Supporting Parents with Home Learning - School Closures and Covid 19
Supporting Parents with Whole School/Class/Bubble Closures Learning
How will home learning work?
Whilst your child’s class or year group bubble is closed, they will continue to receive the learning they would have had whilst in school. This is to ensure that all children do not miss out on important parts of their learning whilst they are away from school. Learning tasks for Years 1 -6 will be uploaded to Class Dojo www.classdojo.com daily.
Children in EYFS will have learning that is paper based. This learning will be available to be either collected from the school office or will be delivered directly to your child’s home. Lessons will be available via ClassDojo. Photographs of the children’s work can be uploaded directly to ClassDojo for their class teachers to feedback on.
If you are unable to access the learning online, then please contact the school office who will be able to help you either gain access to a digital device (via a loan agreement) or will provide you with paper copies of the learning set for your child.
My child has additional needs. How will their learning work?
We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with SEND, may not be able to access remote education without the support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place upon families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following way:
- Provide personalised learning in line with your child’s EHCP or in class support plan.
- Provide learning that will either be delivered via ClassDojo or work will be delivered directly to you.
What will each day look like?
Each day, children will receive the Department for Education (DfE) recommended 3 hours of learning (EYFS and KS1) or 4 hours of learning (KS2) and this will normally include: English, Maths and one topic task. Where possible, we will send children home with a home learning book in which they can record their learning.
Our Core offer to all children in EYFS
Self-directed Consolidation Learning
(online learning platforms)
Every Day Lessons
Number skills – place value and number bonds
· Fine motor skills
· Consolidation of previous learning
Plan Learn Review x 5 days a week
Our Core offer to all children in KS1 and KS2
Self-directed Consolidation Learning
(online learning platforms)
Every Day Lessons
Number skills e.g. place value, number bonds
Our suggested timetable for the day would be:
- 9am – 10am – Maths tasks
- 10am – 10:30am – Playtime
- 10:30am – 11:30am – English tasks
- 11:30am – 12:30pm – Lunchtime
- 12:30pm – 1:30pm – Topic based learning
- 1:30pm – 1:45pm – Reading with an adult
Learning will be a combination of:
- Recorded teaching (PowerPoints, Videos or Oak National Academy lessons)
- Worksheets produced by teachers
- Worksheets from work books
- Specific websites which support learning such as reading
- Project work
On the first day of a closure, we ask that children access our online learning platforms to access their learning. This is to allow teachers the time to prepare and upload the rest of the week’s learning onto ClassDojo. The range of platforms can be found on this part of our website by clicking here: Home Learning
Whilst you are waiting for learning tasks to arrive, you can still access learning for your child via The National Oak Academy https://www.thenational.academy/ This is a government established school, which is recommended by the DfE to use in cases of school closure and self-isolation. Many schools are using this resource and it is particularly useful for parents who are seeking teacher led learning. You just need to select your child’s year group and there are activities and learning for your child to take part in.
Another excellent resource is the BBC Bitesize website. The children are familiar with this website and their activities are bright and engaging. Again, select your child’s key stage and then subject you would like to learn. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
How will feedback be provided to my child?
Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital approval are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. These are the different types of feedback your child can expect for work submitted via ClassDojo:
- An approval – this will denote that the work submitted has been checked and is correct. It is the equivalent of a digital ‘tick’. Please can you explain this to your child so that he or she understands that the work has been checked by the teacher. This is important as we do not want any child to feel that they have submitted work and it has not been looked at.
- An approval and motivational comment
- An approval and a comment highlighting any errors that the child may have made (the comment may ask for corrections to be made to the work, and then the work sent back to the teacher for approval)
- A piece of diagnostic feedback which will take learning forward. Any response that is required should be sent back to the class teacher for approval
If your child is asked to correct or improve a piece of work, please encourage them to do so and then resubmit the work back to the teacher. It’s important that children do this prior to the next day’s learning.
