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Resources for children while the school's closed

Hello everybody,

 

While the school is shut down we'll be pooling all of our links and resources into this page for ease of access.

 

We will be adding resources all the time, so please check back regularly for updates!

If you've found any of these resources helpful, or better yet done any work you're proud of, please like us know. Send us a photo of work done at home admin@northwood.bexley.sch.uk

Collective worship: Story Wristband

Bexley has made these little pamphlets to more effectively help your children with their maths while stuck at home. I've put them here so that people with children in more than one year group don't have to go searching through each class page to find them.

Jonah Collective worship

Interactive School assembly for primary aged pupils

Bexley Libraries are holding a summer challenge. Reading is increasingly an area of focus for our school, take a look and get involved if you can!

FREE Summer Salad Growing Kits – for Thamesmead Residents

 

Thamesmead residents can now register for a free Making Space for Nature Summer Salad Kit! The kit contains everything you need to grow tomatoes, beans, lettuce and more – all in the comfort of your own home.

Apply to receive the food growing kit, gaining access to the magical world of food growing at home, which can save money and improve physical and mental health and wellbeing.


The kit is suitable for creating crops on windowsills, balconies and gardens alike. Alongside the food growing kits, which will be safely delivered to Thamesmead residents homes, applicants will have a wealth of resources at their green fingertips; including growing tips and tricks, workshops and tutorials; and access to an online community space and gardening helpline.

 

Kits will be provided on a first come first serve basis and are limited to one per household.

 

More information is available on our website: https://www.thamesmeadnow.org.uk/news/getsetsow-for-national-growing-for-wellbeing-week/

Sign up here:: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/kitregistration

Bexley council is hosting some online sessions for parents about digital well being. I've put the links below for when they go live. All sessions are the same content just presented at different times for accessibility

Ascension Day Collective Worship

Some nice PSHE activities for you this week. Feel free to send us the results!

Collective worship with Steve

Our very own Steve Gurnett has a collective worship lesson for Northwood!

Kent County Council- Road Safety Key Stage 1 Lesson

In school our Junior Road Safety Officers would help teach kids about these things. However we find this as a modest replacement.

A message from Bexley Libraries.

 

Dear Parent or Carer, 
 
I hope this finds you and your family well at this difficult time. 
 
Although all our libraries are currently closed, Bexley Library Service has a whole host of free online resources that can be accessed by library members. 
 
These include a great selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks for children, from classics such as ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ to the popular ‘Wimpy Kid’ and ‘Tom Gates’ series. 
 
We also have a wide selection of digital comics on offer, including Disney and Marvel titles as well as Britannica Online, a child friendly online encyclopaedia, perfect for topic learning. 
 
Every member of Bexley Libraries can download up to 4 eBooks or eAudiobooks to their personal device for up to 3 weeks. Please see the links below to these resources and also one on how to join the library.  
  
eBooks and eAudiobooks, including children’s titles. The eBooks can be made dyslexia friendly by altering the font type and size and background colour 

 
eMagazines and eComics, including children’s titles  
 
The world’s most famous encyclopaedia available online – including the child friendly junior version 
  
If you are not already a member of Bexley Libraries you can Join Online. Remember to include an email address so that your card number and PIN can be emailed to you.  
 
For assistance please contact libraries@bexley.gov.uk  
 

Lean On Me- Bill Withers

Year 4 learnt how to sing this song before the schools were closed. Our head of music has suggested that it'd be nice if many more of our children could learn it so that we may sing it all together as a school when we return.

These are tough times and I'm sure many people just need someone to lean on right now (once social distancing has been lifted of course)

RIP Bill Withers

Some nice well-being activities to help kids process and remember the good times during this crisis.

 

#StayHomeStayActive

Useful Websites for Learning from Home Resources

 New resource has been made free for schools to log on to at http://www.createdevelopment.co.uk There are some great tools for use at home AND at school. The have resources for EYFS all the way up to Year 6, all based around themes. They include video support, songs and stories all to embed skills, games and activities.

