Learning at home


Darlinghurst Academy - Learning at Home

While your child is off school please encourage your child to complete the following every day:



  • 30 minutes reading aloud to an adult and discuss what has been read and complete an Accelerated Reader quiz if possible.
  • Read stories to your child
  • If your child is in Year 1 or Year 2 whole class reading, they should read using their best story telling voice and re-read a story book aloud using their best story teller voice and complete an Accelerated Reader quiz if possible.
  • If your child is in a phonics group, they should read reusing their best story telling voice and re-read their phonics book or module booklet using their best story teller voice.
  • Use Phonics Play to practise your sounds and tricky words https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk

    RWI Phonics lessons at home
    Free Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home; three short Speed Sound lessons every day.

    From Monday 23rd March and for the next two weeks, films will show at the times below and be available for 24 hours.

    · Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am

    · Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am

    · Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am

Creative Writing

  • Then choose a "story starter" to continue and create their own story as a short fiction story or piece of non-fiction writing, such as an explanation, diary or newspaper report.
  • Your child should complete the "Perfect Picture" activity.

Other Activities

  • Year 6 recommended websites - 

BBC Revise wise-English, Maths and Science

BBC learning

Sir Link alot

National Geographic Kids

Hour of Code=any of the coding activities

Corbett Maths Primary

Maths Mastery

Number rock songs on You Tube

Watch the following: Horrible Histories, Malory Towers-released today(post WW2), Hetty Feather (Victorians),Operation Ouch!(Science), Newsround (Current affairs), Deadly 60 -BBC  iPlayer. Also cooking programmes like Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch and Nadiya's time to eat (make recipes)

  • If your child feels well enough they could take part in a health related activity using Mr Felton's booklet.
  • Or choose one of these fun non screen activities.

Supporting children learning at home

In support of parents caring for their children and providing learning at home we understand the importance of keeping children healthy and occupied. Every family situation is different and families may be juggling obligations at the same time. Please find below some tips from the Child Mind Institute to support emotional wellbeing.

Keep Routines in Place

Setting and sticking to a regular schedule is key when you are at home all day. Consistency and structure are calming during times of stress. Try to mimic a school day by changing activities at predictable intervals and alternating periods of on-line learning through the Darlinghurst DB Primary portal, with play.

Be creative about new activities – and exercise

Incorporate new activities into your routine, like doing a puzzle or having family game time in the evening e.g. baking together. Build in activities that help everyone get some exercise (without contact with other children or things touched by other children like playground equipment). Do some yoga together as it helps children to burn off some energy and makes sure everyone stays active. There are plenty of different routines available on-line.

Manage your own anxiety

Keeping any worries in check will help your whole family navigate this uncertain situation as easily as possible. For those moments when you do catch yourself feeling anxious, try to avoid talking about your concerns in earshot of the children. If you are feeling overwhelmed, step away and take a break, e.g. a hot shower or bath, going into another room and taking deep breaths.

Limit consumption of news

Staying informed is important, but it is also good to limit consumption of news and social media.

Stay in touch – virtually

Keep your support network strong, even when you are only able to call, text or email. Socialising plays an important role in regulating your mood and helping you stay grounded. Get the children to stay in touch with peers through DB Primary. Communication can also help the children feel less alone.

Make Plans

It's important to be proactive about what you can control. What can your family do that would be fun outside? What favourite foods can you cook together? Make lists that the children can add to; assign them tasks that will help them feel that they are part of the plan.

Keep it positive

To most children the words "School's closed" are a cause for celebration. Let the children know that you are glad that they are excited, but make sure that they understand that although it may feel like a holiday this time it is different. Remind them that work is available for them to complete on DB Primary.

Keep children in the loop – make it simple

Experts believe that "Talking to children in a clear, reasonable way about what is going on is the best way to help them understand." But, remember that children don't need to know every little thing. Older children will expect more detail but still be thoughtful about how they get this information.

Think about yourself

Remember to be kind and reasonable to yourself. We all want to be out best parenting selves but sometimes that best self is overcome by other things. Explain to the children that this is a unique situation and that life will, eventually, return to normal.