Home Learning

The events of the last two years have really emphasised the importance of home learning opportunities - and it has also been the catalyst for an explosion in the number and range of resources available online. Our guide to remote learnng can be found here:

Below you will find a list of school-wide approaches that we use (along with links to all the relevant sites and portals), while further down the page you will find class-specific information, linked to current topics and learning:

"Teachers and other adults have very positive relationships with pupils. As a result pupils work with confidence and commitment."

Ofsted report, 2022

Year 1
  • Throughout the year we are exploring how our environment changes with the seasons. You could build on this at home in lots of ways - exploring the park, making maps or looking for signs of autumn and winter on the way to and from school. Visit the Oak National Academy for useful resources. 
  • We’re focussing on exploring and talking about our local area, so why not do the same? Can you find a new park or place to go in Stevenage that you’ve not explored together before? Could you take a few pictures or make a map of the area to share in class and help us to talk about what makes our town different to other local places?
Year 2
  • Share stories, pictures, postcards and mementos from seaside trips in the past. What things did you do at the seaside? Why did you go to that particular place? If you’ve been to the seaside in different countries, think about what is similar and different about all these places.
  • We’re learning all about seeds, plants and growth this term, so a bit of gardening at home would be a great way to build on this knowledge. Plant seeds or flowers in the back garden or grow cress on the windowsill, and think about what these plants need in order to grow well (and what happens to them when we forget to water them!) 
  • Draw stuff! We’re working on observational drawing this term - drawing things that we can see in front of us, trying to make them as accurate as possible. Nothing is more useful in developing these skills than practice, so pick a favourite thing and have a go - and there are lots more drawing ideas on the Tate Kids site at www.tate.org.uk/kids/make  
Years 3 and 4
  • Each week we are set spellings to learn. Click here for guidance on strategies you can use to support your child in learning these at home. 
  • Investigate what magnets stick to - fridge magnets work fine, and you can investigate lots of different materials around the house. Try different metals and help your child discover that magnets only stick to some of them (mostly iron and steel). There are lessons to support our science topic available on the Oak Academy website. 
  • We’re learning about water in Geography, but we're disappointingly short on big rivers in our part of Hertfordshire, so if the opportunity arrives for a visit to an interesting lake or riverside (on the way back from a day out or just for a Sunday afternoon walk), that’d be great - we’d love to hear about it (and share some photos) in class.
  • Maths homework goes home every Thursday. Your child should be familiar with the content from class, but encourage them to talk about what they’re doing and how the strategy works. 
  • Start learning times tables facts - in Year 3, 2x, 10x, 5x and then 3x tables would be a great place to start. In Year 4, we're aiming to know all our facts by heart by the end of the year. 
  • In Year 4, we're exploring the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo in art. This only starts to make sense once you’ve seen it, so start at www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org. We’re then going to use his work to inspire our own collages, using a variety of textiles. To have a go at something similar at home, try starting at the Tate Kids or artfulparent.com sites. 
Years 5 and 6
  • All of the maths we’re doing this term is dependent on quick recall of tables facts, so it would be brilliant if you could work on this. Focus on one table at a time and try: 
    • Making-up rhymes to help remember number facts (“4 x 6 is 24, bears growl and lions roar!”) 
    • Looking for numbers in that table in the world around you - on doors, car number plates, in phone numbers or when you’re out shopping. 
    • Writing-out tables with finger paints, chalk or water-on-tarmac, or make them from playdoh. 
    • Chanting, singing, whispering... Say tables out loud together whenever you have the chance.
  • Each week we are set spellings to learn. Click here for guidance on strategies you can use to support your child in learning these at home. 
  • To learn more about the Mayans, have a look at the BBC Bitesize resources, here. This includes really quick video clips that explain who the Mayans were and where they came from, and will give us a good head-start in lessons. Mayan art is bright, colourful and exciting, so have a Google for Mayan masks or Mayan art KS2 and see if you can spot something you’d like to have a go at making. To start with, there are some nice step-by-step instructions for making a Mayan mask here.
  • We’re investigating forces in science this term, so keep an eye out for examples of forces around us - magnets that hold things shut, friction that slows us down, gravity stretching springs etc. What are the strangest examples you can find? Remember, it’s not magic - it’s science! There are lessons online to support our next topic on the Oak Academy site.