Home schooling while school is closed

Here at Frodingham, we want to do everything we can to support our children and their families during this difficult time.  The most important thing you can do is to STAY SAFE and STAY HOME.

We aim to upload some activities and things to do each week, so that parents and children do not feel overwhelmed by a mountain of work.  We understand 'home school' is not the same as school and as such, parents do not need to pile more pressure on themselves at an already stressful time.

Remember our other platforms which are available - Tapestry for nursery and reception and the facebook page.

Keep in touch via either of these methods and find links and more for things to do here.

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Please look at the documents attached about keeping safe while on lockdown.

Remember, if you need E-safety advice to look on our page, under the 'school information' tab.

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Week 1  1 - 5.6.2020

Welcome to the start of Summer 2!

Next week, I hope we will have our learning platform up and running, so each child will receive their work directly from their teacher.  Until then, here are the links to the work that key worker children will be completing in school this week.

Remember only KEY WORKER children in Year 1 and 2.


If you have access to a printer, you could try some of these activities...There's also the slides used by the teachers here too!

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File icon: pdf Ocean Animals Slide1 Monday pm [pdf 5MB] Click to download
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File icon: pdf The Five Oceans Labelling Map Activity Sheet Tuesday [pdf 973KB] Click to download

Mister Seahorse

This is the book we will be studying this week.  Watch the video carefully to learn about the different sea creatures.

Ocean animals

Watch this clip and find out about ocean animals.  What facts can you learn and remember?  Write some sentences of facts about your favourite animal.

Coral Reef

Find out more about the animals that live in the ocean by learning about a coral reef.  What facts can you find out?

Look who lives in the ocean

This book is packed with information about the creatures under the waves.  What can you learn?

Five Oceans of the world

One of the facts that KS1 children are expected to learn is the names and locations of the five oceans of the world.  This song is great for helping remember.

How to draw a seahorse

Watch this cool video and draw along with them, learning how to draw a realistic seahorse.  Have a go!

Amazing animals

Watch this amazing animals programme to find out more about seahorses.

Clown fish

Watch this video about these beautiful creatures.  Can you draw a picture and label all the features of the fish?


Play Karate Cats and Bud's number garden to practise your basic maths skills.  From Monday, remember that BBC Bitesize will upload new lessons each day for maths.

Week 5    18 - 22 May 2020

This is the last week of this half term!  We will hopefully have our exciting new learning platform up and running after half term, so watch this space!


Spelling, punctuation and grammar!

Work through the videos and activities on this page.  it is all about improving your sentences.

Remember, you need your Espresso login for this - see the Facebook group.


Let's look at shapes.

On thise section of Espresso, you can see lots of videos, activities, fact files and printable things to do.  Have a good look through the videos and activities.  Can you name and describe 2d shapes?  What about 3d shapes?  Can you sort them?  There are so many things to do here it will take you a while!


In this unit, you will find lots more videos, activities and printable worksheets to do.  You can be inspired by watching and listening to some super poetry and then have a go at writing your own.  Upload your finished piece and let us see!

Ary from junk!

As we are all spending so much time at home, why not get creative with some bits and bobs you might find laying around?  On this CBeebies page, you can get lots of ideas of fun things to make and do!  Have a look and have fun!

Superheroes game

Play this fun superhero game and work on your English skills of spelling, punctuation and grammar, from BBC Bitesize.

Seasonal change

One of the big elements we learn about in science, is all about seasonal change.  This might be weather, animals, plants or the length of the day.  Watch these videos and see what seasonal change you can identify.  What season are we in now?  Can you make a list of seasonal changes you can see in your own garden or neighbourhood?

Week 4   11 - 15 May 2020

TV ideas

We are all getting a bit used to being at home now, watching way too much TV!  If this sounds like your house, then use the TV as inspiration for some writing.  This page has loads of ideas for using our favourite TV programmes as starting points for writing.  Have a go and see how you get on...


Here is a site that has lots of science lessons and investigations you can try at home.  There are lots of links to fun things to explore and lots of science activitieis to try.  This lesson is all about the senses.  We do this work in year one usually, so year 2 - can you remember?

