Primary School Education Resources

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As a parent, you are already your child’s first and main educator, and are well equipped to support them at this time. You know your child best. Avoid forcing them into lengthy planned activities if they naturally respond better to a mix of shorter activities. This can help avoid them getting bored or frustrated and keep them active, interested and learning through things they enjoy.

The links below will take you to a range of different websites that will provide information about what is taught in schools that may be useful to you.

General Information

CCEA has a helpful video and information which explains the Northern Ireland Curriculum. There are also a series of learning resources available which target Primary,
Post-primary, SEN and Irish-medium. While these resources were originally written for teachers, they have been adapted for use by parents, young people and children.

 

BBC has developed resources that are proving popular and useful at this time, and BBC Bitesize provides information and tips for primary school age children.

Not everything needs to happen on or at a screen. Setting technology to one side can help develop different learning including creativity and physical skills.

Non-screen learning suggestions include:

  • Create a routine for the day using pictures/drawings/words.
  • Learn to ride a bike, bat/ball activities, skip, run, dig, hop.
  • Take a walk and look at the wildlife, hedgerows and keep track of the changes in nature and record findings in photos and drawings.
  • Gardening activities- planting and digging.
  • Keep a diary or journal – not just text, include pictures and drawings.
  • Play traditional games such as dominoes, draughts, snakes and ladders.
  • Bake and cook following recipes – great for maths and science.
  • Make models from junk materials and construction kits such as Duplo, Lego

For further information and resources, visit the Education and Training Inspectorate website.

Firstsite has ideas about being creative at home.

Draw with Rob, Rob Biddulph posts draw-along videos that parents can watch with their kids and, hopefully, make some nice pictures.

Red Ted Art contains fun and easy art and craft activities to keep kids busy.

Nature Detectives provides fun activities, some of which can be done from your garden.

Business in the Community in Northern Ireland has information, resources and advice for parents and schools on learning and fun activities.

Goliath Trust, a network of ICT teachers who have created an online resource for primary-aged children to engage online. Check out their Youtube channel and blog for more.

The Department of Education has a list of online resources to help parents in assisting children as they continue to learn at home during the period of school closures due to Covid-19

Literacy

Foundation stage (Primary 1 and Primary 2)

Advice for parents:

  • Be guided by activities that your child’s teacher is providing.
  • Reading experiences should be informal and enjoyable, with children learning in an environment where print is all around them
  • Enjoy reading with your child  - read and share stories

When reading encourage your child to:

  • ask questions;
  • join in with rhymes/repetitive text
  • use of illustrations to support understanding of text
  • use prompts/cues within the story to encourage prediction/thinking skills
  • talk about personal experiences related to the text
  • look for recognisable letters/words

When talking and listening encourage your child to:

  • listen to others and respond,
  • demonstrating some social conventions e.g. eye contact and turn-taking
  • use specific language
  • responding to a steady beat;
  • identifying words in phrases and sentences;
  • identifying syllables;
  • identifying and generating rhymes;

When writing encourage your child to:

  • engage in pre writing exercises to be able to handle writing materials e.g. finger exercises, threading beads, drawing and painting pictures and using scissors
  • use a comfortable and efficient pencil grip with some control – https://www.teachhandwriting.co.uk/handwriting-pencil-grip.html
  • talk about what they want to write
  • encourage independent/pre/emergent writing
  • sound out words using their developing phonological awareness
  • scribe for you child

Below is a list of links to free resources which you may find helpful if you still want further activities. [Note: Reception/EYFS (England) is roughly equivalent to Primary 1 (Northern Ireland) and Year 1 (England) to Primary 2 (Northern Ireland)]

Libraries NI

Whilst local libraries may be closed, parents can download eBooks and audiobooks for their children.

For more information on how to join, visit Libraries NI

Growing book by book* -  an assortment of literacy ideas for helping readers.  

Start With a Book* - from tips on building background knowledge to strengthening writing skills, ideas for active learning during the summer — or any time of the year.

*Whilst the activities mentioned in these sites link specifically to books which contain a link to buy the text, many of the titles will be available from the online library link above.

C2K Newsdesk

C2K Newsdesk has great resources and activities for children and young people to learn at home. Children can read and listen to articles, watch video content, share pictures and writing that they have created and comment on articles, all in a safe, moderated environment. The activities and topics are updated daily. Click here  to find out more.

