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Home Learning Support

Welcome to the Wolverhampton Local Offer Home Learning Page. Here you will find advice on how to support your child at home.

The resources are relevant to all ages and abilities. There are links to general internet resources and also specialist services in Wolverhampton who support children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) and may be able to offer additional advice. You will find resources on academic subjects, for example English and Maths, as well as links to creative and cultural opportunities for your child at home.

If your child is worried or anxious about Covid-19, there are specific links for resources to help by clicking on the 'Coronavirus advice and information' page. 

 

Academic

   

Phonics

 

*NEW this month* Alphabet Book
A lovely free resource from Widget exploring the initial speech sounds of the alphabet with pictures. This is appropriate for children of any age.   

My Set 1 Speed Sound
An online work book based on the Read, Write Inc phonics programme. This is suitable for KS1 onwards including any older students who are developing their phonics.  

My Sets 2 and 3 Speed Sounds
An online work book based on the Read, Write Inc phonics programme. This is suitable for KS1 onwards including any older students who are developing their phonics.  

Phonics Guidance
A useful guide from Oxford Owl, this guide supports parents and children in learning how to say the letters and sounds with examples. This guide can be used with children from KS1 onwards including any older students who are developing their phonics.

Learn to Read
A fun video from CBeebies and Alphablocks on reading one syllable words. Suitable for children from reception onwards including older students who need support with learning sound.

Learn to Read
Another fun video from CBeebies and Alphablocks on making words from individual sounds. Suitable for children from reception onwards including older students who need support with learning sounds.

Phonics Play
Free access to interactive games and activities focused on phonics.

Maths

 

*NEW this month* Island Saver
An online shape matching Activity. This is suitable for young children with supervision.

*NEW this month* Number Games
Some fun and interactive maths games for children who are learning: odd and even numbers, counting up to ten, sequencing numbers, adding and subtracting ten, adding and subtracting 100. These resources are appropriate for KS1 students onwards with adult support.  

*NEW this month* Days of the Week
A fun YouTube song to help your young people learn the sequence of the days of the week. This resource is appropriate for children of all ages with adult support.   

Match the Shape
A number of fun activities from Natwest all focused on ‘money-sense’. This is appropriate for children in KS2 onwards with adult support.  

Mathematics Activity Cards
These focus on knowing and using number facts aimed at home learning, but encouraging practical work and fun while improving calculation skills.  Each card is a different activity which can be carried out in the home or outside and with one or more people.  Resources are basic and hopefully readily available to all while at home. Enjoy and learn.

Days of the Week
An interactive reggae-style tune to help  children and young people learn the days of the week in sequence. This resource is appropriate for children in reception onwards.

Home learning pack – Number (Foundation)
A massive pack from Oxford University Press covering all the ‘Number’ topics for the Maths GCSE Foundation paper. This is an appropriate resource for anyone currently studying for GCSEs.

Home learning pack – Number (Higher)
A massive pack from Oxford University Press covering all the ‘Number’ topics for the Maths GCSE Higher paper. This is an appropriate resource for anyone currently studying for GCSEs.

Top Marks
A collection of interactive resources for all age groups covering a wide range of subjects.

White Rose Maths
A wealth of free Maths resources for all age groups separated into years and terms of study.

Everyday Maths at Home
Some practical maths activities from White Rose Maths Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2.

Home Learning from White Rose Maths
A collection of maths lessons from Early Years to Year 8.

Literacy

 

Pobble 365
Each day a new picture appears on Pobble 365 with a variety of literacy tasks to complete based on the picture. Activities include: story starters, questions, sentence challenges and sick sentences. This resource is appropriate for Year 5 onwards (if you would like to change the picture shown, you can choose a different day by clicking on ‘Pick a Day’ at the top of the screen).  

Once upon a Picture
A comprehensive collection of fun and engaging images with literacy tasks to complete. A great way to get children and young people actively involved in literacy.

Writing

 

*NEW this month* The Book of Me
A fun activity from the British Library guiding children and young people through creating a story where they are the main character. This is appropriate for children in KS2 onwards.  

