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Home Learning Grids

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Collective Worship With Rev. Dr. Walker

Please find below the latest ‘Collective Worship’ video from Rev. Dr. Walker along with further Collective Worship’ resources:

‘Collective Worship’ from the Diocese of Canterbury

‘Collective Worship’ from South Kent Community Church


Previous Worship


RE With Mrs Cadwallader

Important Note: Please always supervise your child when accessing YouTube content. All videos suggested have been watched by Mrs Cadwallader and are suitable for children however please ensure you check for any adverts or pop-ups before showing them to your child. Do not let your child use Google Images unsupervised.  You should ensure parental locks are set on your child’s device to prevent any unsuitable images being viewed during searches.

Our Big Question this term is ‘Why do Christians put a cross in an Easter Garden?’

Lesson One: This term we are looking forward to Easter – one of the most important dates in the Christian calendar. Now you may associate it with chocolate eggs and the days getting warmer, but for Christians it’s about the death and coming back to life of Jesus. The cross is the symbol of Christianity, and it reminds Christians of the sacrifice of Jesus and the hope and promise of them being saved. 

ACTIVITY: Make your own cross! Decorate it with pictures that show things you love and care about.

We would love to see your work, please send photos to admin@st-eanswythes.kent.sch.uk and we will do a weekly RE blog. In this way we can share what we are all doing at home.


Previous RE Lessons


Our Big Question this term is ‘What do Christians believe about Jesus and the messages He brings?’ 

Lesson Four: Last week you thought about what makes a good friend. Jesus had 12 very special friends in his life called The Disciples. Jesus showed His disciples how He wanted Christians to behave by doing lots of things that seemed unusual at the time. One tale from the Book of Luke shows Jesus having an encounter with a man called Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was not a well liked man as he had made lots of bad choices in his life, but Jesus saw he had a good heart and forgave him, even agreeing to come to Zacchaeus’ house for dinner!  This story tells Christians how important it is to forgive people.

Watch this video from our school website which is one of the songs we sing when we have whole school worship up in the hall:

ACTIVITY:  Watch the video a few times and see if you can learn some of the words – particularly the chorus to the rap! When we are allowed to have whole school worships again this is a song we sing nearly every day so you’ll be excited to know it when you hear it start! Could you work out some dance moves to fit the song?


Our Big Question this term is ‘What do Christians believe about Jesus and the messages He brings?’

Lesson Three: Last week you learnt about Peter, the fisherman and how he joined Jesus to become one of his group of special friends. Well Jesus had 12 special friends in all, and they are referred to as Jesus’ Disciples. They helped Jesus to spread his message and stories while He was alive, and ensured the messages continued long after Jesus died on the cross. They came from all sorts of backgrounds, and Christians believe that because Jesus chose special friends from all types of backgrounds it gives a clear message that they should endeavour to give people a chance and to try to see the good in everyone. This week we are thinking about what makes a good friend.

ACTIVITY: Draw a picture of one of your friends. Write about what qualities they have that make them a good friend – are they funny, kind, helpful? Discuss with your grown up what you would NOT want for a friend – would you want to be friends with someone who was mean and cruel and unkind?


Our Big Question this term is ‘What do Christians believe about Jesus and the messages He brings?’

Lesson Two: We are thinking this week about ‘How was Jesus special?’ What amazing things did He do? One of the miracles He performed relates to a story about how he chose one of his special friends – Peter. The stories of the Gospels have lots of information for Christians about how God wants them to live their lives. One of them is the instruction to be ‘fishers of people’.

This means that Jesus wants Christians to spread the Good News – Jesus knew that He could not do all the work by himself, so He wants Christians to keep’ catching’ people in the ‘net’ of good news as they spread the Good News messages around the world and through the decades. The story of how Peter became a special friend of Jesus is told in this story.

Watch this video:

ACTIVITY: Draw a picture to illustrate the story of Peter the fisherman.


