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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.

You will find a link to the interactive resources we use in school at the bottom of this page.

Weekly Challenge:

Create a mini beast home. What materials could you use from around your house and garden to create a home for a mini beast? Place this outside your front door and leave it overnight, check each morning to see if any mini beasts have moved in to their new home. During walks for daily exercise, or in your garden, go on a mini beast hunt and find as many different ones as you can. There are some instructions below of how to create a simple mini beast home. Don’t forget to send photos to: early.years@grovehouseprimary.co.uk

Gallery : OUR BUG HOTELS … | Bug hotel, School garden, Sensory gardenMaking a simple Bug Hotel

Equipment needed

  • 2 litre plastic drinks bottles, plant pots, milk cartons or old cardboard coffee cups
  • Bamboo canes or rolled newspaper straws or cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Tape


  • Cut the end off a plastic drinks bottle or cut a plastic pipe to 20cm in length. To reduce, reuse and recycle plastic plant pots, milk cartons or old carboard coffee cups can also be used.
  • Make newspaper tubes by cutting newspaper lengthways and rolling up. Ensure there is a hole in the centre of around 4mm. Rolled corrugated cardboard can also be used.
  • Cut the material to the length of the pot or bottle.
  • Fit the materials tightly into the bottle or pot, so they won’t fall out. Ensure the hollow ends are facing outwards, and will be protected from rain.
  • Place your bug home almost horizontally in a warm spot with the open end slightly lower to prevent water logging. Bug homes are best placed no higher than 1m above the ground.


Daily Play Challenge:



Keep Active:

Joe Wicks

Joe is committed to being your daily P.E teacher during school closures. He will be 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


Reading and Phonics:

Phonics Play

Lots of games and activities that can be played on smart phones, tablets or laptops. Follow the link: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

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

Geraldine the Giraffe

A Youtube channel full of fun videos that teach different phonics sounds. Watch a sound a day and then encourage the children to practice writing that sound, writing words containing that sounds and hunting for items around the house that have that sound in them. Follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/user/breakthruchris

In school, we learn phonics sounds in the order shown below. Ask the children which sounds they have learnt in their phonics groups and recap these. Once you feel confident that they know all the first sounds, use the Geraldine Youtube videos to look at the next new sound. If you need any help or advice, email early.years@grovehouseprimary.co.uk

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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 or sentences of what they see. During our recent topic ‘All Creatures Great and Small’, the children have learnt lots about all different kinds of animals – what else can they find out? Follow the link: https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/panda-cam/




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.


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



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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