Brain Busters

Below are lots of websites, applications and activities that can be done at home. We’ve split them up into different categories and some of the sites may require registration to use.

These are just some recommendations for things to do at home, home-learning assignments will be provided on the class pages:

NEW: Natwest home learning resources for learning about money (KS1 and KS2 resources)

Music resources from Classic FM, previously only available to schools.

Stay Awesome and Calm

Mrs E's Virtual School Trips

NEW: ExpeRimental - A series of short films making it fun, easy and cheap to do science-experiments at home with your children. Click the image below for more details.

NEW: Kids' Resource Hub - Great website with activities to keep children entertained during isolation.

NEW: Oxford Owl are providing 100 of the Oxford Learning Tree books available for free as e-books. These are the books we use in school that are banded by colour, so you can carry on reading new books at the same level as those that were coming home from school

NEW: Audible are providing free access to children's stories during the school closures, click on the image below:

Some daily activities provided by celebrities

Non-daily events include:

General

  • Non-Screen Activities – A list of ideas for fun activities and challenges that don’t require access to a computer, tablet or phone.
  • Twinkl - This is usually a paid service, but they are currently providing all the resources for free for everybody.
  • Purple Mash – How to use purple mash from home when school is closed.
  • Ed-shed – Free lessons and challenges for 14 days + school closure times
  • Google Earth – Visit anywhere on Earth.
  • Big History Project – 13.8bn years of history.
  • BBC Dance Mat Typing – Learn Touch-Typing the fun way.
  • Go Noodle - Exercises and Yoga Videos
  • 100 Things to do indoors - A great list of activities to do inside the home.

P.E.

Emotional Well being 

Here is some advice for emotional wellbeing:

  • Click here for advice on Feelings, Breathing Exercises, Self Care and many other important wellbeing documents

Memory Games

Help boost your memory with the following games:

Puzzles and Quiz Games

English and Free Books

Here are some websites where you can access free e-books

  • Oxford Owl – Free e-books for ages 3-11
  • Get Epic! – 35,000 more e-books
  • Storyline Online – More e-books
  • Project Gutenberg – 60,000 free e-books (much older works where copyright has expired and mostly classics such as Dickens etc… Great for parents though 😊 )
  • Nantwich Library – You can now download e-books and magazines from the Cheshire library service on your device.

English activities and challenges:

Maths

Numbots

During school closures, Numbots are providing free access to their site. In order to access this login visit the Numbots website. 

Computing, Media and IT

  • Tynker – A great website for learning to code and completing programming lessons. Year 6 have logins for this site, but anyone can register for free. There’s also an iPad app version too. (The Dragon Spells lessons are a great series to do)
  • Scratch – More coding using blocks, I’ve also added some addition scratch resources here. (Challenge: see if you can change my Santa Scratch game to an Easter Bunny version). And for a quick overview on how to use it I’ve put my powerpoint slides there too.
  • Scratch Jr – A Key Stage 1 version of Scratch that is equally as effective as it’s bigger brother but with a more streamlined command list. iPad/Tablet only, search the app store on your device.
  • Swift Playgrounds – Apple’s own programming application using the same programming language that app’s are coded in. Aimed more at children 9+, but lots of fun with younger ones too when helped by a grown up. Learn this and you can go on to make apps and games (iPad Only)
  • Photography for kids – A great page with tips on how to get children interested in photography.
  • BBC Bitesize Computing KS1 – BBC’s selection of activities for IT. Personal favourite is the “How are computer games made?” video.
  • BBC Bitesize Computing KS2 – As above but for Key stage 2, still recommend the above one too as a refresher.
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