Home Learning Suggestions (School Closure)
With schools closed nationwide, there are now numerous companies offering free on-line subscriptions to their E-learning web-pages. Celebrities and authors are also offering to help engage children when reading and learning at home. In addition to advice and sites already shared on the English page, we have now also attached sites here that look interesting and so might be of help to you at home - from E-books and audio books, to fun phonics activities and online games and clips. Resources shared here should be free to access from home. Cross-curricular links included could also act as a stimulus for associated writing and/or spoken language activities e.g. conversation topics; instructions on how to exercise; how to prepare a meal, or science investigation; delivery of a speech or jingle to advertise/review a product, or about the need to follow advice; poetry-writing and/or recital; research opportunities; letter-writing, or messaging friends and family; and illustrated animal fact-files etc. Encouraging your child to keep a journal, or scrapbook, at home to help record this unusual period in all of our lives and/or asking them to research a topic of interest to them can help keep learning fun and open-ended which can help to keep active minds engaged over longer periods. Any vocabulary-building and spelling activities you can do at home will also be really helpful. Reading is central to children's learning, so please keep doing this often at home, and please also remember that any interaction you have with your child, however mundane, is a learning opportunity and a chance for them to acquire new vocabulary and skills that fall both within and outside a regular classroom curriculum.
First News (a resource listed in Reading Recommendations) is currently offering free digital access to parents and children for the duration of school closures.
Remember to look on our English 'Competitions, Challenges and Events' section for competitions and challenges your child might like to enter whilst stuck at home.