Thought you'd got away with it, eh?
I hope you are keeping healthy and safe whilst you are off school! Remember to keep washing your hands and follow the advice on social distancing!
You have been given lots of work in your home learning packs to keep you busy, but whilst we are not in class, please look at the additional resources and links provided on this page to keep your brains active and stimulated at home. I have split this web page into different topics/subjects using subheadings for easy navigation and understanding.
The links and suggested activities will be updated regularly so please keep checking this class page.
It is important that whilst we are not in class, we keep our mind, body and souls active and happy, so I will do my best to put a variety of different activities on this website for you to explore.
Every week, we will upload a 'suggested weekly timetable' with some activities in it and any suggested resources will be added to the bottom of this page if needed. Please do not feel that you need to stick to this timetable, it is just there as guidance should you need it.
Please also use many of the other educational resources and links that have been and will continue to be provided on this webpage and Class Dojo too!
BBC Newsround is a great way to help children understand the news but is presented in a child friendly way.
Each day Newsround add a new video (only 5-6 minutes long) to help keep children up to date with the world around them. There are also some great features and news articles all designed for children and updated daily. Give them a watch together!
If you find anything that you would like to share with the class, don't forget you can tell me about it on Class Dojo. You can also take a picture or screenshot of any completed work and send it to to me on Dojo! Remember to keep checking Class Dojo for more fun and friendly activities! Parent/Carers, I have put some more information about Class Dojo below!
Parents, I am aware that many of you will either be key workers or will be working from home, the tasks I have provided for the children are age appropriate and I believe that all of the children in class are capable of completing them independently and to their own ability. All children were provided with some paper, a pencil, a ruler and a rubber in their home learning packs before school closed. Children can communicate with me via Class Dojo if they would like too.
Your child should have a QR code to log into the Class Dojo website/app. The QR code was sent home in the learning packs.
There will be regular tasks set for your child to complete on Class Dojo.
These tasks are meant to be a bit of fun and can be responded to in a variety of different ways. If children cannot access Class Dojo, I will also be putting tasks and activities on this school web page.
On Dojo, I can view their response and leave a friendly comment. Children can access Class Dojo via the website below or via a free app to download.
It is also a lovely way for the children and teachers to stay in touch as I will be responding to their work, drawings and videos each week.
Thank you for your continued support.
Axel Scheffler (illustrator of The Gruffalo) has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it.
See link below:
Calling all Year 6 children....Joe Wicks has announced he will start online PE lessons to help keep children fit and healthy during the school shutdown. The UK-based fitness influencer, who is known as The Body Coach, will be holding free 30-minute classes every weekday to help children keep active during a live workout called 'PE with Joe'.
Follow the link below to his Youtube channel to join in with his fun exercise routines every day in order to stay fit and healthy!
If any PARENTS have Facebook, Strictly Come Dancing expert Oti Mabuse will be doing Facebook Live dance classes for children and adults. No dance experience is required. She hopes to see you all there with your little ones! Oti said, 'My aim is to bring joy to your hearts and homes in the most healthiest and most positive way!'
Children must ask PARENT/CARERS PERMISSION FOR ANY FACEBOOK USE!
If you fancy completing a little bit of creative writing, have a look at these resources and websites below:
Anchor Education is a great resource to help children understand spelling, punctuation and grammar rules and terminology. They have lots of great videos to help children understand different aspects of SPAG such as nouns, adjectives, verbs etc. Use this great Youtube channel to dance and sing and importantly learn!
Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!
I'm sure you all have lots of books at home but if not have a look at some of these below!
Oxford Owl have lots of advice and activities to help you continue building the skills and knowledge you need whilst schools are closed. They will be making more resources available over the coming weeks, so keep checking back. See the link below. You can register on their website for access to lots of FREE ebooks!
David Walliams- The World of David Walliams is releasing an audio story from 'The World's Worst Children' every day for the next 30 days! The link is below!
Year 6, if you visit the website below.... EVERY DAY, a new author will be posting a ten minute creative writing challenge. Each one will be posted by a different children's author and they are perfect for watching at home!
First up is Abi Elphinstone, author of bestselling book 'Sky Song' and 'Rumblestar!' have a go at the ten minute challenges and post your responses on dojo!
There is a great collection of free audiobooks for children on audible at the moment:
Some more activities below...
Please have a look at the links below to some useful Maths revision and games sites!
Our Science topic this term is Evolution and Inheritance, explore the websites below:
This one is good for explaining misconceptions and key terms related to the topic.
This website is full of fun facts for children.
BBC Bitesize has great videos and quizzes.
Wow Science was created by Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) in collaboration with Learning Science Ltd. The site provides links to the best primary science learning materials on the web, helping children to enjoy science both inside and outside the classroom. The resources, which cover a broad range of science subjects and are suitable for all primary ages, can be an excellent tool for teachers, students and their parents. All the resources have been approved by the PSTT for quality and suitability, ensuring the content we promote is accurate and useful to learning:
Dr Chip is broadcasting live Science lessons for children at home from 10AM every day on his Youtube channel. He focuses on science, engineering and computing tasks to engage primary pupils. All of the tasks are easy to resource and lots of fun. You can either watch live at 10AM after your PE lesson - but if you are still too exhausted then all of Dr Chip's videos get stored on his youtube page.
Have a look at some ideas, facts and tasks below...
In History, we have been learning all about the Maya civilisation. Have a look at this website below!
BBC website with a range of information about the Maya civilisation
Year 6 History Lovers...
Western Approaches in Liverpool will be offering a free WW2 history lesson on Facebook Live on Wednesday March 25th at 1pm.
Please ask your PARENTS for PERMISSION to access this IF they have a facebook account!
The lessons are aimed at primary school children, but will be suitable and interesting for all and will give you a tour of the secret Liverpool bunker. Support material will also be loaded onto their website over the coming days, intended as ideas for homework.
If you missed it, don't worry-the lesson will also be added to YouTube as well as will more lessons over the coming weeks.
Topics will include; what were rations, coding and morse code, evacuees and evacuation and WW2 history.
All the lessons are free and no booking is required for the Facebook Live post, simply go to our Facebook page and click on the live button.
Please make sure you have adult permission!
The link to the website page is provided below...
Geography - Sustainable Tourism
See below for some ideas and tasks...
In RE we have started our topic of Lent; looking at opportunities to start anew. Have a look at the websites below:
CAFOD: https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Primary-teaching-resources/Lent (a range of resources focussed on Lent)
CAFOD Kidzone: https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Kidz-Zone
Remember Lent is still continuing so keep on trying to complete as many of these acts of kindness as you can. Can you be creative and change a few so that they're possible from home?
40 Acts of Kindness: https://40acts.org.uk/
Whilst we are off school, remember to reflect upon Holy Week. Holy Week is the week immediately before Easter. It is also the last week of Lent. Palm Sunday, Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday – are all included. Have a look at the resources below and complete some of the activities as part of your home learning.
Please look below for Easter activities:
Play free art games and fun quizzes, find art activities, read about artists and share your art. The best art website for kids:
Wherever you are in the world, take a tour of the National Gallery from this page:
Have a go at some of these music-based activities below:
Edinburgh Zoo have set up lots of live cameras around their zoo! You can visit their website to see the animals in their enclosures. Follow the link below:
You can also check out their Youtube channel to see different videos of their animals. You can visit the Koala Bears, Pandas, Tigers and Rock Hopper Penguins!
Or... you can visit San Diego Zoo in California, USA to see their live Zoo Cams!
Chester Zoo also has over 50 amazing activities on all things animal, Science and conservation! Take a look below! There are some brilliant ideas! Chester Zoo Play is full of games too! The link is below!
Fancy a trip to Australia? Starting next Monday the 30th March, Australian Reptile Park will be doing DAILY live streams at the park and animal tales with Tim Faulkner which will be educational videos for children all around the world. The schedule will be released this weekend so keep an eye out! Follow the link below to the website.
