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Adventures In Learning: fun education packs for parents and primary-age children

Take a look at these free creative learning packs specially developed by teacher and education expert Debra Kidd for parents and children currently learning at home. The packs, exclusive to NEU, are aimed at children of different ages, from Reception to Year 6. They’re designed to support and encourage you and your children to enjoy reading together and to explore the world through stories, talk and activities.

Easy to use and designed for you to dip in and out of, the packs are there to inspire and spark imagination. Simply use them as suits you and your children, depending on time, energy and levels of interest. The age ranges are there as a guide, but some children may want to explore several packs.

We hope you have fun on your learning journeys! We’ll have more fun activity packs here soon for children of different ages so check back soon.

Reception/Year 1: Journey To The South Pole

Based on the children’s book Lost and Found, by Oliver Jeffers, this pack is full of ideas and activities about travel, the natural world and discovering different countries.

Year 3/Year 4: Journey Into Earth

Explore a network of underground caves to encourage your child to think about life in Stone Age times, the role of art in human history, and preserving precious places.

Year 4/Year 5/Year 6: Journey To Space

Based around a story about a girl who dreams of space travel, this pack explores human feelings, science and problem-solving and will fire your child’s imagination.

Year 1/Year 2/Year 3: The Journey Home

Follow four animals on their search for a safe habitat, learning about how humans affect the environment, animal instinct and the power of friendship and perseverance on the way.

Year 4/Year 5/Year 6: Journey Into Ancient Greece

Discover the intriguing world of Greek myth, following Perseus on his epic journey around the ancient world. Use creative activities to explore problem-solving, role play and what makes a ‘hero’ or a ‘monster’.

Year 5/Year 6/Year 7: Journey Into Danger

The fantastical world in Lewis Carroll’s poem Jabberwocky is brought fully to life in this exploration of language and adventure that will spark your child’s creativity.

Learning at home: literacy resources for children in Key Stage 2

The following resources contain a wealth of ideas and activities to stimulate 7 to 11-year-olds’ interest in reading and writing during the lockdown. As well as being educational, importantly they are fun! Most are activities which children can do on their own, while parents are working or busy. Your children may be missing their friends or feeling isolated at home: you could encourage them to do activities as a group with their brothers or sisters, or with school friends using social media.


If your children are running out of books to read

Love Reading is a book recommendation site. A summary and extract is provided for every book. At the bottom of the page, you will find links for many different genres (science fiction, the natural world, history, ghost stories, graphic novels). There are recommendations by age, and a blog for parents.

You will be able to borrow many of these books from public libraries, which generally use BorrowBox and Libby for ebooks and audiobooks. Most public libraries are open online.


Poetry by Heart is a fantastic resource dedicated to reading poems aloud. The 7+ Timeline has over 100 poems organised by date.


Other useful resources for children and young people

A digital book with pictures by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, explaining the coronavirus outbreak for primary-age children.

Free resources and activities for children and young people of all ages from the UK Literacy Association.

Conservation charity RSPB has a number of delightful short stories for young nature-lovers to enjoy. Click here to download Lucky Duck; two further stories – blackbird and sparrow – are available here. There are more electronic and audio stories for children on the RSPB website.


Fun creative activities for families learning outside of school.


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