Olton Primary School

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Remote Learning

World Book Day - Friday 5th March 2021

Mrs Barnes will be sending you some messages on ClassDojo this week so you don't miss out on any World Book Day week fun! 😃
Don't forget that Friday 5th March is a semi-screen free day - we'll be releasing our storytime schedule later this week, as well as sending you a 'menu' of activities that you can do together


Thursday 4th March - World Book Day - has SO MANY events for you!

  • Check out the Tom Palmer event at Bournville BookFest if you're a fan of Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Wolves, Walsall or West Brom - he visits all five stadiums!




Celebrate books and share a story!


  • World Book Day official event - 10.30am


Starring: Tom Fletcher and Lydia Monks, Joseph Coelho & Fiona Lumbers, and special guest Rob Biddulph
Hosted by Nigel Clarke, TV presenter


  • Bournville BookFest - available from 9am at
    • Reading and Writing Stories About what you Love with D-Day Dog and Roy of the Rovers author Tom Palmer, touring 5 West Midlands football grounds. Ideal for sparking interest in more reluctant readers and a must for all football fans but Tom's enthusiasm will be great for all children.


  • Storytelling with Anna O’Brien of Face to Face Storytellers


Friday 5th March - World Book Day at Olton Primary!


We are not holding any lessons on Friday 5th March, so if you want to, you can spend the whole day reading or listening to stories - bliss! However, we do have plenty of fun activities available so we can still celebrate together. 

  • You are all now members of a whole school Team! When you log on, select 'Your Teams', and you'll then see the Team called Olton Primary School. This is where all of tomorrow's fun will happen.
  • Mr Chamberlain will be doing an assembly from 9am - he has a story to share with you all!
  • Once he's finished, there is a whole day of stories you can listen to. The timetable shows you who's reading when, so you can listen to as many of the teachers as you like.
  • In the whole school Team, you will find a channel called 'Masked Reader!' This is where you'll find lots of videos of teachers being extremely silly. Try to guess who's reading what beneath their cunning disguises...
  • Your teacher will have shared some screen-free activities for you, if you would like some ideas of other things you can have a go at!
  • Check out some of the fab book-related videos online - you'll find lots of suggestions on the school Dojo page.


Also there is a a great book token competition you might want to participate in:



Useful Links


Bournville Bookfest

Scholastic World Book Day Live Event (password on ClassDojo)

Book Aid International
Read for Good
National Literacy Trust
The Reading Agency


Please find above information regarding our Science Week from Mrs Hill (KS1 Science 1 Lead) and Mrs Garner (KS2 Science Lead).


British Science week is a 10 day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), which will take place between 5th and 14th March. The theme for British Science week 2021 is ‘Innovating for the future’.


Please also find below links from Birmingham Museums promoting fun activities to do with your child.

ThinkTank Museum - KS1 & KS2 Science experiments 



Safer Internet Day 2021 campaign - What we can trust on the internet

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A film aimed at children and young people aged 5-11 exploring what we can trust on the internet as part of our Safer Internet Day 2021 campaign.







Listed below are some links which will help you find appropriate resources for your child’s learning:



  • 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.
  • 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. 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  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




  • 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




  • Smart music –  tools that support music practise online


  • Duolingo  – Learn a language for free – there is also an app free to download


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.
  • Scouts
    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
  • Supermovers
    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+
  • Calm
    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
  • Headspace
    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. 
  • Into Film

    Into Film is an organisation that supports schools in learning linked to cinema.  They are keeping an up-to-date list of films that are available for you to stream at home, along with questions and discussion points you could use together. 


    This is at


    News & Views - Home Learning Films to Stream on BBC iPlayer and All4 - Into Film

    For any fans of animation and more specifically the films of Studio Ghibli, Mary and the Witch's Flower is a must-watch as it was created by many of those involved as part of a new animation studio. Based on British author Mary Stewart's children's book The Little Broomstick, this gentle and enchanting anime follows the magical adventures of a red-haired girl.


  • 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.