CCEA Listen and Think Storybooks

Five audio and visual books for each year 1 and year 2, which parents can read with or to the children.

Identifying Syllables

Some support and guidance for parents on the importance and identification of syllables.

Teach your monster to read

This is free to register online and at times the app is also available for free. App suitable for initial sounds and supporting learning to read.

Oak National Academy 

Daily lessons posted for Foundation Stage (EYFS/Reception), Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (and Key stage 3) in all subjects. No need to register.  Lessons are a mix of quizzes, engaging teachers presenting videos, songs, practical and written suggested activities. There are Primary 1 resources  and Primary 2 resources.

BBC CBeebies

BBC CBeebies have a section on their website called ‘Parenthood tips and tricks’ which contains guides for parents, including

TES        

Register for free as a parent to access teacher created learning resources in all subjects for Primary and Secondary pupils.  Search for EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) for activities suited to Primary 1 (Reception) and Primary 2 (Year 1 in England).

Khan Kids                            

Free, fun educational program for children ages two to seven available through free app and printables from the website. Free to register.

Reading Rockets

Activities and games to support the teaching and understanding of phonics

TTS          

The home learning books are free to download and provide a great opportunity for parents. Activity packs available for early years with very clear explanations of practical activities and challenges.

The Literacy Shed

A range of resources to help with reading and assist children’s understanding of text.  Whilst some children may be

able to read independently, others may need you to help. The Literacy Shed also have a blog.

Twinkl  

Free lessons uploaded daily for children ages 3-18. Also a Northern Ireland tab specifically linked to the Northern Ireland Curriculum and a dedicated Parent Hub.

Teaching Packs                 

A variety of free activity, game and challenge packs available for primary school children across all subjects/topics including early number.

Imagination Tree   

Tried and tested practical activities for pre-school and primary school children in all subject areas including literacy. Clear photographs of home-made indoor and outdoor activities to support learning through play, planned by a teacher and parent to four children.

Key Stage 1 (Primary 3 and Primary 4)

Advice for parents:

  • Be guided by activities that your child’s teacher is providing.
  • Enjoy reading with your child  - read and share stories

When reading with your child encourage them to:

  • ask questions;
  • join in with rhymes/repetitive text;
  • use of illustrations to support understanding of text;
  • use prompts/cues within the story to encourage prediction/thinking skills;
  • self-correct;
  • talk about personal experiences related to the text;
  • look for recognisable letters/words;
  • recognise and notice how words are constructed and spelt;
  • express opinions and give reasons based on what they have read.

Asking questions BEFORE Reading

  • builds background knowledge
  • allows new vocabulary to be reinforced
  • engages the reader/listener with the text
  • lays the groundwork for comprehension

What do you think this story will be about?  Why do you think that?  (do this after the child has had a chance to look at the cover of the book and title). What do you already know about the topic/subject of this book?

Asking questions DURING Reading

  • helps to monitor understanding of text
  • keeps the reader/listener engaged with the text

What questions do you have as you are reading/listening? What do you think is going to happen next?  Why?

Asking Questions AFTER Reading

  • allows for reflection and analysis
  • assesses comprehension
  • extends thinking and literacy development

What did you think of the story? Why do you think the author chose to end the story the way he/she did? If you were the author what way would you have finished the story?

When talking and listening encourage your child to:

  • listen to others and respond;
  • demonstrate some social conventions e.g. eye contact and turn-taking;
  • use specific language;
  • express thoughts, feelings and opinions in response to personal experiences; imaginary situations, literature, media and curricular topics and activities;
  • present ideas and information with some structure and sequence;
  • think about what they say and how they say it;
  • speak audibly and clearly, using appropriate quality of speech and voice.

When writing encourage your child to:

  • talk about what they want to write;
  • attempt independent writing;
  • sound out words using their phonological awareness;
  • spell correctly a range of familiar, important and regularly occurring words;
  • refer to other texts/environmental print to support spellings;
  • organise, structure and present ideas and information using traditional and digital means.

Below is a list of links to free resources which you may find helpful if you still want further activities. [Note: Year 2 (England) is roughly equivalent and to Primary 3 (Northern Ireland) and Year 3 (England) to Primary 4 (Northern Ireland)]

Libraries NI

Whilst local libraries may be closed, parents can download eBooks and audiobooks for their children. For more information on how to join, visit Libraries NI

Growing book by book* - an assortment of literacy ideas for helping readers, including tips such as 10 ways to help a child stuck on a word.

