St Nicolas CE Primary School

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Locks Hill, Portslade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN41 2LA

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01273 418026

St Nicolas CE Primary School

Learning to live... together. Guided by Christian values.

Home Learning Links

Reading, Books & Audiobooks
Audible (Free): Audible is usually a paid for service.They have made a selection of books available free.
Audible and other audiobook providers (Paid for): Audiobooks are a great way for children to access reading material that is above their reading capability but within their comprehension ability. Buying individual books is often really expensive but, if you take out a subscription, the cost of books comes down hugely and you still keep the books even if you don't renew your subscription. 
BBC Sounds:
A great selection of programmes and audiobooks for all of the family.
Children's section especially 'Homeschool History' from one of the people behind 'Horrible Histories'.
For the adults in the household: Audiobooks, The 'Your're Dead To Me' is by the same people who are doing 'Homeschool Histories' but definitely for adults! I's also highly recommend '13 minutes to the moon
Brighton & Hove Libraries: 
You can borrow books, audiobooks, graphic novels, comics, newspapers and magazines to access via the free PressReader app. More information here. We will push the PressReader app out to the school iPads this week.
If you aren't a member you can still join online.
Free Kindle BooksSome publishers are making their books or magazines available for free for a short period of time while this emergency is ongoing. If you have borrowed a school iPad we have pushed the Kindle app out to it so you can set up an account. We will make sure the account is deleted when the iPad is returned.
World Book Night: Even after the night, there are some good resources to access.
Puffin Books: Videos of authors reading their books.
First News: Usually paid for but they are doing some free digital issues during lockdown.
TV Programmes & Video Resources
BBC Newsround: They do a great job at presenting the news and current issues in a child friendly way without treating children like idiots!

BBC Bite Size: All sorts of videos to support learning in all subjects.


Culture & Entertainment
National Theatre At Home: Sometime just for the adults in the household and sometimes for the whole family. A different 'NT Live' production each week starting on a Thursday evening.
The Show Must Go On - Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals: A different show on YouTube every Friday from 7pm and remaining on the platform for 48 hours.
English - Writing Including Poetry
Radioblogging - A fantastic online 'radio show' which can be listened to live at 9:30am if you want to interact or at any time afterwards. Interviews with authors and poets and some really fun and engaging writing activities. The world famous (in 'Talk for Writing' schools) Pie Corbett is heavily involved.
Little Green Pig: A local brilliant local charity that helps inspire creativity and writing. They have been putting some great writing stimuli and support online. This is their YouTube page. 


'Sir Think A Lot' Spell at Home: Normally a paid for service but currently free. There is also an app.


Art & Illustration
Aaron Blecha - One of our parents as well as a famous illustrator and author! See how he creates his illustrations then try to do one of your own.

Draw With Rob: Another author and illustrator. He has done some 'how to...' guides to help draw some of this book characters.

Draw With Guy: And another. 

Outdoor Learning
Sustrans Bike Videos: Sustrans M-Check: Check your bike is safe to ride - a how to guide
Physical Education & Fitness
Other Fun Stuff

The Scout Association: The Great Indoors 

10 Minute Challenges: For a daily dose of creativity and fun, check out our '10 Minute Challenges', which are set by bestselling authors and illustrators - they add a new challenge to this page every single day!

Useful Apps:
I am afraid I am far more knowledgable about iPad apps than those available for Android. For each of these I will look to see whether there is an Android version and I will post suggestions that families send in via the contact form.

iPlayer Kids: 'Find all your favourite CBBC and CBeebies shows in a safe and easy to use app - made just for you. Watch shows now or download them to enjoy later!'

Youtube Kids: 'YouTube Kids was created to give children a more contained environment that makes it simpler and more fun for them to explore on their own, and easier for parents and caregivers to guide their journey as they discover new and exciting interests along the way.'

ComicLife: Available for Mac, Windows, Chromebook and iPad. Brilliant for creating photo stories, newsletters and scrapbook pages. This is the app I use to create the end of term photo newsletters.