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During this uncertain time, we want your child to continue their learning at home through as many practical and imaginative ways as possible. We will provide lots of different resources to help guide their learning and hope that you enjoy the time spent with your child to support their education. Many of the activities can be completed independently, some may require a little bit of adult support. We will continue to update the website with new ideas throughout the upcoming weeks/months to ensure your child remains engaged with their learning.

As well as our home learning packs, we have provided below a selection of additional learning tasks. We appreciate that not everyone will be able to print these off however, you should still be able to access the tasks by following the instructions on screen.

Weekly Challenge:

Encourage the children to make instruments with things from around the house. This was an activity we did in Nursery with a few children before we closed and they loved it!

Can they play the instrument loudly?
Can they play the instrument quietly?
Can they play it to their favorite song?

Please send photos and ideas to: early.years@grovehouseprimary.co.uk

Homemade music shakers, by putting rocks or other small household ...What different sounds can you make?

Play Create Explore: Pots and Pans Drum Circle: Let Them Be Loud!


Daily Play Challenge: 



Staying Active

Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks is committed to being your daily P.E teacher. He is running daily sessions to help keep children active, streamed live each day at 9am. Follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz0go1pTda8

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids. Interactive adventures which build strength, balance and confidence. Follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga



Love my Books

Free access to lots of different books – lots of our favourite books are read aloud and then activities given to go alongside the stories. Follow the link: http://www.lovemybooks.co.uk/shark-in-the-park

Creating stories 

As a family create stories using items from around the house. Encourage the children to use story language e.g. once upon a time, one day, they lived happily ever after..




Fun and interactive maths games for a range of ages, covering different maths skills. Follow the link: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting

White Rose Maths Hub

The White Rose Maths Hub have created lots of interactive maths resources and activities for each year group. Follow the link: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

Count, count and more counting:

Encourage the children to count everything around the house: the stairs as they walk up them, the pieces of food on their plate, the amount of star jumps they can do… What is the biggest number they can count too? Can they count backwards? Practice counting in funny voices, whisper, shout, just count as often as you can J.



Edinburgh Zoo Live Cams

Edinburgh Zoo have set up live cameras in lots of their animals enclosures. Encourage the children to watch the different animals and record pictures  of what they see. Follow the link: https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/panda-cam/

Name Writing 

Encourage the children to practice writing their names every day. Start by getting them to copy your writing and then work on forming a different letter each day. Once they can do the letters, encourage them to start writing it from memory.


Learning Through Play:

TTS have tried to provide you with a rich and varied range of learning opportunities. They are play based experiences and they fulfil and compliment so many curriculum areas. Play in early years is how children learn and make sense of the world. These are only guidelines and you can adapt the ideas, as you know your children best and can follow their interests. Follow the link:



Hungry Little Minds

Many little things light up little minds. HM Government have released this guidance for younger children. Here, you will find many ideas to help hungry little minds.


Healthy Recipes and Snack Ideas

BBC Good Food has a range of healthy recipe ides that you could cook together as a family. Involving the children in preparing and cooking food makes them more likely to try new things. Follow the link: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/snacks-kids



Children thoroughly enjoy art activities, here are some ideas for you to try at home.

Red Ted


Making Playdough:

Playdough can be used in many different ways! Getting children to roll and knead, builds their upper body muscles and helps with fine and gross motor skills. Playdough can be rolled out, measured or counted, used to role play cafes or kitchens, used to build and create patterns.


2 cups of plain flour

¾ cup salt

2 cups of warm water

Food colouring (optional)


  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.
  • Measure out 2 cups of plain flour and pour into the bowl.
  • Measure out ¾ cup of salt and pour into the bowl.
  • Measure out 2 cups of warm water and pour into the bowl.
  • You can add food colouring if you wish. (Just a drop of your favourite shade).
  • Stir the mixture together. It will become sticky. Continue stirring until the mixture has all come together.
  • Once the mixture has come together, use your hands to knead the dough.
  • If your play dough is too sticky you can add in extra flour.
  • Knead the dough into a smooth lump.
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