The first suggestion is reading. A little bit every day goes a long way and this can include:
- Children reading to adults
- Children reading to themselves
- Children reading to siblings
- Adults reading to children (which allows children to access harder books)
Remember that books don’t necessarily have to be school books and indeed children can read a wide range of other things too – magazines, websites, whatever they are interested in. You can access e-books on Oxford Owl website too, sign up – it’s free!
Your child could also keep a diary or log of what they have been reading and complete tasks such as:
- Draw and describe a character from a book (using the clues in the text)
- Predict what will happen next and why
- Create a glossary of words you didn’t know
- Write an alternate ending to a story
- Transform part of a story into a playscript
- Draw a map of the setting from a story
- Find your favourite 5 bits of description in a text
- Write a book review
You could also do some writing. To help your child and the sorts of things they need to focus on you can find curriculum overviews for each year group on our school website
Some ideas for writing activities are:
- Do some cooking and write instructions for it
- Look through some photos of an old trip out or holiday and write a report about it
- Try writing haikus (poems with 3 lines – 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables) about favourite animals
- Research a key event from history and write a newspaper report from the time
- Or write a story inspired by one of the pictures from the links below
The objectives for each year group for maths are also on the “Maths Yearly Overviews” which can be found on our website.
Tasks that focus on the year group expectations will follow soon but for now the following websites can be used to practise key maths skills:
Try some coding by downloading a free app called “Bee-Bot” which you can find here:
This takes a step by step approach from the first beginnings to some far more challenging things (which might even be an interesting test for parents).
If you’d rather not download an app this website has a similar purpose:
Other things to keep you busy…
- Make some lego cars – which runs fastest down a ramp? How can you make them quicker? How can you make the test fair?
- Do some interesting art – use some toys to make a bigger picture. Can you make a picture out of lego? Can you make a picture out of toy cars? Or pencils?
- Take pictures of interesting things from interesting angles. Can your family guess what they are?
- Do some real-life drawing – pick 4 different objects and see how accurately you can draw them. Take your time and observe carefully!
- Draw a map/plan of a new school – what would it need to have? How would you fit it all together?
- What’s the biggest tower you can make from scrap paper or card?
- Can you help cook dinner for everyone in your house?
- Make some boats to float in your bath – what materials work best? Why?