English Learning Hub

Reading for pleasure, sharing stories and being able to escape your own four walls may be more important than ever in the coming weeks.  Reading can help with our mental health and well being with just six minutes per day reducing stress levels by 68%.  This link gives great family friendly reading tips and free resources and magazine resources that can be accessed from home. Click HERE

A great spelling resources can be found here: Doorway Online – you can go into all three ability levels as you set the level of difficulty yourself at the start of the website.

Phonics Play – Is now free to use! Check out this excellent resource

A great website to check out – Into Film

Have you heard of Borrow Box?
If you have a Hampshire library ticket you can download FREE books onto your iPad or Kindle (or other reader you may have.)

How it works:
Download the Borrow Box App. Register your library card number. If you haven’t got one, you can join the library online or even ask for a reminder of your number.

You now have access to thousands and thousands of books. Audio and ebooks are also available. Great for children too.

I love to read books in the correct series order, so at the moment I have a book on my kindle, and I have the next one reserved. I get an email when it is ready to download.

You get the book for 2 weeks but can renew it if you need more time.
Once again sorry if you already know this. I have Amazon Prime and Kindle Unlimited but use Borrow Box more than these….I love it and it’s FREE!

Heidi Hack and Kate Parrick – English & Reading

Follow this link to get started: CLICK HERE

Adapted English

The Skellig Project – SEE BELOW




Then explore their emotions:


Take part in one of the brilliant activity club sessions:-


There are some amazing free downloads available at present.  Have a look at SEN teacher as you can download some free downloads to support language development at https://www.senteacher.org/downloads/language/and some lovely sensory stories at https://www.senteacher.org/downloads/sensory/87/Free-Sensory-Stories.html

Watch the songs about verbs:-

Play verbs games




Watch about emotions:

We have some additional resources and tools for you to download for free to help your young person to build their word and sentence level skills.  If you go to:-https://www.cricksoft.com/uk/clicker/clicker-at-home/installation This is a great offer available from Crick software which offers free access to download Clicker 8 initially for four weeks but potentially for more if the lockdown continues.  It is normally hugely expensive to have at home but a great chance to extend your resources to support your young person.  We use Clicker 7 at school and it is very easy to make new resources. 


We are starting a new topic in English and it is all about Islands.  Your task this week is to start to understand that an island is land with water all round it.  Here are our aims for this week: 

  • First task is to create an island.  You can do this using sand and water or by making a papier mache island and painting it or by using whatever materials you have at home.  Explore the concept of land separated by water and what that would mean.  You can play games of getting around the room on cushions or whatever you have to demonstrate this concept.  If you are doing a papier mache island you can extend this into a project that will last over a longer period.   
  • Watch Treasure Island on: 


  • Match the Islands pics 
  • Sort the land and sea pics 
  • If the weather is good have some water play outside making your own island with whatever you have to hand and a big bucket of water (or get out the paddling pool if you have one!).  Make up your own story with the giant island and any toy boats/fish that you may have. 
  • Class teachers will also be sending out a proforma for you to capture pupil comments on for annual summer reports which can be completed as part of the English tasks for this week. 

Spring matching game https://www.primarygames.com/seasons/spring/games/springmatch/. Make labels and collect items and match them with your young person.

Key Stage 3 English

The Skellig Project – SEE BELOW

Your project for English this week is to explore the Osborne videos on YouTube that have been made over the last few years. The channel can be found by visiting CLICKING HERE. Alternatively, you can find this by first searching for YouTube on Google or similar and then searching for Osborne School Winchester in the search bar of YouTube.  Check you have found the right Osborne School!  Then look at any of the films that catch your eye.  Pick your top three and write a film review of them.  You can write your own review or you can use the template below by printing it and then writing it yourself.  

Your second task is to make a film yourself in the style of a news article or an interview.  You could interview a member of your family, you could pretend your living room is a cinema and watch one of the Osborne films as if it is a new release big budget film that’s just come out and you are a journalist outside the cinema interviewing people who have just seen the film.  It’s up to you.  Be creative and have some fun!

Make noun labels for items you find in the garden or outside during your exercise outing.  Match the labels to the item and get them to write them out.  Can they thin of any other Spring words to add to their Spring list?  Make a verb list of words for Spring – eg growing, springing, bouncing, jumping, etc

Key Stage 4

The Skellig Project – SEE BELOW

The Skellig Project – For KS3 and KS4


Each week I am reading Skellig by David Almond to you. There will also be activities that you can complete, if you would like to.


I have tried to organise activities according to suitability for individual current levels of attainment. These are: Adapted, Core, Extended and GCSE.

You will usually find that you can carry out activities from more than one of these categories.

You can of course, just enjoy listening to the story without doing anything else!

If you do try any activities, please do feel free to email anything back to me and I will be happy to send you some feedback. C.irwin@osborne.hants.sch.uk

Please also send us photos of any pictures or of you enjoying activities. Remember to ask permission from your parents/carers if you are sending anything online.






















If you are working at Core, Extended or GCSE levels, I highly recommend that you try to download a copy of the text onto Kindle or tablet, if you have this available to you.

There is a film version of the book, please try not to look at this until we have finished reading as you will not gain as much from the activities and the activities are based on the book, not the film – it will be a treat to watch it at the end and you will enjoy it all the more!

Caroline Irwin, Deputy Headteacher

Kate Parrick, Year 7 class teacher, reads from the book ‘Bad Dad’ by David Williams.

Initial Skills

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