To all our wonderful parents and families, see below for links and resources to help keep your children engaged during this time.

Please note, these things are only a guide: use/don't use them as you see fit. Your child should also have brought home with them a home learning pack with some more activities in. We will continue to update this page and Facebook with resources and ideas. Teachers will also be setting games and activities to complete via Purple Mash, so please check this; they will be under '2do's. Reception parents can continue to check SeeSaw as they normally would. Most of all, remember to have fun! Spend time reading, talking and making things! There is no pressure on any parent to become a full-time teacher but we do want to keep supporting you to help your young person keep learning whilst at home.

Enjoy and stay safe.

3rd April 2020

Picture News

Picture News

Story: The number of African black rhinos is increasing!
Question: Whose job is it to protect animals in the wild?
Virtual Assembly: Found on our Facebook page and our Vimeo page (

  1. Animal Watch
  2. Create your own wild animal
  3. Learning from home ideas
  4. Picture News Prompt (1)
  5. Picture News Prompt (2)

Picture News for Nursery and Reception

Picture News
  1. Early Years - Additional Resource (1)
  2. Early Years - Additional Resource (1)
  3. Early Years - Home Recording Sheet
  4. Early Years - Picture News Resource
  5. Early Years - Animals Resource
  6. Early Years - Weekly Vocabulary

3rd April 2020

Wigan Music Service resources for music

  1. Time for Music Y1/Y2
  2. Time for Music Y3/Y4
  3. Time for Music Y5/Y6

30th March 2020

White Rose daily maths

We really recommend using the White Rose website for little bits of maths as it is what we use in school. They are posting videos, then questions and answers each day for every year group! A really easy way to keep those maths skills fresh.

Visit White Rose Maths

Week beginning 30th March 2020

Picture News.

Remaining Positive

Story: How people are keeping their spirits up in changing times!
Question: Can you think of ways to remain positive during difficult times?
Virtual Assembly: Found on our Facebook page and our Vimeo page (

  1. Learning from Home Ideas
  2. Letter to a friend or relative plan
  3. My favourite Activity
  4. Picture News Prompt (1)
  5. Picture News Prompt (2)

Picture News for Nursery and Reception

Remaining Positive
  1. Early Years - My Fun Activity List
  2. Early Years - Make Your Music
  3. Early Years - This Week's Story
  4. Early Years - Favourite Activities
  5. Early Years - Weekly Vocabulary

26th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you are finding the things we have sent home, Purple Mash and our Facebook shares useful during this time. We really want to help and support you to keep your children engaged and entertained whilst at home. We have set up a section on our website so you can have a look if you run out of things to do – we want to help as much as possible. Lots of people are feeling stressed, overwhelmed and under pressure by everything that's happening in the world at the moment. This includes for some parents, the work being sent home for your child. But, your child’s wellbeing and health is the priority now. Keep them safe. Keep them happy. So, from all the staff at St. John’s, a few points from us:

  1. You do not have to become full-time teachers to your children. This is a worldwide emergency and nobody has chosen to homeschool their children. This is not homeschooling. This is, at best, distance learning. In reality, it's everyone trying to fathom it out together because none of us know if what we're doing is right and wrong here.
  2. You are, and always have been, your child's primary educator. You know your child best. If you decide that your child isn't going to engage with the activity sent home and is going to spend the entire morning playing in the dirt, or baking, or watching TV, then that is your choice. That is your right. There is nothing to stress or feel guilty about.
  3. We completely understand it is very difficult to fully facilitate distance learning with a primary-aged child and work from home at the same time. If you're trying to do that, don't. You can certainly have many activities where your child learns, but your focus may need to be your job, and your family, and that we understand.
  4. You're not expected to get through all the work that has been set, don't try. Your child's teacher spent time last week with very little notice gathering things to send home so they could provide you with some options. It's not a competition, or a race - do what you can manage. These are suggestions and ideas because the school wants to give you choice. Use them if they suit you, don't if they don't suit.
  5. All children learn at different rates. It may be that some children in your child’s class have done everything and you feel you’ve barely started. In the class there's a wide range of levels in all subjects, there's different paces and there are many children working on differentiated levels of work. It's almost impossible for teachers to differentiate at the moment, so you don’t have to do it either.
  6. Your child will not fall behind. This is all revision and reminder work. If children could all learn new concepts without specific teaching, we wouldn't need teachers. They will cover all of this again, multiple times. Moreover, the whole country’s schools are in the same position and we will figure it out together.
  7. Cooking, playing in the garden and building Lego models is learning. Give yourself and them a break.
  8. You may have children of different ages. You can't get different sets of learning done with different ages; it's hard. If they're old enough, try to get them to do little bits independently. Otherwise try to do something they can all engage with, reading a story together, some free writing, baking etc.

You are doing enough. You are loving your kids and supporting them through a difficult time. Look after yourself. Minimising stress is absolutely vital in a time like this for mental health. Don't let this be something that stresses you.

Stay safe and look after your families - we can get through this if we work together.

25th March 2020

Home learning ideas for Nursery parents.

Open Newsletter

25th March 2020

Free daily resources.

Free Daily Resources

25th March 2020

Free Amazon audio books for children.

Visit Amazon

25th March 2020

Purple Mash. The children have their logins in their planners.

Visit Purple Mash

25th March 2020

This link is for Nursery and Reception children to practise phonics. Enter username: 'march20' and password: 'home'.

Visit Phonics Play

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