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COVID-19 CLOSURE - LEARNING SUPPORT MATERIALS

On this page we aim to give parents a range of information on how to support children during the school closure.  The page in under construction and regularly updated. There are a lot of resources and ideas so please keep scrolling down to find something that suits you!

 Here is some brief advice on how to support your child's home learning. Click here.

Early Years (Nursery & Reception)

 PLEASE REMEMBER THAT EARLY YEARS TEACHERS ARE SENDING DAILY SUGGESTED LESSON PLANS ON SCHOOLPING

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http://nowpressplay.co.uk/learn-at-home/

Password: nowpressplay

now>press>play is an immersive audio resource that engages primary school children in the curriculum through emotion, imagination and movement.Immersed in sound, your child will become the main character in a story, meeting people, discovering places and solving problems on an educational adventure they’ll never forget!

Click here for the range of experiences available to Early Years.

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https://www.thephilosophyman.com/brainsqueezers

While schools are shut, they will put up lots of resources each week to get kids thinking and talking with their parents on this page, or with each other and teachers for those still in school. The resources will change every Friday. Games, questions, stories, riddles. Solutions to riddles will follow the next week.

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 https://creativesteps.co/courses/remote-learning/

Weekly creative dance lessons for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b00jdlm2/cbeebies-bedtime-stories

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 https://www.easypeasyapp.com/ - Get inspired with playful activities to help your child develop skills for school and life,

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For some playdoh recipes and ideas, click here. 

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Julia Donaldson have done some illustrations to explain to parents why it is important to stay at home.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2020/apr/04/gruffalo-axel-scheffler-and-julia-donaldsons-coronavirus-cartoons

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Music with Corin! (Yes our Corin)

Here are some but there are even more on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qny4c7FaQ8I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCSv1nbjc_Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZUMrfL6j8c&t=62s

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Movement and Dance Videos

https://youtu.be/z5vuDTPIQbw
https://youtu.be/05PRT9TlI0o
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Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)

 http://nowpressplay.co.uk/learn-at-home/

Password: nowpressplay

now>press>play is an immersive audio resource that engages primary school children in the curriculum through emotion, imagination and movement.Immersed in sound, your child will become the main character in a story, meeting people, discovering places and solving problems on an educational adventure they’ll never forget!

Click here for the range of experiences available to Key Stage 1.

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https://www.thephilosophyman.com/brainsqueezers

While schools are shut, they will put up lots of resources each week to get kids thinking and talking with their parents on this page, or with each other and teachers for those still in school. The resources will change every Friday. Games, questions, stories, riddles. Solutions to riddles will follow the next week.

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https://creativesteps.co/courses/remote-learning/

Weekly creative dance lessons for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zgkw2hv   -     KS1 English

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https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/1fgkpw

Twinkl have teamed up with our BBC Education. They've created engaging videos for 5 -11 year olds covering curriculum subjects and Twinkl's produced content to support teaching from home.

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https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/literacy.html

Phonics, spelling, letter formation, reading, writing, common exception words, etc.

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https://2simple.com/blog/using-purple-mash-when-school-closed/

Free access to both Purple Mash and Serial Mash for the duration of school Covid-19 closures.  Sign up if you are currently not a subscriber to Purple Mash.   Access to 1000s of cross-curricular resources.

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https://2simple.com/blog/using-purple-mash-when-school-closed/

Free access to both Purple Mash and Serial Mash for the duration of school Covid-19 closures.  Sign up if you are currently not a subscriber to Purple Mash.   Access to 1000s of cross-curricular resources.

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A piece of home learning about Easter.

A piece of home learning about Allah.

A piece of home learning about sharing and visiting the Gurdwara.

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Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)

http://nowpressplay.co.uk/learn-at-home/

Password: nowpressplay

 now>press>play is an immersive audio resource that engages primary school children in the curriculum through emotion, imagination and movement.Immersed in sound, your child will become the main character in a story, meeting people, discovering places and solving problems on an educational adventure they’ll never forget!

Click here for the range of experiences available to Key Stage 2. 

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https://www.thephilosophyman.com/brainsqueezers

While schools are shut, they will put up lots of resources each week to get kids thinking and talking with their parents on this page, or with each other and teachers for those still in school. The resources will change every Friday. Games, questions, stories, riddles. Solutions to riddles will follow the next week.

