As you are aware, schools will be closed from 20.03.20. We want to minimise the impact this will have on your child’s learning, therefore home learning activities and ideas will be updated regularly on this page throughout school term time. Your child will continue learning and consolidating their understanding whilst being away from school.

We have produced learning packs which are matched to each year groups content. With a range of resources, these packs will help continue the learning inside your home. We understand that the learning that takes place at home during this period may not resemble homeschooling, where parents choose to educate their children at home. We appreciate that keeping children engaged in their learning whilst at home is not going to be easy, and so we have prepared content for your child that can be completed both independently and/or with adult support.


Please find attached a Covid-19 Booklet to share and discuss with your child, to support their understanding of the current situation:

Covid-19 Booklet for children


Keeping up-to-date/in touch

Please make sure you have all downloaded the WeDuc app, as this will also be updated regularly with key information.

You can follow St Matthew’s on Twitter @StMatthewsPri where you can share examples of your child’s home learning. Make sure you tag us in your tweet!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by emailing, which we will continue to check regularly. We will get back to you as soon as possible.











Suggested Timetable 


Please find below a suggested timetable that your child can use if they need some guidance on organising their time:

Suggested Daily Routine














All children have been provided with school resources to support their learning at home.

Nursery pack: whiteboard & pen, 2 pencils, 1 set of colouring pencils, mark making book, letter formation workbook, pencil control workbook, number formation sheet, purple mash login sheet










Reception: writing book, pencil, rubber,1 set of colouring pencils, RWI mat, Purple Mash login sheet, Numbots login sheet











Year 1: 2 writing books (one for English, one for topic), 1 maths book, 2 pencils, 1 pen, 1 set of colouring pencils, 1 ruler, Numbots login, Purple Mash login, RWI flashcards (some will have already received these following the recent Parent Workshop).











Year 2 – Year 6: 2 writing books (one for English, one for topic), 1 maths book, 2 pencils, 1 pen, 1 set of colouring pencils, 1 ruler, Numbots login, Purple Mash login











Week 1 (week beginning 23.03.20)


Week 1 Learning Project, Nursery


Week 1 Learning Project, Reception

Year One & Year Two:

Week 1 Learning Project, Year 1 & Year 2

Year Three & Year Four:

Week 1 Learning Project, Year 3 & Year 4

Year Five & Year Six:

Week 1, Learning Project Year Five & Year Six


Week 2 (week beginning 30.03.20)


Week 2 Learning Project, Nursery


Week 2 Learning Project, Reception

Year One:

Week 2 Learning Project, Year 1

Year Two:

Week 2 Learning Project, Year 2

Year Three & Year Four:

Week 2 Learning Project, Year 3 & Year 4

Year Five & Year Six:

Week 2 Learning Project, Year 5 & Year 6



Inclusion Home Learning Pack

Please feel free to use and adapt as necessary.





Activities to promote positive health and well-being

It is really important during this time of change that we do our best to ensure that the children’s mental health and well-being remains positive, as some children may find the change in daily routine difficult. Please encourage your children to spend time everyday doing activities that promote positive health and well-being. Below are some ideas:

  • Be outside
  • Play
  • Art – colour, paint, draw, get creative
  • Music – singing, playing, listening
  • Gardening
  • Exercise
  • Cooking
  • Doing kind things for others
  • Reading


Playtime/Breaktime/Time outside

It is important that children have time during the day to relax and to play. Please encourage them to go outside rather than staying indoors all day. Time outside is essential for their health and well-being.


Keeping Active

Children should be getting plenty of exercise everyday. They could continue with the daily mile that we do in school each day in your garden, play sports and games, dance, complete workouts, make obstacle courses to name just a few ideas. The Change4Life website includes information about active hobbies and sports, as well as fun 10 Minute Shake Up games.

Take a look at this ‘Home Learning, Stay Active’ sheet with links (some listed below) to useful websites and social media platforms that are providing free content.

Remember, it is just as important to keep your child moving as it is to keep them thinking and reading. Do a little bit of physical exercise every day! Our bodies need to be looked after as well as our brains!



