Y6 Home learning w.c. 18.5.20 Literacy
Frequently Asked Questions about Home Learning
Does my child have to complete the learning sent home?
The work that is sent home by your child’s teacher each week is not compulsory. Whilst we would like the children to continue some learning at home, all family circumstances are different and you should complete as much or as little of the work as you are able. It is fine if you choose to use different work with your child or to focus on other family activities. There are links to a number of other alternative activities you could choose below.
Does my child have to complete work on a specific day?
We try to provide 5 English and 5 Maths activities each week as well as some work in other foundation subjects to complete. Whilst you may choose to complete these activities daily, there is no expectation that you do so.
How often do we have to post to Seesaw?
We would ask that the children post something on Seesaw each week so that we can check in with them and see if they need anything else. Other than that, there is no expectation about the frequency or quantity of posts to Seesaw.
What if I am still working full time from home and am unable to support my child?
Don't worry! Many of the activities that we send home are designed to be completed fairly independently by the children and may just require a brief introduction. However, we appreciate that some activities are more complex. It is fine to allow your child to access different activities (please see below for ideas) or to complete work from BBC Bitesize and Oak National, which are designed for the children to access independently. They could also access online games or resources instead.
What contact will my child have with their teacher?
Teachers will check Seesaw a number of times throughout the day until approximately 4pm. Questions will be responded to and feedback given to the children on their work. Children and parents are welcome to send the teacher a message through Seesaw and parents can also contact the teacher through the class email address. Each week the class teacher will make a video to talk the children through the learning for the week ahead.
Twinkl Home Learning - Every day Twinkl produces a home learning timetable which is a mixture of academic learning, keeping active, family activities and some live lessons based on skills such as Sign Language
Robin Hood Learning Project - Each week has a document that lists maths, reading and writing challenges as well as a special learning project for EYFS to Y6. This is similar to what we have been sending home for your children but provides alternative or supplementary resources for you to use.
Oak National Academy - The Oak National Academy consists of video lessons for English, Maths and Science as well as some Foundation Subjects. All sessions are led by qualified teachers from Good and Outstanding Schools across the country. Government funding was provided for the Academy to be set up and run and therefore their resources are very comprehensive. Each year group has around 3 hours of learning per day - particularly for Foundation Subjects these might not be consistent with what we have been doing in school, but taking part in these lessons will give the children excellent knowledge, understanding and skills that can then be applied to other topics. From this week, they are also providing sessions for children who may need to access speech therapy or social communication resources.
Live Lessons - A collection of live lessons delivered by teachers and suitable for all year groups - some of these lessons may be linked to or overlap with the materials from the Oak National Academy. CAUTION - as these are on Youtube, parental supervision may be necessary
BBC Bitesize - The BBC are providing 12 weeks worth of lessons and resources either on their website or through iPlayer. Some of these activities may be set by your child's teacher but there are lots to choose from, so encourage them to look back through the weeks and pick something that interests them or consolidate their knowledge of a topic.
Sumdog - The children have all recently been sent logins for Sumdog to take part in a Maths competition. Sumdog has made all its resources free for the duration of the school closures. The children can use games to practice number bonds, times tables, Maths reasoning questions, spelling and grammar. The questions adjust their level of difficulty dependent on the answers, so the all the children should always be able to access this at their Maths level.
Literacy Shed - Activity packs based on one of their short films. Each film has a pack with 10 activities which could easily be done of the course of a day or a few days. There are also reading comprehension packs for each year group. These resources are best printed but could easily be used on screen.
Spag.com - All children have a login for Spag.com - this enables children to practice specific grammar points and is marked automatically. If your child can not remember their username and password, their class teacher will be able to send it to them
Authorfy 10 minute challenges - Well known authors have set children a 10 minute challenge to complete linked to reading or illustration. There are already 30 challenges and a new one is added each day. Suitable mainly for KS2, children could complete a few of these each day.
Sentence Stacking - Every day at 9:45am, Jane Considine teaches an English session based on a short video - the children are then given time to construct sentences and, if they like, submit their sentences for use in a collaborative story. Suitable for all ages, the videos can be watched live by the children or played back later. CAUTION - as these are on Youtube, parental supervision may be necessary
Oxford Owls - Continue with home reading books online - lots of free books that are searchable by book band and readable online
Grammaropolis - Songs for children to learn about different parts of grammar (might be useful for parent as well!) CAUTION - as these are on Youtube, parental supervision may be necessary
EAL Hub - Resources to help support vocabulary and reading for children with EAL. Even though this is a subscription site, each section has some free resource packs that you are able to use to support you if your child is EAL.
Spelling frame - Free website which allows the children to practice different spelling rules - suitable for all ages
Pobble 365 - Each day a different image is shared and is accompanied by questions, some grammar work and a story/writing starter. Previous pictures can also be accessed. Could be used independently by KS2 and with support by KS1
The Reading Realm - Free home learning packs with reading extracts and related activities
Maths Mastery - Lesson Packs for any parents wanting to have a go at supporting your child to learn new content. These packs have step by step guides to how to support your child with videos and activities to help. Available from Reception to Y6.
Classroom Secrets - A collection of worksheets (there is a new collection each week) that you can download and print for your child to complete. Children also have a password issued in March to access the interactive games in Classroom Secrets Kids.
I See Maths - A collection of 10 minute live lessons with reasoning problems and tasks for the children to complete - suitable for Y3-6. There are also demonstrations of activities that KS1 can complete.
Hamilton Trust - 5 weeks worth of learning packs which contain powerpoints and learning reminders for the children to complete before having a go at the printed resources. Whilst it is useful for the children to review the powerpoint with an adult, the learning reminders may be enough to enable them to complete the activties.
Corbett Maths - Most suitable for UKS2, click on 5 a day for daily arithmetic practice or choose videos to watch short explanations of a topic followed by related questions to complete.
Nrich - Great reasoning and problem solving activities. These have been particularly selected as suitable to use at home and there are options for all ages.
STEM learning - A huge collection of Science, Engineering, Computing and DT activities that your child can complete at home. Some of these will need adult supervision, others could be completed individually or with siblings.
Oxford University Museum - Learn about animals, fossils, rocks, insects and minerals through activities and interactive games
Primary Science Trust - A collection of investigations to do at home. Some of these will need adult supervision, others could be completed individually or with siblings. The Science at work sections has weekly videos and activity sheets linked to read people who use Science in their jobs - Florence Nightingale and two doctors doing important work on the coronavirus are the first to be featured.
An hour of code - A huge number of coding activities for all ages and level of experience
Scratch Jr - Download the free app to a computer or tablet and have a go at these introductory activities (Lots of children will have already used Scratch in school) Suitable for all ages.
Tynker - Coding challenges for all ages - create a free account to access their premium courses for free during school closures
Barefoot - Mini missions and learning activities to do as a family as well as some interactive games
Creating music at home - The activities on this website give opportunities for children to work on creating music and there are activities for children with no musical instrument at home as well as those children who play a tuned instrument (Suitable for all ages)
National Geographic Kids - Click on Primary Resources across the top and browse the different ones available - each primary resource has pages of the comic that the children can download and read with a suggested activity. There are loads to choose from in all subject areas! You will need to sign up to a free account to access.
World Geography Games - Hours of fun learning about countries, capitals, flags and states
Climate Kids - Environmental website with information, activities, games and videos
PSHE AND WELLBEING
Stay in, Work out with Sport England - Lots of links to things that can be done at home to stay active
Wild Days -Activities for how to spend up to an hour doing outdoor learning with your child in your own green space
Wellbeing activties linked to school closures