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Learning (and playing) at home

On this page:

This is a library of ideas to visit when you need.

  1. Class Dojo
  2. Links to activities and games
  3. Links to lists of fun things to do
  4. Reading and maths
  5. Helen Currie's Story Time
  6. Listen to stories online
  7. Podcasts for children
  8. Cooking together
  9. Child-friendly workouts
  10. Arts and crafts
  11. Screen-based activities
  12. Book publishers' online activities
  13. Places (e.g. museums and Mars) to visit online
  14. Learning help for older children, teens and adults

Class Dojo

We use Class Dojo to join together the ‘playing to learn’ we do in school with what you do at home. When your child starts school with us you will get a username and password.

Links to activities and games

Links to blogs of links

Reading and maths

  • Love My Books All about children's books including search for good books by age, topic, traditional tales and more, and activity to do together
  • maths in the early years

Helen Currie's Story Time

Listen to stories online

Podcasts for children

Recommended by Waltham Forest Parent Forum:

Some are free, but most require a subscription to Spotify or to the individual podcast:

Barefoot Books Podcast – beautiful stories for small children
Circle Round – folktales for children aged 4 to 10
Peace Out – mindfulness stories for children
Purple Rocket – adventure stories
Sparkle Stories – magic and wonder stories
Story Pirates – pirates stories
Story Time with Yarn Story Factory – FREE stories
Storyformed – celebrate how stories nourish and shape us; for parents/carers
StoryNory – FREE stories; search by American school grade
What if World – all kinds of stories told by Mr Eric
Wow in the world – science and technology stories

Cooking together

Child-friendly workouts

Arts and crafts

Screen-based activities

Learn how to set up parental controls on the NSPCC website

Book publishers' online activities

Places (e.g.museums and Mars) to visit online

In particular:

The British Museum - located in the heart of London, this virtual tour allows you to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies

NASA - visit the NASA image gallery

San Diego Zoo  - the San Diego Zoo has a website  with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour

Yellowstone Park - tour Yellowstone National Park!

Access Mars - explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.

farmfood 360 - this Canadian site Farm Food 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs.

Learning help for older children, teens and adults

  • Khan Academy - FREE help with homework (for parents who are confused by their children's school work as well as for children!)
  • - search by country for geographic, economic and demographic data
  • Funbrain - explore how our planet is put together
  • Scratch - code stories, games and animation
  • puzzle-words – all kinds of puzzles
  • TEDEd - all kinds of interesting videos
yoga - free and donation sessions to try at home in private

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