  • Dance with Oti Mabuse (Strictly Come Dancing) every day at 11:30am. These kids dance classes are being streamed to her facebook, instagram and YouTube accounts. The classes are saved onto Oti Mabuse’s YouTube page after the livestream has finished, so they can still be enjoyed even if you aren’t available at the exact start time.
  • Little Sports has videos featuring a variety of exercises to help your children stay active at home.
  • GoNoodle has hundreds of ‘brainercise’, dancing, strength and mindfulness videos, as well as videos that are just for fun.
  • BBC Supermovers has interactive videos to support with KS1 and KS2 maths, English, PSHE and PR learning. It is great for times tables, as well as videos that are just for fun.
  • There’s so many amazing videos on Youtube to check out! If your child loves dancing, check out Just Dance or Zumba Kids tutorials.
  • Youth Sports Trust are compiling resources to use at home to support you and your children to stay active during this time. These resources will be updated regularly.

Kickstart – @wearekickstart will be posting a daily active challenge every day on their twitter feed every day of school closures, including weekends!













Starting Monday 23.03.20, free Read Write In. Phonics lessons will be live on Facebook (Read Write Inc.) and Youtube (Ruth Miskin Training) for children to watch at home. These will consist of three short Speed Sound lessons with a Read Write Inc. trainer every day for the next two weeks.

These films will only be available at the times below:

Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9:30am and again at 12:30pm.

Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10:00am and again at 1:00pm.

Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10:30am and again at 1:30pm.

These films will be streamed live and won’t be available at other times.

They are also offering a range of free resources so that children can continue their Read Write Inc. learning journey away from the classroom. Please visit the Read Write Inc. guide for parents.

This includes:






  • 62 Speed Sound practice sheets







  • 28 Ditty Sheets











  • 8 Speedy Green Words slideshows.







  • Parents information









Please visit our phonics page, where there are videos to help children practise their sounds at home.



Children should spend at least 30 minutes each day reading a book of their choice. This can be independent reading or shared reading with an adult or a sibling.

  • Visit Scholastic – Classroom Magazines, which sets five learning journeys each week. Each day requires the children to listen to a book, read independently and complete a reading activity. These learning journeys are differentiated to cater for all primary age groups. Appropriate videos to support their reading, questions and interactive games are provided alongside each learning journey. Five new learning journeys will be available each week. Please start at week 1.


  • Sign up to Oxford Owl, using an email address, to access their free eBook collection, developed for children aged 3–11 years old.



Shared Reading

  • Oliver Jeffers, author of ‘The Way Back Home’ and ‘Lost and Found’, will be reading one of his books on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7pm, and talking about some of the things that went into making the book. You can watch this live on Oliver’s Instagram @oliverjeffers, or watch/re-watch the videos on his website:





  • Listen to a huge range of stories being read on Storyline Online
  • Listen to Kids Poems and Stories with Michael Rosen:
  • Bedtime stories with Tom Fletcher
  • Puffin Books Storytime with stories shared by people including Jacqueline WIlson, Malala Yousafzai and Sophie Kinsella.
  • David Walliams is releasing 30 free audio books for you to listen to and enjoy! Every day at 11am, the author of The Boy in the Dress and Gangsta Granny, will be sharing an audio story from one of his best-selling World’s Worst Children short story collections. Whether your children are already firm fans of the author or not, this is a sure way to add some fun and laughter to their mornings. The daily treat is nostalgically named ‘Elevenses’, and children and grown-ups can tune in for a tale elaborately told by the TV presenter, actor and comedian. And, yes, he does all the voices.


Weekly Newspaper (First News)

First News Education connects news and learning by delivering weekly reading activities based on exploring the latest stories from First News (the UK’s only newspaper for young people). Activity sheets are included, which deliver news-based comprehensions, debates and vocabulary puzzles at two differentiated levels for Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2.

20-26 March:

20-26 March Newspaper

Level 1 Comprehension

Level 2 Comprehension

27 March – 2 April:

27 March – 2 April Newspaper

Level 1 Comprehension

Level 2 Comprehension


The Happy Newspaper

Please find below, a free Happy News resource pack, that can be downloaded by parents/pupils on the link below. It’s from The Happy Newspaper, a wonderful way of spreading happiness and showing kindness to others at this very strange time. It’s a fabulous pack to print off and work through the activities. Happy News Resource Pack



Keeping children up to date with the world around them, and creating opportunities to talk about the news with children.



Times Tables:

Children all have a login for their ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’ accounts and are encouraged to use this to practise daily at home. Children should aim to complete regular ‘Garage’ sessions, and have been encouraged to compete in ‘Rock Slams’ with classmates to create a little friendly rivalry and competition!


As your child plays Times Tables Rock Stars at home, please note that some of the areas are for children to practice times tables set by teachers, and some of the areas allow the children to practice all times tables up to 12×12. The areas where teachers set times tables are ‘Garage‘ and ‘Arena‘. These areas have been updated by teachers, and are ready for your children to practice now!


