Working from home - all year groups 2019 - 2020

Mrs Comyn

On this page you can find useful resources and information for all year groups while you're working at home.


The Hay Literary Festival is having a 'virtual festival' this year.  They have a full programme of interviews, talks and readings from leading children's authors - it can be found here.

The National Literacy Trust has produced a gorgeous 'Book of Hopes' that has contributions from many well-known children's authors and illustrators and is free to download.

David Walliams is producing a free audiobook every day for 30 days - you can access today's copy here:
Elevenses with David Walliams

You can hear Oliver Jeffers reading one of his beautiful books here each day.

You can listen to well-known authors reading their favourite stories on the BookTrust HomeTime here

You can access free, archived newspapers here - why not see if you can discover what happened on the day you were born?

If you have a library card, you can also access ebooks and audiobooks here.

You may be interested in having a look at Storytime Magazine - they are offering subscriptions at a reduced rate of £2/month during lockdown and they also have some free samples to download.

Health and wellbeing

A number of organisations have information on how to stay mentally healthy during lockdown and techniques for helping children relax and manage stress.  Some useful ones can be found here:
Save The Children
NHS Scotland

The lowdown on a range of the best wellbeing apps for kids can be found here.

Information about mental health in children and young people can be found here.

Safe Hands, Thinking Minds has some useful anxiety resources and videos showing breathing techniques.

The Anna Freud Centre has some useful information about self-care and mental health here.

Joe Wicks does a fantastic daily work out for kids on his YouTube channel here.

Free football-themed resources can be accessed here.

Young Minds have produced some information for supporting your child through the Coronavirus, advice on looking after your wellbeing during isolation and support for tricky conversations here

Book Life has produced a free book for children to help them understand and deal with feelings of loneliness - it can be accessed here.

Tips for parents about loneliness can be found here.

A sound track of lovely, relaxing sounds to help your child get off to sleep can be found on the CBeebies website.

Premier League Primary Stars runs a weekly 'Friday Challenge' - these are education-linked and are a great way for you and your family to get involved in fun football-related activities that will inspire and engage.  Please send us photos of you taking part in these challenges - we would love to see how you get on!


Science Sparks has a whole range of fantastic ideas for doing fun science at home.

Daily science sessions from Dr Chips on a variety of STEM topics. Definitely worth a look!

ExpeRImental from the Royal Institution can be found here.

You can help scientists with real research at Zooniverse!

Whizzpopbang has a load of free science resources available to use at home.

Third Space Maths Hub has loads of free resources available to help with learning maths at home.  Parents can register for free using the link, then: 
1) Under 'Job Title', select 'Parent'
2) Enter the school's postcode (SK3 9EA) and select the school name from the list
3) Enter your email and create a password
Full information can be downloaded below.

Explorify has some interesting science ideas for parents and children to do at home - this week (Monday 20th April) they are looking at how plants grow.

Maths tournament on TT Rockstars
St Matthew's has been entered into a tournament on TTRockstars to compete against other CDAT schools.
To be part of the tournament, children need to log on between 11.30 and 12.00 each day.  Their scores will be added to the school's scores and the battle of the schools commences!

White Rose Maths  has loads of useful maths activities for all year groups, split into week blocks.

Other useful resources

The Scouts website has put together some fun activities for children to do in the 'great indoors'.

Oak National Academy is a new collection of high-quality lessons and online resources. Backed by the Government, it has been created in response to the coronavirus lockdown.

The Worldwide Fund for Nature has some excellent resources to support learning at home, including quizzes and fun nature facts.

The WWFFN also has a great range of activities to increase children's engagement with nature, using recycled and readily-available materials, here.

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