PDF icon Re-Opening Information Stage 2 

PDF icon Continuity of Education Plan

PDF icon COVID-19 Re-Opening June 2020 RISK ASSESSMENT

PDF icon Remote Learning - Pupil Expectations

PDF icon 10 Top Tips - Remote Learning for Parents

PDF icon Quarantine Diary

PDF icon Suggested Daily Activities for Easter Holidays


Year R

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Year 7

Year 8


PDF icon Zoom - Guide to connecting

PDF icon Pupil Guide to Using Zoom (updated)

Parents Protect
Stop It Now
Think U Know


A non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators. 

Feel free to share.

Essex Wildlife Trust - whats on this week? (regular activities posted)

BeVenturesome - Adventure at Home - adventure themed activities designed specifically to do from home


Khan Academy

Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

Prodigy Maths

Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.



BBC Bitesize

Top Marks

Primary Games Arena

Maths Frame

Sheppard Software

Hamilton's Learning at Home
Maths Resource Pack

METHODS: (examples from YouTube)

Year 2 addition using partitioning

Double digit addition using 100s chart

Subtracting using a 100 square

Using partitioning for addition with ages 8-9

Subtraction - Part 2 - Counting on using a number line

Column addition of whole numbers

How to subtract or takeaway using column method

Short Multiplication

Short Division



It has excerpts from books so children can read online and try books to see if they like it.

Fun English Games

Lots of grammar games.

BBC Bitesize

Reading and Grammar games.

Learn English Kids

Adverb games that also help with word order.

Hamilton's Learning at Home

English Resource Pack Years 1-3

Hamilton's Learning at Home

English Resource Pack Years 4-6


An interactive game to help children understand how to write stories (ideal for years 3 and 4)



Learn languages for free. Web or app.


Mystery Science

Free science lessons

Crest Awards

Science awards you can complete from home.

BBC Science

Science Kids

Kids National Geographic

Kids Discover



Science News for Students

Science Bob



Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.


Creative computer programming



All kinds of making.

The Artful Parent

Good, free art activities

Red Ted Art

Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree

Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

30 Day Lego Challenge

Easy arts and crafts for little ones


Get creative with pages of colouring fun! ⁠Choose from our range of kids’ colouring pages, print out your favourites and get the pens or pencils ready. Little ones will love bringing each picture to life.⁠



For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting today, 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. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.


Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

BBC Learning

This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.


Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.


For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

National Geographic Kids

Activities and quizzes for younger kids

Ted Ed

Ted @ Home

All sorts of engaging educational videos

Crash Course

You Tube videos on many subjects

The Kids Should See This

Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course

You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids

As above for a younger audience

Paw Print Badges

Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

iDEA Awards

Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Nature Detectives

A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

Cbeebies Radio

Listening activities for the younger ones.

Oxford Owl for Home

Lots of free resources for Primary age

British Council

Resources for English language learning

Geography Games

Geography gaming!

Big History Project

Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

DK Find Out

Activities and quizzes

Blue Peter Badges

If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

Toy Theater

Educational online games


This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.


Twinkl Offer

The code you need for this: PARENTSTWINKLHELPS (all uppercase and no spaces)


Our YouTube channel contains a selection of strategies taken from Nessy’s online programs; our Youtube channel contains help for reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, phonics, math and keyboarding.

World eBook

IAPS online resources
Hamilton's Learning at Home Resource Packs
Reception Year


Here are some ideas of things to do at home with your children.


Songs and nursery rhymes - with or without actions


Sit and read with your child, this doesn't just have to be done at bedtime

Go on a nature hunt around your garden 

How many different bugs can you find?

Board Games 

Play those games that you have been meaning too since they were new for Christmas


Create a beautiful rainbow using any media - let's lift each others spirits

Make a den 

Inside or out - use whatever cushions and bedding you can find. Let their imaginations run wild

Outside yoga See poster here

French Nursery French Summer Term  & Summer Term 2

French Pre-R French Summer Term & Summer Term 2

Don't forget to add your videos and photos onto Tapestry so we can see what you have all been up to.

PDF icon Learning to Read through Phonics - information for Parents

Phonics Parents Guide

Twinkl - Free Guide to Phonics

Babycentre -  - 10 simple fun activities

VeryWellFamily - fun learning activities to do at home

Top Marks

Inspired to Action - 101 fun activities to do

TTS Early Years - learning collection



Great for strengthening fingers and hands (lots of easy recipes online, including no cooking ones).


