Five Acres will be open over the Easter holidays, including Good Friday, Easter Monday and the INSET day on April 20th. We will continue to close as usual on Saturdays and Sundays.
We will not be setting homework (either paper or Purple Mash) for the Easter holiday period (Monday 6th April to Friday 17th). Further work will be set for the summer in due course and we will write to you with details of this after the Easter holiday period.
Meal arrangements will continue as for this week – namely pizza on Monday, choice of sandwiches Tuesday-Thursday, fish and chips on Friday. Please contact the school office if you would like information about the Tesco’s e-voucher offer for free school meals. 

Online resources for children and adults

Early Years Online / home learning resources

Hungry Little Minds
https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/
Supported by the DfE – activities for parents/carers to engage in with their children Birth to five years old. Includes electronic links to a variety of other EY online resources. 

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

Chatter Pack
https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/resources-list-for-home-learning
Lots of links to resources and guidance. 

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for young children.

The Kids Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos.

Crash Course Kids
https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
You Tube videos on many subjects for a younger audience.

Paw Print Badges
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Cbeebies Radio
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger child.

Cbeebies
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies
Lots of fun games to play, songs to sing, stories to listen to – linked to children’s favourite TV characters/programmes.

Numberblocks
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b08bzfnh/numberblocks
Fun ways with numbers. Including: counting, adding on, subtraction.

Nature Detectives
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/activities/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

The Artful Parent
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/
Good, free art activities – you need a Facebook account to access the page.

Red Ted Art
https://www.redtedart.com

Lingumi
https://lingumi.com/
(
For children aged 2-5): Sets of learning games, speech recognition games and video-based games to help with a child’s grammar and getting them speaking their first words early on.

Kaligo
https://www.kaligo-apps.com/
(For children aged 3-5): The first digital handwriting exercise book using a stylus and tablet, built using AI and co-created with teachers, occupational therapists and neuroscientists.

Phonics Hero
https://www.phonicshero.com/
(For school-aged children): Over 850 fun, varied and motivating games take a child step-by-step through the 44 sounds, the reading and spelling of words, and how to conquer sentences.

Teach Your Monster to Read
https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/
(For school-aged children): Covers the first two years of learning to read, from matching letters and sounds to enjoying little books, designed in collaboration with leading academics.

Navigo Game
https://iread-project.eu/game/
(For school-aged children): Focuses on developing skills that underpin reading, including phonics, letters and sounds, designed by UCL Institute of Education and Fish in a Bottle.

Fonetti
https://www.fonetti.com/
(For school-aged children): The world’s first ‘Listening Bookshop’ interacting with children by giving visual cues in real-time as they read aloud and highlighting where the most support is needed.

The Imagination Tree
https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Five Minute Mum
https://fiveminutemum.com/
Lots of fun ideas. Provides an outline of how parents/carers could structure their day. In addition, she is planning to provide a video a day on what games to play.

Instagram
@oliverjeffers – Reads a story every night 6pm

Interactive Phonics Resources

Phonics Play
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
Free resources for all Phases. School subscription £120/year. Also available as an app £0.79 (Phase 2 only. Phase 3 to follow soon). FREE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PERIOD

Teach your Monster to Read
https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/
Phonics’ and early reading. Free to register. Promoted and used by Oxfordshire schools.

Education City
https://www.educationcity.com/
Subscription website for all curriculum areas. Links to Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics. Between £100-165 per curriculum area. 

TESiBoard
https://www.tes.com/articles/ict-games-interactive-whiteboard-resources-and-activities-primary-and-secondary
Free resources available for all curriculum areas. iboard+ £11.99/year.

Twinkl
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/
App covering all Phases £4.99 (lite version available for free).

Oxford Owl website
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home
Useful information for staff and parents.

Coosi box
https://www.educationalappstore.com/app/coosi-box-creative-drawing
Creative Drawing & Share Imagination.

Bizzibrains I Learn
http://literacyapps.literacytrust.org.uk/bizzibrains-i-learn/
Interactive storybook allowing you to add your own photos to the main characters.