*NEW this month* Handwriting and Alphabet Practice Sheets
Some lovely resources from Love Writing Inc focusing on pen control and grip, early numbers and letters. Scroll down to Set 1 or 2. These resources are appropriate for children in KS1 onwards with adult support.   

*NEW this month* Learning Letter Formations
A lovely YouTube video showcasing correct letter formation. This resource is appropriate for children of all ages with adult support.   

*NEW this month* Spelling Techniques for Dyslexic Learners
A short video from a mum whose child is dyslexic showing how she helps him learn spellings.  This video is for parents.  

Talk for Writing - Reception
This home to school booklet from Pie Corbett's Talk for Writing follows The Amazing Adventures of Max and is accompanied by a variety of activities on developing speaking and listening skills, vocabulary, rhymes and poems and handqriting. There is also a link to the audio version of this story.

Talk for Writing - Year 1
Another home-school booklet from Pie Corbett’s Talk for Writing is based on Jane Ralph’s story ‘Pippety Skycap A tale of mischief’. Activities include: recounting the story, exploring language and some maths activities on measurement. There is also a link to an audio version of the story.

Talk for Writing - Year 2
A home-school booklet from Pie Corbett’s Talk for Writing using the story of ‘The Elves and the shoemaker’.  A number of activities follow the story such as: exploring word classes, writing a story and a Science investigation! There is also a link to an audio version of the story.

Talk for Writing - Year 3
A home-school booklet from Pie Corbett’s Talk for Writing following the story of ‘The Stone Trolls’. A number of activities follow including: exploring word meaning, a reading challenge, and how to make your own mini-book. There is also a link to an audio version of the story.

Talk for Writing - Year 4
A home-school booklet from Pie Corbett’s Talk for Writing focusing on ‘Amazing Aliens!’ with accompanying activities on: reading comprehension, adjectives and how to write an interesting newspaper article! There is also a link to an audio version of the story.

Talk for Writing - Year 5
A home-school booklet from Pie Corbett’s Talk for Writing where you ‘Meet the Rhi-swano-zeb-tah’ and complete activities on: word definitions, reading comprehension, grammar as well as a chance to create your own creature! There is also a link to an audio version of the story.

Talk for Writing - Year 6
A home-school booklet from Pie Corbett’s Talk for Writing where you create your own ‘City of Silence’ and complete activities on: abstract nouns, alliteration and poems as well as a chance to complete an artistic challenge.   

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar pack
A Pack of activities from Oxford University Press. These activities are appropriate for 11-14 year olds. Answers can be found here.

Coins in the Classroom
A literacy pack from The Royal Mint exploring the history of some of the characters that appear on coins leading into a creative writing project. Appropriate for key stage 2 onwards.

Writing Challenges
A number of writing challenges for students from KS1 to KS3.

Family Zone by the National Literacy Trust
The NLT are developing a comprehensive web portal to support parents of children from birth to 12.  

Reading

 

*NEW this month* Home, Family and Belonging in Children's Books
An article from the British Library written for children with lots of references to children’s literature. This is appropriate for children in KS2 onwards with adult support.  

*NEW this month* We Are All Different
A lovely free e-book from Twinkl celebrating diversity. This resource is appropriate for children in the EYFS stage onwards with adult support. You may need to register with Twinkl to access this resource; you can register for free at the moment.  

*NEW this month* You Matter
A video read-along with writer and illustrator Christian Robinson. This resource is appropriate for children in KS1 onwards with adult support.   

*NEW this month* Say Something
A video read-along of Peter H Reynolds picture book ‘Say Something’. This resource is appropriate for children in KS1 onwards with adult support.   

Storyline Online
A YouTube channel where your favourite celebrities read story books

E-books through Project Gutenberg
A library of over 60,000 free books.

StoryTime4HomeTime
Author James Mayhew will be live-streaming himself reading various books at 'home-time'.

Elevenses with The World of David Walliams
David Walliams is releasing a free children's audio story every day for the next month.

