Month: March 2020

TEDEd @Home: free daily materials for home learning

To support the millions of students, parents and teachers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, TED-Ed is working with expert educators and TED speakers throughout the world to create and share high-quality, interactive, video-based lessons on a daily basis, for free.

Enter your email here to have a handful of engaging lesson plans organised by age group that span all subjects delivered to your inbox every day. Each newsletter will also include insights and tips collected from TED-Ed’s global community of students, parents and teachers.

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Alex Quigley’s history of reading and writing resources

For Hub or home #buildingareadingculture  #ExcitingWriting

There are five days’ worth of projects – from the birth of reading and writing in ancient Sumer, to monks in the middle ages, the importance of the inventions of the printing presses – to a brief recent history of children’s literature. Tasks include cuneiform writing, illustrating a initial in Medieval style, along with a timeline and inquiry into the importance of reading to civilisation. You can easily cut straight to the interesting tasks !

Hub Activity of the week: Jackanory returns!



  • Watch one part each day. Think about how the reader, Rik  Mayall, brings the story to life.
  • On Friday,  when you have heard the whole story,  plan how you will create your own  Jackanory programme to share with others next week.
  • Which book will you choose to read aloud to others?
  • How will you share your reading?

Part 1 The Marvellous Plan

Part 2   The Cook up

Part 3  Grandma gets the medicine

Part 4 The pigs, the bullocks, the sheep, the pony and the nanny-goat

Part 5 Marvellous Medicine numbers two, three and four

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Hub Centres and learners at home: Harry Potter read-alouds!

Teachers can now post videos of themselves reading aloud from the Harry Potter books to children prevented from attending school because of the Covid-19 virus. This follows J.K. Rowling and her agents The Blair Partnership relaxing the usual copyright permissions required. Teachers anywhere in the world are permitted to post videos of themselves reading from Harry Potter books 1-7 onto schools’ secure networks or closed educational platforms from today until the end of the school year (or the end of July in southern hemisphere). A full set of Guidelines for Teachers are downloadable here.

The open licence for teachers is the first of several initiatives being planned to help bring Harry Potter to children at home, which will be announced shortly – watch this space for more details!


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ReadingWise offers


Zip is a simple, effective supplementary adaptive phonics  resource for ages 5-7 designed to support existing phonics programmes.  It is an adaptive learning system. Its alogorithm knows when a child has mastered content, and progresses them to the next phase and set as appropriate. Zip has a Scottish voice option, an English voice option and an Australian voice option. Schools and children using Zip are very positive about it indeed. You can learn more about Zip here.

ReadingWise  would like to offer Zip to all children in your school  free from now until the coronavirus challenge is over. We don’t know when that will be. For now, they  are saying from now until the end of April. If schools remain closed after that, then they  will continue to support you with Zip at no cost until you return to school.

Learners’ Library: comprehension resources for ages 6 – 13

The Learners’ Library covers comprehension. It includes a range of texts from the classics to Roald Dahl. You can learn more about it here.


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