Staff at Elms Bank

Home Learning

Wellbeing Newsletter

Please click on the link - Wellbeing Week 1 for further details and activities!









  On-line Classroom

Launching today!

Click on this link - On-line Classroom to view the exciting new Elms Bank Youtube learning!

To view 'What's on this week timetable' click here - Timetable.

KS3 & KS4 Workbooks

Please see below the below workbook packs:


Key Stage 3 Inspire complete workbook

Key Stage 4 Inspire complete workbook

Key Stage 3 Explore complete workbook

Key Stage 4 Explore complete workbook

Virtual Choir


 What We Are Doing?

We are using our passion and love for singing to not only bring the Elms Bank Community together, but also the wider communities. Many students at Elms Bank have underlying health issues and are classed as 'vulnerable'. As such, we are incredibly grateful to our NHS workers and those on the front line, whose actions go beyond our gratitude.

We wanted to do 'our bit' to support the NHS and raise money through our songs.

Where to See Us?

Follow us on Twitter! @BankElms

True Colours:

Stand By Me:

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough:

Make Your Own Kind of Music:

Don’t Look Back in Anger:

How It All Began!

Elms Bank is a very 'special' special school. As soon as you walk into Elms Bank you can feel the warmth, love and affection every member of its community has for each other. So many visitors comment on how we make everyone 'feel'. The staff are truly dedicated to their work and each and every one of them go above and beyond in their day to day work.

Many of our students and staff have underlying health issues and the school supported them in their decisions to self-isolate. What we didn't want to lose was our sense of community at this time of isolation. Over the last few weeks, the school's Twitter feed has been alive with fun topics, various challenges and lots of updates so that everyone knows how to get help if they need it. An army of form tutors and pastoral team members have been checking in on families and ensuring they get the right help, at the right time, from the right agency. We've created a virtual school community as strong as the physical one!

To keep our community together, we launched the #KeepSinging challenge. This then evolved into our very own Elms Bank Virtual Choir, which now has over 40 singers! We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the incredible response from the public.

The actual school choir has over 50 members and we have a thriving staff choir. The choirs have performed all over Manchester, as we believe singing keeps our community strong and together. Many of our students main form of communication is through song. Why wouldn't we revert to singing at these worrying times? It is what we at Elms Bank do best!

 How To Support Us?

Message us on

Visit our Just Giving page

Virtually A Musical

The Arts Team are holding our '#VirtuallyAMusical' week. Each day will focus on different musicals that will be filled with fun musical themed challenges.  Click on the links below -

Day 1 - Lion King
Can you Feel the Love Tonight - Lyrics 
Virtual Choir Instructions

Day 2 - Hairspray

Day 3 - Shrek

Day 4 - Mamma Mia

Day 5 - Grease

Dear Pupils and Parents
Our next Elms Bank Virtual Choir song is Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King.
If you would like to be a part of the Elms Bank Virtual Choir then this is what you need to do:
1. Play the video of Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Miss Dent’s version only) – the lyrics are on the video!
2. Get a family member to record you singing and signing along
3. Listen through Headphones (so we can only hear your singing)
4. Please take a portrait video and do not crop the video
5.  Leave a few seconds on the video before and after your singing

Ask a parent to send the video via whats app message to 07526083676 by Sunday 5th July.
By sending the video, parents are giving permission for the video to be used in the public domain

You can access the song via YouTube:

I can’t wait to see your videos. Get singing!
Miss Dent

Mental Health Week  

 To celebrate Mental Health Week click on the links below for Wellbeing activities -

Relaxation techniques try these techniques -

Self soothe Box

Colour breathing techniques

Well-being activity calendar

Well-being Art

Emotion wheel

Printable poster

Try out these activities with the Blob characters - 

Blob families

Blob kindness

Blob Tree

Click on the link - To celebrate Mental Health Week!

PE - BeActive

Choose an activity a day to keep fit and healthy whilst at home.

Click on this link for further information - BeActive

Food Safety

The Food Safety Week booklet is available to download - just click on this Booklet link

Support for Covid procedures

The below link can support routines, support for covid procedures, do’s and don’ts

Click on this link for further information - Back to School

Please see attached resources that may can help with Covid support -

Returning to school during Covid-19

Social Distancing

Staying home during Covid-19

Rainbow Poster

Upset by the news

Upset by the news on Coronavirus

Communication Chart

Home Learning Booklets

In this pack you will find lots of activity ideas for you and your family, just click on the links -

Home Learning Booklet - April 2020 

Home Learning Booklet - May 2020

Home Learning Booklet - June 2020

Thrive Home School 

Thrive's Last Home School.  Click on the links below for more activities -

Thrive Home School Drama and Dance

3D Giraffe Paper Model

Piper Man

Disney Sensory Magic Carpet Ride

Giraffe's can't dance

Higher Level Maths

Magical Musical

Dancing Giraffes up to 10

Jungle themed cutting skills

Which school plays are the photo's from

3D Giraffe Paper model list

Dancing Giraffe themed size ordering

Large Giraffe to make

Sensory Activities - Drama and Dance

Dancing Giraffe counting sheets

Dancing Giraffe themed stick puppet

Giraffe Mask

Sensory Kits

Free kits to support children with Sensory needs at home, just click on this link for more information -


42 Phonemes (Video)

Drawing Challenge

For a Drawing Challenge see below, and follow the links for more drawing skills

Drawing Challenge

Drawing Skills using a pen or pencil

More Drawing Skills 

Online Resources

Khan Academy

Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

BBC Learning

This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.


Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).


For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.


Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.


Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.


Creative computer programming

Ted Ed

All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids

Activities and quizzes for younger kids.


Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science

Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This

Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course

You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids

As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards

Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards

Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges

Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.


All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths

Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio

Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives

A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

British Council

Resources for English language learning

Oxford Owl for Home

Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project

Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games

Geography gaming!

Blue Peter Badges

If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

The Artful Parent

Good, free art activities

Red Ted Art

Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree

Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater

Educational online games

 DK Find Out

Activities and quizzes


This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.


Writing inspiration for a range of ages.

 Purple Mash

Times tables rockstars and Numbots – all students at Elms Bank are able to logon to this resource. Great for practice of times tables, students have an avatar that they are able to dress etc as they answer times tables questions correctly.


Classroom secrets 

This website has a range of activity packs that are printable for all of our learners. has a range of activities specific to Mathematics for students particularly within our inspire pathway. Resources focussing upon mathematical problem solving for all age groups from EYFS - primary – secondary level.

 Mr Barton maths website has a range of mathematical activities both interactive and non interactive that focus upon key mathematical learning at an inspire level has a range of interactive mathematical and English based activities for students working at age 3 – 14 years

 Practice phonic awareness by using the interactive activities on this website