As you know, the school has now physically closed to all but essential key worker children who have no other option but to send to school. As has been strongly advised, currently-the safest place for children to be is at home. We do not want to close. The position that we all find ourselves in is not nice for anyone and the only way that we are going to make it through effectively is to be kind to each other and be supportive. The school will try its hardest to be all things to all people-but as you know, we are only human and we are working as hard as we can for all our children.
Here is the timetable of what will be happening for all children
Tuesday 5th January 2021
Staff are in school organising the online provision, reviewing on line resources, planning the work that the children will be doing. The staff are creating physical packs of work that should last the children for three weeks. We are aiming to provide 3-4 hours of work per day for each child.
A letter has gone out to all parents about the registering for key worker places in school
Timetables for access to the online learning are being produced. We know that there are a number of families with more than one school age sibling that will need to access on line learning. We have timetabled our staff so that as much as possible they do not clash.
Wednesday 6th January 2021
Online learning starts.
Year 1-6 children will be able to access purple mash 2dos online. There will be age appropriate activities on line for your child to access. Your child’s teacher will contact the children through the purple mash blog. The staff and children will be able to blog and children will be able to blog each other. We insist that all blog comments are relevant and kind-staff monitor the blogs and will only permit blogs that are appropriate.
EYFS children will have some activities placed upon Tapestry. For our youngest leaners, the majority of the communication and online learning will be through Tapestry.
It is important that all children know their log-ins for Tapestry and Purple Mash. Log-ins will be in the packs as a reminder.
There will be some emergency provision for key worker children available.
The key worker interviews will start in the morning where the senior leadership team meet with those requiring keyworker places-appointments are being made through the school office.
Thursday 7th January 2021
Teachers will start their “live” interactions with the children. There is a Timetable. You will see that we have allocated two live sessions per day for each year group. A primary and a secondary. It is expected that every child will access the primary lesson-we have ensured that there is no clash on our timetable. Some siblings may not be able to attend the secondary lesson-but if there is no clash in your household, it is expected that the children will attend the secondary lesson too.
Staff have said that they would like to interact with the children more than just the twice per day-so there may well be more opportunities arranged by the class teacher-these two sessions are the minimum.
The physical packs will be printed and collated and ready for collection from outside the front of the school. In the pack will be age appropriate work-already copied and ready to go. There will be paper to write and draw upon, pieces of Maths, English, Science and Topic work. We will also include a pencil so that the children can complete the work set. In the pack will be your child's login for Purple Mash-our online learning platform. Every child will have a login and every child will be set a series of online tasks that can be achieved at home and can be remotely marked by the teachers at home. This 2do list can be added to by the teachers if needed. Many of our children have used Purple Mash for their homework and are familiar with the platform.
More formal key worker childcare will be available. These children will follow the same curriculum that the online children will be following and be given access here in school to the same learning experience.
Daily live sessions per week:
(should attend if no clash)
EYFS (Wednesday and Friday)
Friday 8th January 2021
Friday onwards-we should have all systems up and running. The live sessions with the teachers will be in place and the packs will be at home. There will be plenty of learning on Tapestry and Purple Mash and the staff will be blogging and communicating with the children. There will be signposting from the teachers to other sites and other activities that we can dip in and out of-such as Oak Academy and online resources.
In the non-contact times, there will be independent activities for the children to do and this will allow the staff to mark work, give feedback and to plan the next sessions. There should be enough work and activities for 3-4 hours per day.
A small number of Key worker children will be in groups managed by a skeleton staff.
Monday 11th January 2021 onwards…..
Once we have the live sessions established and the work packs being used well, once the children are used to their new learning activities and how things work, we will start to add the magic. We may introduce some competitions or maybe some of our famous videos for you all to join in with. There may be some silliness. We hope there will be some smiles and some fun. In these dark times, it is important that we try hard for our children to help them see through the gloom. Despite these difficult times, this is still a beautiful world and we should all try to be as positive as possible.
Staff will work hard to respond to blogs as they come in-sometimes they will be planning and working away from their online commitments. Please be patient and we will respond as we can.
These arrangements are there when everyone is fit and healthy. Obviously if we have staff illness-this will have an impact upon our provision and maybe our communication. Please understand that we make these arrangements to be as permeant as possible, but on our online journey together- there may be bumps in the road. Again, please be patient!