Lots of sports pictures to print off and colour in.

http://www.supercoloring.com/coloring-pages/sports

 

Nuffield Health has lots of great resources around health and wellbeing

https://www.nuffieldhealth.com/downloads/kids-wellbeing-fact-file

https://www.nuffieldhealth.com/downloads/swap-interactive-journal

https://www.nuffieldhealth.com/downloads/swap-teachers-guide

 

 
   
 

Free to register Chance to Shine have resources useful for home learning or for

sessions for schools who are open for key workers and vulnerable children

https://teachers.chancetoshine.org

 

Ultimate Indoor Football Workouts drills to practice indoors (no garden needed!!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9f_c6LHoTI&feature=youtu.be

 wants to help keep primary aged children as active as possible by offering free access to their imovement platform. Some of their best resources including videos, music and lesson plans are now available free to help pupils stay active and healthy even when they can’t go to school https://imoves.com/

 Receive weekly food and exercise log, sporting challenge cards such as active monopoly, plus daily exercise videos to help keep your children active from Healthy Futures. Schools can receive these free resources straight to your inbox https://healthyfutures.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=35a57192e9ec6a559eaaa6cf9&id=492f01d6de

KidsRunFree have been activating children across the UK for over a decade and they want to continue to do so. They are uploading daily videos of games and activities that families can play together to help stay, fit and healthy https://www.kidsrunfree.co.uk/

Home learning Website list (copied from the Year 1 page)

 

These websites are all fantastic to keep your children learning in these uncertain times. Stay safe everyone and best of wishes from the Year 1 team! 

 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk

Twinkl is the ‘go to’ for teachers. They have kindly opened the doors to all for the duration of school closure and have given a code ‘UKTWINKLHELPS’ to access everything free for a month in the event of school closure.

 

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

This website is usually a subscription based website and is a firm favourite with year one. They have a huge range of fun phonics games for all levels in the Early years and KS1

 

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk

A great website from the makers of the Biff and Chip books. There are some simple maths games and access to a huge range of ORT books. Very useful.

 

www.topmarks.co.uk

This is the best website I have found. It has a search facility to find activities or

support for everything from understanding the need for sand and water play to tips on helping your child read. The section on learning numbers through play is particularly good. You can also use the search facility for links to other educational websites.

 

www.ictgames.co.uk

Probably the best website on the net for literacy and numeracy. A firm favourite with the children in year one. This website also has games and activities suitable for reception through to year 2. I have posted a poster specifically for this website in our files section on teams.

 

www.mathszone.co.uk

This website has a lot of maths games covering many different areas of the subject

from simple addition and subtraction through to reflection and rotational symmetry

and many activities suitable for your older child.

 

http://www.familymathstoolkit.org.uk/activities-for-children

Advice and activities on how to help your child with maths at home. Some lovely activities which mean the children might not even realise they are practicing their maths skills!

 

http://www.ixl.com

This is an American with some fantastic maths games and activities grouped into topics. This is a wonderful site to help with difficulties in specific areas of mathematical understanding.

 

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk

This is a wonderful primary school website which has games and information on a range of subjects.

 

www.ictgames.com

This is a fantastic website with some simple literacy activities. The games

will need your support to set up and talk through.

 

www.crickweb.co.uk

This website has links to games and activities from Kindergarten right through to the

end of key stage two. There are some really simple literacy and numeracy games

which your children will really enjoy.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/

A collection of resources to support learning in all areas of the curriculum.

 

www.getepic.com

Kids books and movies

This is a great website and appwith lots of books. Whilst it is a subscription app you get the first month free. I would recommend using for the free month and then making your own decision.

 

 

 

www.wowscience.co.uk

Quite a few ideas for free activities which the children could access at home. Use the ‘Activities’ section to find the best activities for home learning.

 

https://bpes.bp.com/resources/list

BP provides some nice introductory videos for Science, Geography and Design Technology

 

Less educational - more fun!

