Home Learning

Home Learning Tasks

There are lots of things you can do at home to continue your English home learning that may not need an electronic device. Here are a few ideas of things you can do: 

  • Write a letter to your future self about your time during lockdown. You are living through history and it will be interesting to read back your thoughts and feelings. 
  • Keep a daily/ weekly diary of everything you're feeling. This is good for your mental well-being also. 
  • Write a letter/ note to a family member you are not able to see at the present. Perhaps you could send it in the post of take a picture of your handwritten note and email it through to make someone's day extra special. 
  • Write a note/ letter to anyone who you are greatful for during this time. 
  • Write a story about a bug you find in your garden. Where do they go? How are they feeling right now? 
  • Look below to see the Roll a Dice Challenge- you don't have to write anything down but it will help to speak to someone. 
  • Write a list of things you miss the most and why you miss them. Things you might have seen as important before might not seem that way now. 
  • Watch a film and write a review- maybe this could be a weekly thing that you could add to and share with others.
  • Read a book and write a review or carry on a character's story. Audible have free audio books which are great to listen to instead of watching TV. 
  • https://www.pobble365.com/ Pobble 365 has images and story starters if you need some inspiration- you need a device to see the image but you can write your story down on paper. 
  • Create a poem about anything you wish to. You could take inspiration from outside or from people who are greatful for. 
  • Below are a selection of poems that you could learn and perform- we'd love to see some performance poetry whether it be a published poem or your own. 

Home Learning Links 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize BBC Bitesize are bringing you three new lessons every weekday, with videos, activities and more. Start a lesson

For nursery children:


For 4+ throughout primary if necessary:


Free titles from Renaissance's Learn online library. These can be quizzed on using our school portal which has been tweeted online and also can be found on class pages. https://readon.myon.co.uk/

KS2 Children can still quiz on the books that they have completed reading. The link they must use to quiz is: https://ukhosted78.renlearn.co.uk/2243097/
Audible are offering free titles. Click this link to search through the books. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

A free edition of First News Newspaper. https://schools.firstnews.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/04/FIRSTNEWS_722.pdf

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/ There are lots of activities, organised by age group on Oxford Owl. 

Current Competitions

Review 100: Social media review writing competition

To help young people flex and develop their literacy and analytical skills while schools are closed, we’re launching Review 100, a new film review writing competition. Every two weeks we’ll select a winner and they’ll receive a £20 Amazon voucher. 

Entering Review 100 couldn’t be easier:

– STEP 1 –
Encourage young people to review any film they watch – using 100 words or less

– STEP 2 –
Take a clear and legible photo of their review
Description: 📷

– STEP 3 –
Send us the picture on Twitter or Facebook*
Remember to tag us, and include the entrant’s age and #Review100 in each post
Description: 📫


Mind Travels Creative Writing Competition

We're delighted to launch Mind Travels, our new creative writing competition for Primary and Secondary school aged children.

Many schools are facing challenges when it comes to keeping students engaged now they're at home and we know it can be difficult for children to get used to their new normal.
So to help provide a little extra motivation for using their imaginations at home, we're running our new Mind Travels competition every 2 weeks until mid July!

What's involved?

All students need to do to enter is answer the following question in no more than 500 words:

Where is your imagination taking you today and why?

The competition will be judged by education and literacy experts Pie Corbett and Deputy Mitchell and each winner will receive a certificate, a £25 National book token e-card and their entry will be published on our website!
The first competition entry deadline is the 1st May.

Good luck!


How to enter: ask your child to write a story of up to 300 words, using the theme BIG DREAMS. Submit it here by midnight on 28th May. 

They can interpret the theme however they like: an epic fantasy inspired by a dream, an amazing adventure that takes place in another world, or a true-to-life story set in an imaginary school. The winning stories will be chosen by not one, not two, but six amazing Puffin authors: Nathan Bryon and Sam Copeland (6-10), Robin Stevens and Yassmin Abdel-Magied (11-15), and Emma Smith-Barton and Carrie Hope Fletcher (15-18). 

National Book Tokens gift cardsOur esteemed judges will award one winner in each age group the grand prize of a £200 National Book Token, with added prizes of 2 x £100 and 16 x £50 National Book Tokens in each category. The winners will be announced on Sunday 14th June by the authors themselves at the Puffin Festival of Big Dreams on Puffin Books' YouTube and Facebook channels, and the three winning stories will be published on our website. 

We can't wait to read all these big dreams!

This competition was inspired by author John Boyne's extraordinary short story competition, which saw thousands of young Irish writers submit their stories in the early weeks of the pandemic.

How to Enter

Submit your details and your child's story of up to 300 words by midnight Thursday 28th May 2020.

Tip: It's best to type the short story into a document that you can save, and where you can check the word count (e.g. a Microsoft Word document). You can then copy and paste the final story into the entry form when you're ready to submit it.


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