Our school is now closed to all children except those of key workers and certain other vulnerable groups. During this period of school closure, children should access online learning using our virtual learning environments. These are Purple Mash (EYFS, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3) and DB Primary (Key Stage 2). If your child does not have their login information for these, please call the school office, or use the enquiry form on the bottom of the 'contact details' page. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are also a wide variety of useful websites that children can use to access home learning. On this page you will find links to our VLEs and to useful websites recommended by our teachers. These are organised by year group.
We advise parents to supervise their children at all times when they are accessing online learning and to utilise parental controls to ensure that children remain safe online at all times.
Be SMART: Online Safety Video Lessons for 6 - 9 year olds (Childnet)
In the link below, you will findsSix easy-to-follow videos to work through together with children aged 6-9 years old.
Each video has:
Click on the link to access: https://www.childnet.com/resources/video-lessons
Please note: due to the format of this resource and to encourage meaningful discussion, we would strongly advise that children watch the video lessons together with an adult.
Purple Mash is a VLE used by our EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Year 3 pupils. All pupils in these year groups should have logins and be familiar with how these work. Teachers will be setting weekly work on this platform that children can complete online by logging on to Purple Mash and clicking '2DOs'.
Please click the link below to visit Purple Mash as work has been set by your Y1, Y2 and Y3 teachers.
For more information about DB Primary, including e-safety tips and a picture guide showing how to log-in, please visit our DB Primary page. This can be found by selecting 'DB Primary' from the 'Children' drop-down menu on our site, or by clicking here.
Off School is free for all families. Throughout the school closure period local teachers and authors will be creating short films of fun learning activities for families at home to keep children excited and enthusiastic to learn! Off School also helps parents and carers navigate their way through the maze of activities that are available. There is also a competition zone.
BBC Bitesize has created free online lessons for all year groups. There is a maths, English and topic lesson available for each school day. There is no need to sign in and it can be accessed by clicking here or by typing the link below into your address bar.
These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.
Read Write Inc: https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/
Audible Stories- all children’s audiobooks are available for free while schools are closed. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Classroom room secrets- downloadable resource packs which cover a range of subjects, including reading and writing. https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/
Downloadable resource books providing 8 weeks of activities https://www.englishmastery.org/
Parents can access free ebooks by registering on the following site:
Literacy Shed- Downloadable resource packs with tasks based on video clips on YouTube. https://www.literacyshedplus.com/browse/free-resources
Pobble 365- a new image is published each day as a basis for creative writing. Story starters, questions and drawing ideas are provided. https://www.pobble365.com/
Poetry By Heart-a wide selection of poetry covering different topics. https://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/
The Children's Poetry Archive- an archive of spoken poetry recordings. Children can listen to poems read out loud. https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/
The daily newsletter- a daily newsletter for parents and carers at home with children, helping to enrich learning with real-world knowledge and skills. https://theday.co.uk/subscriptions/the-day-home
Hamilton Trust (home learning section)- downloadable resource packs with teacher guidance. A week’s worth of resources is provided for each year group. https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/
Maths Mastery- https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/free-resources downloadable guidance and resource packs for parents and pupils.
Nrich- a range of activities. Some are interactive and some are to be completed offline. Activities are categorised by age range. https://nrich.maths.org/
Top Marks- a range of interactive maths games categorised by age group. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games
Stem- an online resource bank, which links to resources on external websites. The site features a live chat fubnction offering support from subject experts. New home learning resources are being developed. https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-science
BBC bitesize- interactive resources covering the primary science curriculum. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary
Boogie babies-videos that get younger children up and dancing with CBeebies presenters. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mvsc
Disney 10 minute shakeup- 10-minute activities based on Disney films that count towards a child’s 60 active minutes per day. https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups
Super Movers- videos which help children move while they learn. They support curriculum subjects, including maths and English. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families-wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people. https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/
British Psychological Society (BPS)-advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19. https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-offers-advice-schools-parents-and-carers-help-children-through-uncertainty
Children's Commissioner-a downloadable guide for children about coronavirus. https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to-coronavirus/
MindEd-an educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health. https://www.minded.org.uk/
The Child Bereavement Network-Advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus outbreak. http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/covid-19.aspx
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Brain Parade- a visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture-choosing games, for children with autism and special needs. http://www.brainparade.com/products/see-touch-learn-free/
HelpKidzLearn-a collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages. It includes provision for school closure. https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/
Sensory App house Ltd- a range of apps are available for pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) or Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD). All are interactive and many do not require significant coordination abilities. https://www.sensoryapphouse.com/
Visuals2go-an all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties. For verbal and non-verbal learners. https://www.visuals2go.com/
Each Saturday, children across Leicester spent two hours getting crafty at DMU Local's
art clubs around the city. Now that everyone's staying at home, DMU Local is working
with artists to move their classes online.
