Home Learning

Home Learning – Vita Classes


If parents/carers need to contact teachers in the event of a closure, their email will be the teacher’s name (no dots in between) followed by @linwood.bournemouth.sch.uk.

Explaining Coronavirus to children

For resources to help explain the coronavirus and for pupils who are transitioning back to school, please visit our parent support page.

Printable resources

Twinkl offer great printable resources and a free resource pack for parents.

To support during this period, Twinkl is also offering parents and carers access to all Twinkl resources with a One Month Ultimate Membership, totally free of charge. Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS. You will need to set up an account for this.

Brilliant Publications
Brilliant Publications have a large range of free materials and specially chosen books that have printable sheets, making them easy to assign as work to be undertaken at home. Activities have been designed to inspire and motivate pupils such as play activities, activities to promote speaking and listening, activities relating to the weather, and science and technology activities for the outdoor environment.

The Kindness Calendar
The Kindness School Foundation issue a weekly Kindness Calendar, which includes a daily kindness activity. New Kindness Calendars are released every Wednesday for the following week.

Elsa Support
Free resources to support a child’s social and emotional learning. Lots of different categories to choose from such as: emotions, managing strong feelings, friendship, self esteem, social skills, bereavement and loss.

Free resources to help you with your Signalong learning.

Story Time

Suggested activities to keep children busy:

Hygge 5 Day HomePack 2 – activities based on open ended play & child initiated learning

Sarah Berger’s activities for in and around your home 1

Sarah Berger’s activities for in and around your home 2

Sarah Berger’s activities for in and around your home 3

Sarah Berger’s activities for in and around your home 4

  • Begin to learn a new skill perhaps touch typing, a new language, an instrument etc.
  • Use your household recycling in order to create a junk modeling sculpture.
  • Bird watch out of your window and see if you can identify the birds online.
  • Play some family games such as charades, cards or board games.
  • Build a tower using playing cards.
  • Research a famous landmark, build it out of lego.
  • Learn how to do a new household job such as loading the washing machine, folding laundry, preparing food or dusting.
  • Have a telephone call with a family member or friend who you have not seen in a while.
  • Watch a film and write a review of it.
  • Read a book and write a review of it.
  • Write an email to your teacher about what you have been doing during the time off.
  • Plant a seed and help it to grow.
  • If you could invent something what would it be? Draw and label your new invention – you could even create a prototype out of junk modelling/arts and crafts materials.
  • If you have a pet, teach it a new trick.
  • Create a den out of blankets and pillows.
  • Use a torch and put on a shadow puppet show.
  • Make up a dance routine for your favourite song.
  • Have a karaoke night and rate your family out of 10.
  • Do some yoga – there are some fantastic videos on you tube to follow along with.
  • Create an art gallery at home and fill it with drawings/paintings/models.

Recommended websites

All subjects

Oak National Academy
Online classroom and resource hub offering 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.
BBC Bitesize
Three new lessons every weekday, with videos, activities and more.
National Geographic Kids
Top Marks
Free home learning activity books available for download.

Maths and English

British Council
Singing songs is a great way to get better at speaking English and they have lots of great songs for you to enjoy.

Lesson plans, activities, stories and poems covering different topics and themes.
ICT Games
The Maths Factor
Carol Vorderman’s maths school is currently free while schools are closed (normally £2/week). It’s aimed at 4 to 11-year-olds.
Oxford Owl
White Rose Maths
letter to parents


Listen to 100s of kids’ audio books. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Stories include Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Secret Garden, Winnie the Pooh and Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter.
British Library
Explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with Discovering Children’s Books.
Letters and Sounds
Free resources to help support the DfES Letters and Sounds phonics programme.
Phonics Play
Phonics Play is free to use during this period. No subscription is needed.
To access their resources, log on with username: march20 password: home
Roy the Zebra
Reading website for emerging readers. The reading games are ideal for supporting the development of reading skills.
Ruth Miskin Training
Free phonics lesson videos for children.
Sooper Books
Collection of FREE bedtime stories for kids, online story books, short stories, fairy tales, rhymes and poems.
Sounds Write
Online course detailed at the bottom of the page: ‘Help your child to read and write’. The course is in two parts – and the first part is free! It’s aimed specifically at parents and carers who are interested in putting their children on the first steps to literacy.
Teach Your Monster to Read
Covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences.
The computer version is free but it is also available as an app.
The World of David Walliams
Listen to a story read by David Walliams every day at 11am.

