Below are some resources and guides for learning at home.

With current issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic and parents deciding to withdraw children from school, Chidlow Primary School has developed a set of strategies, ideas and web links to support parents and students who are working from home.

Classroom  specific work is on Connect or sent home in a work pack for those families without satisfactory internet.

The Department of Education WA has developed a set of resources, activities and information to help children and young people continue to learn while at home. You can find this information at



Read as much as you can with your child during this period, both fiction and non-fiction (information) books. Below are some things you can focus on before during and after reading.

Before Reading

  • Features of books (title, author, illustrator, front cover, index, contents)
  • Predictions – what they think will happen in the book based on the cover (picture and title), illustrations in the book, what they already know about a subject

During Reading

  • Clarify any words your child might not understand
  • If the book is repetitive encourage them to join in and ‘read’ with you.

After Reading

  • Discuss whether they liked or did not like the book and why
  • Talk about what might happen next if the story continued
  • Draw a picture of their favourite part
  • Recount the story in their own words (this can be verbal or with you writing for them)


Daily writing is essential, it can take many forms and can be great fun. Younger children will require more support of course but parents can always transcribe the writing from what young children verbalise. Some ideas include:

  • Encourage your child to keep a daily journal or dairy as a way of practising their writing and allowing them to recount what fun things they have been up to at home.
  • Narratives or story writing offer a child the opportunity to write exciting fictional stories and even compile these into a mini novel, complete with cover pages and drawings.
  • A report is a form of writing which presents factual information to inform the reader. This can include text, pictures and other media (e.g.: digital media) about a favourite sport, TV show or animal. The report can take the form of a newspaper report or TV news article; a research project on a large sheet of card; or a PowerPoint presentation to be shown to the family when there is nothing good on Netflix!
  • Persuasive texts are those that allow children to write their opinions on a given topic. Examples of this form of writing include personal opinion supported by evidence and could even be used to hold a family debate between children (moderated by parents of course).


The spelling needs of your child will become evident from their writing, with misspelled words reviewed as part of the sharing process. Again, depending on the age of the child, the way you manage this may not be the same at all times. Some key things to consider include:

  • Young children and children with spelling difficulties need to be able to try to spell a tricky word and may need guidance for this. Longer, more difficult words which are misspelled should not be a cause for concern. As long as they are in some way phonetically correct, you can accept them but discuss the correct spelling as part of your review.
  • Misspelled words could be included in a personal spelling dictionary which the child then uses to practise their daily spelling with activities like LOOK/COVER/WRITE/CHECK, finding dictionary meanings or putting the words into sentences.

Maths is quite different to English in that the curriculum has a more defined scope and sequence based upon the year level of the child and their level of developmental ability. The Maths curriculum is more structured and hierarchical, with topics covered in sequence and concepts built upon. There are however general things that can be covered at home:

  • Counting & Recognising Numbers (Early Childhood) – Count with your child, ensure they are touching each object as they count it and identifying how many they count by repeating the last number (1,2,3,4…. there are 4). Identify numbers around the house and in books and get your child to find that many or write that number.
  • Mental Maths Concepts (Primary) – There are a variety of activities to support the development of mental maths skills, from the much maligned but very useful tables drills (3 6’s are 18, 4 6’s are 24 etc.) to more open-ended practise with real life mental maths, including setting up a pretend shop at home where the kids have to purchase things and work out the change using monopoly or play money. Darts is also a terrific game to play to help develop addition/subtraction skills. There are also plenty of game type card activities which would be extremely useful for this. Check out the link here:
  • Written Maths (Primary)– Students can practise their 4 processes (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication & Division) using real life problems that they can understand. This could include sums in a more formal written format or as written word sentences which they then have to determine the process to use before completing the equation.
  • Problem Solving (All Levels)–  A far more open-ended method of developing conceptual understanding in maths involves students being presented with problems to solve which require them to research data and then use this to solve the problem. An example of this for middle/upper primary students would be to determine how much it would cost to re-turf your front lawn. This includes the need to measure the lawn area, research how much the new grass would cost and then determine a final cost for the job. This could be changed to carpet your lounge or replace vinyl in your kitchen.



HASS can be covered as part of a more cross-curriculum approach, linking this with reading, writing and some on-line and family based research. A good example of this is to create a Family Tree.

  • Early Childhood/Junior Primary –your child may wish to write family member’s names on leaves and stick on a picture of a tree or get creative with drawings or photos. Your child can include whichever family members they wish however we would recommend keeping it limited to immediate family (parents, siblings, grandparents).
  • In Middle/Upper Primary, your child may wish to conduct some digital research (phone, text, social media etc.) with family members far and wide to find out all of the family links and present this in a physical (card, paper) or digital (PowerPoint, website) medium.


