Home learning: helpful links for parents

London CLC helps schools with technology for learning. Since so much learning is now happening at home we have created this handy set of useful links for parents.

Advice and guidance for parents 

  • Hungry Little Minds is a newly created government resource to help parents with younger children (0-5 years)
  • ParentInfo is a really useful website with all sorts of advice, now including lots of ideas for families stuck at home
  • BBC Bitesize has some great suggestions and advice for parents
  • Homelearning UK is a new website where parents can find lots of resources
  • Purple Mash is normally a paid for website that a lot of schools use with children, but it has been made free while schools are closed. 
  • This daily schedule was suggested by mum and photographer Jessica McHale, and has been shared widely on social media
  • The Gender Equality Collective have broken down some handy resources into suggested age ranges

Tools and activities for learning

These websites contain ideas to help you support you and your child in continuing learning activities while at home. 

  • ThinkUKnow is an online safety website with advice and activities that may help keep children safe while learning online
  • DK Findout is an online encyclopedia with information, pictures and activities around a wide range of topics. It could help remind your child of some of their recent learning at school, or they could use it to research something new.
  • TTS have created a lovely set of activity books for children of different ages which you can download
  • Our Scratch programming activities include explanations to help children practise their coding skills at home
  • Chester Zoo offer an online bank of activities around animals and nature 
  • Duolingo is a language learning tool which your child could use to practise their language skills or start learning a new one.
  • Handwriting heroes is designed to help children practise their handwriting skills
  • IXL uses personalised learning to help children practise their maths and English skills independently
  • OurStory is a free app that helps children find writing from a diverse range of authors
  • Storyline is a lovely collection of videos of story books being read by different actors with animated pictures.
  • The CLPE Youtube channel also has lots of videos of books and poems being read, and illustrators demonstrating how to to draw their favourite characters
  • This Youtube Channel allows children to learn to draw with help from a professional author
  • My Storybook is a website where children can make their own storybooks, and has some other activities that could be done at home.
  • Harper Collins’ I Can Read website offers books for children of all ages and activities to go along with them.
  • Write Now is a simple tool offering prompts to help children write. 
  • Write the World​ offers lots of ideas to help get young people writing​

Keeping children busy, happy and engaged at home

As well as traditional education activities, we’ve put together some ways to keep kids creative, imaginative and entertained during their free time.

  • Scavenger hunts (like this one by Emily Van Gundy Stockwell): these can be a great way to let children explore the home or garden. Just think of a list of objects for them to find. You could specify the colour, material, size or number of each item.
  • The BFI have a website where you can explore a free library of films all about Britain
  • Lego/construction challenges: If your child enjoys construction toys you could try a 30 day Lego challenge, like this one
  • Visit a virtual museum with Google’s collection of street view tours
  • First News is a newspaper designed especially for children, and can be downloaded from the website
  • This Forbes article has a long list of ideas to choose from
  • UK Scouting has put together some fab looking activity ideas for crafts, science and more under the banner ‘The Great Indoors’

Remember: teachers know that parents are only human, and even in these difficult times they won’t expect you to do their job.

 

In the coming weeks teachers may be in touch about their own plans to support your child’s learning. In the meantime we hope that this guide helps you to enjoy life at home, and that some of the activities suggested might provide a bit of relief for parents, as well as helping children to carry on learning while schools are closed.

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Upcoming CPD

Summer primary school computing conference
Summer primary school computing conference

This event will build upon the Autumn computing conference by inviting subject leaders to reflect on their year in the role, sharing their successes and challenges. It will also introduce new ideas, tools and approaches through talks and practical activities led by members of the CLC team, with opportunities for attendees to share their own expertise and experience. Over the course of the conference activities will touch on the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science, digital literacy and information technology. We will also feature advice and examples illustrating the use of technology to support blended learning.

14/06/22,
09:15
- 15:30
EYFS, KS1, KS2
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Creative Arts, Digital and children – CLC meets More Than Robots online
Creative Arts, Digital and children - CLC meets More Than Robots online

Combining forces for the first time, the Connected Learning Centre and More Than Robots have created a session for teachers, youth organisations, researchers and policymakers interested in the digital provision of creative arts for primary aged pupils.

Presentations

The Play Observatory - Prof. John Potter

“In their own words”: Westminster Abbey & CLC digital projects - Sian Shaw

Building (and maintaining) a city-wide primary arts curriculum to raise attainment - Kate Fellows

More to be added soon

This interactive and inclusive meet up will include inspiring examples of how technology can be used to support learning in music, visual art and drama in person and online at home drawing on our experiences as Tate Exchange associates and our partnership work with a range of cultural institutions.

This informal event is an opportunity to discuss real examples of what does/doesn’t work, meet colleagues from other sectors working on similar challenges and share useful research, news or updates

The morning will include case study presentations (details below) followed by a Q&A. There will also be an opportunity for a rapid sharing round for launches, project updates or requests for help and a short break to avoid zoom brain drain.

24/06/22,
09:30
- 11:30
KS1, KS2
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Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
25/11/21,
09:30
- 14:25
KS2

Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

Initial CPD session - Thursday 21st October 4pm-5.00pm. 

Project work undertaken in school - October and November.

Special event - Thursday 25th November 9.30am-2.45pm.

The Garden Museum
21/02/22,
-
KS1

The CLC is once again partnering with the Garden Museum to offer a partnership project for KS1 pupils (primarily suited to Yr2). Located next to Lambeth Palace on the bank of the Thames, the museum has an inspiring collection that provides the ideal stimulus for young learners to explore the world around them.

Pupils will use technology alongside the museum’s collection to explore the wonderful world of seeds.

  • How are they planted?
  • How do they spread?
  • What is inside them?

 The Garden Museum has a large collection of seeds and tools that pupils will engage with.

These half-day sessions will take place at the Garden Museum.

There is a limited number of dates available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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