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Some great museums websites to visit 

Bring on the battle with the Royal Collection Trust

Imagine you are a soldier hundreds of years ago trying to conquer Windsor Castle: is it easy to break in or are the defences strong enough to keep you out? Find out by playing the Bring on the Battle! game.

https://www.rct.uk/resources/game-bring-on-the-battle-childrens-activity

Make marbled paper with the William Morris Gallery

Follow the gallery’s guide to marbling using shaving foam. Each week the gallery is sharing a new at home art activity. Look at the website.

https://www.wmgallery.org.uk/learning/learning-at-home

 

Try an online quiz on the brain with Hat Works Museum

The Hat Works Museum has worked with scientists, students and artists to create an online quiz and activity all about the brain. How do our brains work when we think, feel and behave? Aimed at Year 5. Take the quiz.

https://apps.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/surveys/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=9lKM56763

Braid a bracelet with the Museum of Richmond

The Museum of Richmond has a how-to video for making a friendship bracelet using an Anglo-Saxon braiding technique. Give it a watch and learn about the Anglo Saxons whilst you create! Watch the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xjlKUxyFew

Take a virtual ride on the Mail Rail with the Postal Museum

For a limited time only, experience the sights and sounds of the underground railway beneath the streets of London. You can also find some great activity sheets on the museum’s website.

https://www.postalmuseum.org/make-a-connection/

Make a mammoth with Museums Sheffield

Create a rather charming mammoth with this guide from Museums Sheffield on Facebook. Join their #MondayMakes each week for more crafty ideas.

Take a computing heritage challenge with the Museum of Computing

Can you identify the computing pioneers, arrange old artefacts in order or identify retro games to find a word? Take one of these challenges.

https://www.tnmoc.org/challenge-heritage

Create art with National Galleries Scotland

Fill up your week with these free fun art activities! Every Monday, National Galleries Scotland posts five creative activities that have been designed to enable children and families to make their own discoveries about art. Find the latest activities.

https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/features/home-where-art-creative-curriculum-kids

 Design a dress with the Fashion Museum

Find colouring sheets, learn finger knitting and design a dress with the Bath-based Fashion Museum. Visit the website.

https://www.fashionmuseum.co.uk/learning-life

Finish a story started by Jacqueline Wilson with the Foundling Museum

Renowned children’s author Jacqueline Wilson has started a new story inspired by two small children who grew up at the Foundling Hospital in London. She is inviting children aged 6-16 to help complete and illustrate the story over the coming weekshttps://foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/story-writing-illustration-competition/

 

Learn to juggle with The Lowry

Mimbre Acrobats have put together this video to help you learn how to juggle. You can get started with oranges or any round objects if you don’t have balls, even sockshttps://thelowryblog.com/2020/04/08/learn-to-juggle-with-mimbre/

 

Join the Roman Army with Time & Tide Museum

Do you have what it takes to join the Roman Army? Find out with Titus Flavius’ army training programme, now recruiting ages 7-11

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybtMv6WD100&feature=youtu.be

 

Get out in the garden with the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

Find colouring sheets, animal wordsearches and go on a nature trail in your garden or local green space with the help of thesehttp://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag/family-home-learning/

 

Become an undercover time explorer with Historic Royal Palaces

Step into the shoes of a Tudor servant and help plan a feast for Henry VIII. But be careful! You must avoid being caught as an imposter in this game for primary school students. https://www.hrp.org.uk/schools/five-brilliant-history-resources-for-home-schooling/#gs.4ue2yo

 

Make your own musical instruments with the National Civil War Centre

Make your own bagpipes, drums or membraneophone. This is just one of whole host of learning from home ideas from the brilliant Civil War Centre, from crafts to quizzes. You can also try their Sconce Invaders game – become a Royal Musketeer and defend Newark from advancing Parliamentarians!http://www.nationalcivilwarcentre.com/learningfromhome/

 

Try one of Doc.Yard’s kitchen science experiments with Chatham Historic Dockyard

Doc.Yard is in self-isolation in his secret lab, but he’s managed to send a few fun science experiments for you to recreate from the safety of your kitchen. https://thedockyard.co.uk/the-collections/museum-from-home/

 

Complete the Creative Challenge with Epping Forest District Museum

Complete at least 20 creative activities to get your 20/20 Creativity Challenge certificate. The activities are designed to keep you imaginative and to make with things you have at home. Watch out for hints, tips and tutorials on social media.  https://efdmuseum.com/2020-creativity-challenge/

 

Create a time capsule with Valentines Mansion

How are you spending your time during lockdown? Capture your feelings and daily life for future generations by making a stay at home time capsule.  https://whatsonredbridge.org/#/event/460

 

Ironbridge Museum

https://www.ironbridge.org.uk/museum-from-home/

Iron bridge has taken its museum online, there are virtual tours, and activities to do.

