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English plans for teachers and parents

Each term-time week during the first 2020 school closures, we uploaded ideas for home learning activities that make use of some of the fabulous resources out there. We aimed to filter the enormous amount of information available, picking out what we thought were some of the best activities to present in a simple format.

As schools move to a ‘blended’ learning approach, these should still prove useful to support remote learning, including providing some ideas for more ‘regular’ home learning activities.

Follow the links to the right of this page to find what we’ve suggested for key stage 1, key stage 2 and key stages 3 and 4 children.

You can tweet what you’ve been up to using the Twitter handle @DevonEdEnglish and the hashtag #

Below, you can find links to sites that we like. These offer a wide range of activities to engage and support children in English when learning away from the bricks and mortar classroom. We’ve used a number of them in our remote learning activities suggestions.


Recorded daily phonics sessions and other supportive resources.

Daily lessons brought to you in your home

There were regular broadcasts during times of wider school closures. Check the times of these – many had reserved a particular slot in the day but some were also making live broadcasts available for access afterwards.

We’ve also selected some sites for teachers to access when setting home/remote learning tasks (don’t forget to check out our own by following the links to the right of this page).

Sites with ideas for activities

These usually offer some sort of stimulus and then have a dedicated area with related activities. We’re re-presenting a few of these ideas in a common format for easy use in our weekly home learning activities for key stage 1, key stage 2 and key stage 3 and 4 pupils.

Story time reads and online books

Enjoy well-known and much-loved authors and illustrators sharing great read-alouds. Don’t forget there are many other places to go for recommendations of books for parents and teachers to read to children themselves: follow links to some of our favourites and check out the Devon Schools Library Service ideas. 

The School Library Service has compiled a list of publishers giving permission for books to be shared during wider school closures. Download it from the SLS webpage here. (Link to page needed)

Areas to explore and enjoy

Here you’ll find sites that are simply worth immersing yourselves in for lots of other information, entertainment and learning.