There are lots of additional resources and websites for you and your child to explore:
KEY STAGE 1 pupils (Reception to year 2) can find a number of activities and resources on the BBC BITESIZE page. This is available here: BBC BITESIZE KS1
KEY STAGE 2 pupils (Years 3-6) will find resources and activities here:BBC BITESIZE KS2
Oxford Owl is a fantastic website. You can find it here: Oxford Owl This site offers Reading, Phonics, Spelling, maths games and activities. Just click on the free resources to support learning at home.
Times Tables Rock Stars is great for testing yourself on your times tables-most of our children have been accessing this all year and have had fun trying to out-do each other! TIMES TABLES ROCK STARS
To help you learn your times tables timestables.co.uk is excellent. The link is here: TIMESTABLES.CO.UK
Your child can obviously read, read and read as much as they can and whatever they like! We will providing some books to read-there are even more on Purple Mash. Our children will really benefit from reading in their heads and aloud or being read to! We are providing some Collins online books for your children to access-please check your child’s pack for log-in details.
Communication with school can happen in a number of ways. We will be able to dial in and place information on our parentmail platform. We will use our social media to relay information to you-our FaceBook page and Twitter. Parents can use the admin email or the email@example.com
The older your child the more independent they will be. They may well need your support and may well need you to help organise them. Routines are essential to keep expectations high and engagement strong. Start with strong routines. Intersperse school time with some outdoor exercise-maybe go for a walk? (Joe Wicks is starting again I hear!) reading-everything and anything, music, arts and creativity. Make things as exciting as possible!
We know that there is now a huge pressure on you as parents. We realise that you will be pulled to work – either remotely or physically, please know that every effort you make with your children will greatly improve their experience and be incredibly valuable. Above all, try to have fun, remain, kind, calm and patient, as this will sometimes be difficult for all of us.
We are here in this together and we can all try to help each other.
We hope you can see the time and the organisation that has gone into starting the online work this week. We hope that you will ensure that your children access what has been provided and support in any way you can at home. We hope that our whole community stays happy, positive and covid free. We hope we get through this together-quickly!
Thank you for your continued support of your child and our school.
See you at the gate (as soon as we can)
As you can see, there are A LOT of activities that your children can do on line. With school closed to all but key worker children we cannot have parents/families visiting the site to collect more paper-but we will keep the packs of physical work coming to you to work alongside the live sessions. these will be produced every two-three weeks and will be in packs for you to collect on your daily walk.
What is most important is that your family, your children are strong throughout this time and that you help your children to understand and to be ready to return to normal-whatever that looks like and whenever that happens.
We understand that in some households there are limited on line tech and resources. Often computers are shared between siblings and again, this pressure of stress placed upon students of all ages to complete work is not healthy at this time! We have not put any expectations on you as families. The activities are there on line if you need them.
There are some common sense guides that apply with your children at home:
We’re all having to be more creative
"I’m finding it really tough not going into school, because your classroom is your learning environment and your work environment. It’s hard not having that human contact with the children and picking up on things. And I can’t just go to the stock cupboard, so I have to think about what the students have at home, what access to materials they have, and try to create lessons based on that.
I know that not every household has got access to paints, so I’ve been doing collage and lots of drawing activities. I’m really mindful that I want them being creative and doing things away from the screen. I want them out in the garden, if they have one, to draw what’s there. So it’s about how I can get them to remain creative in their own environments."
1. Asking questions: Creativity is all about questioning: How can I? Why should it? What would happen if? How can I make this, or how can I change this? It’s about making sure that children are always being asked those questions.
2. Keeping everything: Do not chuck anything away. Keep a bag with all the egg boxes and toilet rolls in a corner, because that’s going to be a mine of incredible craft-making materials.
3. Setting challenges: What kind of musical instruments can you make today from what’s in the bags over there?
4. Giving them time: The beauty is that the parents are in control of the time, for once. So you can give your child two hours to get on with a wonderful creative task, and they wouldn’t have that in school.
5. Finding online resources: Use sharing resources like Twinkl, BBC Bitesize. And then there are the entrepreneurs, like Joe Wicks doing kids’ exercise classes. There are also artists and designers sharing resources.
6. Being creative with space: Think about the space in your house. What can you change, what room could be theirs? What space is not utilized? What can you get rid of to make them a work area or for their equipment? That’s a very easy thing to fix.
7. Thinking outside the paintbox: Creativity is not just about arts and crafts, it’s also about the kitchen. What kind of lunch can they make for you while you’re working?
Get creative together
Art can be so powerful because it makes you escape for a little bit, it puts you in that mindfulness zone, and time passes so quickly. You can actually reflect and say, ‘I did that and it looks good’. As adults, if we are doing this ourselves, then we are showing good habits to our children.
So take time out of your busy, strange lives at the moment, by doing something like cooking, crochet or colouring in with your children. That’s a fantastic thing to be doing together, and it will go such a long way.
Don’t worry about your children falling behind
We’ve really got to be kind to each other: we are in a huge transition and it’s extraordinarily difficult. I can sense the anxiety parents might have about children falling behind, but just make sure they do a little bit, often, so that they are still engaged in the daily routine of learning. And be kind to yourself: even if your child does not complete a worksheet, and you’ve had a really bad day with them, that’s OK. It’s not the end of the world.
The one really positive thing that will come out of this is, I’m hoping our young people can be more independent in choosing when and what to learn. If we create children that love learning, they will automatically be researching and trying to find new things to occupy their time with and to be inspired by.
The young people that we really need to work with are 7- to 14-year-olds. We’ve got to be quite careful to keep them inspired and interested – and prepare them for returning to school. A friend of mine has a child with ADHD. She’s worried her child may not want to go back to school, because being at home is quite comforting.
So when we eventually open up the schools, every school has got to be very careful in how they prepare children to come back. They’ll need to think about how every child has been affected by this.
Teach them life skills, too
The most important thing I’ve learned, which surprised me, is that now is a really good time to teach children things you want to be done. Not all lessons need to be academic – they can be life lessons we want our children to learn as well. Even how they should fold their clothes, mop up or vacuum. Take an hour out and show them how you want them to do it. Usually, life is very fast, and we have no time for this type of teaching. But they are invaluable skills.
Carve out family time
In the evening, we have family time. So from 7.30 p.m. onwards, everyone’s devices go away, and we have a very fiery game of UNO or watch something appropriate on Netflix. Every household with children can now guarantee there’s going to be family time.
Let them chat to friends
It’s really important for the children to communicate with their friends. Parents can set up Zoom talks with their children’s friends. Not every day, but during the week, there should be some way they’re connected with somebody else that’s not you, and not another adult.
Try and limit screen time
Lots of parents have contacted us to say they’re worried about children sitting in front of the computer for five hours a day. As a parent, I have printed out lots of worksheets, because young children like to work in their school books. So put parameters in place and try to manage how often they use their online learning resources.
This is where Alexa and all those gizmos are brilliant. Put a timer on for 15 minutes and then say, ‘You are doing those questions in 15 minutes’. Help them with time management. And let’s get them reading books, drawing on toilet rolls, cooking, in the garden building things (if possible) – because they can’t be the generation that’s in front of screens learning, otherwise it will have a huge effect on them.
It should be said that as of today (18th April 2020) our children have had 2 weeks of formal learning off school. Although we have been closed for four weeks, two of those would have been Easter break. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our teachers who worked throughout their Easter break setting activities, work and carrying on with the rota keeping the school open for the children of key workers.
Some parents have asked for worksheets to be made available. We cannot open our school setting to families, so the only way we can do this is to provide you with resources that families, if they wish, can download, print and use. The rest of this page is dedicated to paper based activities should you wish to use them. There are also resources you can purchase for certain age groups-KS2 revision guides are available for those children in year 6-EVEN THOUGH THERE WILL BE NO FORMAL ASSESSMENTS THIS YEAR. There are a range of books and activity resources available if you feel that what the school is providing is not enough for your child.
What we really need is for our children to be calmed, supported, be encouraged to be creative and above all happy. They need conversation, reassurance and time with their family.
Support at Home-Partnership for Children
During the Covid-19 lockdown, we're all feeling less secure and missing our usual routines. But just as doing exercise improves physical health, you and your child can do activities to boost their mental health.
Partnership for children have put together a list of resources and activities. Use them to help your child find healthy ways to deal with their feelings and reactions to the Covid-19 situation.
This is primarily a resource for teachers, but it is accessible to families too. The Oak National Academy opens on Monday 20th April. It is run by teachers for teachers and offers lesson plans and activities in a range of subjects in all year groups:
Free online educational resources Twinkl, a global educational publisher, is providing free access to all its teaching and learning materials to support teachers, parents and carers.
Cypher, which teaches coding to children in schools and during holidays, has launched live online camps to keep children engaged and learning from home
Perlego has also opened up its library of 300,000 educational books free of charge to students until the end of the academic year.