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https://creativesteps.co/courses/remote-learning/

Weekly creative dance lessons for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f       -    KS2 English

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https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/1fgkpw

Twinkl have teamed up with our BBC Education. They've created engaging videos for 5 -11 year olds covering curriculum subjects and Twinkl's produced content to support teaching from home.

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https://www.researchify.co.uk/audiobooks.html

Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows, Railway Children, Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Black Beauty. In Word, pdf and audiobook formats. A few pages missing here and there in audio format.

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https://literacytrust.org.uk/free-resources/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvKfVtLSL6AIVibTtCh01fQAgEAAYASABEgLS-_D_BwE

Children's author and illustrator Cressida Cowell has created some fantastic resources for primary school pupils, packed full of writing tips and inspiring...

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https://2simple.com/blog/using-purple-mash-when-school-closed/

Free access to both Purple Mash and Serial Mash for the duration of school Covid-19 closures.  Sign up if you are currently not a subscriber to Purple Mash.   Access to 1000s of cross-curricular resources.

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A piece of home learning about Easter. 

A second piece of learning about Easter. 

A piece of home learning about Judaism.

A piece of home learning about the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi.

A piece of home learning about Judaism.

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Phonics

Ruth Miskin Phonics are scheduling free Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on Facebookand YouTube for children to watch at home; three short Speed Sound lessons with one of their trainers every day for the next two weeks. Films will show at the times below and be available for 24 hours. 

-  Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am

-  Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am

-  Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am

They will also release a film of a teacher reading a poem for Reception and Year 1 children to join in with at 2.00 pm every day. The poems will be available to watch again and again on YouTube. A great opportunity for children to learn these by heart!  Parents can sign up to either on their Facebook page  or their YouTube channel.

Extra information for parents - Two films which explain about RWI phonics. These are on YouTube.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXOJUPNVnLc  and  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjlPILhk7bQ

They now have a hotline for parents and carers helping children learning to read at home with Read Write Inc. Phonics.  You can email homereading@ruthmiskin.com with any queries.

https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/?mc_cid=71ef745098&mc_eid=8851bf28a2

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Reading

Globe Accelerated Reader Key Stage 2 Challenge  

Hello Readers in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6, 

I hope you are still reading everyday as part of your home-schooling routine.  

Great news... you can now log onto Accelerated Reader and take reading and vocabulary tests at home.  

https://ukhosted4.renlearn.co.uk/1893647 

You should have books from school that you can read and quiz. If you have read them all, you can access more books from these locations and see if they are AR books and quiz them. You can even listen to books and quiz on those!  

Logon onto: https://readon.myon.co.uk/ and access the thousands of different titles available, both fiction and non-fiction. Read the books online or listen to them and complete the different activities on the side. Then don’t forget to take a quiz for the same book on AR. 

We will look at what you have been reading and make a top 10 word count per week for each year group. Can you get your name on the leader board? 

Try accessing these resources to ensure you have loads of books to read and listen to. 

Keep on reading! 

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 Tower Hamlets  Libraries members can access free ebooks from the London Libraries Consortium: Kids at: 

https://llc.overdrive.com/library/youth/account/ozone/sign-in?forward=%2Flibrary%2Fyouth%2F%23action%3Dborrow~801627&showIdcSignUp=false  
Children need to:

If children  are not Tower Hamlets Libraries members they can join at https://www.ideastore.co.uk/about-us-join-today then access  London Libraries Consortium: Kids.

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 https://stories.audible.com/discovery

For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.  All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.  Explore the collection, select a title and start listening. It's that easy.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/cbbc

View books turned into TV series, including The Worst Witch, Tracy Beaker, Deadly 60, Hetty Feather, Hank Zipzer, The Demon Headmaster.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007t9wg/clips

Storytelling for younger viewers, using videos and read alouds.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/blue-peter

Videos on author writing tips, who to read next, Blue Peter Book Awards, story dice challenge, author chats, story challenge wit Matt Haig, Cressida Cowell and more…

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https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games

Here you can find lots of lovely interactive books to read online or watch with signing. Also, free, fun kids' games to enjoy online. Whether you want some number games, puzzle games, colouring or the Shape Game, you'll find lots of interactive activities to try.

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https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/    Free Oxford Owl eBooks

For home – Advice and support for parents, Educational activities and games, Free eBook library for 3- to 11-year-olds.  You must register to access the ebooks.

