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Please take the time to read and look at all the information below, it will give you some ideas for activities and working at home with or without the internet.



Please note that we are offering a range of suggested resources for you to use if and when you would like to. We hope to provide you with a wide range of links and activity ideas through our website and DB Primary so that you have options to choose from and dip in and out of with your children to keep them busy. There is no expectation that everything we are suggesting has to be completed.

Please check out the Home Learning class tabs for daily tasks and here are some things you can do at home.



Lots of children wear shoes with laces but are unable to tie them.  This is a life skill that takes time and practice.

If at first you don’t succeed - try, try again!

Telling the time

Take the batteries out of a clock and help your child to practice reading the clock at different times.  Start with o’clock, half and quarter past and then move onto 5 minute intervals.

For older children, you could practise writing the digital time as well as using an analogue clock.

Times table practice

Pick a times table:

x2, x5, x10, x3, x4, x6, x11, x7, x8, x9, x12

Practise them in order and randomly.

Practise the division (inverse) 

e.g., 3 x 4 = 12 so 12 ÷ 3 = 4

Counting games

Using household objects or drawing a number line, you can have lots of fun practising counting up and down in jumps of different sizes  Also have a go at changing the starting number so you don’t always start at 0.  For KS2, remember to extend this below zero and look at negative numbers.

Also rehearsing the days of the week and months of the year is great practice.

Cooking & Baking

Not only do we use our basic skills of reading and understanding time and measure, we also use other basic skills such as cutting, chopping, peeling, weighing & washing.

Cooking is also great to talk about scientific concepts such as health, nutrition and reversible/irreversible changes such as melting, freezing, burning, mixing etc.

Board games

A classic way to practise essential maths and reasoning skills as well as developing our social, emotional and communication skills – being able to take part in healthy competition.

Games such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Guess Who, Snakes & Ladders, Ludo, Chess, Draughts, Backgammon & many more are excellent for developing lots of skills in a fun way.  If you don’t have any board games – make one!

Card gamesIf you have a deck of cards at home there are lots of card games you can play that can strengthen maths and problem solving skills. Rules for most card games are available on the internet but playing Snap, 3 of one/ 4 of the other (Rummi) and higher or lower are simple but effective.

Kim’s game – memory testPlace a range of different household items on the floor/table and ask your child to memorise the items – then cover them up and remove an item.  Can your child identify the missing item when you uncover them?  Make this harder by increasing the number of objects or by removing more than one each time.

Map workFrom drawing your own maps to looking at maps in atlases or on the internet, you can help your child to develop their knowledge and understanding of the physical world.  Knowing the names of local towns/cities and UK counties and then travelling further to countries around the world, capital cities and continents.  This could then lead to finding out about wildlife, cuisine and culture from around the world.


Write a daily diary about your time at home, including feelings and emotions.

Time capsuleThese are unprecedented times and preserving our memories could be an interesting activity for you to engage your child.  Find a container and put in things from your time at home together: pictures, writing, photographs, newspaper cuttings etc.  Seal the container (make sure it’s waterproof) and bury it in your garden for someone to find in the future.

Family tree or famous people

Creating a family tree of your family using photographs is an excellent way to explore the idea of history and chronology (time).  You could extend this to pick a famous person from history and find out all about them or even look at important events in history. 

Your child might be interested in the Royal family or World War II for example.


Current affairs

Talking to your child about what is going on in the world can be an interesting activity leading to different reading and writing opportunities, such as making their own newspaper or writing a non-chronological report about something that interests them.  Just remember that in these uncertain times, children may be feeling anxious, worried or distressed about the Coronavirus and therefore certain topics should be covered sensitively and appropriately considering their age and understanding.

Listening to your child read every day is ESSENTIAL. 

If you run out of books at home, try the Oxford Owls website for a wide range of free ebooks.  There is also a range of questions you can ask your child about what they have read available below.


Questions for Reading at home

Questions to ask before you read

Can you look at the pictures and predict what you think will happen in this book?

What makes you think that?

What characters do you think might be in our story?

Do you think there will be a problem in this story? Why or why not?

Does the topic/story relate to you or your family? How?

Questions to ask during the reading

What do you think will happen next?

What can you tell me about the story so far?

Can you predict how the story will end?

Why do you think the character did _______?

What would you have done if you were the character?

How would you have felt if you were the character? (use different characters)

As I read____________, it made me picture________ in my head. What pictures do you see in your head?

As you read, what are you wondering about?

Can you put what you’ve just read in your own words?

Questions to ask after reading

Can you remember the title?

In your opinion, was it a good title for this book? Why or why not?

Were your predictions about the story correct?

If there was a problem, did it get solved?

What happened because of the problem?

Why do you think the author wrote this book?

What is the most important point the author is trying to make in his writing?

What was your favorite part of the story?

If you could change one thing in the story, what would it be?

Can you retell the story in order?

If you were __________, how would you have felt?

What is the most interesting situation in the story?

Is there a character in the story like you? How are you alike?

Why did you like this book?




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Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time, take care, be safe and kind.

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