Start With a Book* - from tips on building background knowledge to strengthening writing skills, get ideas for active learning during the summer — or any time of the year.

https://www.startwithabook.org/summer-reading-learning

*Whilst the activities mentioned in these sites link specifically to books which contain a link to buy the text, many of the titles will be available from the online library link above.

C2K Newsdesk

C2K Newsdesk has great resources and activities for children and young people to learn at home. Children can read and listen to articles, watch video content, share pictures and writing that they have created and comment on articles, all in a safe, moderated environment. The activities and topics are updated daily. Click here  to find out more.

CCEA Listen and Think Storybooks

Five audio and visual books for each year 1 and year 2, which parents can read with or to the children.

Teach your monster to read

This is free to register online and at times the app is also available for free. App suitable for initial sounds and supporting learning to read.

Oak National Academy 

Daily lessons posted for Foundation Stage (EYFS/Reception), Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (and Key stage 3) in all subjects. No need to register.  Lessons are a mix of quizzes, engaging teachers presenting videos, songs, practical and written suggested activities. There are Primary 3 resources and Primary 4 resources.

TES                        

Register for free as a parent to access teacher created learning resources in all subjects for Primary and Secondary pupils.  Search for EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) for activities suited to Primary 1 (Reception) and Primary 2 (Year 1 in England).

Reading Rockets

Activities and games to support the teaching and understanding of phonics

TTS          

The home learning books are free to download and provide a great opportunity for parents. Activity packs available for early years with very clear explanations of practical activities and challenges.

The Literacy Shed

A range of resources to help with reading and assist children’s understanding of text.  Whilst some children may be

able to read independently, others may need you to help. The Literacy Shed also have a blog.

Twinkl

Free lessons uploaded daily for children ages 3-18. Also a Northern Ireland tab specifically linked to the Northern Ireland Curriculum and a dedicated Parent Hub.

Teaching Packs                 

A variety of free activity, game and challenge packs available for primary school children across all subjects/topics including early number.

Imagination Tree

Tried and tested practical activities for pre-school and primary school children in all subject areas including literacy. Clear photographs of home-made indoor and outdoor activities to support learning through play, planned by a teacher and parent to four children.

Key Stage 2 (Primary 5, Primary 6 and Primary 7)

Advice for parents:

  • Be guided by activities that your child’s teacher is providing.
  • Enjoy reading with your child  - read and share stories

When reading with your child encourage them to :

  • express interests in and preferences for certain texts;
  • reading aloud with expression and to assist meaning;
  • read independently;
  • understand text to showing some awareness of empathy by reflecting the thoughts and feelings of the characters;
  • justify their responses by inference, deduction or reference to evidence within the text;
  • use a range of sources to find, select and use ideas and information to investigate a topic;
  • reflect, analyse and discuss the meaning of texts.

Asking questions BEFORE Reading

  • builds background knowledge
  • allows new vocabulary to be reinforced
  • engages the reader/listener with the text
  • lays the groundwork for comprehension

What do you think this story will be about?  Why do you think that?  (do this after the child has had a chance to look at the cover of the book and title). What do you already know about the topic/subject/author of this book?

Asking questions DURING Reading

  • helps to monitor understanding of text
  • keeps the reader/listener engaged with the text

What questions do you have as you are reading/listening? What do you think is going to happen next?  Why?

Asking Questions AFTER Reading

  • allows for reflection and analysis
  • assesses comprehension
  • extends thinking and literacy development

What did you think of the story? Why do you think the author chose to end the story the way he/she did? If you were the author what way would you have finished the story?