Hugo Pepper
An animated audio book read by Chris Riddell.

Science 

 

*NEW this month* Super Science
A great activity pack from the British Science Association supported by Widgit Symbols.  The activities in this resource are appropriate for KS2 onwards with adult support.  

STEM Response Team Resouces
A variety of  resources that support STEM home learning in fun and engaging ways, from The University of Wolverhampton. 

Dyson Challenge
A variety of fun STEM activities designed by The James Dyson Foundation. 

KS3 Working Scientifically pack
A pack from Oxford University Press with resources for Key stage 3 students to continue their science study in this time away from the classroom. 

Exploring Our Solar System
A video from Free School exploring the planets in our solar system. This resource is appropriate for children in key stage 1 onwards.

Geography

 

Explorable Globe
Explore jungles, forests, high seas, and frozen worlds with this interactive globe.

History

History Unlocked
Fun learning resources from Warwick Castle focusing on attacking and defending medieval castles, what it was like to be a knight and what it was like to live in a castle. There are a number of quizzes to check learning along with answers. This resource is appropriate from key stage 1 onwards.

Homes Through History
Travel back in time to visit a Bronze Age Roundhouse and find out what life was like for the people who lived in them. This resource is appropriate for Key Stage 1 onwards.  

Virtual School

*NEW this month* Maths for All Year Groups (Reception to Year 13)
Hundreds of short maths activities practising core skills. These resources are appropriate for children of any age with adult support to navigate the website.

*NEW this month* English for All Year Groups (Reception to Year 13)
Hundreds of short English activities practising core skills. These resources are appropriate for children of any age with adult support to navigate the website.  

Oak National Academy Online Classroom
Daily virtual lessons delivered by teachers. The link above connects to the Oak National Academy daily schedule where you can select the year group of your child or young person and follow the lessons. There will be new virtual lessons each day to access for free. Liaise with your child or young person’s class teacher to ensure the material is appropriate for them.

BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons
BBC Bitesize have created their own virtual school; you can access lessons by selecting your child or young persons year group and it will take you to appropriate lessons scheduled day by day. Liaise with your child or young person’s class teacher to ensure the material is appropriate for them. 

Home Learning Pack- Year 1
A comprehensive pack from Classroom Secrets covering English and Maths. For guidance and answers click here. Please note, Classroom Secrets will upload new resources each week; click here for the main page where you can find new resources each week.  

Home Learning Pack- Year 2
A comprehensive pack from Classroom Secrets covering English and Maths. For guidance and answers click here. Please note, Classroom Secrets will upload new resources each week; click here for the main page where you can find new resources each week. 

Home Learning Pack- Year 3
A comprehensive pack from Classroom Secrets covering English and Maths. For guidance and answers click here. Please note, Classroom Secrets will upload new resources each week; click here for the main page where you can find new resources each week.  

Home Learning Pack- Year 4
A comprehensive pack from Classroom Secrets covering English and Maths. For guidance and answers click here. Please note, Classroom Secrets will upload new resources each week; click here for the main page where you can find new resources each week.  

Home Learning Pack- Year 5
A comprehensive pack from Classroom Secrets covering English and Maths. For guidance and answers click here. Please note, Classroom Secrets will upload new resources each week; click here for the main page where you can find new resources each week.  

Home Learning Pack- Year 6
A comprehensive pack from Classroom Secrets covering English and Maths. For guidance and answers click here. Please note, Classroom Secrets will upload new resources each week; click here for the main page where you can find new resources each week. 

Home Learning Support Pack
This ‘open-age’ resources pack includes resources to help parents create a visual timetable for their young person, as well as fine motor skills worksheets and activities and memory games. This resource can be used for children and young people of any age.  

Home Learning Projects - EYFS
Weekly projects created by Robin Hood MAT and STEM Learning; these resources have reading, phonics, writing and maths activity instructions for parents/carers and young people to complete together.

Home Learning Project - Year 1 and 2
Weekly projects created by Robin Hood MAT and STEM Learning; these resources have reading, phonics, writing and maths activity instructions for parents/carers and young people to complete together.

