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Lockdown Learning

(First Posted: 20th April 2020)

(Latest Update (update 6): 17th June 2020) 

(Scroll down for different sections - all links are in blue and open in a new window

Sections are as follows:

Learning Platforms (BBC Bitesize and Oak Academy) 

Purple Mash 

LIteracy Links 

Maths Links 

Music (with Mrs Rooke)

Other Subjects (reading, science, PE)


Learning at Home - Introduction

For the duration of the lockdown period, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the extended period of school closure, this page will be updated with a wide range of links to websites to give children and parents every opportunity to continue learning whilst at home. 

All of the links are suggestions as to the most useful sites across a wide range of subjects. Whilst we encourage children to spend a portion of time each weekday working on different subject areas to continue their learning, there is no compulsion to do so. We realise that people's home circumstances are varied and, as a result, the ease of working and accessing learning resources will be different for each household. We just ask that you do your best.

Support and advice regarding your child's learning is available by contacting staff. The best way to do this is to use the Class Dojo system to contact Mr Fisher to deal with all questions relating to home learning. You can also contact your child's class teacher on Class Dojo. Alternatively, please contact the school office staff. 

(Click here for the Class Dojo page)

Learning Platforms

(BBC Bitesize and Oak National Academy)

On 20th April 2020, the DfE announced two learning platforms to support children's homeschooling - BBC Bitesize and Oak Academy. 

Both sites use video clips, activities, quizzes etc. New lessons are added daily, but children can choose whichever lessons they want to, as previous days lessons are accessible on the sites. 


Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

BBC Bitesize

20 minute daily lessons for 5 to 14 year olds, created by teachers and other educational experts. There are dedicated lessons covering maths, literacy and science, but other lessons focus on other subjects such as history, geography, music and art.

Foundation Stage 2, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Oak National Academy

Specially designed lessons from EYFS2 to Year 10 created by teachers to address the lockdown period. Each area takes place over a range of lessons.

 Choose from a range of subjects, split into English, Maths, PSHE and Foundation (this includes science, history, geography, languages, RE plus others)


Purple Mash

Purple Mash is an online website which has been used in school for many years. It has a huge range of activities for children to choose from across most subject areas. 

The 2Do section has proved invaluable during lockdown and tasks will continue to be set throughout for KS1 and KS2 pupils. Children will need to log in using their usual usernames and passwords - contact Mr Fisher if your child has any problems logging on.

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Purple Mash

Click above for the login page - please contact Mr Fisher if your child cannot remember their username and log in through Class Dojo.


Serial Mash

Within the Purple Mash system, there are a good range of books for children to choose from. Each chapter has a task to go with it if children wish to challenge themselves, or they can just enjoy reading the book! Your child will still need to log in. 

Diamonds level -  recommended for 5 to 7 years 

Emeralds level - recommended for 7 to 9 years

Sapphires level - recommended for 9 to 11 years

Literacy Links

The links below will help your children with a range of activities and games to practise and develop their literacy skills. 

Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1

Jolly Phonics 

Teaching videos covering key skills for reading and writing. There is also access to guidance and activity sheets covering phonics, grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Spooky Spellings

This site gives children the opportunity to practise the National Curriculum Key Word Spellings for their age group. The words are set out into mixed groups of words for each year. Choose different books to get a different list.  It covers Years 1 to 6. Click the link, choose a year group, choose a book from the shelf, then click Go!

Primary Stars Spelling

A football game to practise spelling and grammar! As a guide the difficulty levels are:

Primary Star - Year 1 to 3

Rising Star - Years 2 to 4

Super Star - Year 4 to 6


 Lexia is available for around 50 children who have been given a log in. (If you are asked for teacher's email, please type s.youd@hosm.eriding.net and then click Save. You can then log in using your details. Please contact Mr Fisher on Class Dojo if your child has forgotten their log in.

Maths Links

 The links below will help your children with a range of activities and games to practise and develop their maths skills.

All Ages

White Rose Maths

This site follows the scheme that the children are used to working on in school. 5 lessons are set out over each week and include teaching videos, activity sheets and answers to check how your child gets on. (You will either need to print out the activity sheets, or get your child to write their answers down on a piece of paper) 

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics

Daily video lessons, specially designed for children in primary school. Lessons are 15 to 20 minutes long with follow-up activities.

Times Table Rockstars

Most of the children in school are used to TTRockstars. It gives them lots of practise at their times tables against the clock. If your child cannot remember their username and log in, please contact Mr Fisher through Class Dojo

 Maths Frame

A range of free maths games covering many different aspects of number, fractions, telling the time and shape. The games cover Years 1 to 6 and children are rewarded for correct answers as they go along. With sports games, platform games and battle games, there is something for everyone! 

Marlon's Magical Maths is a school favourite!

Primary Stars Maths

A football game to practise number work and the four rules of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division! As a guide the difficulty levels are:

Primary Star - Year 1 to 3

Rising Star - Years 2 to 4

Super Star - Year 4 to 6

Music with Mrs Rooke

All Ages

Mrs Rooke, who teaches music to Key Stage 2 children on Mondays and Fridays has shared some of her play along videos for children to join in with.

The ones in red are designed for those children who play guitar or ukelele.

The ones in blue are specially designed percussion videos for playing along at home using household items - get the family to join in!

Many thanks for Mrs Rooke for allowing us to share these.

'G' Chord - Electric Avenue

'A' Chord - Low Rider

'G and C' chords - In the style of Paperback Writer

'That thumb brush strum' 'C' cord

Ping Pong play-along 'C' cord

Higher and Higher (D to G) play-a-long     

Someone You Loved (C, G, AM, F) - play-a-long  

'Can Can' - kitchen cupboard play-a-long!

'Ronda Alla Turka - children's toys play-a-long!

'In the Hall of the Mountain King' - kitchen cupboard play-a-long!

'Waltz of the Flowers' - kitchen cupboard play-a-long!

'You've Got a Friend' - kitchen cupboard play-a-long!

'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' - kitchen cupboard play-a-long!

William Tell Overture Finale - kitchen cupboard play-a-long!  

Other Subjects

Reading - All Ages


A super range of stories which are free throughout lockdown! There are stories for all ages. Choose from 'Littlest Listeners,' 'Elementary,' 'Tween,' 'Teen,' 'Literary Classics' or 'Folk and Fairy Tales.'

Science - All Ages


The Royal Institution has 29 short videos which show you how to set up simple experiments at home, which are fun, easy and cheap. Lots of fun and learning to be had, but may need parental help.

Science Sparks

Child-friendly science experiments which are designed for science at home. Open the page, then scroll down for the 12 different printable sheets which open as a PDF.

This site also has separate links for younger children

Pre-school and EYFS

Key Stage 1

Science - Year 2 to 6


WhizzPopBang is usually an online subscription magazine, but here are some free resources for science experiments and information tasks. When you click the link, scroll down for the Year groups. Each task then opens as a PDF.

PE and Sport - All Ages


An excellent set of 26 short videos for children of all ages to practise many different aspects of the PE National Curriculum. No PE kit or specialist equipment required - just use what you have around the home - highly recommended and backed by the DfE. Aimed at parents, teachers and children. 

All videos created by Yorkshire Sport Foundation - click here to find out more about them