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Storytime with Nick
https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/help-during-school-closure/

From Monday 20th April, we are releasing Storytime with Nick; films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer and a wonderful storyteller. See him in action here.

Three stories will be published each week on our YouTube channel and are ideal for Nursery, Reception and KS1 children. So far, we are filming stories by Jeanne Willis, Tom Percival, Jill Murphy, Cressida Owen and Claire Freedman.

Most films will be available for the period of school closure.

Stories Read by Laura our Librarian

Pirate Red  https://youtu.be/KxwoHDoTICw

The Strange Sound  https://youtu.be/YzZT00N91UA

 The 1001 Nights

Scheherazade  https://youtu.be/4jo3HabaNZ8

Sinbad’s First Adventure  https://youtu.be/zm6ZI2BrccQ

Sinbad’s Second Adventure  https://youtu.be/wUHTLgie0Lg

Clever Gretalhttps://youtu.be/pTw7S52tFJU

Writing

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/literacy.html

Phonics, spelling, letter formation, reading, writing, common exception words, etc.  (Key Stage 2)

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 https://literacytrust.org.uk/free-resources/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvKfVtLSL6AIVibTtCh01fQAgEAAYASABEgLS-_D_BwE

Children's author and illustrator Cressida Cowell has created some fantastic resources for primary school pupils, packed full of writing tips and inspiring... (Key Stage 2)

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www.pobble365.com

Daily writing and grammar challenges.

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This website freely does what it says on the tin: creating interesting graphic visuals for your word choices.

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 Describing Words  - https://describingwords.io/

This website has a simple premise: punch in a noun and you get countless descriptive words, with a helpful sort for ‘frequency’ and for ‘uniqueness’.  Very useful for story writing. 

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Fancy writing a poem about your home?

This is a 5-minute programme where Anna Bruder and Arji Manuelpillai from A Line Art share interactive arts, crafts, activities, stories, poems and games for the whole family to make and try at home.  This episode is about writing a poem about your home. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jUh54K2s3A&feature=youtu.be

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 All subjects and all resources are currently free and you don't have to be a member. 
https://uk.ixl.com/promo?partner=google&campaign=1167&adGroup=Mathematics+-+keywords&gclid=EAIaIQobChMImMHmt4H36AIV0eHVCh0KGw5WEAEYASAAEgINUPD_BwE#curriculum

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Maths 

 PLEASE REMEMBER THAT TEACHERS ARE SETTING WEEKLY ONLINE MATHS FOR CHILDREN ON MATHLETICS

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Cool Maths - https://www.coolmath4kids.com/ (Key Stage 1 & 2)

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Prodigy Maths - www.prodigygame.com  (Key Stage 1 & 2)

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https://www.themathsfactor.com/ (Key Stage 1 & 2)

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Hit the button -https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

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Daily 10 for maths - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10

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https://www.mathschase.com/

Maths Chase is a completely free home online learning tool where children can play times tables games, along with many other mathematics skill-based games!  The site features many simple learning games which children can play at home. 

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 All subjects and all resources are currently free and you don't have to be a member (English and Maths)

 

https://uk.ixl.com/promo?partner=google&campaign=1167&adGroup=Mathematics+-+keywords&gclid=EAIaIQobChMImMHmt4H36AIV0eHVCh0KGw5WEAEYASAAEgINUPD_BwE#curriculum

 

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Other Subjects

The School Library Service has been busy creating the Ultimate List of Free Online Resources, helpfully organised by subject and type. This includes subjects beyond just English and Maths and is constantly being updated http://www.towerhamlets-sls.org.uk/links/

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BBC bitesize will be starting daily science lessons starting 20th April.  I know you are compiling a list of useful websites, you can add this if you want.  This site is also packed full of learning fun which include games and videos.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z7nygk7

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Espresso  - Making teaching at home easier

As a school, we are signed up to the award-winning, curriculum-centred primary teaching resource made by teachers for teachers. During these difficult times, we are hoping to help you save time, deliver high quality education and inspire your children.  

Suitable for your whole school from Foundation to Year 6, you will find a wide range of videos, games, resources and activities for all curriculum areas as well as a daily news feed.

Link https://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/what-we-offer/discovery-education-espresso

Student login-student35409 

Password-bangab 

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National Geographic Kids - www.natgeokids.com/uk - Activities and quizzes.