The world

As we can't get out at the moment, why not take this opportunity to find out about places around the world?  We studied Australia earlier this year, how much can you remember about it?  What about Katie Morag?  Can you remember where she lives?  On this site, there are lots of short films about children living in different parts of the world and how they compare.  Choose a couple of clips to watch.  What kind of place would you like to live when you grow up?  A busy city or a quiet rural area?  Write a description of somewhere you would like to live, or a description of where you live now.

English - super mover style!

There are lots of things we need to learn in English, like the alphabet, silent letters, grammar rules and many, many more.  So why not try and learn them while having fun?!  Here, there are lots of videos to choose from with super movers singing and dancing while learning important skills and facts.  Have a go!


Now the weather is warming up (although it may be temporary!) plants are starting to grow.  Have a look at this whole project on plants.  It teaches you about how plants grow, parts of plants, plants we eat as well as stories to do with plants.  Maybe it will inspire you to grow a plant of your own?  This is on Espresso, so remember your password and login details.  If you can't remember, then check out the Facebook page - Frodingham Infant School group.


There's lots of important things we need to learn in maths that are basic skills, so that we can use them to help us to do harder tasks when we are older.  Here are lots of ways to practise those key skills of counting, ordering and place value.  Can you remember how to write those tricky numbers like 12?  what about read numbers as words?  These are all skills we practise all the time, so remind yourself to make sure you don't forget!  Again, make sure you know your Espresso login details.

Stories and activities

If you click on the link above it takes you to the story time section on Espresso.  Choose a story, then on the left hand side choose 'videos' to watch the story and other films about the story.  Then choose 'activities' from the left hand menu and you can practise your comprehension skills by answering questions about the book.  Let us know how you get on.

Letters and sounds

Don't forget about the letters and sounds chennel of you tube that was started eariler on in lockdown.  It has brilliant lessons and resources and is great for daily practise of skills.  Keep watching the site as it updates all the time.

Oak Academy

Here is the government's site, aimed at helping to deliver learning at home during lockdown.  There are lots of lessons and subjects to have a go at, all split into year groups to make finding the right lessons easier.  Keep checking as it updates all the time.

Week 3   4 - 8 May 2020

As this week is the 75th anniversary of VE day, we have some themed activities to try...

What is VE Day?

Watch this clip to understand what VE day is and what it meant for everyone back then.  Maybe you could write a poem or a short diary of what it would have been like then, compared to today.

VE day

Here is another short video about VE day and what happened.


Here's how to make bunting to decorate your home.

VE Day craft

If you like making things, there's lots of ideas to make and do on this site.  You can print out, colour in or create you own bookmarks, posters and medals!


Make your own Union Jack Flags...here's how!

British Legion

On the British Legion website it tells you all about different ways people are planning on marking the celebrations, from 8-10 May.

Mental health

We are becoming quite used to this 'new normal' way of life, but it all happened so fast!  Our little people may be feeling quite anxious about school, friends, Covid-19 and many other things.  Here is a lovely new book that is available now as an e-reader.  Click on the picture and read the book online.

Money game

We use Gareth Metcalfe's work in school to help train teachers.  Here is a maths problem you can use at home, using coins.  Watch the video to find out how to tackle the investigation.


This is a great site that has lots of songs on - some that we sing in school.  it gives you all the words and ideas for actions too!  So why not have a family sing-a-long?!

Week 2   27 April - 1 May 2020


This site is brilliant for teaching maths concepts and practising key skills.  We use it in school too!  Have a look on here each week for their free lessons and resources.  Enjoy!

National Academy

Don't forget...this fantastic website has a range of subjects organised into age appropriate sections.  keep looking every week as they will update it.

Brain training

Let's make sure we are using our brains and memories everyday!  Here is a selection of fun mental games to help aid memory, reactions and brain speed.  Why not do child v parent!?!  Who can get the highest score?  let us know...

Hansel and Gretel

It's been a long time since the children did any story writing.  Have a look at this page.  There is a narrated story, powerpoint, pictures, sequence cards and even some masks if you can print them off.  Why not have a go at retelling the story, maybe even writing the story or a description of one of the characters.  You might even be able to use props and story-tell the story.  Maybe you could video or photograph any end results.  This is a great story, you could dress up and make the witch really wicked!

Birthday Card

As you will have seen on the news, Captain Tom Moore has had a huge fund-raising effort for the NHS.  It is his 100th birthday on 1 May and this article tells you how to send him a birthday card.  This would be valuable learning for the children to hear his story and get involved.

