Welcome to our Family Learning page, where you may like to link up learning with those of you who have more than one child at home. You may like to follow some of our suggestions for activities both inside and outside.
Over time, we will add to this page to bring you a whole library full of amazing activities and resources.
Get arty and creative with your garden and any items you find on your walks. Remember though: Don’t pick wild flowers or anything still growing. Only use those that you have permission to or that is already fallen on ground naturally.
Start collating some photos, letters and newspaper cuttings and create your verty own scrapbook if you haven’t already. It will be your very own piece of history. These pages may inspire you?
Learning does not necessarily only take place behind a desk. Adhering to social guidelines, you may be able to tick some of these activities off on a list. Or add to them…
A new book, edited by Katherine Rundell, and with contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson, has just been made available online.
Hosted by the Literacy Trust, it is called The Book of Hopes and it is completely free for all children and families. Start reading here: The Book of Hopes
The Red Cross are promoting the power of kindness:
‘Resilience means learning how to cope with uncertainty, how to make the most of the resources and connections you have around you, and how to adapt to changing situations. Kindness is a big part of resilience: without kindness and support, dealing with difficult situations becomes much harder. Building resilience is also being kind to yourself, so that challenges become easier in the future. Resilience and kindness build a stronger you and a stronger community.’
They have suggested activities for developing resilience and kindness on their website
We particularly like the Power of Kindness calendar to track and tick off your kind acts. These activities are designed for everybody and can be completed independently or together. With today being the start of a new month, see if you can add something for each day in May?
Spead a smile
Why don’t you together as a family work collaboratively to create some coloured bunting to decorate your house, windows or front door. It can have pictures or written messages on…but as with all family learning…it will certainly spread a smile.
Gratitude Scavenger Hunt
There have been lots of scavenger hunt suggestions but this might be interesting and different outcomes for all members of the family. With plenty of work being set in all class pages, there also needs to be time to stop and reconnect together as a family. This will keep everyone occupied and active for a ‘hunt’. Link below picture.
Share A Story
A wonderful new picture book called Staying Home, made by Sally Nichols and Viv Schwarz – two rather brilliant book-makers is a great way to bring everyone together for story time no matter what year group your child is in from Reception to Year 6. Each child will have something to offer, discuss or ask afterwards. Here is the story
Some of you have been very excited about receiving postcards from friends, family and even school. Isn’t it a great feeling when the postman comes to your door? Could you perhaps send us one in return? Emails are great, but there is something precious about a handwritten message isn’t there? I will add any received, to a giant rainbow on a display at school for all staff and children to read when we return. If you live locally you can even design your own stamp and drop it by on your walk! If not 1st or 2nd class stamps are available on your weekly shop.
With travel plans being only in our dreams at the moment, why not immerse yourself in a round the world trip and investigate some key places you would love to visit. Here in the Whitlock residence, we have been to France last week and gazed at La Tour Eiffel (DT project) and eaten at the boulangerie (made croissants)! One of our Meadowside parents has sent in some lovely ‘travel inspired activities’ to do at home with your family. Appropriate for all ages.There is even a link to some music played as you embark your flight to really get you in the mood.
For those of you missing the theatre, cinema and drama/dance classes, the Royal Opera house have really jumped on board with their education department. Even if you aren’t one to enjoy the limelight, and prefer designing a set, there is something for everyone. Lessons in set design, dance classes and music appreciation…the list goes on. Even if you have never visited the theatre, well now is the perfect time to explore what it is all about. Who says we aren’t preparing for a whole school production!
How about trying to be a Forest School secret agent? What will your message be?
If you haven’y already done so, you may like to create yourselves a daily visual timetable with the use of these symbols. Many families have mentioned the need for routine and structure to their day and this may just help you . Your children are used to these in their classrooms so may actually give them some comfort. It even has Joe Wicks’ workout! If you have a printer you can simply print and cut out. If not you may like to add this to your activity schedule and draw you own!
Have a think about starting your day at home with a good workout. 9am everyday this is proving a big hit (and I am aching-ouch)! This sets you up for the day and gives you a clear purpose. Also it is proven that activity first thing gets the brain ready to receive information coming their way. We are going to get to know Joe very well!
Our local postman has been setting the children to challenges. He has loved seeing so many rainbows whilst doing his rounds. He has asked for pictures to brighten his day in the windows. So far he has challenged children to draw a picture of a royal mail van and indeed what we think his house might look like. So have a go and see if your postperson enjoys your works of art. Maybe leave a big thankyou message for them too? It might just make them walk around with a huge smile all day long.
If your children are confused and you need a child friendly story to explain the current situation, try sharing this one. Can they find the rhyming words? Or draw their own illustrations?
Bug hunt. It is a perfect time of year for a bug hunt as the weather becomes slightly better! The Woodland Trust has released a really good resource which contains a checklist as well. Happy hunting!
Cooking as a family is a really rewarding experience. It can get messy (that’s okay!) but there is something at the end that everyone can enjoy. We know some items are really tricky to get hold of so we will adapt our resources over the weeks.
Jamie Oliver is releasing daily cooking lessons using simple ingredients.
There are some great creative activities on offer from well known personalities. If you are feeling energetic, why not join Oti Mabusse’s dance class. We enjoyed the Mary Poppins dance, but there are others including Shrek and The Jungle Book.
Mylene Klass is offering short music lessons. Learn basic rhythms, how to ‘play your name’ and find out the difference between major and minor keys.
In fact I think your day may be very full if you did all these ‘celebrity classes on this timetable below. Maybe mix and match over this next week?
There’s a tiger on Mr Port’s sofa! If you Google a well-known animal and scroll a short way down the page, you’ll see an option to see it in 3D. You’ll need to enable it to access your media and camera for it to appear in your home or garden. Have fun!
So as well as creating a zoo in your house, why not visit a real zoo or museum virtually. As we can’t drive there, you can have your own tour from the sofa. museum, zoo, aquarium visits
A daily English lesson, delivered by Pie Corbett and Deputy Mitchell. We use the resources and ideas developed by this duo at Meadowside frequently. They are amazing!
Nessy is another great site that will keep English skills progressive and fun is offering free resources and online games for the whole family aimed at children between 5-12 years so perfect for children here at Meadowside. Why not sign up and make literacy really enjoyable!
Try to build into your daily routine some down time and work on social and emotional skills. Take care of yourself as well as your child. Give yourself permission and time to do the things that help you feel relaxed and happy when your child is safe and settled. If this is some screen time, why not revisit one of your own childhood classic films that ignites some joyful memories. Introduce it to your family and enjoy the conversations that may follow. There will be interesting points of discussion as we found in the recent Oliver showing, ‘What does that mean?’ after hearing some historical vocabulary.
So grab the popcorn and snuggle down!