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The Artful Parent - www.facebook.com/artfulparent - Free art activities.

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The Imagination Tree - https://theimaginationtree.com - Creative art and craft activities. 

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Duolingo - www.duolingo.com - Learn languages for free.

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BBC School Radio - www.bbc.co.uk/programmes - Learning resources for primary age offering video, audio and downloads for Early Years, KS1 and KS2.

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 Blockly - https://blockly.games - Learn computer programming skills, fun and free!

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Scratch - https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/ - Creative computer programming.

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 Geography Games - https://world-geography-games.com  - Geography gaming

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Science Sparks - www.science-sparks.com

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Crash Course Kids - https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids - You tube videos on many subjects

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https://funkidslive.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6f41e16bfcddd3b98b60272be&id=17b42dbbef&e=c38a8da465

Stuck at Home is the daily kids entertainment show from the UK’s children’s radio station Fun Kids.  Presenters from across the UK give you interesting and fun things to keep you entertained and we hear what’s happening on the radio. There’s celebrity interviews, stories and more.

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How to play table tennis at home without the usual table tennis equipment! 

https://tabletennisengland-comms.co.uk/38NL-10SZE-7GCDKW-MUUKI-1/c.aspx

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STEM Learning have produced materials to help parents and guardians to engage children in science, maths, computing and design and technology activities. 

https://www.stem.org.uk/home-learning/primary

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. A program to teach touch typing - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr

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Google arts and culture to take virtual tours around the world - https://artsandculture.google.com/

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https://www.google.com/doodles/doctor-whos-50th-anniversary

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Warm up with 5 a day. Exercise your body while learning Spanish

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_Clwq4osEQ&t=72s

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Mathematics, English, Science and more! A comprehensive program of online educational activities for students aged 4 to 12, mapped to the curriculum.

https://www.studyladder.co.uk/

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Debating with DebateMate - Keep up to date with current debating topics.

https://debatemate.org/student-zone/

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 Exploring The British Museum at home: 

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/how-to-explore-the-british-museum-from-home/

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Microsoft has made some of its educational Minecraft games freely available.  The educational version is a specialised version of the hit block-building game that was designed for classroom use and will be available to download for free from the Minecraft Marketplace until 30 June, 2020.  The educational content lets players explore the International Space Station though a partnership with NASA, learn to code with a robot, visit famous Washington D.C. landmarks, find and build 3D fractals, learn what it’s like to be a marine biologist, and so much more.

https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/marketplace

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Rights Respecting Schools

Here are some useful links and activities to help you continue with your children’s rights education at home.

  1. Take a Rights Quiz with your child and find out who knows more about children’s rights you or them! The quiz is called Kahoot and can be found https://create.kahoot.it/pages/ef075eb8-7705-4039-970f-72e225b34ad4?_=1571351715 More details on the quiz and a support guide can be found https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/kahoot-online-rights-games/
  2. Take part in the World’s largest lesson and find out about the Global Goals through a wealth of resources including comics and animated films.
    For animated films click on:  https://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/animated-films/
    Stories and comics about helping our planet can be found  https://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/using-the-power-of-comics/
  3. A great handwashing video from UNICEF https://youtu.be/eEeFJcs_euM

After Easter UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools will be launching a new weekly resources pack called Article of the Week. This pack will contain lessons, activities and project ideas linked to rights to help you keep children’s understanding of rights fresh and up to date. We will send you more details of this when it is launched.

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 Competitions!

 This Hidden Island - Writing Competition - Closing date Friday 15th May 2020

 http://www.towerhamlets-sls.org.uk/cwc20/

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The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize - Closing date 5th May 2020

www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org/awards/intro

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The Handwash Challenge

They are asking primary school children to share their creative ideas to help encourage frequent hand washing. Children could make a poster, film a video, record a song, do a science experiment or write a poem about hand washing.

https://www.medicspot.co.uk/handwash 

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 Spirited Arts & Poetry Competition - Closing date 31st July

RE themed - Click here for details.