Home Learning Project - Year 3 and 4
Weekly projects created by Robin Hood MAT and STEM Learning; these resources have reading, spelling, writing and maths activity instructions for parents/carers and young people to complete together.

Home Learning Project - Year 5 and 6
Weekly projects created by Robin Hood MAT and STEM Learning; these resources have reading, spelling, writing and maths activity instructions for parents/carers and young people to complete together.

Early Years Activity Collection
A comprehensive Home Learning Pack from TTS-Group aimed at children in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The pack includes cross-curricular fun activities to be completed at home.

Key Stage1 Activity Book
A curriculum-focused independent learning resources from TTS-Group covering topics on: literacy, Maths, Science, PE, Geography, History, Art, Technology, Music and Language. Click here for answers. 

Key Stage2 Activity Book
A curriculum-focused independent learning resources from TTS-Group covering topics on: literacy, Maths, Science, PE, Geography, History, Art, Technology, Music and Language. Click here for answers. 

Useful Resources for All Academic Subjects (registration needed)

Oxford Owl for Home
Free resources, educational activities and games as well free access to the e-library.

Twinkl
Free access to Twinkl's library of resources for Early Years Foundation Stage, Primary and Secondary ages. A dedicated parents' Hub is available to support.

Educational Movies, Shows and YouTube Channels

Historical Movies for Children
A list of films appropriate for 6-12-year olds that all link to real historical events. 

150 Educational Shows to Stream on Netflix
A comprehensive list of educational shows on topics such as animals, nature, space history and dinosaurs.

50 YouTube Channels for Home Learning
A vast collection of YouTube videos covering English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, and more.

Museums, Art and Culture

*NEW this month* Create a Talking Animal
A great activity from the British Library exploring animals from children’s literature and inviting you to create your own! This is appropriate for KS1 children with adult support.

*NEW this month* Discover Dinosaurs
A catalogue of fun and engaging resources from the Natural History Museum. These resources are appropriate for KS2 onwards with adult support.  

*NEW this month* Eureka! At Home
Lots of fun and engaging activities to get children interested in topics across the curriculum. These activities are suitable for children of different ages; adult support is recommended.   

Time Travel TV
Each week on a Tuesday and Thursday, The National Archives will add a new episode to their Time Travel TV series. This series is appropriate for KS2 children onwards.

Minecraft Your Museum
National Museum Wales is inviting young people to create their own exciting museum in Minecraft. If you choose, you can submit your entry to the competition. The competition or for 7-11 year olds.

How Football Got Shirty
A fun activity booklet from the National Football Museum about the history of the football strip; activities include: Spot the Difference, word-searches, designing your own kit and making an origami shirt.

Create Your Own Archaeological Dig
A fun resource from the Elgin Museum guiding young people in creating and excavating their own mini-dig box. The resource is aimed at age 5+ with some adult support needed.  

Animals That Live in Mines and Caves
A fun workpack from the Peak District Lead Mining Museum. thepack includes some maths puzzles, a word-search, a true and false bat quiz and the chance to learn about some of the creatures that live in mines.

VE Day Learning Resources
A variety of resources for KS2, KS3 and KS4 on the history and importance of VE Day.

Every Picture Tells a Story
The George Muller Museum have created a number of interesting home-learning resources. This link invites viewers to analyse a picture of Victorian orphans and learn about their lives. 

Harry Potter at Home Hub
A variety of games and activities all related to the world of Harry Potter; get sorted into a house, take quizzes and learn how to draw the characters. You have to register to access some of the features on the site; these resources are appropriate for KS2 onwards.  

Escape to Kew Gardens and Wakehurst from your sofa
A collection of virtual tours to guide you through the desert, mountain and tropical plants at Kew Gardens and Wakehurst. These resources are appropriate for children and young people of all ages with supervision.

Free maps to colour in
Four free maps from Ordnance survey which can be downloaded and printed for your young person to colour in. If you would like more maps, Ordnance Survey asks you to register for free.  