Our Big Question this term is ‘What do Christians believe about Jesus and the messages he brings?’

Lesson One: Remember last term we learnt all about baby Jesus who was born in a stable and that’s why Christians celebrate Christmas?  Discuss with your grown up what you remember from the Christmas story. Use these questions to help:

  1. Was Jesus born a powerful king in a palace?
  2. Did Jesus grow up and become important?
  3. Do you know anything Jesus did when He was an adult?
  4. Do you know how Jesus died?

Watch this video:

ACTIVITY: Draw pictures of some of the key points of Jesus’ life – the baby in the stable, the adult telling his parables and doing miracles, His death on the cross.


Sacred Places & Pilgrimages

This term we are going to explore the idea of sacred, or special places in world faiths. Places of worship such as churches, synagogues and mosques are clearly special places but we are going to explore the wider picture.

Santiago de Compostela is a cathedral in Northern Spain that usually sees thousands of Catholic pilgrims visit over the year, particularly over the summer months. Pilgrims walk for as much of their journey as possible, even if they start in England! They also stay in lots of different pilgrims hostels along the way.

  • Can you find a photo online of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and draw a picture of it? What do you notice about it – is it similar to Canterbury Cathedral? There are lots of intricate decorations and carvings on the walls of the cathedral – can you spot what they are?
  • The scallop shell is often found on the shores of Galicia, the region of Spain where the cathedral is situated. Pilgrims for thousands of years took a shell back from their travels as a souvenir and now the scallop shell has become a symbol of pilgrimage itself, with images found on signs, shops and hotels all along the trail to Santiago de Compostela. Can you draw some scallop shells and place them around the house for someone in your household to follow as a mini-pilgrimage to somewhere special to you in your home?
  • Pilgrims often wore a scallop shell necklace to represent the fact they had made a pilgrimage. Can you use modelling clay, Fimo or similar to create your own pilgrim scallop shell necklace? You could award it to whoever follows your trail of scallop shells!
  • People undertaking a pilgrimage are often given written prayers from their friends and family, to carry along the way. It’s a long and sometime difficult journey so pilgrims use these prayers and good wishes to boost their spirits when times get tough. Can you write a prayer of encouragement for someone about to start on a difficult journey, what would you say to lift their mood, help them keep going and find the strength to get to the finish of their pilgrimage?

Sacred Places & Pilgrimages

This term we are going to explore the idea of sacred, or special places in world faiths. Places of worship such as churches, synagogues and mosques are clearly special places but we are going to explore the wider picture.

Hinduism is a religion that started in Asia around 4000 years ago and now over 15% of the world’s population are followers (that’s over 1 billion people!)

The River Ganges in India is a sacred river for Hindus. Hindus aim to visit the River Ganges at least once, and many people return repeatedly over their lifetimes.

  • Can you create a geographical fact-file about the River Ganges? Where in the world is it, what countries does it pass through, how long is it, what are its other main geographical features?
  • The water of the River Ganges is thought to be very special and can rid people of bad luck, or ‘karma’. Can you find out what ‘karma’ means in Hinduism?
  • Water is used in special ways in many world faiths, including Christianity. At a christening/baptism for example blessed water is used as part of the welcoming ritual. Can you find out how water is used in Islam?

Sacred Places & Pilgrimages

This term we are going to explore the idea of sacred, or special places in world faiths. Places of worship such as churches, synagogues and mosques are clearly special places but we are going to explore the wider picture.

We will also look at the idea of Pilgrimage – this is a special journey that followers of faiths make to get to a sacred place.

  • Can you tell us about somewhere, other than your own home, that is really special to you? It could be the beach, a park, a holiday destination you have loved or somewhere you have a wonderful memory from. Tell us why it was so special to you and why you look forward to going back after lockdown.

