Working at Home
Working at Home
Welcome to our new “Working at Home” page.
It is designed to find useful things to keep children busy at home. All the activities and ideas here are intended to be fairly general and could work well for children of various ages and abilities.
There is more specific work available at our Grange Farm Google Classroom. The address for that is classroom.google.com and you will need your child’s username, password and class code which are all available by emailing into the school office if you don’t already have them. More information about how it works can be found here.
Also don’t forget that our “How Do I Help my Child?” page has lots of information which could be helpful.
Ideas and Information for Children with Special Educational Needs and Wellbeing Advice for All
A useful website for student’s well being:
Please also find below a link to resources around self-isolation, tips for parents, schedules for students to help with routine, social stories and other inclusive anxiety/emotional support for children and young people:
National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/nas-schools/vanguard/news/2020/march/coronavirus-(covid-19)-advice.aspx
Mencap – Easy Read guide to Coronavirus: https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/Information%20about%20Coronavirus%20ER%20SS2.pdf
Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing: https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/
Young Minds – Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
Carers UK – Guidance for carers: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19
Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic: https://www.mindheart.co/descargables
Amaze – information pack for parents https://amazesussex.org.uk/faqs-about-the-coronavirus-for-parent-carers-of-children-with-send-brighton-hove/
Coronavirus social story
This document has lots of suggestions of Apps to download which could be good for memory and for fine and gross motor control:
Memory Aid Apps
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. Your child could 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 on the sorts of things to focus on you can find our “non-negotiables” for every year group here and curriculum overviews for each year group can be found on this page – these give you the writing objectives (and indeed focus for all subjects) we cover in each year. Look for the “Curriculum Overview” link in the table for each year group’s tab.
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 settings in the presentation below…
The objectives for each year group for maths are also on the “ Curriculum Overviews” which can be found here. Tasks that focus on the year group expectations are available on Google Classroom but if you can’t access that then this website:
…is a really good free resource to use for some fun times table practice.
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?
Other interesting links to explore…