Reading at Home Lockdown 2021
- International Children’s Digital Library – free e-books for all ages http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
- Oxford Owl – free e-library all ages https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/
- Audible – free audio books EYFS – KS2 https://stories.audible.com/discovery
- Scholastic – EYFS/KS1 – some free resources to support reading https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html/
- Vooks – Ages 2-8 Free 30 day trial https://www.vooks.com/
- Epic – 30 days free for parents https://www.getepic.com/
- Storynory – free audio books downloadable as mp3 for free https://www.storynory.com/
- Book Trust – hometime hub – all ages free videos, stories etc https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/
- Nation al Literacy Trust – all ages ebooks/audio/video https://wordsforlife.org.uk/virtual-school-library/
- Twinkl – free ebooks https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/covid19-school-closures
- Magic Keys free books to read online – All ages http://www.magickeys.com/books/
- Monkey Pen –free pdf downloadable books all ages https://monkeypen.com/pages/free-childrens-books
- Free Children’s Stories – read online EYFS and KS1 https://www.freechildrenstories.com/kids-stories
- Story Berries – read and listen to free bedtime stories – all ages https://storyberries.com/
- Oak Academy – Reading for Pleasure videos for children KS2 https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-2
During school closure, please use the resources below to help your child learn at home.
By popular demand, Google and Parent Zone are delighted to launch more interactive parent sessions throughout the summer. These short online events – livestreamed on YouTube and led by Parent Zone’s experienced team – are designed to:
- introduce the Be Internet Legends programme to parents
- swap tips and tricks for making the most of tech at home
- give parents the opportunity to ask any questions about online safety
- share fun, free resources for families
- be accessed on easily on YouTube
For an exhaustive list of free activities for ages 0-18 to keep your children entertained over the Easter holidays and beyond, visit :https://challengenottingham.co.uk/activities-for-children?fbclid=IwAR094A18m9jMGIhrqjCfXZuX5YPyJ0mu9giFQ38x2K_Dek1FMTSKRQaDfBw&blog=y
These activities are mostly from Nottingham’s own cultural organisations and artists and include links to virtual museums, music lessons, reading and audio books ( with a list of 45 places to download books), gardening ideas and much, much more!
Get active from 9am with Joe Wicks https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ .
Cosmic Yoga to help relax and support mindfulness. https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
Explaining Coronavirus to Your Child
This story is written by a real staff Nurse working through the current crisis.
It features a dog named Dave relaying his anxieties about coronavirus to an owl named Dotty, who is a nurse.
Author Molly Watts, a staff nurse on the paediatric intensive care unit at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said she wrote the book because she wanted to provide information that was factual and child-friendly.
Story helps parents to start talking about coronavirus with their children
‘With everyone talking and worrying about what is going on I kept thinking about the impact this must be having on children,’ she said.
‘I hope the story helps parents to start a conversation with their children about coronavirus and hopefully alleviates some of their anxiety.’
We thought you might like to share it with your children during this time.
Twinkl (Home learning packs available)
BrainPOP (subject-specific activities and games)
Teacher’s Pet (you will need to create an account, but this is free to do. New resources added each week)
Chatterpack (lots of links for different subjects)
TTS (Home learning packs)
Mathletics– Maths workbooks and free home user trial available
https://www.glaptonacademy.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Active-Maths-Guide-to-Parents.pdf – Active Maths at home.
White Rose Maths Home Learning for each Year Group. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/
LearnEnglish Kids Games (Games in simple English for children to play)
LearnEnglish Kids Stories (Stories at all different levels for children to watch and listen to)
LearnEnglish Grammar (Grammar and Vocabulary activities)
Free Online Books – A huge array of free ebooks to enjoy.
PhonicsPlay– can be used at home to help your child explore sounds
Vooks (storybooks online – can get a month free)
www.literacyfamilyzone.org.uk – Full or apps resources and other support for all year groups.
Other Useful Websites
Arcademic Skill Builders (Literacy and maths games) (KS1 & KS2)
Crickweb (Literacy and maths educational games) (KS2)
Kids Spell (Create your own spelling lists & games) (KS1 & KS2)
Fun Brain (Maths, reading and spelling games) (KS1 & KS2)
Eduplace.com (Levelled spelling and vocabulary games) (KS1 & KS2)
PrimaryGames.com (Spelling rules, incl. vowels, blends, plurals etc) (KS1 & KS2)
ICT Games.com (Look, cover, check game) (KS1 & KS2)
Manythings.org (Aimed at ESL students but includes useful spelling & vocabulary games) (KS2)
Spelling city (Vocabulary and spelling interactive activities, printable worksheets, games) (KS2)
Historic Newspapers (Last year, the school was lucky enough to receive historical newspapers to use as a resource for a topic on World War 1)
Music ( Nottingham Music Hub are doing a weekly online lesson to ensure KS2 get access to music provision)
Computing (you will need to create a free account to access this)
PE at Home – PE activities to do every week.