We would love to create a special collection of St Eanswythe’s School  prayers to mark everyone’s experiences throughout lockdown. Think about things you have learnt to appreciate during these unusual times; have you noticed more of the wonderful natural world whilst out in your garden or on walks?

Have you learnt to get along better with your siblings, or take a share of household tasks such as cooking or cleaning? What have you missed that you are looking forward to doing again – playing with friends, visiting family, going to the shops?

Have you been thinking about those who are helping during this crisis – the NHS, the shop workers, post workers, teachers, police, so many key workers, how could you show your thoughts about them in prayer?

  • We would like you to write a prayer that reflects what you are grateful and thankful for and anything else you have learnt or experienced throughout lockdown.

E-mail them to admin@st-eanswythes.kent.sch.uk and we will collect them in a book to share with all children during worship as we start to return to school. It will also serve as a lasting memory of a unique time in our school history. We can’t wait to read them!


Sunday 31st May marks the celebration of Pentecost, also called Whitsun and often referred to as the Birthday of the Church. This is a time of celebration to mark the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the remaining apostles.

A fun telling of the story of Pentecost using Lego can be found here on YouTube. Don’t you think it would be so useful to be able to speak every language in the world? Do you speak any languages other than English?

  • Can you find out how to say “hello, how are you and my name is” in another language?

Ascension Day is this week! This is the day, 40 days after Easter Day, when Christians believe Jesus returned to heaven after his resurrection at Easter.

  • There are lots of famous paintings that show the Ascension of Jesus – ask a grown up to put ‘ Ascension of Jesus’ into Google Images. What do you notice about the paintings?
  • Can you create your own drawing or painting of the Ascension of Jesus?

Find the story of Jonah and the Whale in your Beginners Bible, or on the YouTube channel. God gave Jonah a challenge which he resisted, but eventually, after quite an ordeal, did what he was asked.

  • Draw a picture of the scenes in the story of Jonah and the Whale. Can you draw a HUGE Whale with a little Jonah inside its tummy?  You could recreate it in Lego or Happyland or similar toys.

Last week you looked at all the amazing animals that made up the creation of the Earth in Genesis. There is another famous Bible story that features lots of animals…Noah’s Ark!

  • Draw a picture of the scenes in the story of Noah’s Ark. You could recreate it in Lego or Happyland or similar toys.

You have your ‘Beginners Bible’ from when you started Ducklings but did you know there is an online channel that tells some of the stories in a series of animations?

  • Ask a grown up to find ‘The Beginners Bible’ channel on YouTube and watch ‘’The Beginning of the World’ to see how Adam and Eve, the first humans, were created and how they named all of the animals of the world.
  • Could you design a brand new animal and give it a name? We’d love to see your drawings!

When we created the whole Bible in a day your class made wonderful pictures all about Creation, which is in the first book of the Bible, Genesis.

  • Look in your Beginners Bible you were given at the start of Ducklings – can you find the very first stories?
  • Make a picture to show everyone in your home all about the wonder of the Creation of the world!

Music With Mrs Brookes

Music is a really important part of school life at St Eanswythe’s. Mrs Brookes has kindly recorded videos for you to join in with so that you don’t miss out during these strange times. Why not join in with some singing to put a smile on your face?

Make sure you have caught up with Mrs Brookes’ final video of last term and we will have a new lesson for you on Friday 26th February:


Previous Music Videos

Mrs Brookes has been kind enough to provide us with many other lockdown videos which can be found here on her YouTube page.


Art With Mrs Purver

Last Term Mrs Purver has also set an activity for Chinese New Year!

Well done to Eloise and Acer for their fantastic efforts as part of the the ‘January School Art Challenge’! Why not give the challenge for February a go? Details for this month’s challenge can be found below with the latest weekly lessons from Mrs Purver…


Story Time With Mrs T, Mrs O & Mrs Giles

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory – Chapters 1-7 – With Mrs Giles

Gangsta Granny – Chapters 1-9 – With Mrs O

Romp In The Swamp – With Mrs T:


Well-being With Miss Fakley

This week Miss Fakley has provided a new ‘Well-being Challenge Grid’


More Well-being Resources


Previous Well-being Challenges

Exercise Objective: This task is all about getting outside and experiencing the beauty of the world around us.

