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St John's

Church of England Infant School

A small school with a big heart, a great place to grow.





Remote education

Home learning will be provided to children who have to stay at home because of full or partial school closure.  The idea of this is that school work is completed at home and feedback will be provided by the school staff.


What will home learning look like?

Every day, class teachers will email parents and carers using the email address they provided.  This email will give full details of the home learning for that day.  Daily home learning will cover phonics, maths, English and topic lessons.  All children will be taking part in the phonic program we follow (Read, Write, Inc).  It will be in the same format as the children take part in every morning in school so the children will require minimal adult support.   There will be teaching videos for all other subjects as well as phonics. All the children will require as well as access to viewing videos is paper and pencil.


How can I view the teaching videos?

The teaching videos can be viewed using a variety of devices, such as phone, pc, ipad, Switch etc. If you have no access to teaching videos, you are welcome to collect a learning pack from school.


How can I get resources from school?

The school may be open for parents and carers to visit to pick up new reading books, pencils, paper and any other resources required at designated times. This will depend on the nature of the school closure.


Will my child be taught the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

Broadly speaking, yes.  This way we can ensure that all the children are at the same stage once they are back in the classroom.  We may need to make some adaptations for some subjects being undertaken at home. For example, we understand that you are unlikely to have the scientific or art equipment that we have in school so we may change when certain units are taught.  PE and music are also difficult to share with home learning but we have some ideas and recommended websites below and your class teachers will be including suggestions in their daily emails.


How long should home learning take my child to complete each day?

The Government have stated that 3 hours of learning at home should be completed by KS1.  As well as home learning, please continue to read with your child every day.


What if my child doesn't understand some of the work or I have a question about the work?

You are encouraged to keep in close contact with your child's teacher.  They will regularly email and, when needed, telephone you to discuss your child and their learning.  You are welcome to email any questions you have to your child's teacher and can arrange for the teacher to call you if you would like a fuller conversation.


How will you check my child's work?

You may email your child's work or drop it off at school when you are collecting new books, paper etc.  


If you need any further advice or information about our approach to home learning, please contact your child's teacher and they will be only too happy to help.

Useful websites and learning activities

Please monitor your child when using the internet.

  • Tailored learning activities and games can be found on your child's Purple Mash account.
  • You may also find the following websites useful:

      Twinkl is offering every  parent and carer in our school access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption.

      Setting this up is really easy to do - go to and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS

    • For musical activities, please click here: 


  • SAFE INTERNET SURFING: Please remember, when investigating which websites to recommend to your children, it’s important to know the level of moderating and monitoring on each site. Most do this well, but you do need to triple-check. Check for the ‘https’ security certificate in the address bar, have a look at the websites ‘about us’ page or similar, and make sure you try out a few of the games yourself first.

    Also, we recommend choosing websites that require the parent to sign up their child. Or, better still, websites that don’t require any signing in.


PE/exercise ideas


It is important to keep ourselves moving; a little exercise every day will make us feel good and help us stay healthy.


Yoga for Virtual Learners - There is a great playlist of yoga videos suitable for young people and created to support virtual learning on YouTube see link below. This Yoga P.E. mental health break offers a fun set of movement, poses, and breathing techniques to improve focus, balance your mood, increase confidence, counter screen fatigue, and decrease anxiety or stress.


PE with Jo Wicks - Jo Wicks has also provided us with many exercise videos to get us moving during the lockdown. There are short videos or longer videos depending on how much energy you have for that day.

Why not have a go...


Other ideas

  1. Bike riding - see attached document below for ideas.
  2. Skipping
  3. Going for a winter walk - what do you see?
  4. Dancing – why not play a quick game of musical bumps or chairs?
  5. Sports – let's practice our ball game skills – can we catch, can we hit a ball to a partner, can we kick a ball to pass or score a goal?
  6. Obstacle courses – let's set up a short obstacle course and challenge ourselves to do it faster and faster – e.g., balancing a bean bag or pillow on our head, crawling, jumping, throwing a ball into a bucket, running race.

Early years Home learning ideas - Term 3 topic - Animals

Year 1 Term 3 Home Learning Ideas

Year 2 Term 3 Home Learning Ideas

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