Home Learning KS1 (Year 1 and Year 2)

How to help children learn at home during Covid-19 -Year 1 and Year 2

While staying at home due to coronavirus (COVID-19), I am sure you will be concerned about your children’s education and the impact of missing school. Your child’s teacher will be uploading things to your child’s class blog pages every day and the Government have provided advice for parents on how to help children learn at home during Covid-19.

Reception, year 1 and year 2 children

No one expects parents to act as teachers, or to provide the activities and feedback that a school would. Parents and carers should do their best to help children and support their learning.

The best way to help children aged 4 to 7 learn is to:

sit with them as they work

do active and practical things, rather than trying to make them sit and listen for long periods

try to break down the work into shorter periods, based on how long they can concentrate

take frequent breaks

praise or reward them when they do well


Talk with your child throughout the day and try to explain new words. For example, discuss everything you are doing and pick out words that might be new to them.

Reading together

When you read with your child try to:

express the emotion in the story

give colour to the characters using voices, tone and pace

discuss the things you are reading

You can make a story more interesting and help your child develop their understanding of a book by linking what you are reading to their life. For example, while reading about Cinderella going to the ball, talk about how a ball is similar to a birthday party.

Ask your child questions about what you are reading as you go. For example:

ask some questions that only need a short answer, such as what colour something is, or the name of a character

ask some questions that need a longer answer, such as how a character is feeling

ask them to tell you what has happened in the story so far

Libraries are currently closed, but you can find digital services they are providing at Libraries Connected.


Phonics is a method schools use to teach children how to read quickly and skilfully.

Contact your school, which will be working on ways to help you with this. Try to sit with your child and practise with them, following the advice you get from their school.


Try to help children to continue to practise their writing. This may include the formation of letters and familiarity with pens and pencils for younger children, or practising creative writing for older children.

Ask children to write about their day-to-day experiences of being at home, or to write letters to send to family members.


Practise counting and numbers. This does not always have to be a planned activity. For example, count things around the house while you are doing other things like cooking or cleaning.

For older children learning sums, ask your school for help or see a list of resources to help with maths recommended by teachers and school leaders.


Please continue to keep in contact with school using the email addresses below:




Home Learning Links KS1







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We care, We soar’


Ravensbury Community School

Tartan StreetClayton M11 4EG

Maureen Hughes | Headteacher

Jo Wendt | SENCO

0161 223 0370