 

www.funbrain.com

A website with stories to read and games to play. You can browse by age level

 

www.activityvillage.co.uk

A website with activities galore colouring in pages, origami, recipe ideas and doodle books. This website will give you thousands of ideas to keep the children busy. Sadly many of the printable resources are now part of the members only section.

 

 

http://mrspancake.com

A collection of delightful activities it even has some step by step instructions for fantastic origami modals including a brilliant section on paper planes.

 

https://www.kiddle.co

Kiddle is a child friendly search engine by goodle. A great place to find out about particular topics whilst staying safe online.

 

www.natgeokids.com

National Geographic for kids has some stunning images and interactive games and colouring books.  A lovely site for children to learn more about animals, wildlife and the world around them.

 

www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

Fun facts and games about space.

 

www.code.org

There are courses and games for learning how to code on this great website. All courses are free of charge and have a really good range of levels.

 

 

 

Ideas for physical exercise at home

 

https://www.cosmickids.com

Fantastic fun yoga stories for children. Will keep them entertained when they need down time!

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/supermovers

We have had SUCH FUN with the super movers this term the children love dancing and hardly notice that they are learning at the same time. I challenge to to complete the ‘Position and Direction with the Hip Hop Granny’!

 

www.gonoodle.com

Music and mindfulness for children. It’s an American website with lots of fabulous dance routines and guided mindfulness sessions. The chicken dance is a particular favourite in Year One!

 

Apps

I am really sorry but I don’t know if many of these are available for android.

 

Teach your monster to read

A fantastic app which the children really love. It has a mixture of phonics and whole word games aimed at supporting reading.

 

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/jungle-time-learn-how-to-tell/id366422129?mt=8

Jungle Time. A great app to help your child with telling the time.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/forest-phonics/id581746397?mt=8

A wonderful app to support phonics and word building skills. Fantastic.

 

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/abc-pocketphonics-letter-sounds/id299342927?mt=8         

abc pocket phonics

This is a wonderful app based on Letters and Sounds, the phonics teaching programme used throughout many UK schools. I can’t praise this enough.

 

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/times-tables-squeebles-multiplication/id366347095?mt=8

squeebles multiplication. A great app to help with multiplication.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/motion-math-zoom/id451793073?mt=8

 and

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/motion-math-hungry-fish/id483049169?mt=8

These aim to improve your child’s understanding of place value and number bonds. Both are really good games and are suitable for your older children too. The developer ‘motion maths’ have made a number of apps for older mathematicians too.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sing-your-times-tables-percy/id394677739?mt=8

Percy Parker is a wonderful times tables app for the end of year one onwards. It teaches them their times tables in a really enjoyable way – but the songs will stay in your head!

 

Bee-Bot

You might have heard your children talk about the Bee-Bot at school - it's often used in our classrooms to teach children about control programming and directions in maths. This lovely app version is good fun and free!

Reading Raven - recommended to me

An engaging app that teaches children phonics with a step-by step programme, one lesson at a time. We love the clear letter sounds as you click on each letter. It's also engaging with fab illustrations to hold a child's interest as they learn.

£2.99

 

Meteor Math - recommended to me

An 'explosive' maths challenge with an arcade game feel - find two numbers to make the answer shown on the planet and watch as they explode! The game gets faster as you go up through the levels and it becomes exciting and challenges children to solve the sums more quickly. A great way of improving speed of mental maths.

 

twinkl phonics

A wonderful app aimed at improving phonics. This app covers all phases of letters and sounds.

Ideas from Year 3

 

1. Language games

  • Read and remember poems, (e.g. Michael Rosen's poems) and join online author fan clubs as they usually feature fun activities, jokes and competitions.
  • Play with language. Spot words within words or try to make up new words for things like stepevator for elevator, or smoketube for chimney...
  • Play games such as Articulate.

2. Phonic and spelling games

  • Do word searches together and then make up your own.
  • Play word/spelling games like Junior ScrabbleBananagrams and Boggle to focus on blending letter sounds to make words.
  • Write a word out – it could be a word from the weekly spellings list – cut it up and ask your child to put it back in the correct order.

