Oak National Academy summer resources unveiled

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

Lessons and resources for use in both face-to-face summer schools and for home learning activities have been published as part of the summer learning support offer from Oak National Academy.

The government-funded online learning hub has published a range of academic content as well as art, drama and sporting activities to support on-going education recovery and pupil wellbeing.

Covering the early years through to year 11, the resources come with new formative quizzes to help teachers target their interventions. There is guidance for teachers, parents and pupils, including explanations from subject specialists on how the summer curriculum has been designed.

Other resources include the UK Schools Time Capsule initiative, which is being run with BAFTA and Place2Be and is inviting pupils to make submissions by September 10 using art, photography, writing or other media. Find out more in our report here.

Elsewhere, there are new authors on Oak National Academy’s Virtual School Library, run in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, and challenges, skills and games from the Youth Sports Trust Active Recovery Hub.

The resources include priority units and lessons in English, science, history, geography and maths to help prepare pupils for the next academic year. These focus on:

  • English and literacy: Lessons promote reading for pleasure for younger year groups. For older pupils, the units cover nature poetry, Shakespeare and other popular GCSE texts.
  • Maths: Resources for younger pupils concentrate on initial multiplication and division and the early times table, while older pupils can practise their fractions and decimals and GCSE pupils develop their number, data and shape, and algebra skills.
  • Science: Units for younger pupils focus on plants and the natural world around them, while older pupils can work on understanding cell biology, organs, and different forms of energy.
  • History: Helps younger pupils understand the concept of “a long time ago”, ancient civilisations and the story of Britain’s development. Older pupils will consolidate their knowledge of social and political history, as well as Nazi Germany and the Cold War.
  • Geography: Fieldwork investigations are available to support a lack of practical experience and cancelled field trips for some pupils. There are units for younger and older pupils to understand the differences between human and physical geography, as well as physical landscapes in the UK and the changing economic world.

Matt Hood, principal at Oak National Academy, said: “As we look ahead to the holidays, some teachers are considering hosting summer schools, or setting summer homework and projects to help prepare their pupils for next year. Where they are, we want this to be as hassle free as possible. Teachers have identified priority topics for every year group, creating lessons and resources to best support pupils into their next year. And we’ve added quizzes to help teachers identify the needs of their pupils.”


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