Useful links

Listed below are lots of links to websites, videos and games which we think will support your child’s learning. Please contact us if you’ve found something useful that you’d like to share with other parents!

The StoryBots app is full of great animated videos for Foundation Stage children - about letters, numbers, days and months, space, dinosaurs, healthy food and much more. The children love the videos which are funny, clever and educational!

Mr Thorne does Phonics - including the children's favourite, Geraldine the Giraffe!

Phonic Alien Adventure app

Phonic Alien Adventure for the iPad - Phonic Alien Adventure uses fun and engaging graphics to help children develop their phonic awareness. The game is set on the spaceship of a friendly alien species called the Zeeboes. The player must help to identify the object at the end of the conveyor belt by scrolling through the missing phonemes (sounds). If they select the correct phoneme and complete the word correctly then the object will be beamed up into the hatch. The game has 5 levels that gradually increase in difficulty with longer words and more missing phonemes.

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Year 1 Organisation and Curriculum - September 2017
This handout was given out at the parents meeting at the start of term but is relevant for the whole academic year ahead.

Year 1 Curriculum
Outline of the full curriculum for Year 1

Phonics at Writtle Infant School presentation - given to Year 1 parents in January 2018, in preparation for the end of year phonics screening.

The StoryBots songs about space are all brilliant! The children loved watching We Are The Planets in class for our topic, 'Out of this World', but we would strongly recommend their other videos too!

We definitely recommend the other great animated videos in the StoryBots app. Among the topics covered are space, dinosaurs, the human body, great inventors and much more. The children love the videos which are funny, clever and educational!

It would be very helpful if the children could be given opportunities to become familiar with keyboard layout, to assist with our computing work. BBC Bitesize has a good tutorial called Dance Mat Typing that teaches the beginnings of touch typing which the children may enjoy working through.

Information video on 2017 Key Stage 1 tests, shown to Year 2 parents at our SATs meeting on 23rd March 2017.

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Year 2 Organisation and Curriculum - September 2017
This handout was given out at the parents meeting at the start of term but is relevant for the whole academic year ahead.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency's guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people, as well as a link for children to report abuse online.

Childnet's website for children about the Internet and being a SMART surfer.
Childnet is a charity helping to make the internet a great and safe place for children.
The UK Safer Internet Centre offers e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.
Net Aware is a joint initiative between O2 and the NSPCC to create a guide with information and advice for parents on the most popular social networks, apps and games used by children and young people.
Educational resource about Internet safety from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Get Safe Online offers guidance to keeping your child safe online, as well as a host of information for parents to prevent phishing attacks, identity theft etc.

Primary Games have some brilliant Christmas games in their collection. We loved Where's Rudolph and Santa's Real Haircuts!

NHS Mid-Essex Clinical Commissioning Group's A Parent’s Guide to Common Childhood Illnesses and Wellbeing is an extensive and informative handbook for anyone who cares for a child aged from birth to 11 years old. It gives advice on how to spot signs of illness and what to do for minor conditions such as coughs and colds, fever, dry skin and rashes, chicken pox, bumps and bruises.

Information on mental health and wellbeing, healthy lifestyles and advice on some more serious conditions like meningitis and sepsis is covered in the booklet. There’s also a handy section on when you should keep your child home from school.

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Jump Start Jonny - aerobic work out videos for children. We use these in school and at our Wake Up and Shake Up club, the children love them!

BBC video on coping with feeling angry.

Children's Health Project Health & Wellbeing Questionnaire

Why not complete our Children's Health Project Health & Wellbeing Questionnaire with your child or children? This is designed to help you think about how active and healthy you and your family are and what improvements you could make to increase both your physical and mental wellbeing.

We used this 3 minute meditation from The Honest Guys and were astonished at its affect on the children. They were so calm and relaxed, not only throughout the video, but afterwards as well. Highly recommended.

This is very useful advice from CBBC Newsround, if your children have been affected by recent terrible events in the news. There is also a reassuring video to help your children cope with their concerns.

Appropriate bedtimes for children

Good sleep routines for children are important. Here are some ideas for you to try:

  • A nice warm bath is a soothing experience, and getting your child clean and dry is a great way to ease them into bedtime
  • Brush their teeth
  • Get them changed for bed.
  • Play a quiet game.
  • Have a chat.
  • Read a bedtime story.
  • Tuck in and say goodnight.

Guide to the nasal spray flu immunisation which will be administered to children this term if their parents have given consent.

With the help of a friendly dinosaur, Pantosaurus, the NSPCC's PANTS rule is a simple way to teach your child how to stay safe from abuse. With fun tasks, word searches, games and stickers, you can help them learn without using any scary words.

The Mentally Healthy Schools website is an initiative from Heads Together - the mental health charity spearheaded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The content is aimed at primary school teachers but there is useful information for parents too.

Head lice are a normal part of childhood - surveys among primary school children have found that nearly 1 in 10 have head lice at any one time. You probably know what a hassle it is to treat head lice and just how frustrating it can be when your child comes home scratching their head yet again. The Once a week take a peek website offers useful information for checking, treating and preventing headlice.

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