3. Memory games

  • Have fun trying to memorise menus in restaurants and cafés!
  • Memorise directions to the swimming pool or to a friend’s house using the right terms; turn right, go over the roundabout, pass the sweet shop and it’s second on the left.
  • Play spelling pairs with their weekly spelling words. Draw a word grid and write each spelling word in a new box. You will need to write each word twice (each in a separate box). Cut them out, making sure you have two of each spelling word. Then turn them over and mix them up. Challenge your child to turn over two pieces of paper and then read each word. Are they a pair? If not, turn them back over and repeat this until they find matching pairs. Once they have found a pair, look at the spelling together and then ask your child to spell the word without looking.

4. Listening games

  • Draw a picture and then while you describe what you have drawn your child has to draw what you are describing. Compare your drawings.
  • Make up riddles about an object or person you know and see if your child can guess what or who it is, e.g. they wear skirts, they have grey hair, they live in a flat etc. Who are they?
  • Play ‘Repeat the sound’. Create a movement or sound e.g. click your fingers, tap your foot twice, cough. Ask your child to copy you and add another movement or sound on at the end. You then have to repeat their movement/sound and yours back and forth, without forgetting any. This game works with two or more players and is a great way to encourage listening, memory and concentration skills. It is also good fun!

5. Action games

  • Play Twister – ask your child to read the instruction about which colour dot their left/right, hand/foot should be placed on the floor mat! Lots of skills to coordinate at the same time!
  • Play charades with friends and family.
  • Write words like run, walk, jump, sit, etc. on separate pieces of paper. Get your child to read the word and do the action. Time them!

6. Tactile games

  • Use puppets, creatures, models to create and tell stories as a show.
  • Create posters, book covers and presents using sand paper, magazine cut outs, fabric, paint, glitter glue, buttons and straws. Go 3D!
  • Use fridge magnet games to build messages, stories and poetry, e.g. 'Gone to Matt’s for tea!'

7. Screen games

  • Buy ‘educational’ tablet, computer or DS games and encourage your child to read the instructions by themselves. Talk to your child about the games and ask them to explain how to play.
  • Watch adaptations of stories, e.g. The Gruffalo (Donaldson), Horton Hears a Who (Dr Seuss), and talk about the differences between the book and the film.
  • Show your child useful online sites like YouTube and iTunes, explaining how you read to make choices.

8. Car journey games

  • Use Michelin I-Spy books (I-Spy Car Journeys, I-Spy Cars, etc.).
  • Joke books can be a useful thing to pack for a long car journey. Take it in turns to tell a joke or a riddle.
  • Encourage your child to read road signs, to give you directions or to set the satnav!

9. Practical activities

  • Look at newspaper articles, notices from school, leaflets/guides in museums together.
  • Get your child to think about and plan for the week’s activities: clubs, school events, parties.
  • Get them to think about holiday packing lists (it’ll save you the worry!) and ‘to do’ lists.

10. Reading books of all kinds together

  • There are some great picture books for older children so don’t give up on pictures. Don’t forget comics too!
  • Read simple chapter books with fewer pictures and read a couple of chapters at night.
  • Listening to stories being read is not only enjoyable, but it can build your child’s vocabulary and help develop their speaking and listening skills. Visit our storyteller page to watch videos of storytellers reading favourite traditional stories.

Why not choose a book from our library to share on-screen now together?

11. Play maths games

  • Try these fun games with your child to practise maths skills and help to build your child's confidence. Most children love playing games and it's an easy way to support their learning.
  • Visit our fun maths activities page for a selection of activities and resources designed to help you enjoy maths with your child.

12. Cook together

  • Cooking with your child is an excellent way to practise and talk about key maths skills – counting eggs for a cake recipe, measuring and weighing ingredients together. Best of all, you both get to enjoy a tasty treat at the end! Why not try our banana bread recipe?

Year 4 came up with their own list in class. It may not be hyperlinked but the children asked for it to be available to them.