Maths

Reading

  • Even if you don’t know what level your child is currently reading at, try different stories to listen to. Comes with a raft of ideas that children can do after reading/listening to story. Ask them questions about what they’re reading, read together, make predictions, discuss why characters behave the way they do.

Ready to read text online:

Writing

  • Spelling and word work: https://lwdtsupport.weebly.com/spelling–word-work.html
  • Something to Write About – story prompts download.
  • Star Trek Story Generator
  • Write something, could be a journal, comic strip, pick-a-path story or poem or a story. Loads of motivational ideas here.
  • How to write (keep a journal, keep a gratitude list, write instructions for something, write an alternate ending to favourite story or movie, write a story, keep a book of facts)
  • Advocate for positive change in the world (write a letter, make up a petition)
  • How to exist without the internet (unplug it from 8-4 everyday)
  • Have them research things they’re interested in (a place they’d like to visit, a career they might like, a hobby they’d like to learn)
  • Follow a recipe or write a recipe of your favourite dish.
  • How to write a CV
  • Keep a journal, keep a gratitude list, write instructions for something, write an alternate ending to favourite story or movie, write a story, keep a book of facts)

Everyday activities

(low tech or no tech) – most of these could be free choice with a list of suggestions. Don’t expect learners to do all of them everyday.

  • Physical activity for at least 30 – 60 mins – could be free choice or give them suggestions eg create an obstacle course, time yourself, try to beat your time, design your own fitness circuit eg bounce a ball 10 times, skip 20 times etc. Make yourself a hopscotch grid and play.
  • Build something – from blocks, from wood, from Lego, from boxes, from code e.g. Minecraft etc.
  • Draw something – give suggestions eg sketch your favourite toy. Sketch a plant or tree, draw your favourite mythical animal
  • Listen to a favourite piece of music. Create a response eg dance, drawing, poem etc.
  • Help someone – find a way to help a family member or neighbour (keep social distance).
  • Learn something new. Teach yourself a new skill – you could ask someone to help, read about it or watch a video.
  • Help with some household tasks.
  • Do some baking, (lots of maths skills here). Younger students ask an adult to help.
  • Make yourself a healthy snack or lunch. Older students could make one for everyone at home or plan and cook the weekly meals including budgeting.
  • Passion projects – find something you are passionate about, research it, pose yourself questions to answer.
  • Genius hour – research and create something that will make a difference to someone else
  • Create something, could be an art or craft work, a dramatic or musical piece, a story, a video, a game or activity using code eg in Scratch
  • How to maintain a vehicle ( how to check the oil, how to change a tire)
  • Build physical literacy ( do yoga, play catch, play frisbee, kick a soccer ball, shoot hoops)
  • Build Fine motor skills ( draw, colour, knit, crochet, cross- stitch, sew, weave)
  • Go outside! Walk, hike, sled, ski, paddle, bike, most outdoor activities keep you at least 10m away from other people.
  • Have them research things they’re interested in ( a place they’d like to visit, a career they might like, a hobby they’d like to learn)
  • Have them do a STEM challenge ( build a tower, boat, bridge) out of random materials around the house
  • How to make a meal plan & grocery list on a budget

How to be a good citizen ( mow your neighbours lawn, take them a meal, shovel their sidewalk/ driveway)

Mindfulness and Keeping Active

Smiling Mind  https://www.smilingmind.com.au/ Short audio sessions to help with mindfulness. Managing stress and anxiety in response to the crisis.

The Body Coach https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1 Youtube channel. A British teacher/PT has made videos on fitness that can be done in the classroom. They range from 5 to 10 minutes of simple exercises that don’t require much room.

Go Noodle https://www.gonoodle.com/   Also on YouTube. Thousands of ‘brainercise’, dancing, strength and mindfulness videos

BBC Supermovers

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

Interactive videos to support Juniors (KS1) and Seniors (KS2) – Maths, Literacy, Social Sciences/Health (PSHE) and PE learning. Good for times tables, and videos that are just for fun.

Kiwi Kids News

https://www.kiwikidsnews.co.nz/

Local and world news. Staying connected with current events