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PRIMARY homework support websites

Dear parents, due to the circumstances, schools have to momentarily change the way how we teach pupils. We are sending some work packs and, additionally, we are publishing here some useful websites to support home-learning for Primary pupils.

If your child is struggling to sleep well, see some learning resources and activities to help improve this.

Every day, the Body Coach, Joe Wicks will be doing a PE lesson on YouTube at 9am. Find his channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=K6r99N3kXME&app=desktop Daily news for children! https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround

General academic games websites: https://kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk/ (free during school closures only) https://www.arcademics.com/ https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/

Reading, including stories being read online: https://www.storylineonline.net/ https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/ https://www.freechildrenstories.com/ https://www.getepic.com/ https://www.researchify.co.uk/audiobooks.html https://www.elementari.io/ (free during school closures only)

Phonics: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.html https://www.phonicsbloom.com/ http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/(games and printable activities) https://monsterphonics.com/games/ https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/(100% free if using on a computer/laptop) https://onlinephonicsgames.com/

Maths: https://myminimaths.co.uk/mini-maths-tasks/ (free printable worksheets) https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/category/22/most-popular https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/?s=maths+online+activity&fwp_post_types=activities https://mathszone.co.uk/ https://www.transum.org/Software/Game/ https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/index.html https://www.primarygames.com/math.php https://www.mathsisfun.com/games/ http://www.kidsmathgamesonline.com/(includes videos explaining different concepts, as well as worksheets and games!)

Youtube channels to watch about academic topics:

-Crash Course Kids

Science Channel

SciShow Kids

National Geographic Kids

Free School

Geography Focus

TheBrainScoop

SciShow

Kids Learning Tube

Greek Gurl Diaries

Mike Likes Science

Science Max

SoulPancake

Interactive Maths games sites link http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/maths/index.html

Interactive Science games sites link http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/science/index.html

Interactive English games sites link http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/literacy/index.htm

KS1 ideas – Internet based

https://encounteredu.com

Encounter Edu designs and delivers sponsored STEM programmes transforming education in the classroom. Their immersive experiences give students the necessary understanding and skills to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues.

https://www.ignitefutures.org.uk/resources

Tiny tots what’s in the box and if you have a garden, scavenger hunt could be adapted in several ways.

https://sites.google.com/view/carolekenrick/science-at-home
At the moment, Carole has upload just EYFS and primary but she’s working her way up to AL I believe. So keep checking her stuff.

#skulloftheday

Chris Packham showing a skull from his collection everyday with the answers at about 6pm in the evening.

The Royal Institution – videos for possible at home science experiments e.g. making butter.

https://www.rigb.org/families/experimental

NASA STEM engagement

https://www.nasa.gov/stem lots of ideas

European Space Agency for KS2-4

http://www.esa.int/Education/Online_material

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z6svr82

BBC Teach and BBC bitesize with live lessons, topics with quizzes etc

Plus advice from the BBC about parents teaching from home

Non-internet ideas – Plants and animals: these can be done over a few weeks. Some can be done inside, some outside during exercise time. If you don’t have packets of seeds, look at the seeds inside tomatoes, peppers, apples etc.

  1. We are changing from winter into spring, look out of the window, is there a tree? How is it changing? Take photos of trees and plants each week and compare the changes. If you go outside once a day to exercise, take photos of trees and other plants too. Ask them questions before they go such as – how many plants will we see? Are they all the same type? Which plants grow in the cracks in the pavement, which grow in someone’s garden, which grow in the park etc?
  2. Ask your child to draw you a picture of a) a plant b) a flower c) a leaf (remember that a tree is also a plant and that plants do not always have flowers. Can you find some pictures of flowering and non-flowering plants? Can you see some during your daily exercise? You may see some blossom on trees – blossom is the trees flower)

When you go outside to exercise, collect 5 different leaves from plants and trees.

  • Try to sort the leaves into 2 different groups, what have you based your sorting on? Can you find another way to sort them? Try to develop the language around colour – what type of green? What shape etc.

