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Work for week beginning 14th June

We suggest that each day KS2 children complete a Maths, Reading, Spelling and Writing/Punctuation and Grammar activity as well as one additional topic based activity.

For children in Year 4 and 5 we would suggest 20 to 30 minutes on one activity would be enough before taking a break.

We understand that all families and their personal circumstances are different and what may be manageable for some, is not for others. The following document should be used as a guideline only.

If you are struggling or need further guidance, please don’t hesitate to contact us

Remember these are difficult times for everyone and it is also alright to take a break or to do something totally different if it fits with your families plans.

There are times when structured learning is hard and children need to take a break.

There are occasions in school, where a class will sit and do a calm, simple activity to take a break from structured learning.

Children are still learning during these tasks but quite often they do not realise it. There will be times at home where you will notice it is harder to get your child to complete any work or you and your child may be struggling.

This is ok and this would be a great time to take a break from structured learning. This could be for the afternoon, a day or even a week, if that is what you need. Only you and your child will be able to determine how much of a break you need.

This certainly does not reflect negatively on your ability to home school. Everyone is in this situation but we are all experiencing it very differently. A break is definitely needed and encouraged from time to time to help you and your child refocus, de-stress and it will further strengthen your relationship with each other.

The list below contains activities you can complete as a family that are fun and allow your child to continue learning without them realising. As well as a range of other skills these will build your child’s vocabulary, oracy skills and their wellbeing.


  1. Bake or cook something together. Get your child to measure ingredients and read the recipe or get them to practice food safety by preparing ingredients hygienically and safely. These will build on comprehension skills, maths skills and design and technology skills.
  2. Plan a family walk/bike ride. Get your child to look at a map of the local area or somewhere you like to go as a family and plan a route for you to take when you get there. This would build on their geography skills, maths skills as well as giving your child some exercise.
  3. Watch a film or documentary. Get your child to pick a film or documentary and watch it together. You can ask each other questions when you have finished such as ‘What did you enjoy?’, ‘What didn’t you enjoy?’, ‘Did you learn anything?’, ‘What was the most important part in your opinion?’ and ‘Would you recommend this to anyone? Why?’
  4. Help out with chores around the house. Get your child to help you with a few jobs around the house. This will build great life skills and help children understand the importance of keeping the house tidy and clean.
  5. Build or make something together. Get your child to help you build some new furniture, or make a bug hotel in the garden. You could build some Lego or make a model of something. The possibilities are endless. This will build on your child’s art and design and technology skills. If they help you build furniture it will help them with their comprehension skills too when they follow the instructions.
  6. Do some painting or drawing together. There are loads of how to draw videos on YouTube, pick something your child is interested in and have a friendly drawing contest. You could paint a picture of something or use the paints to express how you feel and talk about why you painted in that style, colour or texture. You could even paint a room together if you are using this time to make home improvements. This will build on your child’s art skills.
  7. Do some gardening. You could grow some herbs, flowers or vegetables in the garden or on a windowsill. This will build on your child’s maths skills by counting out seeds or measuring holes in the ground. It will also build on your child’s science skills and teach them about responsibility as they will have to care for their plant to ensure it grows.
  8. Plan and prepare a picnic together for the family. Find somewhere to go together, this could even be in the garden and prepare the food you wish to take. This could be another opportunity for your child to practice their design and technology skills and maths skills. Ask your child why they decided to have a picnic in that spot, discussing the location is using their geography skills.
  9. Listen to some music together. Play each other your favourite songs and talk about why it is your favourite. Does your child like your taste in music? Why or why not? Do you like their taste in music? Why or why not? This will build on your child’s music skills.
  10. Play out in the garden together. Get your child to teach you some games they play at school or you could teach them some games you played at school. Do they share any similarities or differences? This will build on your child’s understanding of playing fairly and taking turns.
  11.  If your child enjoys spending time on the computer or a games console, play their favourite game with them. This will teach them patience and the importance of on constructive feedback, especially if you are new to the game.
  12. Share your favourite book with each other. Talk about why you enjoy it, you could even read sections to each other to see what the other thinks about it. This will build on your child’s comprehension skills and reading skills.
  13.  Go through family photos together. Look at pictures of your child when they were younger or when you were younger. How have you or your child changed? What features have stayed the same? Talk about fashions, culture, toys, TV and games of those times and how things have changed. Talk about the event that the photo was taken at. This will build on your child’s historical skills and understanding. It will also build on their scientific understanding of growing up.
  14.  Complete a cosmic yoga video. There are lots of cosmic yoga videos on YouTube and each one follows a story. There are even some on your favourite story and film characters. Talk to each other about how it made you feel while you were completing it and when you finished. This will give your child some exercise as well as help them relax.
  15. Have a clear out. Go through toys, games or clothes and clear out anything that you do not want anymore. You could give these items to family or friends or those less fortunate. This will help your child understand the importance of decluttering and the value of the things they own.
  16. Build a fort together. Move the furniture about, grab some blankets, pillows and duvets and build a fort. You can choose to watch a film, play a game, eat a meal or snack in your fort and enjoy! This will build on your child’s design and technology skills.
  17. Play a board game, complete a puzzle or play card game as a family. Sit around and dedicate some time to completing a game together. This will build on your child’s understanding of playing fairly and taking turns.
  18. Play your child’s favourite sport with them. This will build upon their understanding of the sport and help them get some exercise.
  19. Plan something fun to do when things start to reopen. What is everyone in the family’s top priorities? Is it being able to eat in a restaurant? Go and see family or have friends over? This will give you something to look forward to as a family and maybe give you some ideas on what you can already do, like a garden catch up with grandma or a walk in a park, socially distancing, with friends. This will help with your whole family’s wellbeing and build on your child’s organisational skills if you get them to plan a whole day. You could even incorporate some maths or writing.
  20. Have a cuddle and tell each other you love each other. Times are hard for everyone at the moment and there is nothing a cuddle and an ‘I love you’ cannot fix. Even if only brief it can completely change yours and your child’s mood.


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