Ideas for everyone 

Below are activity ideas for your child to complete during the school closure ordered by the government due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Your child will have been sent home with a resource pack to complete paper based activities during the closure including an exercise book, reading books, pencil and other activities set by their class teacher. Resource packs along with all work completed will need to be returned to school when re-opened; children will share their completed work with staff.

Below are more activities to complete. There is no prescriptive set of activities for any individual child but a selection to choose from based on your child's needs and interests. Please read to the bottom of the page for the full range of ideas. Activities within the sections will be changed following each 7 day period of closure. 

Questions relating to completing work can be emailed using: closure@greattotham.essex.sch.uk - this will be monitored daily but please be aware you may not receive an immediate response. 

Maldon Community Pack - click to see full document with links and support. 

All children, no matter what their age and ability, should be reading and being read to, at least once a day. Why not make a 'Book of the day' and complete activities around it? 

There are many audiobooks available free online. 

Ideas: The Tiger Who Came To Tea

What would you make for a tiger who came for tea? Have a chat with family. Who can think of the wildest idea for foods for the tiger? 

Write a description of the tiger. 

Write the story from the tiger's point of view. 

Research tigers and write a report about what you have found out. 

Make an item from the tiger's yummy treats - cost the items, weigh them, add the weights

 together.

Draw your favourite picture from the book - what different media can you use? 

Ideas: Charlotte's Web 

Write a description of Wilbur's early experiences (trips in pram etc). 

Read to chapter 3, then create a picture of the farmyard and use speech bubbles for what each animal is thinking. 

Expand your knowledge of spiders in the UK - what species are here? What habitats do they prefer? Extend to species found outside the UK. Do the same for any of the other farmyard animals. 

Write a poem about the experience of being in the farmyard. 

Create a short animation re-telling a section from the story. 

Internet based resources 

A wide variety of educational resource providers have kindly opened their websites with extended free trials to support families with school closures. Please select activities as appropriate for your child based on advice of target areas at the recent parents evening. 

Please note: we are led to believe these resources are free but we have not assessed each one individually - there is NO expectation from the school that any of these sites need to be accessed. The choice lies with you as a family, including knowing when free trials may end. These click-to-follow links are signposts to sites we are aware of but not explored; the appropriateness of each site needs to be assessed by an adult within the family. 

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Printable resources for a wide variety of subject areas. 

Printable and online resources for maths and English. 

Online games and activities for a variety of subject areas. 

Games and resources for spelling. 

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Online platform for computer programming practice. 

The Reading Ream - App for Apple devices. Activities and games linked to texts. 

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Free ebooks, reading activities and reading, English and maths activities and support. 

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Free support with learning languages. 

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Wide variety of information, games and activities on a wide variety of topics. 

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Online maths games. 

Online times tables games. 

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BBC touch typing resource. 

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10 minute game ideas to keep active. 

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Online maths and English games. 

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Read something new - find something out! Activities, games, quizzes and resources. 

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Online maths games. 

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Wide variety of information, games and activities on a wide variety of topics. 

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Activities to support children's health and well-being at home. 

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Lots of online reading books - lots of different categories. Select a level on the top right hand corner. 

Reception 

Please refer to the comprehensive activity ideas sheet sent out via class - click here for a copy. 

Remember that you can upload any learning to Tapestry where Miss Chapman and Miss Herron can view it. 

Year 1 

  • Read every day - as much as you can. Read to your child, read together, let them read parts to you or find words they recognise.

Maths

  • Counting to 100 forwards and backwards, starting from different numbers. Can they count from 35 to 70 or can they count backwards from 86 to 64?

  • Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s forwards and backwards.

  • Spelling the numbers up to 20.

  • Complete their number bonds to 10 

                     1 + 9 – 10,2 + 8 = 10 etc.

  • Add numbers to 20

                     16 + 3 =____,12 + 5 =____

  • Subtract numbers to 20

                     16 – 8 = ____,19 – 4 = ____

  • Telling the time for o’clock and half past.

  • Number formation for 1 – 9

Science

  • Keep a diary of the weather. Record the time of day the sun rises and sets to support understanding of days getting longer the closer we get to summer

Reading and English

  • Reading real and alien words - click on the pictures for 3 different sections.      

 

 

 

 

  • High frequency words spelling click here for a list

  • Capital letters and lowercase letter formation practise  – Aa  Bb  Cc  Dd  Ee

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Year 2

  • Read every day - as much as you can. Read to your child, read together, let them read parts to you or find words they recognise. Ask your child questions about the text - how would they feel if they were the character? What other stories to you know similar to this one? Read fiction and non-fiction. 

  • Read recipes, age appropriate newspapers and magazines

  • Help an adult complete a crossword

  • Do a wordsearch - even create a wordsearch for someone else!  

