Archdale Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 1PL


Archdale School

Home learning

In the case that a pupil or group or pupils need to access learning at home quickly, the class teacher will make contact to arrange personalised options in line with The Coronavirus Act 2020 Provision of Remote Education (England) Temporary Continuity Direction. Pupils who remain at home will continue to access Remote Learning as previosuly.

Material is sent through Evidence me, so please do check here routinely as this will be the first place for resources to be shared. 


These are generic ideas for families to explore with their children at home. 

Social Stories


Links for pupils who may be coming into school on transport in the coming weeks:




Please see below and click on the links to social stories to support your child to understand the current Covid-19 situation:


Links about wearing masks:



Social story about Coronavirus - from the National Autistic society

School-is-different Social Story

What-is-coronavirus Social Story


Support for families

The NEU has a link for families to access during this period of time should they need support:  Support for families:

Other supportive information can be found at the following websites:

Support for families:

Coronavirus story - child friendly explanation in different languages


Sleep disruption support: Clip about supporting primary age children to develop good sleep habits: 

General ideas

A great link to some fantastic cooking and baking ideas and recipes:  Virtual School Baking book.pdf

- Decorate a sun catcher and put it in your window for your neighbours to see. Have a look in your neighbour’s windows and see if they have made one too! You can use old plastic bottles or card and decorate it with pretty colours. Tissue paper, painted plastic (from bottles) and cellophane all look beautiful. Let me explore the textures myself.

- Make some art work and post it to your local care home or hospital to really brighten someone’s day!

- If you have leftover food, why not put it near your window for the birds – you can watch and listen to the birds that come to visit.- 

- Encourage me to try new foods – I look to cook smoothies and soups.

- Use core boards to communicate with me.

- Encourage me to be as independent as possible – especially with eating and toileting (we know you do already!).

- Keep a regular routine. Lots of things are changing at the moment, but keeping things consistent at home will help me to understand.

- Most of all, play with me, talk to me and make the most of the extra time we get to spend together.

Sensory/messy play:

  • Rice (Dye with food colouring and vinegar)
  • Pasta
  • Cornflour (Mix with food colouring and water to make gloop)
  • Shaving foam (Practise writing and making marks.
  • Sand play (Practice filling and emptying different containers)
  • Water play (Fish out different objects)
  • Make play dough / salt dough
  • Cook together
  • Play with bubbles / make your own washing up liquid
  • Bubble painting
  • turn all the lights off and play with lights/torches/fairy lights
  • Handwashing in a bowl of bubbly water, followed by a hand massage with a lush smelling cream.  This can also be done with their feet (watch out for tickly toes and have plenty of towels ready!!!)

  • Hand painting/feet painting indoors or outdoors in the garden (space and weather permitting!)

  • Collage- any old scraps of material (tin foil, sweetie wrappers, pipe cleaners …) and glue them down onto paper and stick proudly on the fridge when dry!

  • Colouring with chunky chalks/crayons of felt tip pens

  • Salt dough and hand print pictures (e.g. dinosaurs) 


Links to play based ideas:

  • Build towers using plastic bricks or old boxes.
  • Inset puzzles
  • Jigsaws
  • Bubbles (Make your own using washing up liquid)
  • Colouring

Communication (mark-making, writing, reading/phonics and fine motor skills):

  • Fine motor skills: threading cheerios/pasta onto string, clipping pegs onto paper, using tweezers/tongs to pick objects up, using scissors, threading pipe cleaners into a colander, playing with playdough (pull apart, roll, squeeze. Use ‘dough disco’ videos on youtube).
  • Using Tweezers and pompoms, Ribbons/pipe cleaners threading – hoop, colander, large beads, sticks, Unthreading – fabrics out of mesh balls, Shaving foam finding hidden pictures, Playdough – dough disco type / mark making, Rice – in tray picking up/moving around tray, Moon sand (flour and vegetable oil mixed), Mark making on floor/under table, Stickers “over writing”/sorting colours – peeling and sticking stickers, Juicing fruits (squeezing), Pom pom push – basket with pomp oms in holes push into basket

  • Mark-making: Painting with water outside, using paint/chalk/pencils/crayons to make marks, chalk outside on the patio, using spices to paint.
  • Writing: Practise writing their name and practise writing CVC words (dog, cat, mat, sat, hat, dad).
  • Reading/phonics: Matching CVC words to pictures (Twinkl), recognising sounds (S, A, T, P, N), looking at books.
  • Sensory stories
  • Exchanging symbols for objects/items that they want.

Number/thinking & problem-solving:

  • Counting: ordering number cards. Numbers in the house. Counting everyday objects. 
  • Matching objects to a number e.g. 2 oranges for the number orange.
  • Sorting objects into categories e.g. red cubes in one pile and orange cubes in another. Find different coloured items in the house. Find objects of different sizes, shapes etc.
  • Counting songs (You can access these on the website HelpKidzLearn).
  • Number song choose: Get the children to choose a number song e.g. 5 currant buns, 5 little ducks, 5 speckled frogs or 10 sausages and play it on youtube.
  • Follow a simple recipe to make something e.g. scones, tortilla pizzas or smoothies.

Ideas to stay active at home

Youth Sport Trust - these resources are suitable for all our children: there are resources for asd, complex needs, pmld:
  • Football
  • Dancing
  • Jumping
  • Rolling balls
  • Throwing and catching
  • Go for a walk
  • Have a run in the garden
  • Rolling, stretching
  • Youtube has lots of fun active learning videos
    • count to 100 – ‘Jack Hartmann’ channel
    • ‘the learning station’ channel
    • Just dance videos
    • Joe Wicks Daily sessions
  • Walking up and down stairs
  • - lots of resources from EYFS-KS2 to keep kids active at home
  • - more ideas and links to fun videos to stay active


Keeping to a routine is important in times of uncertainty.  There are a number of daily online activities that you can access to help you set up your own routines at home. If it is hard navigating your way around the numerous and varied online sites, do contact class teachers.