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Letter to children - 31.03.2020

Penn Wood's Subscriptions



DB Primary

All Classes

Times Tables Rockstars

R - Y6

Education City

All Classes

Conquer Maths

Y4 - Y6

Spelling Shed

All Classes

Oxford Reading Buddy 


R - Y6

Reading Planet Online


EY & KS1

Busy Things



First News



Oxford Owl: Read, Write, Inc. phonics


EY & KS1
Oxford Owl All classes



Targeted Children



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Phonics lessons at home



Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home.
We will release three short Speed Sound lessons with one of our trainers every day for the next two weeks. The films will only be available at the times below:

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
  • Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
  • Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm

Please note: the films are streamed live and won’t be available at other times.


We will also release a film of a teacher reading a poem for Reception and Year 1 children to join in with at 2.00 pm every day. The poems will be available to watch again and again on YouTube.

A great opportunity for children to learn these by heart!


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Radio Blogging with Pie Corbett



Four teachers are offering to teach your children over the internet each weekday morning at 9:30am for free!

Radio Blogging is a fun-filled show with all resources online and a blog on which children can publish their work. 

There will be guest authors, a poem of the day shared by poets and the opportunity to share writing - stories, poetry and non-fiction.

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Number Fun Live



Daily Number Fun lessons at 10am with Number Fun Dave! For EY and KS1.

Access via the Number Fun YouTube channel:


Joe Wicks - PE lessons


Joe Wicks will be running a 30 minute PE lesson every weekday morning at 9am. These will be live on his You Tube channel: 



Super Sentence Stacking with Jane Considine



Follow Jane Considine's YouTube channel, The Training Space, where she will be streaming live English lessons for children of all ages - starting Monday 23rd March at 9:45am.


Storytelling and Reading


Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers is live streaming stories each day at 6pm. Access via his Instagram account:


David Walliams

Every day at 11am, you can listen one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun!



The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) have a series of videos on their YouTube channel including stories and poems read by their authors, as well as sessions with the illustrators.



For as long as schools are closed, children will be able to stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, which will help children to continue to dream, learn and be children. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone.


Michael Rosen

Follow this YouTube channel to access a wise range of poems and short stories.


Book Trust

The Book Trust has a range of books which can be read online.



Access a range of books read aloud by celebrities


Discovering Children's Books - The British Library




The British Library has just released a brand new website full of activities for children to do at home:

  • Learn how to draw a Gruffalo

  • Create your own characters

  • Try Joseph Coehlo’s poetry prompts

  • Make a miniature book

  • Make your own comic strips

  • Invent your own superhero


I See Maths



Gareth Metcalfe is running daily maths lessons for KS2, with separate lessons for Year 3/4 and Year 5/6.

He is also sharing games and activities for KS1.


Literacy Shed Plus

A range of quality resources have been made available for free on The Literacy Shed Plus. Here, you can access reading comprehension resources, book studies and film studies - all to support children's reading and writing.



The Sensory Projects:

Resources to support parents of children with SEN

Resources on this website include the following:

  • Inclusive resources
  • Resources specific to the virus 
  • Resources to support a mixed audience


Wonderful activities you can do together as a family


Things to do in the garden/or for an outside space:

  • Planting seeds 

  • Building a hedgehog home
  • Reusing plastic bottles to make bug hotels
  • Making Fairy gardens
  • Building a small pond/bog garden (using an old bucket or box)
  • Feeding the birds and using ID charts to identify them
  • Making wildflower seed bombs
  • Growing salads and herbs
  • Painting in the outdoors
  • Drawing in the outdoors
  • Building dens!
  • Bug hunting (using ID charts)
  • Building a bug trap
  • Building mini glasshouses with small plastic bottles (growing salads in them)
  • Mapping skills (drawing a map of the garden/house and using it to learn orienteering skills)
  • Painting stones
  • Setting up role play areas e.g. a mud kitchen (younger)
  • Playing with bubbles
  • Playing with chalks, e.g. hopscotch or art work using paving slab as a canvas!
  • Painting with water – kids play for hours just painting with water – making patterns and watching them dry
  • Playing with boxes and building and challenges
  • Making story jars with natural items (this can then be used indoors with story writing)
  • Making and building musical areas – using old pans/pots, etc
  • Making water runs with old pipes/guttering and bottles
  • Exploring clouds and the solar system
  • Making mini rafts/boats
  • Building obstacle courses
  • Making trails/finding your way – using sticks and stones to follow a trail
  • Making weather stations (rain gauge)
  • Making sundials
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Making a moth trap
  • Skipping (long rope)
  • Designing games courses using cones, etc.
  • Making a hockey stick with old newspapers, string and tape and then having a game


Things to do in the house: 

  • Cooking/baking

  • Decorating cakes
  • Setting up a snack shop 
  • Setting up role play corners – shop, office, hospital, café, etc.
  • Painting/using pastels and charcoal/colouring
  • Making models
  • Using clay and play dough
  • Making your own dough to use
  • Mapping skills – using logos and grid references to design a day out
  • Indoor dens
  • Threading beads/pasta
  • Making marble runs with tubes
  • Printing
  • Yoga – on YouTube 'Cosmic Yoga'
  • Mindfulness – Short audio sessions – Smiling Mind
  • Dancing – on Facebook with Oti Mabuse
  • Science – Techniquest – they have pre-recorded 90 second daily demos on their Facebook and YouTube channel e.g. how to make a Lava Lamp
  • Experiments – lots of ideas online
  • Bird watching – using ID charts
  • Collecting things outdoors and bringing them inside to create stories

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