When talking and listening encourage your child to :

  • listen with concentration and asking questions to develop understanding
  • to recognising the different uses of formal and informal language and dialect;
  • retell stories, events and experiences keeping to the point and adapting and structuring contributions logically to suit the needs of the audience and purpose;
  • explain and justify views and opinions.
  • listen to others and respond,
  • demonstrate some social conventions e.g. eye contact and turn-taking
  • use specific language
  • express thoughts, feelings and opinions in response to personal experiences, imaginary situations, literature, media and curricular topics and activities;
  • present ideas and information with some structure and sequence;
  • think about what they say and how they say it;
  • speak audibly and clearly, using appropriate quality of speech and voice

When writing encourage your child to :

  • use a range of vocabulary in their writing;
  • talk about and plan what they are going to write;
  • begin to check their work in relation to specific criteria;
  • write without prompting, making their own decisions about form and content;
  • write for a variety of purposes and audiences;
  • express thoughts, feelings and opinions in imaginative and factual writing;
  • organise, structure and present ideas and information using traditional and digital means;
  • spell correctly a range of familiar, important and regularly occurring words;
  • develop increasing competence in the use of grammar and punctuation;
  • use a legible style of handwriting, for example, begin to join letters

Below is a list of links to free resources which you may find helpful if you still want further activities. [Note: Year 4(England) is roughly equivalent to Primary 5 (Northern Ireland), Year 5 (England) to Primary 6 (Northern Ireland) and Year 6 (England) to Primary 7 (Northern Ireland)]

Libraries NI

Whilst local libraries may be closed, parents can download eBooks and audiobooks for their children.

For more information on how to join, visit Libraries NI

Growing book by book*

An assortment of literacy ideas for helping readers.  

Start With a Book*

From tips on building background knowledge to strengthening writing skills, ideas for active learning during the summer — or any time of the year.

*Whilst the activities mentioned in these sites link specifically to books which contain a link to buy the text, many of the titles will be available from the online library link above.

C2K Newsdesk

C2K Newsdesk has great resources and activities for children and young people to learn at home. Children can read and listen to articles, watch video content, share pictures and writing that they have created and comment on articles, all in a safe, moderated environment. The activities and topics are updated daily. Click here  to find out more.

Oak National Academy          

Daily lessons posted for Foundation Stage (EYFS/Reception), Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (and Key stage 3) in all subjects. No need to register.  Lessons are a mix of quizzes, engaging teachers presenting videos, songs, practical and written suggested activities. There are Primary 5 resources, Primary 6 resources and Primary 7 resources.

TES     

Register for free as a parent to access teacher created learning resources in all subjects for Primary and Secondary pupils.  Search for EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) for activities suited to Primary 1 (Reception) and Primary 2 (Year 1 in England).

TTS     

These home learning books provide a great opportunity for you to learn with your children.  Activity packs with very clear explanations of practical activities and challenges.

The Literacy Shed

A range of resources to help with reading and assist children’s understanding of text.  Whilst some children may be

able to read independently, others may need you to help. The Literacy Shed also have a blog.

Twinkl

Free lessons uploaded daily for children ages 3-18. Also a Northern Ireland tab specifically linked to the Northern Ireland Curriculum and a dedicated Parent Hub.

Teaching Packs                       

A variety of free activity, game and challenge packs available for primary school children across all subjects/topics including early number.

Imagination Tree

Tried and tested practical activities for pre-school and primary school children in all subject areas including literacy. Clear photographs of home-made indoor and outdoor activities to support learning through play, planned by a teacher and parent to four children.

Numeracy

Foundation stage (Primary 1 and Primary 2)

Advice for parents:

  • Be guided by activities that your child’s teacher is providing.
     
  • Young children learn best through play and practical activities using objects.
     
  • Many maths skills can be learned or practised without writing anything down.
    e.g. taking turns to count forwards and backwards with the adult saying every other number. This works for counting in 10s or 2s.
  • Games: Keep it fun. Dice games are great for developing number e.g. snakes and ladders, or make your own game on a sheet of paper or card. Dice patterns are an important in developing early numeracy skills. Guessing games e.g Guess my Number by the child asking you questions, ‘Is it bigger than 15?; Is it an even number?’
  • Everyday activities : tidying and sorting toys or household items, pairing matching socks, counting (small toys, pasta shapes, pebbles, building with Lego or wooden bricks, baking/cooking, gardening, helping a parent with DIY or making a blanket den with two chairs. These activities involve important maths language linked to size, length, weight and counting.
  • Look for shapes or house numbers when you are out for daily exercise.
  • It is a very difficult time for everyone, parents and children. If you or your child find an activity too difficult, perhaps leave it and try something different later.
  • Below is a list of links to free resources which you may find helpful if you still want further activities. (Note: Reception/EYFS (England) is roughly equivalent to Primary 1 (Northern Ireland) and Year 1 (England) to Primary 2 (Northern Ireland)

Third Space Learning 

Third Space Learning has put together their primary maths resources into free home learning packs and home learning resources.  Register for free access and use the filter to search for the ‘home learning’ category and Year 1 (Primary 2)

Oak National Academy          

Daily lessons posted for Foundation Stage (EYFS/Reception), Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (and Key stage 3) in all subjects. No need to register.  Lessons are a mix of quizzes, engaging teachers presenting videos, songs, practical and written suggested activities. There are Primary 1 resources  and Primary 2 resources.

