Whilst the country has been in lockdown, we have been keyworker filming with Little Sutton Primary School in Sutton Coldfield to develop a suite of videos to help educate children across the UK.

Little Sutton Primary school is one of only 34 schools chosen nationally to be an English Hub.  They are funded by the Department for Education (DFE) to promote a love of reading, early language development, and phonics to schools.

During the lockdown, the DFE wanted to produce 90 online video lessons to ensure children and parents had access to useful learning materials in an accessible format to support them when they are homeschooling.

Rachel Davis, Head Teacher at Little Sutton Primary School explained “Reading is fundamental to children’s learning at school; being able to read confidently is essential for the world of work and ultimately a necessity for life.  With the enforced closure of schools, it was important to find a way of helping children to continue learning to read. It has been great to work with Ark Media to develop this suite of videos that children across the country can benefit from. We are grateful for their filming and quick turnaround times”.

The videos were launched on the 27th of April and within 24 hours they had been viewed over 80,000 times and gained 17 thousand subscribers. Since then, the videos have received  6.1m views (2.1m views in January alone), and 48,758 subscribers to their YouTube channel. They have also had 188 people sign up to receive latest news from Letters and Sounds.

Here is an example of the lessons that we produced, all 90 lessons can be viewed on the  Letters & Sounds for home and school’s YouTube channel.