There has been lots of discussion in the media about the challenges of replicating school-type learning at home. Our home learning strategy is not intended to replicate school, but instead to harness the potential benefits of learning in a different setting. Learning at home is different, and if we embrace it for what it is it can provide valuable opportunities that we cannot easily replicate in school.

For example, taking time to practise and perfect what they can already do will be of great benefit to your child. Alongside introducing new concepts, the tasks in the learning menu will also provide lots of opportunities to revisit school-taught understanding so if your child says ‘I’ve already done this’, that’s brilliant – it shows they remember it, and now they can apply those skills to new task to build their confidence.

Similarly, for those children who have a tendency to compare themselves to the children around them (“I’m on question 7 but my friend’s on question 9”), their confidence may grow as a result of learning independently (“I’m doing really well – I’m on question 7!”)And for all children, they will have daily opportunities to enjoy your praise and encouragement, not to mention the skills and experiences you may be sharing with them.   

Throughout this period, your child’s well-being remains of paramount importance so please just do what is manageable for you and your child. Please do not worry about them ‘falling behind’. Teachers know exactly which aspects of the curriculum haven’t been covered in school and when we come back together, they will adjust the curriculum structure and future planning to ensure any gaps are filled. This will be done with care and an appreciation of the many challenges and worries your child may have faced throughout this time. By loving, encouraging and caring for your children in the way you are doing, you are playing an essential role in ensuring your child will able to continue to thrive when they come back to school.

Andy Bowman

April 2020

Home Learning Strategy

There are several aspects to our Home Learning Strategy. For a full outline, please click here.

Essentially, our approach consists of:

Learning Menus: A collection of activities organised into five sections: Daily Activities, English, Maths, Wider Curriculum, Well-being. The English and Maths activities are structured sequentially and if followed in order will build learning through a progression. If parents prefer however, they can pick and choose activities as they wish. Initially issued fortnightly, these are now produced on a weekly basis.

Microsoft Teams: All children are able to log in to their year group site on Teams. Here, one English, one Maths and one Wider Curriculum assignment goes live by 9.00 every morning. If children wish, they can upload their learning privately for teacher feedback, or they can ask questions via the subject channel. The General channel is for social interaction with their peers. For more guidance on our use of Teams, please click here.

Learning Together: We use Twitter to share and celebrate the children's learning. Parents can email pictures to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use @ststephenspri to tag us on Twitter.

Here are the Learning Menus produced so far:

Story Time!

Miss Downing reads The Tunnel by Anthony Browne. Published by Walker Books (first published 1989) ISBN: 0744552397

Mr Bowman reads 'Croc and Bird' by Alexis Deacon. Published by Red Fox ISBN: 9780099451228

Ms Dangerfield reads The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Published September 1st 1986 by Little Brown Books for Young Reader ISBN: 0316020362

Miss Maddaford reads 'George And The Dragon' by Chris Wormell. Published by Puffin. ISBN: 024137040X

Mr Williams reads 'Dragon Post' by Emma Yarlett. Published by Walker Books. ISBN: 1406379719

Mrs Cross reads part 2 of IF by David J Smith, Published by Hachette Children's Group ISBN: 9780750293846

Miss Fender reads Chocolate Cake by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Kevin Waldron. Published by Puffin ISBN: 0141374098

Mr Preedy reads You're Called What?! written by Kes Gray and illustrated by Nikki Dyson. Published by Macmillan Children's Books ISBN: 1509821449

Miss Downing reads IF by David J Smith, Published by Hachette Children's Group ISBN: 9780750293846

Ms Flynn reads 'Tell Me A Dragon' by Jackie Morris. Published by Frances Lincoln. ISBN: 184507534X

Miss Maddaford reads Izzy Gizmo by Pip Jones. Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie. Published by Simon Schuster Children's UK ISBN: 1471158233

Mr Williams reads 'The Dragon Machine', written by Helen Ward and Illustrated by Wayne Anderson. Published by Puffin. ISBN: 0142403644

Miss Maddaford reads 'There is no dragon in this story' by Lou Carter, illustrated by Deborah Allwright. Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books. ISBN: 1408864894

Mrs Searby reads The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy. Published by Penguin. ISBN: 9781529105100

Mrs Hill reads Dragon Stew by Steve Smallman. Illustrated by Lee Wildish. Published by Good Books. ISBN:1561486957

Ms Flynn reads Arthur's Dream Boat by Polly Dunbar. This edition published by Walker Books. Also published by Candlewick Press. ISBN: 0763658677

Ms Dangerfield reads Beyond the Fence by Maria Gulemetova. Published by Child's Play International. ISBN: 9781846439308

Miss Downing reads When I Grow Up by Jon Hales, illustrated by Paula Monteagudo. Independently published. ISBN: 1791796338

Mrs Renwick reads Captain Duck by Jez Alborough. Published by Harper Collins Children's Books. ISBN: 0007130112

Mrs Blanchard reads The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Published by MacMillan Children's Books. ISBN: 0333710932

Mrs Cross reads The Mousehole Cat by Antonia Barber. Illustrated by Nicola Bayley. Published by Walker Books. ISBN: 0744523532 Original music by Edward Cross

Ms Swift reads Barry The Fish With Fingers by Sue Hendra. Published by Simon and Schuster ISBN: 0375958940 

Miss Downing reads The Wolf, The Duck and The Mouse by Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Jon Klassen. Published by Candlewick Press. ISBN: 076367754X

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