 

 Tune in to Time Travel TV with the National Archives

The National Archives are inviting children and families across the country to join them for Time Travel TV. Each week, on a Tuesday and Thursday, they are broadcasting fun-filled sessions bringing the archives and its fascinating objects to your armchair! Watch an episode.

https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/students/time-travel-tv/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn

 

Minecraft your museum with National Museum Wales

Use your imagination to build your dream museum in Minecraft. You could win a VIP trip for you and your class once museums reopen. Find out more.

https://museum.wales/blog/2020-04-21/Competition---Minecraft-your-Museum/

 

Become a History Detective with the George Muller Museum

Hunt for clues in the museum’s photographic collection and tell the story of the orphaned children of Bristol, looked after by missionary George Muller. Find out how.

https://www.mullers.org/extra

 

Design a football strip with National Football Museum

Answer tricky quiz questions, spot the subtle differences in kits, decipher the history of the football shirt and make your own origami jerseys with the National Football Museum website.

https://www.nationalfootballmuseum.com/communities/stayathome/

 

Make your own exploding rocket with Eureka!

Rocket science doesn’t need to be complicated! Join Darren and Alex as they go on a journey of exploration into the facts behind rocket explosions. Here’s a rocket explosion for you to try.

https://www.eureka.org.uk/eureka-at-home/

 

Play Noteworthy with the Bank of England Museum

Each of the Banknote Examiners in Debden Printing Works checked thousands of notes a day for printing errors. Play Noteworthy to find out if you could do their job.

http://www.bankofengland.education/topolski/noteworthy/index.html?sf119217138=1

 

Make a homemade compass with the REME Museum

Have fun making a homemade compass with a fridge magnet and a needle, then create a treasure hunt inside your house! Find out how on the REME Museum website. There’s a new challenge every Friday.

http://www.rememuseum.org.uk/challenge/

 

Connect to nature with Chatsworth House

Take a look at Chatsworth House’s new learning resources for ages 5-11, helping you explore the wonder of nature from indoors. Explore how to use and make maps, follow compass directions and discover ways that animals adapt to survive. Visit the website.

https://www.chatsworth.org/your-visit/learning/learning-resources/

 

 Create a mini archaeological dig with the Elgin Museum

This sheet will show you how to create a mini archaeological dig and how to excavate one using the tools and skills employed by real archaeologists! Take a look at this guide from the Elgin Museum.

https://elginmuseum.org.uk/l/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Activity-3-Dig-box.pdf

 

Stay curious with Peak District Lead Mining Museum

Each week this Derbyshire museum is releasing a new learning and activity pack for children, including craft ideas, word searches, maths puzzles and more! Topics so far have included nocturnal creatures, rocks and miners. Find the latest packs on the museum’s website.

https://peakdistrictleadminingmuseum.co.uk/917-2/

 

Ironbridge Musuem at home!

Lots of interesting things to do and see! 

https://www.ironbridge.org.uk/museum-from-home/

 

Museum of Zoology - University of Cambridge 

Play one your window bingo. Go to the site and download your bingo card and give the game a go. When you are out on your daily walk see what birds, plants, butterflies or other animals you can see. 

https://museumofzoologyblog.com/

 

Make a Norman Soldiers helmet with the Reading Museum

As well as a whole host of other activities exploring the Bayeux Tapestry, the Roman Empire, Ancient Egypt and more. 

https://www.readingmuseum.org.uk/resources/resources-for-primary-school-aged-children

 

Under 5’s

https://www.readingmuseum.org.uk/resources/resources-for-primary-school-aged-children

 

Great Fire of London

Learn how the Great Fire started with the Museum of London’s Great Fire of London game. You can also download free Minecraft maps, showing detailed virtual models of 17th Century London and how it burnt down. 

http://www.fireoflondon.org.uk/game/

 

http://www.fireoflondon.org.uk/minecraft/

 

Visit The Vikings with Yorkshire Museum of Farming

Discover what life in a Viking village was like through Murton Park’s series of activity videos. Find out how to make an oil lamp, bake bread, play games and lots more on the museum’s Facebook page - Yorkshire Museum of Farming - Murton Park

 

Write a short story about Lincoln Castle

Lucy the dragon has been a visitor to Lincoln Castle for over 1,000 years. Imagine what she must have seen and tell her stories in this competition. The only limit is your imagination! Go to the website and find out more! 

https://www.lincolncastle.com/content/meet-lucy

 

 

Test your engineering skills with the Tank Museum

Every Monday the Tank Museum is setting a new challenge for school children form making a model tank to designing a shop front. Visit the website to find the latest challenge. 

 

https://www.tankmuseum.org/schools-and-research/kids

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheTankMuseum/community

 

 

Go on Adventures in History with the Imperial War Museum

Each Wednesday families can explore a different theme in a new video fro meh Imperial War museum. You can even get your questions answered by an expert in the comments section. Then on a Friday you can Judi the Family Mission activity with is shared on the museum’s Facebook and Twitter channels. 

 

https://www.iwm.org.uk/learning

 

Get Crafty with Two Temple Place

Get creative with these free art resources. Have a go at making a toilet roll yarn monster, a magic carpet, an origami boat and much more! 

 

https://twotempleplace.org/learning/

Some Great Websites to try out!

