Home Learning


Visual Timetable Pictures  

The New River College Outreach Team have provided some templates and advice which you can use and/or adapt to help structure your time at home, celebrate the success of home learning, and have positive conversations about what you and your children have achieved. Let’s all remind ourselves and our children that we recognise and acknowledge how different, and/or hard it can be to be away from school for an extended period of time and celebrate every achievement we make.

Star charts – stick it on the fridge as a reminder of all of the things that have been achieved over a day/week.

Daily Star Chart          Weekly Star Chart

Learning Menus – show your child what you will need to cover at some stage today using the brain menu, and then let your child decide when they will tackle each task – discussing with them helpful choices.

Daily Menu

Choice Board – We have all felt that an element of choice has been stripped from us during lockdown. Give your child the chance to choose which activities they would like to have for fun/relaxing/learning breaks. These activities can be incentives to work towards during the day.

Choice Board – Blank         Choice Board – Ideas

Now and Next – At St John’s we find this way of encouraging children to complete learning tasks very helpful. The “Now” activity is always the task you wish the child to complete and the “Next” activity is always a fun sensory or play activity (which could be from their Choice Board or to just have a lovely play with a toy). The aim of this “Next” activity is to encourage the child to look forward to having a lovely break with a fun thing to do – so encouraging them to do the “Now” activity to get to the “next.”

Now and Next

Now, Next and Then: – Many children work best after a movement break and here movement becomes the  “Now” activity,  “Next” is the learning task  and  “Then” a making activity or just fun play.

Now, Next and Then

Breaks and rewards – Build breaks and rewards into your day.  Use the daily exercise allowance to get some fresh air, play together if you can, but also give your children and yourself a break – you deserve it!

Visuals of Daily Activities

If you are unable to print out these resources, please email school and request a pack to collect.


Timetables to help to structure the day

EYFS suggested Timetable

KS1 suggested Timetable

KS2 suggested Timetable

YouTube videos for Home Learning

Superb list of YouTube videos to support with Home Learning all in one place. You can just click on the link rather than have to google and search in other places. This page has links to PE with Joe (30 minute daily PE session at 9am with Joe Wicks), The Maths Factor (Online Maths Tutoring with Carol Vorderman), The world of David Walliams (at 11am each day you can listen to a David Walliams story for 20 minutes), Draw with Rob (Draw along videos with Rob Biddulph), Ruth Miskin (for Phonics videos every day), Myleene’s Music Klass (Myleene Klass teaching music videos) and more! https://wakelet.com/wake/fc89440e-cbec-49a6-ac01-0f299c3a8dca

Daily Live YouTube percussion lessons. Every weekday morning at 11am, Ollie from The Beat Goes On is running live body percussion workshops on YouTube (MUSIC) https://www.youtube.com/user/OllieTunmer/videos

English and Maths

Stem (MATHS) www.stem.org.uk/home-learning/primary#maths

White Rose – weekly packs for learning added (MATHS) https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

Mathletics (MATHS) https://mathletics.co.uk

Hamilton Trust – weekly packs for learning added (ENGLISH AND MATHS) https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/

Classroom Secrets – packs for each year group (ENGLISH AND MATHS) https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

Maths games and activities (MATHS) https://mathsframe.co.uk/

Nrich – a range of activities. Some are interactive and some are to be completed offline. Activities are categorised by age range (MATHS) https://nrich.maths.org/

Literacy Shed – downloadable resource packs with tasks based on video clips on YouTube (ENGLISH)  https://www.literacyshedplus.com/en-gb/browse/free-resources/key-stage-2-activity-packs

Pobble 365 – A new image is published each day as a basis for creative writing. Story starters, questions and drawing ideas are provided (ENGLISH) https://www.pobble365.com/

Storytime with Nick – Films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer  (STORIES) https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/help-during-school-closure/

Storytime for children 3 times a week with Islington librarian Alix (READING) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd-Y7IRIUtf2MOo9Og9_nGQ?app=desktop

Audible stories (from Amazon) Listen to audio books for free for children whilst schools are closed. These are books for the youngest children to teens including Harry Potter books narrated by Stephen Fry- well worth a listen! https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Oxford Owl have a fantastic selection of e-books for children developing their reading skills (READING) https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/

Everyday Ruth Miskin are streaming three, short Speed Sounds lessons for children to watch at home every weekday on their YouTube channel. These are ideal for nursery, Reception and KS1 children (PHONICS) https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/

How to teach children the sounds for reading (PHONICS) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQgizwwvqNk

Free Phonics resources from Phonics Play (PHONICS) https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm

BBC Bitesize have learning tools for all subjects https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary



BBC Bitesize – Interactive resources covering the primary science curriculum https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary

STEM Learning (Home learning) An online resource bank, which links to resources on external websites. The site features a live chat function offering support from subject experts https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-science

Encounter Edu have fantastic science unit resources to use with your child https://encounteredu.com/teacher-resources/ages

Carole Kenrick site has lots of links and ideas for activities linked to children’s learning. It is suitable for EYFS and KS1 and KS2 https://sites.google.com/view/carolekenrick/science-at-home

The Royal Institution – videos for home science experiments e.g. how to make glasses sing and how to make giant bubbles https://www.rigb.org/families/experimental

‘I bet you didn’t know’ science articles which are very interesting reads and discussion prompts for KS2 pupils https://pstt.org.uk/resources/curriculum-materials/cutting-edge-science-primary-schools

Science Discussion Questions for children of all ages https://thatscienceladycom.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/home-discussion-questions.pdf


Religious Education

CAFOD has a huge number of resources for prayer activities and Religious learning activities you can access https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Primary-teaching-resources/Home-learning-primary

Suggestions for art/craft/cooking etc ideas (RE) https://www.catholicicing.com/catholic-crafts-for-kids-free/

Links to prayers for particular times/events and stories (RE) https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/family/catholic-kids


Physical Education

We have signed up to a fantastic new online Physical Education Resource called Fitter Future. Your child’s teacher will share the login details on their daily activity page. On this website all children have access to ‘Get Active’ workouts and ‘Be Mindful’ sessions. We hope you enjoy it https://www.fitterfuture.com/ 

​Joe Wicks daily workout at 9am (KS1 and KS2) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvQafyve889qVcPxYEjdSTl

Boogie Beebies – Videos that get younger children up and dancing with CBeebies presenters (EYFS) https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mvsc

Disney 10 Minute Shakeups – 10 minute videos based on Disney films that count towards a child’s 60 active minutes per day (EYFS to KS2) https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups

#ThisIsPE – Videos delivered by teachers focussing on the PE curriculum which are accessible on YouTube (KS1 and KS2) https://www.afpe.org.uk/physical-education/thisispe-supporting-parents-to-teach-pe-at-home/

Fitness Challenges, skill challenges, and morehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV7ietf3MglO66VFGjcjYsw/playlists?view_as=subscriber



Speed Sounds lessons for children to watch at home on their YouTube channel. These are ideal for nursery, Reception and KS1 children (PHONICS) https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/

Activities to play with children during their Early Years https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people

Traditional tales acted out https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories?page=2

Games for children in the Early Years https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/playtime-island-games-new?collection=playtime-island

Nursery rhymes through the BBC website https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-songs-index/zhwdgwx

Hungry Little Minds has lots of activities for children 0-5 to do at home. It is broken down into age groups https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/

National Literacy Trust ‘Small Talk’ site has talk and play ideas for children from 0-5 https://small-talk.org.uk/3-5-years/

Alistair Bryce-Clegg Ideas for Home Learning for younger children https://abcdoes.com/home-learning/


SEN pupils

Supporting your child’s learning (children with hearing difficulties) https://www.ndcs.org.uk/information-and-support/language-and-communication/supporting-your-childs-learning/

Very good makaton nursery rhymes and other signed stories. They also have a Makaton ‘lockdown’ timetable. (MAKATON) https://www.youtube.com/user/SingingHandsUK

Whittington Speech and Language advice, games and activities on the Whittington website https://www.whittington.nhs.uk/default.asp?c=26961

‘I can’ – Speech and Language advice for parents supporting their children at home https://ican.org.uk/

Tiny Happy People Communication focussed ideas, broken down by age with the tagline ‘talk, bond and have fun’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people 

Some of our pupils with Autistic Spectrum Condition and all of the children in the nursery and Reception classes do ‘Attention Builders’ at school with a TA and with the help of one of our Speech and Language therapists, here are some videos on what Attention Builders looks like so you can do it at home with your child. The strategies modelled are good for all young children to help with developing their focus and attention skills:

Attention Builders Video 1            Attention Builders Video 2          Attention Builders Video 3          Attention Builders Video 4


LGfL https://my.uso.im or through the J2Launch app

LGfL has so many great learning tools. Here are some that we highly recommend:

  • Grammar explained – grammar for year groups 1 to 6
  • Switched on Science – videos and activities for different science topics for years 1 to 6
  • Maths at Home – videos and explanations for mathematical concepts for years 1 to 6
  • 1914 1918 First World War – perfect for Saturn, Neptune and Pluto children studying the Great War this term
  • Busy Things – Play and Learn activities for all year groups (great for Early Years)
  • Virtual Experiments – Experiments for all science topics
  • Vamos – Spanish learning activities
  • Talking Stories – stories for Early readers and SEN children learning to read
  • Inclusive resources – Powerpoints and activities for SEN pupils working at an early language level