This can be done several times over the spring/summer as different leaves emerge. If you can, get some deciduous and evergreen leaves and maybe a variegated (2 colours e.g. some ivy are variegated) 

  • Pick one leaf and let your child pick one leaf. Draw the leaves as well as you can. Can you name any parts of the leaf?
  • Split a piece of A4 paper into 3 sections. In the first section one person looks at their leaf and describes/writes down what they can see in great detail. On the last section, the other person writes down their description. You then look at both and write the similarities between your leaves in the middle section of the paper. If you want to, you can look up the names for some simple parts of the leaves.
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  • Plant some seeds on your windowsill and watch them grow over time. Once they appear, carefully measure how tall they get each day and plot on a simple graph…..this could be done by cutting out a strip of paper each day for the height of the plant and sticking on paper to make a bar graph.
  • Choose 3 leaves. Which one might be the odd one out and why?
  • Go back to the picture of the plant. Can you label stem or trunk, stork, roots, leaves, flowers or berries? You will need to come back to these names several times during spring/summer. When you are out during exercise time, find a plant, can they point to the stem, leaves, and where the roots might be?
  • Pick one leaf from your collection. When they go out for exercise, can they find the plant that it came from?
  • Can they begin to name trees and simple plants e.g. Plane tree, Oak tree, Chestnut tree, dandelion, daisy, rose, bluebell, daffodil – depending on what you can see in your area. Take photos of things you cannot name and look them up later. www.Ispotnature.org  is a good place to identify things you can’t find the name of elsewhere. Register (free) and upload your photo – someone from the helpful community will identify it.

Can you tell which plants grow from bulbs (daffodil, bluebell) and which grow from seeds? Look out for seeds as we move into summer.

  1. Go outside and find a tree. Bend over and look through your legs. Move backwards and forwards until you can see the top of the tree. The distance you are from the tree at this point is roughly how tall the tree is! Tree to measure that distance in strides.
  2. If you have some packets of seeds and bulbs, get out a selection of the seeds. Look at them. How are seeds and bulbs different? How are they the same? Can you put them in order of size?
  3. Do small seeds grow into small plants? Do larger seeds grow into taller plants? Plant some seeds and find out over time.
  4. Think of a menu for a soup, stir fry, salad etc. What are the ingredients? Which ingredients can we grow? Which can’t we grow (milk, salt, eggs in the mayonnaise, etc). Which things can be grown but then have to be changed in some way (oil – has to be pressed by a machine to release the oil. Think of olive oil or oil seed rape). Of the things we need to grow for our chosen recipe, when would we need to plant them? Which months of the year and when would they be ready to harvest? www.Rhs.org.uk and similar websites can help you plan planting times and conditions.
  5. During exercise times close your eyes, what sounds can you hear? Can you hear any birds? Can you see any birds? Take photos of birds and try to find out what type they are. Again, use  www.ispotnature.org for any you can’t find elsewhere. Can they name crows, pigeons, sparrows, seagulls, blackbirds etc? Which plants do you see the birds near or on? What are they doing? What are they eating? Can you tell the difference between the birds song and their alarm call?
  6. Write a story with pictures about a bird you have seen, what made it sing out an alarm call? How did it feel? Who was it singing out danger to? How did it feel when the danger went away?
  7. Can you find any animals/minibeasts living in the houses or outside? Can you draw them? Can you name them (spider, bee, wasp, ant, fly, worm, woodlouse, butterfly/moth, etc) Can you label the head, body, legs and any wings? Any other parts? Can you find out where they live and what do they eat? How do they hide?
  8. Can you collect fallen leaves, twigs etc and use any pencils or crayons or materials to make pictures of the animals you find?
  9. If you are lucky enough to live near a pond on your daily walks/exercise, look out for frogspawn and watch each week to see if tadpoles emerge, when do they change into froglets and finally frogs. Can you draw the life cycle? Can you find out about other life cycles such as butterflies and bees? Can you draw them?

Science ideas KS2

You may not be able to deliver all of your planned curriculum. Do what you can, but maybe some slightly outside curriculum will be sufficient in the short term.

