teach – Primary Clips (All Subjects) – tonnes of videos and ‘learn pages’
- BBC Bitesize – Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
- Twinkl is offering free access for a month to parents using the code UKTWINKLHELPS; the resources are split into year groups and subjects so you’ll be able to choose what you want the children to do
- Classroom Secrets Learning Packs – These packs are split into different year groups and include activities linked to reading, writing, maths and practical ideas you can do around the home.
- Cbeebies Radio – listening activities for younger children. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
- DK Find Out– online encyclopaedia with games and quizzes
- Primary Homework – Facts for all subjects
Fun things you can do as a Daily Activity
- Chatta Club – Sign up for daily activities – Free access during covid-19
- PBS kids – Sign up to get daily tips and activities to help kids play and learn at home
To give your brain a break
- The body coach – Will be hosting a daily PE class for children of all ages at 9am Monday to Friday through his Youtube channel
- Just Dance – Dance along videos available to lots of songs through their Youtube channel
- Make your own toys
Get creative and make your own simple toys – should be able to view the video without signing in to Facebook on this link or by googling “Oriental Cuisine making simple toys that every child likes”
- 30 day Lego challenge
Lots of fun ideas to keep them busy if you have Lego at home – scroll to the bottom of this link to download a printable version of the 30 day Lego challenge
- Mo Willems
A children’s author doing writing and drawing lessons online. A new video is posted everyday.
Over 100 indoor activities to keep kids learning new skills and having fun
- The Louvre museum
Take a virtual tour of some areas of the Louvre museum
Lots of fun videos that are linked to the curriculum and get you moving
- Go noodle
Lots of videos and activities to encourage moving and mindfulness
- Cosmic kids yoga
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids 3+
Lots of calming, mindfulness and meditation resources for kids and adults
Anna Freud Centre
Advice on supporting young people’s mental health during times of disruption
Some free meditations – more available on the app and if you subscribe
- Young Minds
Mental health support and questions to ask, answers to common worries.
- Brain Pop
A video to learn about the Coronavirus for older students.
Help your child prepare to go back to school
This short video explains what children can expect when they go back to school following the coronavirus lockdown period. Thank you to Warwickshire County Council who kindly shared the footage with Solihull Council.
A range of resources to help families during the Covid-19 outbreak
Home-schooling helpline for parents – The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that STAR Academies Trust has launched StarLine – a national helpline for parents who are home-schooling in England. The free telephone helpline aims to offer confidential advice to families from qualified teachers and parenting experts, including advice on behaviour and timetabling, as well as help for those looking after children with special educational needs or disabilities.