Physical Activity & Wellbeing

Meditation to help those struggling with anxiety and stress at this time.
Cosmic Kids! Yoga and Mindfulness for kids
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.
GoNoodle encourages kids to dance, stretch, run, jump and also unwind! There are many different channels, including:

Blazer FreshGet down, get funky & get schooled with this edutaining hip hop trio! Banana Banana Meatball is a big hit with our kids!

Flow – to help kids relax, think positive, and flow with mindfulness exercises.

You can also check out their free apps: GoNoodle – Kids Videos (for iOS and Android) and GoNoodle Games (for iOS only)
Joe Wicks (The Body Coach)
Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 9am, Joe Wicks (aka ‘The Body Coach‘) is live-streaming a 30-minute PE class on his YouTube channel for free. If you can’t tune in then, don’t worry – you can watch them back whenever you want. If your kids are getting restless, this is a great way to get them burning off some energy while they’re stuck indoors, and a fun way to start the day if you’re home-schooling.
Youth Sport Trust
The Youth Sports Trust has made these PE resources available for free from their website. The Youth Sports Trust have a range of innovative resources to help students enjoy the benefits of PE and Physical Activity both in and outside of school.

Outdoor Learning

Highcliffe Castle
Nature themed activities available for download.
Oxford Owl
Oxford Owl – Outdoor Learning Ideas
5 short videos giving ideas on how to take learning outdoors.
RHS Campaign for school gardening
Ideas to get potting, identify trees or design a secret garden.
Woodland Trust – Nature Detectives
Some simple, nature-based activities you can enjoy together at home or in your garden.

Arts & Crafts

The Imagination Tree
Fun creative activities and resources for kids.
Red Ted Art
Hundreds of craft ideas and free printables.


Free open source audio software.
Blue Peter Badges
A Blue Peter badge is a special award given to people who appear on the show, or in recognition of achievement. Applicants must be 6 to 15 years old.
CBeebies helps young children learn whilst they play fun games, watch clips, sing songs and make things with their favourite CBeebies characters and shows. Also, there are several CBeebies apps such as Go Explore which helps kids expand their world, and Storytime for building early reading and comprehension skills.
Chatter Pack
List of resources for home learning.
Chester Zoo – Virtual Zoo Days
Experience the magical sights and sounds of Chester Zoo… LIVE from your living room! Meet a range of wonderful animals including meerkats, otters, giraffes, penguins, red pandas, lions, komodo dragons, elephants, rhinos, tropical birds, chameleons, pythons, cheetahs, orangutans and even punk rocker pigs! If you can’t tune in live, don’t worry – you can watch them back whenever you want on their YouTube Channel
Climate Kids
Helping children understand about climate change with a range of activities, videos and games.
Crash Course Kids
Crash Course is all about “Science with a side of awesome”, looking at Earth, Habitats, Space, Chemical Reactions, Engineering, and much more. New uploads every Tuesday and Thursday.
DK Find Out!
A general interest site with fun facts, quizzes, galleries, games, videos and activities.
Includes a wide variety of topics such as dinosaurs, space, animals, nature & more.
Learn a language for free. Also available as an app.
Family Learning
Games and activities designed to help children (and parents) learn while having fun.
History Storytime
Free History podcasts to support learning. Moments in history are brought to life through the words of Sophie (aged 7), Ellie (aged 5) and their Daddy.

Holiday Pirates
https://www.holidaypirates.com – 10 virtual museum tours
Tour the collections of 10 famous museums from around the world all from the comfort of your sofa!

https://www.holidaypirates.com – 13 zoos with live streaming
Watch some really cute animals in 13 zoos and aquariums from around the world offering live streams… yes, there are meerkat cams!
The Kid Should See This
A collection of over 4,500 free kid-friendly videos covering history and culture but with a special focus on STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art, and maths. It celebrates curiosity, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, kindness, and other essential themes for all ages. Enjoy around 10 to 15 newly-added videos every week.
12 free digital educational lessons available for download.
Robin Hood Multi-Academy Trust
Home learning projects.
The Sensory Projects
Links to free sensory activities and resources.
Skills Builder
To help develop essential skills such as listening, speaking, team work, problem solving, staying positive, creativity. Each skill is broken down into teachable, measurable steps.
Toy Theatre
A collection of free interactive educational games that can be played on computers, tablets and mobile devices.

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