Maths with Parents

Watch as children explain numeracy tasks. Register for free as a parent (to the end of the academic year) to access videos and activities on various numeracy concepts.

ClickView

Mini video clips in all subject areas for Primary and Secondary. Free pdf printable activities available too.
e.g. telling the time (o’clock, half past)

NRich              

Free, online mathematical activities for learners aged 3-19.  Visit the Early Years tab 9 to access a wealth of practical numeracy activities for children aged 3-5 years.

BBC CBeebies Numberblocks

Sing along and learn all about numbers with the Numberblocks.

TES

Register for free to access teacher-created learning resources in all subjects.

Khan Kids                    

Free, fun educational program for children ages two to seven available through free app and printables from the website.

White Rose Maths                 

Short videos and lessons are uploaded weekly for Primary and Secondary.  Select Early Years for Primary 1 and Year 1 for Primary 2 activities.  Early Years activities have a weekly focus linked to a story (no need to have the book though).  Year 1 (primary 2) lessons are a mix of videos around a maths topic. There is a clear reference to ten frames and Numicon materials if your child normally uses these in school.

TTS                   

The home learning books are free to download and provide a great opportunity for parents. Activity packs available for early years with very clear explanations of practical activities and challenges.

Twinkl 

Home learning lessons are uploaded daily in all subject areas for children ages 3-18, and there is a dedicated parent hub and a specific resource linked to the Northern Ireland Curriculum.

Mathletics 

Mathletics is now providing free access to some of their resources. Free registration is required.

Teaching Packs           

A variety of free activity, game and challenge packs available for primary school children across all subjects/topics including early number.

Famly

10 creative early years’ maths activities suitable for home learning.

Imagination Tree

Tried and tested practical activities for pre-school and primary school children in all subject areas including Numeracy. Clear photographs of home-made indoor and outdoor activities to support learning through play.

Key Stage 1 (Primary 3 and Primary 4)

There are many websites which provide daily lessons in the form of video clips on a variety of mathematical topics. 

Please remember that Year 2 is equivalent to P3 in Northern Ireland and Year 3 is equivalent to P4.

Also be aware that certain concepts may not be taught in the same year groups in England and Northern Ireland so it is important to be guided by your child’s teacher.

The following are some of the websites providing daily lessons.

Daily Lesson Resources

Oak National Academy 

Daily lessons posted for Key Stage 1 in all subjects. No need to register.  Lessons are a mix of quizzes, engaging teachers presenting videos, songs, practical and written suggested activities.  There are Primary 3 resources and Primary 4 resources

ClickView

Mini animated video clips in all subject areas for Primary pupils in a range of subjects. Free pdf printable activities available also.

BBC Bitesize

You may have seen this advertised on TV.  There is a wide range of video clips for each year group on a wide range of mathematical topics and concepts.

White Rose Maths

Short videos and lessons uploaded weekly for Primary and Secondary.  Select the year group from the selection of pink tiles or from the green panel on the right hand side of the screen. Guidance is also provided on how the lessons can be used.

Mathematics and Numeracy Resources

The websites below contain a variety of activities and tasks that can be used in the home learning environment.

Please remember if a child is using an activity sheet it is not essential that the child completes every question on the sheet.  Be flexible so that children enjoy their learning.  For example, if there are 10 questions of a similar type on the sheet, you could select three questions and your child could select another three questions.  The questions can also be discussed and answered orally rather than always requiring a written response.

Maths with Parents

Watch children explain the way they approach Maths topics. Register for free as a parent (to the end of the academic year) to access videos and activities on various numeracy concepts.

Corbett Maths Primary

This website has a wealth of videos and worksheets covering a wide range of mathematical topics.

The videos are produced by a Northern Ireland teacher so children will easily understand the local accent!