ABC gurus
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/abc-gurus/id932417099

Hairy phonics - My Story
https://www.nessy.com/uk/apps/hairy-phonics-1-2/
A simple book creator app, great for making multi-modal texts. Children can insert photographs, clipart, saved images. They can also record their voice and there are a range of mark making tools for them to write and record their ideas.

 

Coronavirus Covid19 - Sources of support

 General – for parents

Samaritans
Call 116 123
https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/

Mind UK
https://www.mind.org.uk/
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/support-community-elefriends/
UK Mental Health Charity with information and an online mutual support community

General – for young people

 www.kooth.com

www.youngminds.org.uk

www.keep-your-head.com

Parenting pressures

Family Action
Telephone: 0808 802 6666
Text message: 07537 404 282
https://www.family-action.org.uk/what-we-do/children-families/familyline/
The FamilyLine service supports people who are dealing with family pressures in a new and innovative way by using a network of volunteers from across the country to support family members over the age of 18 through telephone calls, email, web chat and text message.

Family Lives (previously Parentline)
Call: 0808 800 2222
https://www.familylives.org.uk/how-we-can-help/confidential-helpline/
Family Lives offers a confidential and free helpline service for families in England and Wales (previously known as Parentline). for emotional support, information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life. The helpline service is open 9am – 9pm, Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday.

Gingerbread
Single Parent Helpline: 0808 802 0925
gingerbread.org.uk
One Parent Families/Gingerbread is the leading national charity working to help lone parents and their children.

Grandparents Plus
Call: 0300 123 7015
grandparentsplus.org.uk
Grandparents Plus is the only national charity (England and Wales) dedicated to supporting kinship carers - grandparents and other relatives raising children who aren't able to live with their parents.

 

Helpful resources for talking to children about Coronavirus

 Covibook
https://www.mindheart.co/descargables
A short book about Coronavirus for children under 7

Newsround video
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51342366?fbclid=IwAR3CyZq5rzXVoyGCgWjjpx6YqoetuZ1tP16y7wMjUR6uwgWyhRmf0aFTrAs
Drs Chris and Xand explain what’s happening

 

Resources for children and young people with additional needs:

https://theautismeducator.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/The-Corona-Virus-Free-Printable-Updated-2-The-Autism-Educator-.pdf

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

https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/health/coronavirus
Contains a link to the most up to date version of their “Easy Read” for young people and adults with learning difficulties


Resources for home education

Many schools will be setting their own learning.  However, if you need something else to keep them usefully occupied then this non-exhaustive list might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators:

Khan Academy
https://www.khanacademy.org
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV license required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Futurelearn
https://www.futurelearn.com
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

Seneca
https://www.senecalearning.com
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Openlearn
https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

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

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

Ted Ed
https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
https://thecrashcourse.com
You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Tinkercad
https://www.tinkercad.com
All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
https://www.prodigygame.com
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

Oxford Owl for Home
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project
https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

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

Blue Peter Badges
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

The Artful Parent
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/
Good, free art activities

Red Ted Art
https://www.redtedart.com
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater
https://toytheater.com/
Educational online games

DK Find Out
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/?fbclid=IwAR2wJdpSJSeITf4do6aPhff8A3tAktnmpaxqZbkgudD49l71ep8-sjXmrac
Activities and quizzes

Twinkl
https://www.twinkl.co.uk
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.

Virtual tours
https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours
Virtual tours of some of the world’s best museums

 

Reference documents

The World Health Organisation
https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/coping-with-stress.pdf?sfvrsn=9845bc3a_2
https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/helping-children-cope-with-stress-print.pdf?sfvrsn=f3a063ff_2

Mental Health UK
https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

NEF – Five Ways to Wellbeing: The Evidence
https://neweconomics.org/2008/10/five-ways-to-wellbeing-the-evidence

Wang et al (2020) Mitigate the effects of home confinement on children during the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Lancet; Correspondence.
https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30547-X

National Association of School Psychologists
https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

Brooks et al (2020) The Psychological Effects of Quarantine and How to Reduce It: A rapid review of the evidence.  In The Lancet Volume 395, ISSUE 10227.
https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30460-8

The Child Mind Institute
https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

Mind Hong Kong
https://www.mind.org.hk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/ResponseCoronavirusENG6.2.2020-.pdf

 
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