Learning at Home

Dear parents/carers
 
As we start the Summer Term this week, we have had some time to reflect further on our continued education provision.  The resources that have been available on our school website so far will remain; parents and pupils can continue drop into these as necessary.  Alongside these resources, each year group will also be able to access a more structured set of resources.  These do not aim to fully replicate a normal school day but will ensure that children continue to secure the key skills in maths, grammar and reading.  Please visit your year group page each week for new learning resources.  
 
There are also many activities which can develop skills beyond the classroom and now may be the perfect opportunity for this wider learning to take place.  Play outside or go on a virtual field trip.  Bake biscuits and paint pictures.  Play board games and watch films.  
 
The documents in the following pages are designed to support your child when learning at home but are not necessarily a long list of activities and tasks which must be completed.  


Oak National Academy

Oak’s lessons are free and easy for any pupil to use. Each contains a pre-recorded video lesson taught by a teacher.

There’s usually also a starter quiz, a finishing quiz, and an independent activity. Any materials you need will be listed at the start, and are usually just a pen and paper.  It’s easy to use, with no logins and it works on any device. 

Oak National Academy will be here for all of  2020/21 to support pupils who might continue some remote learning.  It offers lessons across a wide range of subjects for pupils from Reception to year 11.


BBC Bitesize

Students can look forward to Danny Dyer teaching history in a class aimed at five to seven-year-olds, while Doctor Who actress Jodie Whittaker will also be dropping into the Bitesize Daily Lessons.

Manchester City star Sergio Aguero will be on hand to teach kids how to count in Spanish, while Professor Brian Cox will teach science topics such as force, the solar system and gravity.

Strictly Come Dancing star Ed Balls is set to teach maths for 11-14 year-olds, while there will also be geography lessons from Sir David Attenborough.


Starline
Starline is a national home learning helpline offering expert information and advice to parents and carers.  Call 0330 3139162 or visit starline.org for home learning advice direct from qualified teachers and education experts.

As well as supporting parents and carers via the telephone helpline, StarLine will also be broadcasting a weekly discussion programme to explore aspects of parenting, education and home learning. Each episode will provide simple and engaging ideas for home learning. StarLive will be broadcast live on YouTube every Wednesday morning at 8.30am and will finish before PE with Joe begins at 9am.

 


Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it.
 
The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:
• What is the coronavirus?
• How do you catch the coronavirus?
• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
• Why are some places we normally go to closed?
• What can I do to help?
• What’s going to happen next?

Our Learning Project page contains theme resources for each year group. The Learning Projects provide specific learning opportunities for your child to complete linked to the National Curriculum.  They enable families to focus on a joint topic and theme to promote family wide learning.  
 
From the left-hand menu, you can navigate to further learning activities for your child to complete at home.  For ease of navigation, most of these resources have been organised by year group.  You may, however, find your child needs to access resources on the page for the year group below theirs.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher via email.  
 
We have also provided a list of educational sites that may be useful during any closure.  All children should have their usernames and passwords on a sticker in their reading record. 

Online Safety
In the coming weeks, as young people may be spending more time at home, with their families, and on devices, we have pulled together a list of resources that you can use with them to explore online safety in a fun, engaging and educational way.
As your family may be spending more time at home and finding new ways to access education, stay in touch and have fun, here are some links and resources to help you protect and support your child with their online lives.

The Skills Toolkit

Digital and numeracy skills are amongst those that are most sought after by employers, and can help you progress in work and boost your job prospects. Digital skills can be anything from using social media and staying safe online to coding, programming or digital marketing.

You can choose from a selection of high quality courses put together in collaboration with experts. Find a level and time to study that’s right for you. The Skills Toolkit makes it easy for you to boost your skills.

The Skills Toolkit