Third Space Learning 

Register for free for access and use the filter to search for the ‘home learning’ category and (for example) Year 3 (Primary 4)

NRich

Free, online mathematical activities for learners aged 3-19.  Here are activities for 7-11 year olds.

TES

Free to access Key Stage 1 resources

TTS                          

The free home learning books are available to download and provide a great opportunity for learning for Early Years and age 5-7 (Key Stage 1).

Twinkl 

Home learning lessons are uploaded daily in all subject areas for children ages 3-18, and there is a dedicated parent hub and a specific resource linked to the Northern Ireland Curriculum.

Mathletics  

Mathletics is now providing free access to some of their resources. Free registration is required.

Teaching Packs           

A variety of free activity, game and challenge packs available for primary school children across all subjects/topics including early number.

Scoilnet  

Scoilet is a key educational resource from the Republic of Ireland.  You can use the search facility to look for resources across level (age group) subject and topics within a subject.

 

Key Stage 2 (Primary 5, Primary 6 and Primary 7)

There are many websites which provide daily lessons in the form of video clips on a variety of mathematical topics. 

Please remember that Year 5 is equivalent to P6 in Northern Ireland, Year 6 is our Primary 7.

Also be aware that certain concepts may not be taught in the same year groups in England and Northern Ireland so it is important to be guided by your child’s teacher.

Here are some of the websites providing daily lessons.

Daily Lessons

Oak National Academy   

Daily lessons posted for Key Stage 2 pupils in all subjects. No need to register.  Lessons are a mix of quizzes, engaging teachers presenting videos, songs, practical and written suggested activities. Access Primary 5 resources, Primary 6 resources and Primary 7 resources.

ClickView       

Mini animated video clips in all subject areas for primary pupils. Free pdf printable activities available also.

I See Maths

This website has a daily Maths lesson for Primary 6 and Primary 7, and maths games. Many of the lessons promote mental strategies for calculating and they help develop the children’s mathematical thinking.

BBC Bitesize

There is a wide range of video clips on many mathematical topics and concepts on BBC Bitesize.

White Rose Maths

Short videos and lessons uploaded weekly for Primary.  Select the year group from the selection of pink tiles or from the green panel on the right hand side of the screen. Guidance is also provided on how the lessons can be used.

Mathematics and Numeracy Resources

The websites below contain a variety of activities and tasks that can be used in the home learning environment.

Please remember if a child is using an activity sheet it is not essential that the child completes every question on the sheet.  Be flexible so that children enjoy their learning.  For example, if there are 10 questions of a similar type on the sheet, you could select three questions and your child could select another three questions.  The questions can also be discussed and answered orally rather than always requiring a written response.

Maths with Parents

Watch children explain how they approach numeracy tasks. Register for free as a parent (to the end of the academic year) to access videos and activities on various numeracy concepts.

Corbett Maths Primary

This website has a wealth of videos and worksheets covering a wide range of mathematical topics. 

Third Space Learning     

Register for free access and use the filter to search for the ‘home learning’ category and (for example) Year 5 (Primary 6)

NRich

Free, online mathematical activities for learners aged 3-19.  Here are activities for 7-11 year olds.

TES                        

Free to access Key Stage 2 resources

TTS                          

The home learning books provide a great opportunity for learning from age 7-11 (Key Stage 2) with very clear explanations of practical activities and challenges.

Twinkl 

Home learning lessons are uploaded daily in all subject areas for children ages 3-18, and there is a dedicated parent hub and a specific resource linked to the Northern Ireland Curriculum.

Mathletics 

Mathletics is now providing free access to some of their resources. Free registration is required.

Teaching Packs           

A variety of free activity, game and challenge packs available for primary school children across all subjects/topics including early number.

Scoilnet  

Scoilet is a key educational resource from the Republic of Ireland.  You can use the search facility to look for resources across level (age group) subject and topics within a subject.

Activities for the curriculum inside and outside

Health and Wellbeing

Ready for Anything

Teaches and develops children's resilience skills with a number of resources for parents.

Go Noodle

Go Noodle has lots of exercise and mindfulness videos for children- a fun way to break up home learning sessions.

Home Learning General Activities

CCEA Home Learning section

CCEA’s Home Learning section has activities which are designed for teachers, but which could be used with your child.

Teacher’s Pet

Teacher’s Pet has a number of home learning packs that can be downloaded.

Classroom Secrets

Classroom Secrets gives access to home learning packs

Every School

A range of educational fun activities, games, lesson plans, presentations, worksheets and printable teaching resources.
 

Ulster University have prepared a number of activities that parents can use. They are available through Google Classroom. Contact Shauna McGill se.mcgill@ulster.ac.uk to receive the GC CODE.

Stranmillis University College students have compiled a list of ideas and activities that you can do with your children which are both fun and educational at the same time.

Twinkl

A range of information and resources that may be of help for children aged 5-7 and for those aged 7-11
 

The Creative Learning Centres are working together to develop resources on a range of topics such an animation and film making  and are sharing the content via YouTube in tutorial style which is good for parents  and children - especially for the replay option in case you missed something!

Through social media such as Twitter you will find lots of organisations and individuals who will share their expertise and advice for these challenging times, including Families Together and the Educational Endowment Foundation  It’s always good to know you aren’t on your own.

The World Around Us

Outdoor activities

Magilligan Field Centre

Magilligan Field Centre is an outdoor learning centre. The teachers in Magilligan have pulled together lots of ideas that will help families investigate wildlife outdoors.

Outdoor Classroom Day

Play ideas to do at home, outdoor lesson ideas for school, and guidance on making time outdoors part of every child’s day

Sustrans

Ideas to keep the family active outside.

Inventive activities

Sentinus NI

Senitnus NI post STEM activities that your child can complete using household items. Instructions are included in their regular posts.

The Little Inventors

Opportunities to encourage children's creative thinking by inventing.

The Primary Science Trust

A range of home science activities.

Explorify

Free resources to explore scientific concepts.

STEM

Age specific activities across a wide range of STEM-related subjects. 

Institute of Engineering and Technology 

Links from the Institute of Engineering and Technology to resources and lessons as well as other sites and competitions. 

History for kids

A free online history network with articles, worksheets and quizzes.

Natural History Museum

Free resources for the World Around Us programme.

Nature Detectives 

Many fun activities, some of which can be done from your garden.

Our Kids World Travel Guide

Provides information about countries for children, from parents and children who have travelled to various destinations.

Virtual Field Trips

Starfall

An art Gallery featuring the work of 6 artists, Vincent Van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Paul Gauguin, Marc Chagall, Ernie Barnes and Dorothy Strait.

Natural History Museum

Enjoy a virtual tour of different sections of the Natural History Museum

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Join the child-friendly website to explore 5000 years of art from around the globe.

Using Digital Tools

Barefoot Computing

For ideas for computational thinking activities for Primary School Children

Scratch

Designed by students and aimed at children ages 8-16, this easy-to-use programming language lets kids build almost anything they can dream. There are no obscure lines of code here. Instead, arrange and snap together Scratch blocks as if they are virtual Legos.

Art based activities

Bomomo

Online drawing tools with a twist.  Create some unusual patterns with a variety of techniques.

Toytheatre

A range of art based activities which should stimulate little minds.

The Tate

This is the Tate museum and art gallery website for kids, exploring modern art and creating art with a modern theme.

Pixilart

A social art platform.  It has a safety policy and users under 13 must have parental permission.

Art Project for Kids

‘How to’ steps to drawing and painting. 

National Geographic

National Geographic for kids has many resources and ideas for getting creative.

Learning Through Play

Here are some ideas and resources to help you nurture your child’s mental and physical health through play and help learn through exploration of the world around them.

Playboard NI  have a range of indoor play ideas and activities or children to try out at home, and a Play for Parents Guide, which outlines practical tips and suggestions on quality play experiences whatever the time of year.

Stranmillis University College students have compiled a list of ideas and activities that you can do with your children which are both fun and educational at the same time.

Hungry Little Minds has simple, fun activities for 0 to 5 year olds.

SureStart has practical information and support on parents and childcare.

Playing, reading and talking to your child will greatly increase your child’s language skills and how well they do at school. The earlier we begin these activities with our children the better the results and the longer they will last.  Getting ready to learn has lots of ideas and suggestions for home learning with your pre-school child, including the 20 activities for 20 days challenge.

Meet Harper, the Wonder Dog. He is going to help your child play in the garden, in the house and in the bath, created by the West Belfast Partnership Board.

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Last updated: 18/09/2020