Create your own template using cardboard packaging, a hole punch and string or shoe laces.

Mark Marking

Painting with water outside, add chalk if you have it

Paint/print with household materials held in a clothes peg (foil, clingfilm, scourers, etc).

Finger mark making in shaving foam/cornflour

Painting with cotton buds

Pretend Writing

Letters, cards, etc to friends, relatives


Signs for imaginative play


Create your own simple dot-to-dot templates for your child (shapes, the initial sound of their name, etc)


Good old fashioned colouring. Lots of resources available online. 


Dressing Up & Role Play

Good for large and small motor skills involved in getting dressed and undressed. Add music and/or a kitchen timer and it can become a game.

Outside yoga See poster here

Story Telling

Create 'story boxes' using toys/household items to prompt ideas. Write down the childrens' stories and make 'books'.

Sound Hunt

Indoor or outdoors, set the children a challenge to find things beginning with a particular sound. Make sound pairs if more than one item.



is an excellent website, which is free at the moment.

Phonics Parents Guide

Twinkl - Free Guide to Phonics

PDF icon Learning to Read through Phonics - information for Parents



Listening Games

Go on a Sound Walk - indoors or outdoors to identify sounds in the environment

Use everyday items to make music/count beats/clap/encourage recognition of rhythm/turn taking with sounds

Read stories, share nursery rhymes, sing


Songs and nursery rhymes - with or without actions


Sit and read with your child, this doesn't just have to be done at bedtime




Objects, actions (jumping, clapping, etc)

Match numbers to quantity

Use every opportunity to count - mealtimes, etc


Look for shapes in the environment

Explore patterns/crayon rubbings

Collect boxes, pebbles, shells, tubes, balls, stones, etc, that can be used for counting

Sand and water are perfect for exploring weight and volume

All these activities and more will lay the foundations for the children's future learning. 


PDF icon Reception Literacy Home Activities

PDF icon Reception Numeracy Home Activities

Reception French  (Spring term)

Reception French (Summer term)

Outdoor Learning - Year R (Spring term)

Outdoor Learning - Year R (Summer term)

Bug Scavenger Hunt

Useful Websites:


Letters & Sounds

Phonics Play



Oxford Reading Tree



CBeebies Numeracy

Educational Games



(acc info to follow)


PDF icon Year 1 Overview

Book Videos


The Gruffalo

The Smartest Giant in Town

Room on the Broom


Zog and the Flying Doctors

The Scarecrows' Wedding

The Snail and the Whale


PDF icon Lined paper general use

Lined paper no borders

PDF icon Number cards

PDF icon 100 square

PDF icon Numberline 0-20

PDF icon London Landmarks and Buildings

Additional Activities and Ideas

Year 1 Home Learning Resource Pack

PDF icon Creative Writing Prompt Questions

PDF icon Read and Respond Activity Sheets

PDF icon Number Bonds Challenges

PDF icon Picture and Prompts Writing

 The Year 1 maths addition and subtraction workbook

PDF icon Ideas for maths activities at home

PDF icon Useful websites for additional activities if needed

PDF icon Jack and the Beanstalk & activities

PDF icon Little Red Riding Hood & activities

PDF icon Goldilocks and the Three Bears & activities

PDF icon The Three Little Pigs & activities

Outdoor Learning

PDF icon Outdoor Learning - Year 1 (spring term)

PDF icon Outdoor Learning - Year 1 (summer term)

Minibeast Detectives




PDF icon Outdoor Learning - Year 2 (summer term)

Minibeast Recording Sheets


Children have been practising French language games and activities from Linguascope in their  lessons this term. We suggest that they spend approximately 35 / 40 minutes once a week continuing to do so.  It is very simple to access and the details are as follows :

1. Type Linguascope into your search engine.
2. Login details - username : holmwood      password : salut!
3. Choose the Elementary (pink square) and click on the French flag or "houlala" (French)(baguette/beret/bottle man).
4. Work through all the language activities and games.
5. You can also revise the Spanish using the same route but click on the Spanish flag or "caramba" instead of "houlala"

Year 2: Nature and Outdoor Ideas

Nature Diary

We have had lots of discussion about nature in our recent lessons. Therefore, during the holidays, the children may wish to keep a garden or nature diary/ journal, to record the wildlife that they see in their gardens or from their homes: birds, flowers, animals, insects, trees. In addition, they could also make notes and/or take photographs to show features of the changing season, including the weather.

