Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

Headteacher: Mrs Nichola Russell
Telephone: 01924 303525
Address: Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6AS

Diocese of Leeds
Thank you to our parents, carers and families for your unwavering support, care, kind words and emails. We are all in agreement that the last few months have not been easy, but in working together, communicating effectively, respecting that the decisions made have been to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all, we have successfully and safely reached the end of the academic year. It's been lovely to see how the school community continues to pull together through these uncertain and unprecedented times. Thank you. We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Summer and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on the 8th September.

School Closure Home Learning

During the period of school closure, our aim is communicate accurate government messages clearly to you, our school family. We appreciate that this is a very difficult time for all of us and as a staff team, we are looking forward to being able to reopen our doors and welcome all our fantastic children and families back, to celebrate the achievements and successes of the year. However, in the meantime, we want to ensure that as a community we are doing all we can to keep safe and well. This is our main priority.

The following images may help explain certain aspects of our current situation to young children. Celebrated authors Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of the Gruffalo have produced a series of cartoons to encourage people to stay at home during the coronavirus crisis.

On Friday 20th March all children were given a comprehensive home learning pack with a reminder of logins and passwords for the range of online learning utilised in school.

We also aim to regularly update this home learning page of our website with additional activities, projects and websites offering a wide range of activities to undertake together.

Here you will find additional resources to supplement the home learning packs given to every child.

Welcome to GOV.UK

The Government have brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.

These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.

The list includes subject-specific resources for:

  • English
  • maths
  • science
  • PE
  • wellbeing
  • special educational needs and disability (SEND

Celebrating VE Day

Since 1945 the end of World War Two in Europe has been marked by Victory in Europe Day, better known as VE Day. On 8th May 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio at 3pm that the war in Europe had come to an end, following Germany's surrender the day before. This year, the 8th May 2020 will mark 75 years since the first VE Day!

As part of our home learning this week, we thought you might like to find out more about this key event in British history, and maybe even have a little celebration of your own at home!

KS1 VE Day

KS1 VE Day Celebrations

KS2 VE Day

VE Day 75th Anniversary

VE Day 75th Anniversary 2

- Find out what VE day is?

- Research and learn more about it (I've added some links below).

- Create an information poster

- Make bunting

- Have a garden tea party

- Design a medal

- Bake scones

- Draw a Spitfire

- Make a Union Jack Flag

- Write a diary entry

- Write a letter imagining you were there

Here are some links to activities (you might need a grown up to help you find some of the home learning bits):

I've also just seen a competition, however the closing date is 6th May (tomorrow) so you'd have to create something today/ tomorrow if you wanted to enter. I'll pop the link on anyway:

Captain Tom Moore

99-year-old British war veteran, Captain Tom Moore has completed 100 laps of his 25m back garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire! He has raised over £28 million for Britain's National Health Service (NHS) and has received donations to his fundraising challenge from all around the world! Captain Tom began raising funds to thank NHS staff who helped him with treatment for cancer and a broken hip. He originally aimed to raise just £1000 but quickly passed his target!

Captain Tom Moore - How can one person make a big difference?

Read through the information below, all about Captain Tom Moore’s incredible achievement. Can you think of any local heroes in your community?

Captain Tom Moore - Local heroes

The Peregrine Falcons of Wakefield Cathedral

Peregrine falcons have nested on Wakefield Cathedral since 2015.

During the past five years, the peregrines have hatched and raised seventeen young, as well as caring for one adopted youngster.

There are 2 love cameras, allowing you to watch the activites of the Wakefield Peregrines: the nestcam and the spirecam.

Follow the link below to take a look at the 4 newly hatched chicks (2nd and 3rd May).

Oak National Academy

Oak National Academy is a new collection of high-quality lessons and online resources. Backed by the Government, it has been created in response to the coronavirus lockdown.

The online classroom offers free access to the delivery of video lessons, quizzes and worksheets. Available for both primary and secondary levels, it covers a range of subjects. All of the lessons are ordered so your child can learn along a clear plan. We’ll provide new lessons and resources each week.

Oak National Academy will fit alongside other resources such as BBC Bitesize to offer a structure for the day for children until schools fully reopen.

Each Oak National Academy lesson will be an hour long, with elements such as a quiz, a video explanation from the teacher and a worksheet.

Each lesson has been created by a subject expert in a careful plan. Teachers will let pupils know how they can best use these resources. There are two options:

  • Either, teachers and pupils can use all the lessons and resources in their entirety, following along the set plan of content for each subject. Click the Schedule button when inside the online classroom to follow along like this.
  • Alternatively, teachers can choose individual bits of content or lessons that work best for them and their pupils. This can be in as many or as few subjects as needed. Teachers will let their pupils know which lessons to do, and when. Click the Subject button when inside the online classroom to access these options.

In either case, teachers will let pupils and parents know which option to select in the online classroom.

