Home Learning

January 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,  

All of us at St John’s know how hard it has been for you to support your children at home throughout these school closures. We have been amazed by all the fantastic things you have been doing with your children and what your children are achieving in these far from ideal circumstances.

For all children we know the importance of clear routines and predictability. This has not been easy to maintain this year, with changes to school and family routine happening at short notice and parents and carers expected to take on a role that we have spent many years training to do – as teachers. 

We know that giving children a clear understanding of what their daily routine will look like, and the activities and/or challenges that they are likely to face, may help to alleviate anxiety for them and parents.  Every school day in St John’s starts with the teacher and children talking through a visual timetable of the day. This includes not just work tasks but also fun/play activities and any changes to the usual routine that will be happening that day.  The chart is on display all through the day to refer to and help children understand and remember what is happening at each part of the day. Communicating to your children about what will happen each day at home can be so helpful in easing anxiety and encouraging their motivation to engage in home learning activities.

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 in these difficult circumstances. Let’s all remind ourselves and our children that we recognise and acknowledge how different, and/or hard this can be 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

Cumulative rewards – Build towards a bigger reward at the end of the week – decide on what the reward can be together and work towards it as a team.  Remember a reward can be a favourite activity – it doesn’t have to be a gift!

If things go wrong – Try to remember, how different everything is for your child and you! Never take a star away from a star chart that at child has earned – but remind them of the achievements and good choices they have made – and will be able to make again. Chunk up your child’s work tasks with plenty of play in-between. If a piece of work becomes “too much” stop and come back to it later or seek help from us at school.

Remember we are here for you… even if it is virtually!

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

We, at St John’s, understand that this is a tough time, and that every family has different achievements and challenges. We are here to help. Email or ring us if there is a problem, and we will do what we can to try to work on it with you.  We’re all going to have off days and days when the technology just does not work. So let us know if or when this is happening, and we will help where we can.

Very best wishes to you all,  

Ms Connor

Inclusion Leader (with help from New River College Outreach).




During this difficult time your child may feel anxious or worried, if you need guidance or support for talking to your child about Coronavirus please visit the Young Minds Website https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

Please also take a look at this storybook for children about coronavirus and share with them if you feel it is appropriate Coronavirus – A book for children

Home Learning

There is such a lot of Home Learning material available online now that we wanted you to be able to find links all in one place. Teachers do use many of these for their planning of daily activities so you might come across work that the children have been set.


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

Islington have provided an online Home Learning site which has weekly tasks for children to complete for all subjects, including maths, writing, science and PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) Islington Home Learning Page

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


P4C (Philosophy for Children)

At St John’s children have P4C thinking and talking lessons. Each week three are P4C Hometalk resources so you can have thoughtful discussions as a family that support children to think deeply. Teachers will give a P4C activity once a week using these resources. 

P4C Hometalk Week 1

P4C Hometalk Week 2

P4C Hometalk Week 3

P4C Hometalk Week 4

P4C Hometalk Week 5


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



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/

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/


Additional Activity booklets

Please click the links below to open documents with a huge number of activities for children.

Activity Booklet for children of all ages

Activity Booklet for EYFS and KS1 (Great for pupils with SEN too!)

Attention Building Activities

Messy Play Activities

Science Activities

Emotional Regulation Activities


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


First News 

Each week we will receive an online copy of the children’s newspaper that you can read and discuss with your child, download below. 

15th-20th May 2020