Learning at Home

Resources to support learning at home in the event of school closure or your child not being able to attend school. Each teacher will also be sharing information (via classdojo) about home learning relevant to their own class and this will also be added to this page.

Summer Holidays


Helping your child to learn their key number facts (addition and subtraction facts within 10 and times tables for Key Stage 2) will help them to be ready for September. There are also some helpful free booklets below to download that can be used to revise the key areas of maths covered in your child’s current year. See the maths page of our website for more information.

Maths Home Learning Booklets

Summer Reading Challenge

Click below for more information

Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge

St Barnabas Home Learning Links v 20.4.20

The document above contains links to numerous websites to support home learning, some of which the school subscribes to. The children have their own logins for these. Please contact the teacher via classdojo or email stbarnabas@york.gov.uk if you need the login.

There are also ideas for learning without screens in this document. We will add to this and update it as needed.

CREATIVITY MATTERS: There is increasing understanding that creativity should lie at the heart of the offer we make every child and young person. They don’t simply need to revise their literacy and maths, and get active, they need to read, sing, tell and write stories and poems, draw, paint and dance! Click below for lots of ideas from the York Cultural Education Partnership  Creative Activities from York Cultural Education Partnership

SONG: Looking to the Rainbow

There is a fantastic song that has been written for and performed by children called ‘Looking to the Rainbow’. We would love for all St Barnabas children to learn it as I think it’s a really nice way of bringing everyone together. You can view it here with lyrics on screen https://vimeo.com/412881668/c727412703

Children may like to sing along with just the backing track once they have learned it. LookingToTheRainbow-Lyrics

Backing Track with quiet vocals

Backing Track no vocals

#Hidden Heroes

York Children in Care Council and Care Leavers Forum would like to create a social media campaign to raise awareness of those important people who are less represented in the media and who they would like to send special messages of thanks to. 

They are launching the #HiddenHeroesYork campaign and are  asking children and young people to create thank you messages to social workers, foster carers, mentors, LASPs, CIN workers, school staff and any other workers who are providing support to them during this difficult time.  A campaign poster and colouring sheet, produced by the young people themselves, are below.


Other links – these are included in the ‘St Barnabas Home Learning Links’ document at the top of the page

Learning Projects: Daily and weekly maths, english and topic themed activities for each key stage. Please note, these have been shared by another school so there may be a couple of websites that we don’t subscribe to. Most of the websites suggested have free access to all.  Learning-Project-Overview-PARENTS-2   

Twinkl have a vast range of learning resources to print off for all ages and covering all topics. They are offering a free trial for a month for any one to sign up. Visit   www.twinkl.com/offer

Purple Mash

(Children have their own logins for this – see more information in this parent welcome letter: Purple Mash Parent Letter

Times Tables Rockstars – Y2 to Y6 – children have their own personal login for this

Teach your Monster to Read – phonics and reading resources for FS & KS1. Children have their own logins which will be sent home

Classroom Secrets Kids – a range of online learning activities – sign up for free

Master the Curriculum – a range of printable resources for maths

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education – games, videos and activities covering the whole curriculum

Oxford Owl – hundreds of free e-books as well as spelling and maths activities

National Geographic Kids – good for research

Fun Brain

Woodlands Junior School Resources – links to a range of websites

Shaun the Sheep’s Game Academy – helping children to learn computer coding skills and game design

Kids Know It – good for researching information


Easter Story for KS1

Easter Story for KS2

Homework Expectations


We expect all children to read at home for at least 10-15 minutes most days. When they first start to read, children will need to read aloud to an adult. As children become more fluent and independent, they should mainly read to themselves, but read aloud to an adult occasionally.

It is helpful if parents ask their children questions about the book, whatever their stage of reading. Many of the early books have ideas for follow up activities on the inside cover. You could also ask your child to tell you what has happened so far in the book, about the characters, about their favourite parts or interesting facts they have found out.

Number facts

It is important for children to have quick recall of their basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts as this will help them with all areas of maths. Counting in ones, twos, tens, fives etc is also important. These basic facts can be practised while doing other activities such as walking to school, in the bath, in the car, cooking, and shopping and through the websites above.


In reception, children will bring home a phoneme (sound) to practice. They should think about words that contain this phoneme.

In Key Stage 1 and 2, children will bring home a weekly list of words to learn. These will follow a certain spelling pattern or will be ‘tricky words’ that don’t follow the rules and just have to be learned. 

Other homework

In addition to the above, Key Stage 2 pupils are set a piece of written homework or some research weekly.




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