Home Learning (During School Closure)

The enforced school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic has enforced significant changes to our approach to home learning apporach at Brunstane this term.

Each class will post three main activities on their Twitter pages including literacy and numeracy work each day. This will be supplemented by access to online activities on sites such as SumDog and Spelling City as well as additional reading comprehension and phonics activities posted by our ASFL teachers.

Whilst home learning is a very important part of every pupil’s life during school closure,  it needs to be managable and fit into family life. We hope our approach will help to achieve this balance for the majority of our families.

Along with practising times tables and addition and subtraction facts, reading and phonics development are two of the most useful ways your child can spend their time.

To further support home learning at Brunstane, we have put together the following list of websites and resources:

We use ‘Read, Write, Inc’ to teach phonics in Primary 1-3. This phonics pronunciation guide may help parents/carers to understand the way the alphabet sounds and vowel sounds are taught in school.

This phonics explanation video  gives more information on phonics and why we use a phonic approach to teach reading and writing.

Daily phonics practice for our younger learners can be found through these two PDF documents: Primary 1 Daily Phonics Activities  (PDF) word time (PDF).

Ruth Miscin Phonics training are also doing daily lessons that can be accessed via the following links:   Set 1 sounds Set 1 Spelling Set 1 word time Set 2 Sounds and Reading Set 2 Spelling Set 3 Sounds Set 3 Spelling

Phonics support for older learners can be found here:

Sounds and decoding

word time

Set 1 sounds consonant blends phonics lesson

Set 1 sounds phonics lesson

Set 1 sounds phonics lesson 2

set 2 sounds phonics lesson-ay

Set 2 sounds lesson

set 3 sounds phonics lesson – o_e

set 3 sounds phonics lesson- i_e

set 3 sounds phonics lesson-o_e

Red word and common word reading and activities:

red word connect 4

block 2 common words snakes and ladders

Activities and templates



boggle game 2nd April 2020

Boggle game 1st April

boggle activity 27.04.20

Further phonics and spelling practice can be accessed through Spelling City for P1-7 pupils and through SumDog Spelling for P5-7 Pupils.

Reading remains an extremely important part of every child’s learning. We encourage all parents to read to their children from an early age and to encourage children of all ages to interact with and read books, comics, newspapers and magazines. All our children will be issued library cards (for more information please visit the City of Edinburgh Library Service website) and their library cards can be used to access e-books that can be accessed from home through the city’s Overdrive service.

We have also signed the school up for the First Minister’s Reading Challenge to encourage our children to read as widely as possible.

Daily numeracy practice for younger learners can be found here: Primary 1 Daily Numeracy Activities (PDF)

During school closure, White Rose Maths have uploaded some excellent teaching videos and activities  to reinforce key learning from Nursery to Primary 7.

We also use the SumDog website to support numeracy and maths in Primary 1-7. All children in these classes have an account provided by the school. If you would like a copy of your child’s username and password to use at home, please contact the school and we will provide you with one.

Further ideas to support creativity with younger pupils can be found here: Creativity-at-Home-with-young-children

We will also use the school Twitter acounts to keep parents and carers informed of both the in school and home learning planned for their child’s class.