Audible Stories is offering free audiobooks for kids during school closures.
BBC History for Kids provides information and lessons on lots of world events.
Quizlet provides learning tools and flashcards to make subjects more fun.
Seneca provides revision guides for a range of subjects from KS2 right up to A Level.
White Rose provides free resources for teaching maths at all levels.
Youtube videos Emmatheteachie – GCSE science Mr Bruff – English Physics Online – GCSE and A Level Physics Stacey Reay – English Primrose Kitten – Science and Maths Freesciencelessons
Live Science has compiled a list of our favorite lessons, games, science experiments, live demonstrations and virtual tours, and we'll be adding more as they become available.
Time to Teach
Produced by a teacher and made free at this time-this is more formal than we would suggest!
I have built a whole set of FREE online lessons for year 1 to Year 6 (currently 4 whole weeks of lessons per year group). They currently cover Maths and English at http://www.timetoteach.co.uk . It's completely free for anyone to use. You don't need to sign up, give personal details or anything else. You just enter and browse.
I do plan to extend the coverage over time (daily sport/mindfulness and simple art activities) and add Reception lessons.
The lessons come in the form of a daily set of worksheets that can easily be done by students and their parents. Everything they need to learn has be been covered by the videos on every page. The pages are all age appropriate.
The lessons are based on the UK Education Charity Hamilton Trust home-school lesson plan packs (linked to with their very generous permission) so you can be confident of the quality of the daily materials. They naturally tie in very closely to the uk curriculum.
The new lessons will be added on a weekly basis until the end of the virus crisis in the uk.
"No school? With a new TV channel, podcasts, videos, and lessons each day online, we’ve got you covered. Beginning Monday at 9:00."
From 20 April, you’ll be able to access regular daily lessons in English and Maths, as well as other core subjects, in an expanded version of our website and also on special programmes broadcast on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button.
We’ve worked with our colleagues in other parts of the BBC and education experts from around the UK to make sure everyone who needs it can access learning resources during this uncertain time. You can also expect some of it to be delivered by well-known faces.
The Bitesize website you use now will expand to offer additional help for students and their parents. New Maths and English lessons will be available every day for all ages. These will be created with resources from Bitesize, other parts of the BBC and other education providers. The content of these lessons will be backed up by new videos, practice tests, educational games and articles. Regular lessons on other core subjects, including science, will also be available. Mums and dads can get advice on how to teach anyone who is home-schooling and the Bitesize website will also have guides for pupils with SEN (special educational needs).
Emile started life as a collaboration between game developers and academics from Manchester Metropolitan University under a Knowledge Transfer Partnership funded by Innovate UK.
The name “Emile” relates to the project initially being about teaching a second language and a subject simultaneously based on the pedagogical approach of “Content Language Integrated Learning” or CLIL. In fact, the word “Emile” is the French equivalent of CLIL.
Emile has quickly expanded into a range of numeracy and literacy resources in response to demand from teachers and schools.
Across the globe schools are responding to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. In a number of countries, schools have been closed and teachers are trying to deliver lessons remotely or provide work on line.
As students and teachers fight to maintain the level of learning, we at Emile would like to help. We are part of the education ecosystem and our mission is to help students and teachers at all times, not just the good.
So with this in mind we have agreed to give FREE full access to our resources to ANY school affected by the Coronavirus outbreak until at least the end of June with unlimited student and teacher accounts. To take advantage of this offer please fill in the form below.
the BBC enhancing its education provision to include daily lessons, starting from 20 April 2020
For parents with children under 5 years old, who have not yet started school, the Department for Education (DfE)’s Hungry Little Minds campaign features tips and practical activities that you can do at home with children to support their early learning.
There are many simple ways to help your children learn and it does not have to feel like ‘learning’. Having everyday conversations, make-believe play, and reading together, all make a big difference to your child’s development.
Complimentary Mildfulness classes for Northamptonshire Primary schools
Hi, My name is Sheena, I am a Rapid Transformation Practitioner, and a Mindfulness and Meditation Practitioner. After the success of my previous complimentary mindfulness class (nearly 3000 views at present) I have created another for Primary schools in Northamptonshire
I am based in Northampton and as well as working with individuals, businesses and families I have also been teaching Mindfulness and Meditation to primary schools for the last 3 years.
