Portishead Primary School

Portishead Primary School

Learning & achieving together

Resources and home learning that can be adapted for all Year Groups

Home learning for Term 5

School leaders have developed an LSP wide approach to home learning for the remainder of the time that schools are closed. We will be updating our website on Friday the 17th of April for term 5, with learning for that term.

We are mindful of the challenge and pressure that home schooling creates to everyone and especially those parents working from home. Our approach will not include a suggested timetable to allow families to be flexible – wellbeing is the most important priority for all of us.

 All LSP schools have the same core offer of which includes:

Over a number of days each child will be encouraged to:

  • read each day and complete a daily phonics or EGPS (English, grammar and spelling) task.
  • Complete a mental and oral task (X tables rock stars, revision of number bonds, counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 10s etc) and a maths task.
  • Complete a writing task
  • We will also plan other wider curriculum task that you may choose to access.

We have set up year group emails that you can share work to or ask questions. Only parents should email and a member of that year group will answer within 2 working days. These will be live from Monday the 20th of April. Details will be sent out on Friday the 17th. Staff will not answer any emails from children and they should not contact teachers directly as I am sure you understand.

No work will be marked but where appropriate you will be able to see access answers to home learning so that children can self-check or you can look at it with them.

E Safety - See more links at the bottom of this page.

Click here for Parent Top Tips to stay safe online.

PE - Resources and challenges (New March 31st)

Complete these challenges to become a Portishead Primary School stay at home sports ambassador.

NSSPEA_Healthy Body and Mind physical activity and creative ideas.

Gymrun PE activities you can do from home.

A PE challenge will begin on the 1st April and will be led online by Olympic medalist Samantha Murray.

How much work should we be doing?

This will vary according to the age of your children and your family circumstances. 

As a general guide: one session of maths, one that includes some writing, daily reading/phonics. Lots of fun and daily exercise. Being creative and doing some art, cooking, gardening etc all count. 

Home learning Tips

  • Create a learning space with your children where they can do some learning - it may help if you have some spare cash to treat them to some new pens, pads etc  they will be keen to try out or  even cushions for reading on etc. 
  • Some children might like a quiet space, other will prefer music or even the TV on in the background. They are all different.
  • Plan a manageable timetable to give structure to the day which includes lots of breaks and play time. This will be even more important if you have more than 1 child.
  • Once you have planned this try and stick to the routine...you can start each day by looking at the timetable as the first activity.
  • Reading/phonics can be online as well as book or phonics games and apps. It can also be shared. Read together and then challenge the children with some quiz questions. 
  • A good start to the day is the online exercise with Joe Wicks - Click here for the link to Joe's Youtube channel
  • Meal times are learning opportunities - get them planning menus, measuring and helping with prep, laying the table and washing up!
  • Reward effort. Being positive and encouraging has the most impact.
  • Don't panic if children don't want to do any learning......They will get bored and give in! Stay in control and set them smaller achievable tasks rather than getting in to a confrontation  or battle. (Easier said than done sometimes but if it makes you feel better, I am a headteacher and I can tell you that it is just the same for me!)
  • If you feel yourself getting cross or angry - just walk away. Win the war not every battle. 

Behaviour Tips to support home learning

Children may not want to do school work for lots of reasons......if you are home working ask yourself how easy it is for you to get motivated in all honesty! 

  • Children may be anxious - Be supportive and use non judgemental language. I can see that.... I have noticed that....Go in slow, stay calm, offer support and or a break.
  • Children may escalate from anxiety to becoming defensive which is an escalation often from refusal to a change in tone, expression or volume- Be directive and try to deescalate the issue using distraction and humour. Remind them of the expectation in a clear and concise way e.g. You can get down from the table when you have...(but make it achievable e.g. completed 3 sentences rather than written a whole page). I need you to complete 3 sentences and then we can....etc
  • I am sure you will have a range of successful strategies at home. Try not to worry if your child would rather play than do lots of formal learning. It is very very common.
  • Play is especially important in the EYFS and  KS1 but all children need to be able to let off steam and relax. EYFS staff will tell you that play is learning. It most definitely is!

School Rules - You may wish to refer to them.

  • We are kind and honest.
  • We play safely and fairly.
  • We treat the school and everyone in it with respect.
  • We always try our best.

Some activities to you can adapt for all year groups

  • Read a book (oxfordowl.co.uk  teachyourmonster.com to access e-books for younger children).
  • Write a book review, write a new blurb, a further chapter, design a front cover, rewrite the story from the point of view of another character, rewrite the story as a newspaper report.
  • Revise x tables, access times tables rockstars.
  • Plan schedules using clocks to tell the time in different ways, 12 hour, 24 hours, analogue and digital.
  • Follow a recipe focusing on measuring and reading scales.
  • Research the ingredients and nutritional value of the foods in your house - compare and order by sugar content, fat content, carbs and protein etc.
  • Research a character from history- this could be related to our school topics.
  • Make a set of top trump cards based on a category of your choosing.
  • Go on a bug hunt, record what you see and find.
  • Draw the portraits of your family.
  • Make a map or your local area or draw a plan of your house with a key.
  • Design your perfect bedroom - can you make a mood board first?
  • Keep a written or online diary of your time at home - this is living history and will be fun to look back on when you are older.




Some Websites to access for most ages

Click here for a very long list of free website in addition to the links below!

Staying safe online

  • Remember that whilst you may be staying in touch with friends online it is really important to be kind and respectful at all times.
  • Please be careful and ensure that you are safe on line.

    Staying safe online Tips for 3 to 7s

    Staying safe online Tips for 7-11s

    Staying safe online Tips for parents