Purple Mash:

Children all have a login for their ‘Purple Mash’ (MiniMash) accounts. Use your login to play games or to use the ‘computing’ section to create your own games, try some 3D modelling or build on your database skills!




Online Virtual Tours


National Gallery, London

Natural History Museum, London

Tate Britain, London

Louvre Museum Paris

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Anne Franke Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tourist Destinations:

The Great Wall Of China

Taj Mahal, Agra, India


Colosseum, Rome

Northern Lights

Buckingham Palace, London

Machu Picchu


National Zoo, Washington DC

Hirakawa Zoo, Japan

Atlanta Zoo

Melbourne Zoo

San Diego, California, Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo

Dublin Zoo

Kansas City Zoo

African Animals

International Wolf Centre Live Cams

National Aquarium, USA


Useful Websites (all children)

We will endeavour to update this with new links as often as possible if we remain closed after Easter, so please keep an eye on our website for this.




Twinkl are offering parents free access to learning resources. Mindfulness focus worksheets are also available.

To access the free offer, you will need to visit and log in as a new to Twinkl member using your email address, set up a password and use the code: UKTWINKLHELPS


White Rose Maths:

The White Rose Maths Team has prepared a series of maths lessons for each year group from Years 1-8. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully.


Classroom Secrets

Classroom Secrets: Maths and reading home learning packs for schools and parents to use during school closures. Download directly from the site.


Maths with Carol Voderman:

Sign up using an email address for free access to maths sessions and games, matched to the National Curriculum.


Puffin Schools:

A great bank of resources including KS1 English resources, and KS2 English, Art, History, Science and PSHE resources. Activities include learning to draw a book character, including drawing Wimpy Kid with Jeff Kinney; writing extraordinary biographies looking at Michelle Obama, Stephen Hawking, Anne Frank, Katherine Johnson and Neil Armstrong; and Roald Dahl resource packs for books including James and the Giant Peach, The Witches and The BFG.


Top Marks

A great bank of interactive games – some tablet friendly, but others need Flash.


Master the Curriculum

Free maths resources Years 1-6.


Mrs Mactivity:

Provide your email to be sent free activities and resources to support with home learning.


ICT Games:

Free educational Maths games and English games.


Oxford Owl:

Sign up using an email address to access Reading, English and Maths resources, including interactive games. This website also provides access to a free eBook collection, developed for children aged 3–11 years old.


Explorify for Science

Provide your email to have access to free science activities for Year 1-6.


Useful Websites (EYFS & KS1 children)

We will endeavour to update this with new links as often as possible if we remain closed after Easter, so please keep an eye on our website for this.


Cbeebies – Numberblocks:

Great for EYFS and KS1, sing along and learn all about numbers with the Numberblocks!


Cbeebies – Alphablocks:

Great for EYFS and KS1, watch as the letters of the alphabet tell stories and make words using phonics. Play the learning game, watch clips and print colouring pages.


Teach Your Monster to Read:

Teach Your Monster to Read is completely free for computers, once you have signed up using an email address. This covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences.


Primary Stars:

Year 1:

Year 2:

Maths home learning packages for KS1 children.



50 Youtube Channels for Home Learning


Although we make every effort to ensure these links are accurate, up to date and relevant, St Matthew’s cannot take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers.


Support and resources to help keep your children safe online

Net Aware –
Find out more about the most popular social networks, sites and apps children are using. It gives a recommended minimum age and gives information on how to remove content, block people and report abuse.

Internet Matters –
This site provides help setting up parental controls, which can help you filter or restrict content on your home WiFi, as well as phones, tablets and games consoles.

Share Aware –
NSPCC has developed ‘Share Aware’ to help parents make informed choices about the social networking sites and apps their children use.

Keeping Safe Online: Useful Fact Sheet

Childnet International, Information & Online Resources


Acceptable Use Policies

Please find below the school Acceptable Use Policies which we ask parents and children to agree to in order to use the Internet at school.

St Matthew’s AUP











Useful Information and Contacts

NSPCC – 0808 800 5000 or

Childline – 0800 1111

Trafford Children’s First Response –  0161 912 5125 / 0161 912 2020 out of hours (Emergency Duty Team)

Trafford Domestic Abuse Service (TDAS) – 0161 872 7368

Stretford Children’s Centre and Early Help Help Hub – 0161 912 5020

School Nurse – Noelle Stockwin 0161 912 5179

Citizen’s Advice Bureau Stretford