Learning Activities

At Willow Dene School we are committed to providing our children with motivating learning experiences, which work on specific skills, as well as aiding their attention and concentration. It is through engagement that children are in the best position to achieve their full potential, so much of what we do begins by thinking about what is motivating for our pupils.

Children at Willow Dene are a diverse group of learners and engage with activities in different ways. These activities can support lots of different skills, depending on children’s needs and learning profiles. There are some suggestions of  how each activity can be used, but feel free to tailor them to support your child in the next steps of their learning.

Look at some of the activities that we have enjoyed by clicking on the pictures below, and find activities to promote those skills:

SensoryMark MakingFine Motor


Home Learning Activity Videos

http://www.willowdene.greenwich.sch.uk/node/799 - A selection of videos created by Willow Dene staff, with lots of ideas of activites for your children while they are at home.


All Purpose Activities

http://www.thesensoryprojects.co.uk/covid19-resources  contains lots of fabulous activities for learners looking for sensory experiences, with sensory stories, recipes and activities to try with links to other great websites and resources

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/covid19-school-closures offering free access to lots of educational resources during Covid school closures

https://artsandculture.google.com/ lots of things for children to explore here, such as famous works of art (you can zoom in so close you can examine the brush strokes), comparing self-portraits to a selfie of themselves, exploring famous landmarks (even exploring Robert Falcon Scott’s Antarctic Hut) and learning about famous, culturally significant figures.


ICT, Cause and Effect

https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/updates/school-closure.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=covid&utm_content=hklfreeresources&utm_source=Inclusive+Technology+%26+HelpKidzLearn&utm_campaign=3506fb6575-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_09_25_02_43_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_27aa929edc-3506fb6575-15915915&mc_cid=3506fb6575&mc_eid=3d88e64f0e offers a free 14 day trial 

Sensory Stories


https://stories.audible.com/ contains 100s of free kids' audiobooks. Just clicken, stream and listen also available in different languages


Fine Motor Skills

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/search?term=gross+motor+skills ideas and suggestions to develop fine motor skills


Signed Songs and Music

https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments Great resource for interactive music making

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0peZ5AN5vs8&list=PLjT4XhijakZiqAV_QjFd-8nV5CuO5Rpnz 'Singing Hands' Makaton signed songs and nursery rhymes

https://www.soundabout.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Soundabout-parents-and-carers-resource-1-1.pdf contains ideas to use at home to explore and have fun with music

Food Technology and Cooking 

https://getseteatfresh.co.uk/?utm_campaign=1865441_March20_Primary_COVID19&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Aldi%20-%20Get%20Set%20to%20Eat%20Fresh&dm_i=3J01,13ZDT,5FYGGO,3WDCT,1 free materials for teachers and parents to support young people aged 5-14 to develop their understanding and love of fresh, healthy foo and the skills they need to cook and celebrate food 

Physical Activity, Movement and Gross Motor Skills

https://www.gonoodle.com/ dance and movement activities 

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/activities 10 minute shake up games for children and adults

Some of our favouite physical activity dance and yoga links to get you moving: