Supporting your child

The Government has produced guidance for parents and carers to help their children continue their education.

  • make sure the day is structured - routine is good for their learning and their well-being, as are regular breaks;
  • sit with them if you can to give support and direction, but encourage them to work independently too;
  • praise and encourage them when they tackle the work set, and send it back to their teacher if you are asked to;
  • use whatever means the school has set up to contact them if you need advice about the activities they have set;
  • do active and practical things rather than trying to make them sit and work for long periods

Click here for more info

Below are a list of resources and ideas to support your child in the event of prolonged absence or school closure.

  If you need any help in supporting your children at home, eg passwords and usernames for Purplemash, Oxford Owl or Learner Journey then please email:


We hope you are all keeping well. Here are a few suggestions for activities you can do at home with your child in addition to the links below.

It would be lovely for the teachers to see some photos of you learning at home or some of the work you have created.

We are all missing you!

Send your pictures or videos to and your teacher will get back to you.

If your pictures or videos are too large to email you can upload them here


click here to find out more

BBC Bitesize Daily - update

BBC Bitesize Daily lessons returned on June 1st with new online lessons available for Years 1-6 on the BBC Bitesize website and compilation TV programmes available on the BBC iPlayer.

There will be new TV programmes on BBC iPlayer and Red Button from Monday June 8th.

You will be able to preview online lessons as soon as we have them on the upcoming lessons page. The preview links will remain valid so you can use them to plan ahead and send to students.

Advance schedules are still available and we now have schedules available for the next three weeks. Schedules for w/c June 8th, w/c June 15th and w/c June 22nd are online now.

Due to our broadcast schedule, the Bitesize Daily TV programmes will continue to be available on the BBC iPlayer and Red Button on the day.

All Bitesize Daily lessons have been put together in consultation with teachers and education experts and some upcoming highlights include:

BBC Bitesize Daily Book Club

We have collated all our Bitesize Daily Book Club Reading Lessons into one place to make it easier for you to find them. The lessons feature some familiar faces including Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry and Oti Mabuse reading extracts from a range of books for Years 1 - 6. Each lesson is accompanied by a range of activities.

Online Safety at Home

Ceop have released 15-minute activities parents can do at home with their child using their Thinkuknow resources.

How to support your child online at home

Empathy Day 2020

2020’s Empathy Day on 9 June happens at an uncertain time, when empathy has never been more significant.

In this very different year, we’ve created a new resource so everyone can join in at home, and today launch a
wonderful new Family Activities Pack. It’s designed to bring them together to explore, understand and practise empathy.

Click here for Family Activities Pack




Coronavirus (COVID-19) government updates: advice to parents and carers to help children learn at home: aged 2 to 4; primary and SEND


Advice for parents and carers looking after primary school children.

Help primary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19)


Advice for parents and carers of children who have not yet started school.

Help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus (COVID-19)


Advice for parents and carers looking after children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Help children with SEND continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

A bit of fun!

Marcus Dilly visits our school to perform to the children and is now putting on some free shows on Facebook.

Please click here to go to his Facebook page

On lockdown and still want to dance?


Here is a link to Zest Dance Workshops who visit us every year


FREE BBC Bitesize Daily content for primary schools

BBC Education’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Bitesize Daily, launches this Monday April 20th to support parents and children learning at home over the next 14 weeks. You will be hearing more about the new service over the next few days via TV, radio and online trails.

BBC Bitesize Daily programmes will be available on any TV via the Red Button and online on any device on BBC iPlayer with teachers, experts and famous faces covering what each age group should be learning that day.

Bitesize Daily Lessons will offer a tailored learning experience for every age group between Years 1 and 10, drawing in the best of our existing BBC Bitesize content with activities and input from the best of the broader education industry, who have generously thrown their weight behind our work. These will be available via the BBC Bitesize website and will deliver a newly created Maths and English lesson every day, as well as a lesson in another curriculum topic, for each year group.

Our aim with this new content is to ensure that every child in the UK has access to content following the core parts of their nation’s school curriculum in these challenging times.


The Bitesize Primary Planner is a brand new ten minute podcast landing every weekday morning on BBC Sounds. The podcast will provide busy parents with curriculum relevant tips on how to survive the school day, with something for every primary key stage.




On social media, parents will be able to access further advice about teaching via BBC Bitesize Facebook and Twitter which will be updated regularly with helpful guides.


Advice for teachers and parents about learning from home on the BBC Teach website including this article about learning from home.

Springboard have provided us with some vocabulary video clips and worksheets which might help Y2's in preparation this term for their transitions for juniors.

Click here

Letters and sounds


The Oak National Academy

The oak National Academy is a government-backed online school to support pupils while schools are closed.


How to Talk to Children about COVID-19


Coronavirus: A book for children
A free and printable book in English

Book for talking to young children about the Coronavirus – English
Translated versions available in various languages here


 If you need any help in supporting your children at home, eg passwords and usernames for Purplemash, Oxford Owl or Learner Journey then please email: 

Please find below the link for PurpleMash

If you do not know your child's log in details please email:

Please find below the link for Education City

If you do not know your child's log in details please email:

Please click the link below for Phonics Play

To log in to Phonics Play use the following:



Please click the link below for Twinkl

To support you during this period, Twinkl is offering every parent or carer in England access to all Twinkl resources totally free of charge. So your Children can have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption.

Please click the link above and set up an account using the code UKTWINKLHELPS

Year 2 e-portfolios (Learner Journey)


Managing the transition to home schooling

Speech and language

Memory, Attention and Visual Skills

Free games for those who need to improve attentions, memory, visual skills, scanning, comparison etc.

SEN ICT and computing resourses


SEND: apps and games 

(Apps must be downloaded onto a compatible device)

Free Language Development App

Online learning for Special Education

Apps for therapy and education

Create / Communicate / Print



         Reception Parent Handouts

                                             Click here for reception download page





To support your child with reading try the following websites!


Oxford Owl


Oxford Owl is an online resource that has a variety of ebooks which your children can access at home as well as at school. This can be through listening to the books whilst following the text, or reading them independently.
Each class can access the ebooks on by logging onto ‘My class login’ at the top of the page using the following information:

Year R/Owls.............. Username: dev r                     Password: 1234

Squirrels.................... Username: dev squirrels        Password: 1234

Hedgehogs................ Username: dev hedgehogs    Password: 1234

Badgers..................... Username: dev badgers         Password: 1234

Foxes......................... Username: dev foxes             Password: 1234


Learning to Read, Literacy, Key Stage 1

A wonderful guided reading story with accompanying printable worksheets and guided reading discussion sheets. There are 80 interactive literacy games.

Click here for site


Literacy - ICT Games

Objective: To read words with known spelling patterns. .... This is not so much a reading activity, rather more a starting point for discussion.

 Click here for site


BBC - KS1 Bitesize

Fun activities to help children at KS1 learn more about Literacy.

 Click here for site

Audio books

David Walliams - Live Stories

Every day at 11am, you can listen one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun!

Click link below

Stay at Home Story Time — Oliver Jeffers


Kes Gray

A different story everyday, until Coronavirus goes away!

Free audio books




Spelling Games

Year R

Word List

Year 1

Word List

Year 2

Word List



There has been a huge shift in the past few years in how we teach reading in school. This is having a big impact in helping many children learn to read and spell. At Devonshire, we use the Jolly Phonics scheme as the core of our teaching strategy.


What is phonics and why is it so important?

Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them learn to read. It runs alongside other teaching methods such as Guided Reading and Shared Reading to help children develop all the other vital reading skills and hopefully give them a real love of reading.


What is Jolly Phonics?

Jolly Phonics is a fun and child-centred approach to teaching letter sounds through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve.


Letter Sound Order

The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.

The letter sounds are split into seven groups as shown below.


How does Jolly Phonics work?

Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing. Complemented by Jolly Readers and Jolly Grammar, it provides a thorough foundation for teaching literacy over three years in school.

The order of sounds and blends we teach:

1. Learning the letter sounds - Children are taught the 42 main letter sounds. This includes alphabet sounds as well as digraphs such as sh, th, ai         and ue.

2. Learning letter formation - Using different multi-sensory methods, children learn how to form and write the letters.

3. Blending - Children are taught how to blend the sounds together to read and write new words.

4. Identifying the sounds in words (Segmenting) - Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling.

5. Tricky words - Tricky words have irregular spellings and children learn these separately.


Visit the Jolly Learning website for more information about phonics and for details about resources which you might like to purchase to help you child at home.

  The video below explains how to make the pure sounds of each letter. Knowing how to make these sounds will help you to help your child at home:  







Click the links below for some great online maths resources


Each half term your child will be bringing home a sheet outlining some of the key maths facts they will be learning in class. This will provide you with information about what they are learning and we hope that you can practice some of the facts with them. On the homework sheets there will also be possible websites you can use to support your child at home. Copies of this terms maths homework Can be found by clicking the links below.


  Autumn 1   Autumn 2  

Owls Maths Homework

Year R Maths Homework

Year 1 Maths Homework

Year 2 Maths Homework


Owls Maths Homework

Year R Maths Homework

Year 1 Maths Homework

Year 2 Maths Homework


Spring 1



Spring 2


Owls Maths Homework

Year R Maths Homework

Year 1 Maths Homework

Year 2 Maths Homework


Owls Maths Homework

Year R Maths Homework

Year 1 Maths Homework

Year 2 Maths Homework


Summer 1

Summer 2

Owls Maths Homework

Year R Maths Homework

Year 1 Maths Homework

Year 2 Maths Homework

Owls Maths Homework

Year R Maths Homework

Year 1 Maths Homework

Year 2 Maths Homework

The intention of these homework sheets is for you to practice them with your child over the whole half term, so your child can instantly recall them and apply them to their work.


Portsmouth Music Hub - Song Source

Please click the link below to access over 200 Primary Aged Songs


Please click here for information about the free musical opportunities available to families in the city. We kindly ask if the attached poster could be sent to parents. Both our weekly choir and free resources can be accessed by children currently studying at home and those who have returned to school.



Out of the Ark Music@Home

During the current climate, and with the challenges we are all facing in the coming weeks and months, we want to do everything we can to make our resources available to you for use at home. Music has an extraordinary power to bring us together, it can lift us when we feel low, energise us when we feel tired, and is something we all have in common.

So, to help with the rhythms and routines of your new daily life, we are releasing seven songs, one for each day, all with challenges and activities related to each song. Every week for the next few weeks we will continue to add songs and resources.

Click link below