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Bitesize Daily

Daily lessons start on Monday 20th April.Daily lessons for homeschooling - BBC Bitesize

From 20 April, you’ll be able to access regular daily lessons in English and Maths, as well as other core subjects, in an expanded version of their website and also on special programmes broadcast on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button.

The Bitesize website you use now will expand to offer additional help for children and parents. New Maths and English lessons will be available every day for all ages. These will be created with resources from Bitesize, other parts of the BBC and other education providers. The content of these lessons will be backed up by new videos, practice tests, educational games and articles. Regular lessons on other core subjects, including science, will also be available. Mums and dads can get advice on how to teach anyone who is home-schooling and the Bitesize website will also have guides for pupils with SEN (special educational needs).

BBC iPlayer and the Red Button service will host Bitesize Daily. These are six different 20 minute shows, each designed to target a specific age group, from ages five to 14, and for pupils throughout the UK. Experts and teachers will be involved, covering what should be learned that day for the different year groups and key stages. Maths, Science and English will be covered in dedicated programmes, and other subjects such as History, Geography, Music and Art will also be covered.


In addition to the home learning already sent out and the vast range of new online learning on our home learning tab of the website, staff will set specific learning tasks for each class on Purple Mash. Once completed, children can email their class teacher and submit their work. This ensures regular communication between each child and staff. Further work will then be set.

For guidance on how to access the work, please follow the link below


Purple Mash (2simple) | Herts for Learning

National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM)

Video Lessons

These short videos are intended to provide primary school pupils with interactive lessons while they are at home. Most lessons are 15 to 20 minutes long, each ending with suggested follow-up tasks. All lessons exemplify a Teaching for Mastery approach to maths. A new batch of five lessons will be added on the following website each week.


Barefoot Computing

Fun and creative activities, built by teachers to help you guide your child through fundamental parts of the computing curriculum

Barefoot Computing - Home | Facebook

Storytime with Nick Cannon

From Monday 20th April, we are releasing Storytime with Nick; films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer and a wonderful storyteller. See him in action here.

A new story will be added to the YouTube channel at 2pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. They are ideal for Nursery, Reception and KS1 children.

Storytime includes books by Tom Percival, Cressida Cowell, David Melling, Jeanne Willis, Judith Kerr, Oliver Jeffers and David Walliams.

Storytime logo

Read Write Inc Phonics Update

From Monday 20th April, RWI are streaming 7 Speed Sounds lessons, including Word Time and Spelling, for children to watch at home every weekday on their YouTube channel.

Each lesson is ten to fifteen minutes long and available for 24 hours.

Set 1

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds 9.30 am (BST)
  • Set 1 Word Time 9.45 am
  • Set 1 Spelling 10.00 am

Set 2

  • Set 2 Speed Sounds and Word Time 10.00 am
  • Set 2 Spelling 10.15 am

Set 3

  • Set 3 Speed Sounds and Word Time 10.30 am
  • Set 3 Spelling 10.45 am

Once each complete set has been shown, we will replay one sound a day per set.

Click here for our YouTube Speed Sounds Lessons schedule

Sir Linkalot Time - Free spelling lessons

⁣Watch daily episodes of Sir Linkalot Time & chat (with special guest appearances from TV’s Susie Dent) Monday to Friday at 2pm.

A brilliant way to learn the spelling of tricky words from ‘they’ to ‘onomatopoeia’.

The app won the ‘Best Educational App’ award at this year’s BETT Show - the world’s no 1 edtech exhibition.

So, tell your children (5 to 15 year olds) to ‘Tune in at 2 for Sir Linkalot Time’ by clicking here.

Read Write Inc. Phonics - Ruth Miskin Phonics Training


Pie Corbett is an English educational trainer, writer, author and poet who has written more than two hundred books. He is now best known for creating the Talk for Writing approach to learning.

Here are the free Talk for Writing Home-school units. The units are age-related but please pick and choose what is right for each child. They all include a model text which is also available as a streamed audio recording









Book Recommendation

50 engaging activities for creative, everyday playtime to encourage a connection to nature and the outdoors.


Robinhood Trust are encouraging all schools across the country to unite in showing our appreciation of the NHS and all they do, by sharing this special, one off Learning Project with our children and community. The project aims to provide opportunities for children to learn more about our wonderful NHS. Learning may focus on the history of the NHS, significant people including local NHS workers and generally showing appreciation and support

NHS Learning Project

Thank you to Robinhood MAT, Birmingham

Coronavirus - A Book for Children

Coronavirus - A Book for Children

Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.

The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:

• What is the coronavirus?
• How do you catch the coronavirus?
• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
• Why are some places we normally go to closed?
• What can I do to help?
• What’s going to happen next?


Change4Life and Disney have teamed up again to bring you new Shake Up games inspired by Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 4 and Incredibles 2, and Disney's The Lion King and Frozen.

These 10-minute bursts of fun will really get you moving and count towards the 60 active minutes they need every day!



Outwood Academy Trust have produced a dedicated activities website which they launched on Friday via social media.

