Support for Remote Learning
While some children are at home in self-isolation, but are still well, there are plenty of things that they can do to help keep their education ticking over. Below is a list of ideas, advice and inspiration and a document with websites that could also be useful.
For more advice and information, visit the Class Pages section of the website.
Daily reading has always been the key to unlocking children's imagination, encouraging curiosity of the world and developing vocabulary as well as giving an opportunity for shared experiences and discussion of themes and issues. There are many more ways to read than just picking up a book. Non-fiction reading can include magazines, comics, information books on Science, History or the natural world, to name a few. Away from traditional reading materials, we can also enjoy story through audiobooks, YouTube storytelling and internet websites on a huge range of topics. Instructions are also really great sources for giving children a sense of purpose in their reading - perhaps follow a recipe or a method for building a model? Remind children that reading is everywhere for many purposes and can be enjoyed in different ways.
Below is a link to a fantastic free resource designed to inspire children's writing and ignite ideas. One picture. One teaching resource. Every day! Each picture has with it: Questions to discuss, story starters, 'sick' sentences to improve, a sentence challenge and a creative activity. Whilst there is a main picture which is visible on the home screen every day, you are able to click backwards and forwards through the pictures to choose one that grabs your child's attention. An easy to use and excellent website you could use with your children.
https://mathszone.co.uk/ has lots of games.
Each class also has their Maths leaflets to work on which can be found on the Class Page.
We have invested in Times Tables Rock Stars for all children. This is designed to be a fun and engaging way for children to practise their multiplication tables. Teachers will give children their log on details or ask the School Office.
Physical Education and Exercise
It is really important that children get the exercise they need both for their physical and mental well-being. Below are a list of websites with activities the children can do inside or in a garden if available.
Cosmic Yoga https://www.cosmickids.com/ has lots of sessions for all ages and you can get a two-week free trial or find some of the sessions on YouTube for free.
The Body Coach, Joe Wicks, has some Kids Workout videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=joe+wicks+kids
These are some of the Wake Up Shake Up dances the children have enjoyed recently:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-9Sm6_yE98 - Eye of the tiger
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCzgc_RelBA - Waka Waka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izMJDiHQBH0 - Ghostbusters
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziLHZeKbMUo - I like to move it.
Timetabling - giving some structure to the day is important. Below are suggested timetables and templates to complete if you wish. These resources are in no way compulsory but are offered to support parents who may want to use them.
Additional support for pupils with SEND
We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:
All children with an EHCP have been invited to attend school on site. For those with EHCPs who are at home, steps will be taken to ensure that we, where possible, provide the provision set out in their plan.
The SENDCo will be in regular contact with families of children with EHCPs and will be available to be contacted, via the office, for other children on the SEND register. 1-1 staff will keep in contact with children or set work/provide feedback to maintain relationships.
For those children with SEND accessing from home, teachers will ensure that they continue to set work appropriate for the child to meet their individual needs – this will be provided via Teams. Weekly contact with the family enables the teachers to understand how each individual child is coping and these children are then discussed with the SENDCo.
Considerations, on an individual basis, will be made about each child’s ability to access the recommended time allocation and this will be reduced in consultations with the SENDCo, teachers and parents.
Where possible, specific interventions may still be carried out remotely.
All Pupil Passports have been written and discussed with parents. Appropriate SMART targets have been set that can be supported via school and home. This allows the Assess, Plan, Do, Review (APDR) cycle to continue despite remote learning.
Additional resources such as wobble cushions, visual timetables, reward charts, word lists, access to interventions such as Nessy and RM Maths, advice on immersive reader technology and digital coloured overlays have been supplied to those at home.
Contact with outside agencies will continue remotely and the SENDCo will continue to co-ordinate this.