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IntoFilm - https://www.intofilm.org/news-and-views/articles/review-100-competition?utm_source=Into+Film+-+Master&utm_campaign=4b9ef2d06e-home-learning-4-ah&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a1465a9b17-4b9ef2d06e-139406259

Encourage young people to write a review of any film they watch in 100 words or less. Then, simply send us a photo of their review on Twitter or Facebook, and include the entrant's age, and the winner will receive a £20 Amazon voucher. A winner will be awarded every two weeks - just remember to tag us in each post and use the hashtag #Review100

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Food vs, Verse Poetry Competition  - closing date Friday 31st July 

We are inviting primary school pupils in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 year groups to enter our Food vs. Verse Competition.  For information click here.

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Religious Education

A piece of home learning about Easter - Key Stage 1

A piece of home learning about Allah - Key Stage 1

A piece of home learning about sharing and visiting the Gurdwara - Key Stage 1

A piece of home learning about Easter - Key Stage 2

A second piece of learning about Easter - Key Stage 2

A piece of home learning about Judaism - Key Stage 2

A piece of home learning about the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi - Key Stage 2

A piece of home learning about Judaism - Key Stage 2

 Health and Wellbeing

Coronavirus: Advice on staying safe and what you can do if you are worried.

Advice provided by Psychologist Laverne Antrobus - https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51896156
1. Don't bottle up your worries - Talk to a trusted adult
2. Find different ways to stay in touch with elderly relatives - either by telephone or video call
3. Get your information from trusted sources - like Doctors, NHS and Newsround
4. Don't worry about what you cannot control - Do what you can to control the spread of the virus, Wash your hands and follow the advice of Doctors
5. Do things you enjoy and keep yourself busy - you could try reading a book, playing a board game or doing some arts and crafts.
6. If your school has closed and you are at home - Your school can provide you will all the schoolwork and revision materials you need
7. Organise your day - Try to ensure that you have time to study, but also time to relax.
8. Follow the NHS advice about staying in your home - The NHS website advises that you should stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading, but they do say that you can do one form of exercise per day, for example a run, walk or cycle alone (inform parents) or with members of your household.

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep!
Clinical psychologist Dr Claire Halsey provides her top tips for getting a good night's sleep - https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/47580764
1. Be active and busy during the daytime
Get outside (The NHS recommend that you should only leave the house for one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle- alone or with members of your household). You can also build a Den or kick a ball around. Inside you can have a dance off in the living room, set yourself an obstacle course or act out your favourite story.
2. No napping during the daytime
Sleeping during the daytime may make it harder to sleep at night because your body may have had all the rest it needs. Try to stay awake till bedtime
3. No lights, no noise
Keep the light out and block any noise too, your brain will find it easier to switch off if you keep the curtains closed and have done your best to block out extra noise.
4. Slow Down
Pick quiet games in the hour before bedtime by choosing puzzles, board games and reading and to turn off tablets and TV's.
5. Use your imagination
Try thinking of something a bit boring will help you switch off- e.g. think of fluffy white sheep jumping over a fence over and over again

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http://www.nuffieldhealth.com/kidswellbeing

They have created a well being journal filled with challenges and activities to keep children happy, healthy and active whilst at home. 

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Do you need some ideas about how to reduce your child’s sugar intake?  Reaching for sugary snacks and treats might feel very tempting while staying at home, so try swapping items for some healthy alternatives

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/food-facts/sugar/sugar-swaps-for-kids  

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To help maintain your physical fitness, Joe Wicks; The Body Coach, will be live streaming ‘PE with Joe’ every morning at 9am on YouTube.  Previous episodes will also be accessible on his YouTube channel and each episode is 30 minutes long.  It is quite high intensity, but  a lot of fun!  And you can always start by just doing 10 or 15 minutes and then building up. There is a long introduction in the first episode which you may want to skip.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvQafyve889qVcPxYEjdSTl  

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To support your mental and physical wellbeing, you may find this relaxing and calming.  The clips are of varying lengths, but are all fairly short.  You can access Cosmic Kids Yoga on their YouTube channel.  You will find yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed especially for primary school aged children, but there’s nothing to stop adults benefitting as well!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKmRB2Z3g2s  

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See guidance on supporting your mental health and that of your children:

Coronavirus and your wellbeing – Mind.org

Supporting young people’s mental health during this period – Anna Freud Centre

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https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/coronavirus/  

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Fitness videos from the NHS - Primary, Secondary and Parents

Take your pick from 24 instructor-led videos across aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, Pilates and yoga.  These workouts have been created by fitness experts Instructor Live and range from 10 to 45 minutes. 

https://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/  

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Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness?