  • Design a new book cover for a favourite book

  • Write or type a letter to a friend or relative

  • Practice number bonds to 10 and 20 and/or 2, 5, 10 times tables following advice given at the recent parents evening - there are lots of free online games (see above) to support this, or you can practice practically with any equipment - buttons, puzzle pieces - whatever is at hand!

  • Write sentences using exciting/newly learnt vocabulary. 

  • Write a list together - things you need for an activity, ingredients lists etc

  • Play games - lots of games have elements of strategy and mathematical thinking 

  • Sing songs and nursery rhymes

  • Write a diary - a sentence or two for every day. 

  • Spelling words focus - click for list. Write them several times in different colours or in different sizes. Try writing them in a sentence.

Year 3 

  • Read every day - as much as you can. Read to your child, read together, let them read parts to you or find words they recognise. Ask your child questions about the text - how would they feel if they were the character? What other stories to you know similar to this one? Read fiction and non-fiction. 

  • Play a board game - lots have a strategy and/or problem solving focus. Battleships is great for co-ordinates! 

  • Create a 'junk model' from things you'd usually throw away - cardboard boxes, plastic packaging. What can you create? A robot; a spacecraft; a theatre? 

  • Do some observational drawing - look out of the window and draw what you see. Do a still life drawing - fruit/flowers/toys. Think about sketching techniques. 

  • Do a scavenger hunt around the house - write clues to follow. 

  • Bake or cook with adult support and supervision  

Year 4 

  • Read every day - as much as you can. Read to your child, read together, let them read parts to you or find words they recognise. Ask your child questions about the text - how would they feel if they were the character? What other stories to you know similar to this one? Read fiction and non-fiction. 

  • Times tables! Please work on these as much as possible - Top Marks game 'Hit the Button' online is a great one to use. 

  • Write a letter to your teachers, a parent, relative each other or even a character from a book. 

  • Keep a diary for a few days - it could be real or imagined. 

  • Write a story or description of a place - work on creating an image in the reader's mind by using excellent vocabulary choices. 

  • Write a book review of a book you've just read; write a prediction of what will happen in a book based on the first chapter; write an alternative chapter for a book you've read to change the direction of the narrative; read non-fiction books and relay to an adult what you have learnt. You could even create a report about what you've learny. 

  • Think about what you've learnt about the Vikings - is there anything else you'd like to know? Look at reputable sites (BBC learning might be a good place to start!) and see what else you can find out. 

  • Create a drawing of a Viking longship or a Viking themselves. Could you do a collage of one? 

  • We have been learning about the water cycle - can you create a poster about the water cycle and teach it to a parent or older sibling? 

  • Look out of your window - can you create a Monet inspired masterpiece? 

Year 5 

This website has some science experiments you could do

at home.


A science quiz all about insulators and conductors which we have been                      learning about in science.

 

Create a wanted poster for a Maya warrior, noble or a Mayan ruler.
When creating your poster, you need to describe their appearance (what they look like) and what you want them for. Also say what the reward will be if they are found.

 

Keep practising your times tables. There are lots of great websites with different games on that you can play. Even practising a couple of your times tables facts each day will make a difference.

 

Play a board game – read the instructions to make sure everyone is playing by the correct rules.

 

Play Countdown. You can play the numbers version (there is one

online too); choose 6 numbers and a target number to reach. Choose

a long word, how many smaller words can you make from it?


There are loads of great Science resources on here – things to learn                                and remind yourself about in our learning about friction, forces and                                     

in particular materials.

Draw a picture of a river. Label the different features such as the mouth, estuary, source, meanders and the upper, middle and lower courses.

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Year 6 

Activity 1: This website has lots of examples of questions linked to core concepts for the Y6 maths curriculum.  Click on the icon to view the website and the objectives/statement to view the activities.
Activity 2:   If you log onto the main my maths page, you can complete a range of lessons.  Use the library tab on the side to navigate to areas you want to work on.  Once the lesson has been completed, you could even try the on-line homework - just for fun!
 
Activity 3:  Click on a unit folder.  Within the folder, there is a games icon.  This has some fun activities for the children to support their spelling.
 
Activity 4:  There are links on here to a wide variety of games to support spelling, punctuation and grammar.  Find ones you enjoy.
 
Activity 5:  Try some of these reading activities.
 
Activity 6:  A range of English activities to try here.  Several are linked to
the BBC site.
 
 
Activity 7:  Write a description of the view from your room.  Or write a description of your house making it seem warm and welcoming.  Now try writing it changing the atmosphere.  Think about the vocabulary you will need to do this effectively.
 
Activity 8:  Find an object in your house and turn it into the focus for a story.
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