Learning from Home / Dysgu o Adref
At Ysgol Ffordd Dyffryn, we are working to help all our learners to stay safe and to continue learning during these unprecedented times. Please find below a range of resources which can be used alongside your child’s Home Learning Pack and online support. We hope that you find them useful, and remember to stay in touch with School via Twitter, Seesaw and by phone (01492 878907).
Google Classroom (Years 5&6 only)
Keeping in Touch
Don’t forget you can keep in touch with your child’s class teacher through the Seesaw app. We’d love to see what your children are up to so please keep sending your photos to us via the app.
There have been many educational resources that have become available recently. Below are just a few examples that you might like to try!
Please click the links to access the external websites which may be useful in supporting your child’s home learning.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services have a dedicated resources website. Follow the link to access a range of online resources designed specifically to help support mental health and well-being during this time.
Oxford Owl have a range of reading, English and Maths activities available online. There are lots of E-books and phonics activities to support home learning.
A fantastic library of songs, both in English and Welsh for you to practice at home.
Think U Know is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. This has excellent resources for parents and carers also. Stay safe online!
Information and games designed to help keep children safe as they grow up.
The White Rose Maths Team has prepared a series of five maths lessons for each year group from Year 1-8. We will be adding five more each week for the next few weeks. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully.
Explore Carol Vorderman’s online maths tutoring site. Suitable for children aged 4 to 11 years old. The Maths Factor FREE for everyone (usually about £2 per week) to support children’s continued learning at home for the duration of the UK Schools closure period.
Each link gives children the opportunity to practise their times tables online.
Information, resources and links for the daily home maths lessons hosted by Gareth Metcalfe during the UK school closures for Covid-19. New lessons will be posted again from 20th April!
KS2 pupils have passwords and access to My Maths, where teachers can set activities.
Use BBC Bitesize to help with your homework, revision and learning. Find free videos, step-by-step guides, activities and quizzes by level and subject.
The Twinkl Wales team have collated a range of resources for each year group, from Nursery-Year 6, which pupils can use at home.
Topmarks gives children the opportunity to learn online, through safe, fun and engaging games and activities. Search through a bank of interactive games by topic or subject and age group. There is also a dedicated a Parents’ Resources page.
TTS have created activity books for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children. Each book contains over 40 home learning activities and is free to download.
Letter-join is the teacher’s companion for teaching cursive handwriting combining interactive animations and worksheets for real handwriting practice. Please ask your class teacher for log in details if you do not have them.
Access thousands of enhanced digital books, including fiction and non-fiction.
Read Write Inc. phonic lessons can now take place at home. 7 speed sound lessons, including word time and spellings. Children can watch these at home every weekday.
Book Trust have a range of free online books – perfect for storytime! You can also watch videos, play games and quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters. Why not try your luck by entering one of their competitions?
Enjoy listening to a free story everyday read by the author David Walliams.
A fun and engaging way to support phonics and early reading. The computer version is free!
Audible – an Amazon company. Follow the link to stream stories for free to your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Suitable for children of all ages. For as long as schools are closed, we’re open! Right now, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
- Pori Drwy Stori
Pori Drwy Stori inspires a love of books, stories and rhymes and supports children to develop speaking, listening and numeracy skills. Watch or listen to familiar rhymes from the ‘It’s Time to Rhyme!’ calendar.
Get active and workout with the Body Coach Joe Wicks.
Specialist resources aimed at improving children’s physical and sport skills are being made available for free for use during the Coronavirus lockdown. ‘Play to Learn’ and ‘Dragon Multi-skills and Sport available here!
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation activities for children aged 3+.
The home of weekly dance tutorials from world renowned dance group ‘Diversity’! Whether you’re an experienced dancer or just starting out in your bedroom, 20DV can take you to the next level!
Shonette Bason Wood is great for younger children. She works on fine motor skills using playdough – have your children told you about ‘Dough Disco’?
Fun and creative activities, built by teachers to help you guide your child through fundamental parts of the computing curriculum without the need for screen time. They include everything you need to get started with activity sheets and accompanying materials.
S4C have Welsh second language games and activities suitable for Foundation Phase children
Press the button for Week 1. The full 12 week guide is on the thumbnails further up the page. By focusing on readily available resources on apps, the hope is to free the home computer for any parent who has to work from home, but also to establish the use of Welsh apps at home to support their learning. These resources have been sent to us and may help your children to include some Welsh activities at home.
Just for FUN! Whether it’s in your kitchen, bedroom or garden, there are hundreds of records that you can practise and attempt right in your home – by yourself or with a family member. Try out some of these classic records because there’s always a chance to beat your personal best, or even the world’s best