Home learning while self isolating
Home learning while a child is self-isolating at home is extremely important to help keep routines established and to try and minimise disruption to your child’s education. This will also allow for them to have as seamless a transition back into school when they return. The below sections have a range of activities to do every day while self-isolating. In addition to completing the daily tasks, please choose 1 maths task, 1 English task and 1 task from the ‘other subjects’ section to complete. It is really important that children stay active when self-isolating, so please also try to carry out one physical activity every day as well.
If you have any questions please contact your child’s class teacher via firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you in advance for your help and support with this.
15 mins reading -
- Log into Epic Reading (free access between 6am and 4pm). Epic Reading sign in instructions here.
- Read one of the books you have taken home from school.
- Check out Oxford Owl's free ebook library. Its free to sign up to and they have over 100 ebooks.
- Log into reading planet using the same username and password as for times tables rockstars. The school ID code is 273622
15 mins Times Table RockStars
15 mins Spelling Shed
General English Activities for year 3 and year 4
Reading comprehensions -
Follow these links and let your child choose 1, 2 or 3 stars based on their confidence, with 3 stars being the biggest challenge. After They have completed them, the answers are at the end so see how you did!
60 second reads - here are a variety of short reading activities which your child can complete.
- Write a book report about a book that you have read recently and really enjoyed. You can make your own template or use this one here. Remember you want to persuade people to read this book, so use interesting language and great adjectives.
Write a letter to your class about your time at home. You could write about what you have been doing at home, what you miss about school and who is there with you in your house. Remember to set out the letter correctly with your address and the date in the top right corner, and use all capital letters, full stops and other punctuation as well as adjectives and expanded noun phrases to make it interesting. You can even bring in your letter to read to the class when you return to school.
Use the image below as inspiration for a short story. Think carefully about the setting of your story, the characters in it and what might have happened. All stories should have a beginning, middle and an end. After you have written your story can you illustrate it?
- Try these interesting SPaG activity mats (choose the correct level for your child) mat 1 mat 2 mat 3 mat 4
- Have a go at these SPaG challenge cards. Maybe you could cut them up and hide them around the house to make it more like a treasure hunt.
- Have a look at this list of common exception words to be able to read and write by the end of year 3 and 4. Don't worry you don't need to look at all of them! Read through them and put a tick in the R column if you can read them. Once you get to 10 that you can't read then stop and practise these. Repeat with writing these words, putting a tick in the W column. You can practise these multiple times throughout the day and week until you are confident. How many can you learn?
- Have a look at this powerpoint all about expanded noun phrases, then choose the correct level of challenge from these worksheets
Try these spelling, punctuation and grammar activities. Let your child choose 1, 2 or 3 stars based on their confidence, again, 3 start is the biggest challenge.
English games based on...
This website has lots of different activities to do with reading including authors reading their stories aloud.
In school we follow White Rose Maths. To ensure that your child does not miss any of the daily maths learning please click on your year group link below to access the daily videos from White Rose Maths. This should ensure there is no break in their learning while they are at home. In addition to watching the daily video please choose one of the below activities to complete each day.
Extra activities to complete after watching the White Rose Videos:
1) Code breaker activities linked to place value Year 3 Code Breakers
2) A range of activities, games and quizzes for Year 3 can be accessed on the link (choose one per day) 20 maths activities for Year 3
1) Code breaker activities linked to place value Year 4 Code Breakers
2) A range of activities, games and quizzes for Year 4 can be accessed on the link (choose one per day) 20 maths activities for Year 4
Times table facts and number bonds - very useful!
Space rocket shooting game - you can choose between lots of different learning objectives
Look here for more activities
At Highfield we use SCARF for our PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) education. With SCARF, children learn vital life skills they need to help them be happy, healthy and safe.
The theme this half term is Valuing Differences.
We're thinking about the things that make us the same as each other and what makes us different from others.
We're also thinking about kindness and how it can help everyone.
We will also be thinking about how listening skills can help us.
Follow this link to find specially designed SCARF at home activities. These are similar to the ones your child's class are doing in school at this time.
Other subjects tasks - please choose one a day to complete
- Theme - your topic in school this term is 'Raucous Rainforests'. Do some research about what rainforests there are in the world and see if you can add them to this world map. What do you notice about the locations of these rainforests? Which continent has the most? Which is the largest in the world? Does the UK have any rainforests?
- Theme - have a look at this power point all about the rainforest. Discuss what you have learnt with an adult. Now make a leaflet using some of this information all about rainforests. Make sure to include facts and not opinions. You can use this template here or create your own.
- Science - have a go at sorting these rainforest animals into their animal classifications. When you are done, pick a few animals and do some more research on them, focussing on things like what makes up their diet, where in the rainforest do they live, what other abilities do they have such as camouflage, poison etc.
- Or have a look at these websites
Re:think - website exploring environmental issues
ExpeRimental - ideas for science experiments that can be done at home
BBC Bitesize - science interactive games and videos related to KS2 topics
- Art - art can be a fantastic way to express our emotions and feelings. Make a piece of art that expresses how you are feeling right now. You can use any media that you have at home such as paint, felt tips, chalks, pencils, crayons and even use a mixture of them together. It might help you to put on some music while you create your art piece. Think about how you will express your emotion, will it be through your colour choice, the shapes and patterns that you draw? This art piece is entirely up to you to express your creativity.
- DT - Part of our nutrition and cooking topics in DT look at knowing the origins of our food. Do some research about where the foods that you eat for your lunch come from. Which come from our country, and which come from foreign countries? How many different countries make up your lunch? Can you label them on this food map of the world?
- Computing - try your hand at coding with this Hour of Coding website, which has access to a range of coding apps and activities to help build your programming skills and knowledge. Many of them are related to popular characters and games such as Minecraft or Star Wars. Or try the Scratch website which also has a wealth of coding activities. By clicking 'create' you will be able to start coding. There are lots of different easy to follow tutorials for you to work your way through.
- R.E - In R.E in school you are learning about 'what do different people believe about God?' Have a think about what image comes into your mind when people talk about God, are there any other names that you might have heard people use for God, from other religions maybe? Are there any places that you think of when people talk about God? Have a go at drawing and annotating these ideas. Do you think this is what everyone thinks of when they hear people talk about God? Why not?
- P.S.H.E - have a look at this power point all about good and bad relationships. Discuss it with an adult, how do you know if a relationship is a good one or a bad one? Now think about what you want in a friend and have a go at filling out this friend worksheet. Do you think everyone is looking for the same thing in a friendship?
- Music - check out this music lesson which involve learning a song, identifying changes in pitch and speed and making your own African drums.
- Wellbeing - it can be frustrating having to be stuck in at home rather than at school with your friends, so it is important that we look after our own well being. Have a look at some of these wellbeing cards and pick a few to try out. How did you feel after doing them? You might want to try doing one each day if you find that they help you.
Physical activity tasks - please choose one a day to complete
- Circuits 1 - feeling flexible activity card and video
- Circuits 2 - healthy hearts activity card and video
- Circuits 3 - super strength activity card and video
- Athletics- standing long jump activity card and video
- Dance- move to the beat extravaganza activity card and video
- Games - battles ships activity card and video
- Games- top 10 activity card and video
- Gymnastics - jumping dice activity card
- On the move - treasure chest activity card
- On the move - wacky races activity card