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Closure – Home learning

Dear parents,

In light of Government advice the school will be closed from Monday 23rd March until further notice.

Help and support

Devon Family Advice Line

ECI will be launching a new phone advice line for parents and carers across Devon on Monday 1 June. The number for the new service is 01392 949059 and it will be manned from 10 – 2pm Monday to Friday. People will be able to leave a message outside of these hours, or when the operators are all busy.

Domestic Abuse Support




Financial Support


Special Needs Support



Weekly learning memos are now available on all class pages. These memo’s will be updated weekly each Monday. (Find class links on the pupil page)

We have set up the intelligent learning environment called CENTURY for all children in KS2 (year 3-6)
You should have received an email with full instructions. If not please email me – marcuswilliams@whitchurch-primary.devon.sch.uk
The Governments national academy initiative went live on 20.04.20. We will be reviewing the content. If any of the online lessons cross over with our plans then links will be made in the weekly memo.
Take a look at this video which will give you a taste of what to expect.
Should you need some support in structuring the day for children at home, we have produced a possible timetable for parents and carers to help in this area. What each child may do during any day is dependent on their age .
Some children are likely to feel anxious about the situation. This is NORMAL. You can access to resources and information to help – https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus
You can download the the Young Devon Wellbeing Kit here which is an excellent resource for helping with children’s emotional needs during this difficult time.
Many thanks


9am – 9.30am Wellbeing Activity (walk, mindfulness etc)
9.30am – 10.15am Learning Opportunity (Reading, writing, maths)
10.15am – 10.30am Morning Break/Snack
10.30am – 11am Creative Time (Lego, drawing, baking, crafting)
11am – 12pm Learning Opportunity (Reading, writing, maths)
12pm – 1pm Lunch
1pm – 2pm Topic Learning Opportunity (Geography/history/Art etc)
2pm – 3pm Wellbeing Activity (walk, mindfulness, singing etc)
Please use the time to work on times tables – you can find resources –https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/maths/help-with-times-tables/
At Whitchurch we follow the White Rose scheme of Mathematics learning – You can download resources to support maths learning – https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/
Please continue to encourage your child/ren to read. There are some good activities to support reading – https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/help-child-learn-age-9-10/

A story a day

Our Foundation stage teacher, Jenny Lane, has been reading a story a day on Instagram. It’s proved to be incredibly popular and has recently been featured in the local paper. You can watch and listen to a story on Instagram. Follow the page @a_story_a_day_ 

Bored at Easter? Try out a few activities on this list!

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Good learning resources


  • Classroom Secrets Kids website – Platform for learning grammar, punctuation, spelling, maths, reading history (years 1-6).
  • Doorway online website – Collection of interactive literacy games and numeracy activities.
  • Emile website – Online program for 4-12 year olds that covers the UK national primary curriculum for numeracy and SPaG with some phonics thrown in (free access currently).
  • Pobble 365 website – ‘One picture. One teaching resource. Every day.’
  • Robin Hood MAT website – Lots of learning projects for parents and schools (EYFS, KS1, Y3/4, Y5/6). Be sure to read the project overview guides first.
  • Robin Hood Multi Academy Trust website – Learning projects for schools (EYFS, KS1, Y3/4, Y5/6)
  • Teacher’s pet website – Provides thousands of resources for KS1 and KS2.
  • TTS website – Free home learning activity booklets for Early Years, KS1 and KS2.
  • Twinkl website – 500,000+ teacher-created materials and resources.


Computer science

  • Scratch – program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.
  • iCompute website – Supporting schools with comprehensive computing curricula for pupils aged 3-11 (free access currently).

Physical education

  • Jump Start Jonny website – Weekly workouts and activities (a paid site with access to some free activities).


  • Eedi website – Craig Barton’s maths resources.
  • Oxford Owl website – Free maths games and activities for ages 3-11 (requires sign up for an account).
  • Eedi website – Craig Barton’s maths resources.
  • NRich website – Primary maths activities and games.
  • Mathsticks website – An online platform for maths games.
  • Numbots website – Games that focus on addition and subtraction.
  • Times tables rock stars website – A programme for daily times tables practice. (currently full free access to all schools closed).
  • White Rose Maths website – Provides maths lessons for Years 1-8.



  • Rethinking Education website – Practical ideas for parents to do with their children. Linked to the National Curriculum for Years 1 to 6.
  • That Science Lady website – Lots of resources, including home discussion questions, enquiry questions and careers information.
  • GrowEatGift website – 30 ways to go wild with science.
  • Retrieval roulette (via Google drive) – Q&A sheets for Primary Science years 1 to 6.
  • Wild learning from Devon Wildlife trust

PE Home Learning

Joe Wicks is streaming daily PE lessons on Youtube. You can watch them live at 9am each day or watch recordings at anytime. HERE
Some exercise cards to have a go at!

Computing and e-safety

This website is intended to provide you with support and resources to help you learn about online safety at home with your child. Some great home learning packs. HERE


Scratch is a free programming environment that all KS2 children will be familiar with. Try to create your own games or programs. Go to https://scratch.mit.edu/

Click ‘Create’ and then choose a tutorial – easy, time consuming and fun!


Museums, art galleries, theatres and places of interest

The British Museum has made its online collections free to the public.

The Natural History Museum has free virtual tours.

The Tate Gallery has a 360-degree virtual tour online.

View the latest exhibitions at The National Gallery virtual tours.

Watch The Wind in the Willows stage production online.

The Vatican has opened up its digital tours so the Sistine Chapel can be viewed.

NASA Kids is perfect for space fans. Learn all about the universe we live in by viewing these online videos.

For LEGO lovers

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