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Learning At Home: Our Collection Of Useful Links
Looking for more inspiration for home learning while schools are closed? We’re collating our favourites below. This list will be updated regularly, so please check back!
- Show My Homework: Each week, your child’s subject teachers will be setting Home Learning. Students can check their homework calendar, view tasks and download resources, contact their teachers, and even submit work.
- HASN’s own Sharepoint: teachers have been working hard to plan and upload learning resources for all subjects (accessible using your child’s HASN computer log-in details by clicking here or selecting the appropriate Sharepoint in the ‘Portal Links’ at the top of our homepage.
- Bedrock Vocabulary: our fantastic vocabulary learning system, providing students with online lessons to boost their word power. Now available for all years, including Yr 10 and 11. Students in Yr 7-9 should be completing at least 2 online lessons per week. Please contact Mrs Oakley if you have not yet received log-in details reminders by next week (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Oliver Jeffers’ story time live on Instagram (for students’ younger siblings):
- The Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Day: you can sign up here for Word of the Day email updates!
- The Guardian’s Word of the Week
- [stories.audible.com]Audible: The audiobook company has said that, “For as long as schools are closed, we’re open,” and have made hundreds of audiobooks for children free to access, with no need to enter any bank details.
- The Carnegie Award: The annual award for children’s books has recently released its 2020 shortlist, with some brilliant books on it, including the latest by Angie Thomas, the author of ‘The Hate U Give’. There are also resources on its websites to get children discussing the texts.
- Online newspapers: these are a brilliant way to read high-quality non-fiction (particularly useful for our Yr 10s). The Guardian’s and the Independent’s articles are available free at all times, and The Telegraph is currently offering a 30-day free trial.
- Talu Tales: a fantasy story world that inspires children to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They are on a mission to close the gender gap one story at a time, with stories that feature female characters in non-stereotypical plotlines. They released little story surprises for 11 hours in a row, and you can access these surprises from their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels.
- Mac Barnett’s Book Club show is an interactive treat. He’s created mini themed shows that have regular time slots that children can tune into each day. They are part live theatre, part comedy skit, part craft lesson.
The National Literacy Trust has put together an amazing collection of resources to help parents with home schooling. Have a look at the Family Zone on their website for literacy resources from literacy experts and some famous faces (check out David Walliams' contributions).
Zone In :For students over 13, they have launched Zone In. Zone In is designed for students to access themselves and is full of fun and engaging challenges for them to get involved with (including social media competitions in writing poetry and comedy scripts).