Shapes in Nature

Whilst the children are outside, can they look for 2D and 3D shapes in nature and take a photograph of them? Then, if possible, they could paste them onto a document and name them using the shape identification sheet in their folders. It will be a lovely way of bringing maths into our new Global Studies topic next term.


PDF icon Year 3 Timetable and Links for Google Meets (summer term)

PDF icon Outdoor Learning - Year 3 (summer term)

Minibeasts Recording Sheets

PDF icon Art Ideas - Year 3



Primary Art Skills website

Easter Holidays
Ideas for learning experiences in the holidays can be found in the children's Google classroom named: Year 4 Independent Learning Ideas.


Easter Holiday Optional Learning

A non-chronological report on the subject of quarantine.

This should include finding out about the definition and etymology (children will have to look this word up) of the word, quarantine.


You should research examples of different instances of quarantine, including investigation into Venice and the village of Eyam in Derbyshire.


You could find a marking grid from a previous non-chronological report and then create your own grid for this report based on (but not the same as) that marking grid. You could then mark yourself

A piece of creative writing with the title "Quarantine!"

Try to use as much imagery and descriptive language as you can.

Imagine you have just met someone who has had no access to internet/television/newspaper, etc. since Christmas. Using a formal style, recount to them the events regarding coronavirus since its outbreak in Wu Han, China. It might be helpful to start by building some kind of flow chart/diagram as you do your research. The BBC website, amongst others, will be helpful for this.


Next, evaluate the reactions of the following groups 1.The government, 2.The general public, 3. Schools. Give your opinion as to how you feel they have responded to this historic crisis.

Finish reading Boy 
which we started in class but have, quite simply, not had the time to complete.

English (Years 6 to 8)

Maths (Years 6 to 8)

Science (Years 6 to 8)


Global Studies (Years 6 to 8)

Years 6 & 7

Please refer to the Year 6 & Year 7 Global Studies Enrichment Classrooms for extra work and activities that you can do at home. There will be some specific scholarship work, plus ideas that link to other curriculum areas e.g. DT, a literature list, writing tasks and video tasks. 

PE & Games

PE & Games

  Individual Fitness Circuit

  Sevens (Years R-3)

  Alternate Hand Wall Toss Test (Years 4-8)


Tennis Ball Challenge No.1

Tennis Ball Challenge No.2

Tennis Ball Challenge No.3

Tennis Ball Challenge No.4

Tennis Ball Challenge No.5


Tennis Ball Challenge No.6

Tennis Ball Challenge No.7

Tennis Ball Challenge No.8

Tennis Ball Challenge No.9

Tennis Ball Challenge No.10

Tennis Ball Challenge No.11

Tennis Ball Challenge No.12

Tennis Ball Challenge No.13

Tennis Ball Challenge No.14

Tennis Ball Challenge No.15

Tennis Ball Challenge No.16

Tennis Ball Challenge No.17

Tennis Ball Challenge No.18

Tennis Ball Challenge No.19

Tennis Ball Challenge No.20

Tennis Ball Challenge No.21

Tennis Ball Challenge No.22

Tennis Ball Challenge No.23

Tennis Ball Challenge No.24

Tennis Ball Challenge No.25

Tennis Ball Challenge No.26

Tennis Ball Challenge No.27

Tennis Ball Challenge No.28

Tennis Ball Challenge No.29

Art & DT

Art & DT

PDF icon Year 8

PDF icon Year 7

PDF icon Year 6

PDF icon Year 5

PDF icon Year 4


Pre-Reception to Year 2

Please click here for a number of recommended exercises. This has also been emailed.

Years 3 to 8

Mr Cortes will be using Google Classroom to send lessons, presentations and video tasks. 

We Are Holmwood

PDF icon Music
PDF icon Lyrics


Christine Kirby, owner of Nanny Bookworm, will be reading a children's book every day live on Facebook.

Essex Library Online Service

Please click here.

Scholastic Learning Experience

Scholastic Classroom Magazine are posting four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video.


The Rainbow Fish

Eat Your Peas

The Gruffalo Child


Information for children

Information for Parents and Carers

Mental Health Support

KoothFree, safe and anonymous online support for young people

Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service