Due to the current situation I have decided to create some Mindfulness and Meditation videos on YouTube so schools, families and children can still benefit from the practice. The Videos are very similar to what I teach in schools and suitable for all ages and levels, I even have my own daughters (6 and 8 years of age sharing a few tips)
Practising Mindfulness and Meditation has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, reduce overwhelm and worry, and instead increase confidence, create a positive mindset, and develop better clarity, concentration and motivation. All these things are more relevant now than ever.
I would be delighted to help and support you, and wanted to offer you the opportunity to experience my sessions and help support your children and families too. All videos are complimentary to view during this time.
If yourself or families would like to be updated as new Mindfulness videos are released then they are welcome to subscribe to the Youtube channel
Thank you for your support
Our school has two wonderful Emotional Literacy Support Assistants, Miss Tebbutt and Mrs Tindall. They support children for a variety of reasons-they encourage and support children to overcome fears, worries and anxieties. they give children time and space to talk and think-to put things into perspective.
At this time, when children are worried and need support-here are some fabulous resources to support them-all printable, all free and ready to go:
Color Our Collections offers free PDF downloads of coloring pages created from art in the collections of 117 institutions, including The New York Academy of Medicine Library, Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, RISD Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art, The Canadian Canoe Museum and The Royal Horticultural Society libraries.
Got a 3D printer? You can download digital 3D models from NASA and print miniature satellites, landing sites, asteroids, spacecraft, spacesuits and astronaut tools.
Artist and writer Mo Willems (author of "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!") is hosting daily Lunch Doodles video sessions every weekday at 1 p.m. EDT. Each daily episode is accompanied by a downloadable activity page.
What could be more soothing than watching jellyfish drifting serenely through the water? In "MeditOcean," the Monterey Bay Aquarium hosts a soothing 11-minute guided meditation video, featuring the undulating and graceful ballet of several aquarium jellyfish.
A good story sounds even better when it's read in microgravity. Story Time from Space sends children's books to the International Space Station (ISS), where the books are read on video by astronauts as they orbit hundreds of miles above Earth.
And if you're feeling really adventurous, you can visit the surface of Mars in a spectacular high-resolution, 360-degree photo tour, created from images captured by the Curiosity rover
Teen science fans will nerd out over Nova Labs at PBS, where they'll discover multimedia experiences that combine video, animation and games to delve into fascinating scientific topics, such as polar ecosystems, solar storms and renewable energy.
NASA isn't just sending missions into space; the agency has also launched Teachable Moments, connecting classrooms — and homes — with resources for investigating the latest discoveries about our universe. There are a range of activities and lessons that are suitable for grades K-12.
NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is another source of free online content. Educators share daily Facebook Live videos that pair with hands-on activities (instructions are available as free downloads) using materials that can be found at home. Topics include rocketry 101, tours of Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Astronaut Training Experience, and living in space and on Mars.
Ranger Rick, the children's magazine of the National Wildlife Federation, is making its website free to all visitors through the end of June. Free Ranger Rick Educator’s Guides and Ranger Rick Jr. Parent Reading Guides are also available to parents and educators.
Beginning physics students will find plenty to discover in the Physics Classroom, and there are teacher toolkits for supplementing the site's online lessons with videos, animations, simulations and exercises.
Want to have a family Q&A with a scientist? Sign up at Skype a Scientist and get matched with an expert, for a live Skype chat with your family about real scientific research.
Scholastic launched a Learn at Home website with daily lessons that combine videos, stories and prompts for drawing and writing activities. Grade levels include pre-K and kindergarten, grades 1 and 2, grades 3 to 5, and grades 6 and up.
Khan Academy, a free online learning resource offering lessons, exercises and quizzes, has daily schedules for organizing at-home learning for students ages 4 to 18 years. On weekdays, Khan Academy is also offering daily livestreams on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to help parents and educators best utilize the website's tools and resources.
Crash Course is a YouTube channel offering engaging educational videos suitable for high school students. The channel features a wide range of subjects, from anatomy to world history.
ABCmouse.com is offering a free 30-day trial of its comprehensive early learning academy for children aged 2-8 and includes educational games and activities designed by teachers.
In response to school closures, dozens of companies that produce educational materials have made their resources available as free subscriptions; you can find links on the Kids Activities website. Links to free K-12 educational resources such as audiobooks, e-books, videos, multimedia materials and more are also available on the Open Culture website.
Save the the Children
Save the Children have a range of activities on their site-this is great advice for keeping your children focused during lockdown.