Teacher assessments will take many forms, including:
- assessing work that has been submitted by the children
- assessing the improvements that children have made to their work
- children’s responses to teacher feedback
- completion of set learning/assessment tasks
- discussions and exchanges with the children
All of these methods will ensure that teachers are able to continue to effectively monitor and assess the children’s progress in their remote learning. Where necessary, teachers will contact parents. We will also be contacting you regarding parent consultations in due course.
Please ensure that children are supervised when downloading and uploading learning to ClassDojo.
How can parents support home learning?
We ask that parents support the school in facilitating the home learning for their child. We ask that as a lot of learning will be online, that parents supervise their child when online, to ensure that they are kept safe and also behave responsibly online. Where children aren’t engaging with learning, a member of the school staff will make contact with you to see if we can provide support for you.
Supporting Parents with Self – Isolation Learning
Whilst your child is self-isolating, and providing they are well enough, their class teacher will continue to ensure that they have full access to their learning at school. This is to ensure that they do not miss out on important parts of their learning whilst they are away from school. Learning tasks will be uploaded to ClassDojo (English, Maths and one topic task) and when the children have completed their learning they will be able to upload their learning for their class teacher to see. Teachers will then provide feedback to all children. For those who do not have access to a digital device, work can be provided for you in a paper form or a digital device can be loaned to you.
On the first day of self-isolating, we ask that children access our online learning platforms to access their learning. This is to allow teachers the time to prepare and upload the rest of the week’s learning onto ClassDojo. The range of platforms can be found on this part of our website by clicking here: Home Learning
Learning at home can be unsettling for children as it is very different to a normal school day. If you need further help in supporting your child’s well-being, then please visit the well-being section of our school website.
As well as providing support for the children, we also recognise the demands that Home Learning may have upon you. Below is a selection of websites which may help you to support your children in some of their learning. Your child’s teacher will also provide support and advice too. Additional information and guidance can also be found on your child’s year group pages as well as on the Home Learning section of the Pupil Zone.
Explaining the Coronavirus to your children
An excellent Ebook has been written for primary aged children explaining to them what is currently happening in the world regarding the Coronavirus. It looks at social distancing, the closure of schools, what hospitals/governments are doing to help stop it, as well as explaining ways of dealing with feelings of being at home. It also explains what will happen once the lock down has come to an end. It has been illustrated by world renowned illustrator Axel Scheffler, who normally illustrates Julia Donaldson books. Below is a downloaded version for you. It is also available at: https://nosycrow.com
Support from the Department for Education(DfE)
In addition to the home learning that we are already providing for our children, the DfE have been working with several different bodies to provide further educational resources which can be used at home.
The first body is the BBC, who have created daily lessons for all children. They are made up of daily English and maths tasks, as well as a weekly dip into other subjects such as science, geography and art.
The government has also been working with the Oak National Academy. This brand-new enterprise has been created by 40 teachers from some of the leading schools across England, backed by government grant funding. It will provide 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects from maths to art to languages, for every year group from Reception through to Year 10.
In addition, the DfE have released guidance for parents in how to support and structure home learning during either school closures or self isolation. It's particularly helpful if you have children who are reluctant to engage in some home learning. The guidance is split into sections of:
- Structuring the day
- Using digital devices
- Reception, Year 1 and 2 children
- Years 3 - 6 children
Support from Virtual School Kent
Virtual School Kent, supports on a day to day basis our vulnerable young children to access their education. During this unprecedented time, they have created a useful booklet with a range of websites and activities you could do at home to support your children with their learning. Take a look as it's an excellent resource.
Maths Dictionary: A great resource from Third Space Learning which explains terms and concepts for both parents and children.
White Rose Maths: White Rose have created 5 online lessons each week for the children to watch and then some suggested activities which the children could do. These videos are also really informative for parents too as it shows the different ways children are taught in maths. Click here to visit the website.
Gareth Metcalfe Primary Maths
Each day, Gareth puts up daily math learning task for children in KS2. In each video he explores a big mathematical idea in small, easy-to-follow steps and a range of independent tasks are set for children to complete. A new learning module is posted every day at 9am. It's also completely free! Click here is visit the website.