Remember: Before you go outside on a walk or into your garden make sure it is safe and check with a grown up.

  1. Before you go outside make a list of the five senses. Maybe a grown up or sibling can help you with this if you are not sure.
  2. Take your list and a pen with you on your outside Safari.
  3. Look at your list of senses, try and find something that you notice outside next to each sense. For example, you might SEE a Seagull. Or HEAR some cars passing by.
  4. Take your time and try to notice the beautiful world around you.

Exercise Objective: To explore where our minds can take us with a little inspiration!

Take a look at the picture below…

  1. How does the picture make you feel?
  2. Who is travelling on the ship?
  3. Why is the bench empty?
  4. Where is the ship travelling to?
  5. Now show this picture to someone else in your house – did they have the same ideas as you?

Exercise objective: This exercise is all about taking time to sit and relax. Let’s take time to notice the world around us, find a nice place to sit comfortably.

  1. You have one minute to sit in silence and listen to the world around you.
  2. Think about: What you can hear? What you can smell? How does this quiet make you feel? How do you feel when the time is up?
  3. Try and write down all the things that you noticed during your one minute. Have you noticed more things than the other people in your household?

Read Write Inc Phonics – Live Lessons


Phonics & Reading

Oxford Owl

Learning to read – and to love to read – is directly linked to children’s success at school and beyond. Find out how children learn to read with phonics, and how you can help your child’s reading at home. 

Phonics is a method of learning to read words that is taught right from the start of Reception.

Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent – so, they are taught that the letter l sounds like llll when we say it. Children can then start to read words by blending the sounds together to make a word.

The Oxford Owl website provide a helpful audio guide that will help you learn how to say the 44 phonics sounds correctly, and books to help practise reading with phonics at home.

Free Tablet Friendly E-Books

The Oxford Owl website also provide a free eBooks collection, developed for children aged 3–11 years old. Help your young child learn to read, and love to read, with their range of over 100 free eBooks. 

If you’d like to learn more about how to support your child’s reading, visit the Reading and Phonics made easy pages. For information about their range of levelled books for schools, visit the Oxford Reading Tree page or explore the Read with Oxford pages to learn about their range of books designed to support reading practice at home. 

Not sure where to start? Check which level is right for your child with this simple test from Read with Oxford.

More Free Online Books


Free Online Resources

Below is a list of free online resources which you may find useful:

Literacy

Audible
https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Free children’s audiobooks across all devices whilst schools are closed.

Classic Children’s Books
https://www.researchify.co.uk/audiobooks.html
Selection of books and audiobooks

Elevenses With The World Of David Walliams
https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com
David Walliams is reading daily “Elevenses with David Walliams”

Kids’ Poems & Stories With Michael Rosen  
https://www.youtube.com/user/artificedesign/videos
Weekly poems and stories from Michael Rosen’s YouTube channel.

Literacy Shed +
https://www.literacyshedplus.com/en-gb/free-resources
Provides teaching resources for literacy, book studies etc

Oxford Owl for Home
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Seven Stories 
https://www.facebook.com/7Stories
Book readings, activities and workshops from ‘The National Centre for Children’s Books.

Teach Your Monster To Read
https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com
The groundbreaking reading and phonics game

The Reading Realm
https://thereadingrealm.co.uk
Free online lessons, books, challenges, quizzes, games and stories written by children for children! 

Ducklings

Cbeebies Radio
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Red Ted Art
https://www.redtedart.com
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Science

Crash Course Kids
https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
YouTube Channel – Science with a side of awesome!

Crest Awards
https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home.

