Harpur Hill Primary School & Nursery

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Additional activities

General Resources and Activities:

Parents can sign up to have free daily resources for their child’s year group.  




Reading, Stories and Audio Books:

Oxford Owl have a free eBooks collection, developed for children aged 3–11 years old. These online books help your child practise reading with a range of over 100 free eBooks.  You can create a free login by clicking the link below and this will give you access to tablet friendly ebooks. 


https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ Free audio books: https://stories.audible.com/discovery 

Oliver Jeffers 'Stay at Home Story Time': https://www.oliverjeffers.com/abookaday

David Walliams is releasing a free audio story every day https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

KS2 enjoyed a visit from Tom Palmer last year.  Here he is reading some of his books: https://www.youtube.com/user/TomPalmerBlackOp and here's his website: https://tompalmer.co.uk/


Derbyshire Music Partnership are providing weekly activities, ideas and resources for continuing music learning from home – for all ages and stages of education: https://derbyshiremusichub.org.uk/get-involved/music-at-home/music-at-home.aspx

Music – a song a day: https://sameboatmusic.com/pages/sameboatmusicathome 



The Maths Factor, created by Carol Vorderman is offering a free monthly log in.  Let Carol teach maths to your children at home.  Activities are suitable from age 4-11: https://www.themathsfactor.com/

White Rose Maths: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/  Children are familiar with using these maths resources in their lessons at school.  White Rose have resources for each year group.


Mindfulness and Movement:

Go Noodle provides mindfulness and movement videos: https://family.gonoodle.com


Book Review writing:

Try to read as many books as you can.  Click on the links to download templates to write a book review.  These could be sent to your teacher who can share these either on the website or Dojo.  How many reviews can you do?

Book Review template 1      Book Review template 2

Animals and Nature

Harpur Hill children love learning about nature and animals.  Here are some websites and suggested activities.

The World Wild Life Fund has two websites:

Suitable for older children: https://www.wwf.org.uk/

Children can research endangered animals and deforestation.  You could design a poster about climate change or a fact file about an animal.     


Suitable for younger children: https://gowild.wwf.org.uk/ 

There are lots of fun animal activities including a shoe box safari on this website.


British Birds - the RSPB has a great website for kids, including online games and activities:


Children could create a report about a bird or a poster about British birds.

You could keep a tally of the number of birds found in your garden and put your findings into a graph.


Story Writing:

Mystery story – watch an episode of Scooby Doo or similar and write your own mystery story.  

Historical Story - watch an episode of Horrible Histories (available on BBC iplayer) and write a diary as if you are a character from history.

Adventure Story - read a book such as The Famous Five, Alex Rider, Dragon Rider or similar.  Write a story based on a character and setting from your favourite adventure stories.

Animal Story - read a book about animals such as Wind in the Willows, Dog Man, Butterfly Lion etc.  Write a story based on a character and setting from your favourite animal stories.


Wimpy Kid Writing:

Most of the children at Harpur Hill love Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.  

Read as many of them as you can.

Which is your favourite?  Write a review and give it a star rating.  There is a review template further up this page.

Write your very own Diary of a Wimpy Kid based on imaginary or real school life.  Try to include some illustrations!


Review Writing:

We don't want the children spending all their time on screens!  However, we know that many children enjoy playing computer games and watching TV.  Let's try to make it educational! 

Write a review for a game – here's a template to help you: video game review template (Word download)

Write a review about a film/TV show – click on the link for a template: tv/film review template