Bangabandhu

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 is under construction and regularly updated. There are a lot of resources and ideas so please keep scrolling down to find something that suits you!

Our Online Classrooms

Each class from Y1 to Y6 have an Online Classroom. Pupils and their teacher are members of the online class community. Children complete most of their home learning activities on their Online Classroom as well as having access to a wide range of learning resources to supplement their learning.

In addition to their Home Learning our children also use their Online Classrooms to:

This provides them with a safe environment to learn about internet safety and conduct.

Our Online Classroom however can only be accessed with a username and password. Parents, if you need login details please contact the school office.

 

Click this link to redirect to the online classroom page - 

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Our Learning Star Assemblies (Video)

Each week our teachers choose children who have shown excellent effort in their learning. Have a look at and celebrate our Learning Stars ...

Week 1 - 8-14 June

Week 2 - 15-22 June

(Free license) music by

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Wanderlust by Declan DP: https://soundcloud.com/declandp/wande...

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Music provided by Free Vibes: https://goo.gl/NkGhTg

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Parent Support

For some brief advice on how to support your child's home learning click here.

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

Free School Meal Vouchers during school closure - here is a leaflet explaining the system and answering frequently asked questions (click here).

Advice if you are renting your home – useful information regarding renting, evictions and people's rights during the COVID-19 pandemic (click here).

 

Leaflets from Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Coronavirus Update (03/04/20) - John Bigg, Mayor of Tower Hamlets

Coronavirus Update (03/04/20) - Information for parents and carers who live in Tower Hamlets

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Home Learning Packs

Home Learning booklets designed to inspire and support your child to develop skills and confidence in English – speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Bangabandhu  Home-Learning Packs

Azure Class

Crimson Class

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Yellow Class Saffron Group (June)

Yellow Class Honey Group (June)

 

Talk for Writing Home-School Booklets

Reception - Unit

Year 1 - Unit

Year 2 - Unit

Year 3 - Unit

Year 4 - Unit

Year 5 - Unit

Year 6 - Unit

Y6, Y7, and Y8 - Units

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Early Years (Nursery & Reception)

Physical Play - physical activities to do in the home, or when space is tight.  

Click here

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Now Press Play - audio resource

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!

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

Password: nowpressplay

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

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The Philosophy Man - 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.

https://www.thephilosophyman.com/brainsqueezers

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Creative Steps - dance

Weekly creative dance lessons for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

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

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CBeebies - phonics resource

Watch as the letters of the alphabet tell stories and make words using phonics.

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

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CBeebies - bedtime stories

A different story read each night just before bedtime.

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

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Easy Peasy - fun and games

Get inspired with playful activities to help your child develop skills for school and life.

https://www.easypeasyapp.com/

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Make Play Dough - recipe and activities

Did you know you can make play dough in next to no time from everyday ingredients found in your kitchen cupboards? Save money and involve the kids in this thrifty kitchen craft activity.

Click here for details.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/playdough-recipe

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Gruffalo Stayed in the Cave – illustrations about the coronavirus

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the creators of the Gruffalo, have produced a series of cartoons to encourage people to stay home during the crisis.

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

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Music and Exercise with Corin - join in and singalong and exercise to some of your favourite songs

Singalong

I Like Bananas (with Sign)

Open, Shut Them (with Sign)

Exercise Songs

Gonna do our Exercise

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Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)

Now Press Play - audio resource

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!

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

Password: nowpressplay

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

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The Philosophy Man - 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.

https://www.thephilosophyman.com/brainsqueezers

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Creative Steps - dance

Weekly creative dance lessons for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

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

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BBC Bitesize - KS1 English

Learn and revise support.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zgkw2hv

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Twinkl and BBC - teaching resources for parents

Twinkl have teamed up with 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.

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

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ICT Games - phonics, spelling, letter formation, reading, writing, common exception words, etc. (Key Stage 1)

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

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Purple Mash and Serial Mash - cross-curricular resources

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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Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)

Now Press Play - audio resource

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!

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

Password: nowpressplay

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

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The Philosophy Man - 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.

https://www.thephilosophyman.com/brainsqueezers

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Creative Steps - dance

Weekly creative dance lessons for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

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

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BBC Bitesize - KS2 English

Learn and revise support.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f

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Twinkl and BBC - teaching resources for parents

Twinkl have teamed up with 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.

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

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Researchify - PDFs and audio books

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

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

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Literacy Trust - free literacy resources

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

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

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Purple Mash and Serial Mash - cross-curricular resources

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.

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

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Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

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

 

Home-Learning Packs - designed to inspire and support your child to develop skills and confidence in English

Yellow Class Saffron Group (June)

Yellow Class Saffron Group (May)

 Yellow Class Honey Group (June)

Yellow Class Honey Group (May)

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Sing along with the Yellow Class team - join in with some of your favourite songs

Gonna Build a House

Ten Little Men

Incy Wincy Spider

Down in the Jungle

Tiny Caterpillar

Row the Boat

Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree

More songs to come ...

 

Story time with the Yellow Class team - join in with some of your favourite stories

Lost and Found

Maisy Tidies Up

Clumsy Cow

Dear Zoo

Peppa Goes to the Aquarium

Shh ... We Have a Plan

Handa's Surprise

More stories to come ...

 

Activities - for Honey Group

Weather Massage

5 Apples Activity

Birthday Cake Story

Moving Day

Bucket Time with Anum

Bucket Time with Kaye

Bucket Time with Maddi

Five Speckled Frogs

 

Activities - for Saffron Group

Fred Talk Vehicles

Fred Talk Clothes

Fred Talk Picnic

Jelly Bean Patterns

Speed Sound - S

Speed Sound - A

Speed Sound - M

Harban's Workout

 

Circle Time with the Yellow Class team - join in with some of your favourite activities

Monday Circle with Saffron Group

Tuesday Circle with Saffron Group

Wednesday Circle with Saffron Group

Thursday Circle with Saffron Group

Friday Circle with Saffron Group

 

Monday Circle with Honey Group

Tuesday Circle with Honey Group

Wednesday Circle with Honey Group

Thursday Circle with Honey Group

Friday Circle with Honey Group

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Fine Motor Skills - activities making small movements using the small muscles in your hands and wrists

Click here

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Physical Play - physical activities to do in the home, or when space is tight 

Click here

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In the Bathroom – activities you can do in the bathroom, including mark making on a mirror, sensory play and how to make a paper boat

Click here

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Whatever Next - by Jill Murphy

Explore this wonderful storybook together

Click here to read book

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Supporting Autistic Children – resources  

The National Autistic Society has 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 about 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. 

Full Guidance - click link below

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

Sibling Support – resources

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

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Mencap Parents Support – explaining the coronavirus

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 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

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My Story About Pandemics and the Coronavirus by Carol Grey – story

This is 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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Books Beyond Words – visual stories

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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Phoenix Outreach – resources about Covid 19

This web page includes numerous topics to cope with the Covid 19 situation. These include – helping your child understand Covid 19, helping your child talk about Covid 19, coping and calming strategies, doing school work at home, teaching your child how to wash their hands, Autism and the corona virus 20 tips, maintaining and building home routines, and activity ideas for parents at home.

https://www.phoenix.towerhamlets.sch.uk/thamlets/primary/phoenix/site/pages/outreach

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Symbol World – (visual-based) news and current affairs

Symbol World’s eLlive News produces news stories using visuals from Widget Online helping children with speech and language difficulties to access. The website focuses on a range of topics including, washing your hands, and is updated regularly to reflect the changing news.

https://symbolworld.org/categories/show/31

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BBC Schools – music, dance and sign

This website uses BSL rather than Signalong, but many are similar and the songs are fun.

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

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HelpKidzLearn online learning for Special Education

The home of accessible software, enabling children of all abilities to play, develop and achieve.

https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/

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Stephen Hawking Home Learning Page – useful resources for parents to access

https://www.stephenhawking.towerhamlets.sch.uk/page/?title=Home+Learning&pid=72

Music Therapy – songs/videos

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

Classroom Songs/Videos – singalong

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

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Cause and Effect Activities – accessible activities to use online

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

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Songs and Videos – educational songs about animals, days of the week, numbers, friends and much more

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/

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Play Dough – how to make home-made play dough

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

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Messy Play Idea – easy and educational sensory play activities

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

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

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Sensory Bottles – ‘how to make’ tutorial

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

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Massage Stories – sharing through touch

Massage Stories from Stephen Hawking School, many thanks!

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Music Making – apps to make music

A list of on-line music making apps, including virtual musical instruments and musical games for IPad, tablets and smartphones that support a wide range of functions from emotional, physical, cognitive and creative!

Click here

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Speech and Language - resources for parents

Colourful Semantics - Guides

Parent Guide (who doing)

Parent Guide (who doing what) 

Parent Guide (who doing what where)

Parent Guide (who doing like what where) 

Colourful Semantics - Resources

Who

Who Doing

Who Doing What

Who Doing What Where

Colourful Semantics - Stories

Jack and the Beanstalk (PowerPoint)

Jack and the Beanstalk (PDF)

The Train Ride (PowerPoint)

The Train Ride (PDF)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (PowerPoint)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (PDF)

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Phonics - Read, Write, Inc.

Ruth Miskin Phonics are scheduling free Read Write Inc. phonics lessons on Facebook and 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.

New Phonics lessons every day on YouTube from Monday 20th April

To help children learning to read at home during school closure, we are streaming 7 phonics, reading and spelling lessons every weekday on our YouTube channel.

Each lesson is ten to fifteen minutes long and available for 24 hours.

Repeats of lessons streamed up until Friday 3rd April will be shown during the Easter holidays (6th - 17th April excluding Bank Holidays).

Speed Sounds Set 1 - for children in Nursery and Reception and children who are new to English

Speed Sounds Set 2 - for children in Reception that can read Set 1 Speed Sounds and for children in Year 1 and 2

Speed Sounds Set 3 - for children in Year 1 and 2 that can read Set 2 Speed Sounds

Don't worry if you miss a lesson. Once each set has been shown, we will replay one a day from each set.

Click here for our YouTube Speed Sound lesson schedule.

For free Read Write Inc. Phonics eBooks, activities and advice, visit Oxford Owl for Home: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/read-write-inc-home

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Parent Films

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

We have two new parent films available on our YouTube Channel:

Please refer parents to our home reading page for information and parent resources.

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Hotline

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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Oxford Owl for Home Resources - Read, Write, Inc

Activities and eBooks are available on Oxford Owl for Home, including:

www.oxfordowl.co.uk/read-write-inc-home

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Reading

Sharing the Love of Reading: Invitations to Engage in RfP 3-16 yrs - mini reading challenges

These mini reading challenges are invitations to engage and share the love of reading!

Example: https://researchrichpedagogies.org/research/supporting-rah/sharing-the-love-of-reading

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Storybooks and games - interactive books

Here you can find lots of lovely interactive books to read online or watch with signing.

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

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Storytime with Nick

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.

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

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Accelerated Reader – reading challenge

Track your independent practice and progress with reading.

Click here for the Bangabandhu Accelerated Reader Key Stage 2 Challenge.

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London Libraries Consortium - children's ebooks

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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Audible - children's audio books

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.

https://stories.audible.com/discovery

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BBC - CBBC

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

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

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BBC - Jackanory Junior

Storytelling for younger viewers, using videos and read alouds.

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

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BBC - Blue Peter

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

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

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Book Trust - getting children reading

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.

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

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Oxford Owl - free eBooks

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.

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

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Writing

IXL - personalised English learning

All subjects and resources are currently free and you don't have to be a member

Click here to go to website

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ICT Games - phonics, spelling, letter formation, reading, writing, common exception words, etc. (Key Stage 2)

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

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National Literacy Trust - free literacy resources

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)

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

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Pobble365 - daily writing and grammar challenges

www.pobble365.com

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Visuwords - visual dictionary, visual thesaurus and interactive lexicon

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

https://visuwords.com/

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Describing Words - find adjectives for nouns you are trying to describe

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.

https://describingwords.io/

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Pen Pal Project – connecting children with older people

Having a pen pal can promote healthy development for children and is a great opportunity to end loneliness and isolation through intergenerational work.

Pen Pal - Mental Health Matters

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A Line Art – writing poetry

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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Maths

IXL - personalised maths learning

All subjects and resources are currently free and you don't have to be a member

Click here to go to website

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Cool Maths - maths games

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

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Prodigy Maths - maths support

www.prodigygame.com (Key Stage 1 & 2)

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Top Marks – maths challenges

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

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

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Maths Chase – simple maths learning games

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! 

https://www.mathschase.com/

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Other Subjects

Discovery Education 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 our 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.

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

Student login - student35409 

Password - bangab 

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Studyladder - 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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National Geographic Kids - activities and quizzes

www.natgeokids.com/uk -

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The Artful Parent - free art activities

www.facebook.com/artfulparent

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The Imagination Tree - creative art and craft activities

https://theimaginationtree.com

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Duolingo - learn languages for free

www.duolingo.com

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BBC School Radio - learning resources for primary age offering video, audio and downloads for Early Years, KS1 and KS2

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Blockly - learn computer programming skills, fun and free!

https://blockly.games

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Scratch - creative computer programming

https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/

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Geography Games - geography gaming

https://world-geography-games.com

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Science Sparks - science experiments for children

www.science-sparks.com

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Crash Course Kids - Youtube videos on many subjects

https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids

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STEM Learning - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

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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The British Museum - explore this amazing museum of human history, art and culture from home

The British Museum’s permanent collection of some eight million works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence, having been widely sourced during the era of the British Empire.

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

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Library – books, books and more books!

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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Minecraft – educational games

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 DC 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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Stepney City Farm - Newsletter

News about what is happening down on the farm.

Newsletter

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Theatre

Half Moon Theatre at Home - enjoy some world-class theatre

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.

https://www.halfmoon.org.uk/live/

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Cookery

Royal Academy of Culinary Arts - Adopt a Chef

Have a look at their children's pack which is full of information on healthy eating and cooking tips, as well as some activities. Also make sure to check out their social media and visit their YouTube channel for upcoming recipes and videos.

https://www.royalacademyofculinaryarts.org.uk/what-we-do/adopt-a-school/

Twitter: @ChefsAdoptaSch

Instagram: @ChefsAdoptaSch

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmYadhbZ7bA&t=2s

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Ready, Steady, Cook! - weird and wonderful recipes to try at home

Balloon Cake Pop

Bear on Toast

Caterpillar Salad

Crunchy Rainbow Pasta Salad

Egg Mayonnaise Sandwich

Fairtrade Fortnight Lemonade

Little Red Riding Hood Recipe

Magic Wand Fruit Kebabs

Owl on Toast Recipe

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Competitions!

This Hidden Island - writing competition (closing date Friday 15th May 2020)

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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Medicspot Handwash Challenge - art and media competition (closing 31th June 2020)

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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IntoFilm – film review award

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

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

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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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Health and Well-being

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

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Getting a good night’s sleep - tips from BBC Newsround

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 TVs.

  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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Childline – information and advice

You might not be able to speak to all the people you normally turn to for support. But it can help to talk to people at home, your friends online or to Childline. Talking about what’s happening and how you’re feeling can help you realise you’re not alone.

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

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Nuffield Health – wellbeing journal

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

http://www.nuffieldhealth.com/kidswellbeing

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NHS Change4Life – sugar swaps

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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PE with Joe – fitness

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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Cosmic Kids Yoga – yoga, mindfulness and relaxation

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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NHS Fitness Studio - exercise videos for Primary, Secondary children 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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5-a-day Fitness - Hula en Español

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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Bromley by Bow Centre – explaining Coronavirus to children (and resources)

https://www.bbbc.org.uk/covid-19-resources-guides/

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Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health - stay at home activities for children and young people

https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/stay-home-activities-children-young-people#downloadBox

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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.

Kahoot! - rights quiz

Take a quiz with your child and find out who knows more about children’s rights, you or them!

https://create.kahoot.it/pages/ef075eb8-7705-4039-970f-72e225b34ad4?_=1571351715 

Kahoot! - user and support guide

https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/kahoot-online-rights-games/

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World’s Largest Lesson - animated films

Find out about the Global Goals through a wealth of resources including comics and animated films.

https://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/animated-films/

Stories and Comics - how to help our planet 

https://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/using-the-power-of-comics/

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UNICEF - weekly resources

After Easter UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools will be launching resource packs 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.

Handwashing with Leena - a great handwashing video

https://youtu.be/eEeFJcs_euM

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Celebrity Home Learning!

Daily Events

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 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

 

Non-Daily Events

Upcoming schedule - Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests https://cosmicshambles.com/stayathome/upcoming-schedule

9.30am Wednesday 25 March - Geography with Steve Backshall https://twitter.com/SteveBackshall/status/1242058846941712385

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Family Activities

Dance, Opera, Ballet and more - activities for all the family 

Have a look at these fun and interesting interactive websites from the Royal Opera House and others, with activities for children and all the family to take part in. 

Click here