Welcome to our summer learning activities page. There is no expectation for you to use these: they are there if you would like them or a resource for a rainy day. There won’t be activities to fill every day—everyone deserves a rest after such a long term—but there will be enough to allow children the chance to keep their skills sharp.
Visit Talk 4 Learning to visit their Key Stage Two resources. These packs are great: they follow a theme and contain a range of activities that can be done daily or in chunks, leading to a final piece of writing.
Word games are great to help develop vocabulary – check out these ideas for families!
We love this idea on the National Literacy Trust website which challenges children to write a visitor’s guide or create a map based on their favourite story setting.
The Spelling Frame website allows children to play games with words from the Year 2, Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6 spelling lists.
The Corbett Primary Maths site has daily 5-a-day questions to keep minds sharp and you can pick any date as far back as January to have a go at! There are four different levels of challenge: work through these with your child to find the right level of challenge.
Hit the Button is a great site for children to practice their number skills, such as doubling, halving and times tables facts.
This site is another great way to practice basic mental maths skills. Work with your child to find the right level of challenge.
The Nrich website gives you the change to play the Countdown numbers game online – we love this!
This game is great for practicing to tell the time – something children often struggle with so a good skill to help them to develop over the summer!
Fun Learning Activities
Engineering at Home has some great activities to try out using the materials you would normally send out in your recycling into something that you can design, build and test.
The James Dyson Foundation has some great challenges and activities to have a go at too and most can be done at home!
We love the STEM learning website and there are some great projects and challenges to have a go at:
The Artful Maths website has lots of different ideas for using shape and pattern in art with mathematical links.
One great history mystery is what happened to the Indus civilisation. Watch these BBC Bitesize clips and see what you can find out about the civilisation and what happened to it!
Endangered Species – The tiger, Amur leopard, orangutan, sea turtle and the Sumatran elephant are some of the most endangered animals on the planet. Ask your child to choose an animal from one region and describe how it has evolved to suit its habitat. Then ask them to consider how their chosen animal may need to adapt due to the current environment and human threats it faces. Children could create an informative leaflet or poster about the threat the animal faces and what humans can do to minimise these threats.
The Wild Days website has great ideas for outdoor learning, including some LEGO challenges!
Wellbeing Resources & Ideas
Children could create a piece of artwork entitled ‘Family’. This could be a drawing, a self portrait, a sculpture or collage. Could they copy another artist’s style? Which materials have they chosen to use and why? How do they feel about their piece of artwork? What would they change or not?
Ask your child to find out what music their family members enjoy. Do they like the same music? What is their favourite song? They could listen to different pieces of music together with their family. Do they like/dislike any particular types of music and why? Can they Identify the instruments they can hear and describe how the music makes them feel? Why not get them to listen to some of the classics?
More resources will follow, but the Young Minds website has some tips for parents in supporting their child with their return to school in September.
It is always great to focus on positivity and this simple activity sheet will help pupils to visualise and recognise positive features in themselves.
GoNoodle is a great site which combines movement and mindfulness and has plenty of resources to get you through the summer!