Toy Story’s Woody might have been famous for saying ‘there’s a snake in my boots,’ and you can make that a reality – well, an augmented reality. Google has given people a chance to get out and about with the animal kingdom, all whilst following social distancing. Ready for some lions, tigers and… pandas (oh my)? Here’s what you need to know… How to use Google 3D animals To use the feature, first you’ll need to make sure you have the right software. You’ll be using your phone or tablet, so for Android users, Google requires an operating system of Android 7.0 or later. For iPhone users, you need to be running iOS 11.0 or later.
Now, to take a walk on the wild side, you just need to google an animal on your device – just type into the search bar, as an example, ‘lion.’ Just underneath the image search results and the Wikipedia description of the animal, you’ll be able to see a box that says, ‘Meet a life-sized lion up close’. Click the ‘view in 3D’ button that will be clearly displayed, then click ‘view in your space’ to see the animal in your own surroundings.
You’ll need to give Google access to your camera for it to be able to insert the animal into your space. What animals can you find?
Many children (and adults!) will no doubt be desperately missing visiting Chester Zoo as the government orders everyone to self isolate.
The zoo's animals are being well cared for and looked after by keepers while the gates are closed, but these strange times we're living in mean there's no telling when the tourist attraction will be able to reopen to the public again.
But if you're having withdrawal symptoms, don't worry - you'll still be able to catch up with your favourite animals, because the zoo is hosting an all day live virtual tour TODAY with hourly slots featuring a range of different animals.
You can enter the virtual gates on Facebook from 10am on Friday, March 26 and for the first time ever, enjoy a whole day of animal antics live from your sofa.
Just some of the animals featured will be red pandas at 10am, Rothschild's giraffes at 11am, Asian elephants at midday and butterflies at 1pm.
Then you can catch up with the Sun bears at 2pm, the Sumatran tigers at 2.30pm, the Humboldt penguins at 2.45pm and the aquarium at 4pm.
That's a full day to spend with the animals, and although it's possible the running order might be subject to some slight changes, zoo staff promise there'll be more surprises throughout the day.
Take a look at the zoo's Facebook page for details of how to tune in to the virtual tour. Please ask your parents permission!
Bear Grylls, the world’s best known survival expert is launching a package of 100 indoor activities to keep families “busy, focused and cheerful” and ward off cabin fever during the Coronavirus lockdown.
After Friday’s closure of schools millions of families will be cooped up indefinitely and Grylls, the chief scout, is warning that without a plan, “a week stuck at home for a family can be as tough as a week in the mountains”.
Grylls, a former soldier, is launching the Great Indoors initiative with the Scout movement. They will be fronted by Grylls and scout ambassadors, including the TV naturalist Steve Backshall and Helen Glover, the double Olympic rowing champion. Have a look at the link below for some more details!
Year 6, this time is a very strange and confusing time for adults across the world right now, so of course, it is extra confusing for children! It is a new experience for us all!
However, if we all follow the government advice and listen to the guidance from the professionals and our NHS, everything will be okay.
What is quite interesting to think about, is that right now... we are all a part of history!
In years to come, (just like we learn about different aspects of History in school) children will learn about 2020, when the world had to deal with the Corona Virus, and all of the children had to do their school work at home!
I think it would be a really good idea if you created your own 'lock down project.' Lock down doesn't have to be something scary and boring, but something worth writing about and thinking about how we are now creating History.
Why don't you create a mini diary or a journal about all of your adventures and activities during this unusual time.
I'm sure it could become a valuable piece of historical evidence in years to come!
1) What did you learn this week at home that you wouldn't normally learn in school?
2) What fun thing did you do this week?
3) Why is learning at home different to learning in school?
4) What are you looking forward to doing when you come back to school?
5) Food diary?
6) What communication have you have with different adults this week? How have you communicated with them?
7) Where have you been this week? Have you been outside?
8) Can you explain some of the new vocabulary we are hearing on the news, for example, 'social distancing' and 'isolation?'
9) What have you appreciated this week that you wouldn't normally spend time to appreciate?
If you would like me to read some of your responses please post them on Class Dojo, or feel free to keep them as a personal journal!