They are happy for this to be shared with others across the authority.

Thank you to Outwood Academy Trust.

Yorkshire Sport FoundationYorkshire Sport Foundation - Development Manager - Sheffield

Yorkshire Sport Foundation and leading national organisations are working with Physical Educators

from across the country to support parents to teach PE at home.

A new lesson will be added at 1pm on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

They will also be posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so just find what’s best for you.

Keeping ActiveYouth Sport Trust | LinkedIn

Youth Sport Trust are working to help keep the nation moving and physically fit during these unprecedented times.

Please follow the twitter account: @SGOOutwood for ideas, information and resources.

Scouts - The Great Indoors

100's of great activities to explore!

The Great Indoors | Scouts

Read Write In Phonics

Three Speed Sounds lessons are being streamed for children to watch at home every weekday on our YouTube channel.

Each lesson is ten minutes long and available for 24 hours.

Repeats of lessons streamed up until Friday 3rd April will be shown during the Easter holidays (excluding Bank Holidays).

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds 9.30 am (BST) - for children in Nursery and Reception and children who are new to English
  • Set 2 Speed Sounds 10.00 am - for children in Reception that can read Set 1 Speed Sounds and for children in Year 1 and 2
  • Set 3 Speed Sounds 10.30 am - for children in Year 1 and 2 that can read Set 2 Speed Sounds

After the Easter holidays, there will be:

  • Continue Sets 1, 2 and 3 Speed Sounds lessons
  • Add lessons to help children read words with Set 1 Speed Sounds and spell words with Set 1, 2 and 3 Sounds

Click here for our YouTube Speed Sounds Lessons schedule

Read Write Inc. Phonics - Ruth Miskin Phonics Training

Booktrust - BookTrust have a range of interactive books to read online.BookTrust - Home | Facebook

Author Julia Donaldson is producing a weekly broadcast on the Gruffalo Facebook page, reading stories, poems and singing songs.

Tom Fletcher, Author

Tom Fletcher will be doing live readings of his children's books every Monday in April at 6.30pm.

Watch him live on his youtube channel. Tom Fletcher


Explore topics that could really change things for the better for both animals and the planet


Teacher's Pet Home Learning

Teacher's Pet - Primary Classroom Resources, Displays, Activities ...


For Families - GoNoodle


Good Energy at Home is a free online resource that provides tons of ways for kids and families to be active, stay mindful, and keep on learning!

Fischy Music

Monday morning assembly on YouTube: Tune in and join us for our weekly online assemblies, 11AM on Mondays


FischyTunes: Our music video website for children. They can watch our songs for free at (we've just added some more Fischy favourites this week).

Spotify (and other streaming platforms): Pop on our “Twenty Years of Fischy Music” album on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music or wherever you stream your music.


30 Day Lego Challenge


Eco Activities - home learning packs have been compiled by the Young People’s Trust for the Environment

Information for kids on the environment, climate change and ...

The Wildlife Trusts Vector Logo - (.SVG + .PNG) - SeekVectorLogo.Net

Resources for every subject from BBC Bitesize.

Find out more about BBC Bitesize. - BBC Bitesize

A few cooking recipes to try at home with your children

Cook me at home

School Meals

Frida Kahlo

The Frida Kahlo packs include a range of art, English and computing activitie .Frida Kahlo Home Learning Pack – Primary


Stonewall | Acceptance without exception

WWF concept logo reflects today's most vulnerable creature ...

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Here is a link to the WWF Life Learning channel- the next live learning session is tomorrow at 11am.


Whizz Pop Bang - The awesome science magazine for children


Here is a link for the Grammarsaurus videos- fun ways to recap concepts in grammar and punctuation

Co-ordinating conjunctions - FANBOYS poster - Grammarsaurus

Times Tables

Here are some arty ways to keep times tables ticking over

Times Tables Rock Stars: Play

Art ideas linked to Maths:

Shape Tessellation- exploring how shapes fit together.

Tessellating Arrows by on @DeviantArt ...

Paul Klee Castle - a great way of exploring shapes, vertical and horizontal lines etc.

PE Resources

PE Hub

More useful websites

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DrawWithRob — Rob Biddulph

Children's Book Reviews, Recommendations and Free Opening Extracts ...

Ben Clanton's Squiggles and Scribbles: SEASPLOSION

CBeebies - Wikipedia

Oliver Jeffers

At 6pm , every weekday, Oliver Jeffers will be reading one of his wonderful picture books

and talking a little about the things that went into making it.

Listen in to Oliver on Instagram.

Lost and Found: Jeffers, Oliver, Jeffers, Oliver: Books


The link below is from the WWF- home learning, games etc linked to wildlife, geography etc.

WWF accused of funding guards who torture and kill in poaching war ...

Online Safety

4-7s Homepage

Carol Vorderman Maths

The Carol Vorderman maths website, usually £2 per week to access is now free of charge until schools open.

The website is:

The Maths Factor 14 Day Free Trial