Fun brain games

These games will test your brain power and give you a bit of fun too.  Which is your favourite?

Summer Term 1 


week 1 20-24 April

It is tricky being at home - it has been four long weeks now!  We know, that as parents we don't want our children to be glued to screens all day.  We also know that as parents, most of us aren't teachers!  We are trying to upload engaging and useful activities that are 'stress free' for parents (is there such a thing?!) but also meaningful for the children.  We are also keen to use activities that don't require lots of resources, etc. so that they are accessible to everyone.

Have a go.  get involved.  Let us know of your triumphs (or problems) on the facebook page.

Times tables

Why not use this time to practise those key skills of multiplication facts.  They are so important and become even more so in key stage 2.  

Year 1 - 2, 5, 10

Year 2 - 2, 3, 5, 10

Children need to be able to recall facts (so if you say 2x7 they can say 14 straight away).

Car activities

If you have a little 'petrol head' in your house, why not try these fun activities.  They are all car themed, with activities like word searches, spot the difference and colouring.  Pring and enjoy!

Common exception words

Children find it so hard to spell, as the English language has so many words that don't follow the usual phonics spelling patterns.  Here you can see the list of words that children are expected to be able to read and spell and there are links to other sites with common exception word spellings.                      


Way back in Autumn term, we gave out Espresso education log in details (stuck inside reading records).  This is the details you need to log in.  It is a wonderful resource full of videos, stories, games and quizzes.  The topics we have covered so far in KS1 are Ourselves, Star gazing, Super heroes and Australia.  Why not see if the children can remember any of the skills and facts they learnt?  There's also lots of basic skills of reading, writing and maths too.

To get your login details go to our facebook group page...just click the thumb!



Whilst at home, this is a great opportunity for some practical maths.  Click on the picture above, or the link below and download some activities to try at home.  They are totally practical, using the ingredients in your cupboards!  There are also lots of links to visit, for games, challenges and other activities to try when you have explored the topic practically.  Enjoy!

Oak National Academy

The government has realised what a tricky time this is for children and families and are concerned for the amount of time our children are not in school.  As a way to try and combat this, the gorvernment has set up a national online academy with 40 top teachers from around the country.  They have created an online resource, where children all over the country can log in and access learning.

All you need to do, is click the picture above to go to the home page. 

Then click 'classroom' at the top right.

Then click 'schedule' at the top right.

Now, click your year group.

There are three hours of lessons for each day!  Week one is there already and other weeks will be added.  There's lots of interesting things - such as Spanish for year two!  Let us know how you get on.

Easter holidays

The Easter Story

If we were in school, we would be finding out about the Christian story of Easter and why we celebrate Easter.  Watch this simple video of the story, then have a discussion.


Join in with this sing-a-long version of one of our favourite Easter songs.  Can you remember all the actions?

Spring Chicken

Sing-a-long with another of our favourite Easter songs, Spring Chicken.  Don't forget those dance moves!

Mindfulness colouring

If you have access to a printer, try some of these activities.  There is mindfulness colouring and a whole range of activities like word searches and games to print and do.  Have fun!

Easy Easter baskets

Fancy an easy DT project?  Watch this simple video and make your own Easter basket.  We would have made them in school, so why not try at home?

Pop-up chick

Here is another easy make.  It will really help you work on your cutting skills!  Why not see what other characters you can make?


Have a go at some singing at home.  Learn the words to this song and sing along!  Maybe you could make a dance routine?  Maybe you could invent new verses of your own with other favourite vegetables in?  Upload onto facebook to show us what you've created!

File icon: mp3 Vegetables are Absolutely Great [mp3 2MB] Click to download
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Week 2

Well done, you have surived the first week!!!

In these difficult times, try to make some memories and don't worry so much about pencil and paper learning.  Try other activities to get your child's interest levels up and keep their mind active.


Raspberry Buns

Try doing some baking!  Here is a recipe that doesn't need too many ingredients and is easy enough for a child to follow.  Remember, they need help with the oven, but this will help with weighing and measuring in a fun, practical way.  

When they have finished, they can write out the recipe too.  Plus, you get a delicious treat.  Winner!

Cooking is fun!

There's lots of websites with easy recipes for children to follow.  Why not try some of these?  The children can watch the videos too.  Cick the picture.