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Virtual Tour
Four virtual tours from BMAG of: The Round Room, Industrial Gallery and Edwardian Tearooms,  Art Galleries, the Staffordshire Hoard Gallery and the History Galleries.

How To Make A Cardboard Sword
A fun ‘how to’ from English Heritage. Parent supervision required.  

Black Country Museum Virtual Tour
A virtual tour of the mines at the Black Country Living Museum. Appropriate for children in key stage 2 onwards.

Edinburgh Zoo Webcams
Fantastic live feeds from the homes of Edingburgh Zoos pandas, penguins, tigers and koalas.

12 Famous Museums and Galleries you can visit from your couch
A list from BoredPanda with links to virtual tours to some of the best museums and galleries in the world.

Mylene's Music Klass
Free to access music music lessons by Mylene Klass.

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room
An interactive escape room experience with clips from the movies.

Staying Healthy and Active

*NEW this month* The Power of Play
The ‘Play’ team at Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity have collated or created resources all about developing play. These resources are appropriate for children of all ages with adult support.   

*NEW this month* A Guide to Socially Distanced Outdoor Games
Some great ideas from Parent Zone on how to play outside whilst maintaining social distancing. 

Fitnut Superstars
The Fitness and Nutrition Program for Children has some fantastic videos on their YouTube page on eating healthy and staying fit.  

Cosmic Kids
A YouTube channel dedicated to Yoga for children and young people.

Healthy Habits from Sesame Street
Some excellent advice from the Sesame Street characters and some other famous faces.

A Daily Schedule
A daily schedule helps to keep children and young people in a routine. Click above for an example from the ADHD Foundation.

PE with Joe
Daily PE sessions with The Body Coach, Joe Wicks. Appropriate for all age groups.

Get Kids Cooking
A great collection of kid-friendly recipes from The Naked Chef. Suitable for Key Stage 1 onwards (with adult supervision)..

Dance Class with Oti Mabuse
Learn a dance to accompany the wonerful 'Trolls' movie! There are links to other great dance classes on Oti's main YouTube page. Suitable for Key Stage 1 onwards.

NHS 10-minute Workouts
These great workouts have been creaed by the NHS to be easily completed at home without needing specialist equipment. Appropriate for Key Stage 4 and young adults.

How to Support Children who are Worried about Coronavirus / Covid-19 / Returning to School

*NEW this month* Calm Zone
Lots of resources from Childline offering lots of activities and tools for children who are feeling anxious, scared or sad. These resources are appropriate for KS2 onwards with adult support.   

*NEW this month* Going Back to School (Social Story)
An easy-to read social story about going back to school. This resource is appropriate for children in KS1 onwards with adult support.  

*NEW this month* Returning to School
Advice and help for parents from the NSPCC about children returning to school.  

*NEW this month* Greeting my Teachers and Friends
A little picture book from Autism Little Learners about how to greet teachers and friends whilst maintaining social distance. This resource is appropriate for KS1 students onwards with adult support.   

Apps and Resources for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Wolverhampton Outreach Service
Resources and home learning.

Heat Pad
A ‘relaxing and entertaining’ sensory app which responds to the heat of your fingertips. Appropriate for children 4+. In-app purchases can be turned off in ‘settings’.

Fireworks Arcade
A fun app for all ages with displays of light and sound. Appropriate for children 4+. In-app purchases can be turned off in ‘settings’.

WV Virtual Squad
Online activities for children with special educational needs and disabilities. 

Pocket Ponds
A calming, interactive zen garden experience to help young people calm down. Appropriate for children 12+. In-app purchases can be turned off in ‘settings’.

Language Therapy for Kids
This app has a number of different activities and has been trialled by young people with delayed language. Appropriate for children 4+. In-app purchases can be turned off in ‘settings’.

DD’s Dictionary – A Dyslexic’s Dictionary
A simple to use dictionary built to support young people with dyslexia. Appropriate for children 4+.

Community Occupational Therapy Activity Packs

A range of booklets from Community Occupational Therapy designed to provide practical ideas and activities to help support children wth the development of:

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