School Closures - Extra Home Learning

Home learning

We know that home schooling can be difficult and that there will be times when you can't complete a full day of school work. This could be because of your own work commitments, technology problems, illness or any number of other reasons. Because of this, we have sorted our work into Essential LearningEnrichment Learning and Extraordinary Extras!

The Essential Learning is designed to be straightforward to work through and to practise skills and facts which your teachers feel will be most helpful to focus on. This work will probably seem repetitive, but it is important to know this stuff inside out! If you find yourself only able to do one thing, please do this.

The Enrichment Learning is themed home learning topics which will be designed to complement the Essential Learning that we are sending home. The enrichments will work across age phases, so may be of particular help if you are trying to meet the needs of several children in the house. Each Enrichment topic will have two pages of ideas and the first page will always be activities that can be completed without any technology or online support. There is no expectation that you must complete these activities, however, if you choose to, please post your work on Tapestry so that we can see the amazing things you have done.

Extraordinary Extras

Extraordinary Extras were whole school projects made by the Magdalen Gates community, and it was our way of staying in touch with each other during school closures. Thank you to everybody who has been involved, it has been fantastic to see your marvellous contributions!

Week 1: Take on Rossini, Offenbach and Strauss

Week 2: High 5

Week 3: Schools of Sanctuary: 'What you need to be warm' by Neil Gaiman, performed by the children and staff of Magdalen Gates Primary School 

Week 4: Fingerprints

Did you know that each fingerprint is unique? Just like you!

In this project, we asked the children to create a drawing of their fingerprint, and annotate it with all the qualities that make them unique. Then, we used the fingerprints to create these beautiful flowers.

Week 5: The True Colours of Magdalen Gates

Week 6 - Thank you

In this week's Extraordinary Extra, the children are saying Thank you to everyone who has helped them during this period of school closure.

Week 7 - We love reading

In this week's Extraordinary Extra, the children are sharing their love of reading.

Week 8 - Keepy Uppie challenge

In this week's Extraordinary Extra, join us for the Keepy Uppie challenge!

Week 10 - Virtual Sports Day

Are you ready for the challenge?

Week 11 - the NR3 Safari trail

Zebra Magdalen Gates 4

This week's Extraordinary Extra is Mrs Walker's and the wonderful EYFS children's amazing creation for the NR3 Safari Trail. Make sure you look out for the giant pencil Zebra and the mini zebras displayed on our famous pencil fence.

Can you think of a name for our big pencil zebra? We would love to hear your suggestions.

Click here to download a Magdalen Gates zebra colouring sheet and design your own pencil zebra!

Online Resources

BBC home learning

Visit the World Museums from home: Museums of the world

100 activities to do indoors totally free from Scouts.org.uk 

Free Resources for School Closures:


Twinkl home learning packs


Maths Information


Resources from World Book Online

This link will bring you to the scholastic home learning page where packs are available for all year groups: https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/homelearning

This link will bring you to videos on supporting your children with reading and comprehension skills: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/advice-for-parents/learning-at-home-videos/parent-how-to-videos/how-to-help-with-comprehension-videos/

This link will take you to Oxford Owls where you will find a wealth of information to help you. It's split into year groups and age ranges. There are parents guides as well as practical activities to do with your child: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/advice-for-parents/reading-at-home/

This link will take you to a library of hundreds of free books that your child can read on a tablet, or other mobile device. You do have to register but it is free: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/find-a-book/library-page?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=&book=1&book_type=&series=#

Spelling & Phonics

Read Write Inc. Phonics during School Closure

Practise your spellings: https://www.spellingshed.com/

Phonics Play - This is an online learning resource which is available to parents for free during the Coronavirus concern.

How to videos to help you with phonics at home: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/advice-for-parents/learning-at-home-videos/parent-how-to-videos/how-to-help-with-phonics-videos/

This link will take you to resources and information to help you with spellings at home including games to play: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/advice-for-parents/help-with-spelling/

This is a blog about Five creative ways to help your child learn their spellings: https://blog.oxfordowl.co.uk/five-creative-ways-to-help-with-spelling-homework/


Foundation subjects

Music: https://charanga.com/site/

PE: https://family.gonoodle.com/

Fun, informative and captivating talks to inspire young minds: https://www.ted.com/playlists/86/talks_to_watch_with_kids

Pobble - pictures to stimulate thinking and learning

The perfect place for story starters and writing inspiration: https://www.astarterforten.co.uk/blog

Short films for thinking and discussing:  https://www.literacyshed.com/home.html#

Creative Computer Programming: https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/ and https://code.org/hourofcode/overview