Mindful Breathing

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Special Educational Needs and Disability

Books Beyond Words have made a free downloadable book to explain the coronavirus to children with severe learning difficulties. They specialise in explanatory texts that don’t require words https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/downloads-shop/beating-the-virus

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Widgit Online have made a load of resources free if you use the promo code WIDGIT

https://widgitonline.com/offer?utm_source=Widgit+Centres&utm_campaign=3585be410c-WO-PROMO-WC&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a61d674378-3585be410c-501160877&mc_cid=3585be410c&mc_eid=3003036ace

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Supporting Autistic Children 

 The National Autistic Society have a wealth of resources, activities, guidance, games, videos  and online community support for those who are autistic or who are living with a family member who is autistic.  There is also lots of useful information for how to deal with the change and disruption of such an unprecedented situation. 

There is also information which details some of the issues that autistic adults and children might come across at this time and some tips and links to online resources to help combat these difficulties. 

The full guidance can be found at this link:

https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus/resources/tips.aspx

There are also lots of ideas and resources to support those who are the sibling of someone who is autistic:

https://www.autism.org.uk/about/family-life/siblings.aspx

Many parents are wondering how they can explain the coronavirus to someone who does have autism, so here are several resources which are suitable for all ages:

This guidance sheet from Mencap has simple explanations and pictures with information about coronavirus and what it is, the symptoms and what to do if you think you have any of them.

https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/Information%20about%20Coronavirus%20ER%20UPDATED%20130320%20SD%20editsAH.pdf

This is a story titled, “My Story About Pandemics and the Coronavirus” by Carol Grey.  It’s a simple and straightforward way of explaining what it is and what is being done to manage the situation, as well as how it is affecting the whole world.

https://carolgraysocialstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Pandemics-and-the-Coronavirus.pdf

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Here are some really useful, fun and educational websites for parents of children with complex needs to access during this period of school closure.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/bring-the-noise

BBC Schools website for music, dance and sign. This site uses BSL rather than Signalong, but many are similar and the songs are fun.

https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/

Online learning for Special Education

HelpKidzLearn - the home of accessible software, enabling children of all abilities to play, develop and achieve.

https://www.stephenhawking.towerhamlets.sch.uk/

Stephen Hawking Home Learning Page has some useful resources for parents to access

https://www.stephenhawking.towerhamlets.sch.uk/page/?title=Music+Therapy+Songs&pid=83

Music Therapy Songs/videos

https://www.stephenhawking.towerhamlets.sch.uk/page/?title=Classroom+Songs&pid=79

Classroom Songs/videos

https://www.ianbean.co.uk/ss_playzone/

Accessible activities to use online – Cause and effect activities

http://www.thesensoryprojects.co.uk/covid19-resources

https://sensorystoriespodcast.com/free-special-stories/

https://sensorystoriespodcast.com/covid-virus/

https://sensorystoriespodcast.com/video-jukebox/

http://thesingingwalrus.com/

Lots of songs and videos to access.  Educational songs about animals, days of the week, numbers, friends and much more. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/bring-the-noise

BBC Schools website for music, dance and sign. This site uses BSL rather than Signalong, but many are similar and the songs are fun.

How to make home-made play dough

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVkL60Jm0Nw

Messy Play Ideas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rjk-F8Q0hcY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc2MWKXzIVQ

Sensory Bottles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7zp7KbxbKY

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Massage Stories.  Thank you to Stephen Hawking School for this. 

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Music Making Apps.  Click here.

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Celebrity Home Learning!

For those of you who like a bit of structure in your lives; here's what various celebrities are offering you and your kids for free daily to help with their education while schools are closed:

9.00am - PE with Joe Wicks https://youtu.be/6v-a_dpwhro
10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman www.themathsfactor.com
11.00am - English with David Walliams https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
12.00pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver) https://www.jamieoliver.com/features/category/get-kids-cooking/
1.00pm - Music with Myleene Klass https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ
1.30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussel https://twitter.com/diversedancemix/status/1241098264373592065
2.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days) https://tv.historyhit.com/signup/package
4.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri) https://www.instagram.com/theocooks