New videos will be uploaded to the DMU Youtube channel every Saturday morning at
10am, and will feature different art activities. The projects are free to all, suitable for
primary-aged children, and focus on using recycled household items (along with a lick
of paint or two!)
In the first episode, artist Jonjo Elliott will be showing you how to make a desk tidy at
home with a little help from his son, Archie.
Link to Episode 1 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOvIfLRgZcQ&feature=youtu.be
Other learning links by year groups.
If you go to Moonshine and Sunshine class page you will find a tab called home learning links. Here you will find links to support at home learning.
EYFS - FREE Learning resource pack
EYFS and Key Stage 1 Handwriting Resource Pack
Year 1 - FREE Learning Resource Pack
Our Summer Term topic is about the circus. Below are links to two useful resources for parents, to help them support their children's learning. You might want to use them to inspire your children to:
Year 2 - FREE learning pack
EYFS and Key Stage 1 Handwriting Resource Pack
Purple Mash, as above, is the main website for these year groups to access. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/time/teaching-clock
Children may also enjoy the videos on the following website:
Year 3 - FREE Learning Resource Packs
Please note that for the TPet resource packs you will need to sign up for a month's free trial to download them.
Year 4 will be able to access DB Primary shortly.
Year 4 - FREE Learning Resource Pack
The following websites may be useful for Year 5 children:
All the grammar children require is in the big 'revision guide' document on the Y5 page of this website. There is also a list for children to fill in with books they have read and spellings for the rest of the year.
Their reading book can be found here:
Year 5 - FREE Learning Resource Pack
Year 6 - FREE Learning Resource Pack
Both of these websites have in-depth biographies of the poet we are studying, as well as a
collection of his most famous poems. Have your child finding out the meaning behind each poem,
and then learn to recite them off by heart using prosody to demonstrate their understanding.
As we approach the SATs, regular short, sharp grammar revision can help tighten those key skills.
The following websites cover everything they need to know. Pick a topic a night and boost those
This is a great simple guide to all the English grammar rules
This term we are focusing on music, and how famous composers have utilised music to create
idyllic and tempestuous settings, linking to our topic of 'Islands'.
The BBC website, 10 pieces, gives the background to some of these pieces and gives the pupils
an opportunity to listen to them being performed.
Building on work across the school looking at different religious teachings, in Year 6, we look at
non-religious viewpoints, and compare and contrast this to previous work, and our own values.
The Humanist website gives details on this:
And BBC bitesize looks at other non-religious viewpoints.
In geography, as a part of our unit of work on Islands, we have been looking at island formation,
based on plate tectonics. Our particular focus has been on volcanic islands, and looking at the
formation of volcanos. The following websites are great for your child to research this topic further.
Learning about online safety at home
In Computing, E-Safety is an area we work on all the time to ensure the children have the best knowledge
of how to keep themselves and their family safe, whilst accessing the internet. The link below shares a few
resources aimed at different age groups, which your children can do with you.
Other Useful Links
The following websites gives little mini arithmetic papers, just like the ones pupils will face on the
Again BBC bitesize is always a good starting point for revision.
We also see that it is essential that pupils see the utility in maths. This website provides some
great practical activities that you and your child can complete together, which will support your child
to develop a concrete understand of the maths concepts applied.
Finally, NRICH provides some great maths challenges, to encourage your child to think critically and
logically when approaching mathematical problems.