Mystery Science
https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons

NASA Kids’ Club
https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub
Games, latest news about satellite launches, photos from space and interviews of astronauts.

Stem
https://www.stem.org.uk/home-learning/family-activities
Range of family activities to try at home.

The Royal Institution: Science Lives Here
https://www.rigb.org/families/experimental
ExpeRimental: A series of short films making it fun, easy and cheap to do science experiments at home with your children.

Let’s Get Outside!

Disney Nature
https://nature.disney.com/educators-guides
Nature-based educational materials for lesson plans and fun activities

Kent Wildlife Trust
https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/actions
Simple ideas for things you can do at home to help wildlife

Nature Detectives
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

History

The London Mususum 
http://www.teachinghistory100.org
100 objects from museums across the UK with resources, information and teaching ideas to inspire interest in history.

Numeracy

Bedtime Math
http://bedtimemath.org/fun-math-at-home
Free non-screen math activities

Bond Bonanza
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bond-bonanza/id1434300125
Free App helping children to move away from counting numbers up to 20 to turn them into instantly recallable number bonds.

Cool Maths Games
https://www.coolmathgames.com 
Free online math games, cool puzzles and more

Khan Academy
https://www.khanacademy.org
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.

Mes Games
https://www.mes-games.com 
Daily routine games – American but monsters teach you math!

My Mini Maths
https://myminimaths.co.uk
Key Stage 2 – Huge resource of free learning packs

Prodigy Maths
https://www.prodigygame.com
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

99 Club Mental Maths Quiz App
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/the-99-club-mental-maths-quiz/id1437411869?l=nb
The 99 club is a weekly mental maths quiz used in UK schools.

Computing

Blockly
https://blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Scratch
https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games
Creative computer programming

Typing Club
https://www.typingclub.com
Learn touch typing for free

Languages

BBC Languages
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages
Archived page but still lots of resources.

British Council
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Resources for English language learning

Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app.

One Third Stories
https://onethirdstories.com/10-awesome-free-resources-for-kids-to-learn-french
10 free resources for kids to learn French.

Art & DT

Artful Parent
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent
Good, free art activities

Art Projects For Kids
https://artprojectsforkids.org
Great daily blog with full tutorials.

Lunch Doodles With Mo Wilems
https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems
Best selling US children’s author Mo Willems is teaching drawing on You Tube.

Tate Kids
https://www.tate.org.uk/kids
Make and create, art games and quizzes.

Tinkercad
https://www.tinkercad.com
All kinds of making.

Geography

Geography Games
https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Geography gaming!

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk
Information and games for children.


General

Arcademics
https://www.arcademics.com 
Free educational games, math games, language arts games, and more!

BBC Bitesize
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Free online study support resource designed to help with learning, revision and homework!

BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Blue Peter Badges
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

Brain Pop
https://www.brainpop.com
Animated educational website for many subjects

Classroom Secrets
https://classroomsecrets.co.uk
Interactive games, video tutorials and downloadable home learning packs

Crash Course
https://thecrashcourse.com
You Tube videos on many subjects

DK Find Out
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk
Activities and quizzes

Expeditions
https://edu.google.com/products/vr-ar/expeditions
Introduce children to a new way of learning with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

Futurelearn
https://www.futurelearn.com
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

iDEA Awards
https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk
Activities and quizzes for younger ages

Openlearn
https://www.open.edu/openlearn
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

Paw Print Badges
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Ted Ed
https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos

The Kids’ Kitchen
https://www.facebook.com/TheKidsKitchen
Free online cookery classes and recipes for kids.

The Kids Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos

Toy Theater
https://toytheater.com
Educational online games

Twinkl
https://www.twinkl.co.uk
Giving parents free access for a month to lots of resources

Wimpy Kid Club
https://www.wimpykidclub.co.uk/teachers-resources
Specially created resources for fun, focused, curriculum-linked lessons (Key Stage 2)

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