NASA STEM engagement https://www.nasa.gov/stem lots of ideas

European Space Agency for KS2-4 http://www.esa.int/Education/Online_material

Example https://www.cosmos.esa.int/documents/29201/300524/English_tales_of_the_Universe.pdf/b3ccaa84-4bc3-4d3a-b889-2a1573c4bf59

Little booklets that can be printed and folder on A4 paper. Students could be asked to make a poster of the information or answer some questions or asked to find out the shapes of galaxies, draw and name them for instance.

https://www.cosmos.esa.int/documents/29201/300524/English_the_galaxy_in_which_we_live.pdf/9ae9ad90-5aee-42a5-a004-d411876dfca3

KS2/3

Reach out reporter – you need to sign up and log into this Primary website, the articles in the reporter section are also suitable for KS3 though. https://www.reachoutreporter.com/news-update/hurricane-irma-a-record-breaking-astronaut-and-unusual-animal-behaviour/

Just check the websites that the research directs you too. Sometimes there are links to other research websites on the same page and not all may be suitable, depending on age.

https://pstt.org.uk/resources/curriculum-materials/cutting-edge-science-primary-schools

Although a KS1/2 website, The “I Bet You Didn’t Know” section continues cutting edge research projects suitable also for KS3. Can be printed and questions asked.

KS2

The Royal Institution – videos for possible at home science experiments. https://www.rigb.org/families/experimental

Mental health resources for parents, carers and students

Dear all,

These are useful resources for parents, carers and students: 

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/1960/coronavirus-mental-health-and-wellbeing-resources.pdf

https://www.annafreud.org/coronavirus/

Primary children resources activities to explain what is Coronavirus, primary children parents resources to help children cope with the current stress.

If you need to talk to someone, feel free to call the school on 020 7504 0534 option 2. We are all ears for our community in this difficult times.

Yours sincerely,

New River Staff.

MEDICAL students click here for information and work

If you would like to speak to someone at school please telephone or email.

Sharon.Kelly@nrc.islington.sch.uk Matthew.Gosset@mrc.islington.sch.uk

If you are in Year 11 you will continue to have careers guidance and support for applications via telephone and email with your career’s adviser.

Your teachers are providing work for you to continue with your studies if you are not in school but well enough to work or, if school closes.

You can access lessons for each subject you study. Log in to www.rmunify.com with your usual school username and password.

Username: FirstName.LastName@nrc.islington.sch.uk

Password: ABCD (unless you have changed your login)

Go to the student shared area. Here you will see folders for each subject. Within this there is a folder with your name on with lessons and activities for you to complete.

In addition to the lessons and activities in folders set up for you there is also Lexia and Mymaths that you should work on every day. Teachers can see the progress you are making on these programmes.

English Website: www.lexiapowerup.com Teacher email: lexia@nrc.islington.sch.uk

Student Username: Firstname.Lastname

Student Password: NRCLexia

Maths My Maths https://app.mymaths.co.uk/myportal/library/9

The school username is: newriver1

The school password is: divide266

Your personal username is: You should have a received a letter with this on, if not contact Sharon Kelly https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/z4f3cdm

Functional Skills

Practice papers can be found on the Edexcel Functional skills website under practice papers. https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-functional-skills/English.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=Pearson-UK:Category%2FExam-materials

GCSE English Language AQA BBC Revision https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zcbchv4 English Biz http://www.englishbiz.co.uk/ Revision World https://revisionworld.com/a2-level-level-revision/english-language-gcse-level

Get Revising https://getrevising.co.uk/resources?q=&level_id%5B%5D=gcse&subject_id%5B%5D=english

GCE Science

BBC Revision AQA GCSE Science Trilogy https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zpgcbk7

Required Practical’s AQA GCSE Biology https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqbOeHaAUXw9Il7sBVG3_bw

SECONDARY students click here for information and work

Work has been posted out and you can access lessons for each subject you study.

If you are in Year 11 you will continue to have careers guidance and support for applications via telephone and email with your career’s adviser.

Log in to www.rmunify.com with your usual school username and password.

If you have a problem with your password please contact any member if staff at NRC who can reset it for you. See contact emails above or speak to the person that will call you.

Go to the student shared area. Here you will see folders for each subject. Within this there is a folder with your name on with lessons and activities for you to complete.

IMPORTANT – BTEC have informed schools that work to complete must be done at home. This will be available to you on the school shared area and sent home.

