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Learning at home

Dear Parents/Carers, 

We have put together some ideas to support your child’s learning needs while school is closed. There is a variety of ideas and websites that you may want to access depending upon your child’s learning needs.

 

To have bespoke activities and communication with your child's teacher please sign up to Class Dojo. Your child's class teacher will send you an email with an invite. 

 

Websites that you may find useful for learning at home

Songs which our children like

https://supersimple.com/super-simple-songs/

 

Animated stories

 https://www.literacyshed.com/the-ks1-shed.html

 

Songs, stories and games

https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/

 

Educational games

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games

 

Maths and English resources

Free access to twinkl   

How do teachers and parents sign up for the free month?

Setting this up is really easy to do - go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code that you have been sent by school. 

 

Makaton signed songs and rhymes

https://www.youtube.com/user/SingingHandsUK

 

Free home learning packs

https://tpet.co.uk/

 

Sensory play ideas

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/

Sensory diet activities

  • Wheelbarrow walking.
  • Animal walks (e.g bear walks, crab walking, frog jumps)
  • Trampolining.
  • Cycling or using a scooter in a garden
  • Swings (forward and back, side to side, rotary) in a garden
  • scooter board
  • Rough and tumble play.
  • Rolling on a large ball on back or belly
  • Spin while standing or sitting on the floor
  • outdoor swings in garden
  • two adults swinging child in a blanket
  • Deep pressure squishing or sandwiching with pillows or balls [calming]
  • Hand massage [calming]
  • Quiet time in sensory tent [calming]
  • Chewing crunchy foods, gum, SEN chewy jewellery/toys [calming]
  • Kneeding playdough or therapy putty
  • pushing empty wheelie bins
  • shovelling mud/soil in the garden
  • vacuuming
  • handheld massagers and vibrating cushions/pillows are alerting versus calming when used in short bursts
  • Blowing e.g. bubbles pinwheels
  • Handling fidget toys e.g. stress balls, koosh balls
  • Hugs
  • wrapping up tightly in blanket
  • row, row, row your boat with a partner

 

 

Instagram accounts to follow for play and sensory ideas

@play.hooray

@fiveminutemum

@beckys_treasure_baskets

@the_play_at_home_mummas

@tufflove_and_sensoryplay

@sen_teacher_

@sensoryplay.uk

@earlyyearsoutdoor

@sensoryideas

 

Sensory/messy play ideas

  • Cornflour gloop

Cornflour

Water

Colouring (if desired)

  • Paint with different objects – sticks, plants, feathers, fruit/veg printing, hands and feet etc
  • Sock bubble snakes

       Plastic bottle - wide end cut off, Sock, Washing up liquid and water

             Put sock over end of bottle, dip into washing up liquid/water solution, blow through  

             drinking end

  • Water spray bottles
  • Coloured rice/spaghetti
  • Ice play – freeze (safe or edible) objects in ice – explore them, try and melt them, use other tools to try and break the ice to get to objects
  • Have a bath purely for playing – take different toys, bath bombs, crazy soap etc, bath crayons

Play ideas

  • Containers, sieves, pots and pans – play with rice, water, flour
  • Digger land – set up vehicles with cereal, rice, soil, corks etc
  • Nature hunt outside – make a list of objects to find
  • Plant seeds/vegtables etc
  • Dig for worms and other creatures

Websites, resources and online games

2simple –purple mash

https://2simple.com/blog/using-purple-mash-when-school-closed/

 

Busythings free trial – games for electronic devices

https://www.busythings.co.uk/take-a-free-trial

 

Clicker 7 access online – create simple sentences

https://www.cricksoft.com/uk/clicker/covid-19-access

 

Communicate in print 3 – online free trial for symbols

https://www.widgit.com/support/inprint3/trial.htm

 

Epic – online library for electronic devices

https://www.getepic.com/promo

 

Help kidz learn – free access to games and activities

https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/shop/online-software/games-and-activities

 

SEN ICT software – electronic devices

https://www.senictsoftware.com/

 

Top marks – online games for English and Maths

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/

 

Oxford Owl for school and home

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk

 

PlanBee: The Hive of Primary Resources & Lesson Plans

https://www.planbee.com

 

 

 

Apps for android and apple devices

Book creator app (create simple books) – ipad or tablet devices free download 

https://bookcreator.com/2020/03/support-for-schools-affected-by-coronavirus/

Sorting and learning kids game (sentence work) – free app

Sentence maker game (sentence work) – android only free app

Meet the alphablocks (phonics) – free app

First words sampler (phonics) – free app

Language therapy for kids-MITA – free app

Find stuff – doodle match (visual discrimination) – free app

Maths age 3-5 – free app

Magic fluids lite (sensory) – free app

Sensory plasma (sensory) – free app

Finger paint with sounds (mark making) – free app

Breathe, think, do with sesame (understanding emotions) – free app

 

 

A printable resource to support hand washing