Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Advice and Resources for Wellbeing and Home Learning

Stuck at Home?

Here are some wonderful resources for home learning and advice for supporting wellbeing during this challenging time. Please share widely.

Updated 04.11.20 

Learning Curve - fully funded level 2 online courses

The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition for Young People

Love Reading 4 Kids - home schooling tips

Love Reading 4 Kids - ways to cope with anxiety

World of David Walliams - fun activities for kids

World of David Walliams 'Elevenses' - free 20 minute daily audio story at 11 am

Konnie Huq - STEM resources and experiments

Konnie Huq reading from 'Cookie' and creative writing tips.

Draw with Rob Biddulph - Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am

Forestry England - learn explore and play

Macmillan Dictionary - fun learning activities

Macmillan Dictionary - word searches and quizzes

Center for Puppetry Arts - live-streaming shows and workshops on Facebook

Woodland Trust - common bird songs and calls

Woodland Trust - woodland walks podcast

Ben Rothery Illustrator - beautiful wildlife colouring pages

The Resident - local mutual aid and volunteer groups by London borough

Life at No.27 - resources about the natural world

64 Million Artists - Do Think Share - daily creative challenges

BBC Bitesize – curriculum based learning for all ages and all subjects

Andy Seed - Anti-boredom activities

The Sacred Isle - Storytelling - The Girl, the House & the Gumblebump

Gutenberg Library – 60,000 free e-books

Internet Archive National Emergency Library free archived books that were not previously in digital form

Anne Frank Poetry Award 2020 - call for entries

Kids! Can you invent a Superhero?

TES - Free home learning and teaching resources

Words for Life - keeping kids fit and improving literacy

Ancient Tree Inventory – Maps and records of ancient trees

COVIBOOK - a free book by Manuela Molina to help children under 7 cope with stress & anxiety

Staying Mentally Healthy by Julie Barry Wellbeing Practitioner, Bromley Y

WHO Advice for helping children cope with stress during Covid 19 pandemic

The Washington Post - The Little School Mistress by Jean-Siméon Chardin – a painting about the connection between student & teacher

Guardian Technology - 20 fun learning apps for stir crazy kids of all ages.

Goodnight With Dolly – Bedtime stories from the Imagination Library, read by Dolly Parton

Smithsonian Museum Open Access Lab - free to share digital resources

Woodland Trust - fun indoor and outdoor activities for kids

NASA at Home - virtual tours of the ISS and exo-planet excursions

British Museum Online - travel back through 3000 years of Egyptian history

Wildlife Trust - looking after yourself and nature

Ability Net - training and advice for disabled people, carers and employers

TES news - campaigns by students and colleges to support COVID 19 response

Librivox - free public domain audio books

Yorkshire Museum - online galleries and learning resources

Groundwork UK - supporting families and young people to stay active

Teach Primary - download free home learning resources

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Guided Reading Tips for Parents/Carers of KS1 Children

a is for  ant

  1. Learn your phonic alphabet and don’t refer to letter names when guiding reading. Letter names will not help your child to sound out a word whereas phonics will. Also explain that most words will have at least one vowel. Vowels are in red below. Sounds are in bold.

a – at             g – get          m – met            s – sun
b – bat           h – hot         n – net               t – tan 
c – cat            i in           o – on                u - up
d – dot           j –  jet           p – pen              v - vet
e end           k – kin         qu queen        w - wet
f –  fit              l – let            r – run               x – tax
                        ysilly         z – zebra

  1. Use phonic reading books or write words that can be sounded out easily (see example below). Encourage your child to sound out each letter and do not rush them. A child starts to read as they grow more confident in putting these sounds together. Always add one sound at a time.

Example:            cat – c, c a, c a t  dog – d, d o, d o g                                 
                            mum – m, m u, m u m  dad – d, d a,  d a d

  1. Do not rush to introduce words that cannot readily be sounded out. Allow your child to be fully confident reading words that can readily be sounded out first. As your child progresses from reading 1 word to 3 words on a page, they will also understand the context of what they are reading. Then they are ready to read simple words that bend the phonic rules ( see examples below).

Example:   the –  thur -explain the th sound and the sound
the whole word makes.     
                    a and I – explain that these letters say their name
                   when they are on their own                                
                    what – explain that the w makes the h silent

  1. You can call these words naughty words or awkward words. When your child says one of these words with the correct phonics, but not the correct pronunciation, tell them they are right but explain that this naughty word does something different.

Example:    what and bath – your child may pronounce the a in
these words phonically correctly like the a in cat.
                                Explain that these words are naughty (unless
                                you have a northern English accent).

  1. It is important to practise guided reading and to keep up with your child’s progress by making sure their school reading book is changed at least every week. Children will get demoralised with reading if they are given the same book for weeks on end.

      6.   Your child will probably know their phonic alphabet sounds before
            they know all the names of the letters.  This is fine, but be sure to explain
that when letters stand on their own they “say their name”. Some of them also 
“say their name” when followed by an “e” (even with a letter in between).

Example:            a – rat, rate
                                             c – lac, lace
                             e – pet, Pete
                             g – rag, rage
                             i – bit, bite
                             o – cod, code
                             u – tub, tube
                             y dairy, rye

            Sometimes letters “say their name” for no apparent reason – e.g.“bacon”.

  1. Most important of all, get in the habit of reading for pleasure with your   
child. Visit the library regularly and borrow picture story books that you can read to your child. Try to read to them every night. Reading to your children from any age will help them associate positive feelings with books. Phonics books, although essential in teaching children to read, can also be dull. Bedtime story reading should be fun and your child benefits from hearing you read.

If you would like more information about guided reading please contact Lynn on 01689 835079 or email to book a free
one-to-one session with your child.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Turn Around St Mary Cray and Outreach Sessions Temporary Closure

Turn Around, St Mary Cray and outreach sessions are closed until further notice, due to Covid-19 government guidelines

Turn Around outreach sessions in Downham, Bromley, Anerley and Mottingham, are also closed until further notice.

Updates will be posted here as soon as we know when we are able to open again. 

Links to home learning resources will be posted on Twitter and Facebook 

If you need help with anything please call Lynn on 07794385553 or email 

Take care everyone!