In addition to the lessons and activities in folders set up for you there is also Lexia and Mymaths that you should work on every day. Teachers can see the progress you are making on these programmes.

English

Website: lexiastrategies.com Teacher email: lexia@nrc.islington.sch.uk

Student Username: Firstname.Surname

Student Password: NRCLexia

Maths My Maths https://app.mymaths.co.uk/myportal/library/9

The school username is: newriver1

The school password is: divide266

Your personal log has been sent to you

Maths https://mathswatch.co.uk/

Username is firstname.surname@nrc

Password is changeme https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/z4f3cdm

Functional Skills

Practice papers can be found on the Edexcel Functional skills website under practice papers. https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-functional-skills/English.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=Pearson-UK:Category%2FExam-materials

GCSE English Language AQA BBC Revision https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zcbchv4 English Biz http://www.englishbiz.co.uk/ Revision World https://revisionworld.com/a2-level-level-revision/english-language-gcse-level

Get Revising https://getrevising.co.uk/resources?q=&level_id%5B%5D=gcse&subject_id%5B%5D=english

GCSE Biology

BBC Revision AQA GCSE Biology https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zpgcbk7

Required Practical’s AQA GCSE Biology https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqbOeHaAUXw9Il7sBVG3_bw

GCSE Citizenship Studies

Exam specification and past papers: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/citizenship-studies-2016.html Revision quizzes app for mobile phone: http://www.gojimo.com/gcse-citizenship-revision/

VCert in Health and Fitness

General information linked to the topics studied: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zp9d7ty https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/znkw2hv https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zh48q6f https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/z6g4d2p https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zxbc87h

Careers Week in Primary

Dear parents and carers, this year we had lots of interesting and different activities for our children to enjoy and experiment different activities.

We hope that this will encourage them to carry on studying and dreaming of what their future lives might look like.

NRC Parents Forum

Hi to all of our parents and carers across New River College.

Jo-anne is inviting you all to a NRC Parents Forum on 10th February at 11:00 in the Arsenal.

End of Winter Term, Christmas, and Beginning of Spring Term in Primary

Hi all,

Here at Primary we are organising exciting activities for our students to enjoy the end of Winter Term, celebrate Christmas, and also giving key dates to ensure a smooth beginning of Spring Term in January 2020.

A letter will be given to parents and carers with invitations to special activities in school (Christmas Show included!), Christmas Dinner, among other exciting activities to bring families together.

In the mean time, have a look at the calendar we’ve prepared and if you have any questions, we will be more than happy to help.

Also, as a friendly reminder, please have in mind that these January dates are set, and should we change them, we would inform you in writing.

Have a wonderful break and see you on Tuesday 7th January on structured conversations.

Prize Nominations for New River College Staff

We are delighted to share the news that two of our members of staff have been nominated for relevant awards in education.

Chris Mozo, Lead Learning Assistant in KS3, has been nominated for London HLTA of the year (Regional Award).

And Jo-Anne Lee, our Inclusion Manager, has been nominated for Partnership with Parents (National Award).

We are looking forward to the moment when we get the results for each nomination!

Whatever the outcome, we are proud of the hard work that our members of staff do.

Bake Sale: Jeans for Genes Day

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Just a note to remind you of the bake sale on Jeans for Genes Day on Friday.  

The children will be baking over the next couple of days in their class groups! 

We will be outside the school gates with baked goods from 11.50am. Please  

come along and pick-up a sweet treat for the weekend 😊  

New contact details for New River College

Hi all. We hope that you are enjoying the summer break.

This brief post is to inform you all that we are changing our office telephone number.

From Monday 19th August 2019 all office numbers across sites will be the same. The extension will connect you to the site you wish to connect to.

Our new office number is 020 7504 0534 and our extension numbers will be:

  • Primary: option 1
  • KS4 (Lough Road): option 2
  • KS3 (Elthorne Rd): option 3
  • Medical: option 4

We apologise if this changes cause any inconveniences, but we are hopeful that this change will make contacting the school easier.

On our contact us section you will find each office email address, should you need to write to us.

See you on 2nd September.

We wish you all a great summer.