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Useful resources and links for our families

Here are some useful online links offering support to families:   



Here are links to some of the websites we recommend and/or subscribe to at Dry Sandford School to support learning: 


  • Doodle Maths and Times Tables- have fun Doodling collecting stars and improving your Maths 

Doodle for Students | DoodleLearning 

  • Purple Mash- covers all curriculum areas. It has great art and topic projects and is good for learning computing skills and code. It also has spelling, grammar, and maths games. 

  • As a school we use a scheme to teach early reading and phonics- Twinkl Phonics. The children enjoy learning through the adventures and stories of Kit, Sam and Ben the dog! Teachers may send a Twinkl Go code for you to access online reading books linked to the scheme. Twinkl Go can also be used to share other activities and lesson plans with you at home. You will be given a code to pop in the following weblink: 

Login to Twinkl Go - Twinkl 

  • You can also get information in support about helping you child with reading and free online books through Oxford Owl 

Free eBook library | Oxford Owl from Oxford University Press 

  • Phonics Play has some good free games (there are additional subscription costs to access everything.) 

PhonicsPlay - Resources 

  • Numberblocks and Alphablocks are both a wonderful way of introducing counting and phonics at home, 

Numberblocks - CBeebies - BBC            BBC iPlayer - Alphablocks 

  • BBC Bitsize has many resources, parent blogs. There is also support for projects and homework on BBC Bitesize for primary, secondary and post 16 education. 

Parents' Toolkit - BBC Bitesize 

Whilst so many things can be accessed and learnt using screens and technology we also recognise the importance of having time away from screens which can be create its own challenges and the need to support children in staying safe online. 

CEOP Education ( 

A Guide to Social Media Apps and their Age Ratings - OpenView Education 

Here are a couple more links to getting out and about! 

50 things to do before you're 11¾ | Visit | National Trust 

Dry Sandford Pit | Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust ( 

Abingdon County Hall Museum – Abingdon on Thames Town Council  

Wittenham Clumps - Earth Trust 

Communication: We have an open door policy and also use email and text messaging to communicate so please make sure your email address and contact details are all up to date. Our class are also exploring ClassDojo to further improve communication links and our Friends of Dry Sandford (PTA) has a Facebook page to share information and discuss fundraising ideas.

  • We also make good use of Microsoft Teams to link up and meet online. where Face to Face meetings may not be possible. 

Video Conferencing, Meetings, Calling | Microsoft Teams