Drawing tips fromTracy Beaker illustrator Nick Sharratt

Nick Sharratt has illustrated almost 250 books. They range from board books for bab to novels for young teenagers. Sharratt has worked with a wide range of authors including Julia DonaldsonJeremy StrongMichael RosenGiles AndreaeKaye UmanskyKes Gray and Dame Jacqueline Wilson.  Sharratt was also the official illustrator for World Book Day in 2006 and he has a Gold Blue Peter badge!

http://www.nicksharratt.com/drawing_tips.html 

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Diversify your dancing with Diversity star Ashley Banjo

Are you looking to spend this time learning to dance? Star of Diversity and the 20DV dance team have decided to make access to their classes and tutorials completely free.

https://20dv.co.uk/

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Dance like DDMIX with Dame Darcey Bussel

Former Strictly Come Dancing star and Royal Ballet Principal, Dame Darcey Bussell is now the founder of DDMIX, her team will be streaming short routines for free each day at 1.30pm on Facebook Live. The team have also produced a seated routine for all abilities.

https://www.facebook.com/diversedancemix/

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Be the Greatest Dancer with Oti Mabuse

 Strictly Come Dancing and The Greatest Dancer star Oti and her husband Marius Lepure are putting on free daily dance classes each morning, with many aimed at children. The routines include inspiration from The Greatest Showman, Oliver, Frozen, High School Musical, Mary Poppins and Trolls. They also include beginner classes for salsa, jive and the paso doble.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC58aowNEXHHnflR_5YTtP4g

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Cookery

Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Adopt a Chef Children's Pack 

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Balloon cake pop recipe

Bear on toast

Caterpillar salad

Crunchy rainbow pasta salad

Egg mayonnaise sandwiches

How to make lemonade

Little Red Riding Hood snacks

Magic wand fruit kebabs

Owl on toast

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 Parent Support

 For a list of services available to Tower Hamlets parents please click here.

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 Free School Meal Vouchers during School Closure

Here is a leaflet explaining the system and answering frequently asked questions.  Click here.

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 Advice if you are Renting your Home

https://gcnchambers.co.uk/for-renters/ 

It has useful information regarding renting, evictions and people's rights during the Covid 19 pandemic.

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Leaflets from Tower Hamlets

Coronavirus Update: Information for parents and carers who live in Tower Hamlets

An update on coronavirus from Tower Hamlets. 

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Theatre

Half Moon Theatre Livehttps://www.halfmoon.org.uk/live/

Half Moon Theatre at Home
Enjoy world-class theatre whilst we’re closed.

Half Moon Theatre is offering families access to some of its content online. A selection of recent much-loved productions for young people will be made available free, for everyone over the coming weeks, as well as access to backstage interviews and useful information about virtual things to do.

Globe Home Learning Packs (packs that have been sent to families)

Early Years 

Home Learning Pack Number 2

Home Learning Pack Number 3

Early Years Special Educational Needs Additional Pack Number 2:

English Home Learning Pack Number 3

Time Capusle Booklet in Learning Pack Number 3

Nelson Mandela Class

Home Learning Pack Number 2

Home Learning Pack Number 3

Time Capusle Booklet in Learning Pack Number 3

Year 1 

Home Learning Pack Number 2

English Home Learning Pack Number 3

Time Capusle Booklet in Learning Pack Number 3

Home Learning Pack Number 3

Year 2 

Home Learning Pack Number 2

Year 1 & Year 2 Special Educational Needs Additional Pack Number 2: 

The Giant Jam Sandwich story 

The Giant Jam Sandwich activities

English Home Learning Pack Number 3

Time Capusle Booklet in Learning Pack Number 3

Home Learning Pack Number 3

Rosa Parks Class

Rosa Parks Year 1 Home Learning Pack Number 2

Rosa Parks Year 2 Home Learning Pack Number 2

Year 3

Home Learning Pack Number 2

English Home Learning Pack Number 3

Time Capusle Booklet in Learning Pack Number 3

Home Learning Pack Number 3

Year 4

Home Learning Pack Number 2

English Home Learning Pack Number 3

Time Capusle Booklet in Learning Pack Number 3

Home Learning Pack Number 3

Year 5

Home Learning Pack Number 2

English Home Learning Pack Number 3

Time Capusle Booklet in Learning Pack Number 3

Home Learning Pack Number 3

Year 6  

Home Learning Pack Number 2

English Home Learning Pack Number 3

Time Capusle Booklet in Learning Pack Number 3

Home Learning Pack Number 3

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