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Home Learning Part 2

Welcome to the Summer Term!

All the links and activities in the Home Learning section are still active and relevant. However, with a new term starting, we felt the children (and parents!) might need a few new challenges and fresh approaches so we've set up this new area. This does not replace the original Home Learning section but should enhance it.

Wellbeing and Reassurance


The Lancashire SEND team are producing a regular newsletter for parents of children with SEND. This includes activities for home learning as well as advice on social, emotional and mental health issues.

You can find these newsletters below.


Reception Class

With the Curriculum in YR being arranged differently to all other year groups, we thought it might be helpful to have a dedicated area just for YR. Mrs Barden will post a story and related activities here every week. There will also be other activities, dependent on what the children would have been doing, had they been in school.

Developing Communication and Language Skills

Weekly Story Resources

Week Twelve - Pirates Love Underpants

The video of Mrs Barden reading the story is now available to view on the Reception Class page.

Week Eleven - Ten Little Pirates

The video of Mrs Barden reading this story is now available on the Reception Class page of the website.

Week Ten

The video of Mrs Barden reading 'Little Red Riding Hood' can be found on the Reception Class page.

Week Nine - Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose

The video of Mrs Barden reading this wonderful rhyming story can be found on the Reception Class page of the website.

Week Eight - Q Pootle 5

The video or Mrs Barden reading this story can be found on the Reception Class page of the website.

Week Seven - The Littlest Owl

The video of Mrs Barden reading the story can be found on the Reception Class page. The activities can be found below.

Week Six activities - Paddington

The video of Mrs Barden reading 'Paddington at the Palace' can be found on the Reception Class Page.

Week Five - The Smartest Giant in Town

The video of Mrs Barden reading this week's story is now available to view on the Reception Class page.

Week Four - Jack and the Beanstalk

The video of Mrs Barden reading Jack and the Beanstalk can be found on the Reception Class page and on our dedicated Youtube Channel.

Week Three - Monkey Puzzle

The video of Mrs Barden reading the story is now available on the Reception Class page and on our dedicated Youtube channel.

Week Two - We're going on a Bear Hunt

The video of Michael Rosen reading his own story is on the Reception Class page

Week One - Shark in the Dark

The video of Mrs Barden reading the story is on the Reception Class page now.

Activities for all year groups

White Rose Maths

This is the scheme we follow in school.

Up until 11th May, WRM were releasing videos and worksheets to everyone free of charge. From the 11th May, they have decided that the videos will still be available to everyone but that the worksheets are only for schools who are Premium Subscribers. The good news is that we are subscribers so you will still be able to access the additional materials. The only difference is that you will now have to access them from this area of our school website rather than directly from the WRM website. We will update the worksheets on a weekly basis.

The week commencing 11th May is officially Week Four for all year groups.

Weekly worksheets 

Read and Respond

The LPDS (Lancashire Professional Development Service) are publishing resources each week for each year group related to a particular book. We will upload these resources here as they become available. Please note, we started at week 3 and, as we took a break for half-term, there is no week 6.

Oxford Owl

This is a wonderful website where you can access a vast array of ebooks to help your child with their reading. You can register for free and then find books specifically tailored to your child's learning needs. They have added lots of new free books during this time of school closures. Highly recommended!

Classroom Secrets 

You may have used the Classroom Secrets packs last term, which were available in the Home Learning section of the website. Classroom Secrets Kids is a new interactive site for the children, produced by the Classroom Secrets team. They recently contacted school with the following message:


'Starting next week (when the summer term begins), we'll be providing you with a new timetable of activities each week for your child's learning covering English, Maths, PE and topic and this will be accompanied by a weekly home learning pack, recommended by the government!'

Miss Ashcroft has created an individual login for each child and this should have arrived with you around 17th April. If not, please contact Mrs Birchall and she will be happy to sort this out for you.


BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize are preparing 'Daily Lessons' for children who are home-schooling, starting on Monday 20th April. For more information, please visit the website below.


Numbots is an educational Maths website created by the people who brought us 'Times Tables Rockstars.'

As TT Rockstars is mostly aimed at children in Y2-Y6, you might find this is a useful alternative for pupils in YR and Y1. You should have been sent your own personal login on a dedicated email (around 17th April.) If not, please contact Mrs Birchall and she will be glad to sort it for you. 

Headstart Resources

In school, we use a number of Headstart resources for both English and Maths. They have sent us a link to some resources, which they have made free to download for parents who are home-schooling.

Physical Education

At school, we follow the Lancashire Curriculum for PE and are part of the Chorley Schools Sports Partnership. The team responsible for the Lancashire School Games have put together a programme to help parents to keep their children active whilst at home. They have devised a weekly timetable of activities and have provided a wealth of website links for further ideas. Please follow the links below to find out more.

The Youth Sports Trust

Sale Sharks Rugby

Sale Sharks Rugby Club have sent through a series of resources on a rugby, sport or healthy lifestyles theme. If your child is keen on rugby (or any sport for that matter) these resources might be worth a look.

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

STEMFirst are advocates in Cumbria and Lancashire for the teaching and learning of STEM both in school and outside. The link below will open up their Newsletter which contains lots of suggested activities and further useful links.

Religious Education

The Diocese have put together a resource called 'Off the Shelf Picture Posts.' This consists of a selection of thought-provoking pictures that can lead into further discussion and related activities. Please find the link to this resource below.

Pentecost activities from the Diocese

Music - Ukulele
Mrs Galea has very kindly produced 2 videos, one for Y5 and one for Y6 so you can continue to practise your ukulele skills at home. Please see the links below.

Year 6 ukulele

Hi Year 6, hope you are all OK. Here is a video for you to watch and play along with. Have fun!

Ukulele Catch up

Video for Y5 pupils

Music - Sing Up

At school, we subscribe to a website called 'Sing Up'. Here we can learn lots of songs both new and traditional, as well as songs linked to different areas of the curriculum.

During this time of school closure, the 'Sing Up' team are making a number of their resources free for home use so please click the link below to see what they have on offer.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

We use the SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship) materials when planning for PSHE. Coram Life Education, who produce these resources, are producing a pack of resources every two weeks for parents to use at home. Please follow the link below.

CGP publishers' resources

Picture News

Picture News provide educational resources linked to a weekly picture stimulus. The topics explored are often very current and thought-provoking and, therefore, are well worth a look. Please click on the zip-file under the relevant date to download a particular week's resources.

Picture News extra resource 27th May 2020

Picture News Special Resources for VE Day

Picture News Resources 27th April 2020

First News newspaper for children

This is a newspaper written especially for children. We receive paper copies of it every week but while schools are closed, we are being sent an online pdf version, which will appear here as soon as we receive it.

First News 17th - 23rd July 2020

First News 10th -16th July 2020

First News 3rd - 9th July 2020

First News 26th June - 2nd July 2020

First News 12th - 18th June 2020

First News 5th - 11th June 2020

First News 29th May - 4th June 2020

First News 22nd - 28th May 2020

First News 15th -21st May 2020

First News 8th - 14th May 2020

First News 1st - 7th May 2020

First News 24th - 30th April 2020

First News 17th - 23rd April 2020

Edge Hill University

We have close links with Edge Hill University in Ormskirk as we often offer placements to their student teachers. Our own staff sometimes access courses there too. At this time, the Edge Hill tutors are keen to help support our pupils and families as much as they can so they have created an online hub of relevant resources. Please click the link below to find out more.

Mental Health

This is a very stressful time for everyone. If you or your child is struggling, you might find some useful guidance on one of the websites listed in the document below.

Emotional Health and Well-being Support

The following documents could also prove useful