Museum of Zoology - University of Cambridge 

Play one your window bingo. Go to the site and download your bingo card and give the game a go. When you are out on your daily walk see what birds, plants, butterflies or other animals you can see. 

https://museumofzoologyblog.com/

 

Make a Norman Soldiers helmet with the Reading Museum

As well as a whole host of other activities exploring the Bayeux Tapestry, the Roman Empire, Ancient Egypt and more. 

https://www.readingmuseum.org.uk/resources/resources-for-primary-school-aged-children

 

Under 5’s

https://www.readingmuseum.org.uk/resources/resources-for-primary-school-aged-children

 

Great Fire of London

Learn how the Great Fire started with the Museum of London’s Great Fire of London game. You can also download free Minecraft maps, showing detailed virtual models of 17th Century London and how it burnt down. 

http://www.fireoflondon.org.uk/game/

 

http://www.fireoflondon.org.uk/minecraft/

 

Visit The Vikings with Yorkshire Museum of Farming

Discover what life in a Viking village was like through Murton Park’s series of activity videos. Find out how to make an oil lamp, bake bread, play games and lots more on the museum’s Facebook page - Yorkshire Museum of Farming - Murton Park

 

Write a short story about Lincoln Castle

Lucy the dragon has been a visitor to Lincoln Castle for over 1,000 years. Imagine what she must have seen and tell her stories in this competition. The only limit is your imagination! Go to the website and find out more! 

https://www.lincolncastle.com/content/meet-lucy

 

 

Test your engineering skills with the Tank Museum

Every Monday the Tank Museum is setting a new challenge for school children form making a model tank to designing a shop front. Visit the website to find the latest challenge. 

 

https://www.tankmuseum.org/schools-and-research/kids

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheTankMuseum/community

 

 

 

Go on Adventures in History with the Imperial War Museum

Each Wednesday families can explore a different theme in a new video fro meh Imperial War museum. You can even get your questions answered by an expert in the comments section. Then on a Friday you can Judi the Family Mission activity with is shared on the museum’s Facebook and Twitter channels. 

 

https://www.iwm.org.uk/learning

 

Get Crafty with Two Temple Place

Get creative with these free art resources. Have a go at making a toilet roll yarn monster, a magic carpet, an origami boat and much more! 

 

https://twotempleplace.org/learning/

 

Parents have asked us to put information online to help you when you are at home with your child/ren. We are often asked how you can help them more at home or that you are unsure of what you can do to support your child/ren. 

So here are some great resources to help you. 

 

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This link will take you to Oxford Owls where there is a variety of videos demonstrating how school teaches your children maths. As well as ways you can help them. 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/at-school/maths-at-primary-school/

 

Place Value - how to videos

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/advice-for-parents/learning-at-home-videos/parent-how-to-videos/how-to-help-with-place-value-videos/

 

 

Reading at Home

Parents and carers, looking for 20 minutes a day to sit down and enjoy an audiobook with your children?

 

Every day at 11am you can listen to the next free audio installment of Fing with Elevenses from the World Of David Walliams.

 

You can also catch up on any chapters you have missed 🎧👇

https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

This link will bring you to the scholastic home learning page where packs are available for all year groups.

https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/homelearning

 

This link will bring you to videos on supporting your children with reading and comprehension skills. 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/advice-for-parents/learning-at-home-videos/parent-how-to-videos/how-to-help-with-comprehension-videos/

 

This link will take you to Oxford Owls where you will find a wealth of information to help you. It's split into year groups and age ranges. There are parents guides as well as practical activities to do with your child. 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/advice-for-parents/reading-at-home/

 

This link will take you to a library of hundreds of free books that your child can read on a tablet, or other mobile device. You do have to register but it is free. 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/find-a-book/library-page?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=&book=1&book_type=&series=#

 

Spelling and Phonics

 

Phonics Play

This is an online learning resource which is available to parents for free during the Coronavirus concern.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

 

How to videos to help you with phonics at home.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/advice-for-parents/learning-at-home-videos/parent-how-to-videos/how-to-help-with-phonics-videos/

This link will take you to resources and information to help you with spellings at home including games to play. 

 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/advice-for-parents/help-with-spelling/

 

This is a blog about Five creative ways to help your child learn their spellings 

https://blog.oxfordowl.co.uk/five-creative-ways-to-help-with-spelling-homework/

 

Grammar and Punctuation 

 

This link has great videos to support you at home helping your children with Grammar and Punctuation. The videos are half way down the page. 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/advice-for-parents/help-with-spelling/

 

Writing 

Lots of advice in helping your child write at home, including a video on handwriting. 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/at-school/writing-at-primary-school/

 

Encouraging creative writing at home with free resources to download and a blog with tips. 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/advice-for-parents/encouraging-writing/

 

 

SATS

 These are the national tests that children in Year 2 and Year 6 take in May every year. 

 

Here are are some links to give you more information and how you can support your child.

 

Year 2 SATs

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/at-school/assessment-at-primary-school/KS1-SATs/

 

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