  • Outdoor Activities – Keep your child active and building the strength and coordination with lots of outdoor play, such as Building in the sandpit; Dig a hole (and fill it in again); Paint with water; Kick a ball; Climb a tree; Ride a bike; Build a fort/cubby. Use your own backyard to ensure your kids get the fresh air and exercise they need on a daily basis.
  • Indoor Activities – Give you children lots of opportunity for indoor directed and supported activities such as Lego; Board Games; Puzzles and Colouring in/Drawing. One idea is to get your child to design and build an indoor city using Lego and/or blocks and then take you on a tour of the city while you video their presentation. Again this could be watched later on that night instead of Netflix. It is also terrific to show at their 21st birthday party – I know ;>)
  • Fine Motor Activities (ECE) – Make play dough and use for the following:
    • Hand strength and coordination, roll balls, sausages, flatten and shape the play dough to improve hand muscles essential for writing development.
    • Make shapes, numbers, letters and their own name.
    • Make ‘food’ and set up a play café.
    • YouTube ‘Dough Disco’ for some fun actions to build hand strength and coordination.


The following links provide a wealth of information on which to base open-ended educational activities for your children. Activities from fun Games and Recipes to Yoga and Dancing Lessons. Check them all out here.

  1. Virtual Field Trips-
  2. Visit museums. Google Arts and Culture partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their spaces. Some of the options include New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum
  3. The Louvre, based in Paris, is also offering its own virtual tour online for free-
  4. The San Diego Zoo has a live webcam for animals-
  5. Melbourne Zoo also has live webcams
  6. Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover-
  7. This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies-
  8. Geography with National Geographic-
  9. Children’s books read by famous- people
  10. Crafts and activities-
  11. Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities-
  12. Online history classes for all ages preteen through adults-
  13. Educational games K-12-
  14. 35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world-
  15. Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, maths and science-
  16. Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for young children. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text-
  17. Type in any city, state, or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It’s a unique way to help children learn about history-
  18. Help children learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art-
  19. Live video of the National Zoo and Smithsonian Learning Lab right-
  20. This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals-
  21. Kids Think Design explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design-
  22. Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts-
  23. Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout-
  24. Mo Willems, the author of ‘Don’t let the Pigeon Stay up Late’ is uploading daily drawing lessons-
  26. Maths as a fun part of your daily family routine-
  27. Music is for everyone-
  28. Projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing-
  29. Learn a language-
  30. Yoga and mindfulness for kids-
  31. Online classes for kids-
  32. Short videos and texts that answer various burning questions for children. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions-
  33. Learn to code-
  34. Listen to astronauts read Story Time From Space-
  35. Maths games galore-
  36. Lots of science experiments that you can do at home-
  38. Work on the 8 parts of speech-
  39. Google Earth. All sorts of learning here-
  40. Scratch teaches students all about coding-
  41. A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art-
  42. Tests kids’ geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View, it plops players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are-
  43. Short videos about numbers that help kids explore complex math topics and make math more fun-
  44. Help kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art-
  45. Lets kids play instruments online. Instruments include the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos-
  46. A large selection of fun songs to help teach preschool students-
  47. This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals-
  48. Coding for ages 4-10-
  49. For budding Marine Biologists- take a deep dive into ocean life.
  50. Science podcasts to listen to with your kids-
  51. Red Tent Art- step by step instructions on art projects including origami, Easter, 3D cards, clay pots, etc-
  52. ABC- Educational resources-!/home
  53. Boost writing confidence with Storybird-
  54. Kids numbers-
  55. Maths Frame-
  56. Make your own animated videos with Go animate-
  57. Prezi (make your presentations zoom)
  58. Create interactive avatars to showcase children’s learning- Voki:
  59. Go Geocatching-
  60. The Kid Should See This-
  61. Electoral System of Australia –
  62. Kids News-
  63. Carson Ellis’ Art Club- Carson Ellis, author and illustrator will be posting art assignments on her Instagram page every weekday morning. They’ll be designed for kids and grownups alike. If you want to share them, you can use the hashtag #quarantineartclub. She’ll also provide individual hashtags for each exercise so everyone can see each other’s work.
  64. Lady Gaga’s former backup dancer, Mark Kanemura, is hosting virtual dance sessions on his Instagram page-
  65. And don’t forget to fly a kite! #24

I will endeavour to update this support as we see where we are heading in these increasingly confusing and concerning times but from looking at some of the info above, there shouldn’t be any reason for your children to be bored while they are at home.

Kind regards,

Ms Melanie Clark
8 April 2020

Please access this Guide to living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty for advice and information on staying mentally healthy through out the pandemic and to assist you in speaking about it with your children

This Chidlow Primary School Home Learning Support Document has clickable links for educational websites and learning from home tips

The Department of Education’s Learning at Home site provides year-level specific tips and resources

These two games packs are available for you to access: Dice Games and Card Games

The Quick guide for parents (Primary) and Student Guide (Primary) are Connect guides to help with basic logging in and navigation of the Connect site

This Learning Matrix ECE document is an activity based learning matrix for early childhood students.