Audible: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen Audible are offering their service for free during school closures. They have a range of audio books and songs for the children to listen to.
Phonics Play: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ Many of the EYFS and KS1 children will be familiar with Phonics Play as we often use it in school. They have provided parents with free access during the period of school closures. To access the website you will need the user name of: march20 and the password of home.
World E Book: https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/index.html#!/ This website has free access to over 3000 books which would help with any topic related learning. You do have to register to gain access to the books.
Oxford Owl: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/books/free-ebooks/ Free access to a 100 eBooks.
Sir LinkaLot: This app has been recommended by one of our families at school. Its an award winning SPaG based app which children can work through. It's been written alongside Suzie Dent - the lexicographer from Countdown. Normally it is a subscription app, but during the current school closures they are offering free access to it. To gain a free access code please go to: https://www.sirlinkalot.org/
Wellbeing and Physical Activities
Cosmic Yoga: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga Many of the children will be familiar with Cosmic Yoga as we often use it in school.
Super Movers: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers Another resource from the BBC which helps the children to learn through active activities.
Joe Wicks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ Joe Wicks, of Lean in 15 fame, has created a bank of 15 minute work outs for anyone who may be self isolating.
Mote Park: have created an orienteering course for you children to participate in. Instructions of this, along with a map, can be found below. Please do remember and follow the government’s social distancing guidance if completing this activity.
Strictly Dancing with Oti Mabuse: Oti Mabuse has created 30 minute dance routines for children to learn at home. They are based around songs from musicals or films. For example she has already created dances for the Lion King, Moana, Minions, Trolls and Wicked. Here is a her link to her Youtube page. https://www.youtube.com/user/mosetsanagape/videos
Kent School Games: have created personal challenges for children. Try to get the children to complete each activity daily, recording their results as they go. They should see that each time they do it, they get better each time. These challenge card and activities can be found below.
Obstacle course: You could get your children to make an obstacle course either inside or outside. They could do activities such as jumping over a flower pot, going through a cardboard box, dribbling a football, bunny hopping over a bench and weaving in and out of a line of chairs. They could time themselves each time they do the course, can they improve on their times each time they play?
Circuits: Children could design a small circuit workout for themselves. This can be done both inside and outside. An example of some child friendly circuit activities can be found on the following website: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/nz-pe-1-fitness-challenge-cards You can use the free Twinkl access code below to access these cards.
Sport England: https://www.sportengland.org/stayinworkout have produced tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home
Kent Sport.Org: https://www.kentsport.org/coronavirus/ have collected a range of resources to help the whole family stay active during the coronavirus lock down.
General Learning and activities
Out of the Ark - Music: Click here Out of the Ark have created a selection of songs for children to learn and join in with whilst at home. Each week they release 7 new songs for the children to learn. We often use their music as part of our school assemblies.
Science with Maddie Moate: https://www.youtube.com/user/maddiemoate Maddie looks daily for 30 minutes at a range of Science based activities. So far she has investigated Dinosaurs, Healthy Bodies, Space and life in our gardens. She is joined by her friend Greg too.
Blue Peter Badges: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges There are a range of Blue Peter badges that the children can work towards whilst being at home. When they have completed the tasks, the children need to send their evidence by post to Blue Peter.
Crest Awards: https://www.crestawards.org/crest-star For children who love their science and technology, this maybe an award they might like to gain. It consists of 8, 1 hour projects to take part in. It costs £1:00 to join the award.
Collins: https://collins.co.uk/pages/support-learning-at-home have created a range of free resources to support home learning.
Twinkl: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/ Twinkl is another great website which you can download a range of resources and booklets.
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents They also now have a parent hub which allows you to download free resources from.
This education site has developed home learning booklets for parents, which are also free to download. They have a range of activities from across the curriculum for the children to work through. These books are available for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.
National Geographic: https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ An excellent website for finding out facts about the natural world.