Ducklings Home Learning

We would like to take the opportunity to refer you to the ‘Example Timetable’ below the ‘How Will Things Work’ text. This is the best summary of the information we have provided to date, including links to all the websites and documents you need. 

If you require any website log-ins or need any clarification regarding the ‘Example Timetable’ or indeed any aspect of your child’s ‘Home Learning’ please do not hesitate to contact the office on 01303 255516 (Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm).


In This Section


How Will Things Work?

Each class has been given a learning grid of activities to choose from.  They should have time to complete all the tasks and are allowed to do the activities either on paper or on a computer.

In addition to the grid all children in the school have Purple Mash logins https://www.purplemash.com/login/. Each week your child will be set at least two activities to complete on Purple Mash. These ‘set’ activities are found in the ‘To Do’ section of purple mash and under ‘My Tasks.’ These can then be ‘handed in’ virtually to their teacher. 

Children can send their teachers messages when they submit their work and teachers will reply to them. This will be a lovely way of keeping communication open and will enable us to see what your child has been up to. In addition children can use any of the programs and activities on Purple Mash if they would like some extra work to do. There are a lot of fun activities on there.

We suggest that Ducklings spend 15 minutes reading and 45 minutes on Numeracy each day and then choose which other lessons they would like to participate in.


Example Timetable

Please contact the office on 01303 255516 (Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm) if you have any questions/problems or require any log-in information.

  • Reading – 15 mins daily
  • Numeracy – 45 mins daily (Choose to use the below ‘Home Learning Grid’ or ‘Mathletics’ and include 10-15 mins of Numbots)
  • Further ‘Home Learning Grid’ activities – daily
  • Purple Mash – 2 activities per week

Optional Extras


Latest Home Learning Grid

Previous Home Learning Grids


Weekly RE Challenge

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?

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 Challenges

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?


Previous Music Videos


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

*** NEW *** 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.

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

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!

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

*** NEW *** 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

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

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 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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