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Useful websites for home learning

Below is a list of useful websites that you can access from home to help your child. Find many more by following this link

Phonics play

PhonicsPlay is currently letting everyone sign on for free. Username: march20 password: home. Great to learn or revise sounds. 


Twinkl are also offering free access with the code CVDTWINKLHELPS. Twinkl offers resources for all subjects from P1-7.

Khan Academy
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.

BBC Learning
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision.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.

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).

For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

Creative computer programming

Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives…/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

British Council
Resources for English language learning

Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
Geography gaming!

Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities

Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater
Educational online games

DK Find Out…
Activities and quizzes


January 2020

Our topic in P1|P2 this month is all about winter.

We will learn about:             

  • Winter Weather
  • Winter clothes and keeping warm.
  • In world Around Us we will learn about the different types of weather and keep a daily record about the changing weather
  • Understand that water changes in different conditions { ie water –to-ice}


  • We will sort random collectives of materials
  • Use money in our winter shop
  • Build with 3d shapes


  • Enjoy a range of winter storybooks
  • Use books to find out info about what clothes we wear in winter weather
  • Ask and answer question
  • Read fiction and non fiction books about winter
  • We will learn winter poems and songs
  • We will build self-confidence from good relationships and learn how to respect others

As usual a very busy time in P1|P2 classroom





September 2019   "Me and My Family"

This month in our classroom we will be learning all about ourselves. When we were a baby and all the stages we have come through in reaching P1 -How to care for a baby,What does a baby eat,Staying safe and How to dress a baby

World Around Us - Identify similarities/differences about me , Understand that we change with time (baby – Toddler) , Learn names of body parts/uses

Numeracy P1  -  Pre- number skills,  Matching, sorting, ordering, sequencing and patterns  , Concept of numbers, 0,1,2,3

Numeracy P2  -  Concept of numbers to 10, Counting to 20 , Practical grouping number games , Doubles, adding three numbers, odd/even

Literacy P1

  • Listen to stories/poems through big books , Listening centre activities
  • Shared reading , Phonics
  • Pre-writing activities , Pencil play/independent writing
  • ICT work , Letter formation

Literacy P2

  • Linguistic Phonics
  • Developing sentence writing skills
  • High Frequency Words (HFW) recognition
  • Reading skills developed

October  "Dinosaurs in Autumn"

This month we were learning about Dinosaurs.The children enjoyed reading stories about dinosaurs especially ‘Dinosaur who pooed a Planet’.They made shape dinosaurs using circle, square and triangles.We learnt some very difficult names of dinosaurs but best fun was how many dinosaurs everyone brought into class…. Amazing fun…

We focussed on ‘Signs of Autumn’. The children developed their knowledge and skills through a variety of play experiences:

  • Fruit and vegetable shop
  • House corner introducing real cooking utensils
  • Pattern making using fruit/veg.
  • Painting Autumn pictures.
  • Lego building homes for dinosaurs and hedgehogs.
  • Sorting leaves
  • Topic book corner

Through World around Us we learnt about Autumnal Changes, characteristics of Autumn, colours of leaves, the weather and different clothes we wear in Autumn.  A very busy month in P1/P2 room!!!!

Police Visit : 17th October

Today P1, P2 and P3 had a special visit from the police. Lisa and Paul from Downpatrick Police Station came to tell the children how the police take care of us and protect us. Emy and Alex modelled their police hats. Katie-Rose and Jessica were locked in handcuffs, we panicked as we thought Policeman Paul had forgotten the key!!! Phew.

The class worked with torch, orange stick for directing traffic, the baton and armour jacket.

Nancy and Ollie held the ‘Police line Do Not Cross’ tape. The highlight was when Darragh and Lola spoke on the walkie-talkies with Kaiya and Aoife.

The boys and girls had lots of questions and had a very enjoyable morning.


November: “Colour “

Our topic this month is all about ‘Colour’. We will be learning about different colours, mixing colours/light dark colours – cold / warm colours.

In literacy we will be reading stories about Elmer the colourful elephant, the Gingerbread house, The day the crayons stopped working, the rainbow fish and Bear, bear what do you see?

We will make lots of different things in art using food colours and shaving foam/ coloured chains / marble playdoh/ bubble footprints and many more.

In our number / topic we will make patterns using 2/3 different colours / with playdoh, cubes and beads etc.

We will make colourful rainbows and pictograms of our favourite colours.


December 2019: " Christmas "

During Structured Play sessions we will be -:

  • Dressing up in the Grotto,
  • Wrapping presents,
  • sorting the special letters and Christmas Parcels,
  • writing cards and labels.
  • Making Christmas decorations, angels, trees, stockings
  • making a crib for baby Jesus.

Literacy hour will allow us time to Read and listen to lots of Christmas stories. We will also be writing our ‘Santa letters’. We will be busy little Elves helping Santa in his grotto to help develop our oral language skills. Hopefully Malachy (the Post Man) will call and safely deliver our letters to the North Pole. It is a very exciting place to be in the P1/2 Classroom, as we count down to Christmas and watch for the Sparkle in the sky. Every day we will be watching to see the little elves fly over Tyrella to check that we are being good!!!        




Big Play Fun!!!!

One day each week year 1&2 enjoy a structured play session in our assembly hall. Here they get to play with large toys and equipment , helping to develop gross motor skills , dexterity, balance , flexibility , social skills and lots more. View how we get on in our gallery. 



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