Outdoor learning

At school, we try as much as possible to make learning practical and fun.  Being outside is one of the best ways to do this.  Have a look at these activities and find some practical ideas.  There are some good memory makers here!  Remember social distance rules and stay within your garden or outside your house.  Click the picture.

Signs of spring

As spring is on the way, watch this short film about plants and animals.  How many of the plants can your children name?  Have they seen them anywhere near their house?  How many animals can they identify?  Do they know the names of animals and their young?  Click the picture to watch the film.

Bird spotting

As we are spending lots of time indoors, why not try bird spotting!  Find a place and be really quiet.  See if there are any birds about.  You might need to put some food out for them - remember when we made bird feeders at school?  Use this website to identify which birds you have seen.  Maybe you could keep a tally chart of the ones you see?  Maybe draw pictures of them.  Why not call your grandparents and get them to spot some too?  Click the robin.

Animals and their young

Find out some more about animals.  This website lists almost every animal you can think of, in terms of the male, female, young and family name for a group.  It is so interesting to find out new words!  Do you name what a grou of crows is called?  How about a group of hedgehogs?  Have a look.  Maybe you can write down the weirdest ones and draw pictures of your favourite animals.  remember to do your neatest handwriting!  Try and learn the facts so you can use them in our next topics.  Click the picture.

Build a den!

If you have more than one child, this is a great team building activity, where the children will have to work together to solve problems and negotiate their ideas.  Have plenty of pegs and hair bobbles at the ready to help secure blankets!  Then, when it is finished, why not read your favourite book in there?  Take photos and enjoy!

Hit the button maths game

This is a great game for practising key maths skills, such as doubles, number bonds and multiplication facts.  Choose which area you want to focus on and play the game.  Can you best your best score?

Y1 - number bonds to 10 and 20, multiplication facts for x2, x5 and x10, doubles and halves

Y2 - number bonds to 20 with missing numbers, multiplication facts for x2, x3, x5 and x10, division facts for 2, 3, 5 and 10

Who is quicker, the adults or the children?  Let the maths games begin!!

Spelling games

As part of the National Curriculum, children in year one and two have to learn to spell 'common exception words' - words that don't follow usual spelling patterns and so are difficult to learn.  There are loats of games to try here and you can choose different age groups and different words to practise.  Try it on screen and maybe write down any they get stuck on to practise a bit more.  Spelling is always an area children struggle with, so get practising!

Week 1

Mindfulness yoga

If you or your little ones need a calming activity, try these yoga stories.  There are lots to choose from, but favourites in school were minecraft and the gruffalo!

Click the picture above.

Learning through songs

One of our favourite activities at school is singing what we are learning.  Try to learn your multiplication facts here.  Year 1 - 2, 5 and 10.  Year 2 - 2, 3, 5 and 10.  There's lots of other songs here to try too, so you can remember those key facts and basic skills.

Click the picture.

Drawing people

One of the hardest skills to master is drawing people.  At school, children find it really hard to draw proper figures and to move away from stick men.  Here is a really easy tutorial on how to draw people, so why not try and draw a family portrait while everyone is stuck at home!  You can send your masterpieces into the facebook page where we can publish them for everyone to see.

Click on the picture.

Australian animals

If you were enjoying our topic on Australia, why not watch this documentary about weird animals!  If you listen carefully, you could learn some facts and then draw a picture of one of the animals and label it with top facts.

Click the picture.

Topic facts

Enjoying learning about the  continentsof the world, by singing this song.  The children have loved singing it in school...but be warned....it is really catchy and you will find yourself singing it too!

Oceans of the world

More topic fun!  SIng the song and learn the geography facts.

Maths with parents

If you want to keep practising maths basic skills with your child, this website has some great activities all set to the right level.  All you need to do is click the picture above, then select 'school closure' and 'my school is not using maths with parents'.  Then you can sign up for an account for free.  You can add as many children as you need to and their year group.  Keep working through activities and collecting trophies!


Phonics is something your children will be able to teach you about!  On this website, there are videos and activities to do, practising all the graphemes and phonemes taught so far.  Children in reception should be looking at phase 3 and 4, those in year one should be looking at phase 5 and children in year 2 children can recap and of the spellings they are unsure of.

This site is usually subject to a fee, but they have made it free during this time.  Make sure you use the app version for on a phone or tablet.