Resources to support children working from home
We will be updating this section of the website while the current school attendance restrictions are in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please check here regularly to access audible books, online activities and more.
What are the giraffes, penguins, flamingos and bats doing today? Chester Zoo has a collection of webcams offering a view into the daily lives of the animals that live at the zoo. From 10am today (Friday 27th March) you are invited to watch the antics of many favourite animals. The zoo have posted a schedule for the live feeds (this is subject to change):
10am - Red Pandas
11am - Rothschild's Giraffes
12pm - Asian Elephants
1pm - Butterflies
2pm - Sun Bears
2:30pm - Sumatran Tigers
2:45pm - Humboldt Penguins
4pm - Aquarium
If you miss the live feeds, don't worry - the zoo has lots of recorded animal antics on their youtube site. Investigate your favourite animals - create an animal encyclopedia, fact sheet, advert or poster for the zoo; draw or paint our favourite animals; or just enjoy and talk about the animals you see and how they behave.
Phil the Storyteller
Phil the Storyteller has often visited the school to tell our children fantastic stories and to work with them developing their own stories. Enjoy his storytelling on his Youtube page (The Story Emporium); follow the link below.
For as long as schools are closed, Audible is open. Audible is making it's children's stories free during this time of school closures and isolation.
Children everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them to continue dreaming, learning, and just enjoy listening to a story.
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.
Starting with a weird, wonderful and/or thought provoking image, you and your children will be inspired to write creatively. There are 365 images to choose from leaving no chance for boredom!
If the image itself doesn’t spark a thousand ideas, simply scroll down and use the activities provided to get you going. Use them as they are or as a starting point for something even bigger.
Begin with a discussion, answering the questions; improve the ‘sick’ sentences that are given — a quick, simple and fun way to cover that grammar, punctuation or spelling; attack the sentence challenge and to finish with, create a story using the story starter provided.
Here you will find lots of information for parents about phonics including: what exactly phonics is, how it is taught in UK schools and suggestions for helping pre-schoolers prepare for learning phonics. You will also find lots of games and ideas to explore with children at home.
PE Lessons at Home
Joe Wicks (the Body Coach) has recorded daily fitness lessons that all ages to join in with. These are streamed at 9am every week day on his Youtube channel.
Accelerated Reader (AR)
Following the recent school closures, Renaissance Place, the company who runs AR, is committed to help keep UK & Ireland reading. They’ve provided step-by-step guides on how to access Accelerated Reader from home (via AR Home Connect), and ensure every child can continue their reading journey. You can even check the AR levels of the books you have at home via AR Bookfinder UK to keep you taking AR tests.
Think U Know
Think U know is an organisation that supports online safety. The following link provides information to parents on keeping children safe online while they are working from home.